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Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 32
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.

Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.

Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.

Photo of NYManc
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, courtesy of BA r0nyn, shared with BA infi and friend jae.

A: Poured pitch black with a small mocha head that retreated very quickly for me, but would appear very shortly again when swirled around in the snifter.

S: Smell of predominantly malts and mixed in with a good amount of chocolate. Also thrown in to the smells is something very sweet. Above average smell of a stout.

T: A good malty overload with a small mix in of chocolate. After-taste is of a long lingering of malts and little bitterness mixed in with that. This was a pretty good tasting brew in my opinion.

M: This is a medium bodied beer to me. Very little carbonation thrown in there as well. Nothing to detract from it or really add to it.

D: Very drinkable, would be able to drink this fast and very recommendable.

Photo of JMS1512
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 Bung
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Pretty dark brown pour. Limited dark tan head. Roast coffee, cocoa aromas, none of which is real strong. Very roasty flavors heavy with coffee with accents of dark chocolate and roasted malt, a little anise. Medium bodied, gets a bit creamy as it warms. A very strong coffee stout with a very dry finish. Coffee lingers. Pretty drinkable with nothing off putting for the style. A good solid version of a foreign stout.

Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a trade with natelocc787. Cheers!

A- Pours a dark black color with only a hint of light coming through on the edges. A thin beige head leaves a bit of lace.

S- Black licorice and dark chocolate make up the nose.

T- Full roasted malt flavor with some burnt coffee and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. A slight warming sensation is created by the alcohol on the way down. As this brew warms up, the alcohol becomes more apparent.

M- Medium/full bodied with a creamy feel and low carbonation.

D- A very solid stout with a nice flavor.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

Appearance: thick and daunting, black with a tan head

Smell: creamy and chocolaty, sweet

Taste: sweet, tangy, dry with a small hop bite, no coffee flavor

Taste like Guiness to me. I'm ok with this one but they make a better bier.

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a two finger dark chocolate/coffee-colored head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunky rings of soapy lacing.

Roasty, smokey malt aroma with lots of roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and subtle earthy hops.

Silky chewy viscous mouthfeel with a lot of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, biscuit, roasted coffee bean and a huge bitter earthy hop flavor with some citrus notes. This is way hoppier than expected and kind of takes away from the silky maltiness that I liked so much. The finish is long and dry with some citrus notes but mostly earthy bitter hops dominate. Well masked ABV and smooth maltiness makes it pretty drinkable but the strong hop presence kind of hurts it in this area.

Photo of intovert2438
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red/black with a thick and firm off white/tan head. Nose of dark chocolate and fresh brewed black coffee. Mouth feel is medium to full with a nice rich character. Flavors are all dark chocolate and black coffee...all the way. Nice dark chocolate and espresso bean finish.

This is a nice chocolate/coffee effort.

Photo of Root
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-tan head with great lace. Opaque balck--nothing else for color. The nose had a single, clear roast, malt, no hop but some peat. Very sweet, roast, and a light smoke underneath with some raisins and dark fruit in there. The mouthfeel was a bit chunky, particles, clearly not filtered. Taste better than the smell, but overall a good beer in a touristy pub.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was staring me in the face as i entered TW in the Pines today. In fact it was among a cornucopia of Pike bombers. This is one that I picked up, let's give it a whirl. For starters the 7% ABV has me fired up. Popping the top, I get a delicious smell of roasted malts, notes of cinnamon and some black licorice like alcohol smells. Pouring into a trusty pint this brew pours like motor oil! Jet black and thick with high viscosity. In the pint it is as black as night with a substantial foamy tan head. There is not a speck of light coming through this brew. On the taste, the first standout is the mouthfeel, thick and smooth like motor oil, not that I've actually dranken motor oil, but just like it poured. The taste itself is a very roasted malt flavor with a cinnamon and black licorice flavor in the middle, just as the smell lead to believe. Very mildly bitter only slightly sweet, very roasted and finishes tarty. This would be great on a cold day, very hearty and robust with lots of body. A solid brew, for the price at TW a steal. I'll be picking this up again.

Photo of dpcoz
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike XXX Stout
22 oz Bomber - Total Wine (Claymont, De) - appx $4.50

A - pitch black, cola-like consistence. Mocha head, appx 1.5 to 2 fingers deep. No light passing through the pint glass - awesome appearance for a Stout

S - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, decent hop presence in the nose. Alcohol seems stronger as the beer reaches room temperature.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palette. Coats the mouth like a mocha. Coffee and alchhol apparent.

M - lightly hopped presence, slightly bitter finish, decent carbination. Full bodied but not thick like some popular imperial stouts.

D - refreshing, flavorful and surprisingly affordable. This may become a new standby stout in my arsenal.

Photo of Ghenna
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a minimal tinge of amber around the very edges of the glass. Fluffy espresso colored head that lingers both on the top of the beer and along the glass. Beautiful.

Huge roast in the smell, maybe a bit of alcohol as it warms up. Roast/burnt flavor is fairly strong. If that is what makes a stout
"extra" then this definitely fits the bill.

Surprisingly, given the color and smell, it is surprisingly light in terms of body- leading to it being fairly drinkable.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The stout is a deep black color with brown highlights near the rim of the glass. The head is a mocha color with about a finger's worth of height.

S: The stout is has a chocolatey roasted malt aroma. A deeper probe gives a malty depth that is similar to an Impy Stout.

T: The stout has a hop body that doesn't really betray itself in the nose. The malt body is roasted with chocolatey and very heavy, giving up bits of sweetness. The malts are complimented by that hop body. The hops are bold, adding a big dose of bitterness that matches nicely against the sweeter maltiness.

M: The mouthfeel is a good mixture of hops and roasted malts, having a kick without the ramped up abv of an Impy.

D: Very drinkable, although the roasted malts do leave a very dry finish on the palate.

Photo of zacharius
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a black body with a thick tan head that lasts throughout the glass. This beer smells of citrusy hops with a hint of roasted grain. Taste is of roasted grain, reminiscent of BBQ with a hint of chocolate, paired off against citrusy piney hops. Nice thick bodied. The beer is not that drinkable as a session beer it seems higher than alcohol than it actually is.

Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 version. Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malts, some hop bite. Flavor is full, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight bitterness. Very similar to the 2000 release. The flavor is slightly less intense, subtler in this release.

Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A small, brown/toffee-colored head. The beer pours black, dark brown against the light. Smells of sweet chocolate with some coffee. Bitter chocolate in the tangy, sweetish front. Middle is quite thick, only hinting at sweet cream. Smoky, bitter chocolate finish. Coffee in the aftertaste with psycho bitter carbon. It's good. Very bitter, roasty... almost charred. It sweetens and develops more chocolate when warm.

Photo of DM1293
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is pretty damn strong for a 7%.

Solid malt, hints of oak and maybe even licorice, with bitterness for days. Now, if you're not opposed to bitterness, then you might enjoy this beer. But I like a good balance, and if I wanted a beer thats all these notes, I know one that does them all and better...if I can afford the higher cost. So XXX does have a reasonable price going for it.

So drink at your own discretion.

Photo of juhl31
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-super black with a nice darkish brown head

-not much going on, theres a little malt in there

-a strong coffee taste. there seems to be like a molasses in there too

-was fine on the ol' mouth

-was an alright beer for sure, not ranking in any top categories for me, but i wasnt pissed by any means drinking it

Photo of deapokid
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect to find bottles of this Seattle brewpub's catalog in the area, but was excited to finally try their stout.

Pours a rich, chocolate color with low carbonation and a thin, brown head. Carbonation is light, as is the lacing, which makes this seem a tad subdued for the style.

Scent of sweet anise, after-dinner liqueur and yeast are most prevalent. The booze sting seems to be overstated for the relatively low ABV.

Flavor profile includes toasted oats, peanuts and dark chocolate. It is a shade sweeter than expected, but never overpowering and the bar chocolate and roasted coffee bean dryness make for a nice finale.

As for the texture and feel, this may be a bit thin and a shade under-carbonated, but most of the flavors are subtle and it never offends the taste buds.

Although sweet, this is still an extremely drinkable stout with a well-masked ABV. A nice American stab at the Foreign/Export Stout.

Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking stout. Pours near black with a silky tan head. Nice lacing. Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses and hops. Taste also has a bitter hop, coffee and molasses presence that is well balanced by sweet cocoa and dark malts. Medium body is well carbonated, but a bit light in the finish.

Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.99.

A: Forboding near-black with healthy German chocolate cake-colored 2- finger head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Light metallic-mineral up-front followed strongly with lightly toasted and burnt dark and caramel malts with chocolate, coffee, and milky aromas and light floral hops.

T: A sweeter-than-expected stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Burnt and toasted dark malts leave a nice milk and dark chocolate dominated flavor with a few sugars in there as well. Hops are barely noted.

M: Thick and substantial with firm medium body and carbonation. Sweet and light mineral aftertaste.

D: Tasty stout but not a good value given that singles of Expedition and Old Rasputin go for $2.50-$2.75 in my neck of the woods. Good solid stout though that's worth a try.

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.