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Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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293 Reviews
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Reviews: 293
Hads: 560
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
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Pike Pub & Brewery 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: 293 | Hads: 560
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark appearance. The body is a completely opaque black and the head is a creamy orange-brown. It drops quickly to just a collar and thin surface covering, but it leaves some very nice lace as well. The aroma expresses a sharp fruitiness, but it's not exactly the "burnt currant" aroma that's so common to the style. I expected it might lead into a tart flavor, but there's nothing like that here. With further investigation and a few swirls of the glass, some smokiness and even light caramel become apparent. It's not a really complex or rich aroma, but it's quite intriguing! The body is full with a mild and exceptionally fine carbonation that's silky smooth across the palate. Quite velvety! The flavor delivers the fruitiness promised by the nose, but it's awash in rich bittersweet chocolate and espresso-like roastiness. A bold bitterness balances and dries things out in the long finish where a distinctly smoky and acrid roastiness lingers. An exceptional stout that stands out for its unique character. Well worth seeking out! (1,046 characters)

Photo of DarthRadb
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stout looks like a stout already.

What I want to talk about is how this beer brought my buzz back. 20 years ago I had my first sip of Guinness Extra Stout. I thought I was chewing on a leather belt soaked in coffee; nothing like the bud light and Olympia I had cut my teeth on. Then as times changed and formerly venerable international brewers dumbed down for wider market share, beers like Guinness seemed so...whatever.

But tonight Pike Stout brought back that initial wonder and awe at a bold brew that tasted so compelling. Sure this is no bourbon barrel coffee chocolate wild yeast indian spit porn and murder stout, but the purity of its concentrated roasted malt (black coffee, roasted chicory) with that sharp edge of hop + alcohol fruity finish is really awesome when considering how the robust honest deep roasted/toasted/burnt malt flavors roll across the tongue so easily - such great mouth-feel and drinkability! It was brilliant with a little spicy jambalaya number I improvised.

Basically it blew me away because the classic deep dark roasted malt flavor was there, but was so easy to drink. (1,112 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful opaque black with a big silky foamy head the colour of almonds. It lingers. And lingers. And lingers. Is beautiful. As is the glass upon which it leaves its trace.

Nose is a little sweet, with a roasty toasty invitingness... I'm quite excited.

There is a roasty malt backbone, makes me think of a warm winter evening by the fire for some reason. Not as sweet as the nose, but more burnt bitterness than hoppiness.

Well well well. This is excellently well done. Creamy and smoothe. Light carbonation balanced perfectly well, with only a minimal alcohol aftertaste. Definitely one of my favourite representations of this style, which happens to be one of my favourite styles. I will be picking up a couple more to bring back to Texas with me. (762 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black, with just a few hints ruby. Deep brown head builds quickly and fades almost as fast.
Mocha, smoke, hints of berry sweetness and subtle hops enter the nose.
Enters the mouth with a smooth roasted flavors. Not harsh roasted, more of a mellow mocha. The chocolate notes are never explicit, but the seem to lurk within the other flavors. There is a pronounced smokiness here as well as some dirty, earthy flavors (in the best way possible). Deeper within the black heart of the beer lies some carmel sweetness and hints of fruit (cherry). Prickly hops end this one. Big enough to balance the heavy load, but nothing showy in themselves.
Silken smooth body, with a fair deal of carbonation. I could stand for just a little more heft, but now I am splitting hairs.
This is a nice one. Sorry to see it gone so fast.

Thanxxxxx, jreitman. (869 characters)

Photo of hogrider
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a goblet and developed a one half inch head, good lacing all around the glass. Roasted coffee and chocolate hit my nose; the taste is as if I am drinking strong unsweetened coffee with chocolate added. I like it, it leaves a bitter after taste that some might dislike. HOG (282 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 4 oz taste sample in greenville, sc Total Wine.

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, coffee/chocolate

taste: a solid stout. dry and on par with Guinness extra. nice dark roasted malt flavors. a little anise flavor. nice well rounded atout

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: good overall stout and best beer of their lineup (390 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.] (1,328 characters)

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (754 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Pours an incredibly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that has good retention before riding down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly surface foam. Solid sheets of lacing.

S- Roasty and nutty with elements of dark chocolate and molasses. Some sweet caramel is involved as well.

T- Delicately smooth roasted malt with small notes of oak and smoke. The 7% ABV is concealed incredibly well. There's some bitterness on the back end but the highlights are in the chocolaty, nutty and sometimes coffee-like malt base.

M- Chewy, creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Another winner from Pike. These guys don't get enough exposure in the beer community IMO. Would love to have this on nitro pour and/or cask. (813 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dark brown and falls into the glass as a jet black liquid with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Some webbed lacing trails behind the retreating head. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, and a little prune. The beer is very roasty in flavor from the dark malts. I get that coffee and prune from the nose, but also a little licorice. I only get a touch of chocolate there, but it isn't much. The body is full and creamy. The roasty aftertaste lingers in the mouth and the finish is slightly dry. The beer drinks fairly easily due to the fact that it is smooth. This is an excellent beer. If you like your stouts very roasty, this one is for you. (728 characters)

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stout was nice and dark with a medium head but lacing that lasted the whole way down.

I got a lot of charred wood and coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Exactly what I was expecting.

The taste followed the nose exactly but was much more pronounced than the nose.

Overall I think this style gets overlooked and quite often overly complicated. Pike did a perfect job of brewing a very solid American Stout. Too often the ABV, hops, additional flavors etc etc try to complicate an already great style. Pike kept it simple and perfect. Well done! (555 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Goblet glass

Thanks to gingermanstv for this brew. Poured at Fridge Temp

A- Pours a nice super dark reddish brown with a thin less than a finger light brown head that doesn't last other than a nice rim around the glass. Leaves some splotchy lacing and decent legs for a %7 brew.

S- Dark roasted malts and smoke up front 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. Really nice roasted burnt malts and coffee up front and inishes with unsweetened dark chocolate. Also in the aftertaste you get hit with loads of smoke and bacon like flavors. Really surprising for a regular stout.

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

SkÅL! (848 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of britzdog
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small vintage update Oct 26, 2011. Same vintage, last bottle enjoyed a year later. Stronger dark fruit notes of black currants, raisins, figs & plums as well as anise in this one. Still extremely good if not better than before. Held up very nicely for a year. Super tasty stuff at a great price!

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22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours medium bodied dark brown with a good brown head, leaves some fine intricate lace and holds a faint cap and small ring.

Aroma is all roast and chocolate, quite strong, some semi-sweet and milk chocolate, heavily roasted malts, some smoke, some coffee, a hint of vanilla.

Flavor comes in with a lot of coffee, good roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, lightly sweet with bitterness from the roast to balance, maybe a bit of citrus hops as well. Smokiness picks up a lot as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium body, low carbonation, but not heavy like an Imperial Stout.

Very nice, very robust Stout, big aroma and flavor on this one. (1,018 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as the space between the stars. A gorgeous dark cocoa-colored head forms, over 1" thick. Good retention and very nice lacing left behind after dissipating to a thick film.
Smell is, forgive me, intoxicating. Rich with smoke, whiskey, toasted malts, some soy and wheat, almost a fruitcake-like note without the fruit. A good balance struck, nothing rising above the rest.
Taste is smoky, soy, toasted - almost burnt - malts, some whiskey.
Smooth with a rich, medium/full body with a light, upfront effervescence. A somewhat warming brew with a drying finish. A smoky, toasty malt aftertaste lingers for a long while as does the slight coating of the tongue. A very nice beer, all 22 oz. of it. (707 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pike Pub & Brewery - Pike Street XXX Stout

Acquired via trade, somehow one of my first Washington brews, will need to fix that ASAP since they have the best hops in the country!

Look - Pours an oily (not jet) black with a huge foamy mocha head. Lots of sticky lacing, good retention.

Smell - Roasted malt, coffee, piney hops, cola, dark chocolate, molasses, and some fruit (berries, dates, figs).

Taste - On the thinner side, the fruits hit first, hops are there as well, then chocolate and finally roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel - Pine hops surprisingly bitter feel (it is 65 IBU so I guess not that surprising) sits on the palate and the roasted malts and coffee on the middle. Rich medium/heavy body with a dry finish. Great drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew all the way around, the hops add character and uniqueness that made me have to respect it (that and I enjoyed it). Recommend for sure. (898 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer at Total Wine and it was on sale for $4.99. I have never noticed this before, but for $5 I decided to take a chance. I am glad I did.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a pitch black color and is topped with a rather dark, mocha cappuccino colored head of about two fingers in size. There is plenty of lacing and the retention is outstanding.

The aroma is filled with plums and raisins, even blueberries, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, toffee, slight chalkiness. Really nice.

Great flavor on this one. Slightly fruity right at the start but some hop bitterness sneaks up toward the end. There is a bit of astringency but I have found this is standard in the style. Chalky and dry, pithy, almost like aspirin chalky. Tobacco, raisins, piney resins, really nice.

A wonderful beer, especially for the price. I cant remember a beer that tasted this good for the value. I will certainly purchase more of these. A perfect beer in anticipation of Thanksgiving tomorrow and the impending cool front dropping down to South Florida. (1,069 characters)

Photo of bradleyp
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22oz. from the Market of Choice, and drank from a New Belgium snifter glass.

Color is black with a very tan/hazelnut not so foamy head.

There is a faint coffee aroma. There isn't a deep alchol smell, and it def. doesn't smell hoppy.

Taste was malty, oatmeal, and what at first tasted like licorice. chocolate is very present in the beer as well. Very drinkable, especially while watching Hockey.

I enjoyed drinking this with a pepperoni pizza. (458 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black, nice chocolate tan head, great lacing. Smells of fresh coffee, some chocolate, roastiness. Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate sweetness with a nice caramel sweetness and roastiness on the backbone. Some vanilla and oak notes present. Very subtle fruitiness present, maybe from the hops. Body is a little think for the style, moderate carbonation.

An excellent stout, exactly what im looking for, coffee and roastiness. I could drink a lot of this, my only qualm being the body is a little thin, could just more of it. Other than that, a stout i could drink all night, love it! (598 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml bottle with no expiration date or lot code available. Sampled on July 19, 2009.

This is an enticing stout and it draws me in completely. The bottle feels solid in my hand when it splashes in docile tones into the pint glass. It sounds and looks well crafted with an opaque brown color and an inch of creamy, brown head which stays together for most of the sampling. The aroma erupts with smoky chocolate malts in the tradition of a good Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is bold and strong. The taste tickles the palate with coffee, chocolate and fresh hops. An impressive extra stout. (599 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (348 characters)

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.