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

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302
Ratings:
601
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.67%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with an impressive 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, pine, toasted biscuit, herbal, citrus rind, and earthy hops. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, espresso, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, toast, herbal, char, and earthy hops. Good sized roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, espresso, pine, charred malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted and hoppy flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Quite smooth to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a really excellent export stout! Great flavor balance with hoppiness; and quite smooth to sip on, with big robust flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Aroma of rich, roasted dark malts with plenty of dark chocolate and licorice. Faint hint of soy.

Taste: Dark maltiness with an airy sweetness to it. Some licorice. Full roasted grain flavor. Super soft touch of floral hops near the roasty, dry finish. The taste, overall, has a little sourness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Best beer in history? No, but it's a tasty, nicely drinkable stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was nice. Rich dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass, reaching a height of close to two inches and staying there for quite some time. Very impressive side lacing as well let me know this was not one to be taken terribly lightly in any means! Big aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Lots' going on in here with hints of molasses and smooth, brown sugar notes peaking up through a haze of peat. As I take the first sip, subtle chocolate notes override a definite hoppy presence here. Nice full body with smooth, cascading carbonation that really lets it float across the palate. Nice finish of strong hop notes and a smooth, almost light tobacco like aftertaste mixed in.

Overall this was a very drinkable and very smooth stout

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony/black with a finger of mocha head. Sheets & sheets of lacing cling to my imp pint glass both vertically & horizontally; plus superior head retention

S: Cocoa, some leafy hops

T: Cocoa, dryness, iron & roasty malt up front. Much roasty malt, a bit of dark chocolate, coffee & a touch of herbal hops as this warms. Finishes roasty, slightlty chocolatey, w with slight astringency & leafy hops, that works for the style

MF: Rich, Fairly chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, the complexity & dryness would make me want to move on after 2 or 3. Good take on the style, brings back memories of drinking this at the beach during those "frigid" (well some times the trade winds would kick up..)winter evenings on Oahu

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my trusty Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Apparently Total Wine down here is carrying these exclusively (in the area). Right on. This guy pours an opaque black-brown topped by a nice finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, smoky coffee, cocoa powder, and some light raisins. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of figs, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, light molasses, and a slight touch of leather. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and very smooth feel. Overall, a very nice and easy-drinking little stout; a nice change of pace from the overly heavy and chunky ones.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: The beer is a nice, deep black, with a small khaki head on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Very roasty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. The roasted malt is rather heavy.

T: Similar to the aroma, tons of roast and some char. There is some more chocolate with a very little bit of coffee. Faint earthy hops come forward on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: One of the better mainline offerings from Pike. A pretty solid export stout.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.

Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.

Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 stakem
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a thick, viscous, jet-black color, with a thin, dense tan colored head that has great retention as you drink. The nose is strong in coffee and chocolate while you are pouring, as well as when you smell from the glass. The flavors are dark roast coffee bitter with a blend of milk chocolate. The flavors are carried on a light, dry body. Coffee aftertaste with a bitter essence left in mouth. The finish is smooth and creamy, but lingering. Delicious! Makes a tasty float or brownie, also!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy tan head, which left some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is big and malty, lots of dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel, with some figs, raisins, plums. The taste is sweet at first, big malts, dark chocolate/fruits, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Full-Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a awesome tasting brew, surprised the shit out of me, never really cared for the Pike brew's, but this is an exception, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +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 biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +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 Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a perfect two finger tan head. Thick lace, great head retention. My first 5 in a while, but just an exemplary looking stout.

S: Heavy on the dark chocolate with some nuttiness and charcoal.

T: Dark bitter chocolate initially which comes back to earth mid-palate with creamed coffee. Stays sweet with some molasses notes and a lot of licorice. Dark chocolate finish all the way though.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth, bitter aftertaste but no roughness, fairly soft at the end.

D: In the new realm of bomber pricing being able to get a beer at this ABV and quality for under $4 is a steal. It looks like Pike may be coming into CA into a big way, and if they offer deals like this I'll be buying. It reminds me a ton of Deschutes Obsidian, if you like that beer you'll be a fan of this one for sure.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pour with a black slightly viscous body and a relatively thin head. Smells quite roasty and with a heady dose of licorice as well as a slightly mentholated aroma. Satisfyingly deep and roasty in the flavor department with some fruity, vinous notes as well. Quite pleasant and on the roastier side of balanced. Quite smooth and very drinkable. A very nice beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One interesting thing is that both BA and Pike's website say this beer is 6.6%, but my bottle says 7% ABV. I suppose it's not that important, as long as the beer's good, right?

Appearance: utterly, entirely, impenetrably black with a thick, languid two-finger brown head. Profound! Leaves a great lace, too.

Smell: lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate present, but the aroma is more complex than that; the aroma is getting along toward the more fruity compounds that you might get in a RIS or Baltic porter. I think I even detect a little vanilla.

Taste: a bit of a monster. The flavor is of big, heavy roasted malts, though it lacks some of the complexity of the aroma. There's also a little sourness here that you sometimes get when a beer has a lot of charred malts. Not bad, but it could use some further refinement.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting. Quite good.

Drinkability: very good, but not exactly sessionable. I think with a little tweaking of the flavor I think I would be able to handle a couple of these in a row.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml bottle with no expiration date or lot code available. Sampled on July 19, 2009.

This is an enticing stout and it draws me in completely. The bottle feels solid in my hand when it splashes in docile tones into the pint glass. It sounds and looks well crafted with an opaque brown color and an inch of creamy, brown head which stays together for most of the sampling. The aroma erupts with smoky chocolate malts in the tradition of a good Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is bold and strong. The taste tickles the palate with coffee, chocolate and fresh hops. An impressive extra stout.

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Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.6%

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, soy sauce.

T: Very roasty, espresso, bakers chocolate, black strap molasses, licorice, hint of soy sauce, assertive bitterness, slight roasted acidity, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy & slightly chalky, slight roasted acidity, dry finish.

D: This big one's a nice sipper.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +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 corby112
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a two finger dark chocolate/coffee-colored head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunky rings of soapy lacing.

Roasty, smokey malt aroma with lots of roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and subtle earthy hops.

Silky chewy viscous mouthfeel with a lot of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, biscuit, roasted coffee bean and a huge bitter earthy hop flavor with some citrus notes. This is way hoppier than expected and kind of takes away from the silky maltiness that I liked so much. The finish is long and dry with some citrus notes but mostly earthy bitter hops dominate. Well masked ABV and smooth maltiness makes it pretty drinkable but the strong hop presence kind of hurts it in this area.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with Pike. Many love this brew and probably one of their better brews. Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with low retention but good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is pretty dominant with some light coffee notes also noticeable. Taste is quite dry with limited chocolate and coffee note and a medium bitter finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark liquid chocolate pour gleems with dark cherry-plum highlights from the light. In the glass a pitch black color is topped off by a frumpy cinnamon colored head that sits well and smoothers the glass on the way down with a thick coating.

S: Dark chocolate with an earthy bitterness comes through of moderate strong intentions. A little roastiness, with some creamer sweetness.
Dark fruit of plums are also easily detected with a light fade of charred wood that compliments and finishes things off well.

T: Earthy roastiness comes through strong on the open along with dark fruit. Smooth charred wood with a bit of smokiness, dried creamer comes through with some bakers chocolate and roasted barley. There is a smooth, viscose, dried creamy laced coffee ground lacing that offers a good deal of bitterness on the close that you soon wont forget along with glimpses of sweet burnt grains.

M: Viscose, oily but incredibly fluid and lubricant like in your mouth. A great roll around on the tongue that leaves its fair share of earthy bitterness behind and some creamer chalkiness.

D: A pleasant surprise and first try from this brewery. A bomber went for $3.49 and certainly worthy more so. A dark earthy and well rewarding stout that goes down nicely even at 7.0%.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with large light brown head that dies slow and leaves lace. A malty mixture of black chocolate, caramel, bread, roasted and coffee along w/ hints of toffee and wood all are in the aroma. A real malty taste, much like aroma, as a thinner, smoother, creamier stout passes over tongue than expected but still packs a sweet taste. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and possibly figs or molasses seem to pass my tongue as well as roasted, bread and wood notes so this is a balanced stout that has a sweetness and finishes dry. Just a well-crafted sipper w/ nothing extraordinary about it but a great sipper that I relaxed with.

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