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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Fifty percent of this blended stout was aged in Bourbon barrels for over seven months. The other component was fermented and then aged for 40 days in stainless. Smooth and chocolaty with a great vanilla wood overtone. IBU: 60 OG: 1.092

Editorís note: recent vintages (e.g. 2013) are 75% whiskey barrel aged


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (597) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at Beer Junction in Seattle. Black pour, average head, aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste intense and sweet, with a big presence of chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol. Palate is slightly thick, and the finish lingers nicely with the flavors. A big tasty brew that almost pushes the limits, but really works and is something I wish Pike would bottle once a year.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, Iíve never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time. Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace. Smells of dark chocolate and brandy. The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. Thereís also a bit hop spiciness in the background. I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle. Thick mocha head. Very dark. Coffee, roasted malts, floral sweetness and sugary raisin highlight the aromas. Bitter,sweet and sticky are my first taste impressions. Some chocolate but almost medicine like. Some hints of maybe bourbon in there too. Mid bodies, but way too carbonated.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
I really need to keep better track of trades, I canít recall who sent this, but whoever it was, cheers to you for this great extra. Pours a quite beautiful deep brown, appearing black without being held to light. A nice tan head is also present. The smell is just phenominal. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood. Comes together in such a way as to be greater than the sum of itís parts. Taste follows scent with the wood a little more up front and a bitter chocolate/coffee bean aftertaste. Just fantastic and near perfection. Mouth is full bodied and creamy with low to medium carbonation. Drinkability is great, this goes down easy with nary a hint of its ABV. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to Hophead22. Poured black with tan head with a nice light wood aroma. Flavor was bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some coffee. Very well balanced and the bourbon was not over done. very easy to drink and enjoyed very much. Thanks Tim.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Enormous head, quintupled its volume in foam. Aroma was floral and sweet with very toasty and fruity notes. Flavor was very richly sweet and malty, with a chocolatey, velvety mouthfeel and diverting into a sharply bitter finish like straight cocoa powder. Obnoxious to pour but more delicious than expected. I think this is underrated.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tourette (211) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2013 bomber. Unbelievable. This is the best beer Pike had ever made. Thick, rich, layered, complex stout. And very well balanced. They knocked this one out of the park. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
A thick & heavy bourbon barrel delectable that gets better as it warms toward room temp. 2009 bomber with black wax seal. Oaked bourbon aroma with tons of roasty malts and a little bit of funk. Head is alive! Takes several minutes to subside, even with a careful pour. Taste is dry cherries, espresso coffee beans, Kentucky bourbon, beef jerkey, and dark dried fruits, all infused with peaty Scottish tea. Chewy with a dry mouthfeel on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (174) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle (22oz. $): nearly black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate and whiskey. Taste the same bu lots if toasted malts with a metallic taste in the end. I like the style but too many others I like better.


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