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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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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 bobsy
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

barleywinefiend, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of GAPit
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

GAPit, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

woemad, Oct 25, 2007
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.

Vancer, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

franksnbeans, Sep 15, 2007
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2007
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.

beals, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
$4.35
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.

joe1510, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the Brewpub, the beer was served in a standard pint. The beer is a jet black with a smallish tan head and good flecks of lace.

The nose is of heavily roasted almost burnt malts and dark fruit. Some sweet molasses smell hovers in the background.

The taste is of charred sweet fruit, coffee and bakers chocolate. I had this one for desert and it satisfied my sweet tooth. Becomes more bitter late as the hops kick in.

The mouth is not as creamy as I like, but this has a nice dry finish. This was a great way to cap off my visit to Pike. Minor complaint, I think they serve this beauty to cold. I waited several minutes to let it warm a bit.

Redrover, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a piece of work to look at. Rich thick brown head eventually falls to a solid cover and leaves ring lacing. Black body and a late rising carbonation sets in to support the growing head.

Dark black coffee aroma and taste. Teeters on being astringent but it pulls itself together to finish with a flash of hops and then creamy and chocolaty milk close the deal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. 6.6%abv is not noticeable at all.

Notes: If this was available to me on a regular basis it would be a staple in my arsenal. Chewy malted goodness. It has the "Bigness" of a Imperial stout without the inflated alcohol. Loved it.

DogFood11, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber supplied via the good graces of oberon -- many thanks for the opportunity, David! At cellar temperature, poured into a 17-ounce snifter, Pke Street XXX Stout is drop-dead gorgeous, with a massive and billowy esspresso-froth head atop a glossy onyx body. Delicious aromas of cocoa porridge with a faint metallic scent weave themselves among a sturdy dark-roasted grain presence that wafts forth with every sniff. Dark coffee bitterness at first, followed by a soured grain and chocolate character, and then...wow -- I did not expect that -- a puckeringly bitter grapefruit pith hop punch at the finish. This lasts well into the aftertaste. I suppose I should have known I might be in for a bit of hops with a stated 65 IBUs on the label. I must admit this detracts a bit from the experience for me as I was really looking forward to a dense roasty and chocolatey stout (with perhaps a bit of vinous quality). This stout is well-done, no doubt, but it's just not what I expected given its nose. Medium body and silky smooth, almost fluffy, mouthfeel. If I had another bottle of this beer, I would certainly cherish it and hold on to it until I had the particular craving for a big roasty stout that drowns the palate in PacNW C-hop flavors at the finish. A really great beer in the end, but caveat emptor and all...

orfeu, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap over at Pike's Pub in Seattle where it was served cold (too cold for my taste) with a minimal tan head that dissapeared quickly. It was hard to detect any aromas coming off this beer, as initially served, but as it warmed up you could smell the roasted malt, and a sweetness that reminded me of either caramel or toffee. The color is a very dark brown that almost looks black in the pub lighting. The medium body and moderately low carbonation give this beer a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is nicely balanced between roasty malts and assertive hop bitterness with a pleasantly bitter finish. This is a very drinkable Export Stout.

86sportster883, Jan 11, 2007
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: 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. This is like an imperial take on a dry stout, which is probably not something that I’ve really been looking for. Interesting but still way too dry for my taste buds.

Phyl21ca, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The stout is a deep black color with brown highlights near the rim of the glass. The head is a mocha color with about a finger's worth of height.

S: The stout is has a chocolatey roasted malt aroma. A deeper probe gives a malty depth that is similar to an Impy Stout.

T: The stout has a hop body that doesn't really betray itself in the nose. The malt body is roasted with chocolatey and very heavy, giving up bits of sweetness. The malts are complimented by that hop body. The hops are bold, adding a big dose of bitterness that matches nicely against the sweeter maltiness.

M: The mouthfeel is a good mixture of hops and roasted malts, having a kick without the ramped up abv of an Impy.

D: Very drinkable, although the roasted malts do leave a very dry finish on the palate.

akorsak, Nov 30, 2006
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 bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger cream colored head. Nice lacing, but not as much as I hoped after seeing the thick milk shakey head.
S: Roasted barley notes with a slight infusion of chocolate and sweet caramel.
T/M: Roasted barley and malt with unsweetned chocolate flavors cross the palate first. Theres a slight sweetness to the first flavors. Burnt coffee notes also find their way in leading to a dry finish. Not a huge body, but big enough. Low carbonation.
D: Pretty tasty stout from Pike. Definately worth the chance if you can find it on draft. Luckily I had the chance to try this offering.

bjohnson, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this before but ownership has changed and the supposedly the recipe along with it. It is now listed as 6.6. I'm greatly enjoying this stout ... I watch as the liquid tumbles out of the bottle into my pint glass and think "I've seen that body before ..." Yes I have, I've seen it in some of the best Imperial Stouts there are, which would be Stone, Silver City, and Fish Tale. This being a Foreign stout still measures up to the aforementioned. The head is only a quarter inch thick but a lovely sandy color. There's also a bit of lacing going on. Nose beats you in the face with hammerfists of chocolate, cocoa and fudge ...it screams "tap out wimp" whilst in it's corner espresso and some roast bitterness cackle with glee. Man, this is WAY better than last year and I am absolutely loving it. Mouth is servicable enough but nothing to write home about. As far as drinkability goes, damn this is a special stout. If you like stouts this should have a parking space in your fridge. If it doesn't, then you're a pretender at the game of stout love.

TheBungyo, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-tan head with great lace. Opaque balck--nothing else for color. The nose had a single, clear roast, malt, no hop but some peat. Very sweet, roast, and a light smoke underneath with some raisins and dark fruit in there. The mouthfeel was a bit chunky, particles, clearly not filtered. Taste better than the smell, but overall a good beer in a touristy pub.

FightingEntropy, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a real treat on tap in a chalice on a cold evening. Big , black and coffee nosed, the beer stretches its burnt malt legs after a few sips and takes you home to bed. I love a big stout that is not too high in alcohol as you get all the mouthfeel without the headache.

canucklehead, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice tasty stout from Pike. Jet black with a brown head. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with a slighty sour hint. Rich malty, coffee taste with a good dose of chocolate. Very rich. Espresso and dark chocolate are brought to mind. Smooth mouthfeel, but a little rough on the edge with a slightly too-bitter aftertaste.

Not had this in the bottle, but I'm sure it can't beat this on-tap.

BDTyre, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. English Pint Glass.

Dark pour, black - with a nice head and decent aroma at first. The smell mellows really fast - and you can barely smell it at all.

Taste is weak, like a carob or weak chocolate stout - with a lot of roasted flavor but lacking something bigger to make it stand out.

Low in alcohol, which is fnie, but low in overall flavor too.

I wish this had a bit more flavor to it, worth a shot though.

Cheers.

HimerMan, May 19, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky black. Medium hefted chocolate milk foam sits for length before settling to a hairline skim and crumbly edging. Lacing is thick and all over the place making a mess of blobby sheeting across the glass. In a word for appearance - pinnacle!

Aroma is tarry and roasted with heavy black malt dryness with some dark chocolate scuffing.

Taste is bold, rich, and gradually building across a wonderful, medium to heavy roastyness of black malt. Chocolate intercedes into the middle areas, then the fun begins with one fantastic drying length and character. Slight molasses tang sweetens the pot for a stint, notes of burnt/charred edges creep in there while the chocolate gets supurbly darkened, heavy, and dry with a solid smack of bitterness thrown in. A very solid smack! That's some of the most bitter dark chocolate I've ever encountered in a stout. It's awesome!

The body of this beer is quite nice. Full, round, roasted and textured as so with a substantial girth of roasty malt all the while maintaining a heavenly smoothness. Its just sweet enough on the underside for most of its length, gliding the roasted stuff along the path to the finish where the dark bitter chcoalte takes over and does its thing.

An excellent drinker as well as being damn tasty. What more could you ask except for more. And at 6% this blows the sessionable competition away as far as other big stouts that taste like this are concerned. Not that I don't miss a little kick like those found in most Impy's or Dbl's, these Foreign/Export stouts are just too damn tasty and drinkable not to be in the same league as some of those big boys. Most are loaded in the ABV dept. This on the other hand says drink up and enjoy! And enjoy, and enjoy...

One very nice stout!! Yum! Thanks C!

tavernjef, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baker’s chocolate, coffee and roasted malts pop out in the aroma, but overall the aroma is less intense than my ideal. Poured a very deep black with a dark prown/purple tinted mocha head. Fore is full of dark roasted notes along with chooclate, plum, molasses, raisin, bourbon and even some Brown ale nuttiness. A whole lot of flavor points here. Finish is laced with cream, chocolate, low bitterness coffee and a kick of alcohol. A damn fine beer.

Jredner, Feb 17, 2006
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.