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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 575
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: 575
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

Appearance: thick and daunting, black with a tan head

Smell: creamy and chocolaty, sweet

Taste: sweet, tangy, dry with a small hop bite, no coffee flavor

Taste like Guiness to me. I'm ok with this one but they make a better bier.

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

Brought back to me from Seattle by my better half. Vielen dank.

A: Black as night on the pour and at the core with some ruby brown tint as light penetrates the outer rim. The coffee colored head is effervescent, leaving serious traces of lacing.

S: Nice stout aromas. We're talking coffee, chocolate and burnt molasses notes.

T: At 65 IBUs I was dreading a near hops bomb. Silly me. Not sure what the average IBU for extra stouts is, but 65 is fine in a beer this well-crafted. The bitterness is noticeable in the enduring aftertaste...in just the right way for this palate. The malts are toasty and mildly sweet. With their espresso/bitter chocolate flavors they help achieve a great balance alongside the hops (Pacific Northwest hops?).

M: Smooth, silky. Great carbonation makes this beer feel prickly and fresh on the gums.

D: This bottle clocks in at 6.6% abv rather than the 6.0% listed in the description, but it remains eminently drinkable. Two brown bombers would go down w/o much effort. Too bad I won't another bottle this side of the Bay Area or even further north?

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy tan head, which left some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is big and malty, lots of dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel, with some figs, raisins, plums. The taste is sweet at first, big malts, dark chocolate/fruits, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Full-Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a awesome tasting brew, surprised the shit out of me, never really cared for the Pike brew's, but this is an exception, highly recommended.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Pike Pub & Brewery, Seattle, WA. (listed as 7% ABV)

The pint glass cane filled with an opaque, seal brown brew that turned amber at the edges when held up to the light. A thin wisp of burnt tan foam receded to a ring of bubbles, leaving behind thick webs of attractive lacing. Initially, I figured this to be a milk/sweet stout based on the aroma, with its rich notes of espresso and vanilla creme. But then, an onslaught of roasted malts, bold coffee roast, and a pinch of baker's chocolate let me know that this was not going to be "sweet". All was nicely balanced by a peat-like earthiness from the hops.

Hellooo roast! HUGE notes of dark chocolate malts with charred coffee beans and smoked earth abound in the flavor. Absolutely delicious, although as a Foreign/Export stout it might be a bit overbearing to recieve a perfect "5.0". Mouthfeel is spritzy and well-carbonated with a medium-thick body. A massively bitter, roasted baker's chocolate finish lingers for days. Pike Brewing hit it out of the park with this one. I hope my bomber survives the plane flight back to Raleigh. *crosses fingers*

[EDIT: the bottle held up well, consumed on 10/21/08. Excellent flavor & appearance, although the aroma is slightly diminished from the bottle. Mouthfeel not as bitter and strong, drinkability is the same.]

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

The Pike Streeet XXX Stout poured black as night with a solid 2 finger foam head and some pretty good retention. The lacing was sporadic and sudsy.

In the smell category I got the roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

The taste was filled with bitter coffee and semi sweet chocolate. The roasted malts lingered on the tongue for some time and left some enjoyable bitterness as well. Overall a pretty good domestic stout.

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

Thanks to DHGranstrand for this bottle in a recent trade. Pours like midnight with a decent sized tan head. Nose is like molasses and tar, but really there isn't a whole lot of it there. Flavor is thick with molasses tones. Noticeable roasted aspect to it is there. Nice thick flavor profile that stays consistent. Just a slightly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is slick. Pretty nice to drink on this one. A very robust and well made stout. A nice sipper and a pleasure to drink.

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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 bassmantin
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me sample this one.

Pours very dark into a das boot with a medium tan head with decent retention. Good appearance.

Smell is great. Full chocolate and roasted malts. Very thick and rich, but reminiscent of a porter. Taste is great. Definitely not a porter (unlike the Shakespeare Stout which was really just a porter posing as a stout). Oddly enough, this one tastes stronger than it is. I can't believe it's only 6% abv.

An excellent stout. Highly recommended if you can get it.

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

Great drinkability for a hopped up stout, thanks to dnichols. Pours black with active character, above average mouthfeel. Hoppy without overbearing, and still balanced roast and chocolate that are lively and citrussy. King of hoppy stouts.Refreshing.

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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 dnichols
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with the slightest red light around the edges of the glass. Nose is of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke (very little) and a meatiness. Taste is mostly roasted malts with some slight coffee grounds and a bittersweet hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but ok. Good roasted flavors make this one tough, but overall I think i could drink a couple, maybe three. A good session extra stout. good flavor.

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

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, pitch black with a large, reddish dark tan head that settles pretty quickly and leaves heavy lace.

Smell is pretty strong, sweet crystal malt, a slight touch of roast and fruity.

Taste is pretty robust, a strong roast, but still fruity and sweet caramel. A good rich stout, but not as sweet as I expected for a FES. Only a moderate bitterness on the rich and roasty lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and thick.

Drinkability is OK, a good and full-flavored stout, but drinks more like a RIS then a 6.8% ABV FES.
Served at cellar temp.

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Photo of bobsy
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Pike Pub in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Poured blacker than black with a generous mocha head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Crikey...this is a delicious stout, with a full-bodied roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Smooth, and full bodied with a warming alcohol finish. So good I had it twice!

I've had it again a couple times since, this time in bottled format. This beer really serves as a template for the style.

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

This was my first experience with Pike. Many love this brew and probably one of their better brews. Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with low retention but good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is pretty dominant with some light coffee notes also noticeable. Taste is quite dry with limited chocolate and coffee note and a medium bitter finish.

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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 woemad
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. While I've had - and reviewed - this beer before, this is the first time I've had it since the brewery changed hands and the recipes were changed. There's no freshness date, and unlike previous years, there's no vintage on the label. There is IBU and OG info, however, along with a higher abv (6.6%) than listed here on BA.

This poured a very dark brown that allowed no light through, even when held directly to light. Big, thich mocha colored head that left lots of lace.

This smelled of roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar and raisins. I also get tobacco and soy sauce.

The taste starts off with a dark roasted coffee blast that is almost immediately joined by a brown sugary sweetness. As the sip warms in the mouth the soy sauce noted in the nose becomes evident. It could stand to be dialed down a bit. Mild dryness at the swallow.

I found the mouthfeel a little thin for a stout though it was otherwise fine for the style.

This is probably the best experience I've had so far with the re-done Pikes, but it still won't jump to the head of the line when I next visit a beerstore, not until they dial down the bitter, soy sauce flavor a bit.

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

Pure black pour, a mother of a load. Capped nicely by a tan topper, lacing big time for a stout. Chocolate molasses, with coffee, in the aroma. Almost porter like quaff, bit of sour ale mixed with the burnt toast and powdery chocolate raisin pie.

Full, full body that slides down easily with every sip – low alcohol 6.6% makes this close to a session sipper. No hint of the booze. Try one! I’m impressed with my first Pike offering.

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

Pours an opaque black with a couple fingers of slow dying chocolate milk head that laces sheets as it dissapears. Smells of coffee grinds, dark chocolate and licorice. Taste is the same as the smell. Finishes with a bitter hop bite. Medium in the mouth with a nice tickle of carbonation. Drinks like a champ but is a treat not a session. Well done.

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

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Aroma of rich, roasted dark malts with plenty of dark chocolate and licorice. Faint hint of soy.

Taste: Dark maltiness with an airy sweetness to it. Some licorice. Full roasted grain flavor. Super soft touch of floral hops near the roasty, dry finish. The taste, overall, has a little sourness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Best beer in history? No, but it's a tasty, nicely drinkable stout.

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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 joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Probably not the night to be drinking a stout with as hot as it's been but what the hell? Pike 5x Stout pours the blackest of holes into my snifter. Not one bit of light can sneak through. The body swallows every bit of light that comes into contact with this beer. A 1+ finger brown head forms and slowly fades to a thick cap. Leaves drink lines down the glass after each gulp.

Aroma is like nothing I've smelled in previous stouts. Theres a solid smokiness in there that reminds me of smoked bacon. May sound strange but it smells damn fine. Mild roasted malts with a solid hop presence on the backend. Mild hazelnut in there as well.

Wow! What a delicious unique stout. That smokey bacon (or is it just campfire and I'm hungry) scent is in the flavor as well. The smokiness blankets a mildly roasted malt and hazelnut nuttiness. A hint of milk on the finish with a combination of burnt malt and hop bitterness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is just how I'd like it to be. Medium bodied. Not too heavy.Sluggish carbonation that lets the brew roll along the tongue. Nice bitterness on the swallow.

An incredibly drinkable stout, especially with the robust smokiness. The alcohol level helps the drinkability as well.

I'm actually blown away by this brew. Before I ordered the bottle I saw it had good reviews but I didn't expect this. A really wonderful unique stout.

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