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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
616
Reviews:
310
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, near black. Nice bit of beige foam and lacing in the big Duvel tulip. Medium body and only a little of the watery taste that a lot of stouts have. Seems stronger than the sub-7 ABV claimed, but that's flavor for you.

Seriously roasted barley is the dominant taste. Burnt malt taste, but not at all sour, as some of these charred brews seem to be. Quite dry, but has a hint of malty sweetness left. Just a touch of something like dried figs, and mostly just a very clean, long, black flavor. Some hops make their appearance mostly as a strong bitter aftertaste. A total taste bud takeover. Very drinkable, but it's a sip at a time for me.

From the 22 oz bottle. Label on this version says 6.6% and 65 IBU.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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 smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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 mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt coffee bean brown--black in all but the brightest light--with minimal highlights. This beer is a veritable light-sucking black hole. The dark caramel-colored head is mega creamy and deposits thick chunks of brown lace that form a thick, fat ring above the opaque liquid. Pike Street Stout looks like it means business.

The nose is of concentrated, chocolate liqueur-laced, melted dark chocolate. Black coffee and hops add depth. On the palate, the beer possesses a heavily roasted maltiness that results in a sweet, medium-heavy, creamy mouthfeel. In addition, a definite citric hoppiness adds a certain zesty zing. The result is a point-counterpoint of competing flavors that is pure pleasure.

Something is keeping me from awarding a 4.5 for taste, but it's extremely close. The body becomes less full on the finish--never dropping below medium--and the bitter citrus rind lasts long after the beer has gone. Carbonation and alcohol are barely evident.

Pike Street 5X Stout is another excellent stout from a largely unheralded U.S. craft brewery. It's too bad that the vast majority of these fine beers are unavailable to those of us in fly-over country. This one would be in my regular winter rotation if it was readily available in Iowa. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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 stakem
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 rab53
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark black, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells lightly smokey, with dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and tobacco.

This sits a little bit too heavily on the palate, but otherwise, it's an excellent stout. It's pretty complex, with lots of dark fruits and lightly sweet smokiness. There's milk chocolate and earthy tobacco too.

This is creamy and just a hint syrupy, with a good level of carbonation.

This seems to be by far the best beer that Pike makes.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter, the appearance was a dark black color with a sustaining finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Lace was strewn about in a messy way.
The aroma had some milk chocolate, dark chocolate sweetness, black licorice/anise sort of thing going on, mild roasty coffee bean components, touch of earth/dirt and ended with a little bit of dark chocolate bitterness.
The flavor took all of the previously mentioned aromatics and guided diligently into themselves - sweet to bitter to roasty. Gentle roasty subsiding slight coffee to anise and dark chocolate aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping sort of quality about it. Roasty harshness was slightly abrasive to my tongue, but there was a pinch of smoothness from the chocolate malts. ABV felt appropriate. Carbonation felt good.
Overall, pretty nicely done foreign/export stout that I would have again.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +7.2%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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