Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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89
very good

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 mklinger
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split between my wife and me, poured into a pint glass. Jet black with brown highlights. A thick creamy mocha head that left tons of lacing behind. Quintessential pretty stout appearance.

Aroma is mostly malt based -- roasted coffee sweetened with milk and 2 or 3 teaspoons of sugar. No hop presense in aroma, but the sweet coffee/chocolate combo is strong and very nice.

Taste is perfect for an export stout. Reminds me of my first Guinness when all Guinness in the states was their export stout. Big roasted malt flavors, lots of chocolate and coffee, more chocolate than coffee whereas coffee dominated smell. Really nice smack of bitterness in there too, which wasn't in the aroma. Plenty of sweetness -- close to cloying but not at all cloying. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is very full and chewy. A very drinkable stout. This was a bargain when I bought it in VA. I should have bought more. Excellent beer.

Photo of bassmantin
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pike XXX Stout has a thin-to-medium tan head and a very dark brown, almost black appearance, but with visible bubble streams, upon close inspection. Lacing is scant. The aroma is of heavily-roasted barley malt, dark brown bread crust, and sweetness. Flavor is of deep, dark, astringent, roasted barley malt, a good amount of bitterness, sweetness, and some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pike XXX Stout finishes mostly wet, heavy, sweet, and rich. This is a sipper. Overall, I highly recommend this one!

RJT

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours deep and dark with mocha tan head that thins to a fine ring....

S- Very pleasant roasted coffee and malty chocolate...

T- nice bitter/sweet chocolate up front leading into semi-intense coffee bean and malt in the middle, all of it coming together in a very well balanced finish...

M- Silky smooth and well balanced; moderate carbonation and light on the palate

D- My first experience with Pike, and I have to give them thumbs up...this is a nicely crafted brew with great taste that I would certainly drink again.

salud!

Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured syrupy black into a tulip with around half an inch of slow-rising dark mocha head that quickly receded back again. Nice roasty and slightly sweet aroma of dark chocolate, fig, and coffee.

Moderate carbonation balances the slightly thick mouthfeel and results in a wonderfully creamy overall impression. Chocolate up front followed by a hint of caramel, cinnamon, and lots of roasty coffee on the long and pleasantly bitter finish.

Very drinkable -- the coffee and chocolate are well-balanced and offset by just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness in check.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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?

Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pair of large snifters

Pours tarry black, with sludgy sediment at the bottom, small quantity of light brown head, medium amount of visible carbonation. Smell is rich and chocolatey and fairly sweet and yeasty.

Taste is sweet, chocolatey bitterness, it's really nice.

Mouthfeel is a nice slightly gritty texture. Overall, very pleasing beer.

Photo of blackc5
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 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 bens0n
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours jet black, 100% opaque with a nice amount of creamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves a pretty fair amount of lacing too.

On the nose there is a rich, sweet chocolatey smell that I pick up on immediately followed by a less prevalent but equally rich roasted coffee smell along with the malts. This beer just smells awesome.

Flavor wise, it has an unsweetend chocolate flavor and a roasted coffee quality to it, there is virtually no hoppyness, nothing like that, the malts are what make the flavor. The roastyness is more prevalent at the end though, it almost has a nutty quality to it.

This beer is pretty thick and has low carbonation, plus an aftertaste I really enjoy, it finishes on the watery side though, but the extremely low carbonation levels are also awesome.

Mine is 6.6% abv though...

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a thick, viscous, jet-black color, with a thin, dense tan colored head that has great retention as you drink. The nose is strong in coffee and chocolate while you are pouring, as well as when you smell from the glass. The flavors are dark roast coffee bitter with a blend of milk chocolate. The flavors are carried on a light, dry body. Coffee aftertaste with a bitter essence left in mouth. The finish is smooth and creamy, but lingering. Delicious! Makes a tasty float or brownie, also!

Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a tar black colour with a thumb of dark brown mocha head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice amount of lacing. Very appealing stout.

S - Very unique scent on this one, there's a battle between dark chocolate malts, leather and espresso beans with a citrus hop finish. I was surprised to smell the hops on this one.

T - The coffee maltiness comes through off the top, dark cocoa chocolate malts were the next prevalent flavour, though was much less sweet than the scent implied. Some citrus hops come through on the finish. Great balance on this one!

M - This one feels great on the palette, goes does smooth. The finish is a little on the dry side, and is a bit bitter, but overall quite enjoyable.

D - I had high expectations for this one, and it fully satisfied my expectations. Very pleased with this selection, would definitely buy this one again. Would also recommend this to anyone looking for a full bodied stout.

Photo of dtivp
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep black with a very nice one and half finger head, good retention that settled into a nice collar with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and malt.

Taste started a little bitter with dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malt and a hint of hops, then there was a very nice counter of chocolate vanilla sweetness.

Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Starts out strong with a nice smooth creamy finish.

This is a very nice stout and I look forward to future brews from Pike Street.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001-2002 Bottle: Nearly back with a medium and slightly foamy dark beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and a hint of malt. A little richer than most Dry Stouts, I like what they are going for with a blend of Dry and Imperial Stout in the body. Coffee flavor really comes through in the flavor, along with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is dry and has a lightly hopped character. This might not be worth all the X's but it is still a good Stout.

Photo of mikegreen138
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 ounce bottle on sale. pours a deep black with a small amount of slightly creamy head that disappears quickly. I pick up the roasted malts on the first smell, second i come up with a little bit of coffee and very small amount of black licorice, not too strong of smell but i am definitely interested. first taste goes down nice and smooth, with a very drinkable flavor, easy to pick out individual malts. roasted and darker caramel malts. the finishing aftertaste blends all the flavors and ends with that sweetness and then hint of coffee. Very solid brew, easy drinking with tons of dark malt flavors.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried other Pike's beers before but never was too impressed by them. They were good but not excellent.

By the way this stout poured I knew this would be good. It formed a frothy tan-brown head that slowly fizzled down to a delicate film on top. The color of the beer itself is of the darkest chocolate. Color change can only be seen on the very (slimmest) edges of the glass. Whenever I see that I expect strong coffee notes.

I can smell this baby from 3 feet away. MMM!!!It smells...it smells...great. I get a roasted coffee right off the bat with vanilla, caramel sugary sweetness, and perhaps the faintest aroma of floral hops.

The XXX tastes as it smells. It's extremely smooth some coffee bitterness is the first to greet you. There is some hop bitterness there too but I barely noticed it. Sweetness with vanilla counters the initial flavors and balances very well. The roasted coffee and chocolate flavors provide the strong home stretch with this stout.

I only wish it was cooler inside so I could enjoy it more. This is a damn good beer!

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as the cloudy moon-less desert sky, the head a velvety chocolate crown, the lace a shield against the light. Sweet toasted grains, bitter-sweet chocolate and a over cooked pot of coffee, what the hell else could you say to describe this nose, start is ambrosial, the top thick and chocolate like. Finish has a spiteful hop spicy bite, the acidity stinging, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry and one damn fine stout in my humble opinion.

Photo of rustymoore
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber chocolate brown with a half inch creamy head into a standard pint glass.

Aroma is sweet with coffee and hop notes.

Taste immediately gives the impression of strong hops in this stout. Sweet coffee favors that mesh well with the hoppiness.

Very smooth and not at all watery. Almost just right.

Solid stout overall that I would revisit again and again

Photo of ybnorml
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, no light gets thru. Has a nice creamy dark brown head and a nice little bit of lace. Very strong roasted malt aroma, with bittersweet chocolate and a hint of licorice in the background. A smooth chocolaty character up front. Sharp but creamy on the tongue. With a great nibbleing bitterness on the finish with hint of esspresso coffee in the background.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know the kind of black we like to call dark beers, even when we know damn well they're actually just dark brown? This one is BLACK. Maybe that's what the five X's stand for. Quintuple black. The head is thin and tan and doesn't stick around very long, but I am in love with its blackness. Black is beautiful.

The aroma is equally as pleasing: a near-perfect mingling of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoke and dark baked goods (bread or cake, take your pick). Truly delightful.

The flavor couldn't possibly live up to the hype the appearance and smell create (well, some beers could) but it comes quite close. Charred/roasted coffee flavor is the most prominent, followed by the dryness and coarseness of bittersweet baking chocolate, and both of these ride out in the finish too...and it's not a very long finish, as this is a fairly dry stout. Juicy/sweet dark fruits lay themselves in as well, killed off by the drying, and alcohol ever so slightly pushes in, but at 7% you don't have to worry about aftershave notes or anything. Something even slightly tart, maybe the hops? In any case, this is balanced, comforting, and very solid.

Slick in the mouth, also perfectly rounded although never quite reaching creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation to add a little textural pizazz.

Wow, this one surprised me, especially after not being overly-thrilled with their Tandem dubbel yesterday. One of the most approachable and purely enjoyable stouts I've had in a while.

[Metalmonk's Fun Corner: when you review this, try typing five X's in a row, just as in the name of the beer, and hit Review. It won't save! Won't let me anyway. Only comes out as three X's. The hell of it all, I tell ya.]

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of yuriruley
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - really dark, had somewhat of a tan head, but it didn't stick around might have been due to the glass being chilled, I didn't have the heart to ask for a non-chilled glass though.

Smell - sweet and malty.

Taste - Nice roasted malt, good balance of sweet to the roasted flavors. Hint of green apple, I find this in lots of stouts, and I feel bad for using that descriptor so much, but that is all I can tie it to. At any rate I really like that flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, not super thick. Carbonation was just right.

Drink - Very nice to drink, didn't notice the alcohol at all, and it wasn't too heavy to really enjoy a large amount of it.

Had a bomber of this with my dinner at the local Vietnamese place. Paired pretty well with my beef and bok choy dish that was very spicy. One of the better foreign/export stouts I have had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Killian's faux nonic pint glass.

A: Poured a dense, viscous dark brown, black color with a frothy head of brown foam which held nicely and left some decent lacing.

S: Smells super roasty and herbal, with hints of bitter floral hops to go with the coffee and dark cocoa aromas.

T: Has a nice, deep roasted black malt flavor at first. Lots of charcoal, tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and burnt sugar. This is back by a sturdy, herbal hop bitterness which washes down pretty smooth, creamy and with a lingering roasted, bitter coffee finish. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth, creamy and well balanced due to the higher IBUs.

D: A nice, roasty, drinkable export stout which rings in just around 7% ABV. The alcohol is not detected in the strength of the stout, which is propelled by that nice malt blend and balancing hop bitterness. I would definitely get this again and would like to try it beside a gingerbread brownie or flank steak.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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