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Pike XXXXX Stout | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout
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
Reviews:
304
Ratings:
605
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
15.71%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 304 | Ratings: 605
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque with a small brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, some coffee, some roasted walnuts, vanilla, and a touch of licorice.

taste is thick and creamy, bakers chocolate, some licorice, a touch of vanilla, and coffee, ends dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.

Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.

Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.99.

A: Forboding near-black with healthy German chocolate cake-colored 2- finger head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Light metallic-mineral up-front followed strongly with lightly toasted and burnt dark and caramel malts with chocolate, coffee, and milky aromas and light floral hops.

T: A sweeter-than-expected stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Burnt and toasted dark malts leave a nice milk and dark chocolate dominated flavor with a few sugars in there as well. Hops are barely noted.

M: Thick and substantial with firm medium body and carbonation. Sweet and light mineral aftertaste.

D: Tasty stout but not a good value given that singles of Expedition and Old Rasputin go for $2.50-$2.75 in my neck of the woods. Good solid stout though that's worth a try.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with an initial creamy brown head that dissipates into nice lacing. Smell is deep, rich malty with a nice smack of hoppiness. Taste is rich, with a creamy quality...coffe, burnt malt, hops...very tasty. Mouthfeel goes from smooth and creamy to a hoppy dry finish...good combination. It's a sipper, but extremely drinkable...

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Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour very dark brown to black, virtually opaque, with no more than a hint of ruby around the edges. Large dark brown head retains very well, leaving strings of lace down the edges of the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, with some burnt character. Some dark fruits sneak through in the background. No hop aroma to speak of.

Flavor is grainy, with dark roast and coffee. Little bit of a burnt grain finish, with a nice lingering bitterness.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, maybe slightly chewy. Overall a very roasty stout. On the low end of ABV for the style, so no real warming or other alcohol presence is evident. If I had to cite a negative, I think a bit more body and creaminess would make this a really outstanding brew. Very drinkable, and with relatively low ABV could be good for more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Pretty dark brown pour. Limited dark tan head. Roast coffee, cocoa aromas, none of which is real strong. Very roasty flavors heavy with coffee with accents of dark chocolate and roasted malt, a little anise. Medium bodied, gets a bit creamy as it warms. A very strong coffee stout with a very dry finish. Coffee lingers. Pretty drinkable with nothing off putting for the style. A good solid version of a foreign stout.

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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 Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick opaque black with a three finger, almost sudsy looking medium brown head. Head retention was pretty decent, left a thick film with spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is dark roasted and some burnt malts, chocolate malts, and toffee. Taste is of the burnt, roasted malts up front, deliciously bitter at the forfront. It then gives way to a creamy chocolate taste in the middle, and ends with the sweetness of caramel malts and toffee. Based on the pour, I expected this to be a thick, heavy beer and it wasn't! Body lends to be a bit on the heavier side of a medium bodied beer, but not extremely filling, decent carbonation, chewy mouthfeel in the middle with a nice dry finish. I could sit with a few of these on any given evening.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a totally opaque motor oil black, with a copious amount of foamy light tan head, that leaves lacing around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted chocolate malt and cafe au lait. The taste is floral and citrus hops, roasted malt, coffee grounds - a nice dry bitterness - and mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite muted, and the body is rich and velvety, with a medium weight. It finishes dry and smooth, with a note of mocha lingering. I quite enjoyed this - big flavors, but not too heavy in body or ABV to slow down my rapidly increasing pace.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with stumac, Thanks Stu!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - pitch black with a light brown head that hung around leaving lots of lacing.

S - roasted malt and black licorice.

T - rich roasted malt taste with a bitter black licorice finish.

F - full bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, label states 6.6% abv. Pours out stark black in appearance, dense chunky tan head with fantastic retention.

Dry roasted malts up front on the nose, some milky sweetness.

Grainy dry roasted malt up front in the flavour too, intense coffee grounds, some brewer's licorice near the finish, dry espresso-like grounds in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a decent body, a bit slick, but carries the flavour well. Thickens out on the finish, very dry.

A dry bitter stout, similar to a dry London porter. Not my particular taste for mass consumption, but it seems to hold its own in that particular flavour profile.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with only a shimmer of red when held to light. Creamy light brown head really has some nice staying power with fantastic lacing.

Mainly roasty and mocha malt on the nose. A bit of fruitiness and cascade hop aroma makes this a fairly complex smelling beer.

Roasty coffee flavor is balanced by dark fruitiness, licorice and a fair amount of floral hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol in the throat makes this a pretty tasty foreign style stout.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark brown stout with a hugely aggressive tanned head. left a decent amount of lacing too. Sticky cake like rings

Smells like decaying dark fruit with chocolate, malt and molases

Tastes very nice, A little bit of the alcohol upfront, but the dark flavours take over, and the palate is dominated by by chocolate, slight bitterness, and molases.

Mouthfeel is fine for a stout, and the drinkability is easier because the mouthfull isn't that heavy

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Photo of Shadman
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They don't get much blacker than this. Held it up to the setting sun and not a whisper of light. None. Zip. Nice rich tan head with web upon web of lacing.

Liking the aroma. Rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate with some nice floral hoppiness that is lacking in other extra stouts. Intresting take on the extra stout style. Definitely has the dark roast down pat. Slight hint of chocolate with the slight sourness that you find in Guiness X stout. Pike has hopped their version up which surprisingly I liked. Usually I slam West Coast brewer's because of their liberal use of hop, but in this case I find it balances the sourness quite well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, even with the hoppiness.

An interesting take on the stout/x-stout style and I rather liked it.

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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 Reagan1984
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, good looking beer. Pours with my favorite waterfall type head...(forms from the bottom) 2 fingers of creamy tan head form and clearly let you know they are going to stay a while. Lacing is everywhere.

Aroma is coffee and vanilla. I also get a little earthy/musty aroma. Nothing too bad, but it's there.

Flavor had some real nice coffee flavors. Also did taste like a vanilla extract flavor... This all gives way to a nice roasted malt and hop bitterness. I get a bit of nut like flavors in the middle. There is a nice espresso finish and bitterness that lingers..

Full bodied and almost creamy. Just a sense of chalkiness. This is a thick one.

I enjoy this because it drinks like a bog Imp Stout but only is 6.6% ABV. Good. I love this style but it won't knock you out...

I brought this back from a recent trip to Seattle and very glad I did.

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Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in the glass, completely opaque with a thin layer of chocolate milk coloured head. Sheets of lacing abound. Thin head remains for some time.

Smell immediately brings roasted coffee beans to mind. I'm not a coffee guy, but I'd say dark roast. Straightforward aroma, but pleasant.

Much more bitter than expected. Coffee flavour for sure with bitter roasted notes throughout. Citrus hops in finish so strong that blindfolded I would easily have been confused by the style. Different, and tasty.

Full bodied, heavy enough to dull the carbonation but doesn't feel flat in any way. Good mouthfeel.

This comes across as being a very big beer, but stays a bit more drinkable than the RIS/Double Stouts out the by not being too high in abv. Even nicer than I had hoped for.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black colored body, watery looking, with a tan head, some good lacing. Has a strong aroma of some coffee, with some bitter coffee grounds. Has a coffee taste, some chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Pretty rough for me.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance looks to be a dark brown to black with a thick creamy firm brown head with nice lace. Smell of sweet dark malts, chocolate, molassas and dark fruits. Taste of strong coffee, molassas, roasted malts and the hoppiness balances nicely with the flavor. Mouthfeel seem viscous going down slick with a roasted malt bitter bite at the end. Robust is a good word for this one.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lustful heavy brown and black body, mostly black. Whipped brown sugar top with highlights of orange and some small soapy bubbles. Overall this brew has a nice dark appearance with some filmy globs of lace. This sucker looks like my kind of stout, fingers crossed!

S: at first whiff I get strong dark roasted characters of malts, grains and coffee with sweet black licorice. Has some dark chocolate connotations in the pot. I think I am inclined to really like this one

T: seems to be shaping up nicely...husky-bodied roasted malts, soft and dry burnt earthy notes, and dark coffee beans. It is not overly sweet and yet retains a level headed dark chocolate bitterness. Did I mention that the malts are heavy and dark? I also pick up on a light effervescent citric bite and hoppiness in the finish. This seems to help keep all the flavors intact and at bay from washing over and being overpowering. Nothing overpowering and yet has a nice depth

M: a rather smooth and soft one on the tongue, heavy body. This beer has a mind of its own and regulates the flow on its own, half my beer gone already. Carbonation is hidden with just a bit of exposure

D: all around nice and worth the buy. I picked up mine at the Belmont Station and am very happy with my purchase. This easily makes it into my large group of time-to-time regulars. Put on the "Snappy Pants" for this one!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass. The beer pours pitch black with thin tan surface layer of head. Aroma is roasted malt and almost smokey mixing with some brown sugar and maybe molasses as well. No real hop presence or ABV hints either. First sip reveals a thick body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Tight clingy lattice on the glass after each sip. Flavor is dry roasted malt almost coffee bean and some general sweetness. My palate dries out after each sip. Again the hops dont show up at all which is okay considering the style. No hints on ABV either. The beer is a bit of a sipper but only due to the body not any booziness. A well crafted robust brew!

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Photo of beertunes
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into bubble pint glass. Poured with thick, rich, firm deep tan head. Solid head left thick, attractive lacing. Solid black color. Pleasantly rich aromas. Flavor follows aroma closely, with the roasty, toasty, goodness being everything you would hope for. The body and mouthfeel are what is expected from a great stout. The reason I didn't rate this beer higher is that it is so good, I feel it rates well against Imperial Stouts. I know it's inaccurate to do this, but this stout has earned the comparisons. Drink this beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In olden times most people, including brewery workers, were illiterate. To distinguish one beer style from another, brewers marked the kegs with X's. One X represented one style of beer, two Xs another and so on. That's how they told one beer from another.

And you thought all those Xs had something to do with Seattle's other First Avenue landmarks.

Pike's XXX Stout quickly launches into a rich tapestry of roasted aromas converging on cacao, coffee, and barley grain. It imparts a sweet malty flavor with ample roasted grain on a coal black body. This is a worthy stout of pronounced roastiness though I can't help but wonder if a nitro pour might deliver the final touch of grace in smoothing out the body.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer the color of rich potting soil. Black with earthy reddish highlights that barley show in through this opaque brew. The fluffy sticky head is some of the most colorful I've seen. It is a smooth brown that looks like coffee right after some heavy cream is added. It dissipates to some heavy lacing and a light thin brown film and a few stray islands of bubbles.

Smell is stout-ish but not as big and bold as I was hoping. There are some roasted grains mixed with dark coco and coffee. A hop bitterness is detectable but faint as is a dark fruit nose.

The taste delivers where the nose falters. There is big dark chocolaty flavors that mask coffee notes. Then comes a pleasing acrid roasted malt flavor mixed with some hops. I don't know how many hops they used but for them to be apparent through the dark mask of flavors is fantastic. The one draw back is an overly sweet finish that makes the back of my throat feel like I just powered down a Hershey bar.

Mouthfeel is brilliant. A mild carbonation yields a super smooth and creamy brew. Slick and palate coating brew that almost feels like I could spread it on some cupcakes as a chocolate frosting.

The excess sweetness kills the drinkability to me. I love the look and the nice bitterness mixed with sweet taste but the finish is way to sugary for me. I want a beer that I feel compelled to drink more then one of. Great flavors but a poor finish.

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Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this one in Seattle several months back.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a nice dark brown head. The retention is good and some nice lace is noted.

S: Bold roasted malt aromas with notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

T: The roast of the malt is perfect with the chocolate and coffee really pushing thru. Hints of molasses and a light nutty finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: If I could get this one, It would be one I drank regularly.

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
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