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

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615
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309
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a pint shaker.

A: Pours a fairly opaque and dense looking black with tan head that retains well and laces nicely.

S: Fairly big licorice presence...chocolate, hints of soy and pitted cherry...sweet notes of black patent malt and dark caramel....roast and char and burnt coffee.

T: Cherry, licorice, molasses, soy, hints of smoke and chocolate...star anise...big malt body, some char, hints of coffee...dark caramel...lots of roast.

MF: Fairly viscous and sticky, fuller bodied with just a slight twinge of alcohol.

O: This one took me by surprise, I like it a lot. Not a one-hit-wonder, lots of different aspects to this stout.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a very deep black with a very nice dark tan thick frothy head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty. Could use a bit more aroma. Maybe some caramel ; )

Taste is smooth. More roast than anything. Could use a bit more caramel malt IMO but it's still very tasty. Easy drinkin stout with a nice roast punch.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a roast bite in the finish.

Overall a tasty beer try one if you can. I can see this brewery comin up.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DHGranstrand for this bottle in a recent trade. Pours like midnight with a decent sized tan head. Nose is like molasses and tar, but really there isn't a whole lot of it there. Flavor is thick with molasses tones. Noticeable roasted aspect to it is there. Nice thick flavor profile that stays consistent. Just a slightly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is slick. Pretty nice to drink on this one. A very robust and well made stout. A nice sipper and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around this one after sitting in my fridge for a few months. On to the beer:

Black as night as it sits in the Lucifer branded snifter. There's a thick tanned head that's a finger's thick, and it leaves plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose shows excitment, led by some chocolate liqueur, then followed by a kick of piney hops and cocoa powder. It's a fun nose.

The taste turnns out to be more fun than the nose, which is saying something. Score-wise, it's right between the 4 and 4.5. Subtle hickory smoke hides beneath this yo-yo of hops and chocolate. The hops seem to be more "juicy" than piney though. Some burnt and unsweetened choclolate linger in the aftertaste. Its rich and smooth body are appreciated, which gives the impression that that it may be an imperial stout, but its listed 7% ABV would make it closer to export stout territory.

However you view it, this is a delicious stout that would make a great treat for dessert, or even to make custom chocolate sauce.

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Photo of Shadman
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They don't get much blacker than this. Held it up to the setting sun and not a whisper of light. None. Zip. Nice rich tan head with web upon web of lacing.

Liking the aroma. Rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate with some nice floral hoppiness that is lacking in other extra stouts. Intresting take on the extra stout style. Definitely has the dark roast down pat. Slight hint of chocolate with the slight sourness that you find in Guiness X stout. Pike has hopped their version up which surprisingly I liked. Usually I slam West Coast brewer's because of their liberal use of hop, but in this case I find it balances the sourness quite well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, even with the hoppiness.

An interesting take on the stout/x-stout style and I rather liked it.

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Photo of philbertk
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--1997 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0)

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout --1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50%. (4.0 / 5.0) Excellent!

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Spotted at The Ballard Market 10/10/99. Rich chocolate head with Espresso aroma. Hazy deep dark black color. Creamy chocolate coffee front. Sweet dry creamy chocolate espresso body. Hot hop profile. Sampled 11/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--Limited Release 2000-2001--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear dark opaque black color. Tan Espresso head. Thin lace. Espresso roasted mild front.Creamy velvet rich roasted slightly dry body. Creamy end with lingering hopless roasted flavor. Blander Version. Sampled 7/17/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout--Limited Release 2001-2002--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Light sediment. Rich espresso head and lace. Opaque dark thick black color. Rich roasted espresso chocolate mild hop front. Creamy rich sweet roasted chocolate fruit body.Sweet spicy chocolate hop end. Sampled 12/28/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--XXX Stout 2002-2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear obsidian ebony color. Rich lacy brown head. Sweet floral chocolate hop front. Creamy sweet velvet texture is rich with roasted chocolate cherry espresso notes. Smooth mild earthy hop malt end. Tasty. Sampled 12/30/2002.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX 5X Stout--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment. Rich lacy espresso head. Opaque obsidian black color. Rich choc espresso tangy floral hop front.Creamy crusty earthy rich burnt sweet chocolate cherry espresso body. Balanced hop mild citrus end. Sampled 4/5/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX "5X" Stout 2004-2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 50 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy dark espresso head. Shiny obsidian jet black color. Rich burnt roasted espresso chocolate hoppy front. Creamy crusty burnt biscuit caramel mild sweet cocoa body. Chalky earthy balanced rich hop end. Sampled 11/8/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX 5X Stout Limited Release 2005-2006--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Sediment hint. Lacy espresso head. Opaque dark black color. Rich roasted espresso hop front. Crusty creamy rich burnt toffee caramel espresso mild cocoa dry sweet velvety body. Clean smooth roasted hop end. Sampled 1/9/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--"Pike Stout XXX ""5X"" Extra Stout"--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--65 IBU'S. (4.25 / 5.0) Stout--Lacy espresso head. Opaque dead dark color. Burnt sweet chocolate espresso hop front. Sweet burnt drying smoky mild espresso body. Crusty burnt hop spice drying end. Rich brew drys and mellows with warmth. Sampled 12/10/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Stout XXX Extra Stout--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV--65 IBU's. (3.9 / 5.0) Stout--Sediment Hint. Lacy thin dark espresso head. Dark clear obsidian black dark red edge color. Thick pour. Rich burnt roasted espresso earthy hop cocoa hint front. Dry sweet tangy rich burnt espresso mild dark fruit smoke hint crisp malty body. Hot hop spice end. Sampled 2/4/2010. $4.49 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike XXX Stout. 7.00% ABV. 60 IBU's. Lacy espresso head. Rich roasted espresso front. Crusty chocolate Stout body. Crusty hop spice end. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery. Sampled 5/9/2010.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with excellent thick, dark, creamy head. Good lacing.

Smells of bourbon & burnt oak. Not very aromatic.

Tastes of bourbon, burnt chocolate and licorice. Nice hoppy end.

Excellent mouthfeel. Great viscosity.

Not sure I could drink this all night but it is nicely balanced.

I poured this at about 60 degrees. Surprisingly, not very aromatic even at that temp. Very strong flavors though, nicely balanced with nice hoppy finish. I will definitely buy more of this.

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Midnight black...with an imporessive creamy tan head...nose is burnt malts and more....hints of caramel..some subtle smoky notes...dark chocolate...and light java notes...very complex nose...

Body is full...a little short of the badass Imperial stouts but nothing to sneeze at...creamy texture but finishes on a dry, somewhat bitter, acidic note...not unpleseant at all...just kind of like unsweetened dark bakers chocolate on the finish..

Flavor is nice...there is a bit of the sour/acidic flavor..also the dark chocolate..some java...and a hint of caramel...

Pretty decent stout...full bodied and full flavored...pretty complex....mouthfeel seems like an oatmeal or borderline imperial...taste is more along the lines of a dry stout but it has some oatmeal stout characteristics too...

A stout well worth finding and trying...

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost and dark as used motor oil, with a mild sepia-colored head, and leaves moderate, but creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted espresso, with hints of cocoa, molasses, and caramel. The smell is a bit tame for a beer of this ABV, but what is there is enjoyable.

T - This stout delivers the goods in taste though! Rich, chewy chocolate-like malts, with hints of caramel, molasses, even some vanilla, all balanced by moderate coffee-like bitterness. The malty side isn't shy about showing itself here though.

M - Thick, chewy mouthfeel, and mild, creamy carbonation make for a great sipper.

O - Overall, one of Pike's better offerings I'd say. A great dessert/nightcap/cold day kind of beer.

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Photo of sionanni
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with mellow head and thick white lacing.
Smells of wood and coffee.
Taste is rich with coffee, licorice and malt.
Overall a good stout from Seattle Pike Pub and Brewery, has a good full flavour with a complimentary alcohol content that is not overpowering. The licorice is quite evident and personally I have never been a huge fan of licorice but the flavour with the strong coffee works for me.
Good beer Pike, look forward to trying others.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance looks to be a dark brown to black with a thick creamy firm brown head with nice lace. Smell of sweet dark malts, chocolate, molassas and dark fruits. Taste of strong coffee, molassas, roasted malts and the hoppiness balances nicely with the flavor. Mouthfeel seem viscous going down slick with a roasted malt bitter bite at the end. Robust is a good word for this one.

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Photo of delta490
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No light is getting through this one. Inky black with a creamy tan head. The head dissipates down to a slight disc that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is mild, with some light notes of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is pure dark roasted malt. It has a nice burnt astringency tempered with a nice earthy hops on the finish. It has a good weight to the body and a nice silky feel on the palate. It's a straight-forward rich and malty stout.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lustful heavy brown and black body, mostly black. Whipped brown sugar top with highlights of orange and some small soapy bubbles. Overall this brew has a nice dark appearance with some filmy globs of lace. This sucker looks like my kind of stout, fingers crossed!

S: at first whiff I get strong dark roasted characters of malts, grains and coffee with sweet black licorice. Has some dark chocolate connotations in the pot. I think I am inclined to really like this one

T: seems to be shaping up nicely...husky-bodied roasted malts, soft and dry burnt earthy notes, and dark coffee beans. It is not overly sweet and yet retains a level headed dark chocolate bitterness. Did I mention that the malts are heavy and dark? I also pick up on a light effervescent citric bite and hoppiness in the finish. This seems to help keep all the flavors intact and at bay from washing over and being overpowering. Nothing overpowering and yet has a nice depth

M: a rather smooth and soft one on the tongue, heavy body. This beer has a mind of its own and regulates the flow on its own, half my beer gone already. Carbonation is hidden with just a bit of exposure

D: all around nice and worth the buy. I picked up mine at the Belmont Station and am very happy with my purchase. This easily makes it into my large group of time-to-time regulars. Put on the "Snappy Pants" for this one!

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Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in the glass, completely opaque with a thin layer of chocolate milk coloured head. Sheets of lacing abound. Thin head remains for some time.

Smell immediately brings roasted coffee beans to mind. I'm not a coffee guy, but I'd say dark roast. Straightforward aroma, but pleasant.

Much more bitter than expected. Coffee flavour for sure with bitter roasted notes throughout. Citrus hops in finish so strong that blindfolded I would easily have been confused by the style. Different, and tasty.

Full bodied, heavy enough to dull the carbonation but doesn't feel flat in any way. Good mouthfeel.

This comes across as being a very big beer, but stays a bit more drinkable than the RIS/Double Stouts out the by not being too high in abv. Even nicer than I had hoped for.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass. The beer pours pitch black with thin tan surface layer of head. Aroma is roasted malt and almost smokey mixing with some brown sugar and maybe molasses as well. No real hop presence or ABV hints either. First sip reveals a thick body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Tight clingy lattice on the glass after each sip. Flavor is dry roasted malt almost coffee bean and some general sweetness. My palate dries out after each sip. Again the hops dont show up at all which is okay considering the style. No hints on ABV either. The beer is a bit of a sipper but only due to the body not any booziness. A well crafted robust brew!

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Photo of NumberNone
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours black, thin mocha head fades fast, plenty of lacing. SMELL is roasted barley, black patent, some sweetness, hint of heat. TASTE is roasty flavors up front, some sweetness from the malty base through the middle, then roasty and hoppy bitterness emerging for the finish. Coffee, chocolate and alchohol flavors add some complexity. FEEL is thick,full, rich and chewy. Some bitternes in the finish. OVERALL easy enough to drink for a full bodied, hopped up west coast stout. Flavor is bold for a moderately sized brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a frothy mocha head that leaves so many dots on the glass it has a pointillist effect

Smell: Roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes, with just a hint of citrus

Taste: Roasty, up front, with developing citrus and chocolate flavors that build by mid-palate with just a touch of sourness; after the swallow, the flavors blend together with a definite charcoal aspect on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An all around good example of the style, though a bit hoppy in a west coast way - nothing screams out at you but this is one well-brewed beer

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a deep black hue, with a crema-like head of thick, frothy brown. Fine, spidery, crackling lace like smashed creme-brûlée toffee. Body is a little thin, but otherwise, it looks great.

Nose is toasty, burnt and crisp and unapologetically so. There's no faux-stout sweetness to this one: it's like high-carbon roasted coffee. At least it makes its point with confidence.

Taste is again low on sweetness, but for this, it manages to stay smooth, rich and full. The darkness and the roast has a paradoxical brightness to it, as though the biting dark is the highlight of the palate. It's acrid, toasty and solid. Good stuff. Feel is light, but with some smoothness.

This is a stout-lover's stout: none of this "stout as dessert" nonsense here. It's not exceptionally heavy, it's not sweet at all, but it manages to pull everything together in a coherent if forthright whole. Great stuff.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Pike Brewpub on 3/23/2010.

A= This stout poured a deep black/brown with a 1" creamy and thick tan head. The head settled slowly to a chunky cap and left some stickage on my glass.

S= Very roasty, with hints of coffee and a few whiffs os caramel sweetness in there too.

T= About what it should be. Big roasted grain notes wrapping around lighter flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a kiss of earthy hops. Finished lightly bitter and refreshing.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable. I could and would put down a few of these in a sitting if I had the chance.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a real treat on tap in a chalice on a cold evening. Big , black and coffee nosed, the beer stretches its burnt malt legs after a few sips and takes you home to bed. I love a big stout that is not too high in alcohol as you get all the mouthfeel without the headache.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike Street Extra Stout is inky black and unmistakably opaque everywhere except along its rim where the overhead light causes it to sweat a dark cherry-red colour. The marks imprinted on the glass by its misshapen head look something the 'tears' that would be left by a strong wine, only more than twice the size and brownish in complexion.

The aroma has as many nuances as chamber music (but is of course much easier to take in!) Black tea, sweetened coffee, elderberry and other macerated dark fruits are just a few flavours that stand alongside the typical and expected scent of roasted malts. The balance between sweetness and bitterness achieves an almost zen-like state.

A malt bill that enlists only pale, crystal and roasted malts is more than sufficient and plenty reliable, but also a little prosaic. Liberal additions of Chinook, Willamette and Goldings hops give additional depth in both taste and texture. Earthy flavours of long-steeped black tea leaves chaperon the wallop of bitterness and innuendo of alcohol.

Like any good stout after it's had some time to warm, identifying all the flavour components is a challenging and constant process akin to puzzle building. Spongy toffee, raw nuts, cocoa nibs and watered-down espresso can all be added to the beer's (already long) list of gustatory properties. Also, the label's claim of 7% alcohol is put in serious doubt.

This was a tough one to mark: there is now such a plethora of flavourful, charismatic stouts on the market that I can sometimes take them for granted. This may have been one such occasion. Nonetheless, while it may not have warranted top scores, it is a beer fully deserving of praise, recognition and most definitely a (repeat) purchase.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour produces a cresting, almost four-finger thick, rich, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head leaves lots of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes. The beer is just about perfectly black and doesn't pass any light no matter how close I hold it up to my desk lamp. Sharply acidic roast notes mix with a rich cocoa aroma up front. Other aromatic notes of salty smoked peat, burnt toffee, a rich toasted grain base, a concentrated cocoa note and an almost meaty rich malt driven note that I can't quite pinpoint (lots of Maillard browning and an umami effect), but it really boosts the richness of the aroma and provides a substantial foil to the up front burnt acidity.

Lightly sweet, but significantly rich, towards the middle the roast malt provides an acidity and dry burnt flavor that almost drowns out the malt sweetness, but in the finish the malt sweetness makes a comeback. Ultimately this beer finishes dry as a sharp, softly acid, burnt bitter roast character is what ends up lingering on the palate. Burnt, dark chocolate notes envelope the tongue for a time as the malt sweetness lingers and this beer has a certain velvet-like texture that helps boost the chocolate notes as well. This really is pretty thick and rich (especially for a beer of 6.6% abv), it is quite chewy, though the burnt, acidic, slightly acrid, roast malt definitely cuts through the richness a fair amount. Lingering in the finish is also a significant hop bitterness that couples with the roast bitterness. As the beer warms I begin to notice an almost salty, smoky character to this beer.

Despite being so roast dominated (and by this I mean the sharper, harsher notes), I am really enjoying this beer, there is enough other rich, offsetting / balancing flavors that this beer is just quite enjoyable. Just a fantastic, rich, stout that isn't too strong; in fact it is much richer than its alcohol might suggest and this is actually quite nice.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this one in Seattle several months back.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a nice dark brown head. The retention is good and some nice lace is noted.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas with notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

T: The roast of the malt is perfect with the chocolate and coffee really pushing thru. Hints of molasses and a light nutty finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: If I could get this one, It would be one I drank regularly.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 615 ratings.
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