DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Josephson. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a surprisingly lively brown bubbly head that takes eons to settle. Aroma is quite woody and earthy, with chocolate and coffee. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with accents of smokey wood and pepper. Finish has an interesting tartness to it, that seems to lighten up the body somewhat. Very good. JorisPPattyn (10112) - 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 douglas88 (9789) - 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. 3fourths (9367) - 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). Ibrew2or3 (8912) - 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.
BuckeyeBoy (8859) - 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 SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....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..
AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
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...
22 oz. bottle. Thin white head around the snifter. Nose is pure wood. In the marathon tasting I didn’t look for a bottle date or vintage. It appears that the only real flavor is oak. If you really try to search for others flavors you can find chocolate cake and traces of dark fruits. The body and carbonation are fine. The alcohol is not noticeable yet I’m very accustomed to high gravity stouts. Especially after the gluttony of stout we had on this night. Ok, nothing to seek out. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
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.
Sledutah (7973) - Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2009 650ml bottle
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a large frothy tan head, leaving clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Strong aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and dried cocoa
Taste: Roasted malts, oak, bourbon, espresso and ash
A decent Imperial Stout. There is some kind of funky flavor in the finish that sticks around.