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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Reviews: 112
Hads: 182
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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 RedDiamond
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Bawdy is a whirlwind of strong bittering with dry, fruity flavor and polite malted constraint. It serves its essential purpose without leaping up to dance. The aroma is light and figgy and the tulip glass Pike serves it in reveals it as deep sorrel-maroon.

In early '09, I found the '08 vintage to be overly hopped or perhaps under aged. An excess of bittering gags the malts suggesting it might more fully evolve with a year in the cellar. (447 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.. (1,279 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not a lot to look at. Brown, short lived head, kind of a murky looking liquid with lots of hazy.

S: Mmm... hops are earthy and pine, like a forest. Plenty of malt base to hold them in.

T: Yum! Heavy but easy. Deep brown sugar with perfect balance in the hoppy pine needle finish. Very grounded and pleasing. Great flavor without a hint of alcohol.

M: Heavy body, some oil in the finish.

D: Wow, MORE. So easy, so smooth, why am I drooling? The prime example of iron fist in velvet glove. This beer will do it's damage, but you'll never see it coming.
Hit me again! (572 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 is a good year. Pours a crystal clear light brown color with a light amber hue throughout. A good pour left a soft white head but did dissipate over time. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is rich in malt. Some kettle caramel notes with a light bready aroma on the backend. Some noticeable spicy aromas, more of a pepper than anything. Some oxidation notes, mostly sherry and a touch of cardboard, but still very nice considering the year.

The taste has more of a generic malt base with a lighter caramel backing. Some minor kettle notes but limited compared to the nose. The spicy notes backs off but some mix of earthy and a light citrus note comes out. The hops are limited but understandable from the year. Some light alcohol notes but mostly a sherry flavor.

The body is more moderate and bit easy to drink for a B-wine. Overall a very nice barleywine. I think that this could use a touch more age to round out the sherry and alcohol but tasting very nice.

A big thanks to DIM from the Barleywine BIF. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (2,055 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ol' Bawdy be pouring a clear amber mahogany from the 2007 220z bomber, and a frothy ass tan head bubbles up, leaving sticky Brussels lace in the Corsendonk tulip. Great start.

Then the aroma is classic BW; caramel, malt, and a touch of winter spice. Quaff was all of these, add an orange liquor hint, then a tangy hop finish American style. A touch of the 10% booze slightly singes the mouth, but it'll heal in a few minutes. A bit thin in body, but this is nitpicking.

American BW's are one of my big favorites; this one nails it to a tee. Thumbs up. Thanks to my son for the mule of bringing it back from Seattle. (617 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated 11/29/2008 (bottle labeled 2007):

Pours a reddish brown color body, somewhat cloudy body, with a little tan head, somewhat creamy looking. Malty syrupy sweet aroma. Bitter in the nose along with the sickly sweet. Malty soy saucy taste. Some nuttiness. A little smoother in the taste. Some smokiness too. Carbonated, somewhat creamy taste. Some grapefruit. (362 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Light brown/amber color with a small less than 1 finger deep tan colored head.

Smells of sweet caramel maltiness, faint citrus hoppiness, faint booze. All fairly subdued.

Sweet big caramel sweetness, slight hoppiness, booze, fruitiness, spicy. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, warming boozy feel.

Drinks quite nice for a big 10% barleywine.

A fine offering from Pike. Nicely balanced sipper. (470 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is highly malty with citric notes and a little alcohol. Bright splash of hops grows around the citric and takes on a flowery, fruity, and herbal aroma. Smells good.

Pours a dark dirty blond color - almost reddish brown, very murky, mild head with okay retention. Looks pretty good.

First ship showcases an incredible tartness over the king-sized bed of malt. Very citric with floral bouquet, leafy freshness, and herbal earthiness. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Thick malty body, very mild carbonation. Some roasted notes - chocolate, bread crust - but more syrupy sweetness. Not exactly sweetness, it's really not all that sweet. It has more of the round and soft malt flavors (like syrup, nut, molasses, honey,... liquid malt extract, sweetness) than the flat and sharp flavors (like roast, chocolate, espresso, dryness, bitterness). It's a skillfully-balanced bittersweet flavor. It tastes good and it feels great.

An unusually hoppy Barleywine. That's good for me, for I love hoppy BWs. Good drinkability. This beer has gusto. Lot's of malt, and perhaps even more hop. The alcohol tastes good and most importantly the balance is spot-on. The more I drink the more I find myself really liking it. (1,206 characters)

Photo of midaszero
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle

A - Hazy amber with very little head that does end up leaving good lacing

S - Lots of malts with some hops. Some caramel floral and fruit notes can be picked up

T - Malts and caramel. More like a English Bareleywine. A little smoky, a little leather and a little bit of hops

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy

D - Pretty solid and enjoyable. Interesting to see what more age would do. (424 characters)

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

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 1998 vintage. Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. The aroma was sweet and a bit fruity. Smells like a Barleywine. This beer has a nice Barleywine flavor too with a dark fruitiness, caramel malts and a hint of pine hops. The flavor seems to end with a bit of a woody character. (349 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage no bottled on date.

Pours a caramel, red oak brown with a small but lively cream head that dissipates into a scatter of large bubbles. Smells strong. I can smell it from the table as I type! Sweet, brown sugar, fig, molasses, oranges and raisins. A slight hint of spicy, minty pine hops come through the end but sweetness dominates this nose. Taste begins with sweet bready malts dominated with brown sugar, strawberry, raisin bread... very nice! A bit of balance from the hops comes in with hints of piney spice, a bit of mint and orange. Finishes a little too hot and dry. The mouthfeel is a bit thin overall. Drinking much more like an English Barleywine right now... sort of reminds me of a young North Coast Old Stock Ale right now. Certainly could use some time in the bottle. (797 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ! (1,659 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Pike Bawdy Ale poured a hazy orange red color with a single finger foam head and some sudsy lacing.

The smell was as it should be of a barleywine. It was rich malty sweet aroma with brown sugar and deep red purple fruit. The taste had a nice malt backbone which was sweet and then followed up with the fruitness. In the mouth it didn't leave much of a mark even with the high abv. Overall it was tasty and enjoyable. (421 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage.

A: Pours a nice cloudy reddish orange hue with a rather wimpy head. No carbonation or lace noted.

S: Nice bold malt aromas. Nice big blast of caramel malt with some darkened brown sugar. Big blast of pine hops to round things out.

T: Mirrors the aroma. Tons of sweet malt coming at you in big waves of brown sugar and caramel. Blast of Pine hops come next with just a hint of spice. Despite a few years of age the hops are still there.

M: Full bodied rich and with maple syrup like notes.

D: Real nice sipper. This is one to be cherised. (556 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bomber into a pint glass, celebrating the completion of my 192-pg. Master's Thesis.

Pours a thick, hazy, copper-amber body with a thin taupe head that disspiates quickly to a ring of bubbles. The carbonation sluggishly rises through this one, and yet the head still manages to leave some decent lacing. Rich notes of floral hops, bready, caramel malts, brown sugar, tropical fruits, and a buttery alcohol note. Amazingly complex and intoxicating, and I haven't even taken a sip!

Bitter hop oils coat the tongue with floral notes and resin, while a spicy yeast esther in the middle adds some breadiness and fruit. The malt seems a bit outbalanced, but the hops are done well enough for me not to care. The body is gooey and thick, with an invigorating alcohol bite to the finish that pairs with a lingering bitter hop note. I'm glad I was able to bring this bottle home with me from Seattle...well worth the asking price and definately one I would seek out again. (969 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was poured a pint at the Brewpub in Seattle.

A: It poured a reddish brown body this a robust two finger bone white head. The head retained fairly well and supported a thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: It gave off a spicy aroma with a rich caramel base.

T: It had a rich and creamy caramel malt flavor with a spicy bitter hoppy finish.

M: It was medium bodied with a smooth profile and a dry clean finish. There was moderate corbonation and a clean aftertaste.

D: It has a plesant balance between the malts and hops but is a bit high in the ABV for a session brew. Nice smooth brew with an excellent clean finish. (631 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. 2006 vintage bottle courtesy of msubulldog2. Nice light orange color with a sweet candy smell, hoppy. Some fruity candy taste with a slight hoppy finish. Citrusy flavors are also present. This is a good American barleywine that is very mellow and easy to drink, no alcohol flavors, nice. (294 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage

Pours a deep orange with a 1 inch head - gone pretty quickly.

Big nose of "c" hops and candy sugar.

Thick entry, to style with candied malts - hops fighting for control.
Fruity flavors of prunes, pineapple, dried apples. The hop flavors are there side by side. Nice long bitter finish balances out the sweetness of the malts. A hint of brown sugar.

Not as good as I remember from about 4 years ago - but a fine NW US barleywine - hop oriented and tasty. (471 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,399 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,950 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 12 oz bottle poured into my Pike Pub tulip, Old Bawdy is pale auburn with a small and thick ivory head that leaves lots of lace. I really dig the pale color and light glow to this barelywine, which I served at cellar temp.

Smell is spicy and rich, with sweet caramel, sour citrus hops and a nice little touch of buttery diacetyl.

Taste has smooth caramel richness but is pretty hoppy, spicy with a firm bitter finish, and overall very distinct. I just really love the barelywine, there's a reason they wrote the book on the subject!

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and velvety with a dry finish.

Drinkability is very high, as this is fantastic. I'm normally prefer sweeter, English-style barelywines, but the bitterness and west coast hops are really showcased nicely here. This is pretty unique, probably closest in flavor to HOTD's Doggie Claws, but more balanced. (887 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (348 characters)

Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from Pike Pub & Brewery
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