Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by edchicma:
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours almost black with an initial creamy brown head that dissipates into nice lacing. Smell is deep, rich malty with a nice smack of hoppiness. Taste is rich, with a creamy quality...coffe, burnt malt, hops...very tasty. Mouthfeel goes from smooth and creamy to a hoppy dry finish...good combination. It's a sipper, but extremely drinkable...
06-09-2009 22:46:41 | More by edchicma
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4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
09-01-2010 20:19:19 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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). Theres 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 Ive tasted from the NW. Most of them are pretty lame (Hales 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.
12-31-2003 03:09:00 | More by RoyalT
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
12-25-2003 02:03:49 | More by babyhobbes
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
11-09-2006 02:08:40 | More by warriorsoul
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
05-14-2013 04:01:57 | More by mikegreen138
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
10-15-2011 21:38:25 | More by kingcrowing
3.38/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
10-19-2009 04:00:41 | More by far333
3.96/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
03-24-2010 18:23:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-31-2010 23:35:38 | More by whoneeds8
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
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
07-21-2003 15:24:14 | More by ADR
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
08-22-2011 23:56:43 | More by thatruth
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-09-2009 00:16:57 | More by jbphoto88
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-31-2010 01:37:28 | More by r0nyn
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-19-2009 05:43:21 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev -3%
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.
08-20-2012 00:48:22 | More by mdaschaf
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
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.]
10-20-2010 23:29:15 | More by Metalmonk
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.