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Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 560
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 293 | Hads: 560
Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Goblet glass

Thanks to gingermanstv for this brew. Poured at Fridge Temp

A- Pours a nice super dark reddish brown with a thin less than a finger light brown head that doesn't last other than a nice rim around the glass. Leaves some splotchy lacing and decent legs for a %7 brew.

S- Dark roasted malts and smoke up front with some really nice unsweetened chocolate notes and definitely some burnt coffee in there as well. Almost has a soy sauce characteristic to it and definitely sweet smelling overall.

T- Just like the aroma. Really nice roasted burnt malts and coffee up front and inishes with unsweetened dark chocolate. Also in the aftertaste you get hit with loads of smoke and bacon like flavors. Really surprising for a regular stout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

SkÅL! (848 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts along with a hint of chocolate.

T - The taste is dominated by the sweet roasted malts, along with a noticeable taste of bitter chocolate in the finish. Suprisingly I didnt detect much of a coffee taste in this stout.

M - Heavy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Great flavor and easy drinkability on this one. ABV is low enough to enjoy and still have another. I could easily drink this all night. Definitely the best version of a foreign/export stout I've had to date. (668 characters)

Photo of britzdog
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black. Excellent headon and very nice lacing Smell is very good Rich and smokey, toasted malts,some fruit. A very well balanced of flavors. Taste is smokey malt mash.
Smooth rich/full body with a taste that lasted and was very enjoyable. I should bought more of these when I was on vacation, since they are unavailable in Ohio. (346 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small vintage update Oct 26, 2011. Same vintage, last bottle enjoyed a year later. Stronger dark fruit notes of black currants, raisins, figs & plums as well as anise in this one. Still extremely good if not better than before. Held up very nicely for a year. Super tasty stuff at a great price!

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22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours medium bodied dark brown with a good brown head, leaves some fine intricate lace and holds a faint cap and small ring.

Aroma is all roast and chocolate, quite strong, some semi-sweet and milk chocolate, heavily roasted malts, some smoke, some coffee, a hint of vanilla.

Flavor comes in with a lot of coffee, good roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, lightly sweet with bitterness from the roast to balance, maybe a bit of citrus hops as well. Smokiness picks up a lot as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium body, low carbonation, but not heavy like an Imperial Stout.

Very nice, very robust Stout, big aroma and flavor on this one. (1,018 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as the space between the stars. A gorgeous dark cocoa-colored head forms, over 1" thick. Good retention and very nice lacing left behind after dissipating to a thick film.
Smell is, forgive me, intoxicating. Rich with smoke, whiskey, toasted malts, some soy and wheat, almost a fruitcake-like note without the fruit. A good balance struck, nothing rising above the rest.
Taste is smoky, soy, toasted - almost burnt - malts, some whiskey.
Smooth with a rich, medium/full body with a light, upfront effervescence. A somewhat warming brew with a drying finish. A smoky, toasty malt aftertaste lingers for a long while as does the slight coating of the tongue. A very nice beer, all 22 oz. of it. (707 characters)

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stout was nice and dark with a medium head but lacing that lasted the whole way down.

I got a lot of charred wood and coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Exactly what I was expecting.

The taste followed the nose exactly but was much more pronounced than the nose.

Overall I think this style gets overlooked and quite often overly complicated. Pike did a perfect job of brewing a very solid American Stout. Too often the ABV, hops, additional flavors etc etc try to complicate an already great style. Pike kept it simple and perfect. Well done! (555 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Pours an incredibly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that has good retention before riding down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly surface foam. Solid sheets of lacing.

S- Roasty and nutty with elements of dark chocolate and molasses. Some sweet caramel is involved as well.

T- Delicately smooth roasted malt with small notes of oak and smoke. The 7% ABV is concealed incredibly well. There's some bitterness on the back end but the highlights are in the chocolaty, nutty and sometimes coffee-like malt base.

M- Chewy, creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Another winner from Pike. These guys don't get enough exposure in the beer community IMO. Would love to have this on nitro pour and/or cask. (813 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dark brown and falls into the glass as a jet black liquid with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Some webbed lacing trails behind the retreating head. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, and a little prune. The beer is very roasty in flavor from the dark malts. I get that coffee and prune from the nose, but also a little licorice. I only get a touch of chocolate there, but it isn't much. The body is full and creamy. The roasty aftertaste lingers in the mouth and the finish is slightly dry. The beer drinks fairly easily due to the fact that it is smooth. This is an excellent beer. If you like your stouts very roasty, this one is for you. (728 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of hogrider
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a goblet and developed a one half inch head, good lacing all around the glass. Roasted coffee and chocolate hit my nose; the taste is as if I am drinking strong unsweetened coffee with chocolate added. I like it, it leaves a bitter after taste that some might dislike. HOG (282 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 4 oz taste sample in greenville, sc Total Wine.

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, coffee/chocolate

taste: a solid stout. dry and on par with Guinness extra. nice dark roasted malt flavors. a little anise flavor. nice well rounded atout

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: good overall stout and best beer of their lineup (390 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Pike Pub & Brewery, Seattle, WA. (listed as 7% ABV)

The pint glass cane filled with an opaque, seal brown brew that turned amber at the edges when held up to the light. A thin wisp of burnt tan foam receded to a ring of bubbles, leaving behind thick webs of attractive lacing. Initially, I figured this to be a milk/sweet stout based on the aroma, with its rich notes of espresso and vanilla creme. But then, an onslaught of roasted malts, bold coffee roast, and a pinch of baker's chocolate let me know that this was not going to be "sweet". All was nicely balanced by a peat-like earthiness from the hops.

Hellooo roast! HUGE notes of dark chocolate malts with charred coffee beans and smoked earth abound in the flavor. Absolutely delicious, although as a Foreign/Export stout it might be a bit overbearing to recieve a perfect "5.0". Mouthfeel is spritzy and well-carbonated with a medium-thick body. A massively bitter, roasted baker's chocolate finish lingers for days. Pike Brewing hit it out of the park with this one. I hope my bomber survives the plane flight back to Raleigh. *crosses fingers*

[EDIT: the bottle held up well, consumed on 10/21/08. Excellent flavor & appearance, although the aroma is slightly diminished from the bottle. Mouthfeel not as bitter and strong, drinkability is the same.] (1,328 characters)

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This arrived at the table with a decent amount of head that left a good bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. Color-wise, it's a velvety deep brown to black.
S: Chocolate upfront with a bit of coffee and malt in the background. A very chacteristic stout-type smell.
T: Everything I hoped it would be: dark malt, dark chocolate, a little coffee, even a little molasses thrown in there as well. A well rounded flavor that did not disappoint.
M: This is a thick, chewy sort of beer, the kind of feel that a good stout should have. Moderate carbonation, slightly syrupy, but very nice overall.
D: This is a very drinkable beer, although with the "weight" of it, I could maybe only handle! three at a time. Definitely recommended if your in the area! (754 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful opaque black with a big silky foamy head the colour of almonds. It lingers. And lingers. And lingers. Is beautiful. As is the glass upon which it leaves its trace.

Nose is a little sweet, with a roasty toasty invitingness... I'm quite excited.

There is a roasty malt backbone, makes me think of a warm winter evening by the fire for some reason. Not as sweet as the nose, but more burnt bitterness than hoppiness.

Well well well. This is excellently well done. Creamy and smoothe. Light carbonation balanced perfectly well, with only a minimal alcohol aftertaste. Definitely one of my favourite representations of this style, which happens to be one of my favourite styles. I will be picking up a couple more to bring back to Texas with me. (762 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Molasses-dark in the pour settles to a black body with a slow-forming head that jiggles like jello. Looks thick. Greatest lacing I've ever seen on my mug. Dark orange highlights

S- Sweet, roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and a whiff of alcohol. Hops are nice and subdued.

T- Bitter and roasted in the mouth and sticky sweet on the tongue. Alcohol plays an interesting role, it wisps the brew through the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

M- Viscous and chewy, just the way a sweet, dark beer should be.

D- Very basic brew, but interesting enough to go through a bomber vigorously. (593 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (1,046 characters)

Photo of DarthRadb
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice 60w Motor oil Black, Small Tan Head, leaves Nice Lacing.

Smell: Roasted Malt, Chocolate, Coffee and a slight woody note.

Taste: Awesomeness in a Bottle, Chocolate Malt, Bittersweet Dark Chocolate and Coffee flavors, as with the smell a slight woody note is present in the taste, Great Balance of flavors. Taste very good at Fridge Temp, but gets better as it warms. Alcohol is not really noticable of a 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full Body and very Nice, but not overly heavy. Very Balanced.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable, not a session beer at 7% ABV. A 22oz bomber goes down very easily. (609 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stout looks like a stout already.

What I want to talk about is how this beer brought my buzz back. 20 years ago I had my first sip of Guinness Extra Stout. I thought I was chewing on a leather belt soaked in coffee; nothing like the bud light and Olympia I had cut my teeth on. Then as times changed and formerly venerable international brewers dumbed down for wider market share, beers like Guinness seemed so...whatever.

But tonight Pike Stout brought back that initial wonder and awe at a bold brew that tasted so compelling. Sure this is no bourbon barrel coffee chocolate wild yeast indian spit porn and murder stout, but the purity of its concentrated roasted malt (black coffee, roasted chicory) with that sharp edge of hop + alcohol fruity finish is really awesome when considering how the robust honest deep roasted/toasted/burnt malt flavors roll across the tongue so easily - such great mouth-feel and drinkability! It was brilliant with a little spicy jambalaya number I improvised.

Basically it blew me away because the classic deep dark roasted malt flavor was there, but was so easy to drink. (1,112 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 (594 characters)

Photo of freed
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.... (429 characters)

Photo of Drew966
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pike Street XXX Stout pours an absolutely opaque black with nice chocolate milk colored head. The aroma has some coffee notes, some dark chocolate notes and dark malt qualities. The body is appropriately thick. The flavor is very nice, not only are dark chocolate and coffee like flavors very noticeable, but a very nice citrus hop flavor runs right through it. An excellent stout. (381 characters)

Photo of MAB
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OMG, is this ever a great beer!
Had it on-tap at Hop-In Brew (Nov. 16th).

The darkest brown head (on a pitch black stout) that I have ever encountered.
Roasted malt aroma is heavenly.
Flavors come at you fast and furious. It's malty, it's smoky, it's caramel, it's....absolutely delicious.
My only complaint was that, because the higher alcohol level, I couldn't have more than one and still drive home that night. (415 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a piece of work to look at. Rich thick brown head eventually falls to a solid cover and leaves ring lacing. Black body and a late rising carbonation sets in to support the growing head.

Dark black coffee aroma and taste. Teeters on being astringent but it pulls itself together to finish with a flash of hops and then creamy and chocolaty milk close the deal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. 6.6%abv is not noticeable at all.

Notes: If this was available to me on a regular basis it would be a staple in my arsenal. Chewy malted goodness. It has the "Bigness" of a Imperial stout without the inflated alcohol. Loved it. (631 characters)

Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks great poured in a pint glass. It is jet black, with maybe only a shade of the darkest brown when held up to the light, but you'd have to look real hard to find it. The head is an off-white, tan color that dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

It smells like dark chocolate, raisins, chocolate covered cherries, plums, hints of tobacco, and cocoa. The beer tastes very cocoa-like. It is a very thick bodied beer and has a bit of grainy taste on the end of it, kind of like tasting dry instant cocoa mix. I love it though. There are dark fruit flavors towards the end of the taste and it leaves you with a toasted sweet taste, almost like a roasted marshmallow.

It has a silky mouthfeel, but not too sweet, and is incredibly drinkable. (745 characters)

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.