Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.91/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-29-2013 00:58:52 | More by EgadBananas
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Look- Pours a caramel, mahogany, slightly reddish orange color. Very dense and cloudy, hard to see through even when heald to the light. Nice sized head that dissapears quickly but leaves behind excellent lacing and a nice film over the top of the beer.
Smell- Very sweet caramel maltiness, candied sugar, slight hint of alcohol but I would never guess its 9.9% other than the fact that the scents from the malt are so..."THERE". Slight hint of candied figs and surprisingly a slight peach or apricot scent? Its giving me a boner.
Taste- The peach/apricot notes are definitely more prevalent in the taste than the scent. Not like a "fruit beer" by any means, it just has this refreshing sort of flavor underneath it despite being a 9.9% barley wine. First its sweet with the candied sugar flavors then an ever so slight bitterness follows. Alcohol is also slightly more detectable than in the scent but still not overpowering, it adds a nice touch to it.
Mouthfeel- So super smooth at first and the light amount of carbonation doesnt come through until the finish. Definitely some slight warmth from the alcohol in the finish but not at all assaulting or stinging. Just a comforting warming sensation. I'm sure the little bit of aging has something to do with this.
Overall- Even though an 86 is considered "very good" I still think this beer is underrated. I will admit though that a lot of that might have to do with the slight age put on this bottle. I can imagine this one to be a lot more hot and all over the place fresh off the shelf. Its unique in the fact that the flavors are just as bold as they should be for a 9.9% sipper barley wine yet somehow still manages to be dangerously smooth and refreshing (refreshing is NOT a word I would usually use to describe a barley wine). To top it all off I got this one for $3 on clearance at total wine n more...an absolute steal. I'm not sure what the average going price is for these bombers but Im assuming its not much more than that, so with that being said, I would definitely recommend this one to all the big beer fans out there.
06-05-2013 06:06:14 | More by RyanLigeia
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
03-27-2013 19:22:02 | More by Halcyondays
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-27-2013 01:09:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.04/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-27-2013 23:18:53 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet caramel and copper hops, with some honey wheat bread and raisins and biscuit.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and raisin, with some copper hops and stale biscuit. It had a bitter and somewhat clean aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This brew had a good scent and taste, but the body was a little weak and the finish was kind of rough. It started off ok, but the lingering character is telling of the quality of the brew...or lack thereof. Not a very refined drink.
02-03-2013 21:33:07 | More by Pencible
Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from Pike Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.