Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
This review is based on a bottle I'm drinking, but I had it on tap at the brewery as well on the release day. This is the 2013 vintage, it's 9.5% abv, contrary to the 8% abv that BA has listed.
A: Beautiful pour. Absolutely pitch black, big 3 finger mocha colored head (probably amplified a little bit from the tulip glass) not even the slightest hint of light around the edges of the glass. The head sticks around for a bit then dissipates into a nice solid ring around the glass. The lacing is insane, not something you'd expect to find from a barrel aged stout. Lacing all the way down the glass. Really really beautiful looking beer.
S: Big time oak and vanilla notes smack you in the face. Followed up by faint notes of chocolate, booze, roasted malts, and espresso. Really though, the nose on this beer is all oak and vanilla. The barrel aging really shows in the smell.
T: Super super bitter, like black coffee. Not much else initially, but the aftertaste leaves a lot of subtle flavors on my palate. Pretty much like I explained from the smell, chocolate, booze, vanilla, and even some faint coconut notes. The alcohol is absolutely present, but not in a bad way, it warms on the way down. Tastes a lot bigger than the 9.5% that it is, but again, not in a bad way, it just works.
M: Exactly what you'd want in this style. Silky smooth, moderate carbonation, just glides across the palate.
O: I went to the brewery on the release day of this beer, and wasn't expecting much, partly based on the past reviews of the beer (which aren't totally fair because it sounds like past batches had infection problems) and because Pike is generally a pretty overlooked brewery in Seattle. All that being said, I've gotta give credit, and respect where it's due. Pike really nailed it with this beer. Up there with some of the better stouts that I've had. I really like the fact that this isn't a gigantic 12-15% monster that you've gotta split with someone, no disrespect to those big beers, but at 9.5% this is something you can do alone, and it still hits all the notes you'd want from a BA stout. Can't wait to see what a couple years does to the other bottles I picked up.
08-02-2013 16:19:03 | More by bifrost17
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-03-2012 17:48:29 | More by LiquidAmber
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
I just happened to notice this beer in a side display at the downtown Spec's a week or so ago, so let's give this bad-boy a try.
Appearance: Very highly carbonated. The beer was poured carefully and still gave a 4" head of tan foam. The head started to fall pretty quickly, thank goodness as I poured it to the rim accidentally. There are lots of brown splotches of lace left on the glass after drinking, so this beer makes it's mark, that's for sure.
Aroma: The aroma had wood aged notes a-plenty with vanilla being the key player. There are some dark fruit like raisins and plums along with a dry woody character. Some liquor qualities coming out as the head starts to fall a bit with sherry being the one that comes to mind. Chocolate, dark caramel and a subtle roast are becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. There is a subtle floral component coming out as the beer warms that I guess is from hops, but the woody aromatics are muddling that quality up a bit.
Taste: The flavor is very carbonated, probably a bit too much, but I move on. The body is medium and the carbonation makes it dance on your palate quite a bit before you really get to taste it. The flavor has lots of wood with dark caramel that wasn't that apparent in the aroma. As the beer sits some, there is a nice chocolate flavor coming out. The flavor favors the malt, but the high carbonation, roast malts, and hops make for an interesting challenge for the malt to get through. Then the alcohol is also a player in the mouthfeel and finish so that it makes the beer appear drier than you would expect.
Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and one of the better ones that I have had from Pike Brewery. I normally don't say this, but it would be nice if the carbonation was a good bit lower so the beer would be a little more drinkable. The overall blend is nice and the wood aging goes well with the rest of the flavors. That said, I think that the thing that this beer lacks the most is mouthfeel. The fact that the carbonation is so high actually takes away from this beer. It would be much better more subtly carbonated so that you can really explore the feeling of the malts. As it is, it is coming across a bit dry, fizzy, and acidic...which can all be contributed by the carbonation. As the beer sits and the carbonation softens, it still seems a bit thin with more acidity in the finish than I would prefer.
04-27-2011 02:43:53 | More by SkeeterHawk
1.85/5 rDev -50.3%
This 2009 bottle pours 96.4% milk chocolate colored foam, settles to 0.5cm cap on an opaque black body. Not looking too promising.
Smells like bile was mixed with some bitter dark chocolate. A scoach of something oddly savory. Eesh..
Tastes less nasty than it smells. Mildly sour bitter chocolate with a weird off something. Finish is unpleasantly vegetal. There lurks beneath a decent imperial stout with some vanilla and oak.
Despite the overcarbonation there is some decent body here with fullness suggested by the explosive carbonation. Somewhat silky. Not awful.
Clearly infected. Would like to try the beer as the brewer intended it.
04-21-2011 03:26:37 | More by MrFootstones
2.6/5 rDev -30.1%
Explosive brown foamy look. Chocolate and wood aroma with a lager background. Sharp bite, mineral, molasses, alcohol, and a dry wood finish. Tinges of metal creep up. Foamy and acidic feel.
I picked this up and it may have been sitting around in a distributor warehouse (it was an '09). It foamed up substantially but oddly, despite all the problems, I actually somewhat enjoyed it. Maybe it was because it sat so long the alcohol changed into a more potent hallucinogen.
03-05-2011 00:29:13 | More by Bfarr
1.25/5 rDev -66.4%
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.
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!
02-13-2011 14:54:51 | More by alamode
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
Acquired this from stonequarrywest via SS '10 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass
A: This beer pours a thick deep, dark, mahogany brown, almost black and a vicious 4 finger of brown rocky, creamy head that retains. Big ol' chunks of sticky lacing are left on the glass.
S: Nose is... whoa! What is this? If I could make a recipe for a sour stout - this is what it would smell like. Tart soured cherries, oak, bitter bakers chocolate, and charred malts.
T: Taste starts with tart sour notes - soured cherries. Then an oaked, woody, roasted malt flavoring comes in. Bitter bakers chocolate comes through mingled with plum or raisin and a hint of molasses. The finish has a good deal of citrus hops that leaves a bitter hang on the tongue.
M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, prickly on the tongue with a dry finish.
D: As the beer warms, goes down easily, oddly tasty, hidden kick, not a very good representation of style ... but there is no such thing as a sour stout... yet. I'd give this a whirl again, though I would have to be in the mood for it.
12-24-2010 03:52:42 | More by Jayli
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
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.
The cherry scent again tells me I'm dealing with something going sour. I smell cherry/sour more than anything.
Like Avery's Depuceleuce or something. Not getting stout and not getting 60 IBUs.
Nice and medium in the mouth. Light for a stout, but not like drinking water or anything.
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.
10-23-2010 03:18:29 | More by TeeCee
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
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...
09-28-2010 02:08:37 | More by Docer
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-10-2010 12:53:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
07-25-2010 04:47:45 | More by Sammy
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
A - Almost black, tan head, leaves slowly to ring. Lots of cling lace.
S - Chocolate chip cookies and citrus juice.
T - Sour and Stout meet. I don't know...
M - Medium body, good carb, balance is iffy.
D - Guess I am just not ready for a sour stout.
07-24-2010 03:26:03 | More by srandycarter
Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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