Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 32
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

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Reviews by crwrunner:
Photo of crwrunner
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a big brown head. Lots of lacing and the head stays a while on top of the beer.

S- Pretty interesting. The first thing that came to mind was terraki bbq sauce.

T- Strong choclate taste up front follwed with a nice taste of hops when swallowing. Soon after a very nice roastiness comes out.

M- A little thick that really seems to cover the mouth well.

O- I think this is a pretty good beer. I would definitley drink it again. While I didn't care for the smell to much, it made up for it in taste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this stout a few times in the past but now I can get it here it my area and at a pretty good price!Poured jet black into an imperial pint glass with a sticky lighter mocha colored one finger white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled into a frothy mass.Dark fruit,bitter chocolate,and heavy roast in the nose,quite earthy as well,this a definition of American style stout here,heavy roast and earth.Dryer flavors on the palate,big bitter chocolate and French roast coffee flavors, with subdued dark fruit, and molasses,its earthy and somewhat woody in the finish.If you like heavy roast and earth in your stout this is it for you.Very nice.

7.0% abv. per bottle label.65 IBU's.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Blacker than black with a very dark tan head that foamed up big and lasted forever, lacing the glass as it went down.

Smell – Big, very dark chocolate leads the way here followed by deep, roasted malts and fine espresso beans (not espresso but the raw, whole beans). There’s also a nice hop balance in there (citrus maybe) plus a soft sour tang.

Taste – Everything comes out beautifully at the taste. For all the big smells up front, this one is very even and balanced at the tongue. This is almost like a milkshake complete with cocoa and sweet chocolate, espresso (subdued from the nose), malt, and a very light, barely detectable sweet/sour note.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and chewy and medium in the body. This is a serious stout with a somewhat bitter finish.

Drinkability – One of the better stouts that I’ve tasted from the NW. Most of them are pretty lame (Hale’s Pikop Andropov's almost made me vomit), but this one is the real deal.

Update – I rated this originally with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be run to take another look at it using an ’04 bottle. It happily lost the slight sourness this time around and really is one of the better examples of the style brewed here in the PacNW.

Update – I had a 2005 vintage in May and found it to be very consistent. This is about as good as it gets here in Seattle, and this wonderfully brewery is just a few blocks from where I work.

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Had this at Pike and it was very good. Could drink several of them with pleasure. Feel like they need to make a higher ABV version.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2001-02 bottle.

This poured dark black with a small caramel colored head. The aroma was of coffee, malt and smokiness. The taste was quite bitter and much like old coffee that has been on the burner a little too long. The mouthfeel was okay. There was a little too much bite for a stout and a strong bitter and burnt taste. I am not likely to try this again in the near future. I think I'd go for the Guiness nitro bottles first. I've really enjoyed most other stouts more than this one from Pike Brewing.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imagine that...me following bjohnson around.
Another gem on tap at Redbones...you better get there soon.
Arrived jet black with no speck of light passing thru this bad boy...a half a finger of cocoa-colored head. Would have been more if I was pouring, but they like to pour 'em this way...I ain't complaining and I won't dock it any in appearance. This beer was gorgeous and the lacing was so incredibly tight, unlike most...most of the foam sticks around for the duration of the pint.
Milk chocolate in the nose...a touch of sweet malt pierces the nostrils calling me in for closer inspection.
The taste is as good as it gets...perfectly balanced, not overly sweet and even a bit green, drying out the finish. Very nice chocolate profile, a roasty element is there with no burnt or off flavors. Alcohol peaks thru as it hits room temperature, but ever so slightly.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and the carbonation is perfect...I could easily drink this one all evening and appreciate every sip.
One of my favorite stouts to date.

Photo of mikegreen138
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 ounce bottle on sale. pours a deep black with a small amount of slightly creamy head that disappears quickly. I pick up the roasted malts on the first smell, second i come up with a little bit of coffee and very small amount of black licorice, not too strong of smell but i am definitely interested. first taste goes down nice and smooth, with a very drinkable flavor, easy to pick out individual malts. roasted and darker caramel malts. the finishing aftertaste blends all the flavors and ends with that sweetness and then hint of coffee. Very solid brew, easy drinking with tons of dark malt flavors.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark. Black with a creamy dark brown head, very nice. Nose is malty and smoky.

Taste, like the nose, is smokey and rich, chocolate and coffee come through as w ll. Mouthfeel is light and dry with a light finish.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Motor oil black with a light brown head that settles out to a fine cap of foam.

Low aroma of fig, raisin, and some espresso.

Thin flavor upfront, but moves quickly to dark malt, coffee and oak, hints of cocoa. Firm bitterness balances the malt. Could be more roasty and complex.

Full mouthfeel, but finishes tannic with a puckery linger, which detracts overall.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black stout. Beige head.

Aroma of licorice and coffee. No choco smell.

Taste, licorice is more restrained, coffee dominates. Sweet. Hoppy. Bitter. Chocolate more on the palate than in the nose. Dry. Good mouthfeel, everything sticks. Drinkable, but a little pricey.

Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet black with a one fingered tan head. Minimal lacing. Scents of chocolate and roasted malts. Not much of a hop presence in the taste, mostly smokey dark chocolate with nutty flavors on the back end of the palatte. There isn't a presence of alcohol, which makes this a good drinkable stout.

Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002-2003 limited release...

Big pour, dark/dark brown and opaque. Orange carbonation settles down in about 60 seconds. Laces in looping clumps. Coffee and orange rind-like impresssion to the big aroma. Flavor is somewhat more limited, a dark roasty coffee, slight sense of malted milk and the requisite scant hop. Mouthfeel is about medium to thinnish, but I pick up an offputting vegetable, almost smoked onion, sense to the profile. Not dominant by any means, just slightly annoying. Not an awful beer, but not a first choice to my tongue.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a 22 oz of this from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle last month a couple of days after I moved here, pouring it now.

A: 1/2" brown sugar head, lacing that runs and hides when tilted, black as the night is long. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

S: hickory, cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, cherries. robust and intense with a sweetness hovering over, makes one eager to try.

T: mocha latte. no lie. good stout, not too sweet nor too bitter. on the other hand, the after taste has the waning around of flat coke and paint thinner. month too long to wait?

M: pretty flat and dry, robust eagerness fades away quickly. by the time you take another sip you realize the taste that lingers in your mouth is what you just put back inside to wash it away...flimsy character, short life.

O: wantaway stout that remains local because of it's ill-perceived stance in a relatively competitive category.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer the color of rich potting soil. Black with earthy reddish highlights that barley show in through this opaque brew. The fluffy sticky head is some of the most colorful I've seen. It is a smooth brown that looks like coffee right after some heavy cream is added. It dissipates to some heavy lacing and a light thin brown film and a few stray islands of bubbles.

Smell is stout-ish but not as big and bold as I was hoping. There are some roasted grains mixed with dark coco and coffee. A hop bitterness is detectable but faint as is a dark fruit nose.

The taste delivers where the nose falters. There is big dark chocolaty flavors that mask coffee notes. Then comes a pleasing acrid roasted malt flavor mixed with some hops. I don't know how many hops they used but for them to be apparent through the dark mask of flavors is fantastic. The one draw back is an overly sweet finish that makes the back of my throat feel like I just powered down a Hershey bar.

Mouthfeel is brilliant. A mild carbonation yields a super smooth and creamy brew. Slick and palate coating brew that almost feels like I could spread it on some cupcakes as a chocolate frosting.

The excess sweetness kills the drinkability to me. I love the look and the nice bitterness mixed with sweet taste but the finish is way to sugary for me. I want a beer that I feel compelled to drink more then one of. Great flavors but a poor finish.

Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Split with BAs infi, NYManc and johnjae.

Pours a dark brown that manages to actually stay brown as opposed to resolving into the typical inky blackness of most stouts. Smallish head that dissipates quickly, leaving some sticky, splotchy lacing. Smell is full of dark chocolate and some dark fruits. Just a slight bit of alcohol towards the end.

Taste is also full of dark chocolate with some roasted malts. The entire flavor profile is pretty roasted, come to think of it. Hoppiness is non-existent and all the bitterness comes from the chocolate and slight hints of coffee in the aftertaste. A very, very faint hint of alcohol towards the end. Mouthfeel is pretty slick, with a hefty body and a bit of chewiness. Goes down pretty smooth and finishes dry.

Drinkability is actually quite good. I'm suitably impressed by this stout. Didn't go into it expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. A respectable ABV and a pleasing flavor make this a great beer to share with friends.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a totally opaque motor oil black, with a copious amount of foamy light tan head, that leaves lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted chocolate malt and cafe au lait. The taste is floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee grounds - a nice dry bitterness - and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite muted, and the body is rich and velvety, with a medium weight. It finishes dry and smooth, with a note of mocha lingering. I quite enjoyed this - big flavors, but not too heavy in body or ABV to slow down my rapidly increasing pace.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: The beer is a nice, deep black, with a small khaki head on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Very roasty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. The roasted malt is rather heavy.

T: Similar to the aroma, tons of roast and some char. There is some more chocolate with a very little bit of coffee. Faint earthy hops come forward on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: One of the better mainline offerings from Pike. A pretty solid export stout.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know the kind of black we like to call dark beers, even when we know damn well they're actually just dark brown? This one is BLACK. Maybe that's what the five X's stand for. Quintuple black. The head is thin and tan and doesn't stick around very long, but I am in love with its blackness. Black is beautiful.

The aroma is equally as pleasing: a near-perfect mingling of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoke and dark baked goods (bread or cake, take your pick). Truly delightful.

The flavor couldn't possibly live up to the hype the appearance and smell create (well, some beers could) but it comes quite close. Charred/roasted coffee flavor is the most prominent, followed by the dryness and coarseness of bittersweet baking chocolate, and both of these ride out in the finish too...and it's not a very long finish, as this is a fairly dry stout. Juicy/sweet dark fruits lay themselves in as well, killed off by the drying, and alcohol ever so slightly pushes in, but at 7% you don't have to worry about aftershave notes or anything. Something even slightly tart, maybe the hops? In any case, this is balanced, comforting, and very solid.

Slick in the mouth, also perfectly rounded although never quite reaching creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation to add a little textural pizazz.

Wow, this one surprised me, especially after not being overly-thrilled with their Tandem dubbel yesterday. One of the most approachable and purely enjoyable stouts I've had in a while.

[Metalmonk's Fun Corner: when you review this, try typing five X's in a row, just as in the name of the beer, and hit Review. It won't save! Won't let me anyway. Only comes out as three X's. The hell of it all, I tell ya.]

Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lustful heavy brown and black body, mostly black. Whipped brown sugar top with highlights of orange and some small soapy bubbles. Overall this brew has a nice dark appearance with some filmy globs of lace. This sucker looks like my kind of stout, fingers crossed!

S: at first whiff I get strong dark roasted characters of malts, grains and coffee with sweet black licorice. Has some dark chocolate connotations in the pot. I think I am inclined to really like this one

T: seems to be shaping up nicely...husky-bodied roasted malts, soft and dry burnt earthy notes, and dark coffee beans. It is not overly sweet and yet retains a level headed dark chocolate bitterness. Did I mention that the malts are heavy and dark? I also pick up on a light effervescent citric bite and hoppiness in the finish. This seems to help keep all the flavors intact and at bay from washing over and being overpowering. Nothing overpowering and yet has a nice depth

M: a rather smooth and soft one on the tongue, heavy body. This beer has a mind of its own and regulates the flow on its own, half my beer gone already. Carbonation is hidden with just a bit of exposure

D: all around nice and worth the buy. I picked up mine at the Belmont Station and am very happy with my purchase. This easily makes it into my large group of time-to-time regulars. Put on the "Snappy Pants" for this one!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with the slightest red light around the edges of the glass. Nose is of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke (very little) and a meatiness. Taste is mostly roasted malts with some slight coffee grounds and a bittersweet hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but ok. Good roasted flavors make this one tough, but overall I think i could drink a couple, maybe three. A good session extra stout. good flavor.

Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black, with just a few hints ruby. Deep brown head builds quickly and fades almost as fast.
Mocha, smoke, hints of berry sweetness and subtle hops enter the nose.
Enters the mouth with a smooth roasted flavors. Not harsh roasted, more of a mellow mocha. The chocolate notes are never explicit, but the seem to lurk within the other flavors. There is a pronounced smokiness here as well as some dirty, earthy flavors (in the best way possible). Deeper within the black heart of the beer lies some carmel sweetness and hints of fruit (cherry). Prickly hops end this one. Big enough to balance the heavy load, but nothing showy in themselves.
Silken smooth body, with a fair deal of carbonation. I could stand for just a little more heft, but now I am splitting hairs.
This is a nice one. Sorry to see it gone so fast.

Thanxxxxx, jreitman.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great drinkability for a hopped up stout, thanks to dnichols. Pours black with active character, above average mouthfeel. Hoppy without overbearing, and still balanced roast and chocolate that are lively and citrussy. King of hoppy stouts.Refreshing.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried other Pike's beers before but never was too impressed by them. They were good but not excellent.

By the way this stout poured I knew this would be good. It formed a frothy tan-brown head that slowly fizzled down to a delicate film on top. The color of the beer itself is of the darkest chocolate. Color change can only be seen on the very (slimmest) edges of the glass. Whenever I see that I expect strong coffee notes.

I can smell this baby from 3 feet away. MMM!!!It smells...it smells...great. I get a roasted coffee right off the bat with vanilla, caramel sugary sweetness, and perhaps the faintest aroma of floral hops.

The XXX tastes as it smells. It's extremely smooth some coffee bitterness is the first to greet you. There is some hop bitterness there too but I barely noticed it. Sweetness with vanilla counters the initial flavors and balances very well. The roasted coffee and chocolate flavors provide the strong home stretch with this stout.

I only wish it was cooler inside so I could enjoy it more. This is a damn good beer!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark appearance. The body is a completely opaque black and the head is a creamy orange-brown. It drops quickly to just a collar and thin surface covering, but it leaves some very nice lace as well. The aroma expresses a sharp fruitiness, but it's not exactly the "burnt currant" aroma that's so common to the style. I expected it might lead into a tart flavor, but there's nothing like that here. With further investigation and a few swirls of the glass, some smokiness and even light caramel become apparent. It's not a really complex or rich aroma, but it's quite intriguing! The body is full with a mild and exceptionally fine carbonation that's silky smooth across the palate. Quite velvety! The flavor delivers the fruitiness promised by the nose, but it's awash in rich bittersweet chocolate and espresso-like roastiness. A bold bitterness balances and dries things out in the long finish where a distinctly smoky and acrid roastiness lingers. An exceptional stout that stands out for its unique character. Well worth seeking out!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of psiweaver via IS BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger fine, milk chocolate colored head that dissipates quickly into thin wisps atop an opaque black brew. Lacing is very spotty and sparse with little cling.

S: Nose is very "stouty". Roasted coffee beans, toasted malt, and liquorice. A hop presence is noted far in the background but this one is a bit coarse and biting overall.

T: Opens liquorice and spicy due to an initial burst of carbonation hitting the tongue. As it warms in the mouth, hints of chocolate, liquorice, and toasted malt abound. Roasted coffee bitterness rounds out the experience. Finishes almost like an oatmeal stout, smooth and slightly sour. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth, this one drinks much deeper and richer than its ABV suggests. Supremely smooth. Finish is messy and aftertaste is filmy and lingers.

D: Not much to look at and nose is rather plain but this one is a hidden gem for sure. Feel and taste are incredible. Very smooth with good complexity. Worth a try.

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