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Pike XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 569
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 37
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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: 569
Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bellied up to a full pint of XXX at the Pike Pub & Brewery last week in Seattle. Always enjoyed their sample trays in the past & was looking forward to a nice stout after a week in Vancouver (which had almost none that I could find!).

The glass is dark. The smell is a pleasant shock of charred malts.

Pike Street XXX Stout goes the extra mile in high heels on the roasted, forest-fire malts. Roast & char gang up to obliterate any potential subtleties lurking in the glass of black. Perhaps there are bits & pieces of chocolate, & certainly a coffee edge to the roast, but this is purebred charcoal.

Lucky for me I like charcoal. Swigging this is fairly easy, but I'm certain the seriousness of the flame-broil would catch up to the drinkability eventually.

Nice, solid stout to put your hands around. Even by the pint, this one wasn't hard to put down, & a very nice end to a good Seattle evening.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is a bunch of roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, a hint of charred wood, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, citrus, and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is full to medium, creamy, with a dry and heavy bitter finish. Good stout.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark brown / black pour with 2 fingers of tan/reddish brown head. nice retention and decent lacing as well.
smells of roasted grains and a port wine smell to it.. fruity/grapes, dates. coffee/cocoa/tobacco.
the taste is very dark and bitter. actually getting a hint of hops up front, a dirt like bitterness from the roasted grains, tobacco taste, sweet chocolate backbone. medium body with mild carbonation, slightly creamy on the lips and goes down silky smooth.
overall not a bad stout for the price tag. nothing really different about this one that makes it stand out aside from the slightly hopped up taste.

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Photo of Casey10
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer received as extra in trade. Pours very dark very light and wispy head.

Smell like a faint hot chocolate smell most likely the coffee that is in it.

Taste is okay its not bad but somewhat watered and taste of unbrewed coffee kind of like eating coffee bean.

m - slightly acidic can feel the notes of the coffee but again somewhat waterey feel.

D not bad not overwhelmed but this was nice would try again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with Pike. Many love this brew and probably one of their better brews. Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with low retention but good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is pretty dominant with some light coffee notes also noticeable. Taste is quite dry with limited chocolate and coffee note and a medium bitter finish.

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

Black with a billowing tan head that settles into nice clumps and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is heavy on the roasted barley, a with a little cocoa and musty oats.

Dry, roasted malt flavors dominate along with a bitter dark chocolate. There's also a little hop kick and some light tangyness.

Mouthfeel is a little light with low carbonation.

Pretty enjoyable stout, especially for the price tag. Not all that complex, but very drinkable and a good argument for more export stouts.

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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 babyhobbes
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2001-02 bottle.

This poured dark black with a small caramel colored head. The aroma was of coffee, malt and smokiness. The taste was quite bitter and much like old coffee that has been on the burner a little too long. The mouthfeel was okay. There was a little too much bite for a stout and a strong bitter and burnt taste. I am not likely to try this again in the near future. I think I'd go for the Guiness nitro bottles first. I've really enjoyed most other stouts more than this one from Pike Brewing.

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Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking stout. Pours near black with a silky tan head. Nice lacing. Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses and hops. Taste also has a bitter hop, coffee and molasses presence that is well balanced by sweet cocoa and dark malts. Medium body is well carbonated, but a bit light in the finish.

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Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.99.

A: Forboding near-black with healthy German chocolate cake-colored 2- finger head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Light metallic-mineral up-front followed strongly with lightly toasted and burnt dark and caramel malts with chocolate, coffee, and milky aromas and light floral hops.

T: A sweeter-than-expected stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Burnt and toasted dark malts leave a nice milk and dark chocolate dominated flavor with a few sugars in there as well. Hops are barely noted.

M: Thick and substantial with firm medium body and carbonation. Sweet and light mineral aftertaste.

D: Tasty stout but not a good value given that singles of Expedition and Old Rasputin go for $2.50-$2.75 in my neck of the woods. Good solid stout though that's worth a try.

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Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. While I've had - and reviewed - this beer before, this is the first time I've had it since the brewery changed hands and the recipes were changed. There's no freshness date, and unlike previous years, there's no vintage on the label. There is IBU and OG info, however, along with a higher abv (6.6%) than listed here on BA.

This poured a very dark brown that allowed no light through, even when held directly to light. Big, thich mocha colored head that left lots of lace.

This smelled of roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar and raisins. I also get tobacco and soy sauce.

The taste starts off with a dark roasted coffee blast that is almost immediately joined by a brown sugary sweetness. As the sip warms in the mouth the soy sauce noted in the nose becomes evident. It could stand to be dialed down a bit. Mild dryness at the swallow.

I found the mouthfeel a little thin for a stout though it was otherwise fine for the style.

This is probably the best experience I've had so far with the re-done Pikes, but it still won't jump to the head of the line when I next visit a beerstore, not until they dial down the bitter, soy sauce flavor a bit.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black base with a 2 finger tan almost milk chocolate colored head. Smell was roasted malts and dark chocolate (maybe a touch of sweet dark fruits). Taste was similar to smell with dark chocolate dominating and lingering forever. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. As this beer warmed up the bitterness was a little much for my tastes. Overall, solid brew and would enjoy another pint in the future.

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Photo of juhl31
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-super black with a nice darkish brown head

-not much going on, theres a little malt in there

-a strong coffee taste. there seems to be like a molasses in there too

-was fine on the ol' mouth

-was an alright beer for sure, not ranking in any top categories for me, but i wasnt pissed by any means drinking it

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Photo of deapokid
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect to find bottles of this Seattle brewpub's catalog in the area, but was excited to finally try their stout.

Pours a rich, chocolate color with low carbonation and a thin, brown head. Carbonation is light, as is the lacing, which makes this seem a tad subdued for the style.

Scent of sweet anise, after-dinner liqueur and yeast are most prevalent. The booze sting seems to be overstated for the relatively low ABV.

Flavor profile includes toasted oats, peanuts and dark chocolate. It is a shade sweeter than expected, but never overpowering and the bar chocolate and roasted coffee bean dryness make for a nice finale.

As for the texture and feel, this may be a bit thin and a shade under-carbonated, but most of the flavors are subtle and it never offends the taste buds.

Although sweet, this is still an extremely drinkable stout with a well-masked ABV. A nice American stab at the Foreign/Export Stout.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The stout is a deep black color with brown highlights near the rim of the glass. The head is a mocha color with about a finger's worth of height.

S: The stout is has a chocolatey roasted malt aroma. A deeper probe gives a malty depth that is similar to an Impy Stout.

T: The stout has a hop body that doesn't really betray itself in the nose. The malt body is roasted with chocolatey and very heavy, giving up bits of sweetness. The malts are complimented by that hop body. The hops are bold, adding a big dose of bitterness that matches nicely against the sweeter maltiness.

M: The mouthfeel is a good mixture of hops and roasted malts, having a kick without the ramped up abv of an Impy.

D: Very drinkable, although the roasted malts do leave a very dry finish on the palate.

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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 beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 version. Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malts, some hop bite. Flavor is full, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight bitterness. Very similar to the 2000 release. The flavor is slightly less intense, subtler in this release.

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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 DM1293
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a minimal tinge of amber around the very edges of the glass. Fluffy espresso colored head that lingers both on the top of the beer and along the glass. Beautiful.

Huge roast in the smell, maybe a bit of alcohol as it warms up. Roast/burnt flavor is fairly strong. If that is what makes a stout
"extra" then this definitely fits the bill.

Surprisingly, given the color and smell, it is surprisingly light in terms of body- leading to it being fairly drinkable.

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Photo of dpcoz
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike XXX Stout
22 oz Bomber - Total Wine (Claymont, De) - appx $4.50

A - pitch black, cola-like consistence. Mocha head, appx 1.5 to 2 fingers deep. No light passing through the pint glass - awesome appearance for a Stout

S - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, decent hop presence in the nose. Alcohol seems stronger as the beer reaches room temperature.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palette. Coats the mouth like a mocha. Coffee and alchhol apparent.

M - lightly hopped presence, slightly bitter finish, decent carbination. Full bodied but not thick like some popular imperial stouts.

D - refreshing, flavorful and surprisingly affordable. This may become a new standby stout in my arsenal.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was staring me in the face as i entered TW in the Pines today. In fact it was among a cornucopia of Pike bombers. This is one that I picked up, let's give it a whirl. For starters the 7% ABV has me fired up. Popping the top, I get a delicious smell of roasted malts, notes of cinnamon and some black licorice like alcohol smells. Pouring into a trusty pint this brew pours like motor oil! Jet black and thick with high viscosity. In the pint it is as black as night with a substantial foamy tan head. There is not a speck of light coming through this brew. On the taste, the first standout is the mouthfeel, thick and smooth like motor oil, not that I've actually dranken motor oil, but just like it poured. The taste itself is a very roasted malt flavor with a cinnamon and black licorice flavor in the middle, just as the smell lead to believe. Very mildly bitter only slightly sweet, very roasted and finishes tarty. This would be great on a cold day, very hearty and robust with lots of body. A solid brew, for the price at TW a steal. I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with the slightest red light around the edges of the glass. Nose is of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke (very little) and a meatiness. Taste is mostly roasted malts with some slight coffee grounds and a bittersweet hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but ok. Good roasted flavors make this one tough, but overall I think i could drink a couple, maybe three. A good session extra stout. good flavor.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red/black with a thick and firm off white/tan head. Nose of dark chocolate and fresh brewed black coffee. Mouth feel is medium to full with a nice rich character. Flavors are all dark chocolate and black coffee...all the way. Nice dark chocolate and espresso bean finish.

This is a nice chocolate/coffee effort.

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