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Pike XXXXX Stout | The Pike Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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618 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,194
Reviews:
311
Ratings:
618
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 618 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of Casey10
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer received as extra in trade. Pours very dark very light and wispy head.

Smell like a faint hot chocolate smell most likely the coffee that is in it.

Taste is okay its not bad but somewhat watered and taste of unbrewed coffee kind of like eating coffee bean.

m - slightly acidic can feel the notes of the coffee but again somewhat waterey feel.

D not bad not overwhelmed but this was nice would try again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black stout. Beige head.

Aroma of licorice and coffee. No choco smell.

Taste, licorice is more restrained, coffee dominates. Sweet. Hoppy. Bitter. Chocolate more on the palate than in the nose. Dry. Good mouthfeel, everything sticks. Drinkable, but a little pricey.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Pike Brewpub on 3/23/2010.

A= This stout poured a deep black/brown with a 1" creamy and thick tan head. The head settled slowly to a chunky cap and left some stickage on my glass.

S= Very roasty, with hints of coffee and a few whiffs os caramel sweetness in there too.

T= About what it should be. Big roasted grain notes wrapping around lighter flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a kiss of earthy hops. Finished lightly bitter and refreshing.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable. I could and would put down a few of these in a sitting if I had the chance.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is a bunch of roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, a hint of charred wood, and a slight hint of citrus. Flavor is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, citrus, and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is full to medium, creamy, with a dry and heavy bitter finish. Good stout.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a billowing tan head that settles into nice clumps and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is heavy on the roasted barley, a with a little cocoa and musty oats.

Dry, roasted malt flavors dominate along with a bitter dark chocolate. There's also a little hop kick and some light tangyness.

Mouthfeel is a little light with low carbonation.

Pretty enjoyable stout, especially for the price tag. Not all that complex, but very drinkable and a good argument for more export stouts.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pour with a black slightly viscous body and a relatively thin head. Smells quite roasty and with a heady dose of licorice as well as a slightly mentholated aroma. Satisfyingly deep and roasty in the flavor department with some fruity, vinous notes as well. Quite pleasant and on the roastier side of balanced. Quite smooth and very drinkable. A very nice beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650ml bomber, 2009 edition, it is 7% alc.

Pours into my American pint glass with a dark brown/black and only hints of light on the edges when held to light, it is very dark. The head looks nice and is caramally tan and leaves some nice lacing.

It smells roasty, chocolatey, carmally, and fruity. There is a slight hop note to it but is is very faint.

Taste has alot of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It is dark and roasty, a good example taste-wise for this style. The mouthfeel is ok, a bit watery, then carbonated, but it is true to the British style of doing it.

It is ugely drikable for the abv.

Overall a great beer right here, not my fav style but this makes me enjoy it.

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Photo of Rchap1
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a trade with natelocc787. Cheers!

A- Pours a dark black color with only a hint of light coming through on the edges. A thin beige head leaves a bit of lace.

S- Black licorice and dark chocolate make up the nose.

T- Full roasted malt flavor with some burnt coffee and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. A slight warming sensation is created by the alcohol on the way down. As this brew warms up, the alcohol becomes more apparent.

M- Medium/full bodied with a creamy feel and low carbonation.

D- A very solid stout with a nice flavor.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass jan19 2010

A almost jet black with a giant thick dark mocha head that has great retention and leaves a few rings of lace

S a fair bit of coffee and some chocolate with some very faint hops

T not far from the smell but I get more milk chocolate then coffee and I pick up on some faint raisin

M not as thick as I thought it would be but thick enough to please

D well rounded beer with lots of flavor and it won't put you on your back

I could see myself drinking this again it's worth trying for sure and doesn't break the bank.

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Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black, nice chocolate tan head, great lacing. Smells of fresh coffee, some chocolate, roastiness. Tastes of coffee and dark chocolate sweetness with a nice caramel sweetness and roastiness on the backbone. Some vanilla and oak notes present. Very subtle fruitiness present, maybe from the hops. Body is a little think for the style, moderate carbonation.

An excellent stout, exactly what im looking for, coffee and roastiness. I could drink a lot of this, my only qualm being the body is a little thin, could just more of it. Other than that, a stout i could drink all night, love it!

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black color and a really nice espresso crema dark head. it looks amazing just in the glass.

nose has nice sweetness and licorice w/ roasted notes

taste is excellent and full with very rich body of roasted malts and a very nice sweetness to balance this beer. Very complex and hint of licorice and candied malt.

wow what a great stout and worth the $6 bomber price i paid.

this brew is top notch

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours completely black with only the faintest hint of light penetrating the edges. There's a small but thick mocha head that leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is nice with equal measures sweetness and roastiness. The sweetness comes from the dark chocolate mainly and the malts come across heavily roasted with some coffee hints. There are even some fresh green hops thrown in.

The taste is more of the same with the initial taste containing a kick of the green hops before the heavily roasted black malts take over. There is some cocoa sweetness on top with a finish that is a mixture of dry roasted malts and green hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely creamy with a dry, roasted finish.

This is a very good export stout and I like the hop presence thrown in for added complexity.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One interesting thing is that both BA and Pike's website say this beer is 6.6%, but my bottle says 7% ABV. I suppose it's not that important, as long as the beer's good, right?

Appearance: utterly, entirely, impenetrably black with a thick, languid two-finger brown head. Profound! Leaves a great lace, too.

Smell: lots of big roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate present, but the aroma is more complex than that; the aroma is getting along toward the more fruity compounds that you might get in a RIS or Baltic porter. I think I even detect a little vanilla.

Taste: a bit of a monster. The flavor is of big, heavy roasted malts, though it lacks some of the complexity of the aroma. There's also a little sourness here that you sometimes get when a beer has a lot of charred malts. Not bad, but it could use some further refinement.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting. Quite good.

Drinkability: very good, but not exactly sessionable. I think with a little tweaking of the flavor I think I would be able to handle a couple of these in a row.

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Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pint looked pretty delicious, very dark with a creamy tan head and a few larger bubbles dotting the top of the beer. Great head retention, plenty of lace. Nice aroma, sweet and roasty with a bit of leafy hops, toffee and chocolate. Moderate citrus bitterness up front balanced well with the sweetness. More caramel, chocolate and roast mid-palate. Lingering hop bitterness, a bit stronger than I expected. Full bodied with no alcohol presence, lowish carbonation, smooth and creamy. Great stuff and it went quite well with BBQ.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark molasses with plenty of chocolate colored head. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Smokey, roasted malts, fruitiness

Taste: Malt notes but nothing really sticks out, just a nice meld. There is a fruity taste hidden just behind the malt. Finishes with a nice mild hop twist.

Mouthfeel: Very silky and full bodied. Carbonation is just right

Drinkability: This beer is so heavy its hard to drink the whole 22oz. Which is pretty much the point of extra stout brews.

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Photo of diamondc
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber for $5.49. No bottled on date to be found.

This beer looks really nice in my NB Goblet. Black as motor oil, mocha colored head, some nice scattered lacing, with a head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam all the way to the end.

The aroma is exceptional .. first is that classic roasted malt, followed by an in your face fig/raisin/licorice aroma that makes me smile.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, a touch of coffee, followed by a nice wallop of citrus-y hops on the aftertaste. Excellent stuff.

No alcohol hotness detectable at all .. mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Like a chocolate cake in liquid form. A great stout worth multiple purchases.

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Photo of champ103
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke are most prevalent in the nose. Even some dark fruits. Really good.
T: Follows the nose. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke. I like this a lot.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, smooth, and dry. For the alcohol this is easy to drink. I would have no problems making a session out of this even with the high ABV.

A very good stout. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a two finger dark chocolate/coffee-colored head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunky rings of soapy lacing.

Roasty, smokey malt aroma with lots of roasted coffee bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, toffee and subtle earthy hops.

Silky chewy viscous mouthfeel with a lot of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, biscuit, roasted coffee bean and a huge bitter earthy hop flavor with some citrus notes. This is way hoppier than expected and kind of takes away from the silky maltiness that I liked so much. The finish is long and dry with some citrus notes but mostly earthy bitter hops dominate. Well masked ABV and smooth maltiness makes it pretty drinkable but the strong hop presence kind of hurts it in this area.

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Motor oil black with a light brown head that settles out to a fine cap of foam.

Low aroma of fig, raisin, and some espresso.

Thin flavor upfront, but moves quickly to dark malt, coffee and oak, hints of cocoa. Firm bitterness balances the malt. Could be more roasty and complex.

Full mouthfeel, but finishes tannic with a puckery linger, which detracts overall.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had never heard of Pike before, but an avid fan of stouts, had to pick it up. Glad I did...It can definitely be potentially hazardous to pick up a brew with no prior knowledge, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Sludge. Just Sludge. Very little caramel head. Laces well.

Smells like heave, if it were to exist. Rich, creamy, sweet, roasty, burnt, and hot.

Roasted malts, with a bittersweet chocolate middle, finishing with a bit of coffee and toffee. Slightly burnt. Genre = T.

Like chewing gum. Its thick and rich, coats the palate while leaving you satisfied.

Im dissapointed the ABV isnt higher...even though it feels as though it truly is. 7% is just low for a good stout. (fits an RIS to me, so 7 is def. low). Makes more of these possible so not all is lost.

Hope to find some more pike... trade?! :D

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from Pike I've had even though I've seen their bomber line in the local beer store several times over the last couple years.

I am pleased to say I'm impressed, in fact-overtly so. I was expecting a good beer not a great beer and I got a motherfu**ing bad assed beer. Great Black color with a Dark brown head containing different shades of caramel hues. Good lace and powerful taste after an above average black malty, roasty, chocolate-coffee head. Taste is very satisfying with roasted barley and black malt giving birth to the supreme espresso but mostly dark chocolate flavor that is bitter from the semi-sweet chocolate and also from the hops. I just now bumped the smell to a 4.5 because every time I go to take a drink the smell hits my nose first like a beer containing nanotechnology designed to offer the perfect beer tasting experience. I'm close to giving taste a 5. Fantastic mouthfeel that is heavy, chewy, silky and creamy at once. Bitterness like that which this beer offers only makes the finish much longer and allows the outstanding stout character to linger more often than usual. World class Stout!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours black, thin mocha head fades fast, plenty of lacing. SMELL is roasted barley, black patent, some sweetness, hint of heat. TASTE is roasty flavors up front, some sweetness from the malty base through the middle, then roasty and hoppy bitterness emerging for the finish. Coffee, chocolate and alchohol flavors add some complexity. FEEL is thick,full, rich and chewy. Some bitternes in the finish. OVERALL easy enough to drink for a full bodied, hopped up west coast stout. Flavor is bold for a moderately sized brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a frothy mocha head that leaves so many dots on the glass it has a pointillist effect

Smell: Roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes, with just a hint of citrus

Taste: Roasty, up front, with developing citrus and chocolate flavors that build by mid-palate with just a touch of sourness; after the swallow, the flavors blend together with a definite charcoal aspect on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An all around good example of the style, though a bit hoppy in a west coast way - nothing screams out at you but this is one well-brewed beer

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Photo of cvfish
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a black color that produced a dark brown foamy head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose, roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate make this a normal Stout, but the orange citrus hoppiness that cut in at the end made this one really good

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation to it

D - This was a really good beer, but the mouthfeel did not really do this beer justice, but this was a still a good representation of the style

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 618 ratings
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