Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--9.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial. Wax sealed. Thin lace espresso head. No sediment. Opaque chocolate black ruby color. Roasted chocolate mild oak hop front. Creamy sweet rich bourbon oak roasted chocolate espresso smooth big Stout body. Balanced mild bitter hop bourbon EtOH hint mild hot end. Sampled 2/1/2009. $12.99 Each.
Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout--Brewer - Drew Cluley--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV. 60 IBU's. (0.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial. Wax Sealed Bottle. Huge foamy mild lace tan head. Opaque dark black color. Fruity burnt oak foamy front. Fizzy mild sweet thin sour Stout body Rich infected sediment. Dry citrus sour end. BAD! DUMPED! Sampled 4/30/2010. $10.79 Each. Cellered under good storage conditions since purchase. Very dissappointing. One scary bottle left. 2008 was good. Brewer says they failed to catch a few infected barrels before they got into circulation.
07-13-2010 03:49:51 | More by philbertk
2.83/5 rDev -23.9%
Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a blanket of tan foam - a decent patchwork of lace, too
Smell: Sour aromatics compete with the oaky barrel
Taste: Very woody and dry, with a developing sour character; underneath, the chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavors can be discerned, but the sourness and the oak battle for prominence both before and after the swallow
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I didn't get the gusher reported by others but this bottle (bought in Seattle in the spring of 2009) clearly has some off flavors; some have suggested that the sourness was the brewers intent - possibly so, but it sure isn't marketed that way so I am not sure I believe that
06-02-2010 23:14:04 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
05-14-2010 08:17:40 | More by JohnGalt1
3.05/5 rDev -18%
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.
03-17-2010 12:41:41 | More by twiggamortis420
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, as expected for the style, with with a thick tan head that had good retention and lacing.
The aroma was a very nice blend of oak, bourbon and malt. There was a solid base beer and the bourbon didn't overpower the beer, as is often the case with the bourbon barrel brews. The taste featured a very good roasted and toasted flavor, with the bourbon and oak adding nice layers of flavors.
The body was good, solid and not heavy, but perhaps a touch on the thin side for the style. The beer was very carbonated for the style, which for some folks alters body and drinkability, it wasn't an issue for me. I found drinkability to be very good for a heavier beer. Overall, a very good beer that's worth your time.
03-13-2010 22:25:26 | More by beertunes
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a stiff black malt bitterness with an almost sour aroma. I guess it's the bourbon smell along with a very dry, earthy black malt character. The flavor is decent as well. The barrel flavor mixes well with the bone dry patent malts. There doesn't appear to be a ton of complexity here. It goes down easy, again with a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable IS. It's drinkable, but not something I'd seek out again.
02-27-2010 22:03:18 | More by WesWes
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
Reviewed 1/13/2010 (Bottle, waxed):
Pours a dark, dark black colored body, can't see any light through it. Humongous foamy tiny bubble head, extremely lasting, tan brown in color. Roasted aroma, some woodiness. A bit of funkiness too. Not strong an aroma overall. Creamy mouthfeel, chocolate. Roasted coffee, a tiny bit of ash. Tasty not a ton of flavor, lightish. More alcohol as it warms, burning, strong coffee. not too shabby.
02-26-2010 04:27:17 | More by jujubeast6000
2.75/5 rDev -26.1%
Served from a 22oz. bottle at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).
A: It had to be poured out extremely slowly so I was already anticipating some over the top carbonation. Once it was finally in the glass, it was quite dark with a one finger light tan head.
S: Aroma is of wood, roasted malt, chocolate and perhaps some bitter coffee or chocolate.
T: The taste is truly hard to decipher from the extreme carbonation. From what i can detect this is certainly a wood aged stout with layers of chocolate, and bitter chocolate.
M: Oh dear! The carbonation is so high that the flavor is almost completely masked. I feel bad giving any beer such a low score, but the mouthfeel here is truly awful. This is perhaps the most carbonated beer or perhaps beverage I have ever had.
D: The extreme carbonation really limits this one.
Overall this beer was extremely disappointing. By far the worst mouthfeel of any Imperial Stout that I have tried. I am not terribly familiar with Pike Pub & Brewery and I will certainly give this beer a try in the future to confirm whether or not I just received a pour from a bad bottle or not.
02-23-2010 20:55:54 | More by Lunch
2.65/5 rDev -28.8%
A: Pours dark black with a mocha colored head. Good retention and some chunky lace.
S: Roasty malt, caramel, and dark chocolate.
T: Wow sour... this one is infected. Beneath the infection you can still pick up dark malt, chocolate, and tart dark fruit.
M: Medium in body, the tartness from the infection is overthetop and as you can expect ruins the beer.
D: Nah, would love to rerate with a good bottle.
02-13-2010 03:59:34 | More by tpd975
2.7/5 rDev -27.4%
I've had 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different sources and both have been infected. Emails from the brewery state that this beer is the way it supposed to be albeit a little over carbonated so I will review it as is.
Pours a solid black with about 3/4 of a glass of tightly bubbled tan foam. I pour four ounces or so then I wait 10 minutes and pour some more.
Nose definitely has a Belgianesque character to it. Smells a bit tart but hidden deep underneath I get some roasty and chocolatey stout like aromas. There's some vanilla and bourbon in there as well.
Taste is less tart than the aroma. Up front I get a blast of dark fruits and a slight spicy Belgian yeast twang. Fruits continue midway then slowly fade to reveal some oakey vanilla and bourbon, chocolate and roast. Finishes with a long lingering roast and hop bitterness. It actually doesn't taste half bad, but it is turning sour.
Carbonation is off the charts, body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is bubbly like seltzer water.
I have to ding this one pretty good because it is infected despite what the brewery wants me to believe. It didn't taste half bad, but it also didn't taste the way an American double stout should taste. The mouthfeel was totally ruined by the insane level of carbonation.
At $15.00 a bottle, never again.
02-07-2010 02:29:02 | More by johnnnniee
2.65/5 rDev -28.8%
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.
01-24-2010 20:55:50 | More by Dawkfan
2.25/5 rDev -39.5%
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.
01-08-2010 02:23:10 | More by bum732
2.78/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
01-07-2010 18:35:13 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
22oz bomber courtesy of WriterLJBerg poured into a tulip.
Glad I perused the reviews on this one before opening as this one was a massive gusher, with a pour that produced a head bigger than the body of the beer. And it didn't go anywhere for a while.
The aroma is heavy with dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate. There are additional sweet smells, like licorice and dark fruits, and a surprisingly big wood character with hints of bourbon.
The taste is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and bakers chocolate. The finish is surprisingly dry and roasted with a heavy oak character that I wasn't expecting. It leaves a lingering, almost metallic, bitterness that's a little off-putting, but not a complete deal-breaker.
The mouthfeel seems too light for an impy stout with the overdone carbonation probably contributing to that.
I was worried this one might be infected when the carbonation blew up on me, but it seems to be a case of over-carbonation more than anything. It's got decent flavor but the mouthfeel holds this one back from being a top stout. Good but not great.
12-26-2009 03:48:25 | More by gford217
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-14-2009 06:35:16 | More by IronDjinn
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
22oz capped and waxed bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured with a dense, khaki-colored, root beer float-like head that consumed two-thirds of the glass. Body was fairly opaque and two shades shy of black. Delicate strands of lacing were formed as the head gradually receded. Nose reveals a touch of bourbon, with wood and a sour quality filling out the rest. Mouth reveals more wood, malt, a little brown sugar and some acidity. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, just shy of medium, but a bit light for the style; also a little on the gassy side. Not really much of a BA Stout. Missing some of the qualities of the style, and also a bit of sourness suggestive of an infection.
12-06-2009 17:06:48 | More by Jwale73
1.9/5 rDev -48.9%
I'm so bummed to write this review.
In May, I visited Pike Brewery several times over the course of my trip to Seattle. I had a blast at night for a party, then had an even better time hanging out and meeting nice beer folks the next day. I even bought a bunch of shirts and glasses. The 5X was the beer that will always remind me of my trip, great times exploring a wonderful city.
Since then, I've ordered the 5X through mail order places several times, promoted Pike's product to my friends, and worn my T-Shirt so much it's starting to fade.
I was giddy the morning I saw Liquid Solutions had this up. I bought 6 bottles on the spot. Well, I'm no longer a devout Pike fan after this disgrace of a beer. Have the decency to not release a product that you know is infected, it costs a lot less than loosing your reputation!
Poured from a waxed bottle into my tulip.
Oh shit - it's foaming up. The air smells like bourbon and sour funk - it smells like I just mixed an Ommegang Rouge and a shot of Makers. Not good, this is going to be a heartbreaker. My glass is 1/4 black liquid and 3/4 mocah head that is overflowing. G-R-E-A-T.
Tastes like I feared. There is a decent enough beer buried somewhere in here, but a sour taste just makes it completely lost. On top of the absurdly thin mouth on this, it also is so damn carbonated I can't even taste all the details. Mouthfeel is the worst I've ever had for a Stout. Sharp and really feels like pop rocks on my lips.
Pike, I love your amazing space in perhaps the greatest city in this country. I really enjoy your 5X stout. But a passionate promoter of your brewery just became a disenchanted customer - all because a special premium version of your premier product was unfit to be released but you released it anyway. I'll still happily quaff your releases when I find them on tap, but I won't be paying a premium to get your products shipped to me in Cleveland, OH any more. Please do the right thing and don't release an infected beer like this again. You're doing a disservice to both your fans and those who don't know any better. We've grown to expect much, much more from you.
12-01-2009 19:25:32 | More by jampics2
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-29-2009 23:17:20 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
11-21-2009 05:49:05 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
A bomber that I picked up in Seattle in January of 2009. The colour was a very dark brown. Not quite black given the garnet hue around the edges. The head was thick and tan. The aroma was teeming with oak, cola bean, alcohol and a slight mustiness (but in a good way). On the palate, there was oak, oak and more oak! But, it was quite frothy and creamy with lots of coffee and dark, high cocoa mass chocolate. Nice stuff!
11-18-2009 04:19:55 | More by slaintemhor
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
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
11-09-2009 03:52:34 | More by Magpie14
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
10-30-2009 23:33:40 | More by champ103
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
Pours a pitch black color that's completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges and a two finger frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly receeding into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Bourbon oaky aroma with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, toast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, lactic creaminess and more bourbon. There is such a nice blend of oaky bourbon, chocolate and vanilla probably due to only 50% of it being bourbon barrel aged.
Very roasted silky chocolate maltiness with hints of bitter dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee bean, toast, oatmeal, dark fruits and subtle hops. There is a nice bourbon characteristic that is not too overpowering. Again, this is probably due to the fact that it is a blend of 50% regular version and 50% aged in bourbon barrels. It's a nice change of pace to sip on a bourbon barrel aged beer that is complex and has other flavors shining through instead of being a hot bourbon dominated beer.
The roastiness is very prominent up front but is quickly balanced by the smooth silky lactic maltiness. There are a lot of sweet complex flavors going on here and the high ABV is very well masked. Only slight alcohol warmth in the finish making it very drinkable. There are some earthy bitter citrus hops toward the end which provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Recommended.
10-27-2009 05:56:02 | More by corby112
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
The premise: Pike blends their XXX Extra Stout with an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for seven months. First released in '08, Entire is promoted as an annual high-profile specialty beer à la Abyss.
Entire is impenetrably black with a smooth body and peripheral suds. The aroma boasts bitter chocolate and oaked sherry but with a noticeable measure of alcohol and some wayward medicinals. Bourbon elements are contributory but not decisive. They lend a hint of oak character to an otherwise fine standalone stout flush with roast barley and ample hop spice.
An easy sipper, aged to a regal informality, though a tad less than spectacular.
Note: I keep listing Pike's Extra Stout with 5 "X"s and the database keeps posting it with just 3. Weird.
10-17-2009 03:35:29 | More by RedDiamond
4.13/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-16-2009 00:33:27 | More by boogyman
Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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