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Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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89
very good

539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 32
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Killian's faux nonic pint glass.

A: Poured a dense, viscous dark brown, black color with a frothy head of brown foam which held nicely and left some decent lacing.

S: Smells super roasty and herbal, with hints of bitter floral hops to go with the coffee and dark cocoa aromas.

T: Has a nice, deep roasted black malt flavor at first. Lots of charcoal, tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and burnt sugar. This is back by a sturdy, herbal hop bitterness which washes down pretty smooth, creamy and with a lingering roasted, bitter coffee finish. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth, creamy and well balanced due to the higher IBUs.

D: A nice, roasty, drinkable export stout which rings in just around 7% ABV. The alcohol is not detected in the strength of the stout, which is propelled by that nice malt blend and balancing hop bitterness. I would definitely get this again and would like to try it beside a gingerbread brownie or flank steak.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled across the brewery back in March and had this on tap. I was happy to see it in Louisiana last weekend since I can't get it at home. Right, Mr. Kirby?

Pour is almost black with a hint of ruddy undertones. Two fingers of brown head aren't going anywhere for a while, and they leave nice lacing when they do dissipate.

The nose is mostly composed of chocolate with a hint of freshness (kind of like a cold rain) and alcohol. The taste is more of the chocolate with a large amount of bitterness and coffee. Maybe some nuts in there as well?

Mouthfeel is smooth until the bitterness kicks in, with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I'm glad I still have half the bottle to go.

Unfortunately, I didn't take notes when I tried this on tap, but I cannot complain about this being available in bottles.

Photo of denflyr
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black as motor oil with a nice milk chocolate head that has diminished and it leaves a very faint lace on my goblet.

Smell is nice, but overall its not an overly aromatic beer. Chocolate malts and an interesting earthy type (almost forest after a rain) note.

Taste is nice with the malt backbone showing nicely! Nice bittering hops that contrast well and round out the malt tones.

Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Taste and the mouthfeel even lingers a bit!

I could drink a good amount of this and it is not heavy, nor sweet, or astringent in any way.

Nice job to the folks in Seattle!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my trusty Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Apparently Total Wine down here is carrying these exclusively (in the area). Right on. This guy pours an opaque black-brown topped by a nice finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, smoky coffee, cocoa powder, and some light raisins. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of figs, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, light molasses, and a slight touch of leather. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and very smooth feel. Overall, a very nice and easy-drinking little stout; a nice change of pace from the overly heavy and chunky ones.

Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Total Wine in Orlando, $3.99. Poured jet black with a decent brown head. Left a lot of lace. Aroma of deep roasted malts and some chocolate. A touch of raisin and mild smoke as well. Flavors consist of roasted malts, and smoke. A subtle fruity sourness blended into the espresso bitter finish.Super smooth and medium mouthfeel, good carbonation. For the cost of this bomber I was expecting much less. What a pleasant surprise. I bought three bombers of other beers from this same brewery. I am now looking forward to them immensely.

Photo of philbertk
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a black tar with a chocolate head that both retains and laces very nicely
S - very chocolate and nutty malts present, some definite coffee scent, and a bit of floral and leafy hops, this should be good..
T - the chocolate an coffee seem dominant at first, then the subtle hop bitterness is there, but finishes with the flavours of chocolate nutty coffee goodness, so much more than I was expecting
M - very chocolate chewy like a chocolate bar (or candy bar for alll the yankey doodle dandy's out there), there is a little hop bitterness an dryness in the finish
D - very stout drinkable especially given the chocolate taste, and the 7% ABV is not at all noticeable, very solid beer all around

Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a tar black colour with a thumb of dark brown mocha head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice amount of lacing. Very appealing stout.

S - Very unique scent on this one, there's a battle between dark chocolate malts, leather and espresso beans with a citrus hop finish. I was surprised to smell the hops on this one.

T - The coffee maltiness comes through off the top, dark cocoa chocolate malts were the next prevalent flavour, though was much less sweet than the scent implied. Some citrus hops come through on the finish. Great balance on this one!

M - This one feels great on the palette, goes does smooth. The finish is a little on the dry side, and is a bit bitter, but overall quite enjoyable.

D - I had high expectations for this one, and it fully satisfied my expectations. Very pleased with this selection, would definitely buy this one again. Would also recommend this to anyone looking for a full bodied stout.

Photo of babaracas
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish dark brown with creamy tan head, spotty lacing. Smell: roasty, a little smoke, dark brown sugar, underneath are leafy hops. Taste: roasty, green apple, molasses-light, earthy hopping. Feel is a little thin. Finishes sweet. Not bad, not great.

Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a very dark, clear mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and cream, with dark chocolate and a little bready yeast (maybe oats?).
T: It tasted like licorice and bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and soy. It had a somewhat harsh bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation.
D: This was not a bad stout, but it smelled much better than it tasted. Alcohol wasn't detectable, but the aftertaste wasn't very pleasant, so it was only somewhat easy to drink. Good not great.

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an oily jet-black, completely opaque. A one-finger brown head forms nicely but doesn't stick around for too long. I got a ton of spiderweb lacing in this one (left several distinct rings around the glass during session).

S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and black licorice, with brown sugar slightly noticeable. The smokiness from the dark malts cover up most of the other aromas.

T: I've heard of several issues with Pike beers and contamination, and I think I might have gotten a bad one. The most prominent flavors in the beer are black coffee and semisweet chocolate, although hints of stewed dark fruit are also present. However, this beer had an overpowering waxy bitterness to it that I almost couldn't handle. It killed the rest of the flavors in what could otherwise be a very enjoyable beer for me.

M: Medium to full-bodied on the palate, but goes down quite smoothly. The carbonation level is just right, and the ABV is completely masked by the flavors.

D: This beer is pretty subdued for its style and could be very drinkable for me if it wasn't for the off-putting bitterness. I will have to pick up another one of these and update my review to see if I just got an off-flavored beer.

Photo of omnigrits
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness tulip pint.

Very dark with a dark tan head that lasts a few minutes before settling down to a thin film of bubbles. Very nice appearance.

The first thing that hits me as I lift the glass to my nose is a strong hit of vanilla and coffee with plenty of high roast malt.

Taste is both sweet and bitter with a delicious dry finish. A touch of liquorice maybe, with dark fruits, tobacco, more coffee... there's a lot going on here but it's not messy and all over the place - it works together very well.

Mouthfeel is good. Not great, just good, and none the worse for it. I could easily drink a few of these in an evening and feel thoroughly satisfied. I like it.

Photo of catbert913
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with a thin tan head that sticks around

S - Slight trace of coffee, mostly roasted malt. Solid, but perhaps not as robust as expected.

T - Very roasty, a slight sweet twinge with very little mention of hops. Excellent for the style, a dark stout that isn't too overpowering and is surprisingly smooth.

M - As expected for a stout, appropriately thick without ranging into the syrupy category.

D - Great. Really presents the best qualities of the style without feeling too heavy.

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.

Photo of bradleyp
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of deapokid
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +22%
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!

Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Casey10
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.