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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 576
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 576
Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy light brown head covers the deep dark brown hue. Candyish and spicy nose. Rich dark malts have minty and thyme-like vapors. You can tell it’s gonna feel creamy from the nose. Surprisingly, hops are not a big factor in this one, gentle cocoa roastiness are paired with an effective and complex nut array to create a globally spicy flavour profile. As weird as it sounds, I feel this would pair well with asiatic food. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

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Photo of zacharius
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


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Photo of charlatan
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle claims "limited release: 2004 - 2005."

Very dark beer with light brown head which didn't stick around long for a stout. The sniff test managed to remind me of coffee, cream, cherry and liquorice. Tastes of an abundance of roasted malt. There is a really malty tang and smokiness, but no real coffee flavour (phew!). There is a hint of dairy and some welcome but ill defined hoppiness in the background. The feel isn't great. This doesn't slide down as smoothly as one expects a good stout to, especially since it only boasts 6% abv despite all those X's.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The darkest of the dark beers. As black as the darkest night in the depths of hell. The head is moderate, but fades away quickly. The aroma is very strong of dark chocolate and espresso.
The taste is very big on the chocolate with espresso and just a hint of a hoppy bite to it.
I love this beer. I've had this saved for St. Patty's day for some time and I'm glad I saved it. It is a true soul warmer. Screw Campbell's soup. Give this to the kids. It will warm them up just fine.
I wish I was back in Seattle.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2004-2005 release.
Very attractive beer in appearance, pitch black with a nice sized tan head..that fades fast, but theres always a thick lace on top.
Very nice roasty/chocolaty aroma. fresh.
Taste is quite sweet to start, then the roasty/dark coffee aspects come in to play, smooth finish, then some bitter after taste.I get some rather faint smokey hints in this beer.
good mouthfeel, quite smooth and delightful.
A good stout ,very drinkable and not too heavy.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt coffee bean brown--black in all but the brightest light--with minimal highlights. This beer is a veritable light-sucking black hole. The dark caramel-colored head is mega creamy and deposits thick chunks of brown lace that form a thick, fat ring above the opaque liquid. Pike Street Stout looks like it means business.

The nose is of concentrated, chocolate liqueur-laced, melted dark chocolate. Black coffee and hops add depth. On the palate, the beer possesses a heavily roasted maltiness that results in a sweet, medium-heavy, creamy mouthfeel. In addition, a definite citric hoppiness adds a certain zesty zing. The result is a point-counterpoint of competing flavors that is pure pleasure.

Something is keeping me from awarding a 4.5 for taste, but it's extremely close. The body becomes less full on the finish--never dropping below medium--and the bitter citrus rind lasts long after the beer has gone. Carbonation and alcohol are barely evident.

Pike Street 5X Stout is another excellent stout from a largely unheralded U.S. craft brewery. It's too bad that the vast majority of these fine beers are unavailable to those of us in fly-over country. This one would be in my regular winter rotation if it was readily available in Iowa. Recommended.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle it gives very little head. The beer is a nice dark brown walnut color. The aroma has lots of red wine, cherry, and almond. I can only describe the flavor as a sour stout flavor with hints of chocolate and toast. There is a bit of sweetness at the beginning, but the sourness takes over.

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Photo of ark57
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002-2003 Bottling - It is dark black with a sweet aroma that smells of coffee and raisins. It tastes of roasted coffee and slight chocolate in the full thick body. It is smooth and sweet in the finish with a lot of complex fruit tastes (plum, fig, raisin, etc.)

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of BierReise
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours black. Well it's a stout what do you expect? It's black, it's dark and there are some ruby edges to it when the light is there. The head is thick and light brown.The aroma is weird. Where is this 4.15 rating coming from? Has some coffee notes but nothing standing out really. Body is on the thin side. Flavor is bitter and reminding me of that nasty Java Stout from Bells. Has some roasted malt flavors and more like spent coffee grinds in my opinion. The bottle reads "Limited Release" and let me tell you,it should be as limited as possible. Try again Pike.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Blacker than black with a very dark tan head that foamed up big and lasted forever, lacing the glass as it went down.

Smell – Big, very dark chocolate leads the way here followed by deep, roasted malts and fine espresso beans (not espresso but the raw, whole beans). There’s also a nice hop balance in there (citrus maybe) plus a soft sour tang.

Taste – Everything comes out beautifully at the taste. For all the big smells up front, this one is very even and balanced at the tongue. This is almost like a milkshake complete with cocoa and sweet chocolate, espresso (subdued from the nose), malt, and a very light, barely detectable sweet/sour note.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and chewy and medium in the body. This is a serious stout with a somewhat bitter finish.

Drinkability – One of the better stouts that I’ve tasted from the NW. Most of them are pretty lame (Hale’s Pikop Andropov's almost made me vomit), but this one is the real deal.

Update – I rated this originally with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be run to take another look at it using an ’04 bottle. It happily lost the slight sourness this time around and really is one of the better examples of the style brewed here in the PacNW.

Update – I had a 2005 vintage in May and found it to be very consistent. This is about as good as it gets here in Seattle, and this wonderfully brewery is just a few blocks from where I work.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2001-02 bottle.

This poured dark black with a small caramel colored head. The aroma was of coffee, malt and smokiness. The taste was quite bitter and much like old coffee that has been on the burner a little too long. The mouthfeel was okay. There was a little too much bite for a stout and a strong bitter and burnt taste. I am not likely to try this again in the near future. I think I'd go for the Guiness nitro bottles first. I've really enjoyed most other stouts more than this one from Pike Brewing.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with viscosity noticeable. Appearance is black. That's what I like for my XXXStouts. A medium sized creamy compact brown head is erected upon the pour. Lacing comes in sheets. The aroma is burnt malts and smoke predominantly. Almost seems to be a barrel aged quality on the nose. Decent nose. The taste is of roasted malt and beechwood smoke. Not sure if they use smoked malt or not, but it's sure got a smoky characteristic. The bitterness of this beer lingers. Hop attributed as well as burnt malt. This one's got a little of that char and tobacco thing going on. For an XXXStout though, I was looking for this one to be a little more intrusive. It tastes just fine, but I was looking for more. Body is a little better than medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Good beer overall. Not much more though.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001-2002 Bottle: Nearly back with a medium and slightly foamy dark beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and a hint of malt. A little richer than most Dry Stouts, I like what they are going for with a blend of Dry and Imperial Stout in the body. Coffee flavor really comes through in the flavor, along with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is dry and has a lightly hopped character. This might not be worth all the X's but it is still a good Stout.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002-2003 limited release...

Big pour, dark/dark brown and opaque. Orange carbonation settles down in about 60 seconds. Laces in looping clumps. Coffee and orange rind-like impresssion to the big aroma. Flavor is somewhat more limited, a dark roasty coffee, slight sense of malted milk and the requisite scant hop. Mouthfeel is about medium to thinnish, but I pick up an offputting vegetable, almost smoked onion, sense to the profile. Not dominant by any means, just slightly annoying. Not an awful beer, but not a first choice to my tongue.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as the cloudy moon-less desert sky, the head a velvety chocolate crown, the lace a shield against the light. Sweet toasted grains, bitter-sweet chocolate and a over cooked pot of coffee, what the hell else could you say to describe this nose, start is ambrosial, the top thick and chocolate like. Finish has a spiteful hop spicy bite, the acidity stinging, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry and one damn fine stout in my humble opinion.

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Photo of freed
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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....

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of aracauna
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice pour, deep opaque black with an easy, thick creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass. It's not exactly long-lasting, but it never fully fades (ends up thin cream layer that's too thick for a film, but kind of like a like coat of moss or lichens). The aroma is a little weak, but roasty. The flavor is as strong as it should be but it dominated and unbalanced by too much burned bitterness. A bit of smokiness lingers underneath. The lack of balance makes this less than a joy to drink, but intriguing at the same time.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of jreitman
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black beer with a dark brown head. Exactly as advertised in that it is an over the top stout. Roasted coffee and some good hop bitterness dominate the flavor. Chocolate is hidden well but can be discerned (or imagined). Sweetness is kept to a minimum. Very enjoyable and interesting brew.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.