Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle 9.9%ABV. per bottle label.I have been wanting to get my hands on this beer of quite awhile,it's awesome that I can get here in my area now.Poure a clear rich amber/bronze with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Dark fruit dipped in alcohol and leathery tones stand out most in the nose,underlying sticky hops are present but the deeply fruit malts and alcohol win out.Cakey flavors and the before mentioned alcohol dipped fruit stand out on the palate,the alcohol is omni-present making this a sipper.The feel is big and chewey like it should be.To me this is almost English in it's hefty fruity/cakey flavors but the alcohol brashness is American,a great brew that lived up to "my" expectations.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 vintage. Pours a murky orange with basically no head. Aroma malty aroma, but not much else going on. Flavor is not real good, with malt and a tabacco flavor as well as some citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and no carbonation.

This is the second time I have had this but the first time I reviewed it. I remember it being much better the first time, but since I don't have notes, I can't remember exactly what was different.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite BWs of all time. Had at the source. Great vibrant orange and mahogany color, perfect 1" head, clings to the glass.

Aroma, sweeter than hoped for, but delectable. Taste, not as sweet, but a glorious union of hops and sweetness, with a dash of alcohol presence. Pine, citrus and apple all together. Dry, slight wood presence in the mouthfeel. Even notes of caramel and vanilla in the background. Pine/citrus most prevalent.

Not a bad price for its effect. Highly recommended.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz shared bottle.
Hazy dark brown body with a good head.
Sweet aroma with partly hidden alcohol.
The alcohol is obvious in tasting but blends nicely with the sweet malts.
Has more hops and is less sweet than the Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam that preceded it.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 07 bottle. Pours a cherry stained wood brown that is opaque. Reddish orange highlights and some sediment that looks to be suspended in the liquid. The head is white yellow and is thick and sticky. Nice retention and some fantastic lacing.

The nose isn't as bold as I would expect from a barleywine but at least it has all the right characters. It is a sweet sticky malt smell with a very noticeable hop nose. Not one that hints at hop flavor but more one that points towards bitterness.

Taste is big and sweet. The malts are the dominate feature of the taste and it is followed by a damn decent bitterness. Caramel notes and a chewy mouthfeel. The hops aren't as present in the taste except for the bitterness, but that is to be expected in a bottle that is potentially a year or two old. I can imagine the hops being an abrasive part of a young Old Bawdy. Aging has really matured this beer and it shows in the flavor.

I like the semi muted bitterness and hops because it really lets you taste the other parts of this beer. However I wonder how big and adventurous those hops are fresh. Big chewy and bold this medium to full bodied beer is bigger then your dad and can kick his ass. Worth trying and worth aging. This beer is smooth like Lando Calrissian, check it out..

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009, uh, vintage...

This beer pours a hazy ruddy copper colour, with one finger of soapy light beige head, which leaves some sparse hanging lace around the glass in its wake. Its smells of caramel/toffee malt, citrus and pine hops, and warming alcohol. The taste is caramel malt, raisin, black fruit, citrus hops, and a slightly metallic alcohol edge. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body moderately weighted for the style - smooth, creamy, and free of stickiness. It finishes fairly clean, the big malt tempered by the tangy citrus hops.

A pretty drinkable American Barleywine, all the nails hammered down. The even distribution of the big guns - diabetes-tempting malt and puckering hops, and the well integrated booze make for a decently balanced big boy beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Warning: I'm biased toward barleywines. I like them so much that objectivity becomes a real challenge.]

2006 vintage. Served at cellar temp. A normal pour with a hard glug right at the end gives a finger-thick head that reduces quickly. No surprise, considering style and ABV. Color is a burnt copper/orange sunset glow.

Alcohol fumes come into the nose first, bulking up the citrus, candy and sugar aromas. Leans heavily on the sweet side, in the nose anyway.

And the flavor too. Big blast of citrus, incredibly reminiscent of candied/glazed orange slices, with a stickier pine bitterness working its way in. Seems a little light on the malts; I'd be curious to try this green and fresh. At this stage the hops are completely alive while the malts sit further back. Alcohol is present all the while, hardly well-hidden but definitely not hot either. A buttery texture leads to a sticky coating in the finish. Carbonation is low but still healthy enough to make an appearance.

I suppose this isn't a mindblowing barleywine. But barleywines are like pizza and sex: even when they're bad, they're good. This one is far from bad, and though I've never had a fresh one, I wonder if time has knocked it a little off balance. Nevertheless, I'm impressed with the liveliness of the hops at this stage of the beer's life. Despite some minor flaws, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. Glad I bought two.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and complex enjoyable bareywine, 2009 edition brought back from Calgary and cellared about 1.5 years. It is hoppy, fells like 90 IBU, smooth citrus flavour. Also a tad of smoke making it altogether pleasant and very drinkable. Light borwn coloured body with one quarter of an inch of head retained.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Old Bawdy bomber poured roughly into an Imperial pint glass. Because, honestly, where else would you put it? Two or three little glasses???

Appearance: Hazy deep chestnut body beneath a massive head of frothy tan. Excellent head retention. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Yeast and fruit and pine and dark caramel, all balled up tight. I get more yeast and pine than anything else really, but it's not brash, it's kind of soft. And what fruit is there is very nice. It's kind of soft like dried fruit, and not juicy in any way.

Taste: The first sip delivers piney hops and darkly caramelish malt. Beyond that I get more of the fruitiness. And more of the yeastiness. I even get some mint (most likely from a combination of dark caramel and piney hops). It becomes very rounded. Certain flavors appear at different times. It's not cut and dried like some other barleywines, and that lends it complexity - yet at the same time it's superbly rounded and balanced. And, to be honest, it's all put right out there - there are no hidden flavors in the background waiting for a cue to jump out! The bitterness is solid, but it stops at being stoic, and it doesn't interfere otherwise. And the alcohol plays the same game - a bit of presence is needed, but it simply stops at that. And the combination of the two is more than enough to put a leash on this puppy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a decent enough amount of carbonation to keep it gently spritzy. Smooth. Just lightly creamy.

Drinkability: I can't think of another barleywine that is more PAC-NW, but maybe that's because I've just had 10 ounces. In that vein, it's pretty freakin' drinkable. The pine can be a stopper for some, but not for others. And I think the malt component, bitterness level, and alcohol are all well done. I really enjoyed it, and I think it fits into the American style quite nicely - a classic, in fact! Worth trying to be sure!

Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Kroggdawg for sharing this one. This is a complex barleywine that's a bit undone by a rough alcohol feel. For the most part this beer is very well balanced. The malt is candy-like, big and fruity, quite similar to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and finished with grassy and citrus rind hops. I'd say "Bawdy" is an accurate name for this one.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed peach-hued caramel with minimal cream colored head. Some head retnetion & lacing

S: Cakeyness & jammy fruits, plus some whispers of smokeyess

T: Big time cakey malts, hints of Madeira & then bam! Grapefruitty hops up front. Cinamon, more ripe fruittyness (passion fruit) & piney hoppyness, plus grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with dryness, pineapple, a bit of boozey warmth, & bit more citric hops

MF: Chewy & slick with minimal carbonation. Pretty good balance for the style

Drinks pretty good for the ABV & complexity. A nice American BW. Solid offering from a brewery that really impressed me when I lived in Hawaii

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed March 25, 2007. 12 oz Bottle thanks to Dr. Bill. Ecto-cooler aroma, with rising cold fruit. Still amber pour. Carbonation alights in the moth, with a quickly decent malt move into scorching hop heat. The fusels burn over a pile of fuming hop cones. Piney and dry. Fins nips of scotch and tar among the ruins. Bigfoot inspires. Dries nicely and then torches the back of the throat. Will age nicely.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost 2 years ago I found a bottle of 2009 Old Bawdy on the shelf at a local store. It was sticky and dusty, clearly it had been lost at the back of a shelf for a long time, and someone had finally pulled it forward. I snatched it up, and left it to age further until this past weekend. I was a little worried, it was either going to be glorious or god awful. I am happy to report that there result was indeed GLORIOUS!!!! So smooth with nice notes of toffee, still very well carbonated, and let me tell you it definitely kicked my mellow beer session into high gear! So glad I found it and waited on it, highly recommend aging this bad boy!!!

Photo of ChaseSams
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review is on the 2011 brew. Initial smell is a light fruit with more toffee and caramel, not that great on the nose. A fairly clear brew, with some oxidation. It is a more ale-y than barley brew with it being more watery than a fuller body. Light with not a lot of bite. I give it an overall 3 mainly because of the price. Not that great of a brew.

Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubbie bottle, not much on the label except the year of brewing (2006). It pours a very cloudy burnt orange into my tulip tumbler and yields a thin off whitish head that has some respectable retention and a touch of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is not active but there remains a light covering on the top of the glass.

Smell is invitingly sweet with caramel and and burnt sugar, and a healthy dose of Callard and Bowser. A cutting hop bite tilts the balance of the nose sugar toward center but it is a losing battle. Heavy, strong florals without the citrusy signature of say an IPA. More yeast inspired fruitiness and malty sweet breadiness. There is obviously a heavy malt dose in the mash and wort. Nice.

Taste brings the scale to the hop side of the equation. Aggressive hop bite as soon as your lips touch the beer. The strong malt backbone folds itself around your tongue and wraps layer upon layer of malt, caramel, and rich toffee. Dark and hearty breads follow with a spicy alcohol presence that while strong, is not offensive. Finally a grapefruit hop close as I swallow with alcoholic heat and toasty whole wheat on the palate. A grapefruit and toast breakfast lingers.

Mouthfeel is just shy of thick with a creaminess to the carbonation and light tingle to cleanse and entice you.

Drinkability is good. Not a bottle to session at the high abv, but certainly one to enjoy in moderation with a good hearty meal. Stews with rice and cornbread , pot or shepherd's pie with biscuits come to mind. The flavors will blend well and the starch will allow you to survive the impact of this heavy hitter.

Thanks to dnichols for this one !

Photo of elricorico
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark amber colour but quite clear. Solid finger of beige head at first which fell to a ring in about a minute. Full ring of lacing. I find the colour very pleasing.

Aroma is a mix of caramel and pine. Reminds me of many others I've had of the style, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

A very sweet barley wine, not really getting a lot of balancing hops here. Caramel and molasses, toasted malt, a bit of pine at the end. Very, very faint alcohol heat, not a concern considering the strength.

Mouthfeel is slick and fairly flat. Works well for the style.

Certainly a sipper, which is to be expected. Maybe a bit too sweet, even though that is how I prefer my barley wines.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: An aggressive pour results in a light auburn color with barely half a finger of head sitting on top. The head retention is extremely low; it's gone within a few seconds. After multiple swirls in my glass, I haven't been able to get any lace on the side of my glass. There is absolutely no effervescence.

Smell: The nose is extremely malty, with a lot of sweet, dark caramel and toffee coming through. A big whiff results in a slight tingle from the ABV. Pine and a little bit of orange peel come in through the nose as well.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and dark brown sugar flavors up front. Much too sweet to be honest. Some molasses shows up, but then it turns into a nice soft citrus flavor from the hops, including orange peel and just a little bit of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky, chewy all of the characteristics of a big beer.

Drinkability: I really enjoy the American barleywines that are more hopped up that give them a candied like flavor and aroma. This one is a little more malty and sweet than I'd prefer, but I still enjoyed this quite a bit and I'm glad I tried it. Definitely made for a good weekend beer.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2006 12oz bottle, 8 oz into snifter. I believe via travisd13.

It's a cider colored pour, cery crisp from the neck of the bottle but as it settles in the glass there is a good deal of cloudyness and depth in the carmel coloring. Thick initial head down to soap bubbles in seconds.

Just booze and malt and booze and raisin.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery, I've been popping bottle recently that have been sticky, some cloying but this is very light. Still searching for that perfect mouthfeel in an aged bottle. The taste here may be diminished by this, as the dominent flavor is malt/molasses/booze and it's gone quickly with a bit of watery nutmeg aftertaste. The aftertaste is a bit like that bit of apple pie where you just end up with crust and it's like shortening and flour and a chunck of allspice and nutmeg so you take a shot of rum and coke to wash it down, but all you have left in your glass is ice and so you get a watery, boozy palate cleanser. That sounds a lot 'meaner' than I'm trying to be. It's just a very specific taste.

I'd give this a 'solid'. I'm still not sure if solid should be a "3" or a "3.5". I'm giving this a 3.5 because it is better than 'average'.


Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007 purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The barleywine has an orange tea color, brown and orange with the focus on the latter. The color is full enough to obscure it with a dark tint. A finger and a half of head has laced nicely around the upper quarter of the glass.

S: The nose is all barleywine, thick and loaded with malts and hops. Brown sugar and molasses are augmented by a lush pine presence.

T: The a;e is very hop forward but not as much as the nose would indicate. Pine hops coat my mouth immediately, sharp but fleeting. They are followed by a smokey flavor that isn't quite rauch level but very noticeable. It adds a full tangy flavor that cuts into the hops nicely. The malt side isn't as full as I'd expected either, rather tame. On the plus side, the booze never rears its ugly head.

M: The mouthfeel never really gets assertive. The nose psyches me up for a hoppy malt bomb but the taste never brings that to fruition. Too bad, as the nose is decent.

D: Not much punch. A bigger hop profile or more astringent mouthfeel would go miles.

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Appearance. Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin skim of head.

Smell. Caramel, a little citrus, brown sugar and raisins. Nice.

Taste. Caramel, Orange, lemon and grapefruit rinds, a little pine sap and a hint of smoke maybe.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lower carbonation.

Overall. Nice barleywine with a good hit of bitterness and citrus. Not overly sweet like many others.

Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a 2008 bottle that must have been brought up from the archives at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA.

- Clear dark copper brew, had a few floaties in the bottle... not much. White fizzy head... leaves a nice thin pillow on top with some large bubbled rings of lace magic.

- Huge sweet thick maple brown sugar caramel malts... this puppy smells smooth. Still some grassy earthy hops present.. caramel cream.

- Smooth robust and flavorful brew... roasty brown sugar and caramel malts.. very distinct caramel and crisp sugary notes... wow... what a tasty barleywine, I am impressed!

- Medium bodied... slightly creamy smooth, a touch sticky but overall smooth sailing.

- This slightly aged bottle of barleywine is absolutely delicious and is hitting the spot. For me barleywines are hit or miss... and this is certainly a hit. If you have old bottles of this sitting around... bust one out!

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Appearance: ruby bronze color, tan cream colored head. Minimal... nice lacing though.

Aroma: mission figs, plum, red grapes, caramel, pecan, light booze, dark fruits.

Taste: caramel, plums, figs, faint bitterness, toffee, fruity yeast notes, even cocoa.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, creamy, low carbonation.

Overall: Have to say that this holds up nicely. There's a little booze in the nose, but its smooth drinking with plenty of rich flavors and aromas. Seems kinda English, but with the age, kinda hard to tell.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange-copper amber, one finger off-white head and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, light hops. Solid caramel malt barley wine, surprisingly tasty. Finish hoppy with a slightly acrid flavor. A bit boozy. A candidate for cellaring to see if it will mellow.

Photo of CBlack85
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertunes for this one.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a balloon glass.

2008 vintage

The beer pours a hazy orange copper color with with lighter orange (almost golden) highlights. A fairly aggressive pour produces a light tan frothy head that lingers for a while leaving behind an impressive amount of lacing.

The nose is sticky and sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. Mild hints of dark fruit mingle with brown sugar and just the slightest hint of molasses. The hop aromas are barely noticable, I expected more from a beer that boasts 90 IBU's, even if it is three years old...

The flavor is all malts all day. Very nice blend of caramel, toffee, peated malt, and brown sugar. The hops seem to be an afterthought, just the slightest bit of hop bitterness on the back of the tounge lingers after the fact. Really a very drinkable beer. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. I have not ventured into the world of barleywines before now, but after this beer, I just might have to start seeking them out.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, the 2009, 20th anniversary edition.

Pours out an appealing translucent nut brown, becomes a chestnut and garnet hue when held to direct light. Very little head with poor retention, although leaves a creamy light tan ring.

The aroma is rounded and soft, with caramel and burnt toffee notes, some raisin and brown sugar, orange citrus and green apple. Some sharp warm alcohol.

The flavour is dry, woody and earthy, herbal and citrus hops on the finish, grapefruit pith being the most prominent lingering in the aftertaste. After a while things sweeten out in the aftertaste with some light brown sugar.

Mouthfeel seems a bit light, although decent attenuation for the most part. Low carbonation.

Tastes fairly young, definitely needs to mature a bit and allow the hops to mellow. Intense and full of earthy goodness though.

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from Pike Pub & Brewery
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