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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout | Pike Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,361
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
118
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by TeeCee:
Photo of TeeCee
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my best review. Not rated to stated style as the rating would be very low.

So I can't tell if this is supposed to be a sour stout, but it is.

Appearance:
The huge, continuous head seems to me to be the first sign that this is either intentionally or accidentally sour. Other than the fact that I can't seem to pour more than two ounces at a time, the beer has a nice dark color with lots of tan head.

Smell:
The cherry scent again tells me I'm dealing with something going sour. I smell cherry/sour more than anything.

Taste:
Like Avery's Depuceleuce or something. Not getting stout and not getting 60 IBUs.

Mouthfeel:
Nice and medium in the mouth. Light for a stout, but not like drinking water or anything.

Drinkability:
If you like sours, this is on the lighter side. For me, I've been working on this bomber for over an hour, hoping I don't have a headache in the morning.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kemoarps
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/4.25/4.25/4/4
Comes out of the bottle at a beautiful dark ashy black. Small brown head to start but that dissipates quick enough leaving whisps here and there and a ring around the edges.

The barrel comes through as the first note I notice, Vanilla and gentle bourbon. Doesn't overwhelm, almost understated even.

This is delicious. Starts out the same as the nose with round subtle bourbon notes (vanilla, caramel, and then the underlying stout takes over. The stout this started as is a burnt ashy dry variety whose bitterness juxtaposes nicely against the sweeter rounder notes of bourbon.

Often in this age of obsession around barrel aging, the barrel dominates and it tastes like beer flavoured liquor (nothing wrong with that: I rather enjoy it most of the time) and/or they will bring a sweet underlying stout that stacks with the ourbon. This one treats the barrel as more of an augmentary piece, which I really enjoy. Instead of letting anything completely take over and run roughshod in one single direction, it balances, bringing the positive elements of different approaches to the style. What I'm saying is I quite like it.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Nice surprise, best Pike I've had in years. Pitch black, very thin head. Smell is mostly oak with some Bourbon. Developed, layered flavors. More wood and less whiskey than most of these stouts. Makes it stand out from the crowd. I hope I can find another one of these.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wmartin
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good to above very good. Had 2016 bottle obtained from brewery. Somewhat viscous. Usesd engine-oil darkness, and little head that is typical of beers of this type. Definitely was best at practically room temp. Wood flavors not too pronounced, but fairly strong flavors of coffee/roasted malt. Complexity of stout somewhat hidden behind the coffee forward flavors. It is possible that greater sweetness would improve the beer, though I consider this a fine effort. Would definitely have again, should the opportunity present itself.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

American brewers have taken wood aging to new levels that have never been seen before, re-creating flavors that traditionally would have been there pre-stainless steel. Add the blending of beer, which Pike has done here, and you open a whole new world of complexities.

Big, viscous tan head on top of a crude-oil-colored liquid--another form of black gold, perhaps? Plum pudding aroma of burnt sugars, candied dark fruit and a modest dollop of vanilla bean with a hint of burnt toast and dark-roasted coffee. Slick and smooth medium to full body, you would expect syrupy, but this has a pleasant mouthfeel to it. Roasted flavor never becomes domineering or brash; lots of chocolaty and mild coffee flavors. Toasted cocoa nibs come to mind with an edge of light molasses. Mild warmth from the alcohol, but it mostly stays hidden. The wood character plays up the vanilla sweetness, but then cleans it up at the same time with a layer of tannin dryness. Dried black currants and ripe plum in the back. Quick sting of hop bitterness does not cut through the malt, but does help to balance. Roasty and woody finish. This is a beer to savor every last drop: epic in stature but nothing too bold to not be utterly approachable. This is beer's answer to fine Port wine.

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Photo of philbertk
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--9.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial. Wax sealed. Thin lace espresso head. No sediment. Opaque chocolate black ruby color. Roasted chocolate mild oak hop front. Creamy sweet rich bourbon oak roasted chocolate espresso smooth big Stout body. Balanced mild bitter hop bourbon EtOH hint mild hot end. Sampled 2/1/2009. $12.99 Each.

Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout--Brewer - Drew Cluley--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV. 60 IBU's. (0.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial. Wax Sealed Bottle. Huge foamy mild lace tan head. Opaque dark black color. Fruity burnt oak foamy front. Fizzy mild sweet thin sour Stout body Rich infected sediment. Dry citrus sour end. BAD! DUMPED! Sampled 4/30/2010. $10.79 Each. Cellered under good storage conditions since purchase. Very dissappointing. One scary bottle left. 2008 was good. Brewer says they failed to catch a few infected barrels before they got into circulation.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 55 degrees, obtained through Malt and Vine. $14.00 including shipping.

Pours opaque black with a brown, dense rush of three inch froth as the shoulders on the tulip glass squeeze the body.
Several minutes of extreme patience reveal a rocky, settling head of whipped foam. As the brew drinks, the head recedes to a solid skim coat on the surface, and the walls of the glass are sprayed with webbed, ripped lacework.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, espresso grounds, charred vanilla, oaky bourbon, and an intriguing vineous tartness.
A hint of wine-like dark fruits and boozy fusels follow through along with lingering bitter chocolate.

Full bodied and chewy, with a velvety but slightly smacking mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate, coffee beans, charred oak, vanilla-steeped molasses, and dark fruits start the palate. Earthy bourbon and oaky tannins slowly step forward as the brew warms, as well as a building vineousity.

Finishes with lingering chocolate drizzled over charred oak, a splash of tart Cabernet vineousity, and warming vanilla spiked bourbon.

Wowza. Great beer. I was very surprised by the complexity. The dark fruits and vineous undertones really set this one apart from the masses of big, bad RIS's. The body is not as massive and chewy as some, and the bourbon is somewhat subdued, but this brew is full of finesse, which many lack.

Tasting like a smaller version of Berserker from Midnight Sun, and thats not too shabby!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle, black wax over the cap and neck.

Massive pillar of tight spongy tan head upon initial pour. Settles to a loose sticky cap with swathes of sticky lacing.

Molasses, licorice predominant on the nose, some sour acidic char, smoky, woody notes, dark dried fruit, some rummy boozy alcohol.

Big flavour, but the intensity can't make up for a lack of depth. Light sweetness up front, roasted and burnt malt in the middle intermingling with a sweet boozy warmth, finishing with a smoky char, woody and alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. It all just becomes that alcohol warmth in the aftertaste after a while, overshadowing everything else. Long, long into the aftertaste, well after the glass is empty it's all wood lingering , slightly astringent.

Full, slick, low carbonation, a bit grainy towards the end of the glass. Carbonation pricks up a bit on the finish.

Bold, yet lacking in depth and personality. Enjoyable, yet nothing new after a few sips. Perhaps it'll refine a bit after a year or so of aging.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a stiff black malt bitterness with an almost sour aroma. I guess it's the bourbon smell along with a very dry, earthy black malt character. The flavor is decent as well. The barrel flavor mixes well with the bone dry patent malts. There doesn't appear to be a ton of complexity here. It goes down easy, again with a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable IS. It's drinkable, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Middle stout rather than an imperial In a word, dry. The pour was a gusher, although not handled much in several months. Most was fortunately saved, and it poured mollasses substantially in foam form. Much roastiness. Initially a bit of sweet, brown sugar, anise, though bone dryness took over and dominated. Drinkable but a pint is much.Thanks Presario.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, I've never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time.

Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace.

Smells of dark chocolate and brandy.

The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. There's also a bit hop spiciness in the background.

I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The premise: Pike blends their XXX Extra Stout with an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for seven months. First released in '08, Entire is promoted as an annual high-profile specialty beer à la Abyss.

Entire is impenetrably black with a smooth body and peripheral suds. The aroma boasts bitter chocolate and oaked sherry but with a noticeable measure of alcohol and some wayward medicinals. Bourbon elements are contributory but not decisive. They lend a hint of oak character to an otherwise fine standalone stout flush with roast barley and ample hop spice.

An easy sipper, aged to a regal informality, though a tad less than spectacular.

Note: I keep listing Pike's Extra Stout with 5 "X"s and the database keeps posting it with just 3. Weird.

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Photo of brentk56
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a blanket of tan foam - a decent patchwork of lace, too

Smell: Sour aromatics compete with the oaky barrel

Taste: Very woody and dry, with a developing sour character; underneath, the chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavors can be discerned, but the sourness and the oak battle for prominence both before and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I didn't get the gusher reported by others but this bottle (bought in Seattle in the spring of 2009) clearly has some off flavors; some have suggested that the sourness was the brewers intent - possibly so, but it sure isn't marketed that way so I am not sure I believe that

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to unclejedi for sharing this one and allowing me to hop on the Barrel-aged Bandwagon.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body capped by a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Fragrant nose of Pike's XXX Stout served one final shot of bourbon and then buried alive, six feet under the ground in a simple wooden coffin.

Taste: Roasted malts with slight chocolate and coffee overtones and a restrained sweetness lead followed by 2x4 planks of oak and even white pine. Touch of anise spiced prunes. Thin sliver of lemon rind. Earthy, vaguely spicy hop character with resinous bitterness. Quarter jigger of bourbon. Given a chance to warm a bit, the flavors really start to come alive. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering wood flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that I can't help but find agreeable.

Drinkability: The drinkability factor is quite high, helped by the fact the alcohol was so well hidden. The XXX Stout made even better. Don't you want that?

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades. Black waxed.

Poured a dark black color with reddish-brown edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, roasty, some bourbon, some vanilla, and caramel. Tastes of wood, roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and lighter bourbon. The barrel aging was done nicely and wasn't overpowering - blending this with 50% BA was the right choice. Alcohol content well hiddne. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown in color with some lightedness around the edges. Nice mocha colored head. Smell is some cocoa and some very strong oak flavor from the barrel. From what I understand this beer is comprised of two separate beers. One that was fermented normally and the other half was aged in oak bourbon barrels. They were then mixed together and bottled. There are some very strong notes from the barrel coming through in the flavor, almost too strong. Almost gives it a bit of a woodsy funk flavoring. Still very enjoyable and well done. Don't know what's giving me that funky flavor, but it's definitely there for me. Good beer.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I just happened to notice this beer in a side display at the downtown Spec's a week or so ago, so let's give this bad-boy a try.

Appearance: Very highly carbonated. The beer was poured carefully and still gave a 4" head of tan foam. The head started to fall pretty quickly, thank goodness as I poured it to the rim accidentally. There are lots of brown splotches of lace left on the glass after drinking, so this beer makes it's mark, that's for sure.

Aroma: The aroma had wood aged notes a-plenty with vanilla being the key player. There are some dark fruit like raisins and plums along with a dry woody character. Some liquor qualities coming out as the head starts to fall a bit with sherry being the one that comes to mind. Chocolate, dark caramel and a subtle roast are becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. There is a subtle floral component coming out as the beer warms that I guess is from hops, but the woody aromatics are muddling that quality up a bit.

Taste: The flavor is very carbonated, probably a bit too much, but I move on. The body is medium and the carbonation makes it dance on your palate quite a bit before you really get to taste it. The flavor has lots of wood with dark caramel that wasn't that apparent in the aroma. As the beer sits some, there is a nice chocolate flavor coming out. The flavor favors the malt, but the high carbonation, roast malts, and hops make for an interesting challenge for the malt to get through. Then the alcohol is also a player in the mouthfeel and finish so that it makes the beer appear drier than you would expect.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and one of the better ones that I have had from Pike Brewery. I normally don't say this, but it would be nice if the carbonation was a good bit lower so the beer would be a little more drinkable. The overall blend is nice and the wood aging goes well with the rest of the flavors. That said, I think that the thing that this beer lacks the most is mouthfeel. The fact that the carbonation is so high actually takes away from this beer. It would be much better more subtly carbonated so that you can really explore the feeling of the malts. As it is, it is coming across a bit dry, fizzy, and acidic...which can all be contributed by the carbonation. As the beer sits and the carbonation softens, it still seems a bit thin with more acidity in the finish than I would prefer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New batch (not infected) provided by inflateablechair.... Thanks Sam.. this is the 2nd time Sammy threw down this beer, but the last bottle (first batch) was like coffee spiked with fruity car battery acid.

Nice brown head... good lacing and retention atop a sorta thin looking black brew.

nose has bunches of black malts and oak... dry cocoa is also a bit player.

Flavor has hints of bourbon ... yet the oak is pretty heavy.. roasty... bits of char... French Roast... a small bit of chocolate holds enough sweetness to pull things together.

Body seems pretty lite for such a big brew and .... the carbonation is also pretty high. This beer has the bones to be pretty nice, yet the body and carbonation really need to be dialed in.... too fizzy.

Sam always brings the cool stuff that I overlook... You're good people inflatablechair.

4/4/4/2.5/3

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black completely opaque with a quickly receding tan head. Smells of burnt malts, bourbon, and oak. First sip is well balanced between the malts and the wood. Notes of vanilla and caramel lovingly contribute. Perfectly carbonated with an amazing mouthfeel. Sweet with just the right amount of bitterness. Wow!

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Photo of rayjay
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky brownish-black stout with a sticky chocolate milk colored head.

Malt forward stout aroma, with delicious virgin wood. Hints of beef stew and mild leather.

Very balanced and delicate. Sure its a big stout and there are some rough flavors, but they are all tamed and work well together. I love the wood, very fresh like a lumber yard. I wouldn't mind if there was much more of it. Mild sourness attributed to the roasted barley gives it an old-school appeal. Lots of dark chocolate and burnt raisins. Licorice too. Firm yet delicate bitterness along with a mild noble hop flavor, really great choice of hops. Finishes like coffee, bitter, roasted, and mildly sour.

Good mouthfeel, velvety like Abyss. Carries the viscosity and aroma quite well. The viscosity isn't as heavy as expected, adding to the coffee parallel.

Great beer, easy to drink but good to ponder. Cheers!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/13/2010 (Bottle, waxed):

Pours a dark, dark black colored body, can't see any light through it. Humongous foamy tiny bubble head, extremely lasting, tan brown in color. Roasted aroma, some woodiness. A bit of funkiness too. Not strong an aroma overall. Creamy mouthfeel, chocolate. Roasted coffee, a tiny bit of ash. Tasty not a ton of flavor, lightish. More alcohol as it warms, burning, strong coffee. not too shabby.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber that is 2009 vintage. Whoa, easy there fella...pours a reckless, foamy mess! Not quite a gusher, but definitely a glass foam-over. What little beer is in my glass is nearly black with a massive cap of large-bubbled dark brown foam.

Nose is slightly sour with some chocolate and mild roast. Smells a little like an infected beer, or at least one that is heading down that road. Would swear there is brett in here. That would explain the massive foam-over on the pour.

Taste does not seem as infected, although there is still a slightly sour twang to it. Still drinkable, and at $15 bucks you damn right I will. Cocoa nibs, chocolate and mild hop flavors are all detectable here. There is some sweetness in here, but it is balanced nicely by some roasty malts. The wood is definitely noticeable as well. Has more flavor and character than all of the other Pike offerings I have had, but still falls short compared to many others of the same style. It was quite expensive too, not worth the price IMO.

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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 118 ratings