acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 2005-2006 release A decent stout. Pours dark with small head. Coffee aromas. Thin feel. Good taste, slightly smoky. Nothing outstanding but plesant. 8/4/6/3/14
2006-2007Wow. New recipe for sure. Aroma still dominated by coffee, but a hint of sourness. Much more hops in both aroma and flavor, like the 3F Black Sun. Dry and slightly bitter at the end. Thicker in the mouth as well. I like the change! 7/4/8/4/16
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 I donít know why, but this beer taste way better than it smells. It smelled of hops and rotten, infected beer, yet it tasted so divine.
I poured a deep, dark black drink into my snifter. I let it warm a bit took a whiff and WHOA, this beer has gone bad..... or has it? I took a drink and to my pleasant suprise a i got a mouthful of chocolate, roasted coffee, smirling smokey caramel, and a good dose of finishing hops. I just canít understand how a beer that smelled so foul could taste so good. Another mystery to explore.........
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big dark tan head, black body, not a lot in the stank dept. good bitters, roasty and dry, chocolately, oddly tart, iíve always wanted to drink from a bottle with lots of xís on it, feels like the cartoons
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Limited Release 2005-2006: This is a stout worthy of props. It is a thick black color and the head resembles dirty motor oil bubbles. Cool! The head is also fluffy and the lacing is clingy, like a cheap suit. The aromas fill up the nasal cavities with burnt malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are equally tasty: chipotle like roasted flavors with a strong espresso presence like Pikeís neighbor, Starbuckís. What I liked about this stout is that it wasnít too sweet - it had a semi-bitter aftertaste. The feel is comforting as the thick & creamy liquid ricochets off the inner cheeks and down the throat. This one is definitely in my top five for stouts. Yummalicious!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black color. Meager brown head forms and then fades rather quickly to a slight ring. Aroma of kalamata olives and dirty ashtray initially. As the beer warms it takes a more pleasant aroma of moderate smoke and wood. Medium bodied and quite smooth as Oakes notes. Lower carbonation level which is befitting. Pleasant roasted grain flavors. Not overly astringent, decent hop levels. Chocolate and dark coffee. Quite nice.
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shiny ebony colour. The aroma is richly roasty with light fruitiness and hints of citrusy hop, toast. Smooth as hell, with gorgeous Belgian chocolate notes, cream, vanilla sugar, Yunnan coffee. Most of the bitterness is roast it seems. Great foreign style
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a thin cocoa-colored head. Malty/roasty aroma. Malty/roasty flavor with some coffee and a bit of residual sweetness. Some bitterness present at end. Full bodied and very smooth.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 OK Pike your back on track now. This was what I am looking for in a Stout. Black and huge roastyness. I loved the overall flavor and you just got this one right. The body I needed a fork to finish. Hello awesome Stout in my book.
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vinous grapes and cocoa in the aroma. Opaque dark brown with ow brown-tan head that lasts nicely and leaves some sudsy lacing. Roasted malts are overwhelming with very little residual sweetness of a powdery cocoa-like nature. Medium body is fairly dry and well-attenuated. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, sausage, and fruit. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, fruit, and hops. Unique stout.