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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 581
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 39
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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: 299 | Hads: 581
Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased bottle from the Stuffed Sandwich.

A - a dead of night ink black with a dark caramel-brown sugar colored head. Looks much better than many imperial stouts i've had. No light penetration.
S - Solid port scents with malt sweetness. Had a very pleasant aged aroma to it.
T - Cocoa, port, fig and sweet malts with a little bit of toasted biscuits. Not much in the way of hops here. Very earthy in taste. I like it.
M & Dr - Decent carbonation on a medium boy, which you wouldnt expect from the look of it, and somewhat dry. This is a good sipping stout and if it were not for the abv, i'd think this was a RIS.

Mellow

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Photo of jclovebrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black. No light can get through. Poured with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. Smells a touch earthy, a touch sweet. Taste is roasty up front with some bittersweet chocolate notes. I am getting a coffee vibe from it. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great flavor and exceptional mouthfeel = great drinkability.

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Photo of xoqx
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five X’s and 6.2% alcohol. We’ll just see about that.

Appearance - This beer pours black with a tan, one finger head exhibiting light retention and light lacing.

Smell – Wonderful smoky licorice scents.

Taste - This beer tastes of chocolate, coffee, toasty, with a soft finish; much softer than I would expect for the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, full-bodied, rich, smooth.

Drinkability – Really good beer that I highly recommend. Superbly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy light brown head covers the deep dark brown hue. Candyish and spicy nose. Rich dark malts have minty and thyme-like vapors. You can tell it’s gonna feel creamy from the nose. Surprisingly, hops are not a big factor in this one, gentle cocoa roastiness are paired with an effective and complex nut array to create a globally spicy flavour profile. As weird as it sounds, I feel this would pair well with asiatic food. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

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Photo of zacharius
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a black body with a thick tan head that lasts throughout the glass. This beer smells of citrusy hops with a hint of roasted grain. Taste is of roasted grain, reminiscent of BBQ with a hint of chocolate, paired off against citrusy piney hops. Nice thick bodied. The beer is not that drinkable as a session beer it seems higher than alcohol than it actually is.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is creative, just what I like!

I was very impressed with this one, I'm sure I could drink quite a bit of this, seriously. Pours a smooth jet black with one of the darkest browns I've ever seen, with great retention. Tons of lacing all the way through. Nose is quite brilliant, so smokey it reminded me of homemade beef jerky. Daddy like! Slight background of char and espresso. I could just smell this and be pretty happy about it. The taste is really great, very very nice, tons of smoke and roast, vaguely coffee-like, but less so than quite a few stouts out there, certainly not the main attraction. Bits of cocoa thrown in for good measure. Just enough hops to balance things out nicely and just the slightest bit of carbonation. Just a little bit milky as well. Very nice! Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for my tastes, but still very nice, coats the palate well. The really good thing here is there isn't a whole lot of differance in the taste no matter what temperature it's served at. I first sipped it at about 40 degrees and let it warm to about 60 or so and there wasn't a whole lot of variance. I like that! Who wants to be rushed?

I'd drink this a lot if I lived in the region, very, very good stout, the smoke really makes it for me. I could drink a good many of these! Yum!

Slàinte!

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Photo of charlatan
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle claims "limited release: 2004 - 2005."

Very dark beer with light brown head which didn't stick around long for a stout. The sniff test managed to remind me of coffee, cream, cherry and liquorice. Tastes of an abundance of roasted malt. There is a really malty tang and smokiness, but no real coffee flavour (phew!). There is a hint of dairy and some welcome but ill defined hoppiness in the background. The feel isn't great. This doesn't slide down as smoothly as one expects a good stout to, especially since it only boasts 6% abv despite all those X's.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The darkest of the dark beers. As black as the darkest night in the depths of hell. The head is moderate, but fades away quickly. The aroma is very strong of dark chocolate and espresso.
The taste is very big on the chocolate with espresso and just a hint of a hoppy bite to it.
I love this beer. I've had this saved for St. Patty's day for some time and I'm glad I saved it. It is a true soul warmer. Screw Campbell's soup. Give this to the kids. It will warm them up just fine.
I wish I was back in Seattle.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2004-2005 release.
Very attractive beer in appearance, pitch black with a nice sized tan head..that fades fast, but theres always a thick lace on top.
Very nice roasty/chocolaty aroma. fresh.
Taste is quite sweet to start, then the roasty/dark coffee aspects come in to play, smooth finish, then some bitter after taste.I get some rather faint smokey hints in this beer.
good mouthfeel, quite smooth and delightful.
A good stout ,very drinkable and not too heavy.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A small, brown/toffee-colored head. The beer pours black, dark brown against the light. Smells of sweet chocolate with some coffee. Bitter chocolate in the tangy, sweetish front. Middle is quite thick, only hinting at sweet cream. Smoky, bitter chocolate finish. Coffee in the aftertaste with psycho bitter carbon. It's good. Very bitter, roasty... almost charred. It sweetens and develops more chocolate when warm.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt coffee bean brown--black in all but the brightest light--with minimal highlights. This beer is a veritable light-sucking black hole. The dark caramel-colored head is mega creamy and deposits thick chunks of brown lace that form a thick, fat ring above the opaque liquid. Pike Street Stout looks like it means business.

The nose is of concentrated, chocolate liqueur-laced, melted dark chocolate. Black coffee and hops add depth. On the palate, the beer possesses a heavily roasted maltiness that results in a sweet, medium-heavy, creamy mouthfeel. In addition, a definite citric hoppiness adds a certain zesty zing. The result is a point-counterpoint of competing flavors that is pure pleasure.

Something is keeping me from awarding a 4.5 for taste, but it's extremely close. The body becomes less full on the finish--never dropping below medium--and the bitter citrus rind lasts long after the beer has gone. Carbonation and alcohol are barely evident.

Pike Street 5X Stout is another excellent stout from a largely unheralded U.S. craft brewery. It's too bad that the vast majority of these fine beers are unavailable to those of us in fly-over country. This one would be in my regular winter rotation if it was readily available in Iowa. Recommended.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle it gives very little head. The beer is a nice dark brown walnut color. The aroma has lots of red wine, cherry, and almond. I can only describe the flavor as a sour stout flavor with hints of chocolate and toast. There is a bit of sweetness at the beginning, but the sourness takes over.

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Photo of ark57
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002-2003 Bottling - It is dark black with a sweet aroma that smells of coffee and raisins. It tastes of roasted coffee and slight chocolate in the full thick body. It is smooth and sweet in the finish with a lot of complex fruit tastes (plum, fig, raisin, etc.)

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Midnight black...with an imporessive creamy tan head...nose is burnt malts and more....hints of caramel..some subtle smoky notes...dark chocolate...and light java notes...very complex nose...

Body is full...a little short of the badass Imperial stouts but nothing to sneeze at...creamy texture but finishes on a dry, somewhat bitter, acidic note...not unpleseant at all...just kind of like unsweetened dark bakers chocolate on the finish..

Flavor is nice...there is a bit of the sour/acidic flavor..also the dark chocolate..some java...and a hint of caramel...

Pretty decent stout...full bodied and full flavored...pretty complex....mouthfeel seems like an oatmeal or borderline imperial...taste is more along the lines of a dry stout but it has some oatmeal stout characteristics too...

A stout well worth finding and trying...

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Photo of BierReise
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours black. Well it's a stout what do you expect? It's black, it's dark and there are some ruby edges to it when the light is there. The head is thick and light brown.The aroma is weird. Where is this 4.15 rating coming from? Has some coffee notes but nothing standing out really. Body is on the thin side. Flavor is bitter and reminding me of that nasty Java Stout from Bells. Has some roasted malt flavors and more like spent coffee grinds in my opinion. The bottle reads "Limited Release" and let me tell you,it should be as limited as possible. Try again Pike.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.