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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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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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pike XXX Stout has a thin-to-medium tan head and a very dark brown, almost black appearance, but with visible bubble streams, upon close inspection. Lacing is scant. The aroma is of heavily-roasted barley malt, dark brown bread crust, and sweetness. Flavor is of deep, dark, astringent, roasted barley malt, a good amount of bitterness, sweetness, and some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pike XXX Stout finishes mostly wet, heavy, sweet, and rich. This is a sipper. Overall, I highly recommend this one!

RJT

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pike Pub & Brewery - Pike Street XXX Stout

Acquired via trade, somehow one of my first Washington brews, will need to fix that ASAP since they have the best hops in the country!

Look - Pours an oily (not jet) black with a huge foamy mocha head. Lots of sticky lacing, good retention.

Smell - Roasted malt, coffee, piney hops, cola, dark chocolate, molasses, and some fruit (berries, dates, figs).

Taste - On the thinner side, the fruits hit first, hops are there as well, then chocolate and finally roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel - Pine hops surprisingly bitter feel (it is 65 IBU so I guess not that surprising) sits on the palate and the roasted malts and coffee on the middle. Rich medium/heavy body with a dry finish. Great drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew all the way around, the hops add character and uniqueness that made me have to respect it (that and I enjoyed it). Recommend for sure.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with a three finger, thick brown milky-coffee head. Good lace rings, one finger of retention.

S - Coffee, cola, roast.

T - Roasty, dark fruit, lot's of dark sweet malt, quite roasty.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium creamy body.

O/D - A nice stout. Doesn't do too much to hold onto you, but it seems like a decent example of the style. I have to admit I got a little bored with it after the first glass.

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Photo of mikegreen138
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 ounce bottle on sale. pours a deep black with a small amount of slightly creamy head that disappears quickly. I pick up the roasted malts on the first smell, second i come up with a little bit of coffee and very small amount of black licorice, not too strong of smell but i am definitely interested. first taste goes down nice and smooth, with a very drinkable flavor, easy to pick out individual malts. roasted and darker caramel malts. the finishing aftertaste blends all the flavors and ends with that sweetness and then hint of coffee. Very solid brew, easy drinking with tons of dark malt flavors.

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Photo of acevenom
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dark brown and falls into the glass as a jet black liquid with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Some webbed lacing trails behind the retreating head. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, and a little prune. The beer is very roasty in flavor from the dark malts. I get that coffee and prune from the nose, but also a little licorice. I only get a touch of chocolate there, but it isn't much. The body is full and creamy. The roasty aftertaste lingers in the mouth and the finish is slightly dry. The beer drinks fairly easily due to the fact that it is smooth. This is an excellent beer. If you like your stouts very roasty, this one is for you.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Snifter
Black in color with thick rocky mocha colored head.
There is a lot of chocolate in the aroma with small hints of coffee.
Coffee and black licorice are very strong flavors in the front of this beer, these turn over to alcohol warming and hops. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture and nice lively carbonation. Lots of alcohol warming and hops bitterness followed by a dry lingering finish.
A great tasting stout that has a nice yet unexpected northwest hoppiness to it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a thick, dark black, produces an inch of creamy mocha head, has nice retention and lacing.

S- Nice aroma of roasted grain, dark chocolate and hints of coffee and dark fruit.

T- Similar flavor, lots of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit, with a nice bitter roasted, char and smoke flavor.

M- Full-bodied, smooth feel, bitter, dry finish.

O- A very nice stout overall, has great roasty flavors and a nice creamy, milky feel, highly drinkable and well worth trying.

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Photo of BigBry
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 Braz
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scents of hay and grass, overall earthy smell that I’m not as keen on. Deep dark brown color. Inch and a half brown foam head that lingers leaving prominent lacing down the sides of the glass. Dark roasted chocolate notes with light sweetness combined with some medium bitterness. Very full bodied. Two would make a meal. Creamy silky texture with a thick feel. Lightly carbonated. Long roasted finish.

Great stout. Let this one almost get to room temperature before cracking into. I think that is vital to do, the darker the beer. Great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter.

A- Pours an incredibly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that has good retention before riding down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly surface foam. Solid sheets of lacing.

S- Roasty and nutty with elements of dark chocolate and molasses. Some sweet caramel is involved as well.

T- Delicately smooth roasted malt with small notes of oak and smoke. The 7% ABV is concealed incredibly well. There's some bitterness on the back end but the highlights are in the chocolaty, nutty and sometimes coffee-like malt base.

M- Chewy, creamy and soft with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Another winner from Pike. These guys don't get enough exposure in the beer community IMO. Would love to have this on nitro pour and/or cask.

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