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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-06-2008

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 62
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

American brewers have taken wood aging to new levels that have never been seen before, re-creating flavors that traditionally would have been there pre-stainless steel. Add the blending of beer, which Pike has done here, and you open a whole new world of complexities.

Big, viscous tan head on top of a crude-oil-colored liquid--another form of black gold, perhaps? Plum pudding aroma of burnt sugars, candied dark fruit and a modest dollop of vanilla bean with a hint of burnt toast and dark-roasted coffee. Slick and smooth medium to full body, you would expect syrupy, but this has a pleasant mouthfeel to it. Roasted flavor never becomes domineering or brash; lots of chocolaty and mild coffee flavors. Toasted cocoa nibs come to mind with an edge of light molasses. Mild warmth from the alcohol, but it mostly stays hidden. The wood character plays up the vanilla sweetness, but then cleans it up at the same time with a layer of tannin dryness. Dried black currants and ripe plum in the back. Quick sting of hop bitterness does not cut through the malt, but does help to balance. Roasty and woody finish. This is a beer to savor every last drop: epic in stature but nothing too bold to not be utterly approachable. This is beer's answer to fine Port wine.

Photo of Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try.

Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium.

Not what the brewer intended but I actually didn't dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.

Photo of pwoods
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane(beachbum1975) for sharing this.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Nice sized head with some retention and decent lacing.

S: Very nice stout aromas mixed with a very appealling wood character. Really digging some of these new barrel beers that aren't in bourbon. Great wood.

T/M: Mellow stout. Light roast and char, some old coffee. The wood is definitely the best part but it doesn't come out enough. Nice bitterness on the back end. Body is medium full is nice creamy carbonation.

D: Drinks easy enough and is tasty. Not bad.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, first off, it's not exactly a breeze to open this bomber - some very solid wax encloses the cap - a good knife is required to get enough of it off to have a go at the cap. By that time, the bottle was obviously agitated, and poured very messily, foam up the wazoo...

Anyways, inconvenient packaging choices aside, this beer appears in the glass as a black hole, no light escaping, save the tiniest of red tinges at the base when held to the overhead halogen lights. As previously noted, it gives off tons of foamy, foamy, foamy (did I say foamy?) brown head, which takes its sweet time to melt away. It smells very distinctly of bourbon - caramel, vanilla, alcohol, and spicy American oak wood notes, with a slight whiff of chocolate and coffee in there as well. The taste is astringent woodiness at first, then some caramel malt, dry cocoa, coffee, some booze, and increasingly intense citrus hops. The carbonation is on the mild side, the body decently weighted, and quite smooth, and it finishes with a sweet chocolate, hop, and whisky (no 'e') flourish.

A splendid barrel-infused big-ass stout, the bourbon influence well integrated. The alcohol is noticeable, but not in any significant way. My only set-to with this particular beer is a local concern - it goes for 16 Canuck-bucks a bottle - not the beer's problem, I know, but certainly a limiting factor in any future enjoyment of this stout for me.

Photo of alamode
1.28/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz bottle from 2009 into Stone shaker pint. bottle lists ABV at 9.5%.

A: poured pitch black with what looked like a nice viscosity, but instantly turned to an expansive froth. after a handful of minutes the huge froth disappeared, leaving about half a glass of what originally poured from the bottle.

S: infected, sour mess...with hints of a barrel-aged stout.

T: awful.

M: it didn't stay in my mouth long enough to get a good read.

D: not drinkable...drain poured and an insane amount of froth filled my sink!

Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky brown and black body with deep burnt orange borders. Pretty close to ink black. The follow up and formation of a massive buff brown head erupted with my rather weak pour. This thing was incredibly active as chunky boulders of soft chocolate rocks sat atop, with staying power. Lacing had a few honorable mentions, with one large smear of particular interest hugging my glass. Looks like a "Pike Stout"

S: heavy hitting dark malts with faint chocolate, coffee, and bourbon types whiffs. Nothing stands in as being very woody, but you could stretch the senses after a heavy huff to include oak and vanilla within the bourbon/alcohol notes. If I remember right, this does a pretty good job of replicating the original Pike Stout with a few new smells

T: upfront are the dark malty notes, this is followed by crushed dutch coffee beans with a sturdy helping of bitter chocolates. A few sips in, when you let things gather, the predominant flavor revolves around the bitterness. The cocoa and coffee notes are free to roam and pick up lightly spiced vanilla with, you guessed it, wood-barrel (almost winey) flavors. The bitterness is claiming more coffee character as the sips continue and things are even darker with the malts taking form as blackened and smoldering. Warming augments a few dimensions. Otherwise the pungent flavors coat most everything on the tongue shortly after the sip

M: pretty heavy brew with some good girth points. The carbonation is in good order and right for the style. Another thing, the ABV just lurks around and never gets in the way, as it's always under control. The finish nips the palate with a baked dryness

D: the original Pike is banging, and the Pike Entire is banging. The original has been a go to brew for me and the same follows suit for the wood aged. If any discrepancies exist, which they really don't, it might need to mellow out just a bit with the bitter features it carries.
Well, in any event, is it tasty! Get a hold of it

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SuzyGreenberg for tossing this one in.

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice fluffy mocha colored tan head that lingers for a significant amount of time and leaves good lacing.

Nose is complex for sure. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate with hints of coffee and vanilla. Oak is apparent and a slight dark fruit presence as well.

Wow! Impressive for the pike. A huge roasted malt profile and alot of bitterness. Taste starts of like mad roasted coffee bean. Coffee and chocolate through the middle. A very dry stout. Some woodiness and vanilla, albeit slight towards the end. The finish has a big coffee bean bitterness and a very very dry finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel seems nice and viscous at first but sort of dies as it reaches the finish. Feels like its gonna be a thick and chewy one, but thins out considerably. Hard to explain. The carbonation is good, but the finish here is damn near abrasively dry. Quite strange.

Drinkability is pretty good aside from the crazy dryness, the abv is well hidden and this one goes down pretty easily.

Overall a very unique stout. I would like some thicker and more sustained mouthfeel, and a little less of that mad dryness on the finish. The bitterness is one thing, but this beer just sucks the moisture right out of your mouth on the finish. Aside from that, a very nice stout. Great roasted malt and wood profile and a nice coffee presence that I am assuming is acquired solely through the use of roasted grains. A good and complex stout. One to try for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Middle stout rather than an imperial In a word, dry. The pour was a gusher, although not handled much in several months. Most was fortunately saved, and it poured mollasses substantially in foam form. Much roastiness. Initially a bit of sweet, brown sugar, anise, though bone dryness took over and dominated. Drinkable but a pint is much.Thanks Presario.

Photo of bum732
2.31/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ...Whoa, we got a gusher, tons of foam. Dark black body with an enourmous tan head, great retention. Smells of oak, earthiness, Brett like funk, some chocolate and coffee, soft citrus fruits. Tastes of semi-sweet coffee and chocolate like malt with a fairly strong undertone of oak. Touch of citrus fruit and sourness. Bitterness is fairly moderate leading to a chocolate like dryness. Carbonation way too high for this style.

Overall, pretty disappointed, definitely infected. It almost smelled like a lambic for gods sake. Too bad, this could have been a very promising beer, but the excess carbonation really messes with all the flavors in this beer. I hope Pike is more careful in the future, i definitely won't be buying from them for a while.

Photo of TeeCee
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my best review. Not rated to stated style as the rating would be very low.

So I can't tell if this is supposed to be a sour stout, but it is.

Appearance:
The huge, continuous head seems to me to be the first sign that this is either intentionally or accidentally sour. Other than the fact that I can't seem to pour more than two ounces at a time, the beer has a nice dark color with lots of tan head.

Smell:
The cherry scent again tells me I'm dealing with something going sour. I smell cherry/sour more than anything.

Taste:
Like Avery's Depuceleuce or something. Not getting stout and not getting 60 IBUs.

Mouthfeel:
Nice and medium in the mouth. Light for a stout, but not like drinking water or anything.

Drinkability:
If you like sours, this is on the lighter side. For me, I've been working on this bomber for over an hour, hoping I don't have a headache in the morning.

Photo of Docer
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bottle to try... sat about a month only in my cooler... bottle was a major gusher... took 20 min's to let the foam settle in the glass....

- Huge mocha head... gushing... rich dark black brew is what was left after all the foam settled....

- Very smokey woody scent with sweet grains, bitter hop... slightly salty, zesty... earthy...

- Great smokey flavor... slightly alcoholic.. cream, salt, wood, smoked spices.... sweet coffee and chocolate... blended ok, but quite hot and medicinal...

- Medium bodied, and thin really... creamy...

- Not bad, but could be better perfected... the bottle was a major gusher, and it is still a bit hot... and it might as well be called a smoked stout...

Photo of boogyman
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky to try this on tap at the pike brewery. Heard this was something that was worth trying so here goes. Review from my phone, live at the brewery.

A- As you would expect, it pours dark dark dark. Black liquid with a thin tan head that looks dense. Head dissipates fast.

S- My smell is shot from having a cold, but i can still get some coffee and sweet smokey notes from it.

T- Most definitely coffee. Chocolate comes in on the sweet side and balances with the coffee nicely. Still has the smokey taste which seems to keep the alcohol mellow. Very good taste overall.

M- Very thick going in and down and boy is it awesome. I can almost chew it. The flavor lingers forever on the tongue. Even being nearly 10% ABV, it is well hidden.

D- Man if you could handle more then a few bottles or even glasses for that matter, then a pat on the back for you. I would either get too full or plastered, which ever comes first. Overall a very tasty beer. I am going to be picking up a couple bottles on my way out, one for now, and one to age till their 2010 comes out.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New batch (not infected) provided by inflateablechair.... Thanks Sam.. this is the 2nd time Sammy threw down this beer, but the last bottle (first batch) was like coffee spiked with fruity car battery acid.

Nice brown head... good lacing and retention atop a sorta thin looking black brew.

nose has bunches of black malts and oak... dry cocoa is also a bit player.

Flavor has hints of bourbon ... yet the oak is pretty heavy.. roasty... bits of char... French Roast... a small bit of chocolate holds enough sweetness to pull things together.

Body seems pretty lite for such a big brew and .... the carbonation is also pretty high. This beer has the bones to be pretty nice, yet the body and carbonation really need to be dialed in.... too fizzy.

Sam always brings the cool stuff that I overlook... You're good people inflatablechair.

4/4/4/2.5/3

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. One year old properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a massize aggressive dark tan head; 80% glass filled with foam. Fades slowly with lacing. Once past the foam, the beer is quite nice. Dark smoky malts, dark fruit, nice oak woody flavor, coffee, light hops. Light hop finish. Nicely balanced. Glad I got one of the good bottles; this 2009 apparently had problems.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, black wax over the cap and neck.

Massive pillar of tight spongy tan head upon initial pour. Settles to a loose sticky cap with swathes of sticky lacing.

Molasses, licorice predominant on the nose, some sour acidic char, smoky, woody notes, dark dried fruit, some rummy boozy alcohol.

Big flavour, but the intensity can't make up for a lack of depth. Light sweetness up front, roasted and burnt malt in the middle intermingling with a sweet boozy warmth, finishing with a smoky char, woody and alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. It all just becomes that alcohol warmth in the aftertaste after a while, overshadowing everything else. Long, long into the aftertaste, well after the glass is empty it's all wood lingering , slightly astringent.

Full, slick, low carbonation, a bit grainy towards the end of the glass. Carbonation pricks up a bit on the finish.

Bold, yet lacking in depth and personality. Enjoyable, yet nothing new after a few sips. Perhaps it'll refine a bit after a year or so of aging.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber that is 2009 vintage. Whoa, easy there fella...pours a reckless, foamy mess! Not quite a gusher, but definitely a glass foam-over. What little beer is in my glass is nearly black with a massive cap of large-bubbled dark brown foam.

Nose is slightly sour with some chocolate and mild roast. Smells a little like an infected beer, or at least one that is heading down that road. Would swear there is brett in here. That would explain the massive foam-over on the pour.

Taste does not seem as infected, although there is still a slightly sour twang to it. Still drinkable, and at $15 bucks you damn right I will. Cocoa nibs, chocolate and mild hop flavors are all detectable here. There is some sweetness in here, but it is balanced nicely by some roasty malts. The wood is definitely noticeable as well. Has more flavor and character than all of the other Pike offerings I have had, but still falls short compared to many others of the same style. It was quite expensive too, not worth the price IMO.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown in color with some lightedness around the edges. Nice mocha colored head. Smell is some cocoa and some very strong oak flavor from the barrel. From what I understand this beer is comprised of two separate beers. One that was fermented normally and the other half was aged in oak bourbon barrels. They were then mixed together and bottled. There are some very strong notes from the barrel coming through in the flavor, almost too strong. Almost gives it a bit of a woodsy funk flavoring. Still very enjoyable and well done. Don't know what's giving me that funky flavor, but it's definitely there for me. Good beer.

Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some wood and boozy flavours.

Overall - Really rich and sweet and lots of high quality chocolate flavours. I'd like a little more wood aged flavour, but this still as enough to keep it interesting. A steal at 6$ (on clear out) wish I could travel home with a few more bottles.

Photo of sukwonee
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage, picked up at Malt and Vine

A: Black/super dark brown body with mocha head with lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, booze, roasty malts, not much vanilla in the nose.

T: Wow. What a pleasant surprise! I don't know why this beer is rated so low. IMO, this beer is better than Kentucky Dark Star by Fremont. Cocoa/dark chocolate upfront, roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar. Awesome

M: Medium level of carbonation, medium thickness, chewy. Nice.

O: Seek this one out folks. It's worth it. It's not the biggest barrel-aged stout but it's very well balanced and tasty.

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Good. Decent thickness and overall taste. Cask really comes out on this one. Sipper for sure.

Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades. Black waxed.

Poured a dark black color with reddish-brown edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, roasty, some bourbon, some vanilla, and caramel. Tastes of wood, roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and lighter bourbon. The barrel aging was done nicely and wasn't overpowering - blending this with 50% BA was the right choice. Alcohol content well hiddne. Some lacing left on the glass.

Photo of Dawkfan
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- This one pours a....er....ah... an entire pint glass full of tan colored foam. This is gonna take awhile. Ridiculous, 25 mins later I finally got a beer that's drinkable, well maybe I do, this has obviously been infected like many others.

S- Smells of funk and oak mainly. Faint traces of chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. I'm considering a drain pour, I'm not sure I want to try this.

T- Okay the funk is here, but not as bad as I thought it would be. A strong roasted malt and coffee flavor upfront. Bittersweet chocolate & woodiness in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter.

M- Carbonation is way over the top, body is to thin for an Imperial Stout.

D- No idea why they even released this if they knew there was a problem, I think this cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of $15. This might turn me off of Pike for good.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, I've never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time.

Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace.

Smells of dark chocolate and brandy.

The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. There's also a bit hop spiciness in the background.

I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.

Photo of rayjay
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky brownish-black stout with a sticky chocolate milk colored head.

Malt forward stout aroma, with delicious virgin wood. Hints of beef stew and mild leather.

Very balanced and delicate. Sure its a big stout and there are some rough flavors, but they are all tamed and work well together. I love the wood, very fresh like a lumber yard. I wouldn't mind if there was much more of it. Mild sourness attributed to the roasted barley gives it an old-school appeal. Lots of dark chocolate and burnt raisins. Licorice too. Firm yet delicate bitterness along with a mild noble hop flavor, really great choice of hops. Finishes like coffee, bitter, roasted, and mildly sour.

Good mouthfeel, velvety like Abyss. Carries the viscosity and aroma quite well. The viscosity isn't as heavy as expected, adding to the coffee parallel.

Great beer, easy to drink but good to ponder. Cheers!

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A very small bubbly beige head forms, but recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: A bit reserved. Some dry wood and roasted malt. Light chocolate aromas with some coffee. Plenty of alcohol. Not a lot here.
T: A bit more roasted flavor than in the nose. Some chocolate and coffee. Pretty standard for the style. Though a little to much alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Kind of thin and watery. The alcohol shows itself everywhere. Though a good beer to sip on for an after dinner drink.

Not one of my favorite Impy Stouts. Not bad at all, just a little bland and watery. It is worth a try, but there are other stouts I will choose over this.

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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.