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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 11
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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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 109
Reviews by acevenom:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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 megamass
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 olradetbalder
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 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 JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jALEson
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from Pike Pub & Brewery
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