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Pike XXXXX Stout Brewed by Pike Pub & Brewery
Pike XXXXX Stout brewed by Pike Pub & Brewery - Seattle, Washington
Pike XXXXX Stout
has a full-bodied velvety malt texture; hints of chocolate, licorice &
espresso. Appropriate anywhere a red wine would be served, yet goes
beautifully with delicate dishes like oysters. Hops: Cninook, Willamette,
and Goldings. Malts: Pale, Crystall, and Roasted. ABV: 7.00%. IBU: 65
Originally known as “porter” because thetrain porters sold it. Some
“porters” were called “stout” or “extra stout porters.” In the 19th century,
the biggest breweriesdropped the word porter. London was the most famous
stout capital in the 18th century. In the 19th century, Dublin became famous
for a light dry style that advertised its restorative and nutritional
benefits. The craft beer and cream stouts in the early 1980s.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Fantastic.. Not much else to say - but I will go through the list.
Upon opening and pouring the experience begins, great pour with a very very dark
almost black colour to it. Can't see through the glass (always good with an
extra stout), and finishes with a nice 1.5 finger caramel head. The head started
to melt away and within a few minutes it was all gone.
Smell was strong with coffee, and a sweet malty almost burnt chocolate smell.
Definitely sweeter than floury or bitter. The flavour mimics that quite a bit.
First across the tongue was slight bitter espresso flavouring, which led to a
smooth finish. It was nicely carbonated and was very easy to finish the entire
I started drinking it with some home made pizza which didn't harm the flavour
but didn't really add to it. Finished with a nice piece of 70% dark chocolate,
and that pushed this from an excellent beer to a freaking fantastic beverage of
Definitely a must buy and must drink. I haven't had anything else from Pike but
this would make me like to try others.
The History of Charles and Rose Ann Finkel and Pike Brewing
Charles and Rose Ann Finkel founded an importing company, in part "according to
Charles" to satisfy their taste for authentic beers. At the time, the United
States had 40 breweries, only one made beer according to the Rheinheitsgebot,
the world's oldest food purity law. With an idea of marketing different tastes
in beer, like different tastes in wine, Charles visited more than a dozen
independent American breweries seeking marketing and distribution arrangements.
He discovered that most small breweries copied the big ones brewing with corn
syrup and rice filler (adjunct) chemicals and additives. Charles decided to
market beers of his own design using other people’s breweries.
Finkel, who majored in design in college, became the agent for D.G. Yuengling of
Potsville, PA, America's oldest brewery (for states west of the Mississippi).
While he did not change the beers, he did choose labels from the brewery’s early
Finkel launches Cold Spring Export, from one of only two remaining Minnesota
breweries. In doing so he became America's first modern "contract brewer."
Finkel specified that the beer had to meet Rheinheitsgebot standards, created
the recipe, designed the label and sold it nationally. Years later, he did the
same for the August Schell Brewery of New Ulm, Minnesota.
Frustrated by the lack of great American beers, Charles and Rose Ann set a goal
of marketing great beers of each of the classic brewing styles and educating the
American beer drinker about them. To do so quickly, the only choice was to
concentrate on classics from Europe. The same year, the Finkel’s discovered
Michael Jackson's seminal World Guide to Beer first published in 1978. Inspired
and informed, Charles and Rose Ann became the exclusive agent for some of
Europe's finest independent brewers including Ayinger, Lindemans, Melbourn Bros,
Orval, Pinkus, Samuel Smith and Traquair House. Their's was the first company to
offer a range of Belgian beers; to work with British brewers to create long
forgotten styles like Oatmeal Stout, Porter, Imperial Stout and Scotch Ale; and
to repackage classic Bavarian dopplebock under a private label that eventually
became the Ayinger Brewery's world-wide brand. They introduced many people
including many early craft brewers, to the glories of great beers.
Writing about Charles in Beers, A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best,
Christopher Finch writes "No beer supplier in the world represents such a
catholic range of beers, and in each range is a masterpiece, or something
remarkably close to it."
The Finkels talked of creating their own brewery for years. Working with the
world's greatest brewers was inspiring. So, in 1989, wanting a location in the
famous Pike Place Farmers Market, they convinced John Farias, the owner of
Liberty Malt Supply Company, to sell them the business with the idea of creating
a microbrewery as a way to show home brewers how beer is brewed. Liberty,
founded in 1921, was originally upstairs in the main section of the market, but
had moved to the LaSalle Hotel Building after the space had been vacated by a
The Finkels opened The Pike Place Brewery in the Pike Place Public Market. Well,
not exactly "in" the market, but “under" the market in the La Salle Hotel at
1432 Western Avenue. It was one of the country’s smallest breweries with the
tallest smoke stack. A four barrel copper kettle was custom made by Seattle's
Alaska Copper and Bass Company and though tiny, the brewery was state of the
art. From the beginning the goal was to brew world class ale to accompany great
food. The Finkels wanted the beers of Pike to be the equal or better, and in
better condition than any that they represented from Europe. Charles and Rose
Ann favored beers that went well with food, especially the classic British
brewing styles like Ales, Porters, Stouts, Scotch Ales and Barley Wines. There
was great anticipation among the Seattle brewing community as a little red and
white tile brewery in the lobby of a former bawdy house took shape. Articles
appeared in newspapers and posters announcing the brewery opening and inviting
friends and beer lovers to participate in the "World's Shortest Non-Motorized
Uphill Parade", from the brewery to Cutter’s Bay House at the corner of Pike
Place and Western Avenue were distributed to local pubs and retailers. The
opening day weather was as good as the beer. Leading the parade was John Farias
pushing a keg in a silver two wheeled hand truck. Following were the Finkels,
Franz and Angela Inselkammer from Bavaria's Ayinger Brewery, Pike brewer, Jason
Parker, a host of TV and newspaper photographers and writers, and almost 100
beer lovers. Joining the group was a llama from The Herb Farm, a walking geoduck
from the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, dogs, a cat and an oyster. Everyone ) perhaps
not the oyster, which was eaten, and the llama) sensed that they were making
history. The premier pint of Pike Pale was tapped by Braü Franz Inselkammer,
Braü Von Aying. In the weeks and months that followed, Pike gained a following
among the growing rank of beer lovers, became available at some of the finest
restaurants, hotels and pubs in Washington and developed a loyal following. In
addition to draft, Pike Pale and XXXXX Stout were offered in beautiful swing top
bottles which required a deposit. They were so popular that consumers didn't
return them and for practical reasons, the brewery switched to 12 and 22oz.
bottles. The labels were created by Charles, inspired by views of the entrance
to the art deco market. The original logo was cut out of a stencil. He later
switched to a computer to do the designs, but always retained the stenciled
look. As soon as the brewery opened, the bottles were featured in a full page
color photograph in Beer, a Connoisseur’s Guide to the World's Best, Beer by
Christopher Finch. The beautiful coffee (beer) table book was published in 1989
by Abbeyville, the country’s finest art book publishers.
Pike Voted Best Microbrewed Beer - Members Vote, Microbrew Appreciation Society.
In 1997,the Finkel's sell Pike Brewing, Liberty Malt Supply Company and Merchant
du Vin Corp and Steve Sinser becomes president of Pike Brewing ”