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Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Street XXXXX StoutPike Street XXXXX Stout

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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%

Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002)
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Photo of champ103


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:39:34 | More by champ103
Photo of tpd975


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 23:53:43 | More by tpd975
Photo of RedDiamond


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 06:11:59 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of maximum12


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 21:49:00 | More by maximum12
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with stumac, Thanks Stu!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - pitch black with a light brown head that hung around leaving lots of lacing.

S - roasted malt and black licorice.

T - rich roasted malt taste with a bitter black licorice finish.

F - full bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:35:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 20:29:25 | More by puboflyons
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 12:24:11 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Vancer


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black pour, a mother of a load. Capped nicely by a tan topper, lacing big time for a stout. Chocolate molasses, with coffee, in the aroma. Almost porter like quaff, bit of sour ale mixed with the burnt toast and powdery chocolate raisin pie.

Full, full body that slides down easily with every sip – low alcohol 6.6% makes this close to a session sipper. No hint of the booze. Try one! I’m impressed with my first Pike offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 19:56:08 | More by Vancer
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2006 18:35:37 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Reidrover


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 03:42:56 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know the kind of black we like to call dark beers, even when we know damn well they're actually just dark brown? This one is BLACK. Maybe that's what the five X's stand for. Quintuple black. The head is thin and tan and doesn't stick around very long, but I am in love with its blackness. Black is beautiful.

The aroma is equally as pleasing: a near-perfect mingling of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoke and dark baked goods (bread or cake, take your pick). Truly delightful.

The flavor couldn't possibly live up to the hype the appearance and smell create (well, some beers could) but it comes quite close. Charred/roasted coffee flavor is the most prominent, followed by the dryness and coarseness of bittersweet baking chocolate, and both of these ride out in the finish too...and it's not a very long finish, as this is a fairly dry stout. Juicy/sweet dark fruits lay themselves in as well, killed off by the drying, and alcohol ever so slightly pushes in, but at 7% you don't have to worry about aftershave notes or anything. Something even slightly tart, maybe the hops? In any case, this is balanced, comforting, and very solid.

Slick in the mouth, also perfectly rounded although never quite reaching creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation to add a little textural pizazz.

Wow, this one surprised me, especially after not being overly-thrilled with their Tandem dubbel yesterday. One of the most approachable and purely enjoyable stouts I've had in a while.

[Metalmonk's Fun Corner: when you review this, try typing five X's in a row, just as in the name of the beer, and hit Review. It won't save! Won't let me anyway. Only comes out as three X's. The hell of it all, I tell ya.]

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 23:29:15 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:58:02 | More by tbeckett
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 21:04:39 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 19:26:22 | More by Pencible
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Pike Pub in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Poured blacker than black with a generous mocha head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Crikey...this is a delicious stout, with a full-bodied roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Smooth, and full bodied with a warming alcohol finish. So good I had it twice!

I've had it again a couple times since, this time in bottled format. This beer really serves as a template for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 16:50:07 | More by bobsy
Photo of cjgator3


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 03:18:01 | More by cjgator3
Photo of beerguy101


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 version. Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malts, some hop bite. Flavor is full, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight bitterness. Very similar to the 2000 release. The flavor is slightly less intense, subtler in this release.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 03:12:40 | More by beerguy101
Photo of homebrew311


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Appearance is black, opaque, and viscous with a velvety layer of brown head which retains nicely. The nose starts with deep roasted malts with a hint of smokiness, this is paired with molasses and fig. The taste is roasty and dry up front and develops a nice hop bitterness towards the finish. Almost no sweetness which is a surprise to me considering how malty it is. Mouthfeel is thinner than the appearance suggests, but is appropriate for the gravity of this beer. Overall, this is a nice full flavored stout with a bit of unique character. It leans towards the dry side with almost no sweetness which is unlike most stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:54:55 | More by homebrew311
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, label states 6.6% abv. Pours out stark black in appearance, dense chunky tan head with fantastic retention.

Dry roasted malts up front on the nose, some milky sweetness.

Grainy dry roasted malt up front in the flavour too, intense coffee grounds, some brewer's licorice near the finish, dry espresso-like grounds in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a decent body, a bit slick, but carries the flavour well. Thickens out on the finish, very dry.

A dry bitter stout, similar to a dry London porter. Not my particular taste for mass consumption, but it seems to hold its own in that particular flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 05:22:32 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of mdaschaf


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: The beer is a nice, deep black, with a small khaki head on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Very roasty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. The roasted malt is rather heavy.

T: Similar to the aroma, tons of roast and some char. There is some more chocolate with a very little bit of coffee. Faint earthy hops come forward on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: One of the better mainline offerings from Pike. A pretty solid export stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 00:48:22 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of ADR


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002-2003 limited release...

Big pour, dark/dark brown and opaque. Orange carbonation settles down in about 60 seconds. Laces in looping clumps. Coffee and orange rind-like impresssion to the big aroma. Flavor is somewhat more limited, a dark roasty coffee, slight sense of malted milk and the requisite scant hop. Mouthfeel is about medium to thinnish, but I pick up an offputting vegetable, almost smoked onion, sense to the profile. Not dominant by any means, just slightly annoying. Not an awful beer, but not a first choice to my tongue.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 15:24:14 | More by ADR
Photo of Reagan1984


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 21:57:01 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a an extremely dark brown, almost black color, with a nice two finger foamy head that stayed at least a formation of oversized bubbles throughout the session.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of licorice to round things out.

T: Bittersweet baker's chocolate, but with a little more sweetness than that. Slightly fruity on the aftertaste.... I'm thinking dates and raisons. The finish was somewhat dry, but not too.

M: Nice thick and creamy feel, with a bit of lingering bitterness that I didn't find offensive. The lacing was substantial.

D: I remember going to the brewpub in Seattle about four years ago and had this on tap. I'm glad we get stuff from Pike out here now because it's cheap, it is all solid, and I now get to re-live a bit of nostalgia from my past.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:45:11 | More by Chaney
Photo of sulldaddy


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass. The beer pours pitch black with thin tan surface layer of head. Aroma is roasted malt and almost smokey mixing with some brown sugar and maybe molasses as well. No real hop presence or ABV hints either. First sip reveals a thick body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Tight clingy lattice on the glass after each sip. Flavor is dry roasted malt almost coffee bean and some general sweetness. My palate dries out after each sip. Again the hops dont show up at all which is okay considering the style. No hints on ABV either. The beer is a bit of a sipper but only due to the body not any booziness. A well crafted robust brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 16:10:49 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque black with a thin light tan head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and dark chocolate with mild espresso. The taste is smooth roasted malts with hints of bitter cocoa and fresh ground coffee, an interesting contrast to the aroma. The beer is fairly light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable stout, I'll have to pick up another bottle to try on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:43:29 | More by atsprings
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.