Pike XXXXX Stout
Pike Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #13
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,178
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.95%
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
633
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Pike Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  73
SCORE
90
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber with ?a couple years of age on it.
Black pour with two fingers creamy mocha head.
Nose gives molasses, roasty dark malt, coffee/coffee grounds, dark fruit, touch of licorice.
Taste chocolate malt creamy sweetness, sweetened coffee, molasses, black licorice, followed by a hop and coffee bitterness on the swallow.
Creamy medium full mouthfeel - feels bigger than 7% though not boozy - moderate carbonation. Lingering coffee/espresso bitterness.

Jun 14, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, oats, chocolate and toffee. Rich, roasted malt presence with coffee and dark chocolate. Nice bitterness.

Jun 01, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a thin foamy tan head. A nice roasty aroma with a mixture of dark fruits and chocolate. The beer has a slight sweetness to it but a roasty almost burnt bitter flavor to it. The beer is very creamy and smooth.

Jan 27, 2018
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unclekeith from Alaska

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

1 year old bomber into a Teku - room temp

L: Inky black with a persistent 2-finger khaki head -
A: Roasted malts, chocolate
T: Very dry, roast, chocolate, long lasting bitterness bordering on astringent
M: Super creamy, a mouthful
O: Very good, not as clean as I would like, but no regrets

Sep 22, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark black, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells lightly smokey, with dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and tobacco.

This sits a little bit too heavily on the palate, but otherwise, it's an excellent stout. It's pretty complex, with lots of dark fruits and lightly sweet smokiness. There's milk chocolate and earthy tobacco too.

This is creamy and just a hint syrupy, with a good level of carbonation.

This seems to be by far the best beer that Pike makes.

Aug 18, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours opaque, black in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, roasted coffee, cream, and barky hops. Sweet with roasty bitterness, medium heavy bodied, with low carbonation. Makes for an impressive and tasty stout. I will get this again.

Aug 02, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Matte black with a creamy tan blanket that's almost like it's on nitro.

Smell is sharp cola with roastiness and molasses.

Taste is salty roasted malt with hoppy bitter cocoa and a frothy body with a semi-dry finish.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter, the appearance was a dark black color with a sustaining finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Lace was strewn about in a messy way.
The aroma had some milk chocolate, dark chocolate sweetness, black licorice/anise sort of thing going on, mild roasty coffee bean components, touch of earth/dirt and ended with a little bit of dark chocolate bitterness.
The flavor took all of the previously mentioned aromatics and guided diligently into themselves - sweet to bitter to roasty. Gentle roasty subsiding slight coffee to anise and dark chocolate aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping sort of quality about it. Roasty harshness was slightly abrasive to my tongue, but there was a pinch of smoothness from the chocolate malts. ABV felt appropriate. Carbonation felt good.
Overall, pretty nicely done foreign/export stout that I would have again.

Jun 12, 2017
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, bordering on black in color with a caramel colored head that leaves a lot of lacing on your glass. Hints of coffee and chocolate hit your nose. Upon tasting, you get the coffee, chocolate and something smoky and sweet, Maybe licorice and some kind of smoked wood. I had higher hopes for this beer.

May 11, 2017
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Viaduck from California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, almost black with a slightly lighter head. Aroma is mainly chocolate & coffee. Taste is salty, bitter & a hint of sweet& the flavor is dark roasted coffee. It smells sweeter than it tastes. Chocolate aftertaste. Feels slightly thinner than it looks. At 7% it's not very stout for an an extra stout very good.

Mar 26, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, approaching black, with a huge and lasting mocha-colored head that leaves heavy lacing.

Big, roasty aroma with an intense chocolate and coffee profile. A hint of dark fruit is present in the coffee.

The taste expresses way more bitterness in the chocolate, coffee and hops. Still very roasty, with just a kiss of sweetness, some sort of smoking wood in the aftertaste (hickory?) and a pretty dry finish.

Light to medium bodied, and just mildly creamy.

A PNW stout? A little too bitter to my taste at first, but it grew on me. Very solid beer.

Oct 22, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost black but a slight caramel hint like very dark soda. Thick khaki head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, some tobacco.

Taste is roasty malts, chocolate, a somewhat cloying sweetness like bubblegum soaked in the vat overnight. A burnt ash comes in halfway and there's a dry finish. Apparently true to style. Aftertaste not nearly as nice as the beginning in my opinion. Burnt porter feel crossed with roast, increasingly bitter as it warms.

Oct 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in thick and black. Tan head, 1". Aroma has some burnt notes providing coffee, anise, chocolate malt, roast.

Taste is plenty well hopped, still hitting those licorice notes, slightly sweet, more bitter. Chocolate malt comes out more and more as it warms. Relatively dry finish. Coats the mouth. Don't really like the bomber format for this, but it is well done, even if it is cost prohibitive in such a format.

May 20, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pike Place market

A: Black with some ruby highlights. A tan one finger head that lingered.

S: Semi sweet chocolate, anise, coffee, cocoa. A light bitterness pervades.

T: Follows nose with a charred chocolate and coffee opening. Light bitter coffee interlaces with caramel. Sweet, robust.

M: Medium with medium to heavy,chewy carbonation.

O: A great example of the style. A terrific sipper along with a chocolate chip cookie.

Apr 25, 2016
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. Good length, bitterness rounded by the sweetness. More dark(er) chocolate and coffee on the palate, with slight caramel. Sweet finish evolves toward more bitter chocolate linger... almost like chocolate with slight charcoal fire finish. Overall, great example of the style. Worth seeking out to try.

Apr 23, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber in color, verging on black, with a modest, somewhat coarse tan head, which slowly fades. Thin, fine-beaded lacing utterly coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Spicy sweet alcohol presents, as well as cold coffee, bitter cocoa, and deeply roasted malt.

Taste: Opens with robust roasted malt, soon followed by cold coffee, roasted coffee beans, bitter cocoa, and sweet alcohol. As the taste progresses, the coffee notes and the roasted malt intensify. The finish is dominated by bitter chocolate and dark roasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite soft.very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, not to be missed.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium

Jan 24, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is black licorice, smoke, anise, roasted malt and coffee. Nice.
The taste is coffee bitter, a touch of smoke and a little malt sweetness.
The texture is thicker.
This is an amazing stout.

Jan 11, 2016
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hydrate from California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent dark chocolate & coffee. Mild sweetness. Dark & creamy head. Heavy & flavorful which masks the high ABV. Not a session beer. Delicious for those who like strong, rich flavors.

Nov 12, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no date:
Pours black, with a fair amount of head. That head is brown initially, with medium bubbles, but collapses to a foamy consistency and a slightly lighter color. Lacing is significant on my glass.

Nose is sadly mostly absent in my initial sniffs. A weak general roasted nose, and some burnt toast. With some warmth the nose opens slightly to reveal more roasted grain, a hint of dark roast coffee.

Taste is deep roasted malt, toasted dark bread, and perhaps a hint of nuttiness. The back end is bitter and I can see it as either being dark roast coffee bitterness or woody hop bitterness.
Ending dryness is woody, but also a bit bitter like then skin of a dark nut, with a little slickness that would come with it. The beer isn't too heavy, just powerful roast flavor.

I kept looking for more in taste and nose, but this brew just seems straightforward. Roasted malt flavor with a fair amount of bitterness.

Nov 08, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thick chocolate head which settles down pretty quick, sans lacing on top this black as night beer.

Nose is chocolate, molasses and not too much else.

Taste is doing the same thing, but brings in a little coffee and bitterness to join the chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth and generally pleasant as all hell! Such a pleasant drinking experience.

Nov 02, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black body with a foamy, light mocha head. Slippery legs that leave circles and ovals behind on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Mostly roast and part toast. Black, underwhelming coffee flavor. A little nuttiness and a smidgen of dark bread. I detect a touch of lactose sweetness.
Taste: Roast is front and center, with a touch of malty sweetness. A dash of pepper. Short finish...dry...ish.
Feel: Medium carbonation. No lather in the mouth. Overweight, medium body.

Overall - Straight forward stout. This is not a mongrel.

Aug 06, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin light brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, molasses and a hint of hay. Flavor of dark toasted malt with nice char, boiled down coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, rye bread crust. Big, charred, toasty finish that his surprisingly dry, but rich and lingering. Pleasant medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation. At first, I was taken aback by the dryness of the finish of this stout, but was probably expecting a sweeter Russian style stout from the pour and look. In fact, but flavor profile was classic export stout, except with a more robust toasted, smoky char malt. The dry chocolate and toasty malt leaves an interesting and long lingering aftertaste. Very full flavored for the style and ABV. Nicely done and different.

Jul 24, 2015
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vladdswrath from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a thick tan head that hung onto the glass for dear life. This isn't labeled a chocolate stout, but you wouldn't know it as the flavors are dark roast coffee and chocolate all the way. It feels nice, but it is absolutely a dessert beer, I can't imagine drinking more than a bomber in one sitting. Still, it's a good one and I'd put in the elite class of local stouts.

May 03, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head that trails the glass. The smell is full of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with some smokey flavors coming through as well. The taste was nice with a sweet beginning and a toasty finish that I thought lingered a tad bit too long. Overall I was happy to try it.

May 03, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a three finger high brownbeige, fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate and dried fruit.
Taste: Coffe, chocolate, red berries, smoke and a lot of hops.
Body: Medium body with light carbonation. Soft taste with a great bitterness.

Feb 12, 2015
Pike XXXXX Stout from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 633 ratings