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Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Street XXXXX StoutPike Street XXXXX Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

526 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 526
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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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Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

tchenery, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of bradleyp
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22oz. from the Market of Choice, and drank from a New Belgium snifter glass.

Color is black with a very tan/hazelnut not so foamy head.

There is a faint coffee aroma. There isn't a deep alchol smell, and it def. doesn't smell hoppy.

Taste was malty, oatmeal, and what at first tasted like licorice. chocolate is very present in the beer as well. Very drinkable, especially while watching Hockey.

I enjoyed drinking this with a pepperoni pizza.

bradleyp, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of deapokid
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect to find bottles of this Seattle brewpub's catalog in the area, but was excited to finally try their stout.

Pours a rich, chocolate color with low carbonation and a thin, brown head. Carbonation is light, as is the lacing, which makes this seem a tad subdued for the style.

Scent of sweet anise, after-dinner liqueur and yeast are most prevalent. The booze sting seems to be overstated for the relatively low ABV.

Flavor profile includes toasted oats, peanuts and dark chocolate. It is a shade sweeter than expected, but never overpowering and the bar chocolate and roasted coffee bean dryness make for a nice finale.

As for the texture and feel, this may be a bit thin and a shade under-carbonated, but most of the flavors are subtle and it never offends the taste buds.

Although sweet, this is still an extremely drinkable stout with a well-masked ABV. A nice American stab at the Foreign/Export Stout.

deapokid, May 23, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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

CampusCrew, May 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the bottle a rich, oily, opaque sable with a thick and fairly persistent fine-bubbled tan mead. Aroma is rich and smoky with firm tones of quality coffee and brown sugar - most inviting. Flavor is even better than the aroma - richly of roast fine coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, the flavors I like best in a stout. It is only slightly sweet and has a touch of bitterness. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and tingly. This is one lip-smacking stout, worth seeking!

Cyberkedi, May 08, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

maximum12, May 04, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark black-ish brown color with a two finger tan head, some patchy lacing,

Smell: roasty chocolate, a little earthy coffee aroma on the tail end,

Taste: sweet stout malts, a little chocolate, solid stout taste,

Mouthfeel: I would say medium for a stout.

Drinkability: good, this is one I would try again.

mcann2pu, May 01, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet black with a one fingered tan head. Minimal lacing. Scents of chocolate and roasted malts. Not much of a hop presence in the taste, mostly smokey dark chocolate with nutty flavors on the back end of the palatte. There isn't a presence of alcohol, which makes this a good drinkable stout.

whoneeds8, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer received as extra in trade. Pours very dark very light and wispy head.

Smell like a faint hot chocolate smell most likely the coffee that is in it.

Taste is okay its not bad but somewhat watered and taste of unbrewed coffee kind of like eating coffee bean.

m - slightly acidic can feel the notes of the coffee but again somewhat waterey feel.

D not bad not overwhelmed but this was nice would try again.

Casey10, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black stout. Beige head.

Aroma of licorice and coffee. No choco smell.

Taste, licorice is more restrained, coffee dominates. Sweet. Hoppy. Bitter. Chocolate more on the palate than in the nose. Dry. Good mouthfeel, everything sticks. Drinkable, but a little pricey.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

spointon, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is a bunch of roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, a hint of charred wood, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, citrus, and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is full to medium, creamy, with a dry and heavy bitter finish. Good stout.

mtstatebeer, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a billowing tan head that settles into nice clumps and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is heavy on the roasted barley, a with a little cocoa and musty oats.

Dry, roasted malt flavors dominate along with a bitter dark chocolate. There's also a little hop kick and some light tangyness.

Mouthfeel is a little light with low carbonation.

Pretty enjoyable stout, especially for the price tag. Not all that complex, but very drinkable and a good argument for more export stouts.

GeezLynn, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pour with a black slightly viscous body and a relatively thin head. Smells quite roasty and with a heady dose of licorice as well as a slightly mentholated aroma. Satisfyingly deep and roasty in the flavor department with some fruity, vinous notes as well. Quite pleasant and on the roastier side of balanced. Quite smooth and very drinkable. A very nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650ml bomber, 2009 edition, it is 7% alc.

Pours into my American pint glass with a dark brown/black and only hints of light on the edges when held to light, it is very dark. The head looks nice and is caramally tan and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells roasty, chocolatey, carmally, and fruity. There is a slight hop note to it but is is very faint.

Taste has alot of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It is dark and roasty, a good example taste-wise for this style. The mouthfeel is ok, a bit watery, then carbonated, but it is true to the British style of doing it.

It is ugely drikable for the abv.

Overall a great beer right here, not my fav style but this makes me enjoy it.

crossovert, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Rchap1
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just bought this while sitting on my ass in Alexandria, LA. Not much here!

A: Didn't really get to see, drank it from the bottle. Goes with being on the road.

S: Strong, nice and malty. Pretty full of coffee notes, and a little bit of dark chocolate/cocoa.

T: Nice and dry, even has a little hint of milk stout taste. Again, getting the coffee and chocolate flavors out of it.

M: Full, but not over the top. I guess I was kind of surprised by how dry it was, but I suppose I shouldn't have been because of the style.

D: This went down easily. At 6.6, it's not too strong, but it probably wouldn't make the best session beer. On the plus side, I would bet that if you took your time you could make a bomber or two of this last awhile.

Rchap1, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a trade with natelocc787. Cheers!

A- Pours a dark black color with only a hint of light coming through on the edges. A thin beige head leaves a bit of lace.

S- Black licorice and dark chocolate make up the nose.

T- Full roasted malt flavor with some burnt coffee and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. A slight warming sensation is created by the alcohol on the way down. As this brew warms up, the alcohol becomes more apparent.

M- Medium/full bodied with a creamy feel and low carbonation.

D- A very solid stout with a nice flavor.

projectflam86, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass jan19 2010

A almost jet black with a giant thick dark mocha head that has great retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S a fair bit of coffee and some chocolate with some very faint hops

T not far from the smell but I get more milk chocolate then coffee and I pick up on some faint raisin

M not as thick as I thought it would be but thick enough to please

D well rounded beer with lots of flavor and it won't put you on your back

I could see myself drinking this again it's worth trying for sure and doesn't break the bank.

wordemupg, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black, nice chocolate tan head, great lacing. Smells of fresh coffee, some chocolate, roastiness. Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate sweetness with a nice caramel sweetness and roastiness on the backbone. Some vanilla and oak notes present. Very subtle fruitiness present, maybe from the hops. Body is a little think for the style, moderate carbonation.

An excellent stout, exactly what im looking for, coffee and roastiness. I could drink a lot of this, my only qualm being the body is a little thin, could just more of it. Other than that, a stout i could drink all night, love it!

bum732, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black color and a really nice espresso crema dark head. it looks amazing just in the glass.

nose has nice sweetness and licorice w/ roasted notes

taste is excellent and full with very rich body of roasted malts and a very nice sweetness to balance this beer. Very complex and hint of licorice and candied malt.

wow what a great stout and worth the $6 bomber price i paid.

this brew is top notch

OatmattStout, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours completely black with only the faintest hint of light penetrating the edges. There's a small but thick mocha head that leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is nice with equal measures sweetness and roastiness. The sweetness comes from the dark chocolate mainly and the malts come across heavily roasted with some coffee hints. There are even some fresh green hops thrown in.

The taste is more of the same with the initial taste containing a kick of the green hops before the heavily roasted black malts take over. There is some cocoa sweetness on top with a finish that is a mixture of dry roasted malts and green hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely creamy with a dry, roasted finish.

This is a very good export stout and I like the hop presence thrown in for added complexity.

gford217, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One interesting thing is that both BA and Pike's website say this beer is 6.6%, but my bottle says 7% ABV. I suppose it's not that important, as long as the beer's good, right?

Appearance: utterly, entirely, impenetrably black with a thick, languid two-finger brown head. Profound! Leaves a great lace, too.

Smell: lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate present, but the aroma is more complex than that; the aroma is getting along toward the more fruity compounds that you might get in a RIS or Baltic porter. I think I even detect a little vanilla.

Taste: a bit of a monster. The flavor is of big, heavy roasted malts, though it lacks some of the complexity of the aroma. There's also a little sourness here that you sometimes get when a beer has a lot of charred malts. Not bad, but it could use some further refinement.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting. Quite good.

Drinkability: very good, but not exactly sessionable. I think with a little tweaking of the flavor I think I would be able to handle a couple of these in a row.

flagmantho, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

DrJay, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of TheFlern
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark molasses with plenty of chocolate colored head. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Smokey, roasted malts, fruitiness

Taste: Malt notes but nothing really sticks out, just a nice meld. There is a fruity taste hidden just behind the malt. Finishes with a nice mild hop twist.

Mouthfeel: Very silky and full bodied. Carbonation is just right

Drinkability: This beer is so heavy its hard to drink the whole 22oz. Which is pretty much the point of extra stout brews.

TheFlern, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $5.49. No bottled on date to be found.

This beer looks really nice in my NB Goblet. Black as motor oil, mocha colored head, some nice scattered lacing, with a head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam all the way to the end.

The aroma is exceptional .. first is that classic roasted malt, followed by an in your face fig/raisin/licorice aroma that makes me smile.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, a touch of coffee, followed by a nice wallop of citrus-y hops on the aftertaste. Excellent stuff.

No alcohol hotness detectable at all .. mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Like a chocolate cake in liquid form. A great stout worth multiple purchases.

diamondc, Nov 03, 2009
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.