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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 14:14:26 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-08-2012 21:57:15 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

2012 vintage.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with sugary and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but pretty strong and boozy as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:09:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this bottle last weekend. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a moderate amber-brown color with a thin off-white head. Thin cap and collar. The nose carries some toffee, caramel, and light fruits. A bit oxidized. The flavor brings through a slight bitterness in addition to sweet malts and fruit. Medium body with good carbonation. Somewhat-dry finish. Just okay.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:54:09 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house."

--Harry S. Truman

2006 vintage. Bronzed orange peel with lemony orange edges. Despite a high-altitude pour, the butter colored cap maxed out at a fat one finger. It's a good looking slice of foam that is laying down more thick lace than most double-digit ABV beer.

The nose is less impressive. The malt bill consists of pale, wheat, crystal and peated. A hint of peat is definitely present, but I would never have been able to come up with that on my own. For such a killer hop bill (see below) and a stated IBU count of 90, there isn't much hoppiness emanating from the glass. A whiff of alcohol doesn't help.

Pike Old Bawdy would be better with a higher percentage of crystal/caramel malt. There's almost none of that English toffee flavor that I enjoy so much. With less than abundant malt flavor, hops need to take over. Unfortunately, they don't do so in this beer. As a result, alcohol is too noticeable, even at greater than one year of age.

The hop bill is fine: Columbus, Magnum, Chinook and Centennial. For some reason, though, they don't deliver the flavors usually associated with them. Sure, there's some amount of orange liqueur and candied grapefruit rind, but it's relegated to the background. The beer isn't *that* old. Besides, there's still a truckload of bitterness present that has no trouble cutting through the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Even though it isn't a standout, I can't find any chinks in the armor. It's full without being overly sappy and has a gentle carbonation that is almost a requirement in beer of this size.

Pike Pub & Brewery has always struck me as a solid brewery that doesn't produce anything overly spectacular. I had somewhat high hopes for Old Bawdy Barley Wine, but it didn't deliver in the end. Here's hoping they change the recipe from year to year.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 16:36:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

2009 version

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a soap bubble head that quickly fritters away; freckles of lace, however

Smell: Balanced blend of caramel, citrus pith and pine

Taste: Although the caramel flavors are the first to emerge, the pith and pine quickly follows and adds a fruity dimension by mid-palate, with a touch of lychee; after the swallow, the bitterness rises to the fore, though the caramel sweetness lingers to balance the flavor profile; boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly thin for the style but considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I debated about whether to age this longer or to consume it now and, after reading the reviews of others, I am glad I drank it relatively young, while the hoppy flavors remained forceful; with approximately six months of age on it, the initial aggressiveness of the 90 IBUs is past, but the balance is now just right

Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 17:54:25 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2012 21:02:40 | More by nmann08
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-27-2013 00:00:49 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 23:18:53 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:43:40 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 00:03:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 06:08:03 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 05:38:33 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/15/12 notes. Bottled shared by nmann08; thanks Nate. Poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, and toffee. A bit oxidized, and a little faint. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, lightly sweet fruits, bready malts, and toasted malts. Better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a decent barleywine. Nose was a bit faint but the taste was much better. Would like to try a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:16:53 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 release; Sampled December 2008
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost two-fingers of frothy, tan colored foam. The beer is reddish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, orange / red tinged copper color when held up to the light and shows bubbles from the light carbonation struggling to rise up through this viscous brew. The aroma is sticky with residual malt sweetness, ample caramelized malt and some resinous, citrus focused hop character. Ample biscuit-like malt, whole grain cracker notes, touches of toffee, concentrated sweet tea and caramelized malt sugars play the leading role while hop notes of tangelo, touches of lychee, some pine needle notes and grapefruit take a secondary, supporting, but definitely quite noticeable role.

This beer is definitely thick and chewy; it has a viscous heft to it that allows it to stick to the palate initially, but a biting, ample, almost abrasive bitterness balances this out by scrubbing the palate clean of the sticky malt. The bitterness really lingers on the tongue for quite some time after a sip. The bitterness actually has a bit of green, hop astringency to it that makes it all that much more gripping. The crystal malt character contributes quite a bit to the flavor, but doesn't overwhelm or get too cloying; it does accentuate some citrus flavors from the hops though (grapefruit and orange zest). I like the clean, sweet, yet not cloying, lightly toasty, biscuit leaning malt character that this beer has up front.

Clearly this beer was meant to be aged, I like it fresh and aggressive though. It is quite smooth at the front of each sip with the sweet malt and citrus hop notes, but then the aggressive, scathing hop bitterness comes riding in and obliterates almost everything in its path. There is not a whole lot of complexity to this beer right now, but I have a feeling that it will pick up more of this as it mellows and ages for a couple years; I am not sure I will like it better that way though. There is only one way to find out.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:50:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2011 20:07:56 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Impressive, thick head. Cloudy orange, amber color. Extensive chunky lace on the glass.

Strong brown sugar and molasses smell--very rich aroma.

Excellent blend of flavors--slightly sweet, strong alcohol with a good kick of hop bitterness at the end. Yet, the swallow has a fortified wine air to it. Bittersweet aftertaste. Rich liquor as expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:30:38 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a full off-white head. Leaves tons of sticky lace.

S: Fruitcake, brown sugar, some grapefruit from the hops. Smells like a classic American barleywine to me.

T: Much of the same as in the smell. Rich malt flavours backed with a heavy dose of American hops. Like a junior Bigfoot, but still big and brash.

M: Rich, chewy, but surprisingly easy drinking for its size.

O: This was a surprise. A $3.99 barleywine that's this good. Easy buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 19:22:02 | More by Halcyondays
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GClarkage

California

4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

09/20/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- Vintagte 2006. 12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Burnt orange in color. 1/4 inch head which quickly evaporates. Lots of microscopic yeast infused with the beer. Seems a touch lifeless but has good color and does leave some light traces of lace.

Smell- Very nice aroma or deep caramel maltball notes with a nice hop punch of orange, pine and grapefruit.

Taste- Wow, this is one well balanced beer. The very sweet caramel malted flavor come into play first with a nice light alcohol warming sensation. Hops then jump in...just enough to know they are there, but not enough to totally outpower the flavor and goodness of the sweet malt texture and taste. Hops are pine and sugary grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a lower carbonation rate. Not quite cask, but has a bit of bite to it. Medium lasting sweet hop and caramel sweetness.

Drinkability- One of the better per style that I have had. I prefer a english barleywines, but this is a rare american one that is well balanced and one flavor (the hop or the malt) doesn't out do the other. Very good beer that I will be trying to track down again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 19:57:58 | More by GClarkage
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

2006 vintage thanks to my man Travisd13.
Poured a cloudy deep orange with a small white head. Nose caramel, dried fruits, candy. Taste is sugary, dried fruits, caramel and just right for an 06! Mouthfeel is warming, thick and coating, sweet, malty. Very drinkable and it cellared well but at 4 years it is peaking.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:53:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:47:38 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:48:06 | More by akorsak
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger, cream head that slowly fades leaving a little lace. Nose is alcohol and hops. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a balance of alcohol and grapefruit hops some sweetness. Decent barleywine. Pricey - $6.87 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 00:06:06 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Utah

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

12oz. Bottle
2006 Vintage

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little almost one-finger tannish head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, bready, slightly spicy. The taste is sweet to the lips, with a nice malt tone, some hops, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice BWSA, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:37:13 | More by Wasatch
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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from Pike Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.