damjadi (4) - Kaiserslautern, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice firm head with earthy/chocolaty aromas. Warm and woody flavors with the chocolate/bourbon notes caressing the tongue over a nice malt backbone. Wonderful mouthfeel and a smooth finish. An instant classic!
AmEricanbrew (5662) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Wood festival. subtle flavors compared to my other samplings of the night. coffee, spicy oak, i got nice fig flavors. improves as it warms. completely exceeded my high expectations. brilliant.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<b>Bottle</b>: Pitch black, large rocky beige head, clumpy lacing. Big woody nose, definite Bourbon, seems dry and chalky.
Charred wood and roasted malts also make an appearance. Certainly woody on the tongue, some Bourbon but not that heavy.
Unfortunately this one is rather thin. I was expecting much more in terms of body. Has somewhat of a sour aspect to it. it
sure does remind me of XXXXX Stout but with more Bourbon and less chalkiness/dryness. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin.
For a 9.5% Imperial Stout it is really soft. Flavorful, but that malt backing isn’t there. This beer would be so much more had it
been much more maltier. I also wished it wasn’t so sour, well at least had it not had such a strong sour aspect. It is unique,
one of a kind from Pike, but the lack of malts, thicker body, and sweetness really are missed. Had potential, but just didn’t round out
to a memorable barrel aged Imperial Stout. This one *really* needed to be meatier, no doubt about it. Entertaining, but not a
competitor in the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout category.
Caskalefan (148) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Old Bawdy is good, but with this masterpiece, Drew has arrived as a truly formidable Master Brewer.
Pitch-black pour with a generous tan head that dissipates to a firm ring after a few minutes. The nose is roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of molasses, and the flavor continues this theme, but also reveals some dark fruit skins, a decided woodiness, although, despite a bit of vanilla ester, it seems almost more cedary than oaky, piney and citric esters from the hops,and a unique acidic quality that I haven’t tasted in another beer since I tried Guinness Foreign Extra Stout more than twenty five years ago.
The body is perhaps a bit thinner than it could be for such a big flavored stout, but I think this increases the drinkability in what otherwise might be a too mouth- coating experience.
The flavor starts out almost a bit mild, but by the finish, it has explored some pretty intense depths, and that finish is crazy-long, and immensely rich.
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle. Deep black pour.. but not as ’matte’ as some of the other huge imp stouts. Nice, tight mocha head. Very fresh nose, a bit of pine-hops and lots of dark chocolate and espresso. Dark, rich mouthfeel that is a touch lighter than others.. much more drinkable.. excellent. light taste/weight at first but it rushes to dark, complex and roasty depths. dry, bittered finish that lasts. Exceeded all my expectations, absolutely terrific.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Pours black - no transparency - but not the black hole that some impys do. The large mocha head lingers for a while. The aroma is of sweet chocolate, and lots of it. Also coffee and molasses, but mostly dark, roasty chocolate. Subtle hops are also present, lending a slightly piney aftertaste. This brew is wonderfully smooth, with flavor notes of velvety chocolate, roasty malts and freshly ground coffee. It’s a bit thinner than I’d like - I want a stout this big to be syrupy while remaining clean... this is just a smidge thinner. It’s clean and smooth, but not as dry as I’d normally prefer, either. Still - the aroma and flavor are wonderful, and this is a *fantastic* beer that surpassed its (relatively high) expectations.
after4ever (6093) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the WABL 3rd anniversary party. Jet black. Thick, creamy tan head. Huge, roasty coffee nose. Wood is very well integrated into the overall flavor profile. Well-done with the late additions of base beer to knock it back. Creamy, thick body. Lots of coffee, chocolate, wood, and vanilla. But mostly, this is a big, delicious, chocolatey stout. Yay Pike.