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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout

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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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin light brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, molasses and a hint of hay. Flavor of dark toasted malt with nice char, boiled down coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, rye bread crust. Big, charred, toasty finish that his surprisingly dry, but rich and lingering. Pleasant medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. At first, I was taken aback by the dryness of the finish of this stout, but was probably expecting a sweeter Russian style stout from the pour and look. In fact, but flavor profile was classic export stout, except with a more robust toasted, smoky char malt. The dry chocolate and toasty malt leaves an interesting and long lingering aftertaste. Very full flavored for the style and ABV. Nicely done and different.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One interesting thing is that both BA and Pike's website say this beer is 6.6%, but my bottle says 7% ABV. I suppose it's not that important, as long as the beer's good, right?

Appearance: utterly, entirely, impenetrably black with a thick, languid two-finger brown head. Profound! Leaves a great lace, too.

Smell: lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate present, but the aroma is more complex than that; the aroma is getting along toward the more fruity compounds that you might get in a RIS or Baltic porter. I think I even detect a little vanilla.

Taste: a bit of a monster. The flavor is of big, heavy roasted malts, though it lacks some of the complexity of the aroma. There's also a little sourness here that you sometimes get when a beer has a lot of charred malts. Not bad, but it could use some further refinement.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting. Quite good.

Drinkability: very good, but not exactly sessionable. I think with a little tweaking of the flavor I think I would be able to handle a couple of these in a row.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip.

dark black pour with a slowly developing inch and a half thick beige head. smells of burnt malts...coffee and chocolate. taste is extremely malt forward and rich. tons of chocolate followed by coffee on the finish. slight smoke, slight charred flavor.big body for the abv, ill call it full. rich mouthfeel, this beers best characteristic.

overall very enjoyable. recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark liquid chocolate pour gleems with dark cherry-plum highlights from the light. In the glass a pitch black color is topped off by a frumpy cinnamon colored head that sits well and smoothers the glass on the way down with a thick coating.

S: Dark chocolate with an earthy bitterness comes through of moderate strong intentions. A little roastiness, with some creamer sweetness.
Dark fruit of plums are also easily detected with a light fade of charred wood that compliments and finishes things off well.

T: Earthy roastiness comes through strong on the open along with dark fruit. Smooth charred wood with a bit of smokiness, dried creamer comes through with some bakers chocolate and roasted barley. There is a smooth, viscose, dried creamy laced coffee ground lacing that offers a good deal of bitterness on the close that you soon wont forget along with glimpses of sweet burnt grains.

M: Viscose, oily but incredibly fluid and lubricant like in your mouth. A great roll around on the tongue that leaves its fair share of earthy bitterness behind and some creamer chalkiness.

D: A pleasant surprise and first try from this brewery. A bomber went for $3.49 and certainly worthy more so. A dark earthy and well rewarding stout that goes down nicely even at 7.0%.

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Photo of beertunes
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into bubble pint glass. Poured with thick, rich, firm deep tan head. Solid head left thick, attractive lacing. Solid black color. Pleasantly rich aromas. Flavor follows aroma closely, with the roasty, toasty, goodness being everything you would hope for. The body and mouthfeel are what is expected from a great stout. The reason I didn't rate this beer higher is that it is so good, I feel it rates well against Imperial Stouts. I know it's inaccurate to do this, but this stout has earned the comparisons. Drink this beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Black with a tan head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, soy sauce.

T: Very roasty, espresso, bakers chocolate, black strap molasses, licorice, hint of soy sauce, assertive bitterness, slight roasted acidity, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy & slightly chalky, slight roasted acidity, dry finish.

D: This big one's a nice sipper.

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

My pint looked pretty delicious, very dark with a creamy tan head and a few larger bubbles dotting the top of the beer. Great head retention, plenty of lace. Nice aroma, sweet and roasty with a bit of leafy hops, toffee and chocolate. Moderate citrus bitterness up front balanced well with the sweetness. More caramel, chocolate and roast mid-palate. Lingering hop bitterness, a bit stronger than I expected. Full bodied with no alcohol presence, lowish carbonation, smooth and creamy. Great stuff and it went quite well with BBQ.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml bottle with no expiration date or lot code available. Sampled on July 19, 2009.

This is an enticing stout and it draws me in completely. The bottle feels solid in my hand when it splashes in docile tones into the pint glass. It sounds and looks well crafted with an opaque brown color and an inch of creamy, brown head which stays together for most of the sampling. The aroma erupts with smoky chocolate malts in the tradition of a good Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is bold and strong. The taste tickles the palate with coffee, chocolate and fresh hops. An impressive extra stout.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a black pour with a 2 finger head of tan foam and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells very roasty with a bitterness from both the roast and I believe a dark chocolate like bitterness. Nice if a bit mild.

Lots of roasted malt in the taste and it does have notes of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and some light sweet malt hidden pretty well, as it should be, considering the style.

It's been many years since I've had this brew(in 12oz bottles); I think it's very cool that XXX still hits the spot for me when I've tried soooo many Stouts before I got to try it again.

It's a smooth drop, mouthfeel wise....close to if not full bodied and a lightish amount of carbonation.

Yeah, I reckon Pike made and continues to make a fine Foreign Extra Stout. Good on them.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with just a hint of brown when held up to the light. There is a nice light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate. The aroma isn't bad, but I was expecting a bit more boldness. It is a little faint for the style.

T- The taste is an improvement over the aroma. The taste starts out sweet with some dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors with a roasted bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture on the tongue and a perfect amount of carbonation. Well done.

D- Overall, Pike XXX Stout is the best beer in the Pike lineup that I have tried to date. I would not mind purhcasing this beer again. Definitely worth a try.

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

650ml bottle poured into pint glass jan19 2010

A almost jet black with a giant thick dark mocha head that has great retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S a fair bit of coffee and some chocolate with some very faint hops

T not far from the smell but I get more milk chocolate then coffee and I pick up on some faint raisin

M not as thick as I thought it would be but thick enough to please

D well rounded beer with lots of flavor and it won't put you on your back

I could see myself drinking this again it's worth trying for sure and doesn't break the bank.

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

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep and opaque black, no light gets through, oily looking, thin big bubbled brown head forms, few spots stick to the glass as it settles to a thin layer. Smell is intense, lots of chocolate and caramel, licorice, brown sugar, lightly roasty, quite sweet, biscuits, dark fruit, figs, lots of depth. Taste is similar, big licorice character, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, fruit middle, sweet in the finish, maybe a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slick, with low to medium carbonation. Definitely a good stout, I dig this stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black stout. Beige head.

Aroma of licorice and coffee. No choco smell.

Taste, licorice is more restrained, coffee dominates. Sweet. Hoppy. Bitter. Chocolate more on the palate than in the nose. Dry. Good mouthfeel, everything sticks. Drinkable, but a little pricey.

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Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of smoke and roasted malts; I get some bacon characteristics as well. There's lesser coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of licorice to round things out.

The taste is less than impressive. Bittersweet baker's chocolate, with a boat load of smoke and rauchbier tastes which I hate. I desperately crave some more sweetness for this beer to balance the rough bitterness and dry acrid flavors.

Mouthfeel is really full, mild balanced carbonation. Finishes really full and viscous; coats the mouth to a point of ruining the taste buds.

Overall, I had high expectations for this beer and I was delivered a smoky pork/bacon dry bitter mess. Not sure why people like consuming these flavors in beer, anyway. Not recommended, compared to the numerous better available styles available.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with large light brown head that dies slow and leaves lace. A malty mixture of black chocolate, caramel, bread, roasted and coffee along w/ hints of toffee and wood all are in the aroma. A real malty taste, much like aroma, as a thinner, smoother, creamier stout passes over tongue than expected but still packs a sweet taste. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and possibly figs or molasses seem to pass my tongue as well as roasted, bread and wood notes so this is a balanced stout that has a sweetness and finishes dry. Just a well-crafted sipper w/ nothing extraordinary about it but a great sipper that I relaxed with.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of chocolate, malt, and mild coffee.

T: Tasted of coffee (not as prevalent as with other stouts), chocolate, and roasted malt. A solid, well rounded flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a typically (for a stout) slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well done, drinkable stout.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as the cloudy moon-less desert sky, the head a velvety chocolate crown, the lace a shield against the light. Sweet toasted grains, bitter-sweet chocolate and a over cooked pot of coffee, what the hell else could you say to describe this nose, start is ambrosial, the top thick and chocolate like. Finish has a spiteful hop spicy bite, the acidity stinging, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry and one damn fine stout in my humble opinion.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub during a recent long weekend in wonderful seattle.

appearance: served in a pint glass, rich dark body, not much in the way of highlights...a creamy tan head sits on top and quickly recedes to a small layer of lace

smell: dark roasted chocolate, moderate bitterness, seattle espresso, roasty and burnt

taste: semi-sweet dark chocolate, moderately bitter roasted malts, a touch of smoke and some bitter hops. Nice to see the export stout on display and a good standard at Pike

mouthfeel: chewy, bitter finish

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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