Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine | The Pike Brewing Company

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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: 211 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of sachie23
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWood
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

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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 BeerBuzzGuy
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Sludgeman
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.

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Photo of Moose90
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.

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Photo of Kuaff
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.

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Photo of CTJman
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uvachief
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.

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Photo of Zach122
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morebeergood
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, aged gracefully. Still potent but smooth.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of lysergicdream
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of phishfoolme
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Wrex68
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
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!!!

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from The Pike Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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