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

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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.

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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Photo of mklinger
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Neorunner for this blind beer!

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

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.

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 -4.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +8.5%
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.


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Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +4%
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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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black with a big brown head with strong retention. Aromas are predominately sweet, with dark chocolate and toffee notes followed in the strength by roastier notes; rather mocha-like. Taste is considerably more bitter, although it's initially sweet before showing assertive roasty and charred elements and finishing with strong espresso flavors that grow in bitterness as they linger. Body is quite smooth and a pleasure to swish around. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes stouts on the more bitter end of the spectrum.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black color with a full, chocolaty colored head. Head falls to a thin one leaving a nice layer of lace on the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate and burnt malts. Also smells a bit metallic.

Full chocolate malt taste quickly followed by a roasted coffee flavor and ending with a lingering bitterness part from the coffee and part from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth, almost velvety. Not much of a bite and it coats your mouth.

Rather nice stout. Worth drinking.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this stout a few times in the past but now I can get it here it my area and at a pretty good price!Poured jet black into an imperial pint glass with a sticky lighter mocha colored one finger white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled into a frothy mass.Dark fruit,bitter chocolate,and heavy roast in the nose,quite earthy as well,this a definition of American style stout here,heavy roast and earth.Dryer flavors on the palate,big bitter chocolate and French roast coffee flavors, with subdued dark fruit, and molasses,its earthy and somewhat woody in the finish.If you like heavy roast and earth in your stout this is it for you.Very nice.

7.0% abv. per bottle label.65 IBU's.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with just a hint of brown when held up to the light. There is a nice light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate. The aroma isn't bad, but I was expecting a bit more boldness. It is a little faint for the style.

T- The taste is an improvement over the aroma. The taste starts out sweet with some dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors with a roasted bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture on the tongue and a perfect amount of carbonation. Well done.

D- Overall, Pike XXX Stout is the best beer in the Pike lineup that I have tried to date. I would not mind purhcasing this beer again. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque black with a thin light tan head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and dark chocolate with mild espresso. The taste is smooth roasted malts with hints of bitter cocoa and fresh ground coffee, an interesting contrast to the aroma. The beer is fairly light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable stout, I'll have to pick up another bottle to try on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Docer
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike isn't a beer favored by me, but I haven't had this one yet, so I am going to review it after a Port Old Viscosity.. and my buddy MaltBombPete sniffed some up his nose... burned...

- Nice creamy frothy light mocha head... lacing all over... thin blanket on top... Rich dark black and brown... can't see through a thing..

- Light sweet oats... oatmeal.. grain, bread... light cocoa... and a bit of pine hops... bitter, biscuit,..

- Bready and biscuit... creamy grain, oats... bitter hops... balanced... I am loving this stout.. nice rich cocoa and sweet caramel toffee aftertaste...

- Medium bodied, creamy... slightly bitter dryness...

- Overall a very underrated stout... something people should be raving about and asking for in trades... light, creamy and perfectly drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 Offa
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, flavourful yet restrained and fairly balanced stout.

Black with a dark tan thin head soon shrinking to a foamy ring, it has some good lace.

Aroma is roasty with light chocolate, plus some hints of wood and prune.

Taste is roasty-earthy and woody with some spicey bitterness and with sweetness and bitterness present but pretty well balanced.

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Photo of bmwats
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly, leaving some really persistent and spotted lacing as it does. More dry, sticky lacing remains well after you drink it down. Head never fully dissipates, keeping your brew cozy and snug throughout.

S: Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and licorice.

T: Dark roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate. A little oakey, too. Hints of maybe clove or oregano in there too.

M: Robust and heavy. The full flavor and body just coats the palette. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet tone, and just a bit of a dry finish.

Atmosphere is great. Appearance is dark, formidable, and intimidating. Nose is very aromatic and just full of great components. Very well balanced and full. Flavor... the same. Great balance and combination of flavors. Overall, this is a great quaff.

D: Great sipping beer due to the gravity and robustness, but hard not to just pound done because it's so good.

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

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Pitch black with a hint of a head which dissipated fast. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Has a smooth roasted malt/coffee smell to it.

T: Strong stout flavor, roasted barley with espresso, on the drier side. Leaves a strong roasted flavor in the mouth. Finishes clean. Very good.

M: Has a slightly carbonated but otherwise very silky mouthfeel which is very pleasant.

D: I can't pound back stouts but this one is very drinkable. It's 7% ABV though one bomber may be enough.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with a 1/2" mocha colored head that faded quickly and left some spotty lacing.

S-Roasted malt and chocolate are most prominent. A hint of coffee as well as a nice hoppiness.

T-Roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and dark fruit, a slightly bitter hop bite at the back end.

M-On the heavy side of medium body. The carb bite is a bit crisp and harsh for the style, but it doesn't detract too much.

D-A stout that is easy drinking and is certainly no chore to finish.

Hey, at $3.99 a bomber this stuff is certainly a bargain. Its hard to find quality beer like this at such a great price. I will certainly be trying more from Pike.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that doesn't retain well. The aroma has some roasted malt notes upfront, along with chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits, molasses, and some burnt bread. The flavor is similar to the aroma with big roasty notes initially, along with dark fruits (plum, cherry), lower % dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, some burnt acridness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. Overall a decent but unspectacular stout.

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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 Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Killian's faux nonic pint glass.

A: Poured a dense, viscous dark brown, black color with a frothy head of brown foam which held nicely and left some decent lacing.

S: Smells super roasty and herbal, with hints of bitter floral hops to go with the coffee and dark cocoa aromas.

T: Has a nice, deep roasted black malt flavor at first. Lots of charcoal, tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and burnt sugar. This is back by a sturdy, herbal hop bitterness which washes down pretty smooth, creamy and with a lingering roasted, bitter coffee finish. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth, creamy and well balanced due to the higher IBUs.

D: A nice, roasty, drinkable export stout which rings in just around 7% ABV. The alcohol is not detected in the strength of the stout, which is propelled by that nice malt blend and balancing hop bitterness. I would definitely get this again and would like to try it beside a gingerbread brownie or flank steak.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled across the brewery back in March and had this on tap. I was happy to see it in Louisiana last weekend since I can't get it at home. Right, Mr. Kirby?

Pour is almost black with a hint of ruddy undertones. Two fingers of brown head aren't going anywhere for a while, and they leave nice lacing when they do dissipate.

The nose is mostly composed of chocolate with a hint of freshness (kind of like a cold rain) and alcohol. The taste is more of the chocolate with a large amount of bitterness and coffee. Maybe some nuts in there as well?

Mouthfeel is smooth until the bitterness kicks in, with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I'm glad I still have half the bottle to go.

Unfortunately, I didn't take notes when I tried this on tap, but I cannot complain about this being available in bottles.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
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