CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2013
2013 Vintage Wax Dipped Bomber. Pours jet black with a cap of dark brown foam and bubbles. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and molasses in the aroma with a bit of black cherry and oak. The taste is dominated by dark chocolate, roasted malt and espresso upfront followed by toffee, vanilla and a shot of whiskey at the end. The body is thick and creamy with a dry, charred malt finish. Overall, a solid chocolate whiskey stout. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
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
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
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
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.
jsnicholas (627) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
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, that’s not really better since I do not like coffee. Was 3.5 now 3.4. smcolw (617) - 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, I’ve 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. There’s 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
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. Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
I really need to keep better track of trades, I can’t 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 it’s 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
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 didn’t get any bourbon taste out of this though. Great stout from Pike. Cheers!