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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 Drew966
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pike Street XXX Stout pours an absolutely opaque black with nice chocolate milk colored head. The aroma has some coffee notes, some dark chocolate notes and dark malt qualities. The body is appropriately thick. The flavor is very nice, not only are dark chocolate and coffee like flavors very noticeable, but a very nice citrus hop flavor runs right through it. An excellent stout.

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

A: Poured a an extremely dark brown, almost black color, with a nice two finger foamy head that stayed at least a formation of oversized bubbles throughout the session.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of licorice to round things out.

T: Bittersweet baker's chocolate, but with a little more sweetness than that. Slightly fruity on the aftertaste.... I'm thinking dates and raisons. The finish was somewhat dry, but not too.

M: Nice thick and creamy feel, with a bit of lingering bitterness that I didn't find offensive. The lacing was substantial.

D: I remember going to the brewpub in Seattle about four years ago and had this on tap. I'm glad we get stuff from Pike out here now because it's cheap, it is all solid, and I now get to re-live a bit of nostalgia from my past.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Eric.

A: Pours a brown-ish black in the glass; not fully opaque, but it appears so in larger quantities. Nice brown head, though it retains poorly and leaves only a few streaks of lace.

S: Chocolate, with a hint of coffee and roasted grain.

T: Chocolate. Roasted grain contributes a slightly soured quality, with an anise / licorice undercurrent that rounds out the beer nicely. Not terribly complex, but serviceable and enjoyable. Not much in the way of hop flavor, but there is a nice bitterness that melds well with the roast.

M: Medium-bodied, with carbonation that is a tad high for the style. The body drops off on the finish; while it's not quite watery, it lacks a satisfactory close.

D: It's solid and serviceable. That's about it.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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 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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Photo of britzdog
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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 PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as the space between the stars. A gorgeous dark cocoa-colored head forms, over 1" thick. Good retention and very nice lacing left behind after dissipating to a thick film.
Smell is, forgive me, intoxicating. Rich with smoke, whiskey, toasted malts, some soy and wheat, almost a fruitcake-like note without the fruit. A good balance struck, nothing rising above the rest.
Taste is smoky, soy, toasted - almost burnt - malts, some whiskey.
Smooth with a rich, medium/full body with a light, upfront effervescence. A somewhat warming brew with a drying finish. A smoky, toasty malt aftertaste lingers for a long while as does the slight coating of the tongue. A very nice beer, all 22 oz. of it.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cmrillo for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a medium-bodied almost opaque black with brown hues and some thin sudsy dark tan head that leaves spots but no lacing.

Nose is nicely roasted, coffee grounds and toasted grains. Palate is medium-light-bodied with lots of coffee-like flavors. A little watery on the body, but nicely bitter and has a decent finish.

Notes: A nice export stout but I don't think it stands up to Guinness Foreign or Cisco Capt Swain's.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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 ThatWineGuy
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Calgary AB in August. Chocolate mousse head with large bubbles slowly retreats leaving a wispy, mottled surface, and a few strands of wavy lace. Opaque and black, not a lot of highlights, there is gentle carbonation at the glass edge.

Decadent chocolate truffles nose, rich chocolate layer cake aromas impress. Marvelously subtle and rich with hints of dark, pitted fruit. Body is creamy, luscious, dense with bitter chocolate flavours dominating. Finish is sharp with some astringency that lingers in the finish.

This is a real delight, I'd like to have another half dozen to sample at three month intervals, but certainly interesting enough now and one to savour and take one's time to enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Split with BAs infi, NYManc and johnjae.

Pours a dark brown that manages to actually stay brown as opposed to resolving into the typical inky blackness of most stouts. Smallish head that dissipates quickly, leaving some sticky, splotchy lacing. Smell is full of dark chocolate and some dark fruits. Just a slight bit of alcohol towards the end.

Taste is also full of dark chocolate with some roasted malts. The entire flavor profile is pretty roasted, come to think of it. Hoppiness is non-existent and all the bitterness comes from the chocolate and slight hints of coffee in the aftertaste. A very, very faint hint of alcohol towards the end. Mouthfeel is pretty slick, with a hefty body and a bit of chewiness. Goes down pretty smooth and finishes dry.

Drinkability is actually quite good. I'm suitably impressed by this stout. Didn't go into it expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. A respectable ABV and a pleasing flavor make this a great beer to share with friends.

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Photo of NYManc
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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 infi
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 10/29 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Fairly viscous and dark liquid with some areas of translucency. Good thin tan head above with some retention and spotted lacing. Aromas was majority towards barley and breakfast malt- very bready-oriented on the nose. There was also a good amount of some dark chocolate notes, which complemented the malt very well.

Taste mirrored the aromas phase by phase. Began with a substantial malt/barley foundation with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate sweetness, which was very thoroughly noticeable. And towards the end, the flavors end on a faint charred burnt flavor and thin astringency. Textbook stout overall.

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation and was incredibly easy to drink. Complexity is definitely not needed in this beer, as the flavors were readily identifiable and tasted well throughout. If this is available around you, this bottle is easily a candidate for a nice session. We all enjoyed this one pretty well. eXXXcellent. (ha!)

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know the kind of black we like to call dark beers, even when we know damn well they're actually just dark brown? This one is BLACK. Maybe that's what the five X's stand for. Quintuple black. The head is thin and tan and doesn't stick around very long, but I am in love with its blackness. Black is beautiful.

The aroma is equally as pleasing: a near-perfect mingling of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smoke and dark baked goods (bread or cake, take your pick). Truly delightful.

The flavor couldn't possibly live up to the hype the appearance and smell create (well, some beers could) but it comes quite close. Charred/roasted coffee flavor is the most prominent, followed by the dryness and coarseness of bittersweet baking chocolate, and both of these ride out in the finish too...and it's not a very long finish, as this is a fairly dry stout. Juicy/sweet dark fruits lay themselves in as well, killed off by the drying, and alcohol ever so slightly pushes in, but at 7% you don't have to worry about aftershave notes or anything. Something even slightly tart, maybe the hops? In any case, this is balanced, comforting, and very solid.

Slick in the mouth, also perfectly rounded although never quite reaching creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation to add a little textural pizazz.

Wow, this one surprised me, especially after not being overly-thrilled with their Tandem dubbel yesterday. One of the most approachable and purely enjoyable stouts I've had in a while.

[Metalmonk's Fun Corner: when you review this, try typing five X's in a row, just as in the name of the beer, and hit Review. It won't save! Won't let me anyway. Only comes out as three X's. The hell of it all, I tell ya.]

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Photo of yuriruley
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 megahurts4
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike XXX Stout

Appearance: Dark, dark brown in color, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, slight coffee, and caramel.

Taste: Roasted malts, faint hops, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Overall:
A meaty stout. Tons of strong flavor and some subtle flavors.

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

Poured syrupy black into a tulip with around half an inch of slow-rising dark mocha head that quickly receded back again. Nice roasty and slightly sweet aroma of dark chocolate, fig, and coffee.

Moderate carbonation balances the slightly thick mouthfeel and results in a wonderfully creamy overall impression. Chocolate up front followed by a hint of caramel, cinnamon, and lots of roasty coffee on the long and pleasantly bitter finish.

Very drinkable -- the coffee and chocolate are well-balanced and offset by just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness in check.

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

Bomber split between my wife and me, poured into a pint glass. Jet black with brown highlights. A thick creamy mocha head that left tons of lacing behind. Quintessential pretty stout appearance.

Aroma is mostly malt based -- roasted coffee sweetened with milk and 2 or 3 teaspoons of sugar. No hop presense in aroma, but the sweet coffee/chocolate combo is strong and very nice.

Taste is perfect for an export stout. Reminds me of my first Guinness when all Guinness in the states was their export stout. Big roasted malt flavors, lots of chocolate and coffee, more chocolate than coffee whereas coffee dominated smell. Really nice smack of bitterness in there too, which wasn't in the aroma. Plenty of sweetness -- close to cloying but not at all cloying. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is very full and chewy. A very drinkable stout. This was a bargain when I bought it in VA. I should have bought more. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Neorunner for this blind beer!

Vision
Darkness. Adulterated coffee gases. Thinnest pond film with thick lacing. Child's collar that ends in an open 'v'.

Bouquet
Charred and roasted grains. Ethanol. Hidden chocolate and coffee.

Flavor Profile
Enjoyable burnt toast. Lack of hops. Clean finish evolves into what I imagine the ash of a Hershey's bar tastes like. Bitter and burnt. Very small alcohol merge.

Oral Sensations
Smooth. Creamy. Medium. Tingly. Warming.

Conclusions
Tasty. Better than average Stout. No gimmicks, all flavors. No problem drinking it, and no complaints.

The unveiling revealed....Pike Street XXX Street Stout! Never even heard of these guys. Awesome!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was staring me in the face as i entered TW in the Pines today. In fact it was among a cornucopia of Pike bombers. This is one that I picked up, let's give it a whirl. For starters the 7% ABV has me fired up. Popping the top, I get a delicious smell of roasted malts, notes of cinnamon and some black licorice like alcohol smells. Pouring into a trusty pint this brew pours like motor oil! Jet black and thick with high viscosity. In the pint it is as black as night with a substantial foamy tan head. There is not a speck of light coming through this brew. On the taste, the first standout is the mouthfeel, thick and smooth like motor oil, not that I've actually dranken motor oil, but just like it poured. The taste itself is a very roasted malt flavor with a cinnamon and black licorice flavor in the middle, just as the smell lead to believe. Very mildly bitter only slightly sweet, very roasted and finishes tarty. This would be great on a cold day, very hearty and robust with lots of body. A solid brew, for the price at TW a steal. I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of psiweaver via IS BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger fine, milk chocolate colored head that dissipates quickly into thin wisps atop an opaque black brew. Lacing is very spotty and sparse with little cling.

S: Nose is very "stouty". Roasted coffee beans, toasted malt, and liquorice. A hop presence is noted far in the background but this one is a bit coarse and biting overall.

T: Opens liquorice and spicy due to an initial burst of carbonation hitting the tongue. As it warms in the mouth, hints of chocolate, liquorice, and toasted malt abound. Roasted coffee bitterness rounds out the experience. Finishes almost like an oatmeal stout, smooth and slightly sour. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth, this one drinks much deeper and richer than its ABV suggests. Supremely smooth. Finish is messy and aftertaste is filmy and lingers.

D: Not much to look at and nose is rather plain but this one is a hidden gem for sure. Feel and taste are incredible. Very smooth with good complexity. Worth a try.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a half finger of mocha colored foam that settles down quickly.

Smell: Roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Overall a pretty decent deal (I think I paid $3.99 for this at Total Wine) for an decent beer. Nothing Earth-shattering, but really solid.

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

A- pours deep and dark with mocha tan head that thins to a fine ring....

S- Very pleasant roasted coffee and malty chocolate...

T- nice bitter/sweet chocolate up front leading into semi-intense coffee bean and malt in the middle, all of it coming together in a very well balanced finish...

M- Silky smooth and well balanced; moderate carbonation and light on the palate

D- My first experience with Pike, and I have to give them thumbs up...this is a nicely crafted brew with great taste that I would certainly drink again.

salud!

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small vintage update Oct 26, 2011. Same vintage, last bottle enjoyed a year later. Stronger dark fruit notes of black currants, raisins, figs & plums as well as anise in this one. Still extremely good if not better than before. Held up very nicely for a year. Super tasty stuff at a great price!

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22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours medium bodied dark brown with a good brown head, leaves some fine intricate lace and holds a faint cap and small ring.

Aroma is all roast and chocolate, quite strong, some semi-sweet and milk chocolate, heavily roasted malts, some smoke, some coffee, a hint of vanilla.

Flavor comes in with a lot of coffee, good roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, lightly sweet with bitterness from the roast to balance, maybe a bit of citrus hops as well. Smokiness picks up a lot as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium body, low carbonation, but not heavy like an Imperial Stout.

Very nice, very robust Stout, big aroma and flavor on this one.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a chocolate brown skim of a head that ends up as a ring around the glass.

Scents of coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice.

This is a very clean and surprisingly complex beer. It changes ever so gradually in the pint. Initial sip has a little acid on the tongue, rich dark roasted malt, and clearing to bitterness. A bit medicinal, with hints of licorice. The subtlety is that it has a bit of creaminess to it, and a touch of sweetness, but it is perfectly balanced by the bitter, which is long, coffee and bitter chocolate-like, and very pleasant. Can't even sense the alcohol.

Nice body, and slightly tingly on the tongue. Mouth coating flavors clear out and you mouth has a bit of an astringent pucker right at the end.

Love this beer. Been staring at it for year and never bought it. What a fool I've been. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad it is a bomber. Try this.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
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