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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

505 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 29
Gots: 31 | 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 BJasny
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BJasny, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Shadman
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.

Shadman, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

zbooks, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

warriorsoul, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dstc, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Casey3236, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

PGVG, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Segelstrom, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DavidHume, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of dedrinker
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

dedrinker, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Kevincredible, May 21, 2013
Photo of Khazadum
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Neorunner for this blind beer!

Vision
Darkness. Adulterated coffee gases. Thinnest pond film with thick lacing. Child's collar that ends in an open 'v'.

Bouquet
Charred and roasted grains. Ethanol. Hidden chocolate and coffee.

Flavor Profile
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.

Oral Sensations
Smooth. Creamy. Medium. Tingly. Warming.

Conclusions
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!

Khazadum, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of loren01
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

loren01, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

dnichols, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

jbphoto88, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mphis, Monday at 04:51 AM
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

silver0rlead, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

droomyster, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

PeprSprYoFace, May 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

teamwiggum, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mmilyko, Sep 30, 2012
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.