troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2007
Blacker than sin, with a lovely thick cafe au lait coloured head. Aroma of malt, chocolate and smoke. Malty flavour with notes of chocolate, coffee and hops. Nice dry finish that still lasted. It had the complexity of imperial stout without the alcohol befuddling power. This may be the best stout I have ever tasted in my life. It certaily is my first 5. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
The color was black as a coal mine.Nearly no head at all.Roasted malt aroma with a sweet malt,spicey,fruity aroma as well.Mild hints of chocolate as it warms with an even milder hint of alcohol.Whoa this is good stuff malty mildly sweet taste,coffee,slightly smokey and a very,very mild fruit presence,there is also a slight hop presence that shows itself at the end of the taste.The after taste is malty slightly bitter with a dark chocolate,coffee bite.This is a fantastic brew and i wish i had bought more then one. orpheusiv (3) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2005 does not count
From the bottle, this is one of the three best stouts I’ve had. Dense head. Beer is black as night. Flavor is nutty/coffee. Good aftertaste, not the best. If you can get it on tap, it’s absolutely wonderful. Cybercat (5841) - Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Comes out of the bottle a rich, oily, opaque sable with a thick and fairly persistent fine-bubbled tan mead. Aroma is rich and smoky with firm tones of quality coffee and brown sugar - most inviting. Flavor is even better than the aroma - richly of roast fine coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, the flavors I like best in a stout. It is only slightly sweet and has a touch of bitterness. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and tingly. This is one lip-smacking stout, worth seeking! Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2012
Fan-tastic beer! If you’re at the brewpub try the chocolate truffles made with this stout.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2007
The Dan Journal #26. Tasted 5/30/06. 12oz bottle vintage 1989! Thanks to Joe at Corral for this absolute gem! Pitch and thick. Toffee and sugary aromas. Notes of caramel grapes port wine and anise. DAMN! This is a complex brew! Full bodied and oily. Flavors of peat and vanilla. port and prunes. Flums and dark fruits. Leather. Damn! This was amazing. This is on the top five all time best! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours pitch black with a large, fluffy, milk chocolate colored head. Smells strongly of chocolate and has touches of coffee. Tastes of chocolate, almost exclusively. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Pike XXXX Stout finishes bittersweet. SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
opaque black with some tan bubbles around the rim. full body with medium-high carbonation, and not creamy or clingy.WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
aroma: silage, mushroom soy sauce, some roasted malts, and a hint of charcoal.
taste: charcoal, roasted malts, roasted barley, some sourness and herbal hops. very little chocolate or coffee. truly a foreign extra stout or "imperial" dry irish stout.
one of the best dry style stouts i’ve had @ 1200 ratings.
Pours a nice black with a dark chocolate head. Aroma is full if sweet chocolate malt. Tastes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. A nice sweet malt lingers for a bit. Goes down very smooth. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Inky black. Medium hefted chocolate milk foam sits for length before settling to a hairline skim and crumbly edging. Lacing is thick and all over the place making a mess of blobby sheeting across the glass. In a word for appearance - pinnacle!
Aroma is tarry and roasted with heavy black malt dryness with some dark chocolate scuffing.
Taste is bold, rich, and gradually building across a wonderful, medium to heavy roastyness of black malt. Chocolate intercedes into the middle areas, then the fun begins with one fantastic drying length and character. Slight molasses tang sweetens the pot for a stint, notes of burnt/charred edges creep in there while the chocolate gets supurbly darkened, heavy, and dry with a solid smack of bitterness thrown in. A very solid smack! That’s some of the most bitter dark chocolate I’ve ever encountered in a stout. It’s awesome!
The body of this beer is quite nice. Full, round, roasted and textured as so with a substantial girth of roasty malt all the while maintaining a heavenly smoothness. Its just sweet enough on the underside for most of its length, gliding the roasted stuff along the path to the finish where the dark bitter chcoalte takes over and does its thing.
An excellent drinker as well as being damn tasty. What more could you ask except for more. And at 6% this blows the sessionable competition away as far as other big stouts that taste like this are concerned. Not that I don’t miss a little kick like those found in most Impy’s or Dbl’s, these Foreign/Export stouts are just too damn tasty and drinkable not to be in the same league as some of those big boys. Most are loaded in the ABV dept. This on the other hand says drink up and enjoy! And enjoy, and enjoy...