Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
09-07-2009 04:26:28 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
Imagine that...me following bjohnson around.
Another gem on tap at Redbones...you better get there soon.
Arrived jet black with no speck of light passing thru this bad boy...a half a finger of cocoa-colored head. Would have been more if I was pouring, but they like to pour 'em this way...I ain't complaining and I won't dock it any in appearance. This beer was gorgeous and the lacing was so incredibly tight, unlike most...most of the foam sticks around for the duration of the pint.
Milk chocolate in the nose...a touch of sweet malt pierces the nostrils calling me in for closer inspection.
The taste is as good as it gets...perfectly balanced, not overly sweet and even a bit green, drying out the finish. Very nice chocolate profile, a roasty element is there with no burnt or off flavors. Alcohol peaks thru as it hits room temperature, but ever so slightly.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and the carbonation is perfect...I could easily drink this one all evening and appreciate every sip.
One of my favorite stouts to date.
11-09-2006 02:08:40 | More by warriorsoul
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a midnight black color with a full, chocolaty colored head. Head falls to a thin one leaving a nice layer of lace on the glass.
Aroma is of chocolate and burnt malts. Also smells a bit metallic.
Full chocolate malt taste quickly followed by a roasted coffee flavor and ending with a lingering bitterness part from the coffee and part from the hops.
Mouthfeel is full and very smooth, almost velvety. Not much of a bite and it coats your mouth.
Rather nice stout. Worth drinking.
09-03-2010 13:39:04 | More by dstc
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
A stout looks like a stout already.
What I want to talk about is how this beer brought my buzz back. 20 years ago I had my first sip of Guinness Extra Stout. I thought I was chewing on a leather belt soaked in coffee; nothing like the bud light and Olympia I had cut my teeth on. Then as times changed and formerly venerable international brewers dumbed down for wider market share, beers like Guinness seemed so...whatever.
But tonight Pike Stout brought back that initial wonder and awe at a bold brew that tasted so compelling. Sure this is no bourbon barrel coffee chocolate wild yeast indian spit porn and murder stout, but the purity of its concentrated roasted malt (black coffee, roasted chicory) with that sharp edge of hop + alcohol fruity finish is really awesome when considering how the robust honest deep roasted/toasted/burnt malt flavors roll across the tongue so easily - such great mouth-feel and drinkability! It was brilliant with a little spicy jambalaya number I improvised.
Basically it blew me away because the classic deep dark roasted malt flavor was there, but was so easy to drink.
04-12-2011 04:04:47 | More by dedrinker
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
Huge thanks to Neorunner for this blind beer!
Darkness. Adulterated coffee gases. Thinnest pond film with thick lacing. Child's collar that ends in an open 'v'.
Charred and roasted grains. Ethanol. Hidden chocolate and coffee.
Enjoyable burnt toast. Lack of hops. Clean finish evolves into what I imagine the ash of a Hershey's bar tastes like. Bitter and burnt. Very small alcohol merge.
Smooth. Creamy. Medium. Tingly. Warming.
Tasty. Better than average Stout. No gimmicks, all flavors. No problem drinking it, and no complaints.
The unveiling revealed....Pike Street XXX Street Stout! Never even heard of these guys. Awesome!
10-02-2010 00:49:20 | More by Khazadum
2.42/5 rDev -39.8%
A: Pours pitch black, looks very very thick. Tan head, slight lacing
S: Smell is pretty complex. Coffee, chocolate roasted malt scents
T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Much too bitter
M: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, smooth.
D: Complex smelling beer, however I could not stand the taste. I could barely choke it down, much too bitter, the taste reminded me of an asprin or some type of medicine disolving in your mouth, it was that bitter. I was pretty surprised with the reviews on this one, perhaps I got a bad pint of this one or a dirty glass or something. Would like to try this one again, from a bottle next time.
12-18-2006 01:03:44 | More by loren01
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a cooled pint glass.
A: It poured a pitch black with a dark chocolate head. The head was slight (under a finger) and consisted of varied sized bubbles that did not longer long. THe head receded to a slender cover with a ring around the collar that supported a thin see-through lacing.
S: There were strong bold roasted malt aromas with citrus and floral hops and hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: There was a light sweet roasted malt flavor that was quickly overtaken by the bitter coffee and floral hop back side. As the brew rested a distinct flavor of black licorice emerged with each bite of the hops. I expected a somewhat cleaner finish but the lingering bitterness reminded me I was drinking a stout without being too off-putting. I expected and was disappointed by the limited complexity and richness of the chocolate flavors...this is a coffee-hop dominated stout.
M: It was a medium bodied brew (much thiner than I expected). There was a sweet malt front and bitting coffee back that lingered on into the aftertaste.
D: The medium body, low ABV and smoothness make this an easy brew to finish. The moderate biting aftertaste is not a deterant making this a fine session stout.
01-31-2008 00:42:23 | More by dnichols
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Beer the color of rich potting soil. Black with earthy reddish highlights that barley show in through this opaque brew. The fluffy sticky head is some of the most colorful I've seen. It is a smooth brown that looks like coffee right after some heavy cream is added. It dissipates to some heavy lacing and a light thin brown film and a few stray islands of bubbles.
Smell is stout-ish but not as big and bold as I was hoping. There are some roasted grains mixed with dark coco and coffee. A hop bitterness is detectable but faint as is a dark fruit nose.
The taste delivers where the nose falters. There is big dark chocolaty flavors that mask coffee notes. Then comes a pleasing acrid roasted malt flavor mixed with some hops. I don't know how many hops they used but for them to be apparent through the dark mask of flavors is fantastic. The one draw back is an overly sweet finish that makes the back of my throat feel like I just powered down a Hershey bar.
Mouthfeel is brilliant. A mild carbonation yields a super smooth and creamy brew. Slick and palate coating brew that almost feels like I could spread it on some cupcakes as a chocolate frosting.
The excess sweetness kills the drinkability to me. I love the look and the nice bitterness mixed with sweet taste but the finish is way to sugary for me. I want a beer that I feel compelled to drink more then one of. Great flavors but a poor finish.
01-09-2009 00:16:57 | More by jbphoto88
3.5/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that doesn't retain well. The aroma has some roasted malt notes upfront, along with chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits, molasses, and some burnt bread. The flavor is similar to the aroma with big roasty notes initially, along with dark fruits (plum, cherry), lower % dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, some burnt acridness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. Overall a decent but unspectacular stout.
08-10-2010 02:59:39 | More by silver0rlead
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a very deep black with a very nice dark tan thick frothy head. Ok lacing.
Aroma is nice and roasty. Could use a bit more aroma. Maybe some caramel ; )
Taste is smooth. More roast than anything. Could use a bit more caramel malt IMO but it's still very tasty. Easy drinkin stout with a nice roast punch.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a roast bite in the finish.
Overall a tasty beer try one if you can. I can see this brewery comin up.
05-27-2011 05:01:57 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a nearly opaque black with a big brown head with strong retention. Aromas are predominately sweet, with dark chocolate and toffee notes followed in the strength by roastier notes; rather mocha-like. Taste is considerably more bitter, although it's initially sweet before showing assertive roasty and charred elements and finishing with strong espresso flavors that grow in bitterness as they linger. Body is quite smooth and a pleasure to swish around. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes stouts on the more bitter end of the spectrum.
09-08-2010 03:34:36 | More by droomyster
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-18-2010 01:37:19 | More by GeezLynn
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending this bottle.
Pours deep brown, nearly black into a pint glass. One finger of dark tan head recedes slowly.
Smells of dark, roasted malts, and hints of chocolate.
Big, bitter roastiness come through in the flavor, and notes of coffee linger on the tongue.
This beer is smooth and a bit creamy, with a dry finish. I'd gladly open another if I had one, which must say something for the drinkability.
01-07-2011 03:08:17 | More by Pellinore1
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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