Pike XXXXX Stout | The Pike Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
612
Reviews:
308
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
68
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0
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Photo of irishevans
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of kkarimi
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Blacker than black with a very dark tan head that foamed up big and lasted forever, lacing the glass as it went down.

Smell – Big, very dark chocolate leads the way here followed by deep, roasted malts and fine espresso beans (not espresso but the raw, whole beans). There’s also a nice hop balance in there (citrus maybe) plus a soft sour tang.

Taste – Everything comes out beautifully at the taste. For all the big smells up front, this one is very even and balanced at the tongue. This is almost like a milkshake complete with cocoa and sweet chocolate, espresso (subdued from the nose), malt, and a very light, barely detectable sweet/sour note.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and chewy and medium in the body. This is a serious stout with a somewhat bitter finish.

Drinkability – One of the better stouts that I’ve tasted from the NW. Most of them are pretty lame (Hale’s Pikop Andropov's almost made me vomit), but this one is the real deal.

Update – I rated this originally with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be run to take another look at it using an ’04 bottle. It happily lost the slight sourness this time around and really is one of the better examples of the style brewed here in the PacNW.

Update – I had a 2005 vintage in May and found it to be very consistent. This is about as good as it gets here in Seattle, and this wonderfully brewery is just a few blocks from where I work.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a totally opaque motor oil black, with a copious amount of foamy light tan head, that leaves lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted chocolate malt and cafe au lait. The taste is floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee grounds - a nice dry bitterness - and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite muted, and the body is rich and velvety, with a medium weight. It finishes dry and smooth, with a note of mocha lingering. I quite enjoyed this - big flavors, but not too heavy in body or ABV to slow down my rapidly increasing pace.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with an initial creamy brown head that dissipates into nice lacing. Smell is deep, rich malty with a nice smack of hoppiness. Taste is rich, with a creamy quality...coffe, burnt malt, hops...very tasty. Mouthfeel goes from smooth and creamy to a hoppy dry finish...good combination. It's a sipper, but extremely drinkable...

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Photo of Aaryah
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep and opaque black, no light gets through, oily looking, thin big bubbled brown head forms, few spots stick to the glass as it settles to a thin layer. Smell is intense, lots of chocolate and caramel, licorice, brown sugar, lightly roasty, quite sweet, biscuits, dark fruit, figs, lots of depth. Taste is similar, big licorice character, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, fruit middle, sweet in the finish, maybe a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slick, with low to medium carbonation. Definitely a good stout, I dig this stuff.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger cream colored head. Nice lacing, but not as much as I hoped after seeing the thick milk shakey head.
S: Roasted barley notes with a slight infusion of chocolate and sweet caramel.
T/M: Roasted barley and malt with unsweetned chocolate flavors cross the palate first. Theres a slight sweetness to the first flavors. Burnt coffee notes also find their way in leading to a dry finish. Not a huge body, but big enough. Low carbonation.
D: Pretty tasty stout from Pike. Definately worth the chance if you can find it on draft. Luckily I had the chance to try this offering.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy brown head sitting atop. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a wall of lacing effect sticking to the glassware. A light swirl revives the brown froth atop the brew. When held to the light, some faint brown clarity is noted around the edges.

The smell of this offering is roasty with burnt grain indications that give off a scent of black licorice. More smells reveal a touch of dark coffee and chocolate with a bit of a citrus element to the backend of the nose. As the brew warms up, a bit of dark fruity sweetness and alcohol are noticed.

The taste is bitter and roasty from the level of char to the grain. It imparts a almost char flavor across the tongue reminiscent of high % bitter cacao. Some earthy roast elements mingle with a bit of citrus hops and fruity alcohol notes towards the back. At times a light grain flavor is noted outside of the expected burnt flavoring which adds a subtle change of pace. The aftertaste includes a bit of tobacco, leather and anise.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall a solid package that is worth the price of admission. I think I picked this up for something like 5 bucks while traveling (something pretty much unheard of in PA.) I would get this again if the opportunity presented itself. It is a solid take on the style.

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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick opaque black with a three finger, almost sudsy looking medium brown head. Head retention was pretty decent, left a thick film with spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is dark roasted and some burnt malts, chocolate malts, and toffee. Taste is of the burnt, roasted malts up front, deliciously bitter at the forfront. It then gives way to a creamy chocolate taste in the middle, and ends with the sweetness of caramel malts and toffee. Based on the pour, I expected this to be a thick, heavy beer and it wasn't! Body lends to be a bit on the heavier side of a medium bodied beer, but not extremely filling, decent carbonation, chewy mouthfeel in the middle with a nice dry finish. I could sit with a few of these on any given evening.

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Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour very dark brown to black, virtually opaque, with no more than a hint of ruby around the edges. Large dark brown head retains very well, leaving strings of lace down the edges of the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, with some burnt character. Some dark fruits sneak through in the background. No hop aroma to speak of.

Flavor is grainy, with dark roast and coffee. Little bit of a burnt grain finish, with a nice lingering bitterness.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, maybe slightly chewy. Overall a very roasty stout. On the low end of ABV for the style, so no real warming or other alcohol presence is evident. If I had to cite a negative, I think a bit more body and creaminess would make this a really outstanding brew. Very drinkable, and with relatively low ABV could be good for more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased bottle from the Stuffed Sandwich.

A - a dead of night ink black with a dark caramel-brown sugar colored head. Looks much better than many imperial stouts i've had. No light penetration.
S - Solid port scents with malt sweetness. Had a very pleasant aged aroma to it.
T - Cocoa, port, fig and sweet malts with a little bit of toasted biscuits. Not much in the way of hops here. Very earthy in taste. I like it.
M & Dr - Decent carbonation on a medium boy, which you wouldnt expect from the look of it, and somewhat dry. This is a good sipping stout and if it were not for the abv, i'd think this was a RIS.

Mellow

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Photo of GAPit
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ink black and thick with two fingers of thick, creamy tan head.

Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke, bitter hop finish. Smells a bit less intense than I would have expected.

Tastes like it smells, maybe a little more dark/burnt. Chocolate dissapears. Very dry/bitter/hoppy finish.

Nice mouthfeel, pretty high carbontation for the style. Very, very dry.

Overall a pretty good stout, Malts are overpowered by hops imho. Couldn't drink more than a pint or two, but I;m sure I won't have any trouble finishing the six I bought.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears an opaque dark brown color with a good inch or so of creamy dark tan head. The foam won't quit, lasting nearly the entire glass and leaving small wisps of lacing behind with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of rich dark roasted grains, cocoa, bakers chocolate, mocha, roasted coffee, caramel, and even some vanilla. Approaching full bodied for the style with more than ample carbonation. Very nice!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pike Streeet XXX Stout poured black as night with a solid 2 finger foam head and some pretty good retention. The lacing was sporadic and sudsy.

In the smell category I got the roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

The taste was filled with bitter coffee and semi sweet chocolate. The roasted malts lingered on the tongue for some time and left some enjoyable bitterness as well. Overall a pretty good domestic stout.

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Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a cooled pint glass.

A: It poured a pitch black with a dark chocolate head. The head was slight (under a finger) and consisted of varied sized bubbles that did not longer long. THe head receded to a slender cover with a ring around the collar that supported a thin see-through lacing.

S: There were strong bold roasted malt aromas with citrus and floral hops and hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: There was a light sweet roasted malt flavor that was quickly overtaken by the bitter coffee and floral hop back side. As the brew rested a distinct flavor of black licorice emerged with each bite of the hops. I expected a somewhat cleaner finish but the lingering bitterness reminded me I was drinking a stout without being too off-putting. I expected and was disappointed by the limited complexity and richness of the chocolate flavors...this is a coffee-hop dominated stout.

M: It was a medium bodied brew (much thiner than I expected). There was a sweet malt front and bitting coffee back that lingered on into the aftertaste.

D: The medium body, low ABV and smoothness make this an easy brew to finish. The moderate biting aftertaste is not a deterant making this a fine session stout.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of northaustin
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 22oz into a schnifter. pours like crude oil from a leaky old rusted steel 5 gallon drum.beautiful. a thick black with two fingers of rich brown head that disappears slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

smell is mostly a mixture of chocolate and espresso heavily roasted. not even a hint of alchohol.

taste is a tad thinner than i was hoping for with a name like xxx stout but still very satisfiying. a nice full malt flavor that doesnt overwhelm. once again no alchohol heat here.

mouthfeel is an expected sticky. puts you in that stout mindset.

3.99 for a 22oz of a full flavored stout thats 7% abv. you can do the math. for a beer baron on a budget this is one of the most drinkable beers out there.

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Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, shared with friends.
Pours pitch black, thick almost oily legs hanging on the glass. Tight beige head lasts nicely before fading to a floating cap. Thick, foamy lacing all around the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, some coffee, cocoa.
Taste of some coffee to start, bittersweet chocolate. More bitterness than expected on the end, earthy hops.
Good carbonation, medium body, creamy and smooth mouth feel.
Overall, a good stout, but more hoppy bitterness than malty sweetness. A plus for some, a minus for others.
Personal preference gives it top marks.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles on top. The head was pretty thick and creamy, so it looked like it was going to be there for a good while. As the head receded it left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I initially got some Chocolate along with some dry roasty and almost nutty aromatics. Some floral hops are defintely noticeable in here, and become more pronounced as it warms.

Taste: The flavor has a defined roasty component, but the overall balance is rather pleasant. The roast is a bit acidic, and lingers on the back of the palate for a good while into the finish. The beer doesn't really show it's strength as any alcoholic warming is obscurred by the acid. The dark malts give this beer a very subtle ashy impression, but that is not objectionable in this case. The beer is somewhat nutty, and the hops are playing a lot bigger role in the flavor and aroma than in the bittering. The finish is balanced.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I like the balance. The roast is a bit acidic for my taste, so that detracts from this beers overall drinkability...but other than that, it is a really presentable beer and a good example of the Foreign Extra. I would drink this beer again, but probably not after a Koelsch like I did tonight.

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Photo of South2NW
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 612 ratings.
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