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:
610
Reviews:
306
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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41
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68
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Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of chocolate, malt, and mild coffee.

T: Tasted of coffee (not as prevalent as with other stouts), chocolate, and roasted malt. A solid, well rounded flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a typically (for a stout) slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well done, drinkable stout.

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Photo of bubba568
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours smooth with a 2-3 finger head that lasts and creates a nice lacing down the glass.

The beer had a quite hoppy aroma like that of an IPA but surprisingly tastes a lot less hoppy than is smells.

The beer tastes great with a smooth mouthfeel. It has a perfect balance of hops and roasted malts. The initial flavor is the mild hops followed by the roasted malts and finishes with a lasting mild bitter taste.

Overall this is a great beer and i plan on stocking up to keep this stuff on hand!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Pike Extra Stout in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a jet black opaque color. Foamy mocha colored head.

Smell is mostly coffee and dark cocoa.

Taste is an unsweetened chocolate flavor, with a taste of rum and alcohol heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light for the style, and not cloying. Mildly bitter aftertaste

Remarkably drinkable for the style.

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Photo of bens0n
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours jet black, 100% opaque with a nice amount of creamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves a pretty fair amount of lacing too.

On the nose there is a rich, sweet chocolatey smell that I pick up on immediately followed by a less prevalent but equally rich roasted coffee smell along with the malts. This beer just smells awesome.

Flavor wise, it has an unsweetend chocolate flavor and a roasted coffee quality to it, there is virtually no hoppyness, nothing like that, the malts are what make the flavor. The roastyness is more prevalent at the end though, it almost has a nutty quality to it.

This beer is pretty thick and has low carbonation, plus an aftertaste I really enjoy, it finishes on the watery side though, but the extremely low carbonation levels are also awesome.

Mine is 6.6% abv though...

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found bombers of this for $3.99. An awesome deal for sure!

Poured like expresso with a vanilla mocha head that left nice bands of thick, small-bubbled lace. Head diminished quickly and left an oily trace on the surface. A deep, robust, and toasty nose. Very light plum hidden in here. Hints of coffee and burnt toast, maybe scorched wort? Whatever it is, it lends a big roasty flavor and aroma to the beer, touch of toffee, and a decently assertive hop bitterness in the finish. The texture of this beer is phenomenal. Simply outstanding. Nice, full bodied beer that isn't too slick or syrupy, supported by a smooth and velvety carbonation that complements the body. Drinks very well indeed. The slightest hint of alcohol warmth after each sip makes this a nice winter beer.

Quite a good beer. And for the price, this nearly cannot be beat.

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

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black in color, with a little over a finger of light brown head, moderate retention and pretty nice lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bitter cocoa, sweet brown sugar/molasses, and mild coffee tones.

T - Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, anise, bitter hops and coffee.

M - Too thin for my taste in stouts

D - It's drinkable, just nothing too exciting and I am going to be bored with it before I finish this bomber...

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending this bottle.

Pours deep brown, nearly black into a pint glass. One finger of dark tan head recedes slowly.

Smells of dark, roasted malts, and hints of chocolate.

Big, bitter roastiness come through in the flavor, and notes of coffee linger on the tongue.

This beer is smooth and a bit creamy, with a dry finish. I'd gladly open another if I had one, which must say something for the drinkability.

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Photo of Drew966
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +4.7%
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 -30.2%
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 +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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +10.2%
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 PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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%
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 -15.2%
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 ThatWineGuy
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 -16.5%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 megahurts4
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +8.5%
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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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
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