marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
This dark brown ale poured mostly foam, which began to seep from the bottle as soon as it was opened. There is a very pleasant chocolate and bourbon aroma. It was some before the head subsided enough to allow a taste, which consisted of unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, plum and a bit of alcohol. It’s a nice winter drink. JorisPPattyn (10001) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2010
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 Huge dark-greige/brown head over pitch-blakc beer; lacerings. Very alcoholic-coffee nose, vanilla and a serious but weird curry - even kari leaf - aroma, cilandro. Again this herbal, spicy, cilandro-like flavour over coffee stout flavours. Black chocolate, lightly smoked. Again some vanilla (and coffee -) beans. Bourbon finish. Warming up, rosemary and cypress flavours mix in. Very smooth-slick, alcoholwarming, obviously well-bodied. Very remarkable, original even, tastes - I recognise it, but cannot place it. Big thanks to Don 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. Rich dark chocolate chips and tangy oak first appear in the nose, followed by some sweetened coffee grounds and chocolate cookies. Roast heavy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate chips appear up front. The oreo cookie cracker flavor is both surprising and delicious. Dense fudge and cake play with an overt American oak dryness - a dryness that I usually tend not to like - but right here it works in ways that it rarely does in other oak aged stout. I admit I’m a fan of this one. Subtle brandy sweetness shows up in the finish, and while I’d put this one in the like category given like/dislike, there’s a small amount of what seems like isovaleric acid (I’ve had this bottle for about 6 months). douglas88 (9182) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber thanks to BVC. Pours a pure jet black color with a large brown head. A smooth oak and light bourbon nose, some roast. The flavor is a mellow ashy and bitter Impy; light bourbon, smoke and ash, chocolate, bitter hops and metal throughout- it is fine and works-, a bit of sour cherries and wood, actually very woody. Nice and very drinkable. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours very dark with nice brown head. The aroma is wood mixing with tart wine like barrel notes and some mild roastiness. The taste is chocolate, dark tart chocolate and some sour notes reminiscent of Alpine’s Boris. It gets smooth into the finish with oak, toffee and caramel.
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
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..
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
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...
Draft at the WABL 3rd anniversary party. Jet black. Thick, creamy tan head. Huge, roasty coffee nose. Wood is very well integrated into the overall flavor profile. Well-done with the late additions of base beer to knock it back. Creamy, thick body. Lots of coffee, chocolate, wood, and vanilla. But mostly, this is a big, delicious, chocolatey stout. Yay Pike.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. This beer might have suffered as the previous one in the line-up before it was North Coast Reserve Brandy. Pours with a light brown head over a black body. Aroma of coffee, lots of hops, chocolate, wood, and cinnamon. Taste is woody with chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops. Water like mouthfeel with light bubbles. Somewhat thin feeling for a Imperial Sout of this ABV. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle Pours out a very dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Aroma of wood, coffee, and dark chocolate. Tast more of the wood and coffee. A nice roast malt. Thanks ditmier Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle 660ml.Pours black with a beige head.Aroma is spicy and maybe slightly brettish with roasted malts and oak.Flavour is slightly sourish with lots of roasted grains , chocolate and some spicy notes .Slightly brettish with a bitter finish.Full body.Nice