Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Street XXXXX StoutPike Street XXXXX Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 32
Gots: 36 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002)
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Photo of OatmattStout
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black color and a really nice espresso crema dark head. it looks amazing just in the glass.

nose has nice sweetness and licorice w/ roasted notes

taste is excellent and full with very rich body of roasted malts and a very nice sweetness to balance this beer. Very complex and hint of licorice and candied malt.

wow what a great stout and worth the $6 bomber price i paid.

this brew is top notch

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours completely black with only the faintest hint of light penetrating the edges. There's a small but thick mocha head that leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is nice with equal measures sweetness and roastiness. The sweetness comes from the dark chocolate mainly and the malts come across heavily roasted with some coffee hints. There are even some fresh green hops thrown in.

The taste is more of the same with the initial taste containing a kick of the green hops before the heavily roasted black malts take over. There is some cocoa sweetness on top with a finish that is a mixture of dry roasted malts and green hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely creamy with a dry, roasted finish.

This is a very good export stout and I like the hop presence thrown in for added complexity.

Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One interesting thing is that both BA and Pike's website say this beer is 6.6%, but my bottle says 7% ABV. I suppose it's not that important, as long as the beer's good, right?

Appearance: utterly, entirely, impenetrably black with a thick, languid two-finger brown head. Profound! Leaves a great lace, too.

Smell: lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate present, but the aroma is more complex than that; the aroma is getting along toward the more fruity compounds that you might get in a RIS or Baltic porter. I think I even detect a little vanilla.

Taste: a bit of a monster. The flavor is of big, heavy roasted malts, though it lacks some of the complexity of the aroma. There's also a little sourness here that you sometimes get when a beer has a lot of charred malts. Not bad, but it could use some further refinement.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting. Quite good.

Drinkability: very good, but not exactly sessionable. I think with a little tweaking of the flavor I think I would be able to handle a couple of these in a row.

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pint looked pretty delicious, very dark with a creamy tan head and a few larger bubbles dotting the top of the beer. Great head retention, plenty of lace. Nice aroma, sweet and roasty with a bit of leafy hops, toffee and chocolate. Moderate citrus bitterness up front balanced well with the sweetness. More caramel, chocolate and roast mid-palate. Lingering hop bitterness, a bit stronger than I expected. Full bodied with no alcohol presence, lowish carbonation, smooth and creamy. Great stuff and it went quite well with BBQ.

Photo of TheFlern
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark molasses with plenty of chocolate colored head. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Smokey, roasted malts, fruitiness

Taste: Malt notes but nothing really sticks out, just a nice meld. There is a fruity taste hidden just behind the malt. Finishes with a nice mild hop twist.

Mouthfeel: Very silky and full bodied. Carbonation is just right

Drinkability: This beer is so heavy its hard to drink the whole 22oz. Which is pretty much the point of extra stout brews.

Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $5.49. No bottled on date to be found.

This beer looks really nice in my NB Goblet. Black as motor oil, mocha colored head, some nice scattered lacing, with a head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam all the way to the end.

The aroma is exceptional .. first is that classic roasted malt, followed by an in your face fig/raisin/licorice aroma that makes me smile.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, a touch of coffee, followed by a nice wallop of citrus-y hops on the aftertaste. Excellent stuff.

No alcohol hotness detectable at all .. mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Like a chocolate cake in liquid form. A great stout worth multiple purchases.

Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke are most prevalent in the nose. Even some dark fruits. Really good.
T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke. I like this a lot.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, smooth, and dry. For the alcohol this is easy to drink. I would have no problems making a session out of this even with the high ABV.

A very good stout. Something I would recommend.

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a two finger dark chocolate/coffee-colored head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunky rings of soapy lacing.

Roasty, smokey malt aroma with lots of roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and subtle earthy hops.

Silky chewy viscous mouthfeel with a lot of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, biscuit, roasted coffee bean and a huge bitter earthy hop flavor with some citrus notes. This is way hoppier than expected and kind of takes away from the silky maltiness that I liked so much. The finish is long and dry with some citrus notes but mostly earthy bitter hops dominate. Well masked ABV and smooth maltiness makes it pretty drinkable but the strong hop presence kind of hurts it in this area.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Motor oil black with a light brown head that settles out to a fine cap of foam.

Low aroma of fig, raisin, and some espresso.

Thin flavor upfront, but moves quickly to dark malt, coffee and oak, hints of cocoa. Firm bitterness balances the malt. Could be more roasty and complex.

Full mouthfeel, but finishes tannic with a puckery linger, which detracts overall.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had never heard of Pike before, but an avid fan of stouts, had to pick it up. Glad I did...It can definitely be potentially hazardous to pick up a brew with no prior knowledge, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Sludge. Just Sludge. Very little caramel head. Laces well.

Smells like heave, if it were to exist. Rich, creamy, sweet, roasty, burnt, and hot.

Roasted malts, with a bittersweet chocolate middle, finishing with a bit of coffee and toffee. Slightly burnt. Genre = T.

Like chewing gum. Its thick and rich, coats the palate while leaving you satisfied.

Im dissapointed the ABV isnt higher...even though it feels as though it truly is. 7% is just low for a good stout. (fits an RIS to me, so 7 is def. low). Makes more of these possible so not all is lost.

Hope to find some more pike... trade?! :D

Photo of natelocc787
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from Pike I've had even though I've seen their bomber line in the local beer store several times over the last couple years.

I am pleased to say I'm impressed, in fact-overtly so. I was expecting a good beer not a great beer and I got a motherfu**ing bad assed beer. Great Black color with a Dark brown head containing different shades of caramel hues. Good lace and powerful taste after an above average black malty, roasty, chocolate-coffee head. Taste is very satisfying with roasted barley and black malt giving birth to the supreme espresso but mostly dark chocolate flavor that is bitter from the semi-sweet chocolate and also from the hops. I just now bumped the smell to a 4.5 because every time I go to take a drink the smell hits my nose first like a beer containing nanotechnology designed to offer the perfect beer tasting experience. I'm close to giving taste a 5. Fantastic mouthfeel that is heavy, chewy, silky and creamy at once. Bitterness like that which this beer offers only makes the finish much longer and allows the outstanding stout character to linger more often than usual. World class Stout!

Photo of sprucetip
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours black, thin mocha head fades fast, plenty of lacing. SMELL is roasted barley, black patent, some sweetness, hint of heat. TASTE is roasty flavors up front, some sweetness from the malty base through the middle, then roasty and hoppy bitterness emerging for the finish. Coffee, chocolate and alchohol flavors add some complexity. FEEL is thick,full, rich and chewy. Some bitternes in the finish. OVERALL easy enough to drink for a full bodied, hopped up west coast stout. Flavor is bold for a moderately sized brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a frothy mocha head that leaves so many dots on the glass it has a pointillist effect

Smell: Roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes, with just a hint of citrus

Taste: Roasty, up front, with developing citrus and chocolate flavors that build by mid-palate with just a touch of sourness; after the swallow, the flavors blend together with a definite charcoal aspect on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An all around good example of the style, though a bit hoppy in a west coast way - nothing screams out at you but this is one well-brewed beer

Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a black color that produced a dark brown foamy head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose, roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate make this a normal Stout, but the orange citrus hoppiness that cut in at the end made this one really good

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation to it

D - This was a really good beer, but the mouthfeel did not really do this beer justice, but this was a still a good representation of the style

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep and opaque black, no light gets through, oily looking, thin big bubbled brown head forms, few spots stick to the glass as it settles to a thin layer. Smell is intense, lots of chocolate and caramel, licorice, brown sugar, lightly roasty, quite sweet, biscuits, dark fruit, figs, lots of depth. Taste is similar, big licorice character, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, fruit middle, sweet in the finish, maybe a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slick, with low to medium carbonation. Definitely a good stout, I dig this stuff.

Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts along with a hint of chocolate.

T - The taste is dominated by the sweet roasted malts, along with a noticeable taste of bitter chocolate in the finish. Suprisingly I didnt detect much of a coffee taste in this stout.

M - Heavy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Great flavor and easy drinkability on this one. ABV is low enough to enjoy and still have another. I could easily drink this all night. Definitely the best version of a foreign/export stout I've had to date.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears an opaque dark brown color with a good inch or so of creamy dark tan head. The foam won't quit, lasting nearly the entire glass and leaving small wisps of lacing behind with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of rich dark roasted grains, cocoa, bakers chocolate, mocha, roasted coffee, caramel, and even some vanilla. Approaching full bodied for the style with more than ample carbonation. Very nice!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle pours a dark dark brew, hints of light around the edges, tan head that has some staying power.

This is exactly what I'm looking for in an export stout. Full flavors and smells, lots of roast, dry finish and all for less ABV bang than your average RIS.

Espresso, lots of roasting malts, hints of baker's chocolate, a touch of hops in the finish. Some sweetness in the body to balance to the roast, providing just the right foil. Rich and yet smooth, dry finish. Alcohol nowhere to be found. This is fan-frickin-tastic. Would gladly drink this again!

Note: my bottle states 7% ABV

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red/black with a thick and firm off white/tan head. Nose of dark chocolate and fresh brewed black coffee. Mouth feel is medium to full with a nice rich character. Flavors are all dark chocolate and black coffee...all the way. Nice dark chocolate and espresso bean finish.

This is a nice chocolate/coffee effort.

Photo of rye726
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking stout. Pours near black with a silky tan head. Nice lacing. Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses and hops. Taste also has a bitter hop, coffee and molasses presence that is well balanced by sweet cocoa and dark malts. Medium body is well carbonated, but a bit light in the finish.

Photo of blackc5
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber at 53F.

I have had this quite a few times, both on-tap and in bottle, but have never gotten around to reviewing it. It is definitely one of my favorite go-to stouts. It is actually 7% ABV according to the bottle - not 6% as stated here on BA.

A - Pours a perfect black with a sizeable chocolate brown head. Lingers. Lacing is quite exceptional for the style as well.

S - Definitely malty caramels and molasses. Dark chocolate and a bit of smokiness. Smells great.

T - What I really like about this stout is that it has the nice dark (not milk) chocolate and full roasted malt flavors, but you can still taste the hops behind it. It is not a particularly sweet stout, which I like especially given it's thick mouthfeel. A bit of fruitiness here too - prunes come to mind.

M - Nice and thick, yet smooth and creamy. Dry finish. A standout.

D - Pretty darn good I'd say. Easy to down this 22oz'er and one to order often on tap as well. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Perhaps not as flashy or extreme as some other imperials, but just a genuinely good, drinkable stout.

Photo of juhl31
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-super black with a nice darkish brown head

-not much going on, theres a little malt in there

-a strong coffee taste. there seems to be like a molasses in there too

-was fine on the ol' mouth

-was an alright beer for sure, not ranking in any top categories for me, but i wasnt pissed by any means drinking it

Photo of istarilord
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of markaberrant
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - opaque black, dark tan head, lots of sticky lace

S - burnt/roasted malts, maybe a bit of dry cocoa, clean

T - dry, bitter, highly roasted, outstanding aftertaste, roast lingers, pretty basic malt, no caramel, toffee or dark fruit, just a ton of friggin roast, but it is somehow not harsh, no hop flavour, bitterness is more malt than hop

M - med low carbonation, med body, somewhat creamy, no alcohol warmth, dry finish, no astringency despite heavy use of roasted malts

D - hell ya, great roast flavour on this one, can't wait for the next sip, but the aftertaste is terrific too

This beer doesn't screw around with hops or complimentary malts. It just gives you a big blast of roasted malt, yet it is not overdone (O'Haras Celebration Stout is similar, yet it is harsh and in fact overdone). Very affordable in Alberta, I'll definitely be picking up more on my next trip.

Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.