Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.9 IBU: 85.0

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

The Pike Brewing Company 2015 Pike Entire Wood-Aged Stout

What the brewers say

“Smooth and chocolaty, reminiscent of small-batch bourbon with its vanilla and wood overtones. Aged in Woodinville Whiskey barrels, which impart creamy vanilla and whiskey flavors.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A unique nose, with hints of port, dark chocolate, cherry, and an underlying earthiness, almost mushroom-like. Some toffee, vanilla, and roast in the back. Very low ester profile.”

Flavor: “Strong dark roast throughout blends with dark coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla underneath rounds out things at the end with a touch of sweetness. The mushroom notes from the nose are more pronounced here. The oak blends well with the malt and adds to the complexity. The cherry character adds a nice brightness and sweetness. The beer finishes with a slight bitterness, almost that of a dark chocolate bar.”

Overall: “Some interesting choices in the recipe design make for some interesting flavors in this beer. There was good complexity with the richness of the chocolate that carried through the beer.”

What our editors thought



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