Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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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 beerman21
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ser- 22oz bomber, given to me by the girl friend on her Pacific Northwest trip. Much appreciated my love ;).

a- pours a aggressively showing head with a super dark brown body no to be confused with your typical black in color stout but then again what American stout is...

s-fruit; figs, kiwi, molasses soaked pineapple, roasted malt and toffee.

T-Butterscotch, maple syrup, toffee, BBQ figs soaked in molasses enriched alcohol. impressive.

M- coats the mouth well, flavor lingers.

O- American style Stouts have taken awhile to become my favorite style and it has taken awhile for it to be a style that I’ve leaned to be a favorable beverage of choice when it comes to beers. This However brings something different to the American style and you know i appreciate the effort. So if given the chance i will purchase it again! Good beer for its style..

Photo of biglite351
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - black to the edge, tall creamy dark tan head.

S - very mild malts and yeast. Something almost like crackers.

T - strong toasted malts. Very hearty.

M - heavy coating but no real tingle, just a touch on right side of tongue.

O - quite drinkable alone or with food.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, label states 6.6% abv. Pours out stark black in appearance, dense chunky tan head with fantastic retention.

Dry roasted malts up front on the nose, some milky sweetness.

Grainy dry roasted malt up front in the flavour too, intense coffee grounds, some brewer's licorice near the finish, dry espresso-like grounds in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a decent body, a bit slick, but carries the flavour well. Thickens out on the finish, very dry.

A dry bitter stout, similar to a dry London porter. Not my particular taste for mass consumption, but it seems to hold its own in that particular flavour profile.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black in color, with a little over a finger of light brown head, moderate retention and pretty nice lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bitter cocoa, sweet brown sugar/molasses, and mild coffee tones.

T - Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, anise, bitter hops and coffee.

M - Too thin for my taste in stouts

D - It's drinkable, just nothing too exciting and I am going to be bored with it before I finish this bomber...

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, pitch black with a large, reddish dark tan head that settles pretty quickly and leaves heavy lace.

Smell is pretty strong, sweet crystal malt, a slight touch of roast and fruity.

Taste is pretty robust, a strong roast, but still fruity and sweet caramel. A good rich stout, but not as sweet as I expected for a FES. Only a moderate bitterness on the rich and roasty lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and thick.

Drinkability is OK, a good and full-flavored stout, but drinks more like a RIS then a 6.8% ABV FES.
Served at cellar temp.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque with a small brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, some coffee, some roasted walnuts, vanilla, and a touch of licorice.

taste is thick and creamy, bakers chocolate, some licorice, a touch of vanilla, and coffee, ends dry and a little bitter.

Photo of bobbypaulson
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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

Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with a three finger, thick brown milky-coffee head. Good lace rings, one finger of retention.

S - Coffee, cola, roast.

T - Roasty, dark fruit, lot's of dark sweet malt, quite roasty.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium creamy body.

O/D - A nice stout. Doesn't do too much to hold onto you, but it seems like a decent example of the style. I have to admit I got a little bored with it after the first glass.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cmrillo for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a medium-bodied almost opaque black with brown hues and some thin sudsy dark tan head that leaves spots but no lacing.

Nose is nicely roasted, coffee grounds and toasted grains. Palate is medium-light-bodied with lots of coffee-like flavors. A little watery on the body, but nicely bitter and has a decent finish.

Notes: A nice export stout but I don't think it stands up to Guinness Foreign or Cisco Capt Swain's.

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, near black. Nice bit of beige foam and lacing in the big Duvel tulip. Medium body and only a little of the watery taste that a lot of stouts have. Seems stronger than the sub-7 ABV claimed, but that's flavor for you.

Seriously roasted barley is the dominant taste. Burnt malt taste, but not at all sour, as some of these charred brews seem to be. Quite dry, but has a hint of malty sweetness left. Just a touch of something like dried figs, and mostly just a very clean, long, black flavor. Some hops make their appearance mostly as a strong bitter aftertaste. A total taste bud takeover. Very drinkable, but it's a sip at a time for me.

From the 22 oz bottle. Label on this version says 6.6% and 65 IBU.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick pitch black with a nice 2 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Nice foamy lacing all around the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder, and faint whiffs of alcohol. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, strong espresso, and an earthy grain taste. There is a strong bitter astringency after each sip. Good carbonation with a medium body. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the bitterness is pronounced and detracts from the beer in my opinion.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a three finger high brownbeige, fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate and dried fruit.
Taste: Coffe, chocolate, red berries, smoke and a lot of hops.
Body: Medium body with light carbonation. Soft taste with a great bitterness.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In olden times most people, including brewery workers, were illiterate. To distinguish one beer style from another, brewers marked the kegs with X's. One X represented one style of beer, two Xs another and so on. That's how they told one beer from another.

And you thought all those Xs had something to do with Seattle's other First Avenue landmarks.

Pike's XXX Stout quickly launches into a rich tapestry of roasted aromas converging on cacao, coffee, and barley grain. It imparts a sweet malty flavor with ample roasted grain on a coal black body. This is a worthy stout of pronounced roastiness though I can't help but wonder if a nitro pour might deliver the final touch of grace in smoothing out the body.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber into a oversized snifter.
I really appreciated this middle of the road stout. I'm not a huge RIS fan, but I can get a little bored with regular stouts. This one finds a happy medium, with good flavors without being overpowering.
Completely opaque, with a nice sized head. Looks like a big stout should. Each time I took a whiff, the smell waffled between sweet/bready and roasted bitterness. There are 65 IBUs in this thing and they show up in the flavor. It is sweet up front, but there is plenty of bitterness here, both from the roasted and charred malts and the loads of hops present. Firm, yet smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. It sat too heavy in my gut and I felt the alcohol too much for a good drinkability score. But, if its just one, this is a great beer.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of aromatorio
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My roommate's girlfriend brought us a 22oz bottle back from a recent trip to Oregon. Poured at 55 degrees into a pint glass.

A: Pours very dark. Very slight head, nutty colored and thin. Small lacing left after the head has quickly dissipated.

S: Not a big aroma here. I can't detect any alcohol smell - understandable for a 6% stout. A little more of a floral/citrus note than I'm used to encountering in this type of beer.

T: Again, this is similar to my complaint about the Bison Chocolate stout - very subtle flavorings. I can detect some watered-down bittersweet chocolate. After some warming I can taste some more roasted coffee/espresso.

M: Thin and smooth. Neither rich nor creamy, as I had been expecting. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a little surprising.

D: This is pretty drinkable for a stout. Nice low ABV, smooth if a bit bland.

Photo of babaracas
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish dark brown with creamy tan head, spotty lacing. Smell: roasty, a little smoke, dark brown sugar, underneath are leafy hops. Taste: roasty, green apple, molasses-light, earthy hopping. Feel is a little thin. Finishes sweet. Not bad, not great.

Photo of hophugger
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color that tries its best not to let any light through, mission accomplished!!. Head is light coffee colored with mini craters and very very nice lacing left behind. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee beans, very pleasant and not overpowering. Taste is also nice with a great blend of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Balance is nice between roast flavors, coffee, chocolate and hops. Good carbonation makes this stout very drinkable with a good kick of bitter at the end. Decent balance..

Photo of Khazadum
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Neorunner for this blind beer!

Vision
Darkness. Adulterated coffee gases. Thinnest pond film with thick lacing. Child's collar that ends in an open 'v'.

Bouquet
Charred and roasted grains. Ethanol. Hidden chocolate and coffee.

Flavor Profile
Enjoyable burnt toast. Lack of hops. Clean finish evolves into what I imagine the ash of a Hershey's bar tastes like. Bitter and burnt. Very small alcohol merge.

Oral Sensations
Smooth. Creamy. Medium. Tingly. Warming.

Conclusions
Tasty. Better than average Stout. No gimmicks, all flavors. No problem drinking it, and no complaints.

The unveiling revealed....Pike Street XXX Street Stout! Never even heard of these guys. Awesome!

Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with viscosity noticeable. Appearance is black. That's what I like for my XXXStouts. A medium sized creamy compact brown head is erected upon the pour. Lacing comes in sheets. The aroma is burnt malts and smoke predominantly. Almost seems to be a barrel aged quality on the nose. Decent nose. The taste is of roasted malt and beechwood smoke. Not sure if they use smoked malt or not, but it's sure got a smoky characteristic. The bitterness of this beer lingers. Hop attributed as well as burnt malt. This one's got a little of that char and tobacco thing going on. For an XXXStout though, I was looking for this one to be a little more intrusive. It tastes just fine, but I was looking for more. Body is a little better than medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Good beer overall. Not much more though.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with only a shimmer of red when held to light. Creamy light brown head really has some nice staying power with fantastic lacing.

Mainly roasty and mocha malt on the nose. A bit of fruitiness and cascade hop aroma makes this a fairly complex smelling beer.

Roasty coffee flavor is balanced by dark fruitiness, licorice and a fair amount of floral hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol in the throat makes this a pretty tasty foreign style stout.

Photo of beals
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650ml bomber, 2009 edition, it is 7% alc.

Pours into my American pint glass with a dark brown/black and only hints of light on the edges when held to light, it is very dark. The head looks nice and is caramally tan and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells roasty, chocolatey, carmally, and fruity. There is a slight hop note to it but is is very faint.

Taste has alot of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It is dark and roasty, a good example taste-wise for this style. The mouthfeel is ok, a bit watery, then carbonated, but it is true to the British style of doing it.

It is ugely drikable for the abv.

Overall a great beer right here, not my fav style but this makes me enjoy it.

Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a very dark, clear mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and cream, with dark chocolate and a little bready yeast (maybe oats?).
T: It tasted like licorice and bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and soy. It had a somewhat harsh bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation.
D: This was not a bad stout, but it smelled much better than it tasted. Alcohol wasn't detectable, but the aftertaste wasn't very pleasant, so it was only somewhat easy to drink. Good not great.

Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.