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Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Street XXXXX StoutPike Street XXXXX Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

473 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


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:
No notes at this time.

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

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a good tannish-brown head and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty and a little burnt with nice coffee and chocolate notes.

Flavor follows through with the nose, maybe with a touche of anise (but it’s subtle). The chocolate and coffee are a bit more pronounced, leaving a slightly cappuccino effect for the imbiber.

Body is full, thick, rich, and leaves a wonderful slightly roasted, slightly burnt aftertaste that I really enjoy in a stout.

Definitely recommended. I’ll for sure buy this one again.

Re-review, December 2013: This is still one of my favorite export stouts, or any stout really. It's kind of like the best of both worlds between an imperial stout and a regular stout (pick your variety, dry/Irish, oatmeal, or American). I may have to try cloning it. I love the bold dark roast flavors, the slight touch of burnt (a good flavor for me in the right quantities), and the touch of espresso coffee and dark semi-sweet baker's chocolate. I'm not sure I detect anise this time around, but I'll leave the original review in place for posterity. Second time around I still rate this one very high. In fact this isn't my second time having it, just my second time posting a review. One of pike's most tasty regulars.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:01:09 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer at Total Wine and it was on sale for $4.99. I have never noticed this before, but for $5 I decided to take a chance. I am glad I did.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a pitch black color and is topped with a rather dark, mocha cappuccino colored head of about two fingers in size. There is plenty of lacing and the retention is outstanding.

The aroma is filled with plums and raisins, even blueberries, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, toffee, slight chalkiness. Really nice.

Great flavor on this one. Slightly fruity right at the start but some hop bitterness sneaks up toward the end. There is a bit of astringency but I have found this is standard in the style. Chalky and dry, pithy, almost like aspirin chalky. Tobacco, raisins, piney resins, really nice.

A wonderful beer, especially for the price. I cant remember a beer that tasted this good for the value. I will certainly purchase more of these. A perfect beer in anticipation of Thanksgiving tomorrow and the impending cool front dropping down to South Florida.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 21:09:42 | More by SaCkErZ9
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ssteakley

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell the chocolate, taste the coffee chocolate, has that raw chocolate aftertaste. A totally fine Pacific Northwest Beer. I hope they can get thus in Alaska, really fine for a cold wrt night. Really Extra Stout. Gonna take some of this back to my Texas Friends!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:56:06 | More by ssteakley
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber to tulip. Traded for at Bottleworks in Seattle. Consumed 7-12-2013. Unsure of bottling date.

Very dark chestnut brown. 1-finger dark tan head. Decent alcohol legs. 1/2-finger collar lingers. The appearance anticipates the smell and taste. Very strong roasted malts at first sniff, reminiscent of coffee. Vigorous swirl opens up very faint licorice and fruit.

Very harsh roasted (burnt) bitterness, with a hop bite, at first quaff. Dark brown bread sweetness on the aftertaste. The roast bitterness continues to predominate as the beer warms, but it is less potent. This may explain the sweet, creamy mouthfeel. This one improves with time.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:03:17 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pike XXX Stout has a thin-to-medium tan head and a very dark brown, almost black appearance, but with visible bubble streams, upon close inspection. Lacing is scant. The aroma is of heavily-roasted barley malt, dark brown bread crust, and sweetness. Flavor is of deep, dark, astringent, roasted barley malt, a good amount of bitterness, sweetness, and some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pike XXX Stout finishes mostly wet, heavy, sweet, and rich. This is a sipper. Overall, I highly recommend this one!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 15:22:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pike Pub & Brewery - Pike Street XXX Stout

Acquired via trade, somehow one of my first Washington brews, will need to fix that ASAP since they have the best hops in the country!

Look - Pours an oily (not jet) black with a huge foamy mocha head. Lots of sticky lacing, good retention.

Smell - Roasted malt, coffee, piney hops, cola, dark chocolate, molasses, and some fruit (berries, dates, figs).

Taste - On the thinner side, the fruits hit first, hops are there as well, then chocolate and finally roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel - Pine hops surprisingly bitter feel (it is 65 IBU so I guess not that surprising) sits on the palate and the roasted malts and coffee on the middle. Rich medium/heavy body with a dry finish. Great drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew all the way around, the hops add character and uniqueness that made me have to respect it (that and I enjoyed it). Recommend for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:27:57 | More by JMScowcroft
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with a three finger, thick brown milky-coffee head. Good lace rings, one finger of retention.

S - Coffee, cola, roast.

T - Roasty, dark fruit, lot's of dark sweet malt, quite roasty.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium creamy body.

O/D - A nice stout. Doesn't do too much to hold onto you, but it seems like a decent example of the style. I have to admit I got a little bored with it after the first glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:58:02 | More by tbeckett
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mikegreen138

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 04:01:57 | More by mikegreen138
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 21:55:50 | More by acevenom
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Hawksfan79

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Snifter
Black in color with thick rocky mocha colored head.
There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma with small hints of coffee.
Coffee and black licorice are very strong flavors in the front of this beer, these turn over to alcohol warming and hops. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture and nice lively carbonation. Lots of alcohol warming and hops bitterness followed by a dry lingering finish.
A great tasting stout that has a nice yet unexpected northwest hoppiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 08:53:40 | More by Hawksfan79
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scents of hay and grass, overall earthy smell that I’m not as keen on. Deep dark brown color. Inch and a half brown foam head that lingers leaving prominent lacing down the sides of the glass. Dark roasted chocolate notes with light sweetness combined with some medium bitterness. Very full bodied. Two would make a meal. Creamy silky texture with a thick feel. Lightly carbonated. Long roasted finish.

Great stout. Let this one almost get to room temperature before cracking into. I think that is vital to do, the darker the beer. Great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 06:27:10 | More by Braz
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 03:41:17 | More by Immortale25
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draheim

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark black with two fingers of dark tan foamy head that lasts for about two minutes and leaves behind some medium levels of lacing on the glass. Creamy and silky medium-heavy body with soft carbonation.

Smells like deep charred malt and black coffee / chocolate with a squirt of blueberry pancake syrup in it. No really, I'm serious. Tastes of char at first, but transitions into a floral / herbal hopped dark chocolate blend that ends with a whispered gasp of dark fruit in the finish. The hopping is unusually prominent on the palate for a typical export stout, but I'm totally okay with that because it's not heavy-handed enough to detract from the roasted and charred malts at all.

In summary, I can see why this is one of the more highly-rated export stouts on this website, it blends slightly higher than usual hopping with clean and dry black coffee / chocolate and a touch of blueberry fruitiness over a really nice texture without relying upon acridness as the sole source of bitterness. The only criticism I can muster is that the hopping presented to the palate isn't as noticeable as it could be in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:45:22 | More by WastingFreetime
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crwrunner

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a big brown head. Lots of lacing and the head stays a while on top of the beer.

S- Pretty interesting. The first thing that came to mind was terraki bbq sauce.

T- Strong choclate taste up front follwed with a nice taste of hops when swallowing. Soon after a very nice roastiness comes out.

M- A little thick that really seems to cover the mouth well.

O- I think this is a pretty good beer. I would definitley drink it again. While I didn't care for the smell to much, it made up for it in taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 19:49:20 | More by crwrunner
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mactrail

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, near black. Nice bit of beige foam and lacing in the big Duvel tulip. Medium body and only a little of the watery taste that a lot of stouts have. Seems stronger than the sub-7 ABV claimed, but that's flavor for you.

Seriously roasted barley is the dominant taste. Burnt malt taste, but not at all sour, as some of these charred brews seem to be. Quite dry, but has a hint of malty sweetness left. Just a touch of something like dried figs, and mostly just a very clean, long, black flavor. Some hops make their appearance mostly as a strong bitter aftertaste. A total taste bud takeover. Very drinkable, but it's a sip at a time for me.

From the 22 oz bottle. Label on this version says 6.6% and 65 IBU.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 05:55:00 | More by mactrail
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark brown / black pour with 2 fingers of tan/reddish brown head. nice retention and decent lacing as well.
smells of roasted grains and a port wine smell to it.. fruity/grapes, dates. coffee/cocoa/tobacco.
the taste is very dark and bitter. actually getting a hint of hops up front, a dirt like bitterness from the roasted grains, tobacco taste, sweet chocolate backbone. medium body with mild carbonation, slightly creamy on the lips and goes down silky smooth.
overall not a bad stout for the price tag. nothing really different about this one that makes it stand out aside from the slightly hopped up taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:08:40 | More by facundoCNB
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kemoarps

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 06:33:38 | More by kemoarps
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DM1293

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:27:39 | More by DM1293
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Appearance is black, opaque, and viscous with a velvety layer of brown head which retains nicely. The nose starts with deep roasted malts with a hint of smokiness, this is paired with molasses and fig. The taste is roasty and dry up front and develops a nice hop bitterness towards the finish. Almost no sweetness which is a surprise to me considering how malty it is. Mouthfeel is thinner than the appearance suggests, but is appropriate for the gravity of this beer. Overall, this is a nice full flavored stout with a bit of unique character. It leans towards the dry side with almost no sweetness which is unlike most stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:54:55 | More by homebrew311
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superspak

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with an impressive 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, pine, toasted biscuit, herbal, citrus rind, and earthy hops. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, espresso, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, toast, herbal, char, and earthy hops. Good sized roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, espresso, pine, charred malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted and hoppy flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Quite smooth to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a really excellent export stout! Great flavor balance with hoppiness; and quite smooth to sip on, with big robust flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:10:18 | More by superspak
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Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.