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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

472 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 472
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002)
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JWearda

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Pint glass poured from the bar tap at Pike Street Brewing in Seattle, WA

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown with less than a finger light brown head that doesn't last, other than a nice rim around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts 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: roasted burnt malts and coffee up front and finishes with unsweetened dark chocolate. Also in the aftertaste you get hit with loads of smoke and coffee like flavors. Really surprising for a regular stout.

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

O - Very smooth and enjoyable stout, alive with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 20:20:13 | More by JWearda
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vkv822

Oregon

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

on-tap @ Zeeks Pizza.
pint glass. from notes.

Black with a thick, creamy tan head that leaves almost solid lacing down the glass. Really impressive, almost looks like a nitro-tap.

Roast coffee, dark chocolate. Some faint dark fruit.

Medium-full body, with light, prickly carbonation.

Overall, a very well done Export Stout. Beautiful appearance, backed by simple, but bold and very enjoyable flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 05:49:30 | More by vkv822
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 00:48:22 | More by mdaschaf
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 05:08:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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rustymoore

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber chocolate brown with a half inch creamy head into a standard pint glass.

Aroma is sweet with coffee and hop notes.

Taste immediately gives the impression of strong hops in this stout. Sweet coffee favors that mesh well with the hoppiness.

Very smooth and not at all watery. Almost just right.

Solid stout overall that I would revisit again and again

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 04:32:33 | More by rustymoore
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 20:50:52 | More by MAB
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark. Black with a creamy dark brown head, very nice. Nose is malty and smoky.

Taste, like the nose, is smokey and rich, chocolate and coffee come through as w ll. Mouthfeel is light and dry with a light finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 21:38:25 | More by kingcrowing
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 05:34:51 | More by CurtisLoew
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sergeantstogie

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 04:40:13 | More by sergeantstogie
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mikeg67

New Jersey

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

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours dark brown hue with a tanned, thick head and much lacing. Aroma is of espresso, roasted, malt and some dark fruit. Medium, smooth body. Coffee, dark fruit, toasted malt and earthy hops fill the mouth. Quite complex, well done stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 15:40:39 | More by mikeg67
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Offa

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, flavourful yet restrained and fairly balanced stout.

Black with a dark tan thin head soon shrinking to a foamy ring, it has some good lace.

Aroma is roasty with light chocolate, plus some hints of wood and prune.

Taste is roasty-earthy and woody with some spicey bitterness and with sweetness and bitterness present but pretty well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 04:19:37 | More by Offa
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bellied up to a full pint of XXX at the Pike Pub & Brewery last week in Seattle. Always enjoyed their sample trays in the past & was looking forward to a nice stout after a week in Vancouver (which had almost none that I could find!).

The glass is dark. The smell is a pleasant shock of charred malts.

Pike Street XXX Stout goes the extra mile in high heels on the roasted, forest-fire malts. Roast & char gang up to obliterate any potential subtleties lurking in the glass of black. Perhaps there are bits & pieces of chocolate, & certainly a coffee edge to the roast, but this is purebred charcoal.

Lucky for me I like charcoal. Swigging this is fairly easy, but I'm certain the seriousness of the flame-broil would catch up to the drinkability eventually.

Nice, solid stout to put your hands around. Even by the pint, this one wasn't hard to put down, & a very nice end to a good Seattle evening.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 21:49:00 | More by maximum12
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Pike Brewpub on 3/23/2010.

A= This stout poured a deep black/brown with a 1" creamy and thick tan head. The head settled slowly to a chunky cap and left some stickage on my glass.

S= Very roasty, with hints of coffee and a few whiffs os caramel sweetness in there too.

T= About what it should be. Big roasted grain notes wrapping around lighter flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a kiss of earthy hops. Finished lightly bitter and refreshing.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable. I could and would put down a few of these in a sitting if I had the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 17:35:09 | More by spointon
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pint looked pretty delicious, very dark with a creamy tan head and a few larger bubbles dotting the top of the beer. Great head retention, plenty of lace. Nice aroma, sweet and roasty with a bit of leafy hops, toffee and chocolate. Moderate citrus bitterness up front balanced well with the sweetness. More caramel, chocolate and roast mid-palate. Lingering hop bitterness, a bit stronger than I expected. Full bodied with no alcohol presence, lowish carbonation, smooth and creamy. Great stuff and it went quite well with BBQ.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 00:43:46 | More by DrJay
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep and opaque black, no light gets through, oily looking, thin big bubbled brown head forms, few spots stick to the glass as it settles to a thin layer. Smell is intense, lots of chocolate and caramel, licorice, brown sugar, lightly roasty, quite sweet, biscuits, dark fruit, figs, lots of depth. Taste is similar, big licorice character, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, fruit middle, sweet in the finish, maybe a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slick, with low to medium carbonation. Definitely a good stout, I dig this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 19:49:57 | More by Viggo
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GRG1313

California

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 20:43:26 | More by GRG1313
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istarilord

Hawaii

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both bottle and tap are good, tap is of course preferred (growler++).

Pours a lovely black with nut-brown head of decent density.

Lovely malt aroma with a good balance of floral hoppiness.

Overall flavor is well balanced, good strong northwest stout with coffee & chocolate malt balanced by just the right amount of hops.

Very smooth and easy to drink (a little too easy!), excellent flavor, excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 10:45:57 | More by istarilord
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Nowhereman529

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 01:41:15 | More by Nowhereman529
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In olden times most people, including brewery workers, were illiterate. To distinguish one beer style from another, brewers marked the kegs with X's. One X represented one style of beer, two Xs another and so on. That's how they told one beer from another.

And you thought all those Xs had something to do with Seattle's other First Avenue landmarks.

Pike's XXX Stout quickly launches into a rich tapestry of roasted aromas converging on cacao, coffee, and barley grain. It imparts a sweet malty flavor with ample roasted grain on a coal black body. This is a worthy stout of pronounced roastiness though I can't help but wonder if a nitro pour might deliver the final touch of grace in smoothing out the body.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 06:11:59 | More by RedDiamond
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dirtylou

Washington

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

on tap at the brewpub during a recent long weekend in wonderful seattle.

appearance: served in a pint glass, rich dark body, not much in the way of highlights...a creamy tan head sits on top and quickly recedes to a small layer of lace

smell: dark roasted chocolate, moderate bitterness, seattle espresso, roasty and burnt

taste: semi-sweet dark chocolate, moderately bitter roasted malts, a touch of smoke and some bitter hops. Nice to see the export stout on display and a good standard at Pike

mouthfeel: chewy, bitter finish

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 00:51:49 | More by dirtylou
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ClavisAurea

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 03:20:02 | More by ClavisAurea
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.]

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 22:07:49 | More by wagenvolks
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Pike Pub in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Poured blacker than black with a generous mocha head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Crikey...this is a delicious stout, with a full-bodied roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Smooth, and full bodied with a warming alcohol finish. So good I had it twice!

I've had it again a couple times since, this time in bottled format. This beer really serves as a template for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 16:50:07 | More by bobsy
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with Pike. Many love this brew and probably one of their better brews. Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with low retention but good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is pretty dominant with some light coffee notes also noticeable. Taste is quite dry with limited chocolate and coffee note and a medium bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 05:31:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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beals

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, but clearly reddish.

S: Smoky and malty. Hints of coffee.

T: Very roasty/smoky, but evens out as the beer warms up. More bitter than I'd expect from a stout (65 IBU!), but this is balanced by a rising sweetness.

M: OK mouthfeel, nothing to write home about.

D: Moderately drinkable. Like the Kilt Lifter, the smokiness is a little much to make it a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 23:25:29 | More by beals
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Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.