Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine | The Pike Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Ratings:
212
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of atrocity
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy red orange color with a creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of vanilla, caramel, pine, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is resinous with a thin caramel and brown sugar that slides away almost instantly. Lots of pine and bitter resin midway and into the dry finish. Light carbonation, medium bordering on thin body, bitter, sticky, resinous mouthfeel. This one is only ok. The body is a bit thin for my taste, its acridic in its bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from The Pike Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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