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Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Street XXXXX StoutPike Street XXXXX Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

474 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a deep black hue, with a crema-like head of thick, frothy brown. Fine, spidery, crackling lace like smashed creme-brûlée toffee. Body is a little thin, but otherwise, it looks great.

Nose is toasty, burnt and crisp and unapologetically so. There's no faux-stout sweetness to this one: it's like high-carbon roasted coffee. At least it makes its point with confidence.

Taste is again low on sweetness, but for this, it manages to stay smooth, rich and full. The darkness and the roast has a paradoxical brightness to it, as though the biting dark is the highlight of the palate. It's acrid, toasty and solid. Good stuff. Feel is light, but with some smoothness.

This is a stout-lover's stout: none of this "stout as dessert" nonsense here. It's not exceptionally heavy, it's not sweet at all, but it manages to pull everything together in a coherent if forthright whole. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 05:08:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DM1293

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is pretty damn strong for a 7%.

Solid malt, hints of oak and maybe even licorice, with bitterness for days. Now, if you're not opposed to bitterness, then you might enjoy this beer. But I like a good balance, and if I wanted a beer thats all these notes, I know one that does them all and better...if I can afford the higher cost. So XXX does have a reasonable price going for it.

So drink at your own discretion.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:27:39 | More by DM1293
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Appearance is black, opaque, and viscous with a velvety layer of brown head which retains nicely. The nose starts with deep roasted malts with a hint of smokiness, this is paired with molasses and fig. The taste is roasty and dry up front and develops a nice hop bitterness towards the finish. Almost no sweetness which is a surprise to me considering how malty it is. Mouthfeel is thinner than the appearance suggests, but is appropriate for the gravity of this beer. Overall, this is a nice full flavored stout with a bit of unique character. It leans towards the dry side with almost no sweetness which is unlike most stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:54:55 | More by homebrew311
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superspak

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with an impressive 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, pine, toasted biscuit, herbal, citrus rind, and earthy hops. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, espresso, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, toast, herbal, char, and earthy hops. Good sized roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, espresso, pine, charred malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted and hoppy flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Quite smooth to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a really excellent export stout! Great flavor balance with hoppiness; and quite smooth to sip on, with big robust flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:10:18 | More by superspak
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snaotheus

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 22:55:52 | More by snaotheus
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours pitch black with a 2" dark cola head. Leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

S- chocolate, roasted malts, and pine.

T- bitter dark chocolate, roasted ,alts with just a touch of char. Has a nice pine bitterness at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Finishes a little dry but drinks pretty well.

O- very good stout as far as regular stouts go. Nothing crazy or eccentric about this beer just a stout with good flavor and aroma. Would drink this again if I ever get another chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:57:19 | More by kawilliams81
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a black pour with a 2 finger head of tan foam and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells very roasty with a bitterness from both the roast and I believe a dark chocolate like bitterness. Nice if a bit mild.

Lots of roasted malt in the taste and it does have notes of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and some light sweet malt hidden pretty well, as it should be, considering the style.

It's been many years since I've had this brew(in 12oz bottles); I think it's very cool that XXX still hits the spot for me when I've tried soooo many Stouts before I got to try it again.

It's a smooth drop, mouthfeel wise....close to if not full bodied and a lightish amount of carbonation.

Yeah, I reckon Pike made and continues to make a fine Foreign Extra Stout. Good on them.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:37:32 | More by Bitterbill
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mschind

California

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 OZ bottle with no date.

A- Poured into a pint glass leaving a one inch tan head that disappeared quickly. This stuff is like a black hole in a glass, totally opaque and almost pure black.

S-Malty, burnt toast and coffee.

T- Taste is one dimensional, some bittter roasted malt up front, and then more burnt tasting bitterness at the finish and maybe some licorice.

M- Mouthfeel doesn't match the pour which was thick looking and viscous; a bit thin for something called extra stout. It leaves a bitter chalky sensation at the end that lingers.

Nothing off about this beer, it is a vision of stout that seems focused on bitterness and color.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:26:22 | More by mschind
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hogrider

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:00:02 | More by hogrider
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy brown head sitting atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a wall of lacing effect sticking to the glassware. A light swirl revives the brown froth atop the brew. When held to the light, some faint brown clarity is noted around the edges.

The smell of this offering is roasty with burnt grain indications that give off a scent of black licorice. More smells reveal a touch of dark coffee and chocolate with a bit of a citrus element to the backend of the nose. As the brew warms up, a bit of dark fruity sweetness and alcohol are noticed.

The taste is bitter and roasty from the level of char to the grain. It imparts a almost char flavor across the tongue reminiscent of high % bitter cacao. Some earthy roast elements mingle with a bit of citrus hops and fruity alcohol notes towards the back. At times a light grain flavor is noted outside of the expected burnt flavoring which adds a subtle change of pace. The aftertaste includes a bit of tobacco, leather and anise.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall a solid package that is worth the price of admission. I think I picked this up for something like 5 bucks while traveling (something pretty much unheard of in PA.) I would get this again if the opportunity presented itself. It is a solid take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:56:31 | More by stakem
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rustymoore

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 04:32:33 | More by rustymoore
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle back in 2009 and have had in my cellar until this evening. Drinking it tonight to celebrate two years of home ownership. Poured into a Great Divide Yeti stout tulip glass. Dark brown colored body, with a medium sized mocha colored head. The head dissipated soon, but left some nice lacing on the glass. There was a pleasant smell of smoke and baker's chocolate. Taste was very inviting. Lots of notes of coffee, chocolate cake, and root beer. At first though, this beer left a somewhat too harsh bitter coating on my palate. But as the beer warmed up to almost near room temp, that seemed to fade away. There was a nice and creamy mouthfeel at the end. This beer held up nicely for almost two years in the beer cellar, and it would be worth purchasing more at this low price point.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:53:48 | More by morebeergood
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gregsandiego

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased one of these fine bottles directly from the brewery in downtown Seattle while visiting family at UW. The restaurant staff is very welcoming and helpful. I recommend you drop in on them for a great experience.
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Appearance: Very dark brown, silky caramel around the edges. With a careful pour, a delicate head is created.

Aroma: Of a fine espresso with a hint of dark chocolate

Taste: Taking a small sip, a subtle citrus flavoring, and a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: Nice foaminess with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drink-ability: Goes down smoothly when enjoyed in small sips.

Serving type: bottle

Overall: A nice solid stout for a chilly rainy night in Seattle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 18:23:03 | More by gregsandiego
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OMG, is this ever a great beer!
Had it on-tap at Hop-In Brew (Nov. 16th).

The darkest brown head (on a pitch black stout) that I have ever encountered.
Roasted malt aroma is heavenly.
Flavors come at you fast and furious. It's malty, it's smoky, it's caramel, it's....absolutely delicious.
My only complaint was that, because the higher alcohol level, I couldn't have more than one and still drive home that night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 20:50:52 | More by MAB
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost and dark as used motor oil, with a mild sepia-colored head, and leaves moderate, but creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted espresso, with hints of cocoa, molasses, and caramel. The smell is a bit tame for a beer of this ABV, but what is there is enjoyable.

T - This stout delivers the goods in taste though! Rich, chewy chocolate-like malts, with hints of caramel, molasses, even some vanilla, all balanced by moderate coffee-like bitterness. The malty side isn't shy about showing itself here though.

M - Thick, chewy mouthfeel, and mild, creamy carbonation make for a great sipper.

O - Overall, one of Pike's better offerings I'd say. A great dessert/nightcap/cold day kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 06:28:17 | More by Flightoficarus
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark. Black with a creamy dark brown head, very nice. Nose is malty and smoky.

Taste, like the nose, is smokey and rich, chocolate and coffee come through as w ll. Mouthfeel is light and dry with a light finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 21:38:25 | More by kingcrowing
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bobbypaulson

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

drank this brew last night with a buddy, I aquired it from a trade from a very kind girl on the other wedsite. She throw this one in as an extra and boy am I happy she did. This beer was poured from a 22oz bomber into a darkness snifter. It pours a motor oil black with a thick light brown head. This beer looks super thick and smells great like chocolate and dried fuits. After about a minute the head finally subsided enough to drink it. The smell and the look was gerat but the taste was just ok. I was expecting a big robust beer and it was kinda on the lighter side. The mouthfeel was good nothing too exciting, but still an over all good drinking brew

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:28:36 | More by bobbypaulson
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around this one after sitting in my fridge for a few months. On to the beer:

Black as night as it sits in the Lucifer branded snifter. There's a thick tanned head that's a finger's thick, and it leaves plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose shows excitment, led by some chocolate liqueur, then followed by a kick of piney hops and cocoa powder. It's a fun nose.

The taste turnns out to be more fun than the nose, which is saying something. Score-wise, it's right between the 4 and 4.5. Subtle hickory smoke hides beneath this yo-yo of hops and chocolate. The hops seem to be more "juicy" than piney though. Some burnt and unsweetened choclolate linger in the aftertaste. Its rich and smooth body are appreciated, which gives the impression that that it may be an imperial stout, but its listed 7% ABV would make it closer to export stout territory.

However you view it, this is a delicious stout that would make a great treat for dessert, or even to make custom chocolate sauce.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 16:42:28 | More by DoubleJ
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque brown, with a nice two finger mocha brown head. Head lasted 10 minutes or so before leaving some random clinging on the sides. Remaining head clung well, but slid back down quickly. Aroma was strongly of a milky slightly dark chocolate, with small hints of an oaky wood in the back. Flavor was slightly sweet, with a tail end of bitter. Predominant was a slightly watered down milky chocolate. Not a bad flavor, but a bit understated. Felt good in the mouth. Coated well, and perfectly carbonated. A very mellow well balanced sip. Overall a decent stout. I have had better for the price, but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 23:27:34 | More by mountdew1
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thatruth

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a 22 oz of this from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle last month a couple of days after I moved here, pouring it now.

A: 1/2" brown sugar head, lacing that runs and hides when tilted, black as the night is long. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

S: hickory, cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, cherries. robust and intense with a sweetness hovering over, makes one eager to try.

T: mocha latte. no lie. good stout, not too sweet nor too bitter. on the other hand, the after taste has the waning around of flat coke and paint thinner. month too long to wait?

M: pretty flat and dry, robust eagerness fades away quickly. by the time you take another sip you realize the taste that lingers in your mouth is what you just put back inside to wash it away...flimsy character, short life.

O: wantaway stout that remains local because of it's ill-perceived stance in a relatively competitive category.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:56:43 | More by thatruth
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 05:34:51 | More by CurtisLoew
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears totally opaque black, with nice tan colored head. good retention. aroma is very roasty. tastes of toasted malt, bitter chocolate. a bit dry. body is thick and smooth.

overall, it packs a nice amount of flavor for a "single" stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:52:45 | More by jmdrpi
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark, thick jet black motor oil with a fat, creamy dark tan head that sticks around a lont time leaving great walls of thick lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, robust coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and earthy hops. The taste follows with tons of roasted flavor, bitter coffee and a slight semi-sweet chocolate flavor in the middle. Finishes dry with a mouthfull of earthy and floral hops balanced with a roasty after breath. Nicely balanced, creamy and thick on the mouth. Simple, dry and balanced stout. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 20:17:55 | More by JayS2629
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DarthRadb

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 19:42:57 | More by DarthRadb
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into tumbler..

Dark brew, opaque with brown/mocha head on it, very small head but lacing won't quit. Smell is delightful of dark malts, caramel, roastiness, possibly some coffee/chocolate notes. The taste is good, hits you up front with everything from the nose, finishes crisp and the carbonation is solid. Mouthfeel is not too thick, not thin/crisp, but definitely a happy medium..

Enjoi!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:09:18 | More by gatorbreath
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.