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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 576
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 576
Photo of beals
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, but clearly reddish.

S: Smoky and malty. Hints of coffee.

T: Very roasty/smoky, but evens out as the beer warms up. More bitter than I'd expect from a stout (65 IBU!), but this is balanced by a rising sweetness.

M: OK mouthfeel, nothing to write home about.

D: Moderately drinkable. Like the Kilt Lifter, the smokiness is a little much to make it a session beer.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black base with a 2 finger tan almost milk chocolate colored head. Smell was roasted malts and dark chocolate (maybe a touch of sweet dark fruits). Taste was similar to smell with dark chocolate dominating and lingering forever. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. As this beer warmed up the bitterness was a little much for my tastes. Overall, solid brew and would enjoy another pint in the future.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relatively new beer for us -- 22oz bottles for only $3.99...

A: Poured the beer into a nice brandy snifter -- really dark color with a nice tan head. Lasts a few minutes or so, leaving a pretty white lacing.

S: Initially you are hit with huge amounts of roasted, burnt malt. Brown sugar, molasses and coffee soon follow. As the beer warms, there is a huge amount of smoke that eventually emerges -- similar to a peppered bacon. Bittersweet chocolate or cocoa round out the aroma.

T&M: Full bodied, but very, very smooth. This stout has a nice creamy finish. It is sweet, but the hop bitterness certainly rounds out the palate. I am left with unsweetened chocolate, weak coffee, and liquid smoke. Rich and round, with full flavor and a nice finish.

I like this beer, but I'm not wowed by it. It tastes like every other Extra Stout I've ever had. I dare say that most people would have a huge problem trying to decide what is what in a contest between Pike's and Guinness Extra Stout. Nonetheless, it is a good, solid beer, and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Snifter
Black in color with thick rocky mocha colored head.
There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma with small hints of coffee.
Coffee and black licorice are very strong flavors in the front of this beer, these turn over to alcohol warming and hops. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture and nice lively carbonation. Lots of alcohol warming and hops bitterness followed by a dry lingering finish.
A great tasting stout that has a nice yet unexpected northwest hoppiness to it.

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

Pours black with excellent thick, dark, creamy head. Good lacing.

Smells of bourbon & burnt oak. Not very aromatic.

Tastes of bourbon, burnt chocolate and licorice. Nice hoppy end.

Excellent mouthfeel. Great viscosity.

Not sure I could drink this all night but it is nicely balanced.

I poured this at about 60 degrees. Surprisingly, not very aromatic even at that temp. Very strong flavors though, nicely balanced with nice hoppy finish. I will definitely buy more of this.

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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.

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Photo of Rchap1
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of NYManc
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, courtesy of BA r0nyn, shared with BA infi and friend jae.

A: Poured pitch black with a small mocha head that retreated very quickly for me, but would appear very shortly again when swirled around in the snifter.

S: Smell of predominantly malts and mixed in with a good amount of chocolate. Also thrown in to the smells is something very sweet. Above average smell of a stout.

T: A good malty overload with a small mix in of chocolate. After-taste is of a long lingering of malts and little bitterness mixed in with that. This was a pretty good tasting brew in my opinion.

M: This is a medium bodied beer to me. Very little carbonation thrown in there as well. Nothing to detract from it or really add to it.

D: Very drinkable, would be able to drink this fast and very recommendable.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, not great but pretty good. Deep stout flavor with a little bit of hoppy bite in the beginning middle is slightly pleasant and the after taste is a decent stout taste.

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Photo of jclovebrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black. No light can get through. Poured with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. Smells a touch earthy, a touch sweet. Taste is roasty up front with some bittersweet chocolate notes. I am getting a coffee vibe from it. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great flavor and exceptional mouthfeel = great drinkability.

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Photo of dpcoz
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike XXX Stout
22 oz Bomber - Total Wine (Claymont, De) - appx $4.50

A - pitch black, cola-like consistence. Mocha head, appx 1.5 to 2 fingers deep. No light passing through the pint glass - awesome appearance for a Stout

S - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, decent hop presence in the nose. Alcohol seems stronger as the beer reaches room temperature.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palette. Coats the mouth like a mocha. Coffee and alchhol apparent.

M - lightly hopped presence, slightly bitter finish, decent carbination. Full bodied but not thick like some popular imperial stouts.

D - refreshing, flavorful and surprisingly affordable. This may become a new standby stout in my arsenal.

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Photo of JWearda
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Pint glass poured from the bar tap at Pike Street Brewing in Seattle, WA

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown with less than a finger light brown head that doesn't last, other than a nice rim around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts with some really nice unsweetened chocolate notes and definitely some burnt coffee in there as well. Almost has a soy sauce characteristic to it and definitely sweet smelling overall.

T- Just like the aroma: roasted burnt malts and coffee up front and finishes with unsweetened dark chocolate. Also in the aftertaste you get hit with loads of smoke and coffee like flavors. Really surprising for a regular stout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice smooth finish.

O - Very smooth and enjoyable stout, alive with flavor.

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Photo of britzdog
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black. Excellent headon and very nice lacing Smell is very good Rich and smokey, toasted malts,some fruit. A very well balanced of flavors. Taste is smokey malt mash.
Smooth rich/full body with a taste that lasted and was very enjoyable. I should bought more of these when I was on vacation, since they are unavailable in Ohio.

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Photo of aromatorio
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My roommate's girlfriend brought us a 22oz bottle back from a recent trip to Oregon. Poured at 55 degrees into a pint glass.

A: Pours very dark. Very slight head, nutty colored and thin. Small lacing left after the head has quickly dissipated.

S: Not a big aroma here. I can't detect any alcohol smell - understandable for a 6% stout. A little more of a floral/citrus note than I'm used to encountering in this type of beer.

T: Again, this is similar to my complaint about the Bison Chocolate stout - very subtle flavorings. I can detect some watered-down bittersweet chocolate. After some warming I can taste some more roasted coffee/espresso.

M: Thin and smooth. Neither rich nor creamy, as I had been expecting. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a little surprising.

D: This is pretty drinkable for a stout. Nice low ABV, smooth if a bit bland.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had this last night. And what a wonderful stout it was. Poured the typical black and left a 1.5 finger dark tan head. Smelled awesome. Big malt roasty scents of smoke with a touch of molasses. Taste was beautiful. Smokey roasted malt bordering on the taste of burnt malt. With hints of coffee and molasses. Finishing of with a smooooth finish of a touch of hops that lingered on the palate along with the coffee. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a stout. At 7% the alcohol was not noticed but it made its presence known on an empty stomach.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice 60w Motor oil Black, Small Tan Head, leaves Nice Lacing.

Smell: Roasted Malt, Chocolate, Coffee and a slight woody note.

Taste: Awesomeness in a Bottle, Chocolate Malt, Bittersweet Dark Chocolate and Coffee flavors, as with the smell a slight woody note is present in the taste, Great Balance of flavors. Taste very good at Fridge Temp, but gets better as it warms. Alcohol is not really noticable of a 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full Body and very Nice, but not overly heavy. Very Balanced.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable, not a session beer at 7% ABV. A 22oz bomber goes down very easily.

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Photo of GAPit
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ink black and thick with two fingers of thick, creamy tan head.

Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke, bitter hop finish. Smells a bit less intense than I would have expected.

Tastes like it smells, maybe a little more dark/burnt. Chocolate dissapears. Very dry/bitter/hoppy finish.

Nice mouthfeel, pretty high carbontation for the style. Very, very dry.

Overall a pretty good stout, Malts are overpowered by hops imho. Couldn't drink more than a pint or two, but I;m sure I won't have any trouble finishing the six I bought.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle to pint glass

Fantastic.. Not much else to say - but I will go through the list.

Upon opening and pouring the experience begins, great pour with a very very dark almost black colour to it. Can't see through the glass (always good with an extra stout), and finishes with a nice 1.5 finger caramel head. The head started to melt away and within a few minutes it was all gone.

Smell was strong with coffee, and a sweet malty almost burnt chocolate smell. Definitely sweeter than floury or bitter. The flavour mimics that quite a bit. First across the tongue was slight bitter espresso flavouring, which led to a smooth finish. It was nicely carbonated and was very easy to finish the entire bottle.

I started drinking it with some home made pizza which didn't harm the flavour but didn't really add to it. Finished with a nice piece of 70% dark chocolate, and that pushed this from an excellent beer to a freaking fantastic beverage of glory.

Definitely a must buy and must drink. I haven't had anything else from Pike but this would make me like to try others.

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Photo of AustenFB
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Now this is a really good stout. It might even be great, but I'll have to try it a second time before deciding on that. Distinct bittersweet dark chocolate and black licorice flavors, nicely balanced. Really glad I found this one as it will make a nice alternative to Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (the gold standard of stouts).

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Photo of mikegreen138
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 ounce bottle on sale. pours a deep black with a small amount of slightly creamy head that disappears quickly. I pick up the roasted malts on the first smell, second i come up with a little bit of coffee and very small amount of black licorice, not too strong of smell but i am definitely interested. first taste goes down nice and smooth, with a very drinkable flavor, easy to pick out individual malts. roasted and darker caramel malts. the finishing aftertaste blends all the flavors and ends with that sweetness and then hint of coffee. Very solid brew, easy drinking with tons of dark malt flavors.

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Photo of catbert913
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of sionanni
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with mellow head and thick white lacing.
Smells of wood and coffee.
Taste is rich with coffee, licorice and malt.
Overall a good stout from Seattle Pike Pub and Brewery, has a good full flavour with a complimentary alcohol content that is not overpowering. The licorice is quite evident and personally I have never been a huge fan of licorice but the flavour with the strong coffee works for me.
Good beer Pike, look forward to trying others.

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Photo of gregsandiego
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased one of these fine bottles directly from the brewery in downtown Seattle while visiting family at UW. The restaurant staff is very welcoming and helpful. I recommend you drop in on them for a great experience.

Appearance: Very dark brown, silky caramel around the edges. With a careful pour, a delicate head is created.

Aroma: Of a fine espresso with a hint of dark chocolate

Taste: Taking a small sip, a subtle citrus flavoring, and a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Nice foaminess with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drink-ability: Goes down smoothly when enjoyed in small sips.

Serving type: bottle

Overall: A nice solid stout for a chilly rainy night in Seattle.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.