Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-05-2009 20:43:26 | More by GRG1313
3.53/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
09-14-2007 17:56:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
I have sampled this stout a few times in the past but now I can get it here it my area and at a pretty good price!Poured jet black into an imperial pint glass with a sticky lighter mocha colored one finger white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled into a frothy mass.Dark fruit,bitter chocolate,and heavy roast in the nose,quite earthy as well,this a definition of American style stout here,heavy roast and earth.Dryer flavors on the palate,big bitter chocolate and French roast coffee flavors, with subdued dark fruit, and molasses,its earthy and somewhat woody in the finish.If you like heavy roast and earth in your stout this is it for you.Very nice.
7.0% abv. per bottle label.65 IBU's.
09-01-2010 20:19:19 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Served in my trusty Devil's Backbone willibecher.
Apparently Total Wine down here is carrying these exclusively (in the area). Right on. This guy pours an opaque black-brown topped by a nice finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, smoky coffee, cocoa powder, and some light raisins. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of figs, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, light molasses, and a slight touch of leather. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and very smooth feel. Overall, a very nice and easy-drinking little stout; a nice change of pace from the overly heavy and chunky ones.
07-30-2010 22:23:46 | More by TMoney2591
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer pours a totally opaque motor oil black, with a copious amount of foamy light tan head, that leaves lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted chocolate malt and cafe au lait. The taste is floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee grounds - a nice dry bitterness - and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite muted, and the body is rich and velvety, with a medium weight. It finishes dry and smooth, with a note of mocha lingering. I quite enjoyed this - big flavors, but not too heavy in body or ABV to slow down my rapidly increasing pace.
04-19-2009 05:43:21 | More by biboergosum
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
Beautiful dark appearance. The body is a completely opaque black and the head is a creamy orange-brown. It drops quickly to just a collar and thin surface covering, but it leaves some very nice lace as well. The aroma expresses a sharp fruitiness, but it's not exactly the "burnt currant" aroma that's so common to the style. I expected it might lead into a tart flavor, but there's nothing like that here. With further investigation and a few swirls of the glass, some smokiness and even light caramel become apparent. It's not a really complex or rich aroma, but it's quite intriguing! The body is full with a mild and exceptionally fine carbonation that's silky smooth across the palate. Quite velvety! The flavor delivers the fruitiness promised by the nose, but it's awash in rich bittersweet chocolate and espresso-like roastiness. A bold bitterness balances and dries things out in the long finish where a distinctly smoky and acrid roastiness lingers. An exceptional stout that stands out for its unique character. Well worth seeking out!
02-24-2003 18:33:56 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to DHGranstrand for this bottle in a recent trade. Pours like midnight with a decent sized tan head. Nose is like molasses and tar, but really there isn't a whole lot of it there. Flavor is thick with molasses tones. Noticeable roasted aspect to it is there. Nice thick flavor profile that stays consistent. Just a slightly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is slick. Pretty nice to drink on this one. A very robust and well made stout. A nice sipper and a pleasure to drink.
03-21-2008 03:43:54 | More by RblWthACoz
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Pours ebony/black with a finger of mocha head. Sheets & sheets of lacing cling to my imp pint glass both vertically & horizontally; plus superior head retention
S: Cocoa, some leafy hops
T: Cocoa, dryness, iron & roasty malt up front. Much roasty malt, a bit of dark chocolate, coffee & a touch of herbal hops as this warms. Finishes roasty, slightlty chocolatey, w with slight astringency & leafy hops, that works for the style
MF: Rich, Fairly chewy with moderate carbonation
Drinks fairly easy, the complexity & dryness would make me want to move on after 2 or 3. Good take on the style, brings back memories of drinking this at the beach during those "frigid" (well some times the trade winds would kick up..)winter evenings on Oahu
11-15-2008 04:16:52 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
09-01-2012 05:55:00 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +2%
A solid pour produces a cresting, almost four-finger thick, rich, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head leaves lots of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The beer is just about perfectly black and doesn't pass any light no matter how close I hold it up to my desk lamp. Sharply acidic roast notes mix with a rich cocoa aroma up front. Other aromatic notes of salty smoked peat, burnt toffee, a rich toasted grain base, a concentrated cocoa note and an almost meaty rich malt driven note that I can't quite pinpoint (lots of Maillard browning and an umami effect), but it really boosts the richness of the aroma and provides a substantial foil to the up front burnt acidity.
Lightly sweet, but significantly rich, towards the middle the roast malt provides an acidity and dry burnt flavor that almost drowns out the malt sweetness, but in the finish the malt sweetness makes a comeback. Ultimately this beer finishes dry as a sharp, softly acid, burnt bitter roast character is what ends up lingering on the palate. Burnt, dark chocolate notes envelope the tongue for a time as the malt sweetness lingers and this beer has a certain velvet-like texture that helps boost the chocolate notes as well. This really is pretty thick and rich (especially for a beer of 6.6% abv), it is quite chewy, though the burnt, acidic, slightly acrid, roast malt definitely cuts through the richness a fair amount. Lingering in the finish is also a significant hop bitterness that couples with the roast bitterness. As the beer warms I begin to notice an almost salty, smoky character to this beer.
Despite being so roast dominated (and by this I mean the sharper, harsher notes), I am really enjoying this beer, there is enough other rich, offsetting / balancing flavors that this beer is just quite enjoyable. Just a fantastic, rich, stout that isn't too strong; in fact it is much richer than its alcohol might suggest and this is actually quite nice.
Purchased: Liquid Solutions
11-27-2008 02:29:55 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.
Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.
Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.
07-03-2009 02:40:35 | More by smcolw
4.18/5 rDev +4%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours black with a perfect two finger tan head. Thick lace, great head retention. My first 5 in a while, but just an exemplary looking stout.
S: Heavy on the dark chocolate with some nuttiness and charcoal.
T: Dark bitter chocolate initially which comes back to earth mid-palate with creamed coffee. Stays sweet with some molasses notes and a lot of licorice. Dark chocolate finish all the way though.
M: Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth, bitter aftertaste but no roughness, fairly soft at the end.
D: In the new realm of bomber pricing being able to get a beer at this ABV and quality for under $4 is a steal. It looks like Pike may be coming into CA into a big way, and if they offer deals like this I'll be buying. It reminds me a ton of Deschutes Obsidian, if you like that beer you'll be a fan of this one for sure.
02-22-2011 03:02:52 | More by Halcyondays
3.83/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours pitch black with a two finger dark chocolate/coffee-colored head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunky rings of soapy lacing.
Roasty, smokey malt aroma with lots of roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and subtle earthy hops.
Silky chewy viscous mouthfeel with a lot of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, biscuit, roasted coffee bean and a huge bitter earthy hop flavor with some citrus notes. This is way hoppier than expected and kind of takes away from the silky maltiness that I liked so much. The finish is long and dry with some citrus notes but mostly earthy bitter hops dominate. Well masked ABV and smooth maltiness makes it pretty drinkable but the strong hop presence kind of hurts it in this area.
10-26-2009 18:37:01 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-17-2012 05:08:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
12-28-2007 05:31:22 | More by barleywinefiend
4.22/5 rDev +5%
Solid pour with a black slightly viscous body and a relatively thin head. Smells quite roasty and with a heady dose of licorice as well as a slightly mentholated aroma. Satisfyingly deep and roasty in the flavor department with some fruity, vinous notes as well. Quite pleasant and on the roastier side of balanced. Quite smooth and very drinkable. A very nice beer.
03-16-2010 01:37:10 | More by Georgiabeer
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-11-2012 01:56:31 | More by stakem
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
11-30-2006 01:32:08 | More by akorsak
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-07-2011 16:42:28 | More by DoubleJ
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy tan head, which left some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is big and malty, lots of dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel, with some figs, raisins, plums. The taste is sweet at first, big malts, dark chocolate/fruits, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Full-Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a awesome tasting brew, surprised the shit out of me, never really cared for the Pike brew's, but this is an exception, highly recommended.
08-12-2008 19:28:11 | More by Wasatch
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.