Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine
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Barleywine - American
Ranked #314
Ranked #21,319
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Very Good
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of brown sugar, dark fruits, light cocoa. Taste is sweet and boozy. There is alcohol, brown sugar, hops and cocoa are present, light dark fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Aug 08, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2012 vintage I had been hanging onto for awhile. Rusty brown color and a still meaningful beige head. Nose is grapeskin, dark fruit, molasses, and smoked sausage.

The flavor is similar and still very lively on the tongue with a thick, coating texture. There is a burned and roasted note that follows in the aftertaste. This has aged pretty well and I would look for it again.

Jan 06, 2019
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Radome from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bought in Seattle.

L - Dark gold to light brown color, but murky. Very little foam or lacing, but there is an irregular, ragged sheet of bubbles partially covering the surface.

S - Rich, malty aromas, as expected. There are raisins, prunes and molasses. No hops stand out. Low, sweet alcohol along with some fruity yeast character.

T - Sweet malt with molasses, gingerbread and prunes. Hops appear as an indistinct, spicy bitterness. Slightly sweet finish. Flavors don't have a lot of depth.

F - Medium to heavy body seems appropriate. Low but slightly creamy carbonation. Medium hops bitterness cuts the malt sweetness. Moderate alcohol presence doesn't seem objectionably hot.

O - This is a good barleywine, but doesn't have the depth and complexity of flavors and aromas of the best examples I've had.

Jul 02, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revealing my old school ness, allow me to say this is one of my favorite non barrel aged barleywines out there. Back in the 90s, there weren't a lot of options, but Pike was one of the ballers in the game. Pours a dark burnt orange and auburn kind of color with a full inch of head that sticks around and has retention for days. Aroma hits a lot of malt sweetness and caramel feels.

Taste is a blast of hops just underneath Fresh Bigfoot. The mouthfeel has a warming presence from the alcohol, but no bitter sting that you might expect with this much hops and alcohol. The hops give off the old school pine and grapefruit combo, a little bit of caramel with the ever so slightest drop of vanilla at the end.

This isn't going to knock anyone's socks off in this day and age, but man, back in the day, this was one of the best scores you could make. I've never drank this aged, but I have a 10 year old bottle I would like to check out here soon. Will update score then.

Apr 21, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a mostly dark ruby red to cloudy brown color yet with a subtle transparency about it. But when held up to the light, not much carbonation could be seen rising. Just a film of a little white foamy head sat atop but slid off at a mild pace.
The aroma had some dark to pomme-like fruits glossing over some brown sugar, faint dried tobacco, sweet citrus, light grassiness and some cocoa powder at the very end.
The flavor was mildly sweet with slight bitterness trying to stiffen up the undercut of the sweetness. Tobacco/grassiness seemed a bit more blended yet also a touch fainter than in the aroma along with the cocoa powder and brown sugar. Aftertaste seemed more of the dark and pomme-fruits.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it as the carbonation felt fine and nothing really seemed to obstruct the sips in terms of a steady balancing ABV to the overall feel. Some dryness along my tongue but not overly gripping.
Overall, pretty nicely done American styled Barleywine, fans of SN's Bigfoot and Rock Art's Vermonster should like this one.

Aug 12, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy medium brown with a tinge of orange and a light brown head.

Smell: The aroma has plenty of sweet malt with bread and caramel. It also has aroma of plums and floral elements. It also has hints of citrus that is orange like.

Taste: The malt is predominant with a balance between the esters and hops in the background. The malt flavors are sweet with the hop balance being somewhat aggressive with a moderate alcohol element in the taste. It has bread and caramel malt richness in the flavors with floral hops and citrus that in orange like. There are also hints of plums and the alcohol does has a hint of whiskey element in it as well.

Feel: It has a chewy body with moderately high alcohol warming that is a slight tinge hot, but not unpleasant. It is somewhat dry and the floral hops and dryness linger on the palate.

Overall, this is a malt forward barley wine that is moderately hop aggressive as the beer warms.

Dec 10, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2015 vintage

Cloudy dark copper colored, white head. Aroma of boozy caramel and earthy hops. Taste is fairly bitter, drier finish. Sticky mouth feel.

Nov 24, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice barley wine color, deep brown, slightly murky with a ring of tan head. The aroma is good, mostly sweet but lacking in any depth. Same for the taste. It's good but pretty one-dimensional. Medium-bodied with a persistent carbonated tingle.

Jun 02, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pike brewpub, Pike Place.

A: An opaque orange/amber with half finger off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Caramel malts, dark fruits, pine resin and a bit of vanilla on the finish.

T: A sweet opening with caramel and toffee followed by dark fruits. Then a light piney-ness follows with some booze and vanilla on the finish.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, and that's OK by me. A slow sipper with lots of flavor enhancing as it warms.

Apr 25, 2016
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Whiteturtle from New York

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle.. poured into chalice.

Eyes: pours a cloudy caramel hue. 1/4 head with minimal retention.

Nose: Sweet, gummy, butterscotch, toffee, and a little bourbon.

Tongue: Cinnamon, salted caramel, buttered toast, esters, and toasted malt.

Overall: A very balanced barleywine, though how much of that is due to aging I don't know. Leans slightly towards the malty side, but the hops show up for the show too. Solid flavor and a clean finish. The 9.9% is masked decently. Maybe nothing spectacular about this barleywine, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I got a 22oz for $10, which I thought was fair for the quality. I recommend if you can find it, and are in the mood for a balanced barleywine that wont knock you down with booze. But dont expect too much from it.

Feb 04, 2016
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BWood from California

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes far better than it looks .Exceptionaly smooth barleywine. Smells of typical barleywine so not much going on there but it does have good head. I will definitely be buying this again

Aug 27, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz shared bottle.
Hazy dark brown body with a good head.
Sweet aroma with partly hidden alcohol.
The alcohol is obvious in tasting but blends nicely with the sweet malts.
Has more hops and is less sweet than the Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam that preceded it.

Jun 09, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage

Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A - an ugly beer with a beautiful head

S - Malty, sweet, floral, vanilla, caramel, and even a bit spicey.

Apr 27, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage 22oz bottle, poured into tasting glass.

A — Pours into the glass with a rich dark amber hue, there are some ruby red hues around the edges. Big puffy off-white colored head on top of the beer fades slowly and leaves nice lace behind.

S — Smells rich, fruity, bright and sweet. Lots of caramel, dark fruits, plums and figs, bit of a vanilla sweetness.

T — Tastes quite rich and roasted, lots of toasted toffee and caramel, bit of a fruity presence as well, dates, and figs. Little bit of a vanilla sweetness on the back end.

M — Medium-Full bodied, without being overly heavy.

O — Very nice overall, I'd argue this errs more towards an English Barleywine, but it's still good.

Apr 24, 2015
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Kuaff from Alaska

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red-waxed 2013 bomber, decanted into my snifter at cellar temperature.

Wonderful presentation. A deep garnet color with a cap of tenacious tan froth that doesn't want to go away, and looks quite sudsy in general. Bonus barleywine suds (which are rare).

One of the best things I can say about an aroma is that it doesn't smell quite like any beer I've smelled before, and that has come true. This stuff has a unique mixture of fruit that is similar, but also distinctive from other barleywines I've had my nose in. The citrus I'm getting is lime and grapefruit, and there are also cherries, strawberries (whoah!), pineapple, and mango. Under all these marvelous fruits there is a nice caramel scent and some killer dank hops.

Flavor-wise, I immediately get a zesty zing of lime and grapefruit. The tartness transitions a bit to a sweeter, mellow raisin thing, but that sharp citrus is more or less with me for the whole ride. Some bodaciously sweet bread eventually develops toward the finish. At the end, astringent, bitter hops clean up.

The feel is thick, and carbonated to an ideal balance.

I could see how this particular barleywine may only appeal to those who also appreciate IPAs; it's pretty darn hop-forward. It's really a damn fine ale, regardless. I'll remember it for its multitudinous fruitiness.

Apr 22, 2015
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uvachief from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber during a bottle share into a brandy snifter. Copper red color with minimal head and lacing. Looks and smells like a barleywine. Aromas of malts, dark fruit and booze. Can't decipher the fruit or the booze. Medium body in the moth with light carbonation. Very boozy with raisins or plumbs I am guessing. Little hops during the taste as well as the back end. Sweet notes in the aftertaste. Well balanced as nothing overwhelms but that is what disappoints as well. Nothing really dominates to give you something to hang your hat on and it is just there in the end. Traditional barleywine which generally do not have a lot of flavor to me. Not bad but not great either.

Mar 09, 2015
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!!!

Aug 06, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  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.

Jul 11, 2014
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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... 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.

Jun 29, 2014
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arizcards from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Jun 22, 2014
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draheim from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Apr 11, 2014
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johnnieoz from Hawaii

4.39/5  rDev +14%
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.

Dec 15, 2013
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +7%
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!

Oct 15, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jun 29, 2013
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RyanLigeia from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

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.

Jun 05, 2013
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