Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout | Pike Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 119
Photo of SeattleVike
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There isn't much to add that the three previous members haven't already said. I was turned towards this beer in a quest for an Abyss or two. My local beer contact turned me towards this one as an alternative. Same price as the Abyss. I am glad I took her recommendation...this is a fantastic beer.

This is my first "review" as I have been waiting for one that blew me away. This is it! I hope you all get a chance to sample this! By the way...I got my hands on three bottles of Abyss today! I love this style of beer on cold winter nights here in the Pacific NW!

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really need to keep better track of trades, I can't recall who sent this, but whoever it was, cheers to you for this great extra.

Pours a quite beautiful deep brown, appearing black without being held to light. A nice tan head is also present.

The smell is just phenominal. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood. Comes together in such a way as to be greater than the sum of it's parts.

Taste follows scent with the wood a little more up front and a bitter chocolate/coffee bean aftertaste. Just fantastic and near perfection.

Mouth is full bodied and creamy with low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability is great, this goes down easy with nary a hint of its ABV. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PuckX
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a 22oz Pilsner. Nice tannish head, sticks around awhile with minimal lacing

S: Coffee, hint of dark chocolate, and slight bourbon scent.

T: Much like the smell I had a coffee flavor almost mocha with the chocolate, slightly bitter at the end with a nice dark malted taste. The bourbon taste is a bit stronger than the smell, but I am ok with that as I love me some bourbon.

M: Nice feel to it, just the right amount of carbonation and a smooth consistency.

D: I could get in trouble with this one. Real easy to drink, drank it faster than I intended to but that was because it tasted so good! But BAM there's the ABV greeting me. Thats ok, but definately one I will sip next time and enjoy a little longer.

I definately like this one and am looking forward to drinking my aged bottle when the time is right. Highly recommended.

** Later addition... has a nice coffee aftertaste that lingers in my mouth.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage, picked up at Malt and Vine

A: Black/super dark brown body with mocha head with lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, booze, roasty malts, not much vanilla in the nose.

T: Wow. What a pleasant surprise! I don't know why this beer is rated so low. IMO, this beer is better than Kentucky Dark Star by Fremont. Cocoa/dark chocolate upfront, roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar. Awesome

M: Medium level of carbonation, medium thickness, chewy. Nice.

O: Seek this one out folks. It's worth it. It's not the biggest barrel-aged stout but it's very well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of collander
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I pulled this out of my cellar last night, I'm glad I did and wish I had more. This thing aged beautifully.

Blanced coffe notes, cocoa nibs, bittersweet choc, faint oak, and just enough malt.

Pitch black, with a tight, long lasting coffee colored head. Smooth and lovely, certainly couldn't tell it was around 9.5% alc.

Slow sip by the fire, eating s'mores. Good times, great beer.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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 brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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 corby112
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color that's completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges and a two finger frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly receeding into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Bourbon oaky aroma with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, toast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, lactic creaminess and more bourbon. There is such a nice blend of oaky bourbon, chocolate and vanilla probably due to only 50% of it being bourbon barrel aged.

Very roasted silky chocolate maltiness with hints of bitter dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee bean, toast, oatmeal, dark fruits and subtle hops. There is a nice bourbon characteristic that is not too overpowering. Again, this is probably due to the fact that it is a blend of 50% regular version and 50% aged in bourbon barrels. It's a nice change of pace to sip on a bourbon barrel aged beer that is complex and has other flavors shining through instead of being a hot bourbon dominated beer.

The roastiness is very prominent up front but is quickly balanced by the smooth silky lactic maltiness. There are a lot of sweet complex flavors going on here and the high ABV is very well masked. Only slight alcohol warmth in the finish making it very drinkable. There are some earthy bitter citrus hops toward the end which provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Delirium snifter, Pike Entire is a murky black with a dense, creamy, super dark, red tinged tan head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is noble hops (EKGs?) and sweet malt, a bit oaky. Solvents come out as it warms.

Taste is great. Big vanilla and coconut flavors and caramel malt tempered by a satisfying roast keeps it bittersweet overall. Nice acidity and surprising bright herbal hop notes provide very interesting depth. Alcohol lingers on the malty finish, with a touch of fusels. Lots of flavor, but not to overt, well done.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a fairly light body.

Drinkability is very high. This is a fantastic beer. I'm bummed I only got the one bottle, but am all the more grateful that I at least got to try it. Hopefully they'll release more. A must try for stout fans.

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Photo of rayjay
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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 draheim
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz (2013) into a tulip. Pours an opaque black w/ a 1-finger tan head that settles to some wispy foam.

Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and dark fruit.

Taste follows nose. Dark chocolate, bitter roast, oaky char, bourbon, caramel, vanilla. This one is rich and decadent. Earthy and nutty. Has a really nice bitter smoky finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly big, flavorful beer from Pike. Really excellent. I've had a lot of barrel-aged imperial stouts, and this one is right up there with some of the best of them.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 slaintemhor
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber that I picked up in Seattle in January of 2009. The colour was a very dark brown. Not quite black given the garnet hue around the edges. The head was thick and tan. The aroma was teeming with oak, cola bean, alcohol and a slight mustiness (but in a good way). On the palate, there was oak, oak and more oak! But, it was quite frothy and creamy with lots of coffee and dark, high cocoa mass chocolate. Nice stuff!

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Photo of pwoods
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane(beachbum1975) for sharing this.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Nice sized head with some retention and decent lacing.

S: Very nice stout aromas mixed with a very appealling wood character. Really digging some of these new barrel beers that aren't in bourbon. Great wood.

T/M: Mellow stout. Light roast and char, some old coffee. The wood is definitely the best part but it doesn't come out enough. Nice bitterness on the back end. Body is medium full is nice creamy carbonation.

D: Drinks easy enough and is tasty. Not bad.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013. Well this aged really nicely. What a surprise! Never had it fresh, but this beer is pretty tasty barrel aged imperial stout with some time in the bottle. Nice barrel forward nose and taste. Thin, but not boozey. Fairly impressive barrel aged imperial stout from a no name brewery.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Brouwers Big Wood Festival in Seattle. Since the bourbon element was prominent I listed this as a separate beer than the bottled version of Entire Wood Aged Stout.

Black! Thin tan head and lacing.

Strong bourbon, malty sweetness, roasted grains. Bourbon mellows.

Bourbon, wood, malt, dark grains and hops.

Low carbonation, very full bodied. Thick, pleasant texture.

For the size, not bad. Definitely one to savor slowly.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SuzyGreenberg for tossing this one in.

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice fluffy mocha colored tan head that lingers for a significant amount of time and leaves good lacing.

Nose is complex for sure. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate with hints of coffee and vanilla. Oak is apparent and a slight dark fruit presence as well.

Wow! Impressive for the pike. A huge roasted malt profile and alot of bitterness. Taste starts of like mad roasted coffee bean. Coffee and chocolate through the middle. A very dry stout. Some woodiness and vanilla, albeit slight towards the end. The finish has a big coffee bean bitterness and a very very dry finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel seems nice and viscous at first but sort of dies as it reaches the finish. Feels like its gonna be a thick and chewy one, but thins out considerably. Hard to explain. The carbonation is good, but the finish here is damn near abrasively dry. Quite strange.

Drinkability is pretty good aside from the crazy dryness, the abv is well hidden and this one goes down pretty easily.

Overall a very unique stout. I would like some thicker and more sustained mouthfeel, and a little less of that mad dryness on the finish. The bitterness is one thing, but this beer just sucks the moisture right out of your mouth on the finish. Aside from that, a very nice stout. Great roasted malt and wood profile and a nice coffee presence that I am assuming is acquired solely through the use of roasted grains. A good and complex stout. One to try for sure.

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Photo of bifrost17
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This review is based on a bottle I'm drinking, but I had it on tap at the brewery as well on the release day. This is the 2013 vintage, it's 9.5% abv, contrary to the 8% abv that BA has listed.

A: Beautiful pour. Absolutely pitch black, big 3 finger mocha colored head (probably amplified a little bit from the tulip glass) not even the slightest hint of light around the edges of the glass. The head sticks around for a bit then dissipates into a nice solid ring around the glass. The lacing is insane, not something you'd expect to find from a barrel aged stout. Lacing all the way down the glass. Really really beautiful looking beer.

S: Big time oak and vanilla notes smack you in the face. Followed up by faint notes of chocolate, booze, roasted malts, and espresso. Really though, the nose on this beer is all oak and vanilla. The barrel aging really shows in the smell.

T: Super super bitter, like black coffee. Not much else initially, but the aftertaste leaves a lot of subtle flavors on my palate. Pretty much like I explained from the smell, chocolate, booze, vanilla, and even some faint coconut notes. The alcohol is absolutely present, but not in a bad way, it warms on the way down. Tastes a lot bigger than the 9.5% that it is, but again, not in a bad way, it just works.

M: Exactly what you'd want in this style. Silky smooth, moderate carbonation, just glides across the palate.

O: I went to the brewery on the release day of this beer, and wasn't expecting much, partly based on the past reviews of the beer (which aren't totally fair because it sounds like past batches had infection problems) and because Pike is generally a pretty overlooked brewery in Seattle. All that being said, I've gotta give credit, and respect where it's due. Pike really nailed it with this beer. Up there with some of the better stouts that I've had. I really like the fact that this isn't a gigantic 12-15% monster that you've gotta split with someone, no disrespect to those big beers, but at 9.5% this is something you can do alone, and it still hits all the notes you'd want from a BA stout. Can't wait to see what a couple years does to the other bottles I picked up.

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Photo of boogyman
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky to try this on tap at the pike brewery. Heard this was something that was worth trying so here goes. Review from my phone, live at the brewery.

A- As you would expect, it pours dark dark dark. Black liquid with a thin tan head that looks dense. Head dissipates fast.

S- My smell is shot from having a cold, but i can still get some coffee and sweet smokey notes from it.

T- Most definitely coffee. Chocolate comes in on the sweet side and balances with the coffee nicely. Still has the smokey taste which seems to keep the alcohol mellow. Very good taste overall.

M- Very thick going in and down and boy is it awesome. I can almost chew it. The flavor lingers forever on the tongue. Even being nearly 10% ABV, it is well hidden.

D- Man if you could handle more then a few bottles or even glasses for that matter, then a pat on the back for you. I would either get too full or plastered, which ever comes first. Overall a very tasty beer. I am going to be picking up a couple bottles on my way out, one for now, and one to age till their 2010 comes out.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some wood and boozy flavours.

Overall - Really rich and sweet and lots of high quality chocolate flavours. I'd like a little more wood aged flavour, but this still as enough to keep it interesting. A steal at 6$ (on clear out) wish I could travel home with a few more bottles.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. One year old properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a massize aggressive dark tan head; 80% glass filled with foam. Fades slowly with lacing. Once past the foam, the beer is quite nice. Dark smoky malts, dark fruit, nice oak woody flavor, coffee, light hops. Light hop finish. Nicely balanced. Glad I got one of the good bottles; this 2009 apparently had problems.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky brown and black body with deep burnt orange borders. Pretty close to ink black. The follow up and formation of a massive buff brown head erupted with my rather weak pour. This thing was incredibly active as chunky boulders of soft chocolate rocks sat atop, with staying power. Lacing had a few honorable mentions, with one large smear of particular interest hugging my glass. Looks like a "Pike Stout"

S: heavy hitting dark malts with faint chocolate, coffee, and bourbon types whiffs. Nothing stands in as being very woody, but you could stretch the senses after a heavy huff to include oak and vanilla within the bourbon/alcohol notes. If I remember right, this does a pretty good job of replicating the original Pike Stout with a few new smells

T: upfront are the dark malty notes, this is followed by crushed dutch coffee beans with a sturdy helping of bitter chocolates. A few sips in, when you let things gather, the predominant flavor revolves around the bitterness. The cocoa and coffee notes are free to roam and pick up lightly spiced vanilla with, you guessed it, wood-barrel (almost winey) flavors. The bitterness is claiming more coffee character as the sips continue and things are even darker with the malts taking form as blackened and smoldering. Warming augments a few dimensions. Otherwise the pungent flavors coat most everything on the tongue shortly after the sip

M: pretty heavy brew with some good girth points. The carbonation is in good order and right for the style. Another thing, the ABV just lurks around and never gets in the way, as it's always under control. The finish nips the palate with a baked dryness

D: the original Pike is banging, and the Pike Entire is banging. The original has been a go to brew for me and the same follows suit for the wood aged. If any discrepancies exist, which they really don't, it might need to mellow out just a bit with the bitter features it carries.
Well, in any event, is it tasty! Get a hold of it

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 119 ratings