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Pike XXXXX Stout | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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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Reviews: 304 | Ratings: 604
Photo of beerman21
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ser- 22oz bomber, given to me by the girl friend on her Pacific Northwest trip. Much appreciated my love ;).

a- pours a aggressively showing head with a super dark brown body no to be confused with your typical black in color stout but then again what American stout is...

s-fruit; figs, kiwi, molasses soaked pineapple, roasted malt and toffee.

T-Butterscotch, maple syrup, toffee, BBQ figs soaked in molasses enriched alcohol. impressive.

M- coats the mouth well, flavor lingers.

O- American style Stouts have taken awhile to become my favorite style and it has taken awhile for it to be a style that I’ve leaned to be a favorable beverage of choice when it comes to beers. This However brings something different to the American style and you know i appreciate the effort. So if given the chance i will purchase it again! Good beer for its style..

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, dark brown with a head that dissipates quickly. The smell is more sweet and fruity than anticipated, with some caramel and roastiness as well. The taste is very bold - a big, malty forefront with notes of dark chocolate that is followed by some very noticeable hop bitterness. It ends crisp, with some lingering brown sugar and ash taste (in a good way), which definitely has you coming back for more. The mouthfeel could be heavier, but the carbonation is appropriate. A pleasant experience overall.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - really dark, had somewhat of a tan head, but it didn't stick around might have been due to the glass being chilled, I didn't have the heart to ask for a non-chilled glass though.

Smell - sweet and malty.

Taste - Nice roasted malt, good balance of sweet to the roasted flavors. Hint of green apple, I find this in lots of stouts, and I feel bad for using that descriptor so much, but that is all I can tie it to. At any rate I really like that flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, not super thick. Carbonation was just right.

Drink - Very nice to drink, didn't notice the alcohol at all, and it wasn't too heavy to really enjoy a large amount of it.

Had a bomber of this with my dinner at the local Vietnamese place. Paired pretty well with my beef and bok choy dish that was very spicy. One of the better foreign/export stouts I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a bit of a dark red tinge to it and a small to medium tan head. Sugar and toffee in the smell, very thick and inviting. Heavy malt in the flavor with some caramel and toffee taste and some chocolate and coffee lingering in there as well. A very nice chewy mouthfeel that lingers on the tongue. A slight bitter finish, similar to but far more mild than a dry stout. Extremely tasty, hope to visit their pub the next time I am in Seattle.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This stout was nice and dark with a medium head but lacing that lasted the whole way down.

I got a lot of charred wood and coffee and roasted malt on the nose. Exactly what I was expecting.

The taste followed the nose exactly but was much more pronounced than the nose.

Overall I think this style gets overlooked and quite often overly complicated. Pike did a perfect job of brewing a very solid American Stout. Too often the ABV, hops, additional flavors etc etc try to complicate an already great style. Pike kept it simple and perfect. Well done!

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Photo of denflyr
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black as motor oil with a nice milk chocolate head that has diminished and it leaves a very faint lace on my goblet.

Smell is nice, but overall its not an overly aromatic beer. Chocolate malts and an interesting earthy type (almost forest after a rain) note.

Taste is nice with the malt backbone showing nicely! Nice bittering hops that contrast well and round out the malt tones.

Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Taste and the mouthfeel even lingers a bit!

I could drink a good amount of this and it is not heavy, nor sweet, or astringent in any way.

Nice job to the folks in Seattle!

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This arrived at the table with a decent amount of head that left a good bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. Color-wise, it's a velvety deep brown to black.
S: Chocolate upfront with a bit of coffee and malt in the background. A very chacteristic stout-type smell.
T: Everything I hoped it would be: dark malt, dark chocolate, a little coffee, even a little molasses thrown in there as well. A well rounded flavor that did not disappoint.
M: This is a thick, chewy sort of beer, the kind of feel that a good stout should have. Moderate carbonation, slightly syrupy, but very nice overall.
D: This is a very drinkable beer, although with the "weight" of it, I could maybe only handle! three at a time. Definitely recommended if your in the area!

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Photo of beals
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark, but clearly reddish.

S: Smoky and malty. Hints of coffee.

T: Very roasty/smoky, but evens out as the beer warms up. More bitter than I'd expect from a stout (65 IBU!), but this is balanced by a rising sweetness.

M: OK mouthfeel, nothing to write home about.

D: Moderately drinkable. Like the Kilt Lifter, the smokiness is a little much to make it a session beer.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black base with a 2 finger tan almost milk chocolate colored head. Smell was roasted malts and dark chocolate (maybe a touch of sweet dark fruits). Taste was similar to smell with dark chocolate dominating and lingering forever. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. As this beer warmed up the bitterness was a little much for my tastes. Overall, solid brew and would enjoy another pint in the future.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an oily jet-black, completely opaque. A one-finger brown head forms nicely but doesn't stick around for too long. I got a ton of spiderweb lacing in this one (left several distinct rings around the glass during session).

S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and black licorice, with brown sugar slightly noticeable. The smokiness from the dark malts cover up most of the other aromas.

T: I've heard of several issues with Pike beers and contamination, and I think I might have gotten a bad one. The most prominent flavors in the beer are black coffee and semisweet chocolate, although hints of stewed dark fruit are also present. However, this beer had an overpowering waxy bitterness to it that I almost couldn't handle. It killed the rest of the flavors in what could otherwise be a very enjoyable beer for me.

M: Medium to full-bodied on the palate, but goes down quite smoothly. The carbonation level is just right, and the ABV is completely masked by the flavors.

D: This beer is pretty subdued for its style and could be very drinkable for me if it wasn't for the off-putting bitterness. I will have to pick up another one of these and update my review to see if I just got an off-flavored beer.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relatively new beer for us -- 22oz bottles for only $3.99...

A: Poured the beer into a nice brandy snifter -- really dark color with a nice tan head. Lasts a few minutes or so, leaving a pretty white lacing.

S: Initially you are hit with huge amounts of roasted, burnt malt. Brown sugar, molasses and coffee soon follow. As the beer warms, there is a huge amount of smoke that eventually emerges -- similar to a peppered bacon. Bittersweet chocolate or cocoa round out the aroma.

T&M: Full bodied, but very, very smooth. This stout has a nice creamy finish. It is sweet, but the hop bitterness certainly rounds out the palate. I am left with unsweetened chocolate, weak coffee, and liquid smoke. Rich and round, with full flavor and a nice finish.

I like this beer, but I'm not wowed by it. It tastes like every other Extra Stout I've ever had. I dare say that most people would have a huge problem trying to decide what is what in a contest between Pike's and Guinness Extra Stout. Nonetheless, it is a good, solid beer, and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 istarilord
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both bottle and tap are good, tap is of course preferred (growler++).

Pours a lovely black with nut-brown head of decent density.

Lovely malt aroma with a good balance of floral hoppiness.

Overall flavor is well balanced, good strong northwest stout with coffee & chocolate malt balanced by just the right amount of hops.

Very smooth and easy to drink (a little too easy!), excellent flavor, excellent beer.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.49/5  rDev -13%
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 Rchap1
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just bought this while sitting on my ass in Alexandria, LA. Not much here!

A: Didn't really get to see, drank it from the bottle. Goes with being on the road.

S: Strong, nice and malty. Pretty full of coffee notes, and a little bit of dark chocolate/cocoa.

T: Nice and dry, even has a little hint of milk stout taste. Again, getting the coffee and chocolate flavors out of it.

M: Full, but not over the top. I guess I was kind of surprised by how dry it was, but I suppose I shouldn't have been because of the style.

D: This went down easily. At 6.6, it's not too strong, but it probably wouldn't make the best session beer. On the plus side, I would bet that if you took your time you could make a bomber or two of this last awhile.

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Photo of NYManc
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, courtesy of BA r0nyn, shared with BA infi and friend jae.

A: Poured pitch black with a small mocha head that retreated very quickly for me, but would appear very shortly again when swirled around in the snifter.

S: Smell of predominantly malts and mixed in with a good amount of chocolate. Also thrown in to the smells is something very sweet. Above average smell of a stout.

T: A good malty overload with a small mix in of chocolate. After-taste is of a long lingering of malts and little bitterness mixed in with that. This was a pretty good tasting brew in my opinion.

M: This is a medium bodied beer to me. Very little carbonation thrown in there as well. Nothing to detract from it or really add to it.

D: Very drinkable, would be able to drink this fast and very recommendable.

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Photo of jclovebrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black. No light can get through. Poured with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. Smells a touch earthy, a touch sweet. Taste is roasty up front with some bittersweet chocolate notes. I am getting a coffee vibe from it. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great flavor and exceptional mouthfeel = great drinkability.

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Photo of dpcoz
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike XXX Stout
22 oz Bomber - Total Wine (Claymont, De) - appx $4.50

A - pitch black, cola-like consistence. Mocha head, appx 1.5 to 2 fingers deep. No light passing through the pint glass - awesome appearance for a Stout

S - Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, decent hop presence in the nose. Alcohol seems stronger as the beer reaches room temperature.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the palette. Coats the mouth like a mocha. Coffee and alchhol apparent.

M - lightly hopped presence, slightly bitter finish, decent carbination. Full bodied but not thick like some popular imperial stouts.

D - refreshing, flavorful and surprisingly affordable. This may become a new standby stout in my arsenal.

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Photo of JWearda
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 britzdog
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black. Excellent headon and very nice lacing Smell is very good Rich and smokey, toasted malts,some fruit. A very well balanced of flavors. Taste is smokey malt mash.
Smooth rich/full body with a taste that lasted and was very enjoyable. I should bought more of these when I was on vacation, since they are unavailable in Ohio.

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Photo of aromatorio
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My roommate's girlfriend brought us a 22oz bottle back from a recent trip to Oregon. Poured at 55 degrees into a pint glass.

A: Pours very dark. Very slight head, nutty colored and thin. Small lacing left after the head has quickly dissipated.

S: Not a big aroma here. I can't detect any alcohol smell - understandable for a 6% stout. A little more of a floral/citrus note than I'm used to encountering in this type of beer.

T: Again, this is similar to my complaint about the Bison Chocolate stout - very subtle flavorings. I can detect some watered-down bittersweet chocolate. After some warming I can taste some more roasted coffee/espresso.

M: Thin and smooth. Neither rich nor creamy, as I had been expecting. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a little surprising.

D: This is pretty drinkable for a stout. Nice low ABV, smooth if a bit bland.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had this last night. And what a wonderful stout it was. Poured the typical black and left a 1.5 finger dark tan head. Smelled awesome. Big malt roasty scents of smoke with a touch of molasses. Taste was beautiful. Smokey roasted malt bordering on the taste of burnt malt. With hints of coffee and molasses. Finishing of with a smooooth finish of a touch of hops that lingered on the palate along with the coffee. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a stout. At 7% the alcohol was not noticed but it made its presence known on an empty stomach.

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Photo of DarthRadb
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice 60w Motor oil Black, Small Tan Head, leaves Nice Lacing.

Smell: Roasted Malt, Chocolate, Coffee and a slight woody note.

Taste: Awesomeness in a Bottle, Chocolate Malt, Bittersweet Dark Chocolate and Coffee flavors, as with the smell a slight woody note is present in the taste, Great Balance of flavors. Taste very good at Fridge Temp, but gets better as it warms. Alcohol is not really noticable of a 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full Body and very Nice, but not overly heavy. Very Balanced.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable, not a session beer at 7% ABV. A 22oz bomber goes down very easily.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
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