Pike XXXXX Stout | The Pike Brewing Company

Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout
BA SCORE
3.99/5
617 Ratings
Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,069
Reviews:
311
Ratings:
617
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
68
Trade:
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Ratings: 617 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Brain_Bagg
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of charlatan
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle claims "limited release: 2004 - 2005."

Very dark beer with light brown head which didn't stick around long for a stout. The sniff test managed to remind me of coffee, cream, cherry and liquorice. Tastes of an abundance of roasted malt. There is a really malty tang and smokiness, but no real coffee flavour (phew!). There is a hint of dairy and some welcome but ill defined hoppiness in the background. The feel isn't great. This doesn't slide down as smoothly as one expects a good stout to, especially since it only boasts 6% abv despite all those X's.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black colored body, watery looking, with a tan head, some good lacing. Has a strong aroma of some coffee, with some bitter coffee grounds. Has a coffee taste, some chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Pretty rough for me.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. English Pint Glass.

Dark pour, black - with a nice head and decent aroma at first. The smell mellows really fast - and you can barely smell it at all.

Taste is weak, like a carob or weak chocolate stout - with a lot of roasted flavor but lacking something bigger to make it stand out.

Low in alcohol, which is fnie, but low in overall flavor too.

I wish this had a bit more flavor to it, worth a shot though.

Cheers.

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Photo of mschind
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 OZ bottle with no date.

A- Poured into a pint glass leaving a one inch tan head that disappeared quickly. This stuff is like a black hole in a glass, totally opaque and almost pure black.

S-Malty, burnt toast and coffee.

T- Taste is one dimensional, some bittter roasted malt up front, and then more burnt tasting bitterness at the finish and maybe some licorice.

M- Mouthfeel doesn't match the pour which was thick looking and viscous; a bit thin for something called extra stout. It leaves a bitter chalky sensation at the end that lingers.

Nothing off about this beer, it is a vision of stout that seems focused on bitterness and color.

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Photo of ArkyPalmer
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of agsourdough1
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an oily jet-black, completely opaque. A one-finger brown head forms nicely but doesn't stick around for too long. I got a ton of spiderweb lacing in this one (left several distinct rings around the glass during session).

S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and black licorice, with brown sugar slightly noticeable. The smokiness from the dark malts cover up most of the other aromas.

T: I've heard of several issues with Pike beers and contamination, and I think I might have gotten a bad one. The most prominent flavors in the beer are black coffee and semisweet chocolate, although hints of stewed dark fruit are also present. However, this beer had an overpowering waxy bitterness to it that I almost couldn't handle. It killed the rest of the flavors in what could otherwise be a very enjoyable beer for me.

M: Medium to full-bodied on the palate, but goes down quite smoothly. The carbonation level is just right, and the ABV is completely masked by the flavors.

D: This beer is pretty subdued for its style and could be very drinkable for me if it wasn't for the off-putting bitterness. I will have to pick up another one of these and update my review to see if I just got an off-flavored beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice pour, deep opaque black with an easy, thick creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass. It's not exactly long-lasting, but it never fully fades (ends up thin cream layer that's too thick for a film, but kind of like a like coat of moss or lichens). The aroma is a little weak, but roasty. The flavor is as strong as it should be but it dominated and unbalanced by too much burned bitterness. A bit of smokiness lingers underneath. The lack of balance makes this less than a joy to drink, but intriguing at the same time.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark black-ish brown color with a two finger tan head, some patchy lacing,

Smell: roasty chocolate, a little earthy coffee aroma on the tail end,

Taste: sweet stout malts, a little chocolate, solid stout taste,

Mouthfeel: I would say medium for a stout.

Drinkability: good, this is one I would try again.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a 22 oz of this from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle last month a couple of days after I moved here, pouring it now.

A: 1/2" brown sugar head, lacing that runs and hides when tilted, black as the night is long. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

S: hickory, cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, cherries. robust and intense with a sweetness hovering over, makes one eager to try.

T: mocha latte. no lie. good stout, not too sweet nor too bitter. on the other hand, the after taste has the waning around of flat coke and paint thinner. month too long to wait?

M: pretty flat and dry, robust eagerness fades away quickly. by the time you take another sip you realize the taste that lingers in your mouth is what you just put back inside to wash it away...flimsy character, short life.

O: wantaway stout that remains local because of it's ill-perceived stance in a relatively competitive category.

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Photo of infi
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 10/29 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Fairly viscous and dark liquid with some areas of translucency. Good thin tan head above with some retention and spotted lacing. Aromas was majority towards barley and breakfast malt- very bready-oriented on the nose. There was also a good amount of some dark chocolate notes, which complemented the malt very well.

Taste mirrored the aromas phase by phase. Began with a substantial malt/barley foundation with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate sweetness, which was very thoroughly noticeable. And towards the end, the flavors end on a faint charred burnt flavor and thin astringency. Textbook stout overall.

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation and was incredibly easy to drink. Complexity is definitely not needed in this beer, as the flavors were readily identifiable and tasted well throughout. If this is available around you, this bottle is easily a candidate for a nice session. We all enjoyed this one pretty well. eXXXcellent. (ha!)

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Motor oil black with a light brown head that settles out to a fine cap of foam.

Low aroma of fig, raisin, and some espresso.

Thin flavor upfront, but moves quickly to dark malt, coffee and oak, hints of cocoa. Firm bitterness balances the malt. Could be more roasty and complex.

Full mouthfeel, but finishes tannic with a puckery linger, which detracts overall.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relatively new beer for us -- 22oz bottles for only $3.99...

A: Poured the beer into a nice brandy snifter -- really dark color with a nice tan head. Lasts a few minutes or so, leaving a pretty white lacing.

S: Initially you are hit with huge amounts of roasted, burnt malt. Brown sugar, molasses and coffee soon follow. As the beer warms, there is a huge amount of smoke that eventually emerges -- similar to a peppered bacon. Bittersweet chocolate or cocoa round out the aroma.

T&M: Full bodied, but very, very smooth. This stout has a nice creamy finish. It is sweet, but the hop bitterness certainly rounds out the palate. I am left with unsweetened chocolate, weak coffee, and liquid smoke. Rich and round, with full flavor and a nice finish.

I like this beer, but I'm not wowed by it. It tastes like every other Extra Stout I've ever had. I dare say that most people would have a huge problem trying to decide what is what in a contest between Pike's and Guinness Extra Stout. Nonetheless, it is a good, solid beer, and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a big brown head. Lots of lacing and the head stays a while on top of the beer.

S- Pretty interesting. The first thing that came to mind was terraki bbq sauce.

T- Strong choclate taste up front follwed with a nice taste of hops when swallowing. Soon after a very nice roastiness comes out.

M- A little thick that really seems to cover the mouth well.

O- I think this is a pretty good beer. I would definitley drink it again. While I didn't care for the smell to much, it made up for it in taste.

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Photo of midaszero
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with one finger of coffee head and good lacing

S - A little chemically smelling. Lemon, citrus, and floral are faint

T - Almost like a chocolate soda. A little sweet with decent chocolate body and a little hop bitterness on the back

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good and enjoyable

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, not great but pretty good. Deep stout flavor with a little bit of hoppy bite in the beginning middle is slightly pleasant and the after taste is a decent stout taste.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002-2003 limited release...

Big pour, dark/dark brown and opaque. Orange carbonation settles down in about 60 seconds. Laces in looping clumps. Coffee and orange rind-like impresssion to the big aroma. Flavor is somewhat more limited, a dark roasty coffee, slight sense of malted milk and the requisite scant hop. Mouthfeel is about medium to thinnish, but I pick up an offputting vegetable, almost smoked onion, sense to the profile. Not dominant by any means, just slightly annoying. Not an awful beer, but not a first choice to my tongue.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of DrBrewPhD
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 617 ratings
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