Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 32
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 556 | Reviews: 293
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of Shadman
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, good looking beer. Pours with my favorite waterfall type head...(forms from the bottom) 2 fingers of creamy tan head form and clearly let you know they are going to stay a while. Lacing is everywhere.

Aroma is coffee and vanilla. I also get a little earthy/musty aroma. Nothing too bad, but it's there.

Flavor had some real nice coffee flavors. Also did taste like a vanilla extract flavor... This all gives way to a nice roasted malt and hop bitterness. I get a bit of nut like flavors in the middle. There is a nice espresso finish and bitterness that lingers..

Full bodied and almost creamy. Just a sense of chalkiness. This is a thick one.

I enjoy this because it drinks like a bog Imp Stout but only is 6.6% ABV. Good. I love this style but it won't knock you out...

I brought this back from a recent trip to Seattle and very glad I did.

Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in the glass, completely opaque with a thin layer of chocolate milk coloured head. Sheets of lacing abound. Thin head remains for some time.

Smell immediately brings roasted coffee beans to mind. I'm not a coffee guy, but I'd say dark roast. Straightforward aroma, but pleasant.

Much more bitter than expected. Coffee flavour for sure with bitter roasted notes throughout. Citrus hops in finish so strong that blindfolded I would easily have been confused by the style. Different, and tasty.

Full bodied, heavy enough to dull the carbonation but doesn't feel flat in any way. Good mouthfeel.

This comes across as being a very big beer, but stays a bit more drinkable than the RIS/Double Stouts out the by not being too high in abv. Even nicer than I had hoped for.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black colored body, watery looking, with a tan head, some good lacing. Has a strong aroma of some coffee, with some bitter coffee grounds. Has a coffee taste, some chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Pretty rough for me.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance looks to be a dark brown to black with a thick creamy firm brown head with nice lace. Smell of sweet dark malts, chocolate, molassas and dark fruits. Taste of strong coffee, molassas, roasted malts and the hoppiness balances nicely with the flavor. Mouthfeel seem viscous going down slick with a roasted malt bitter bite at the end. Robust is a good word for this one.

Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lustful heavy brown and black body, mostly black. Whipped brown sugar top with highlights of orange and some small soapy bubbles. Overall this brew has a nice dark appearance with some filmy globs of lace. This sucker looks like my kind of stout, fingers crossed!

S: at first whiff I get strong dark roasted characters of malts, grains and coffee with sweet black licorice. Has some dark chocolate connotations in the pot. I think I am inclined to really like this one

T: seems to be shaping up nicely...husky-bodied roasted malts, soft and dry burnt earthy notes, and dark coffee beans. It is not overly sweet and yet retains a level headed dark chocolate bitterness. Did I mention that the malts are heavy and dark? I also pick up on a light effervescent citric bite and hoppiness in the finish. This seems to help keep all the flavors intact and at bay from washing over and being overpowering. Nothing overpowering and yet has a nice depth

M: a rather smooth and soft one on the tongue, heavy body. This beer has a mind of its own and regulates the flow on its own, half my beer gone already. Carbonation is hidden with just a bit of exposure

D: all around nice and worth the buy. I picked up mine at the Belmont Station and am very happy with my purchase. This easily makes it into my large group of time-to-time regulars. Put on the "Snappy Pants" for this one!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass. The beer pours pitch black with thin tan surface layer of head. Aroma is roasted malt and almost smokey mixing with some brown sugar and maybe molasses as well. No real hop presence or ABV hints either. First sip reveals a thick body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Tight clingy lattice on the glass after each sip. Flavor is dry roasted malt almost coffee bean and some general sweetness. My palate dries out after each sip. Again the hops dont show up at all which is okay considering the style. No hints on ABV either. The beer is a bit of a sipper but only due to the body not any booziness. A well crafted robust brew!

Photo of beertunes
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into bubble pint glass. Poured with thick, rich, firm deep tan head. Solid head left thick, attractive lacing. Solid black color. Pleasantly rich aromas. Flavor follows aroma closely, with the roasty, toasty, goodness being everything you would hope for. The body and mouthfeel are what is expected from a great stout. The reason I didn't rate this beer higher is that it is so good, I feel it rates well against Imperial Stouts. I know it's inaccurate to do this, but this stout has earned the comparisons. Drink this beer.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In olden times most people, including brewery workers, were illiterate. To distinguish one beer style from another, brewers marked the kegs with X's. One X represented one style of beer, two Xs another and so on. That's how they told one beer from another.

And you thought all those Xs had something to do with Seattle's other First Avenue landmarks.

Pike's XXX Stout quickly launches into a rich tapestry of roasted aromas converging on cacao, coffee, and barley grain. It imparts a sweet malty flavor with ample roasted grain on a coal black body. This is a worthy stout of pronounced roastiness though I can't help but wonder if a nitro pour might deliver the final touch of grace in smoothing out the body.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this one in Seattle several months back.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a nice dark brown head. The retention is good and some nice lace is noted.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas with notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

T: The roast of the malt is perfect with the chocolate and coffee really pushing thru. Hints of molasses and a light nutty finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: If I could get this one, It would be one I drank regularly.

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackest black with a lively coffee head. Sticky lacing the whole way down.

Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Definitely some hoppy aromas as well.

A very hoppy taste up front alongside roasted barley and chocolate. Alcohol begins to surface as the stout warms. Some appley acetaldehyde in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little bit on the light side for a stout. Alcohol takes precedence over body. Carbonation is fine. Creamy finish.

A good, hoppy American-style stout. Personally, more body and more chocolate character would be appreciated, but overall very satisfying.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a bit of a dark red tinge to it and a small to medium tan head. Sugar and toffee in the smell, very thick and inviting. Heavy malt in the flavor with some caramel and toffee taste and some chocolate and coffee lingering in there as well. A very nice chewy mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue. A slight bitter finish, similar to but far more mild than a dry stout. Extremely tasty, hope to visit their pub the next time I am in Seattle.

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.6%

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, soy sauce.

T: Very roasty, espresso, bakers chocolate, black strap molasses, licorice, hint of soy sauce, assertive bitterness, slight roasted acidity, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy & slightly chalky, slight roasted acidity, dry finish.

D: This big one's a nice sipper.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour produces a cresting, almost four-finger thick, rich, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head leaves lots of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The beer is just about perfectly black and doesn't pass any light no matter how close I hold it up to my desk lamp. Sharply acidic roast notes mix with a rich cocoa aroma up front. Other aromatic notes of salty smoked peat, burnt toffee, a rich toasted grain base, a concentrated cocoa note and an almost meaty rich malt driven note that I can't quite pinpoint (lots of Maillard browning and an umami effect), but it really boosts the richness of the aroma and provides a substantial foil to the up front burnt acidity.

Lightly sweet, but significantly rich, towards the middle the roast malt provides an acidity and dry burnt flavor that almost drowns out the malt sweetness, but in the finish the malt sweetness makes a comeback. Ultimately this beer finishes dry as a sharp, softly acid, burnt bitter roast character is what ends up lingering on the palate. Burnt, dark chocolate notes envelope the tongue for a time as the malt sweetness lingers and this beer has a certain velvet-like texture that helps boost the chocolate notes as well. This really is pretty thick and rich (especially for a beer of 6.6% abv), it is quite chewy, though the burnt, acidic, slightly acrid, roast malt definitely cuts through the richness a fair amount. Lingering in the finish is also a significant hop bitterness that couples with the roast bitterness. As the beer warms I begin to notice an almost salty, smoky character to this beer.

Despite being so roast dominated (and by this I mean the sharper, harsher notes), I am really enjoying this beer, there is enough other rich, offsetting / balancing flavors that this beer is just quite enjoyable. Just a fantastic, rich, stout that isn't too strong; in fact it is much richer than its alcohol might suggest and this is actually quite nice.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Photo of midaszero
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with one finger of coffee head and good lacing

S - A little chemically smelling. Lemon, citrus, and floral are faint

T - Almost like a chocolate soda. A little sweet with decent chocolate body and a little hop bitterness on the back

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good and enjoyable

Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A) Dark black with a sticky leather tan head that coats the sides of my glass.

S) Mmm... chocolate syrup on waffles. Plenty of base sugars, nice roasted grain edge that is restrained, and a West coast sappy citric hop profile. Everything an American Stout should be. Oh, ok, FES, sure.

T) Tastes a lot like Yeti to me. Rich chocolate and coffee notes but a very genteel finish to all the roasted grain. The fresh hop notes really help to keep it all pleasant and satisfying.

M) Pretty slick, maybe some oats in there somewhere, leaves my mouth coats with a slippery feel. Body is medium heavy and carbonation is pretty strong.

O) Very yummy beer. I wants more. Welcome to Texas Pike's!

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony/black with a finger of mocha head. Sheets & sheets of lacing cling to my imp pint glass both vertically & horizontally; plus superior head retention

S: Cocoa, some leafy hops

T: Cocoa, dryness, iron & roasty malt up front. Much roasty malt, a bit of dark chocolate, coffee & a touch of herbal hops as this warms. Finishes roasty, slightlty chocolatey, w with slight astringency & leafy hops, that works for the style

MF: Rich, Fairly chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, the complexity & dryness would make me want to move on after 2 or 3. Good take on the style, brings back memories of drinking this at the beach during those "frigid" (well some times the trade winds would kick up..)winter evenings on Oahu

Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from thethrone. Thanks man!

Pours black with a nice creamy tan head. Smell is dark roasted malt, coffee, a touch of burnt ashiness, some dark chocolate and and some creaminess as well. Very nice. Taste is very much along the lines of the smell with some bitter dark chocolate, burnt malt and rich dark, dry coffee flavors abound. Just a slight twinge of faint fruitiness near the end, but bitterness takes it over and lingers subtly in the end.
Very flavorful for what it is, and a solid mouthfeel and drinkability. Very nice stout.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a rich jet black with nary a trace of dark ruby at the edges. A thick frosting-like mocha head grows dauntingly before slowly deflating to a fairly beefy layer of foam that leaves behind some impressive spongy lacing down to the bottom.

aroma is of rich malts, roasted coffee, burnt molasses and hints of dried dark fruit. It smells dark and spicy, with subtle notes of peppery malted spice. Rich, strong, powerful, and an exceptional stout aroma.

Taste is strong and impressive. The roasted malt definitely packs a wallop. Not as sweet as in the nose. Roasted coffee, brewed coffee, burnt coffee (in a pleasant way), some bittersweet chocolate, and more malts. A definite hop finish evens out the coffee and malt bitterness with a bit of green earthy bitter. A sharp and spicy dry bitterness at the end balances any sweetness that might have crept in. Tastes strong and delicious.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonated enough to fight the strength of the flavors and leave a beautiful creaminess. Chewy and full, with some clean dryness that rounds it out nicely.

This is one powerful stout. Weighing in at 6.6% (per the label), I wasn't expecting it to be quite as strong. It's an excellent brew that really evolves as it warms and keeps every sip interesting. The 22 was barely enough... i'm hooked. Definitely worth a try should you get the opportunity.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles on top. The head was pretty thick and creamy, so it looked like it was going to be there for a good while. As the head receded it left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I initially got some Chocolate along with some dry roasty and almost nutty aromatics. Some floral hops are defintely noticeable in here, and become more pronounced as it warms.

Taste: The flavor has a defined roasty component, but the overall balance is rather pleasant. The roast is a bit acidic, and lingers on the back of the palate for a good while into the finish. The beer doesn't really show it's strength as any alcoholic warming is obscurred by the acid. The dark malts give this beer a very subtle ashy impression, but that is not objectionable in this case. The beer is somewhat nutty, and the hops are playing a lot bigger role in the flavor and aroma than in the bittering. The finish is balanced.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I like the balance. The roast is a bit acidic for my taste, so that detracts from this beers overall drinkability...but other than that, it is a really presentable beer and a good example of the Foreign Extra. I would drink this beer again, but probably not after a Koelsch like I did tonight.

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub during a recent long weekend in wonderful seattle.

appearance: served in a pint glass, rich dark body, not much in the way of highlights...a creamy tan head sits on top and quickly recedes to a small layer of lace

smell: dark roasted chocolate, moderate bitterness, seattle espresso, roasty and burnt

taste: semi-sweet dark chocolate, moderately bitter roasted malts, a touch of smoke and some bitter hops. Nice to see the export stout on display and a good standard at Pike

mouthfeel: chewy, bitter finish

drinkability: pretty good

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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