Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine | The Pike Brewing Company

Pike Old Bawdy Barley WinePike Old Bawdy Barley Wine
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Pike Old Bawdy Barley WinePike Old Bawdy Barley Wine

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled a 12 oz. pour at Brouwer's Cafe, 2009 Edition. The 2008 was on the menu but out when we descended this past week.

Presented via tulip: off-orange with a bubbly, happy little head. Smell is gentle malt, sweet, not much else.

Unfortunately the taste followed suit. Sweet; malt; maybe a hook echo of pine hops, but maybe not.

The lackluster beer of the evening. Not bad, I just didn't get anything off this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Exiled
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle - 2007 Vintage

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a ruby amber color with a small off white head. Smell is a deep bready caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, brown sugar, some dark fruits with a slight smokiness. Medium mouthfell, low carbonation. Overall, I didnt much care for this one.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight glass from a 22oz bomber that says 2007 on the label. I bought it in 2010 so I've no idea if it was kept in ideal conditions these past couple of years.

A good-looking dark amber colour with not much head. Minimal lacing. I spy floaters!

The smell is heavy on the sweet things - malts, toffee, caramel... and an almost meaty aroma. This is picked up in the taste too. Very sweet up front with a bitter finish, but in between there's... something. It almost reminds me of a rich, thick, French cuisine red wine sauce. Some of you might not want that in your beer but it works for me, by Jove. I am not feeling either the alcohol burn or the 90 IBUs.

Decent mouthfeel with nice lack of carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer. I wish it wasn't 10% ABV or I'd drink it all night.

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Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a red brick color. A dense, two inch, beige head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted caramel malt up front. Some dark fruits and a dry wood aroma. An herbal and piny hop aroma lingers.
T: Lots of toasted caramel malt and dry wood flavor. Earthy and herbal hops are present as well. A light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This is soft and creamy. Very dry. The alcohol is there, but not hot at all. Warming, and a good beer to sip on.

This is a nice American Barleywine. Much more balanced than many other Northwest examples. I like it a lot. Highly recommended.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, the 2009, 20th anniversary edition.

Pours out an appealing translucent nut brown, becomes a chestnut and garnet hue when held to direct light. Very little head with poor retention, although leaves a creamy light tan ring.

The aroma is rounded and soft, with caramel and burnt toffee notes, some raisin and brown sugar, orange citrus and green apple. Some sharp warm alcohol.

The flavour is dry, woody and earthy, herbal and citrus hops on the finish, grapefruit pith being the most prominent lingering in the aftertaste. After a while things sweeten out in the aftertaste with some light brown sugar.

Mouthfeel seems a bit light, although decent attenuation for the most part. Low carbonation.

Tastes fairly young, definitely needs to mature a bit and allow the hops to mellow. Intense and full of earthy goodness though.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into Corsendonk chalice jan15 2010

A clear deep amber with a fast falling two finger head after a angry pour that leaves no lace

S lots of caramel apple with some mild booze and hops

T not to far from the smell but some pine and citrus come out that I couldn't smell and the booze is well concealed

M nice and thick even syrupy with low carbonation, pretty decent for this style

D still just a little hot but very well rounded not lacking in any areas and for 10% this is dangerously drinkable

this beer surprised me being so fresh and yet very smooth, I can only wonder what a few years under the stairs would do for this one. I may find out but it will take a little effort not drinking it, pick it up if you get the chance

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2007 vintage. 1pint 6fl oz bottle poured into my snifter

Pours a light brown to slightly light murky amber color. Slightly tan 2 inch head. The head is very bubbly and frothy. Great head retention that last throughout the beer leaving behind sticky lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Huge malt smell is what comes out of this beer. Huge toffee and caramel malt smell dominate with hints of raisins, figs, and black licorice coming in behind. Talk about a huge malt smell!!!

Sweet toffee and candy sugar taste upfront with a hint of hop bitterness coming in the end.

Full bodied with a slightly high carbonation and a dry sweet aftertaste that lingers in your mouth.

Too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown and has no head for moments then a tiny little ring surrounds the top of the beer.
Smells of alcohol to me, a bit of toffee but not a whole lot.
Tastes exactly what I look for in a barley wine. Has the alcohol taste and a bit of an earthy taste.
Has a barely carbonated feel but enough bubbles to remind me that it has actually been fermented. Thick feeling and almost syrupy.

This is what I would consider a barley wine to be like.

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Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

a: This was a clear, dark ruby color. It poured with a medium sized off-white head that faded to a little lace.

s: Big, brazen caramel and toffee notes dominate this one. Lurking behind that are aromas of pine plus some boozy cherries and raisins. As it warmed some tobacco and a hint of chocolate emerged.

t: I don't know what this tasted like fresh, but the hops have been reduced to a kind of bitter, fuzzy tingle blanketing everything. Whats left is lightly sweet toffee and caramel for the most part. At the end I tasted tart, boozy flavors of tobacco and dark fruit.

m: Gently fizzy carbonation, a fairly beefy body, and a long, lingering finish.

d: Very nice b-wine, the years have treated it well. Almost went with a 4.5 for taste, but the second half got pretty sweet.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage black wax dipped 12 oz. stubby from czoch74, poured into a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a turgid, dirty, muddy burnt mahogany, complete with bottom floaties and a slow-to-rise-fast-to-fade half finger of off white head that leaves a thin spongy collar of lace and some biotic surface dusting. Flecks and speckles of lace cling to the sides of the glass after each agitation, forming sand-like patterns and thin, dancing, wispy streaks. Thought this one might have been dead at first (which wouldn't have alarmed me after 3 years in storage), but it seems to still have some life in it yet.

Aroma: Nearly all malt, with a faint, high, estery, fruity note - sort of like canned pineapple. Strong caramel notes emerge as it warms, sweet and doughy.

Taste: And the hops prove their resilience! There's definitely a strong, biting, bitter undertone to this one that's decidedly non-alcoholic. There aren't too many other hop notes here - perhaps a fine pineyness that's definitely not fresh, sort of musty and attic-y, and a faint citrus "presence" that's not nearly as pronounced nor as distinct. The malt profile's a bit muddled, or perhaps just well blended - it's reasonably well-attenuated, with tons of toffee, faint butterscotch, dark caramel, and a few of those odd "off" malt notes (perhaps dog food). A far away, faint alcohol burn was at one point, I imagine, far stronger.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, but with enough latent carbonation to provide some lift.

Drinkability: I'd be interested in what this beer was like 3 years ago - it's always good to have that fresh comparison. However, I can say that this one has aged gracefully, perhaps losing in some aspects but also gaining in others. I can say that the 10% was wonderfully absent from this incarnation, and though certain aspects of this beer grew slightly tired with time, it was by and large an enjoyable experience. Thanks again to Clint for the opportunity.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled out a 2006 vintage from the cellar and was surprised a bit by how much hops were still in the nose and the finish. The beer is typical west coast barley wine with a lighter colour and hop forward profile. Nicely made with good balance it is difficult to say how long this should be aged for ( since the hops are a big part of the taste) . 3-4 years seems to be about right. Worth picking up if you are in Seattle.

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Photo of roblowther
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a chalice because I had one handy. 2007 by the label. Where have you been hiding, my little one? Looks like melted caramel, a rich brown with almost no head but something that could be termed carbonation, esp. for the style. Smells of hops first (!) I guess that's the American part. Then sweet toffee and a hint of peaches. My mouth is watering, must smell good. Tastes of graham crackers, then a slight burnt wood that mellows to a caramel and hops afterglow. Very nice! Not nearly as one-dimensional as barleywines can be. Mouthfeel is syrupy, with a whisper of bubbles. Drinkability is good. There is a definite warming when it hits my stomach so I know to be careful with this one. The aftertaste is very pleasant though, like candy. It makes the kid in me want more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 northaustin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick and consistent dark amber color that is brown when held to the light. nice two finger tan head that leaves pretty heavy lacing.
2007 22oz poured into a schnifter.

smells real sweet, and theres a barley bomb in every sniff

taste is also a barley bomb but with a bitter twist. mostly just sweet but with a hint of hops. nothing too out of the ordinary.

mouthfeel is pretty dry. which is kinda a nice turn from the overly sticky feeling a get with alot of barleywines. dont worry the sweet is still hangin out for a bit though.

as a fan of barleywines i would give this a 4.5 for drinkability. its a tad expensive, but its aged nicely and was worth the wait.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a ruby color with one finger of creamy off white head.

Scent of alcohol, caramel, dark fruit, tobacco, and some spices.

Taste of caramel, bready malts, tobacco, sugars, and alcohol. I would like to try a fresh bottle of this to have something to compare it to, but it is still pretty good as it is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample shared by ajsdad06.

Poured hazy orange copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate fruity, earthy and small caramel malty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy prune bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a complex standout beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, thick head, little carbonation. Sweet and musty smell and flavor, strong astringent alcohol taste. Very slight hoppiness.

Feels thick and hearty, somewhat syrupy or sludgy in the mouth. Too astringent to qualify as a very drinkable brew for me, but definitely worth trying.

Found on tap an the Taphouse in Bellevue, WA.

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Photo of erikm25
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Burnt amber and cherry bronzed hue. Fading sunset highlights draped throughout the glass. The head, even from a tap, was a billowing and massive mound of fluffy foam. Sits hazy and dark orange.

S: Sweet. An assortment of candies melted into a glass with grapefruit juice. Caramel backbone with sugar sweetness. Raspberries coupled with pine needles and topped with orange peels. Interesting balance between sweetness and slight bitter undertone with clove aroma.

T: Tastes, like the nose, are sweet. Ripened melons drenched in butterscotch. A fair amount of hops. Freshly squeezed oranges and grapefruits. A little dash of spice towards the back. Despite the rather lackluster complexity this is still a solid offering with a nice ABV.

M: Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

D: Had on tap at Pike. A real treat after a long day. Not over the top but this still delivers.

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from The Pike Brewing Company
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