wedgie9 (2490) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 3/20/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle obtained in a trade quite a while ago. Pours hazy dark orange with a very thin beige head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is toasty and malty with tons of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, and a nicely smoked peaty aroma. The flavor is the same with plenty of caramel, nicely bitter toasted toffee, honey, and a bit of peated malt. The body is full with just lighter than average carbonation and a very long malty and lightly smokey, nicely bitter finish. This is a great Barley Wine that is holding up great for the age.
VastActiv (3332) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pike Brewing. 2010, 2013,2014 vintage samplers. Colour is cloudy reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, raisins, dryness, hops and malts. 2014: Hoppiest one, little bit of pungent, definitely too young. 3.7. 2013: Dark and dry fruits dominate, very soft and enjoyable. 3.9. 2010: Getting woody and fruit profile is getting simpler. Not too old yet. 3.8. Total points 3.8.
Westchesterco (1224) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a bottle cloudy orange color no head the aroma is caramel the taste is malty and bitter
Iphonephan (3864) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavors of citrus and candi sugar with some smoky notes. Smooth, slightly boozy finish.
JefVerstraete (1765) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks Kump! Orange colour, small white head. Aroma of caramel, hops, dark sugar and sweet maltiness. Medium carbonation. Good barley wine.
77ships (4552) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JefVerstraete! Bomber sampled @ RBBWG IV. Double waxed! They first waxed the bottle & then they waxed the wax! How Spinal Tap. Dark amber, small off-white head. Nose is liquorish, varnish, sweet herbal, chemcials, paint. Taste is varnish, boozy, bitter herbal, orange peel, varnish, bitter marmalade. Oily, varnish-like body. Little carbonation. Too little nuance + varnish-like notes. Acceptable in general.
Benzai (9352) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2015 shared by JefVerstraete. Nice red color, small white to off-white head. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, liquor. Medium body and carbonation. I know, short rating, but I was overwhelmed. Insane beer at an insane tasting.
ElManana (648) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBBWG shared by JefVerstraete. Pours orange with a big head. Bit sour, bourbon, vanilla, malts, caramel.
jerseyjohn71 (245) - corsicana, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011, #355B, 9.9% AVB, smooth over all, caramel, toast, roasty, resin, citrus, leather, earthy, alcohol, banana, butterscotch, cough drop, ginger, clove, licorice, raisin, soy sauce, vanilla, woody, red, hazy, tan foam, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light sweetness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, soft carbonation, bitter,
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
With this rating, I finally make it into the Pike top 5. It was a bit of my goal to get in here and I have been able to do it in about 6 months living in Seattle (I doubt I’ll get to #1). I think it is fitting that I do it with the Old Bawdy. I have had this a few times, always aged bottles. Drank the 2008 bomber at Brouwer’s yesterday, so up to 7 years old and its very serviceable. I would not prefer it that way but doable. Hops die down and caramel malt comes out. Also drinking fresh sample for the first time at brewery in sampler. Raisin and grape in aroma. Would not think its 10 abv, its relatively light for style with no overpowering alcohol. Well attenuated. I dont believe the 90 IBUs either for such a unsweet beer. Some caramelized sugars. Much smoother and only mild bitterness with no sweetness covering it up.
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"2006 bottle - held up pretty well (way better than an 05 old stock!). definitley sweet leaning - rasiny, fruit, malty...i’m sure the hops have faded, but it works. slick but full mouthfeel. gotta try one o these fresh!" (2010)