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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 575
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company 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: 296 | Hads: 575
Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the Brewpub, the beer was served in a standard pint. The beer is a jet black with a smallish tan head and good flecks of lace.

The nose is of heavily roasted almost burnt malts and dark fruit. Some sweet molasses smell hovers in the background.

The taste is of charred sweet fruit, coffee and bakers chocolate. I had this one for desert and it satisfied my sweet tooth. Becomes more bitter late as the hops kick in.

The mouth is not as creamy as I like, but this has a nice dry finish. This was a great way to cap off my visit to Pike. Minor complaint, I think they serve this beauty to cold. I waited several minutes to let it warm a bit.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a piece of work to look at. Rich thick brown head eventually falls to a solid cover and leaves ring lacing. Black body and a late rising carbonation sets in to support the growing head.

Dark black coffee aroma and taste. Teeters on being astringent but it pulls itself together to finish with a flash of hops and then creamy and chocolaty milk close the deal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. 6.6%abv is not noticeable at all.

Notes: If this was available to me on a regular basis it would be a staple in my arsenal. Chewy malted goodness. It has the "Bigness" of a Imperial stout without the inflated alcohol. Loved it.

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

22-ounce bomber supplied via the good graces of oberon -- many thanks for the opportunity, David! At cellar temperature, poured into a 17-ounce snifter, Pke Street XXX Stout is drop-dead gorgeous, with a massive and billowy esspresso-froth head atop a glossy onyx body. Delicious aromas of cocoa porridge with a faint metallic scent weave themselves among a sturdy dark-roasted grain presence that wafts forth with every sniff. Dark coffee bitterness at first, followed by a soured grain and chocolate character, and then...wow -- I did not expect that -- a puckeringly bitter grapefruit pith hop punch at the finish. This lasts well into the aftertaste. I suppose I should have known I might be in for a bit of hops with a stated 65 IBUs on the label. I must admit this detracts a bit from the experience for me as I was really looking forward to a dense roasty and chocolatey stout (with perhaps a bit of vinous quality). This stout is well-done, no doubt, but it's just not what I expected given its nose. Medium body and silky smooth, almost fluffy, mouthfeel. If I had another bottle of this beer, I would certainly cherish it and hold on to it until I had the particular craving for a big roasty stout that drowns the palate in PacNW C-hop flavors at the finish. A really great beer in the end, but caveat emptor and all...

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap over at Pike's Pub in Seattle where it was served cold (too cold for my taste) with a minimal tan head that dissapeared quickly. It was hard to detect any aromas coming off this beer, as initially served, but as it warmed up you could smell the roasted malt, and a sweetness that reminded me of either caramel or toffee. The color is a very dark brown that almost looks black in the pub lighting. The medium body and moderately low carbonation give this beer a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is nicely balanced between roasty malts and assertive hop bitterness with a pleasantly bitter finish. This is a very drinkable Export Stout.

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Photo of loren01
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black, looks very very thick. Tan head, slight lacing
S: Smell is pretty complex. Coffee, chocolate roasted malt scents
T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Much too bitter
M: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, smooth.
D: Complex smelling beer, however I could not stand the taste. I could barely choke it down, much too bitter, the taste reminded me of an asprin or some type of medicine disolving in your mouth, it was that bitter. I was pretty surprised with the reviews on this one, perhaps I got a bad pint of this one or a dirty glass or something. Would like to try this one again, from a bottle next time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: 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. This is like an imperial take on a dry stout, which is probably not something that I’ve really been looking for. Interesting but still way too dry for my taste buds.

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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 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.


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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.


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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!


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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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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.