HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Tampa tasting. Poured black with red highlights and a thin light brown head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, wood, and some caramel. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel and weak carbonation. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. I also got some fruity plum notes and some bourbon. Finishes slightly sweet.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy! Gorgeous deep brown with tan head and plenty of lace. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, whisky and caramel. Tastes much the same with bitter coffee and bourbon battling it out in the finish.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from iowaherkeye. Sweet molasses aroma and dark brown colors. Lighter sweet stout. Milky, some smokiness. smooth and even. Good. Thanks Joey.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jsnicholas (502) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 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.
Update: 2/24/15: I do not not think metallic is a good descriptor. Its more of a coffee flavored bitterness, but for me, thatís not really better since I do not like coffee. Was 3.5 now 3.4.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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!
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.