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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 12-06-2008

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#23,071
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
118
pDev:
17.51%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 66
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 UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely suffering from a mild infection issue but is still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Ok, first off, it's not exactly a breeze to open this bomber - some very solid wax encloses the cap - a good knife is required to get enough of it off to have a go at the cap. By that time, the bottle was obviously agitated, and poured very messily, foam up the wazoo...

Anyways, inconvenient packaging choices aside, this beer appears in the glass as a black hole, no light escaping, save the tiniest of red tinges at the base when held to the overhead halogen lights. As previously noted, it gives off tons of foamy, foamy, foamy (did I say foamy?) brown head, which takes its sweet time to melt away. It smells very distinctly of bourbon - caramel, vanilla, alcohol, and spicy American oak wood notes, with a slight whiff of chocolate and coffee in there as well. The taste is astringent woodiness at first, then some caramel malt, dry cocoa, coffee, some booze, and increasingly intense citrus hops. The carbonation is on the mild side, the body decently weighted, and quite smooth, and it finishes with a sweet chocolate, hop, and whisky (no 'e') flourish.

A splendid barrel-infused big-ass stout, the bourbon influence well integrated. The alcohol is noticeable, but not in any significant way. My only set-to with this particular beer is a local concern - it goes for 16 Canuck-bucks a bottle - not the beer's problem, I know, but certainly a limiting factor in any future enjoyment of this stout for me.

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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 zestar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2014, which is 9.5% ABV. Label says it's aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey barrels with some new XXXXX Stout added. From the 22 oz waxed bottle purchased at the Co-op market in Mount Vernon.

Very dark, almost oily brew, with a flicker of foam in the Kasteel chalice. Quite spritzy on the tongue, though, and less sweet than the unctuous texture would suggest. Quite woody and while it's a little boozy it's not the usual Bourbon taste.

Quite chocolatey and deeply malty, but there is a surprising bitter finish. Bitter and woody, but tamed a little with the burnt sugar sweet sensation. Still, it's quite dark-flavored with charred grain. A little rough but a delicious barrel taste with the deep aroma of vanilla.

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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 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 mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different sources and both have been infected. Emails from the brewery state that this beer is the way it supposed to be albeit a little over carbonated so I will review it as is.
Pours a solid black with about 3/4 of a glass of tightly bubbled tan foam. I pour four ounces or so then I wait 10 minutes and pour some more.
Nose definitely has a Belgianesque character to it. Smells a bit tart but hidden deep underneath I get some roasty and chocolatey stout like aromas. There's some vanilla and bourbon in there as well.
Taste is less tart than the aroma. Up front I get a blast of dark fruits and a slight spicy Belgian yeast twang. Fruits continue midway then slowly fade to reveal some oakey vanilla and bourbon, chocolate and roast. Finishes with a long lingering roast and hop bitterness. It actually doesn't taste half bad, but it is turning sour.
Carbonation is off the charts, body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is bubbly like seltzer water.
I have to ding this one pretty good because it is infected despite what the brewery wants me to believe. It didn't taste half bad, but it also didn't taste the way an American double stout should taste. The mouthfeel was totally ruined by the insane level of carbonation.
At $15.00 a bottle, never again.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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 NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try.

Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium.

Not what the brewer intended but I actually didn't dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.

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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 beertunes
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, as expected for the style, with with a thick tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of oak, bourbon and malt. There was a solid base beer and the bourbon didn't overpower the beer, as is often the case with the bourbon barrel brews. The taste featured a very good roasted and toasted flavor, with the bourbon and oak adding nice layers of flavors.

The body was good, solid and not heavy, but perhaps a touch on the thin side for the style. The beer was very carbonated for the style, which for some folks alters body and drinkability, it wasn't an issue for me. I found drinkability to be very good for a heavier beer. Overall, a very good beer that's worth your time.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 118 ratings