Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-22-2008 02:26:49 | More by Derek
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-04-2003 15:01:17 | More by Gusler
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a thick, viscous, jet-black color, with a thin, dense tan colored head that has great retention as you drink. The nose is strong in coffee and chocolate while you are pouring, as well as when you smell from the glass. The flavors are dark roast coffee bitter with a blend of milk chocolate. The flavors are carried on a light, dry body. Coffee aftertaste with a bitter essence left in mouth. The finish is smooth and creamy, but lingering. Delicious! Makes a tasty float or brownie, also!
03-08-2011 07:17:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
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
10-08-2008 00:51:49 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-20-2010 03:38:44 | More by wordemupg
3.53/5 rDev -12.2%
Bomber poured into an imperial pint, pitch black with a large, reddish dark tan head that settles pretty quickly and leaves heavy lace.
Smell is pretty strong, sweet crystal malt, a slight touch of roast and fruity.
Taste is pretty robust, a strong roast, but still fruity and sweet caramel. A good rich stout, but not as sweet as I expected for a FES. Only a moderate bitterness on the rich and roasty lingering finish.
Mouthfeel is oily and thick.
Drinkability is OK, a good and full-flavored stout, but drinks more like a RIS then a 6.8% ABV FES.
Served at cellar temp.
01-15-2008 03:06:54 | More by ccrida
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
11-18-2009 03:12:09 | More by flagmantho
3.98/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-09-2012 22:37:32 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-04-2011 14:21:51 | More by avalon07
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
2001-2002 Bottle: Nearly back with a medium and slightly foamy dark beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and a hint of malt. A little richer than most Dry Stouts, I like what they are going for with a blend of Dry and Imperial Stout in the body. Coffee flavor really comes through in the flavor, along with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is dry and has a lightly hopped character. This might not be worth all the X's but it is still a good Stout.
09-27-2003 15:18:57 | More by Dogbrick
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours black with only a shimmer of red when held to light. Creamy light brown head really has some nice staying power with fantastic lacing.
Mainly roasty and mocha malt on the nose. A bit of fruitiness and cascade hop aroma makes this a fairly complex smelling beer.
Roasty coffee flavor is balanced by dark fruitiness, licorice and a fair amount of floral hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol in the throat makes this a pretty tasty foreign style stout.
03-31-2009 17:45:15 | More by twiggamortis420
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
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!
02-21-2006 03:21:18 | More by tavernjef
4.9/5 rDev +21.9%
Comes out of the bottle a rich, oily, opaque sable with a thick and fairly persistent fine-bubbled tan mead. Aroma is rich and smoky with firm tones of quality coffee and brown sugar - most inviting. Flavor is even better than the aroma - richly of roast fine coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, the flavors I like best in a stout. It is only slightly sweet and has a touch of bitterness. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and tingly. This is one lip-smacking stout, worth seeking!
05-08-2010 20:59:33 | More by Cyberkedi
3.5/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
03-18-2011 01:02:22 | More by claspada
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
Midnight black...with an imporessive creamy tan head...nose is burnt malts and more....hints of caramel..some subtle smoky notes...dark chocolate...and light java notes...very complex nose...
Body is full...a little short of the badass Imperial stouts but nothing to sneeze at...creamy texture but finishes on a dry, somewhat bitter, acidic note...not unpleseant at all...just kind of like unsweetened dark bakers chocolate on the finish..
Flavor is nice...there is a bit of the sour/acidic flavor..also the dark chocolate..some java...and a hint of caramel...
Pretty decent stout...full bodied and full flavored...pretty complex....mouthfeel seems like an oatmeal or borderline imperial...taste is more along the lines of a dry stout but it has some oatmeal stout characteristics too...
A stout well worth finding and trying...
02-04-2004 06:53:04 | More by ZAP
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance Blacker than black with a very dark tan head that foamed up big and lasted forever, lacing the glass as it went down.
Smell Big, very dark chocolate leads the way here followed by deep, roasted malts and fine espresso beans (not espresso but the raw, whole beans). Theres also a nice hop balance in there (citrus maybe) plus a soft sour tang.
Taste Everything comes out beautifully at the taste. For all the big smells up front, this one is very even and balanced at the tongue. This is almost like a milkshake complete with cocoa and sweet chocolate, espresso (subdued from the nose), malt, and a very light, barely detectable sweet/sour note.
Mouthfeel Smooth and chewy and medium in the body. This is a serious stout with a somewhat bitter finish.
Drinkability One of the better stouts that Ive tasted from the NW. Most of them are pretty lame (Hales Pikop Andropov's almost made me vomit), but this one is the real deal.
Update I rated this originally with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be run to take another look at it using an 04 bottle. It happily lost the slight sourness this time around and really is one of the better examples of the style brewed here in the PacNW.
Update I had a 2005 vintage in May and found it to be very consistent. This is about as good as it gets here in Seattle, and this wonderfully brewery is just a few blocks from where I work.
12-31-2003 03:09:00 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours completely black with only the faintest hint of light penetrating the edges. There's a small but thick mocha head that leaves only spotty lacing.
The aroma is nice with equal measures sweetness and roastiness. The sweetness comes from the dark chocolate mainly and the malts come across heavily roasted with some coffee hints. There are even some fresh green hops thrown in.
The taste is more of the same with the initial taste containing a kick of the green hops before the heavily roasted black malts take over. There is some cocoa sweetness on top with a finish that is a mixture of dry roasted malts and green hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely creamy with a dry, roasted finish.
This is a very good export stout and I like the hop presence thrown in for added complexity.
11-19-2009 02:46:19 | More by gford217
4.1/5 rDev +2%
A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke are most prevalent in the nose. Even some dark fruits. Really good.
T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke. I like this a lot.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, smooth, and dry. For the alcohol this is easy to drink. I would have no problems making a session out of this even with the high ABV.
A very good stout. Something I would recommend.
10-30-2009 23:39:34 | More by champ103
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
05-27-2013 01:58:02 | More by tbeckett
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
09-01-2010 03:18:01 | More by cjgator3
4.38/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-19-2009 20:29:25 | More by puboflyons
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
Found bombers of this for $3.99. An awesome deal for sure!
Poured like expresso with a vanilla mocha head that left nice bands of thick, small-bubbled lace. Head diminished quickly and left an oily trace on the surface. A deep, robust, and toasty nose. Very light plum hidden in here. Hints of coffee and burnt toast, maybe scorched wort? Whatever it is, it lends a big roasty flavor and aroma to the beer, touch of toffee, and a decently assertive hop bitterness in the finish. The texture of this beer is phenomenal. Simply outstanding. Nice, full bodied beer that isn't too slick or syrupy, supported by a smooth and velvety carbonation that complements the body. Drinks very well indeed. The slightest hint of alcohol warmth after each sip makes this a nice winter beer.
Quite a good beer. And for the price, this nearly cannot be beat.
01-15-2011 01:12:55 | More by DmanGTR
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
Virtually jet black, with just a few hints ruby. Deep brown head builds quickly and fades almost as fast.
Mocha, smoke, hints of berry sweetness and subtle hops enter the nose.
Enters the mouth with a smooth roasted flavors. Not harsh roasted, more of a mellow mocha. The chocolate notes are never explicit, but the seem to lurk within the other flavors. There is a pronounced smokiness here as well as some dirty, earthy flavors (in the best way possible). Deeper within the black heart of the beer lies some carmel sweetness and hints of fruit (cherry). Prickly hops end this one. Big enough to balance the heavy load, but nothing showy in themselves.
Silken smooth body, with a fair deal of carbonation. I could stand for just a little more heft, but now I am splitting hairs.
This is a nice one. Sorry to see it gone so fast.
10-22-2002 20:57:50 | More by cokes
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.