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Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 30
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002)
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draheim

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

22oz into a tulip. Pours a solid black w/ a thick frothy mocha head that leaves a thin film.

Aroma is roasty, earthy, nutty, fruity.

Taste leads off w/ notes of chocolate and dried cherries, countered by a soft bitterness. Hops clearly evident.

Mouthfeel is balanced, medium-bodied, slick.

Overall an all-around solid stout.

10-14-2012 07:14:40 | More by draheim
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger cream colored head. Nice lacing, but not as much as I hoped after seeing the thick milk shakey head.
S: Roasted barley notes with a slight infusion of chocolate and sweet caramel.
T/M: Roasted barley and malt with unsweetned chocolate flavors cross the palate first. Theres a slight sweetness to the first flavors. Burnt coffee notes also find their way in leading to a dry finish. Not a huge body, but big enough. Low carbonation.
D: Pretty tasty stout from Pike. Definately worth the chance if you can find it on draft. Luckily I had the chance to try this offering.

11-08-2006 03:12:20 | More by bjohnson
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Bookseeb

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance looks to be a dark brown to black with a thick creamy firm brown head with nice lace. Smell of sweet dark malts, chocolate, molassas and dark fruits. Taste of strong coffee, molassas, roasted malts and the hoppiness balances nicely with the flavor. Mouthfeel seem viscous going down slick with a roasted malt bitter bite at the end. Robust is a good word for this one.

02-06-2009 02:26:13 | More by Bookseeb
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northaustin

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

poured from a 22oz into a schnifter. pours like crude oil from a leaky old rusted steel 5 gallon drum.beautiful. a thick black with two fingers of rich brown head that disappears slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

smell is mostly a mixture of chocolate and espresso heavily roasted. not even a hint of alchohol.

taste is a tad thinner than i was hoping for with a name like xxx stout but still very satisfiying. a nice full malt flavor that doesnt overwhelm. once again no alchohol heat here.

mouthfeel is an expected sticky. puts you in that stout mindset.

3.99 for a 22oz of a full flavored stout thats 7% abv. you can do the math. for a beer baron on a budget this is one of the most drinkable beers out there.

08-01-2009 22:54:18 | More by northaustin
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Bomber, poured into tumbler..

Dark brew, opaque with brown/mocha head on it, very small head but lacing won't quit. Smell is delightful of dark malts, caramel, roastiness, possibly some coffee/chocolate notes. The taste is good, hits you up front with everything from the nose, finishes crisp and the carbonation is solid. Mouthfeel is not too thick, not thin/crisp, but definitely a happy medium..

Enjoi!

07-19-2011 23:09:18 | More by gatorbreath
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +1%

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a thick, dark black, produces an inch of creamy mocha head, has nice retention and lacing.

S- Nice aroma of roasted grain, dark chocolate and hints of coffee and dark fruit.

T- Similar flavor, lots of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit, with a nice bitter roasted, char and smoke flavor.

M- Full-bodied, smooth feel, bitter, dry finish.

O- A very nice stout overall, has great roasty flavors and a nice creamy, milky feel, highly drinkable and well worth trying.

02-14-2013 08:47:15 | More by WillCarrera
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +1%

bomber into a tulip.

dark black pour with a slowly developing inch and a half thick beige head. smells of burnt malts...coffee and chocolate. taste is extremely malt forward and rich. tons of chocolate followed by coffee on the finish. slight smoke, slight charred flavor.big body for the abv, ill call it full. rich mouthfeel, this beers best characteristic.

overall very enjoyable. recommended.

02-13-2014 23:09:07 | More by Axnjxn
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +1%

22oz bomber into a pint shaker.

A: Pours a fairly opaque and dense looking black with tan head that retains well and laces nicely.

S: Fairly big licorice presence...chocolate, hints of soy and pitted cherry...sweet notes of black patent malt and dark caramel....roast and char and burnt coffee.

T: Cherry, licorice, molasses, soy, hints of smoke and chocolate...star anise...big malt body, some char, hints of coffee...dark caramel...lots of roast.

MF: Fairly viscous and sticky, fuller bodied with just a slight twinge of alcohol.

O: This one took me by surprise, I like it a lot. Not a one-hit-wonder, lots of different aspects to this stout.

12-30-2013 14:25:28 | More by Scotchboy
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a very deep black with a very nice dark tan thick frothy head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty. Could use a bit more aroma. Maybe some caramel ; )

Taste is smooth. More roast than anything. Could use a bit more caramel malt IMO but it's still very tasty. Easy drinkin stout with a nice roast punch.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a roast bite in the finish.

Overall a tasty beer try one if you can. I can see this brewery comin up.

05-27-2011 05:01:57 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to DHGranstrand for this bottle in a recent trade. Pours like midnight with a decent sized tan head. Nose is like molasses and tar, but really there isn't a whole lot of it there. Flavor is thick with molasses tones. Noticeable roasted aspect to it is there. Nice thick flavor profile that stays consistent. Just a slightly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is slick. Pretty nice to drink on this one. A very robust and well made stout. A nice sipper and a pleasure to drink.

03-21-2008 03:43:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Finally getting around this one after sitting in my fridge for a few months. On to the beer:

Black as night as it sits in the Lucifer branded snifter. There's a thick tanned head that's a finger's thick, and it leaves plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose shows excitment, led by some chocolate liqueur, then followed by a kick of piney hops and cocoa powder. It's a fun nose.

The taste turnns out to be more fun than the nose, which is saying something. Score-wise, it's right between the 4 and 4.5. Subtle hickory smoke hides beneath this yo-yo of hops and chocolate. The hops seem to be more "juicy" than piney though. Some burnt and unsweetened choclolate linger in the aftertaste. Its rich and smooth body are appreciated, which gives the impression that that it may be an imperial stout, but its listed 7% ABV would make it closer to export stout territory.

However you view it, this is a delicious stout that would make a great treat for dessert, or even to make custom chocolate sauce.

10-07-2011 16:42:28 | More by DoubleJ
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

They don't get much blacker than this. Held it up to the setting sun and not a whisper of light. None. Zip. Nice rich tan head with web upon web of lacing.

Liking the aroma. Rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate with some nice floral hoppiness that is lacking in other extra stouts. Intresting take on the extra stout style. Definitely has the dark roast down pat. Slight hint of chocolate with the slight sourness that you find in Guiness X stout. Pike has hopped their version up which surprisingly I liked. Usually I slam West Coast brewer's because of their liberal use of hop, but in this case I find it balances the sourness quite well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, even with the hoppiness.

An interesting take on the stout/x-stout style and I rather liked it.

03-11-2009 01:00:12 | More by Shadman
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philbertk

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--1997 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0)

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout --1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50%. (4.0 / 5.0) Excellent!

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Spotted at The Ballard Market 10/10/99. Rich chocolate head with Espresso aroma. Hazy deep dark black color. Creamy chocolate coffee front. Sweet dry creamy chocolate espresso body. Hot hop profile. Sampled 11/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--Limited Release 2000-2001--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear dark opaque black color. Tan Espresso head. Thin lace. Espresso roasted mild front.Creamy velvet rich roasted slightly dry body. Creamy end with lingering hopless roasted flavor. Blander Version. Sampled 7/17/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--Limited Release 2001-2002--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Light sediment. Rich espresso head and lace. Opaque dark thick black color. Rich roasted espresso chocolate mild hop front. Creamy rich sweet roasted chocolate fruit body.Sweet spicy chocolate hop end. Sampled 12/28/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--XXX Stout 2002-2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear obsidian ebony color. Rich lacy brown head. Sweet floral chocolate hop front. Creamy sweet velvet texture is rich with roasted chocolate cherry espresso notes. Smooth mild earthy hop malt end. Tasty. Sampled 12/30/2002.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX 5X Stout--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment. Rich lacy espresso head. Opaque obsidian black color. Rich choc espresso tangy floral hop front.Creamy crusty earthy rich burnt sweet chocolate cherry espresso body. Balanced hop mild citrus end. Sampled 4/5/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX "5X" Stout 2004-2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 50 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy dark espresso head. Shiny obsidian jet black color. Rich burnt roasted espresso chocolate hoppy front. Creamy crusty burnt biscuit caramel mild sweet cocoa body. Chalky earthy balanced rich hop end. Sampled 11/8/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX 5X Stout Limited Release 2005-2006--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Sediment hint. Lacy espresso head. Opaque dark black color. Rich roasted espresso hop front. Crusty creamy rich burnt toffee caramel espresso mild cocoa dry sweet velvety body. Clean smooth roasted hop end. Sampled 1/9/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--"Pike Stout XXX ""5X"" Extra Stout"--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--65 IBU'S. (4.25 / 5.0) Stout--Lacy espresso head. Opaque dead dark color. Burnt sweet chocolate espresso hop front. Sweet burnt drying smoky mild espresso body. Crusty burnt hop spice drying end. Rich brew drys and mellows with warmth. Sampled 12/10/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Stout XXX Extra Stout--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV--65 IBU's. (3.9 / 5.0) Stout--Sediment Hint. Lacy thin dark espresso head. Dark clear obsidian black dark red edge color. Thick pour. Rich burnt roasted espresso earthy hop cocoa hint front. Dry sweet tangy rich burnt espresso mild dark fruit smoke hint crisp malty body. Hot hop spice end. Sampled 2/4/2010. $4.49 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout. 7.00% ABV. 60 IBU's. Lacy espresso head. Rich roasted espresso front. Crusty chocolate Stout body. Crusty hop spice end. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery. Sampled 5/9/2010.

07-13-2010 01:28:07 | More by philbertk
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DHGranstrand

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours black with excellent thick, dark, creamy head. Good lacing.

Smells of bourbon & burnt oak. Not very aromatic.

Tastes of bourbon, burnt chocolate and licorice. Nice hoppy end.

Excellent mouthfeel. Great viscosity.

Not sure I could drink this all night but it is nicely balanced.

I poured this at about 60 degrees. Surprisingly, not very aromatic even at that temp. Very strong flavors though, nicely balanced with nice hoppy finish. I will definitely buy more of this.

03-08-2008 04:45:22 | More by DHGranstrand
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GAPit

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours ink black and thick with two fingers of thick, creamy tan head.

Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke, bitter hop finish. Smells a bit less intense than I would have expected.

Tastes like it smells, maybe a little more dark/burnt. Chocolate dissapears. Very dry/bitter/hoppy finish.

Nice mouthfeel, pretty high carbontation for the style. Very, very dry.

Overall a pretty good stout, Malts are overpowered by hops imho. Couldn't drink more than a pint or two, but I;m sure I won't have any trouble finishing the six I bought.

12-27-2007 08:23:59 | More by GAPit
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Midnight black...with an imporessive creamy tan head...nose is burnt malts and more....hints of caramel..some subtle smoky notes...dark chocolate...and light java notes...very complex nose...

Body is full...a little short of the badass Imperial stouts but nothing to sneeze at...creamy texture but finishes on a dry, somewhat bitter, acidic note...not unpleseant at all...just kind of like unsweetened dark bakers chocolate on the finish..

Flavor is nice...there is a bit of the sour/acidic flavor..also the dark chocolate..some java...and a hint of caramel...

Pretty decent stout...full bodied and full flavored...pretty complex....mouthfeel seems like an oatmeal or borderline imperial...taste is more along the lines of a dry stout but it has some oatmeal stout characteristics too...

A stout well worth finding and trying...

02-04-2004 06:53:04 | More by ZAP
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with two-finger tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: First thing I noticed was chocolate and then roasted malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and roasted malt. Coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Pretty good stout. The mouthfeel could have been a bit smoother and warmer.

09-23-2012 23:44:51 | More by SolipsismalCat
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dnichols

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a cooled pint glass.

A: It poured a pitch black with a dark chocolate head. The head was slight (under a finger) and consisted of varied sized bubbles that did not longer long. THe head receded to a slender cover with a ring around the collar that supported a thin see-through lacing.

S: There were strong bold roasted malt aromas with citrus and floral hops and hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: There was a light sweet roasted malt flavor that was quickly overtaken by the bitter coffee and floral hop back side. As the brew rested a distinct flavor of black licorice emerged with each bite of the hops. I expected a somewhat cleaner finish but the lingering bitterness reminded me I was drinking a stout without being too off-putting. I expected and was disappointed by the limited complexity and richness of the chocolate flavors...this is a coffee-hop dominated stout.

M: It was a medium bodied brew (much thiner than I expected). There was a sweet malt front and bitting coffee back that lingered on into the aftertaste.

D: The medium body, low ABV and smoothness make this an easy brew to finish. The moderate biting aftertaste is not a deterant making this a fine session stout.

01-31-2008 00:42:23 | More by dnichols
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2%

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!

02-02-2009 00:25:55 | More by Magpie14
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Black in the glass, completely opaque with a thin layer of chocolate milk coloured head. Sheets of lacing abound. Thin head remains for some time.

Smell immediately brings roasted coffee beans to mind. I'm not a coffee guy, but I'd say dark roast. Straightforward aroma, but pleasant.

Much more bitter than expected. Coffee flavour for sure with bitter roasted notes throughout. Citrus hops in finish so strong that blindfolded I would easily have been confused by the style. Different, and tasty.

Full bodied, heavy enough to dull the carbonation but doesn't feel flat in any way. Good mouthfeel.

This comes across as being a very big beer, but stays a bit more drinkable than the RIS/Double Stouts out the by not being too high in abv. Even nicer than I had hoped for.

02-27-2009 06:28:12 | More by elricorico
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +2%

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass. The beer pours pitch black with thin tan surface layer of head. Aroma is roasted malt and almost smokey mixing with some brown sugar and maybe molasses as well. No real hop presence or ABV hints either. First sip reveals a thick body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Tight clingy lattice on the glass after each sip. Flavor is dry roasted malt almost coffee bean and some general sweetness. My palate dries out after each sip. Again the hops dont show up at all which is okay considering the style. No hints on ABV either. The beer is a bit of a sipper but only due to the body not any booziness. A well crafted robust brew!

02-01-2009 16:10:49 | More by sulldaddy
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2%

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke are most prevalent in the nose. Even some dark fruits. Really good.
T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke. I like this a lot.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, smooth, and dry. For the alcohol this is easy to drink. I would have no problems making a session out of this even with the high ABV.

A very good stout. Something I would recommend.

10-30-2009 23:39:34 | More by champ103
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natelocc787

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%

This is the first beer from Pike I've had even though I've seen their bomber line in the local beer store several times over the last couple years.

I am pleased to say I'm impressed, in fact-overtly so. I was expecting a good beer not a great beer and I got a motherfu**ing bad assed beer. Great Black color with a Dark brown head containing different shades of caramel hues. Good lace and powerful taste after an above average black malty, roasty, chocolate-coffee head. Taste is very satisfying with roasted barley and black malt giving birth to the supreme espresso but mostly dark chocolate flavor that is bitter from the semi-sweet chocolate and also from the hops. I just now bumped the smell to a 4.5 because every time I go to take a drink the smell hits my nose first like a beer containing nanotechnology designed to offer the perfect beer tasting experience. I'm close to giving taste a 5. Fantastic mouthfeel that is heavy, chewy, silky and creamy at once. Bitterness like that which this beer offers only makes the finish much longer and allows the outstanding stout character to linger more often than usual. World class Stout!

10-11-2009 04:35:31 | More by natelocc787
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a frothy mocha head that leaves so many dots on the glass it has a pointillist effect

Smell: Roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes, with just a hint of citrus

Taste: Roasty, up front, with developing citrus and chocolate flavors that build by mid-palate with just a touch of sourness; after the swallow, the flavors blend together with a definite charcoal aspect on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An all around good example of the style, though a bit hoppy in a west coast way - nothing screams out at you but this is one well-brewed beer

10-01-2009 22:39:06 | More by brentk56
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2%

On-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a deep black hue, with a crema-like head of thick, frothy brown. Fine, spidery, crackling lace like smashed creme-brûlée toffee. Body is a little thin, but otherwise, it looks great.

Nose is toasty, burnt and crisp and unapologetically so. There's no faux-stout sweetness to this one: it's like high-carbon roasted coffee. At least it makes its point with confidence.

Taste is again low on sweetness, but for this, it manages to stay smooth, rich and full. The darkness and the roast has a paradoxical brightness to it, as though the biting dark is the highlight of the palate. It's acrid, toasty and solid. Good stuff. Feel is light, but with some smoothness.

This is a stout-lover's stout: none of this "stout as dessert" nonsense here. It's not exceptionally heavy, it's not sweet at all, but it manages to pull everything together in a coherent if forthright whole. Great stuff.

07-17-2012 05:08:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.