Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the center, with a huge dark than head that never really reduces past 1/4". Great lacing. Nose is big and potent, much more bourbon evident now than when I first tried it 3-4 months ago. Great nose of bourbon, coconut, mocha, dark roast coffee, mild ashy smokiness, but the overall experience is one of toasty warmth, without going over into booziness, but it does walk a fine line there. In the mouth this beer is full and expansive, big tasty bourbon throughout, not as dominating (or as wonderful) as say a Bourbon County Stout, but a very nice example in the mouth nonetheless. Vanilla, coconut, licorice, roasty bitterness, mild coffee and chocolate, long finish. Very nice stout, one of the best (after Old Rasputin and Peche Mortel) sold in my neck of the woods.
VertBaconStrips (2300) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne like cap.. just endlessly flowing out of the bottle after attempting to pour my glass. it has a very dark brown cap, foamy with thick, fluffy rings and messy lacing. Excellent retention. Can I give this a í6í? Heavy dark roast on the nose, wet coffee filter, orange, ruby red grapefruit, light smoke, very interesting mix of stuff. The dark chocolate is there but it hides behind everything including the fruit. The entire time Iíve been finding cooked carrots. Colossal flavours. Underlying fruit, bakers chocolate, bitterness, pine. When you chew it out you can really enjoy the chocolate. Just read the label: 9.5%... serious? Not much complexity here, the bourbon aging is nice and adds some difference but itís not a big contributor. Too much carbonation especially early on. Gets much better later on but itís still foamy. Quite thick, ample bitterness and fading coffee strength aftertaste. The alcohol has come out and is very noticeable with one third left. Actually, it is almost too much now. This is a decent beer but I donít see getting this again... the XXXX Pike? Yea, thatís a gooder.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Irwin F. Fletcher, you choose. First pour produced an entire glass of foam. as did the 2nd. The bottle is oozing foam out the top like a japanese hooker volcano. smells pretty darn good though..like the inside of an oaked barrell prison with old black dude jerry curl greese and winos...lots of drunken winos...mad dog 20/20 on their breath. Taste is smooth and very vinious and woody, kind of like the woody iíve got right now after staring at the foaming bottle for the last 69 seconds. Smooth, oily mouthfeel with lots of soft but prickly carbonation. I really like thw wood accents here, like hanging out inside a log cabin next to a river of roasted stout...like that chocolate river in charlie & the chocolate factory, but filled with stout and not chocolate...im fat like that german augustis kid.
Mora2000 (6141) - 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 (7870) - .....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 (3326) - 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 (8894) - 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 (1338) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, 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.