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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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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 29
Gots: 24 | 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 EnojysAnyBeer


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Molasses-dark in the pour settles to a black body with a slow-forming head that jiggles like jello. Looks thick. Greatest lacing I've ever seen on my mug. Dark orange highlights

S- Sweet, roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and a whiff of alcohol. Hops are nice and subdued.

T- Bitter and roasted in the mouth and sticky sweet on the tongue. Alcohol plays an interesting role, it wisps the brew through the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

M- Viscous and chewy, just the way a sweet, dark beer should be.

D- Very basic brew, but interesting enough to go through a bomber vigorously.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 04:26:28 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of GRG1313


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of rye726


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking stout. Pours near black with a silky tan head. Nice lacing. Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses and hops. Taste also has a bitter hop, coffee and molasses presence that is well balanced by sweet cocoa and dark malts. Medium body is well carbonated, but a bit light in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:47:15 | More by rye726
Photo of blackc5


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber at 53F.

I have had this quite a few times, both on-tap and in bottle, but have never gotten around to reviewing it. It is definitely one of my favorite go-to stouts. It is actually 7% ABV according to the bottle - not 6% as stated here on BA.

A - Pours a perfect black with a sizeable chocolate brown head. Lingers. Lacing is quite exceptional for the style as well.

S - Definitely malty caramels and molasses. Dark chocolate and a bit of smokiness. Smells great.

T - What I really like about this stout is that it has the nice dark (not milk) chocolate and full roasted malt flavors, but you can still taste the hops behind it. It is not a particularly sweet stout, which I like especially given it's thick mouthfeel. A bit of fruitiness here too - prunes come to mind.

M - Nice and thick, yet smooth and creamy. Dry finish. A standout.

D - Pretty darn good I'd say. Easy to down this 22oz'er and one to order often on tap as well. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Perhaps not as flashy or extreme as some other imperials, but just a genuinely good, drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 04:57:32 | More by blackc5
Photo of juhl31


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-super black with a nice darkish brown head

-not much going on, theres a little malt in there

-a strong coffee taste. there seems to be like a molasses in there too

-was fine on the ol' mouth

-was an alright beer for sure, not ranking in any top categories for me, but i wasnt pissed by any means drinking it

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 05:44:50 | More by juhl31
Photo of istarilord


4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - opaque black, dark tan head, lots of sticky lace

S - burnt/roasted malts, maybe a bit of dry cocoa, clean

T - dry, bitter, highly roasted, outstanding aftertaste, roast lingers, pretty basic malt, no caramel, toffee or dark fruit, just a ton of friggin roast, but it is somehow not harsh, no hop flavour, bitterness is more malt than hop

M - med low carbonation, med body, somewhat creamy, no alcohol warmth, dry finish, no astringency despite heavy use of roasted malts

D - hell ya, great roast flavour on this one, can't wait for the next sip, but the aftertaste is terrific too

This beer doesn't screw around with hops or complimentary malts. It just gives you a big blast of roasted malt, yet it is not overdone (O'Haras Celebration Stout is similar, yet it is harsh and in fact overdone). Very affordable in Alberta, I'll definitely be picking up more on my next trip.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 03:19:44 | More by markaberrant
Photo of joshuadlight


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber into a oversized snifter.
I really appreciated this middle of the road stout. I'm not a huge RIS fan, but I can get a little bored with regular stouts. This one finds a happy medium, with good flavors without being overpowering.
Completely opaque, with a nice sized head. Looks like a big stout should. Each time I took a whiff, the smell waffled between sweet/bready and roasted bitterness. There are 65 IBUs in this thing and they show up in the flavor. It is sweet up front, but there is plenty of bitterness here, both from the roasted and charred malts and the loads of hops present. Firm, yet smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. It sat too heavy in my gut and I felt the alcohol too much for a good drinkability score. But, if its just one, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:37:28 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of northaustin


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 22oz into a schnifter. pours like crude oil from a leaky old rusted steel 5 gallon drum.beautiful. a thick black with two fingers of rich brown head that disappears slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

smell is mostly a mixture of chocolate and espresso heavily roasted. not even a hint of alchohol.

taste is a tad thinner than i was hoping for with a name like xxx stout but still very satisfiying. a nice full malt flavor that doesnt overwhelm. once again no alchohol heat here.

mouthfeel is an expected sticky. puts you in that stout mindset.

3.99 for a 22oz of a full flavored stout thats 7% abv. you can do the math. for a beer baron on a budget this is one of the most drinkable beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 22:54:18 | More by northaustin
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml bottle with no expiration date or lot code available. Sampled on July 19, 2009.

This is an enticing stout and it draws me in completely. The bottle feels solid in my hand when it splashes in docile tones into the pint glass. It sounds and looks well crafted with an opaque brown color and an inch of creamy, brown head which stays together for most of the sampling. The aroma erupts with smoky chocolate malts in the tradition of a good Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is bold and strong. The taste tickles the palate with coffee, chocolate and fresh hops. An impressive extra stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 20:29:25 | More by puboflyons
Photo of froghop


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque with a small brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, some coffee, some roasted walnuts, vanilla, and a touch of licorice.

taste is thick and creamy, bakers chocolate, some licorice, a touch of vanilla, and coffee, ends dry and a little bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 01:14:26 | More by froghop
Photo of smcolw


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.

Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.

Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 02:40:35 | More by smcolw
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.99.

A: Forboding near-black with healthy German chocolate cake-colored 2- finger head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Light metallic-mineral up-front followed strongly with lightly toasted and burnt dark and caramel malts with chocolate, coffee, and milky aromas and light floral hops.

T: A sweeter-than-expected stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Burnt and toasted dark malts leave a nice milk and dark chocolate dominated flavor with a few sugars in there as well. Hops are barely noted.

M: Thick and substantial with firm medium body and carbonation. Sweet and light mineral aftertaste.

D: Tasty stout but not a good value given that singles of Expedition and Old Rasputin go for $2.50-$2.75 in my neck of the woods. Good solid stout though that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 21:04:39 | More by argock
Photo of edchicma


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

Pours almost black with an initial creamy brown head that dissipates into nice lacing. Smell is deep, rich malty with a nice smack of hoppiness. Taste is rich, with a creamy quality...coffe, burnt malt, hops...very tasty. Mouthfeel goes from smooth and creamy to a hoppy dry finish...good combination. It's a sipper, but extremely drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 22:46:41 | More by edchicma
Photo of briman


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

Pour very dark brown to black, virtually opaque, with no more than a hint of ruby around the edges. Large dark brown head retains very well, leaving strings of lace down the edges of the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, with some burnt character. Some dark fruits sneak through in the background. No hop aroma to speak of.

Flavor is grainy, with dark roast and coffee. Little bit of a burnt grain finish, with a nice lingering bitterness.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, maybe slightly chewy. Overall a very roasty stout. On the low end of ABV for the style, so no real warming or other alcohol presence is evident. If I had to cite a negative, I think a bit more body and creaminess would make this a really outstanding brew. Very drinkable, and with relatively low ABV could be good for more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:18:34 | More by briman
Photo of Bung


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Pretty dark brown pour. Limited dark tan head. Roast coffee, cocoa aromas, none of which is real strong. Very roasty flavors heavy with coffee with accents of dark chocolate and roasted malt, a little anise. Medium bodied, gets a bit creamy as it warms. A very strong coffee stout with a very dry finish. Coffee lingers. Pretty drinkable with nothing off putting for the style. A good solid version of a foreign stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 02:41:13 | More by Bung
Photo of DousedInStout


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark brown with a head that dissipates quickly. The smell is more sweet and fruity than anticipated, with some caramel and roastiness as well. The taste is very bold - a big, malty forefront with notes of dark chocolate that is followed by some very noticeable hop bitterness. It ends crisp, with some lingering brown sugar and ash taste (in a good way), which definitely has you coming back for more. The mouthfeel could be heavier, but the carbonation is appropriate. A pleasant experience overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 19:56:13 | More by DousedInStout
Photo of Jayli


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

This beer poured a thick opaque black with a three finger, almost sudsy looking medium brown head. Head retention was pretty decent, left a thick film with spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is dark roasted and some burnt malts, chocolate malts, and toffee. Taste is of the burnt, roasted malts up front, deliciously bitter at the forfront. It then gives way to a creamy chocolate taste in the middle, and ends with the sweetness of caramel malts and toffee. Based on the pour, I expected this to be a thick, heavy beer and it wasn't! Body lends to be a bit on the heavier side of a medium bodied beer, but not extremely filling, decent carbonation, chewy mouthfeel in the middle with a nice dry finish. I could sit with a few of these on any given evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 14:30:49 | More by Jayli
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

This beer pours a totally opaque motor oil black, with a copious amount of foamy light tan head, that leaves lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted chocolate malt and cafe au lait. The taste is floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee grounds - a nice dry bitterness - and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite muted, and the body is rich and velvety, with a medium weight. It finishes dry and smooth, with a note of mocha lingering. I quite enjoyed this - big flavors, but not too heavy in body or ABV to slow down my rapidly increasing pace.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 05:43:21 | More by biboergosum
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with stumac, Thanks Stu!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - pitch black with a light brown head that hung around leaving lots of lacing.

S - roasted malt and black licorice.

T - rich roasted malt taste with a bitter black licorice finish.

F - full bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:35:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, label states 6.6% abv. Pours out stark black in appearance, dense chunky tan head with fantastic retention.

Dry roasted malts up front on the nose, some milky sweetness.

Grainy dry roasted malt up front in the flavour too, intense coffee grounds, some brewer's licorice near the finish, dry espresso-like grounds in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a decent body, a bit slick, but carries the flavour well. Thickens out on the finish, very dry.

A dry bitter stout, similar to a dry London porter. Not my particular taste for mass consumption, but it seems to hold its own in that particular flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 05:22:32 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of twiggamortis420


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

Pours black with only a shimmer of red when held to light. Creamy light brown head really has some nice staying power with fantastic lacing.

Mainly roasty and mocha malt on the nose. A bit of fruitiness and cascade hop aroma makes this a fairly complex smelling beer.

Roasty coffee flavor is balanced by dark fruitiness, licorice and a fair amount of floral hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol in the throat makes this a pretty tasty foreign style stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 17:45:15 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Chelsea1905


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark brown stout with a hugely aggressive tanned head. left a decent amount of lacing too. Sticky cake like rings

Smells like decaying dark fruit with chocolate, malt and molases

Tastes very nice, A little bit of the alcohol upfront, but the dark flavours take over, and the palate is dominated by by chocolate, slight bitterness, and molases.

Mouthfeel is fine for a stout, and the drinkability is easier because the mouthfull isn't that heavy

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:51:56 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

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

They don't get much blacker than this. Held it up to the setting sun and not a whisper of light. None. Zip. Nice rich tan head with web upon web of lacing.

Liking the aroma. Rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate with some nice floral hoppiness that is lacking in other extra stouts. Intresting take on the extra stout style. Definitely has the dark roast down pat. Slight hint of chocolate with the slight sourness that you find in Guiness X stout. Pike has hopped their version up which surprisingly I liked. Usually I slam West Coast brewer's because of their liberal use of hop, but in this case I find it balances the sourness quite well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, even with the hoppiness.

An interesting take on the stout/x-stout style and I rather liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 01:00:12 | More by Shadman
Photo of Nowhereman529


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.