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Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Street XXXXX StoutPike Street XXXXX Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

505 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 29
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002)
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Photo of mattmaples
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

It is that time of year again!!! The Pike XXXXX stout hit town and man is it good!!! Blacker than night, thick chewy mouth feel, coffee, smokey, roasty flavors work together and finish with a light hop flavor and bitterness.

With this level of malt and alcohol it definately has aging potential. I just wish more of it was brought down.

The head could have been better, specially with the thicker body but the flavor was right on the mark.

mattmaples, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

Inky black. Medium hefted chocolate milk foam sits for length before settling to a hairline skim and crumbly edging. Lacing is thick and all over the place making a mess of blobby sheeting across the glass. In a word for appearance - pinnacle!

Aroma is tarry and roasted with heavy black malt dryness with some dark chocolate scuffing.

Taste is bold, rich, and gradually building across a wonderful, medium to heavy roastyness of black malt. Chocolate intercedes into the middle areas, then the fun begins with one fantastic drying length and character. Slight molasses tang sweetens the pot for a stint, notes of burnt/charred edges creep in there while the chocolate gets supurbly darkened, heavy, and dry with a solid smack of bitterness thrown in. A very solid smack! That's some of the most bitter dark chocolate I've ever encountered in a stout. It's awesome!

The body of this beer is quite nice. Full, round, roasted and textured as so with a substantial girth of roasty malt all the while maintaining a heavenly smoothness. Its just sweet enough on the underside for most of its length, gliding the roasted stuff along the path to the finish where the dark bitter chcoalte takes over and does its thing.

An excellent drinker as well as being damn tasty. What more could you ask except for more. And at 6% this blows the sessionable competition away as far as other big stouts that taste like this are concerned. Not that I don't miss a little kick like those found in most Impy's or Dbl's, these Foreign/Export stouts are just too damn tasty and drinkable not to be in the same league as some of those big boys. Most are loaded in the ABV dept. This on the other hand says drink up and enjoy! And enjoy, and enjoy...

One very nice stout!! Yum! Thanks C!

tavernjef, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

poured a rich jet black with nary a trace of dark ruby at the edges. A thick frosting-like mocha head grows dauntingly before slowly deflating to a fairly beefy layer of foam that leaves behind some impressive spongy lacing down to the bottom.

aroma is of rich malts, roasted coffee, burnt molasses and hints of dried dark fruit. It smells dark and spicy, with subtle notes of peppery malted spice. Rich, strong, powerful, and an exceptional stout aroma.

Taste is strong and impressive. The roasted malt definitely packs a wallop. Not as sweet as in the nose. Roasted coffee, brewed coffee, burnt coffee (in a pleasant way), some bittersweet chocolate, and more malts. A definite hop finish evens out the coffee and malt bitterness with a bit of green earthy bitter. A sharp and spicy dry bitterness at the end balances any sweetness that might have crept in. Tastes strong and delicious.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonated enough to fight the strength of the flavors and leave a beautiful creaminess. Chewy and full, with some clean dryness that rounds it out nicely.

This is one powerful stout. Weighing in at 6.6% (per the label), I wasn't expecting it to be quite as strong. It's an excellent brew that really evolves as it warms and keeps every sip interesting. The 22 was barely enough... i'm hooked. Definitely worth a try should you get the opportunity.

djeucalyptus, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Bought a bomber for $5.49. No bottled on date to be found.

This beer looks really nice in my NB Goblet. Black as motor oil, mocha colored head, some nice scattered lacing, with a head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam all the way to the end.

The aroma is exceptional .. first is that classic roasted malt, followed by an in your face fig/raisin/licorice aroma that makes me smile.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, a touch of coffee, followed by a nice wallop of citrus-y hops on the aftertaste. Excellent stuff.

No alcohol hotness detectable at all .. mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Like a chocolate cake in liquid form. A great stout worth multiple purchases.

diamondc, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

On draft at the Pike Pub in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Poured blacker than black with a generous mocha head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Crikey...this is a delicious stout, with a full-bodied roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Smooth, and full bodied with a warming alcohol finish. So good I had it twice!

I've had it again a couple times since, this time in bottled format. This beer really serves as a template for the style.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of bubba568
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

This beer pours smooth with a 2-3 finger head that lasts and creates a nice lacing down the glass.

The beer had a quite hoppy aroma like that of an IPA but surprisingly tastes a lot less hoppy than is smells.

The beer tastes great with a smooth mouthfeel. It has a perfect balance of hops and roasted malts. The initial flavor is the mild hops followed by the roasted malts and finishes with a lasting mild bitter taste.

Overall this is a great beer and i plan on stocking up to keep this stuff on hand!

bubba568, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

Black pour with a bit of a dark red tinge to it and a small to medium tan head. Sugar and toffee in the smell, very thick and inviting. Heavy malt in the flavor with some caramel and toffee taste and some chocolate and coffee lingering in there as well. A very nice chewy mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue. A slight bitter finish, similar to but far more mild than a dry stout. Extremely tasty, hope to visit their pub the next time I am in Seattle.

Wackyfoot, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

Virtually jet black in hue, topped by a thin, but dense and persistent russet head that leaves intricate lace. Assertive barrage of sharply burnt unmalted barley and smoked tinged espresso hits the nose at first, then diminishes slightly, allowing rich, yet rounded chocolate malt to lend a distinct mocha impression. As the beer breathes, buttery malt and slightly salty tamari notes lend an odd, yet enjoyably savory sensation. Akin to a more robustly malty Shakespeare Stout in aroma without the grapefruit notes. Continuing nearly seemlessly, smokey, smooth dark roast coffee bitterness upfront in flavor yields to softer, citrus laced hop bitterness. Mocha surges in after a brief deliberation concomitantly with toffeeish dark caramel malt sweetness providing deep malt presence that would be dessert like, if not for the pronounced, well integrated, persistent burnt bitter component. Fruitness is subdued, but complementary, providing a mellow, imperial esque pruneish contrast. Moderate in body, with a light, yet soft and velvety mouthfeel conducive to easy quaffing. Finishes satiatingly cleanly bitter and rich, not unlike hopped espresso cut with Irish Cream. XXXXX is an absolutely delicious stout that only improves as it breathes. It approaches the depth of overall character of a good imperial stout, but packages it into a relatively light and highly drinkable brew. Reminscent of a Full Sail Imperial Porter meets Rogue Willy Shakes. Its excellence precludes satisfaction from a 12 ounce portion. A bomber would be most appreciated.

marc77, May 04, 2003
Photo of Duckmancgy
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

22 oz bottle to pint glass

Fantastic.. Not much else to say - but I will go through the list.

Upon opening and pouring the experience begins, great pour with a very very dark almost black colour to it. Can't see through the glass (always good with an extra stout), and finishes with a nice 1.5 finger caramel head. The head started to melt away and within a few minutes it was all gone.

Smell was strong with coffee, and a sweet malty almost burnt chocolate smell. Definitely sweeter than floury or bitter. The flavour mimics that quite a bit. First across the tongue was slight bitter espresso flavouring, which led to a smooth finish. It was nicely carbonated and was very easy to finish the entire bottle.

I started drinking it with some home made pizza which didn't harm the flavour but didn't really add to it. Finished with a nice piece of 70% dark chocolate, and that pushed this from an excellent beer to a freaking fantastic beverage of glory.

Definitely a must buy and must drink. I haven't had anything else from Pike but this would make me like to try others.

Duckmancgy, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

A) Dark black with a sticky leather tan head that coats the sides of my glass.

S) Mmm... chocolate syrup on waffles. Plenty of base sugars, nice roasted grain edge that is restrained, and a West coast sappy citric hop profile. Everything an American Stout should be. Oh, ok, FES, sure.

T) Tastes a lot like Yeti to me. Rich chocolate and coffee notes but a very genteel finish to all the roasted grain. The fresh hop notes really help to keep it all pleasant and satisfying.

M) Pretty slick, maybe some oats in there somewhere, leaves my mouth coats with a slippery feel. Body is medium heavy and carbonation is pretty strong.

O) Very yummy beer. I wants more. Welcome to Texas Pike's!

HardTarget, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of istarilord
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

Both bottle and tap are good, tap is of course preferred (growler++).

Pours a lovely black with nut-brown head of decent density.

Lovely malt aroma with a good balance of floral hoppiness.

Overall flavor is well balanced, good strong northwest stout with coffee & chocolate malt balanced by just the right amount of hops.

Very smooth and easy to drink (a little too easy!), excellent flavor, excellent beer.

istarilord, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

Now THIS is creative, just what I like!

I was very impressed with this one, I'm sure I could drink quite a bit of this, seriously. Pours a smooth jet black with one of the darkest browns I've ever seen, with great retention. Tons of lacing all the way through. Nose is quite brilliant, so smokey it reminded me of homemade beef jerky. Daddy like! Slight background of char and espresso. I could just smell this and be pretty happy about it. The taste is really great, very very nice, tons of smoke and roast, vaguely coffee-like, but less so than quite a few stouts out there, certainly not the main attraction. Bits of cocoa thrown in for good measure. Just enough hops to balance things out nicely and just the slightest bit of carbonation. Just a little bit milky as well. Very nice! Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for my tastes, but still very nice, coats the palate well. The really good thing here is there isn't a whole lot of differance in the taste no matter what temperature it's served at. I first sipped it at about 40 degrees and let it warm to about 60 or so and there wasn't a whole lot of variance. I like that! Who wants to be rushed?

I'd drink this a lot if I lived in the region, very, very good stout, the smoke really makes it for me. I could drink a good many of these! Yum!

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of freed
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

Dark glass bottle, dark label, pop the lid, and the pour is dark is well. No false advertising here. This is a dark beer. The copper head dissipates quickly leaving a veritable mirror.

The smell is reminicent of coffee, with a slight suggestion of malt. The flavors of coffee, roasted barley, and some more coffee. The mouthfeel is significant but clean. The mouth is left dry though, and wanting. If coffee was this good....

freed, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of TheBungyo
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

I reviewed this before but ownership has changed and the supposedly the recipe along with it. It is now listed as 6.6. I'm greatly enjoying this stout ... I watch as the liquid tumbles out of the bottle into my pint glass and think "I've seen that body before ..." Yes I have, I've seen it in some of the best Imperial Stouts there are, which would be Stone, Silver City, and Fish Tale. This being a Foreign stout still measures up to the aforementioned. The head is only a quarter inch thick but a lovely sandy color. There's also a bit of lacing going on. Nose beats you in the face with hammerfists of chocolate, cocoa and fudge ...it screams "tap out wimp" whilst in it's corner espresso and some roast bitterness cackle with glee. Man, this is WAY better than last year and I am absolutely loving it. Mouth is servicable enough but nothing to write home about. As far as drinkability goes, damn this is a special stout. If you like stouts this should have a parking space in your fridge. If it doesn't, then you're a pretender at the game of stout love.

TheBungyo, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
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.

warriorsoul, Nov 09, 2006
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MorSlaught, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

22oz bottle pours a dark dark brew, hints of light around the edges, tan head that has some staying power.

This is exactly what I'm looking for in an export stout. Full flavors and smells, lots of roast, dry finish and all for less ABV bang than your average RIS.

Espresso, lots of roasting malts, hints of baker's chocolate, a touch of hops in the finish. Some sweetness in the body to balance to the roast, providing just the right foil. Rich and yet smooth, dry finish. Alcohol nowhere to be found. This is fan-frickin-tastic. Would gladly drink this again!

Note: my bottle states 7% ABV

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Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.