Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine | The Pike Brewing Company

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209 Ratings
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Pike Old Bawdy Barley WinePike Old Bawdy Barley Wine
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 118
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SitkaSteve
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.

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Photo of arizcards
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!

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Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of sia478
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MrDarcy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of draheim
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.

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Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SeaAle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of johnnieoz
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.

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Photo of jALEson
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bigorange
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Arithmeticus
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!

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Photo of fishguyac
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of abex44
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from The Pike Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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