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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-06-2008)
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Photo of Bfarr
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of alamode
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%
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 Jayli
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 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 srandycarter
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of philbertk
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

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 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 beertunes
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Lunch
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tpd975
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Dawkfan
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
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 bum732
2.25/5  rDev -40%
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 Mora2000
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
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 gford217
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jampics2
1.9/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.