SPDickerman (832) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 Vintage. Pours murky dark brown, rusted copper with minimal off-white, tan fizz. Smells malted, fruity, hoppy, and mildly smoky. Taste is first very bitter and then some mild fruit-like flavors with some smokiness. Full-bodied with a smooth body and mild mouth-carbonation, Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine (2009) finishes with some dry fruitiness.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color with a thick off white head. The nose is loaded with dates and figs and brooding plummy aromatics. The palate is layered with balanced dark fruit and malt characteristics while the hops lay in perfect balance creating a mouthfeel and series of flavors that you wish would never end. Stellar Barleywine.
Caskalefan (137) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Although this great resurrected brew is still a bit young, the aroma is very complex, and full of nuance...rosewater, and jasmine tea, with caramel, and hops coming in right after.
The body is creamy, and reminiscent of Worther’s Originals toffee, and there is more of the rosewater, and jasmine flavor, along with caramel, and plenty of hops (although the hoppiness stops short of being overbearing).
There is also a citrus thing going on, particularly grapefruit, and mandarin orange, as well as a more brown fruit character (dates, figs), as well as persimmons.
Wonderfully aggressive beer now, but will doubtlessly fuse, and mellow down the road.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
huge 22oz 2011 bottle claiming 9.9%. pours a clear amber with a small, stable, beige head. caramel and big citrus/pine nose. american, west coast, style BW. in the tradition of big foot only slightly less hoppy and slightly more malty. piney and citrusy up front, then turning sweet with caramel and toast, but not quite smoky. abv is tame for the most part. a real good one from pike, if not their best work! awesome BW!
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not the top barley wine I believe (need to do a side by side tasting to really tell). Sweet flavour of caramel, bread, dried fruits, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 12-oz. Pours a still-looking dark coppery amber with a somewhat weak-looking and thin off-white head. Lots of clingy lace. Disappointingly restrained nose--have to really dig in to pick up faint whiffs of red tree fruit and caramel. Moderate attack; slightly oily body, light carb, and assertive flavors. Nothing earth-shattering for a BW. Mid-palate is a nice mix of tangy, husky malty caramel and some nuttiness that seems to come out of the meld with the piney hop. Big tangy caramel and bitter pine finish. Liking it, but not jumping up and down.
Re-rated August 08 from a 1998 bottle. 10 years on it from the time of Fal’s employ is definitely the way to drink this beer, and the numbers apply only to this part of the notes.
Crystal clear dark amber. Headless, laceless. Big soy, biscuit, and dark wood nose. Big oily flat body. Super woody mid-palate. Bitter resin, tobacco, and leather too. Long woody finish. Wood, tobacco, and leather aren’t the newest additions to a well-aged barleywine’s flavor profile or anything, but this is beautifully crafted, delicious, and deserves a ton of credit.
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, dark gold pour with short pale head. Very sweet with cognac, chocolate and raisin flavours. Good body. Clean, hoppy finish, no lace. A shade more hops and it would rival Bigfoot!
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ tasting by jbrus. A clear light brown colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of caramel with hop bitters. It’s fruity like orange and citrus. The taste of malts, hop bitters and fruits like citrus. It’s spicey. The aftertaste is fruity with bitters and a little sweet.
chemicalcraig (7) - Eugene/Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006, 12 oz. Pours golden amber with red highlights, thin white head. Particulates and small chunks that settle upon sitting.
Ar: moderate esters, scotch, alcohol, citrus and earthy hop aroma, rich caramel
Flavor: caramel, low fruit, moderately high earthy hops that linger, high alcohol warmth but not solventy - balanced with rich malt flavor
Mouth: Medium mouthfeel, not too thick, not syrupy
Overall: Great barleywine, aged nicely. Have a couple bottles in the cellar.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 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.