AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nose is wood city and charcoal.
taste is insanely tannic. super oaky with bittersweet chocolate. dark fruits, lots of oak. good I could drink a full bottle though
johnnnniee (2139) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve had 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different sources and both have been infected. Emails from the brewery state that this beer is the way it supposed to be albeit a little over carbonated so I will review it as is.
Pours a solid black with about 3/4 of a glass of tightly bubbled tan foam. I pour four ounces or so then I wait 10 minutes and pour some more.
Nose definitely has a Belgianesque character to it. Smells a bit tart but hidden deep underneath I get some roasty and chocolatey stout like aromas. There’s some vanilla and bourbon in there as well.
Taste is less tart than the aroma. Up front I get a blast of dark fruits and a slight spicy Belgian yeast twang. Fruits continue midway then slowly fade to reveal some oakey vanilla and bourbon, chocolate and roast. Finishes with a long lingering roast and hop bitterness. It actually doesn’t taste half bad, but it is turning sour.
Carbonation is off the charts, body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is bubbly like seltzer water.
I have to ding this one pretty good because it is infected despite what the brewery wants me to believe. It didn’t taste half bad, but it also didn’t taste the way an American double stout should taste. The mouthfeel was totally ruined by the insane level of carbonation.
At $15.00 a bottle, never again.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: July 12, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma with a winey fruity character
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, winey sweetness, dry chocolate, light roasted
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Mora2000 (5504) - 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 didn’t 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.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Color was blakish plum w/ a purple cream head. Aroma was interesting with coffee, whiskey, choclate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Flavor was bitter with a sour coffe taste.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....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 i’d 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, i’ll definitely give it at least a look...
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
650ml bomber poured into a pint glass. I’ve been aging this for a year, and after reading multiple reviews stating it wasn’t aging well, I decided to see for myself. As expected, even pouring slowly, it poured pitch black with a huge, frothy head... and when I say huge, I mean HUGE! I can already tell there’s something wrong with this. Aroma is malty, woody, but overall metallic. Flavor is much of the same. I can tell this had some major bourbon and chocolate undertones, but they’re too heavily masked by the metallic flavor. Palate is over-carbonated and dry. Sadly, I didn’t drink the whole thing. Overall, very promising beer that turned out to have something wrong, maybe an infection.
MegaMaltMan (12) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Tasted okay on tap at Nov. 2008 WABL party, but purchased bottles of this beer in both 2009 and 2010. In all cases, whether opened right away or aged, the beer was infected (unintentional sour) and had to be drain poured.