Mora2000 (5128) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try.
Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium.
Not what the brewer intended but I actually didnít dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 i am reviewing a bottle that was clearly infected, but seeing as Pike sold this, and the whole state of texas got infected bottles, the review stands til i get a new bottle..
thought iíd just give a small update, dropped an email to pike after this review and never heard back. well- fast forward to last week and i email them through facebook and they actually hit me back up.
well, yesterday i get a package from them. it took almost 3 years but they made good and made a customer who stopped looking at their product happy. if i see a new Pike beer, iíll definitely give it at least a look...
pintbypint (2271) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml brown bottle, capped, wax sealed, 2009. Black, opaque pour. Lots of light brown head, billowy, everlasting, with good lacing. Woody aroma with bourbon and vanilla, some alcoholic notes. Flavour had fudgey and dark chocolate malts, cocoa, coffee bean, slight smoke. Finish is bitter and woody, quick hit of bourbon, long roasty end, chcoolate covered coffee beans aftertaste. Full body with medium carbonation. Big, but not brash, flavours blend well without too much alcoholic interference, still a sipper.
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark brown ale poured mostly foam, which began to seep from the bottle as soon as it was opened. There is a very pleasant chocolate and bourbon aroma. It was some before the head subsided enough to allow a taste, which consisted of unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, plum and a bit of alcohol. Itís a nice winter drink.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber courtesy of WriterLJBerg poured into a tulip.
Glad I perused the reviews on this one before opening as this one was a massive gusher, with a pour that produced a head bigger than the body of the beer. And it didnít go anywhere for a while.
The aroma is heavy with dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate. There are additional sweet smells, like licorice and dark fruits, and a surprisingly big wood character with hints of bourbon.
The taste is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and bakers chocolate. The finish is surprisingly dry and roasted with a heavy oak character that I wasnít expecting. It leaves a lingering, almost metallic, bitterness thatís a little off-putting, but not a complete deal-breaker.
The mouthfeel seems too light for an impy stout with the overdone carbonation probably contributing to that.
I was worried this one might be infected when the carbonation blew up on me, but it seems to be a case of over-carbonation more than anything. Itís got decent flavor but the mouthfeel holds this one back from being a top stout. Good but not great.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nothing special here. An average stout. Barrel aging adds nothing. You can find a version of this beer at any local liquor store. Very average.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Full Throttle Bottles. I donít think my glass is very conducive to pouring a decent beer...damn. Nice chocolate head with a black body. Didnít have a viscous pour, but still looks pretty good. Sharpy bourbon/whiskey aroma, with a wood backing. Not really much of a roast, chocolate, or coffee aroma. The bourbon, to me, just overrides everything else, but I like it. Wow, this beer is way too carbonated for an imperial stout. Doesnít have that creamy smoothness. Not saying it doesnít have a nice wood and bourbon flavor/aroma, but the friggin carbonation. There is some roast and chocolate going on in the flavor, but the carbonation and bourbon just cut right into it.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour came out a bit frothy, I tried pouring as slow as possible down the glass but this thing just wouldnt stop foaming. Eventually I ended up with a dark cola like liquid with a 2 inch head. Sticky, thick, and lots of lacing. The nose was oak, roast, vanilla, chocolate. The taste was the same with hints of some smoke at the end. I didnít get any bourbon taste out of this though. Great stout from Pike. Cheers!
djd07 (2534) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a large tan head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong roast, oak and alcohol and dark fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a smokey wood flavor with a very smokey dry finish. Alcohol present but not too overpowering. A very good stout from Pike.
mmmbeer (1187) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- mispoured and ended up with one finger of a solid black liquid and a solid 4 inch foamy tanish brown head that refused to leave, hearty lacing. Medium carbonation, aroma of oak, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and majickal beer goodness. Hits the mouth with a hearty and heavy body, malt was masterfully roasted- damn near perfect, smoke, oak, and dark chocolate in the middle, finish has hearty lingering with vanilla, cream, and the warmth that comes from the color black. Very creamy throughout, and I canít notice the alcohol level at all. Now get that finger up, wave it around... HOME RUN!!!