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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: 576
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: 576
Photo of ssteakley
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell the chocolate, taste the coffee chocolate, has that raw chocolate aftertaste. A totally fine Pacific Northwest Beer. I hope they can get thus in Alaska, really fine for a cold wrt night. Really Extra Stout. Gonna take some of this back to my Texas Friends!

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to me from Seattle by my better half. Vielen dank.

A: Black as night on the pour and at the core with some ruby brown tint as light penetrates the outer rim. The coffee colored head is effervescent, leaving serious traces of lacing.

S: Nice stout aromas. We're talking coffee, chocolate and burnt molasses notes.

T: At 65 IBUs I was dreading a near hops bomb. Silly me. Not sure what the average IBU for extra stouts is, but 65 is fine in a beer this well-crafted. The bitterness is noticeable in the enduring aftertaste...in just the right way for this palate. The malts are toasty and mildly sweet. With their espresso/bitter chocolate flavors they help achieve a great balance alongside the hops (Pacific Northwest hops?).

M: Smooth, silky. Great carbonation makes this beer feel prickly and fresh on the gums.

D: This bottle clocks in at 6.6% abv rather than the 6.0% listed in the description, but it remains eminently drinkable. Two brown bombers would go down w/o much effort. Too bad I won't another bottle this side of the Bay Area or even further north?

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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 sirdrinkwell
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours deep and dark with mocha tan head that thins to a fine ring....

S- Very pleasant roasted coffee and malty chocolate...

T- nice bitter/sweet chocolate up front leading into semi-intense coffee bean and malt in the middle, all of it coming together in a very well balanced finish...

M- Silky smooth and well balanced; moderate carbonation and light on the palate

D- My first experience with Pike, and I have to give them thumbs up...this is a nicely crafted brew with great taste that I would certainly drink again.


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

Poured a dark amber chocolate brown with a half inch creamy head into a standard pint glass.

Aroma is sweet with coffee and hop notes.

Taste immediately gives the impression of strong hops in this stout. Sweet coffee favors that mesh well with the hoppiness.

Very smooth and not at all watery. Almost just right.

Solid stout overall that I would revisit again and again

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Photo of itcomesnpints
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackest black with a lively coffee head. Sticky lacing the whole way down.

Roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Definitely some hoppy aromas as well.

A very hoppy taste up front alongside roasted barley and chocolate. Alcohol begins to surface as the stout warms. Some appley acetaldehyde in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little bit on the light side for a stout. Alcohol takes precedence over body. Carbonation is fine. Creamy finish.

A good, hoppy American-style stout. Personally, more body and more chocolate character would be appreciated, but overall very satisfying.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into tumbler..

Dark brew, opaque with brown/mocha head on it, very small head but lacing won't quit. Smell is delightful of dark malts, caramel, roastiness, possibly some coffee/chocolate notes. The taste is good, hits you up front with everything from the nose, finishes crisp and the carbonation is solid. Mouthfeel is not too thick, not thin/crisp, but definitely a happy medium..


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

Bought a 22oz. from the Market of Choice, and drank from a New Belgium snifter glass.

Color is black with a very tan/hazelnut not so foamy head.

There is a faint coffee aroma. There isn't a deep alchol smell, and it def. doesn't smell hoppy.

Taste was malty, oatmeal, and what at first tasted like licorice. chocolate is very present in the beer as well. Very drinkable, especially while watching Hockey.

I enjoyed drinking this with a pepperoni pizza.

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

Poured jet black with a thick tan head that hung onto the glass for dear life. This isn't labeled a chocolate stout, but you wouldn't know it as the flavors are dark roast coffee and chocolate all the way. It feels nice, but it is absolutely a dessert beer, I can't imagine drinking more than a bomber in one sitting. Still, it's a good one and I'd put in the elite class of local stouts.

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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 thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a 22 oz of this from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle last month a couple of days after I moved here, pouring it now.

A: 1/2" brown sugar head, lacing that runs and hides when tilted, black as the night is long. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

S: hickory, cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, cherries. robust and intense with a sweetness hovering over, makes one eager to try.

T: mocha latte. no lie. good stout, not too sweet nor too bitter. on the other hand, the after taste has the waning around of flat coke and paint thinner. month too long to wait?

M: pretty flat and dry, robust eagerness fades away quickly. by the time you take another sip you realize the taste that lingers in your mouth is what you just put back inside to wash it away...flimsy character, short life.

O: wantaway stout that remains local because of it's ill-perceived stance in a relatively competitive category.

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Photo of beerman21
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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..

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark brown with a head that dissipates quickly. The smell is more sweet and fruity than anticipated, with some caramel and roastiness as well. The taste is very bold - a big, malty forefront with notes of dark chocolate that is followed by some very noticeable hop bitterness. It ends crisp, with some lingering brown sugar and ash taste (in a good way), which definitely has you coming back for more. The mouthfeel could be heavier, but the carbonation is appropriate. A pleasant experience overall.

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

Appearance - really dark, had somewhat of a tan head, but it didn't stick around might have been due to the glass being chilled, I didn't have the heart to ask for a non-chilled glass though.

Smell - sweet and malty.

Taste - Nice roasted malt, good balance of sweet to the roasted flavors. Hint of green apple, I find this in lots of stouts, and I feel bad for using that descriptor so much, but that is all I can tie it to. At any rate I really like that flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, not super thick. Carbonation was just right.

Drink - Very nice to drink, didn't notice the alcohol at all, and it wasn't too heavy to really enjoy a large amount of it.

Had a bomber of this with my dinner at the local Vietnamese place. Paired pretty well with my beef and bok choy dish that was very spicy. One of the better foreign/export stouts I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a bit of a dark red tinge to it and a small to medium tan head. Sugar and toffee in the smell, very thick and inviting. Heavy malt in the flavor with some caramel and toffee taste and some chocolate and coffee lingering in there as well. A very nice chewy mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue. A slight bitter finish, similar to but far more mild than a dry stout. Extremely tasty, hope to visit their pub the next time I am in Seattle.

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

Prominent dark chocolate & coffee. Mild sweetness. Dark & creamy head. Heavy & flavorful which masks the high ABV. Not a session beer. Delicious for those who like strong, rich flavors.

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Photo of denflyr
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black as motor oil with a nice milk chocolate head that has diminished and it leaves a very faint lace on my goblet.

Smell is nice, but overall its not an overly aromatic beer. Chocolate malts and an interesting earthy type (almost forest after a rain) note.

Taste is nice with the malt backbone showing nicely! Nice bittering hops that contrast well and round out the malt tones.

Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Taste and the mouthfeel even lingers a bit!

I could drink a good amount of this and it is not heavy, nor sweet, or astringent in any way.

Nice job to the folks in Seattle!

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This arrived at the table with a decent amount of head that left a good bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. Color-wise, it's a velvety deep brown to black.
S: Chocolate upfront with a bit of coffee and malt in the background. A very chacteristic stout-type smell.
T: Everything I hoped it would be: dark malt, dark chocolate, a little coffee, even a little molasses thrown in there as well. A well rounded flavor that did not disappoint.
M: This is a thick, chewy sort of beer, the kind of feel that a good stout should have. Moderate carbonation, slightly syrupy, but very nice overall.
D: This is a very drinkable beer, although with the "weight" of it, I could maybe only handle! three at a time. Definitely recommended if your in the area!

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stout was nice and dark with a medium head but lacing that lasted the whole way down.

I got a lot of charred wood and coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Exactly what I was expecting.

The taste followed the nose exactly but was much more pronounced than the nose.

Overall I think this style gets overlooked and quite often overly complicated. Pike did a perfect job of brewing a very solid American Stout. Too often the ABV, hops, additional flavors etc etc try to complicate an already great style. Pike kept it simple and perfect. Well done!

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Photo of beals
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

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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 charlesbyrd
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an oily jet-black, completely opaque. A one-finger brown head forms nicely but doesn't stick around for too long. I got a ton of spiderweb lacing in this one (left several distinct rings around the glass during session).

S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and black licorice, with brown sugar slightly noticeable. The smokiness from the dark malts cover up most of the other aromas.

T: I've heard of several issues with Pike beers and contamination, and I think I might have gotten a bad one. The most prominent flavors in the beer are black coffee and semisweet chocolate, although hints of stewed dark fruit are also present. However, this beer had an overpowering waxy bitterness to it that I almost couldn't handle. It killed the rest of the flavors in what could otherwise be a very enjoyable beer for me.

M: Medium to full-bodied on the palate, but goes down quite smoothly. The carbonation level is just right, and the ABV is completely masked by the flavors.

D: This beer is pretty subdued for its style and could be very drinkable for me if it wasn't for the off-putting bitterness. I will have to pick up another one of these and update my review to see if I just got an off-flavored beer.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relatively new beer for us -- 22oz bottles for only $3.99...

A: Poured the beer into a nice brandy snifter -- really dark color with a nice tan head. Lasts a few minutes or so, leaving a pretty white lacing.

S: Initially you are hit with huge amounts of roasted, burnt malt. Brown sugar, molasses and coffee soon follow. As the beer warms, there is a huge amount of smoke that eventually emerges -- similar to a peppered bacon. Bittersweet chocolate or cocoa round out the aroma.

T&M: Full bodied, but very, very smooth. This stout has a nice creamy finish. It is sweet, but the hop bitterness certainly rounds out the palate. I am left with unsweetened chocolate, weak coffee, and liquid smoke. Rich and round, with full flavor and a nice finish.

I like this beer, but I'm not wowed by it. It tastes like every other Extra Stout I've ever had. I dare say that most people would have a huge problem trying to decide what is what in a contest between Pike's and Guinness Extra Stout. Nonetheless, it is a good, solid beer, and I'll buy it again.

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