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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Photo of Shadman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dirty, hazy copper colour, it dirty copper can be a colour. So-so head and lacing.

Nice balance between toasted caramel ,alts and floral pine hop with a hint of grapefruit peel. No booziness which is a surprise given the 10% ABV

I'll give it this much. A drinkable strong beer. Booze is hidden so well the Belgians might blush. After that, a bit two dimensional. Sweet caramel malt, oily pine cobined with grapefruit peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel works with the oily slickness matching well with the intense hoppiness.

Gotta try an aged version. New tastes too much like a Yank Double IPA for my taste buds. Nice, but let's see if if improves with aging.

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Photo of philbertk
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Old Bawdy Barleywine--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0)Sweet variation on IPA. Strong, hoppy, bitter balance to sweet. Nice red amber color. IPA profile with dominating body. Sampled 1/29/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--PIKE OLD BAWDY BARLEY WINE style ALE 2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--10.00% ABV--90 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Barleywine--Thick pour. Thin lace minimal head. Clear opaque rich deep amber color. Aromatic malty caramel fruit hop front. Smooth sweet thick mellow rich caramel fruit apple malty body. Restrained fruit balanced smooth mild hot hop mild EtOH easy end. Big but smooth. Sampled 1/31/2009. $10.99 Each.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. OG 1.096. IBU 90. 10% ABV. 2007 edition recently purchased at Julio's Liquors (Westboro, MA).

Appearance: A beautiful hazy amber, great cascading and tall tan head that leaves thin spotting.

Nose: Crisp orange and lots of caramel. Lots of dark caramel. Toasted nuts, fresh cream, cashews and white chocolate.

Palate: Round and luscious. Lots of caramel malt, some slick alcohol, cream carbonation and some bitterness towards the finish and warming alcohol. Flavors are dense and dark. Rich caramel chews with some milk chocolate and walnut flavors. Medium-full bodied. Finish is longgg with some hop leaf flavors.

Notes: Super dank. Love it. Never had this before, but I'm presuming the 2/3 years of age has greatly helped this brew. A great score.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: An aggressive pour results in a light auburn color with barely half a finger of head sitting on top. The head retention is extremely low; it's gone within a few seconds. After multiple swirls in my glass, I haven't been able to get any lace on the side of my glass. There is absolutely no effervescence.

Smell: The nose is extremely malty, with a lot of sweet, dark caramel and toffee coming through. A big whiff results in a slight tingle from the ABV. Pine and a little bit of orange peel come in through the nose as well.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and dark brown sugar flavors up front. Much too sweet to be honest. Some molasses shows up, but then it turns into a nice soft citrus flavor from the hops, including orange peel and just a little bit of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky, chewy all of the characteristics of a big beer.

Drinkability: I really enjoy the American barleywines that are more hopped up that give them a candied like flavor and aroma. This one is a little more malty and sweet than I'd prefer, but I still enjoyed this quite a bit and I'm glad I tried it. Definitely made for a good weekend beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good offering from Pike. 2009 version in a bomber.

Nice orange-copper-brown body with an egg-shell white head. Rich malt scent, suggestion of raisins, wine and spices. Slight alcohol burn.

Full malt taste, strong notes of brown sugar and raisins. There's almost a slight hint of brandy butter to this. Noticeable vinous characteristics and a definite alcohol presence.

Smooth mouthfeel, good mild carbonation. Reasonable ABV for a barleywine makes there decently drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite BWs of all time. Had at the source. Great vibrant orange and mahogany color, perfect 1" head, clings to the glass.

Aroma, sweeter than hoped for, but delectable. Taste, not as sweet, but a glorious union of hops and sweetness, with a dash of alcohol presence. Pine, citrus and apple all together. Dry, slight wood presence in the mouthfeel. Even notes of caramel and vanilla in the background. Pine/citrus most prevalent.

Not a bad price for its effect. Highly recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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 +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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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 Exiled
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 -14.8%
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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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +7.8%
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 -13.5%
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 -22.1%
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%
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%
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 -2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +1.8%
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 +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 northaustin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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%
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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Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine from The Pike Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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