Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout | Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Entire - Wood Aged StoutPike Entire - Wood Aged Stout

Brewed by:
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by barleywinefiend on 12-06-2008

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of SeattleVike
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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 +23.9%
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 +22%
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 distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of cdog707yo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of jag21
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of sukwonee
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +18.3%
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 +16.7%
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 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 corby112
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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 +16.2%
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 +15.9%
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 draheim
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
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 +14.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of slaintemhor
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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