SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
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 (625) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
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. andrewje41 (4239) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2011 draft pour at the brewery. Smooth and delicious brew with malty and nutty aroma and flavor. Has a slighty roasted finish. Very impressed. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2007
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 (4006) - - MAR 30, 2012
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
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. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2013 edition, well here goes.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a fairly nice looking dark brown close to a black colored body with a fairly decent one finger foamy head that quickly died down and left barely any lacing.
The smell, whoah, okay, I know this is from 2013, but hey where did those bitter citrusy hops come from, ah, well, honestly, it doesn’t bother me, and ya know, I actually like what this one does to the beer. Here’s what I actually get on the smell: a nice light citrusy to somewhat tobacco to a little bit of vanilla to caramel-ness in an invasive sort of manner.
The taste was semi-bitter and somewhat sweet through the hops and the malts but nothing over the top for the most part.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium with actually a fairly decent sessionability about this one (hah, a barleywine, honestly, I think I could have another, what’s the ABV on this one? Did it slightly die on me a bit since this is from 2013?)
Overall, heck yeah, I’d have this again. Despite SN making a very good American Barleywine, well, this one can definitely back it up in style. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2007
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.Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2007
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.
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!