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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley WinePike Old Bawdy Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
86
very good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper red body with minor head and lace patches. Aroma is mostly malty with touches of dark fruit and booze. This beer has a heavy body, not syrupy but some thickness to it, slow sipper, booze is evident throughout beer and adds a little heat on the backend. More boozy and dark fruity (raisins, figs) than hops or sweet notes poking out but they do. Balance is in this beer for most part as alcohol or dark fruit notes don't kill everything else. Not most flavorful or complex barleywine but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 18:34:36 | More by clayrock81
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Larz_73

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-04-2014 05:02:12 | More by Larz_73
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-01-2014 04:26:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alright, fine, I've had this more than enough times over the years when my boat has pulled into Seattle, so here goes.
This thing, yeah, pour it in a chalice, a snifter, a pint glass, a tulip, whatever you damn well please, ah yeah, man, you'll always get the same damn results.
Here's the rest.
The appearance was a fairly decent dark brown close to black colored body. Lacing was there, uh...slightly.
The smell was actually quite hoppy, oh yeah, the one I'm currently having is a 2013 so for the record for some odd reason the hops actually hold up in this thing, don't ask me why 'cause I have no freakin' clue.
The taste was actually quite hoppy and yet sweet with a nice figgy maybe perhaps antiquated dried out fruitiness to gloss over.
The mouthfeel was extremely dry, holy moley, was this ever dry. Are American Barleywines supposed to be this dry? Ah, shit, well, excuse me for not knowing any better and basically just speaking my mind.
Overall, for the most part, I think I like this beer, its just really dry and maybe makes me put a slight/perhaps nightcap on my night. Oh well, I guess its good. Cheers y'all.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 08:21:09 | More by SitkaSteve
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arizcards

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2013 edition bomber in late March from Total Wine for $9.99. Bottled on day 354.

Beer poured amber-orange with a decent white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is sweet and hoppy, dark fruits, a classic barleywine nose.

Taste is dark fruits, big malt backbone that is sweet but not cloying, generous amount of citrus and pine to balance the brew out nicely.

Mouthfeel is full and viscous.

Overall this is a very nice brew, true to the style, very delicious and satisfying. Makes for a nice sipper on a 105 degree day in the Sonoran desert!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 00:11:16 | More by arizcards
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WynnO

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-14-2014 18:38:12 | More by WynnO
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-09-2014 20:45:03 | More by HoppySeb
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sia478

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-21-2014 20:48:14 | More by sia478
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MrDarcy

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-14-2014 18:25:44 | More by MrDarcy
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draheim

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (2012) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is herbal and floral NW hops, caramel and toffee. Pretty straightforward, and maybe a tad boring.

Taste is more complex than the aroma. Lots of nice floral hops intermingled with rich caramel malt. There's a nice balance here where each element complements the other really well.

Mouthfeel is about right, medium to heavy with a lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste, just a touch of warming alcohol numbs the palate.

Overall a pretty decent, middle-of-the-road barleywine. Pike rarely makes an outstanding or horrible beer. Just reasonably faithful interpretations of a variety of styles. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:49:13 | More by draheim
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wtkphoto

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-30-2014 19:17:28 | More by wtkphoto
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-14-2014 03:49:14 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-10-2014 02:12:35 | More by dmorgan310
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-06-2014 15:59:52 | More by harpus
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2014 01:12:48 | More by Gonzoillini
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-04-2014 05:23:32 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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johnnieoz

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, 22 oz brown bomber. 100th review.

Garnet hued with a decent off white foamy crown. Wonderfully fruity - plums, apricots, pears.

A sharp sweetness with flavors not dissimilar to a plum brandy at first. Then it balances out and finishes on the bitter side .

Very chewy, fruitcake ,or better yet, stollen comes to mind. Carbonation is just right for this style.

I was in the mood for this kind of Barleywine, more English than American, and other reviewers led me in the right direction. Not sure what this tastes like fresh but with two years on it, it is very reminiscent of Anchor's classic Old Foghorn, one of my favorites. I found this randomly in a bottle shop, not sure why they had the 2011 vintage out on the shelf suddenly, but I'm glad they did.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:03:09 | More by johnnieoz
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jALEson

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-20-2013 00:45:20 | More by jALEson
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-12-2013 05:30:24 | More by SadMachine
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bigorange

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-22-2013 23:50:51 | More by bigorange
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-22-2013 01:51:09 | More by BillRoth
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in ale glasses at White house

A: very cloudy; dark amber; thin head, no carbonation evident
S: apple, pear, fig, sweet aroma
T: very yummy--fruity, sweet, but bitter

This is, IMO, one of Pike's best brews, going beyond the standard and ordinary to a distinct but not wild or outrageous flavor. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 20:47:37 | More by Arithmeticus
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fishguyac

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

08-31-2013 22:57:11 | More by fishguyac
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abex44

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-24-2013 04:09:26 | More by abex44
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:58:52 | More by EgadBananas
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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from Pike Pub & Brewery
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