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Pike XXXXX Stout | The Pike Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
599
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 302 | Ratings: 599
Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
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.

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Photo of artiefufkin
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
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.

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Photo of hydrate
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
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.

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Photo of gopens44
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.

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Photo of mabermud
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
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.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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 hophugger
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color that tries its best not to let any light through, mission accomplished!!. Head is light coffee colored with mini craters and very very nice lacing left behind. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee beans, very pleasant and not overpowering. Taste is also nice with a great blend of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Balance is nice between roast flavors, coffee, chocolate and hops. Good carbonation makes this stout very drinkable with a good kick of bitter at the end. Decent balance..

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Photo of AustenFB
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Now this is a really good stout. It might even be great, but I'll have to try it a second time before deciding on that. Distinct bittersweet dark chocolate and black licorice flavors, nicely balanced. Really glad I found this one as it will make a nice alternative to Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (the gold standard of stouts).

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late March for $4.99.

Beer poured black with a nice full tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is mocha, roast, ans espresso.

Taste is roasty with hints of espresso and dark chocolate. Finish has a nice hop bit to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very good brew. Definitely seek this one out!

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Photo of delta490
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip.

dark black pour with a slowly developing inch and a half thick beige head. smells of burnt malts...coffee and chocolate. taste is extremely malt forward and rich. tons of chocolate followed by coffee on the finish. slight smoke, slight charred flavor.big body for the abv, ill call it full. rich mouthfeel, this beers best characteristic.

overall very enjoyable. recommended.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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 AlCaponeJunior
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a good tannish-brown head and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty and a little burnt with nice coffee and chocolate notes.

Flavor follows through with the nose, maybe with a touche of anise (but it’s subtle). The chocolate and coffee are a bit more pronounced, leaving a slightly cappuccino effect for the imbiber.

Body is full, thick, rich, and leaves a wonderful slightly roasted, slightly burnt aftertaste that I really enjoy in a stout.

Definitely recommended. I’ll for sure buy this one again.

Re-review, December 2013: This is still one of my favorite export stouts, or any stout really. It's kind of like the best of both worlds between an imperial stout and a regular stout (pick your variety, dry/Irish, oatmeal, or American). I may have to try cloning it. I love the bold dark roast flavors, the slight touch of burnt (a good flavor for me in the right quantities), and the touch of espresso coffee and dark semi-sweet baker's chocolate. I'm not sure I detect anise this time around, but I'll leave the original review in place for posterity. Second time around I still rate this one very high. In fact this isn't my second time having it, just my second time posting a review. One of pike's most tasty regulars.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer at Total Wine and it was on sale for $4.99. I have never noticed this before, but for $5 I decided to take a chance. I am glad I did.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a pitch black color and is topped with a rather dark, mocha cappuccino colored head of about two fingers in size. There is plenty of lacing and the retention is outstanding.

The aroma is filled with plums and raisins, even blueberries, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, toffee, slight chalkiness. Really nice.

Great flavor on this one. Slightly fruity right at the start but some hop bitterness sneaks up toward the end. There is a bit of astringency but I have found this is standard in the style. Chalky and dry, pithy, almost like aspirin chalky. Tobacco, raisins, piney resins, really nice.

A wonderful beer, especially for the price. I cant remember a beer that tasted this good for the value. I will certainly purchase more of these. A perfect beer in anticipation of Thanksgiving tomorrow and the impending cool front dropping down to South Florida.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell the chocolate, taste the coffee chocolate, has that raw chocolate aftertaste. A totally fine Pacific Northwest Beer. I hope they can get thus in Alaska, really fine for a cold wrt night. Really Extra Stout. Gonna take some of this back to my Texas Friends!

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Photo of JWearda
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Pint glass poured from the bar tap at Pike Street Brewing in Seattle, WA

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown with less than a finger light brown head that doesn't last, other than a nice rim around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts with some really nice unsweetened chocolate notes and definitely some burnt coffee in there as well. Almost has a soy sauce characteristic to it and definitely sweet smelling overall.

T- Just like the aroma: roasted burnt malts and coffee up front and finishes with unsweetened dark chocolate. Also in the aftertaste you get hit with loads of smoke and coffee like flavors. Really surprising for a regular stout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice smooth finish.

O - Very smooth and enjoyable stout, alive with flavor.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber to tulip. Traded for at Bottleworks in Seattle. Consumed 7-12-2013. Unsure of bottling date.

Very dark chestnut brown. 1-finger dark tan head. Decent alcohol legs. 1/2-finger collar lingers. The appearance anticipates the smell and taste. Very strong roasted malts at first sniff, reminiscent of coffee. Vigorous swirl opens up very faint licorice and fruit.

Very harsh roasted (burnt) bitterness, with a hop bite, at first quaff. Dark brown bread sweetness on the aftertaste. The roast bitterness continues to predominate as the beer warms, but it is less potent. This may explain the sweet, creamy mouthfeel. This one improves with time.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.
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