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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 ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of champ103
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Pours an incredibly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that has good retention before riding down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly surface foam. Solid sheets of lacing.

S- Roasty and nutty with elements of dark chocolate and molasses. Some sweet caramel is involved as well.

T- Delicately smooth roasted malt with small notes of oak and smoke. The 7% ABV is concealed incredibly well. There's some bitterness on the back end but the highlights are in the chocolaty, nutty and sometimes coffee-like malt base.

M- Chewy, creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Another winner from Pike. These guys don't get enough exposure in the beer community IMO. Would love to have this on nitro pour and/or cask.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Pretty dark brown pour. Limited dark tan head. Roast coffee, cocoa aromas, none of which is real strong. Very roasty flavors heavy with coffee with accents of dark chocolate and roasted malt, a little anise. Medium bodied, gets a bit creamy as it warms. A very strong coffee stout with a very dry finish. Coffee lingers. Pretty drinkable with nothing off putting for the style. A good solid version of a foreign stout.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bellied up to a full pint of XXX at the Pike Pub & Brewery last week in Seattle. Always enjoyed their sample trays in the past & was looking forward to a nice stout after a week in Vancouver (which had almost none that I could find!).

The glass is dark. The smell is a pleasant shock of charred malts.

Pike Street XXX Stout goes the extra mile in high heels on the roasted, forest-fire malts. Roast & char gang up to obliterate any potential subtleties lurking in the glass of black. Perhaps there are bits & pieces of chocolate, & certainly a coffee edge to the roast, but this is purebred charcoal.

Lucky for me I like charcoal. Swigging this is fairly easy, but I'm certain the seriousness of the flame-broil would catch up to the drinkability eventually.

Nice, solid stout to put your hands around. Even by the pint, this one wasn't hard to put down, & a very nice end to a good Seattle evening.

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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 jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears totally opaque black, with nice tan colored head. good retention. aroma is very roasty. tastes of toasted malt, bitter chocolate. a bit dry. body is thick and smooth.

overall, it packs a nice amount of flavor for a "single" stout.

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

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). There’s 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 I’ve tasted from the NW. Most of them are pretty lame (Hale’s 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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a very dark, clear mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and cream, with dark chocolate and a little bready yeast (maybe oats?).
T: It tasted like licorice and bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and soy. It had a somewhat harsh bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation.
D: This was not a bad stout, but it smelled much better than it tasted. Alcohol wasn't detectable, but the aftertaste wasn't very pleasant, so it was only somewhat easy to drink. Good not great.

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

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.

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

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

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.

Thanxxxxx, jreitman.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a tar black colour with a thumb of dark brown mocha head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice amount of lacing. Very appealing stout.

S - Very unique scent on this one, there's a battle between dark chocolate malts, leather and espresso beans with a citrus hop finish. I was surprised to smell the hops on this one.

T - The coffee maltiness comes through off the top, dark cocoa chocolate malts were the next prevalent flavour, though was much less sweet than the scent implied. Some citrus hops come through on the finish. Great balance on this one!

M - This one feels great on the palette, goes does smooth. The finish is a little on the dry side, and is a bit bitter, but overall quite enjoyable.

D - I had high expectations for this one, and it fully satisfied my expectations. Very pleased with this selection, would definitely buy this one again. Would also recommend this to anyone looking for a full bodied stout.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, good looking beer. Pours with my favorite waterfall type head...(forms from the bottom) 2 fingers of creamy tan head form and clearly let you know they are going to stay a while. Lacing is everywhere.

Aroma is coffee and vanilla. I also get a little earthy/musty aroma. Nothing too bad, but it's there.

Flavor had some real nice coffee flavors. Also did taste like a vanilla extract flavor... This all gives way to a nice roasted malt and hop bitterness. I get a bit of nut like flavors in the middle. There is a nice espresso finish and bitterness that lingers..

Full bodied and almost creamy. Just a sense of chalkiness. This is a thick one.

I enjoy this because it drinks like a bog Imp Stout but only is 6.6% ABV. Good. I love this style but it won't knock you out...

I brought this back from a recent trip to Seattle and very glad I did.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had never heard of Pike before, but an avid fan of stouts, had to pick it up. Glad I did...It can definitely be potentially hazardous to pick up a brew with no prior knowledge, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Sludge. Just Sludge. Very little caramel head. Laces well.

Smells like heave, if it were to exist. Rich, creamy, sweet, roasty, burnt, and hot.

Roasted malts, with a bittersweet chocolate middle, finishing with a bit of coffee and toffee. Slightly burnt. Genre = T.

Like chewing gum. Its thick and rich, coats the palate while leaving you satisfied.

Im dissapointed the ABV isnt higher...even though it feels as though it truly is. 7% is just low for a good stout. (fits an RIS to me, so 7 is def. low). Makes more of these possible so not all is lost.

Hope to find some more pike... trade?! :D

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Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this one in Seattle several months back.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a nice dark brown head. The retention is good and some nice lace is noted.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas with notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

T: The roast of the malt is perfect with the chocolate and coffee really pushing thru. Hints of molasses and a light nutty finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: If I could get this one, It would be one I drank regularly.

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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 RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In olden times most people, including brewery workers, were illiterate. To distinguish one beer style from another, brewers marked the kegs with X's. One X represented one style of beer, two Xs another and so on. That's how they told one beer from another.

And you thought all those Xs had something to do with Seattle's other First Avenue landmarks.

Pike's XXX Stout quickly launches into a rich tapestry of roasted aromas converging on cacao, coffee, and barley grain. It imparts a sweet malty flavor with ample roasted grain on a coal black body. This is a worthy stout of pronounced roastiness though I can't help but wonder if a nitro pour might deliver the final touch of grace in smoothing out the body.

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

Reviewing the 2004-2005 release.
Very attractive beer in appearance, pitch black with a nice sized tan head..that fades fast, but theres always a thick lace on top.
Very nice roasty/chocolaty aroma. fresh.
Taste is quite sweet to start, then the roasty/dark coffee aspects come in to play, smooth finish, then some bitter after taste.I get some rather faint smokey hints in this beer.
good mouthfeel, quite smooth and delightful.
A good stout ,very drinkable and not too heavy.

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Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.99.

A: Forboding near-black with healthy German chocolate cake-colored 2- finger head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Light metallic-mineral up-front followed strongly with lightly toasted and burnt dark and caramel malts with chocolate, coffee, and milky aromas and light floral hops.

T: A sweeter-than-expected stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Burnt and toasted dark malts leave a nice milk and dark chocolate dominated flavor with a few sugars in there as well. Hops are barely noted.

M: Thick and substantial with firm medium body and carbonation. Sweet and light mineral aftertaste.

D: Tasty stout but not a good value given that singles of Expedition and Old Rasputin go for $2.50-$2.75 in my neck of the woods. Good solid stout though that's worth a try.

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Photo of deapokid
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't expect to find bottles of this Seattle brewpub's catalog in the area, but was excited to finally try their stout.

Pours a rich, chocolate color with low carbonation and a thin, brown head. Carbonation is light, as is the lacing, which makes this seem a tad subdued for the style.

Scent of sweet anise, after-dinner liqueur and yeast are most prevalent. The booze sting seems to be overstated for the relatively low ABV.

Flavor profile includes toasted oats, peanuts and dark chocolate. It is a shade sweeter than expected, but never overpowering and the bar chocolate and roasted coffee bean dryness make for a nice finale.

As for the texture and feel, this may be a bit thin and a shade under-carbonated, but most of the flavors are subtle and it never offends the taste buds.

Although sweet, this is still an extremely drinkable stout with a well-masked ABV. A nice American stab at the Foreign/Export Stout.

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