The Pike Brewery’s Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout made it’s debut at the 3rd annual WABL (Washington Beer Lovers) anniversary party on November 8. The WBB can attest to the worthiness of this fine ale. Brewer Drew Cluley really hit the mark with this rich and strong stout. It is exceptionally well balanced for a Bourbon aged ale.
At the WABL anniversary party, Drew talked to the crowd about this beer and went into some detail about the care and consideration that went into its creation. It was monitored as it matured and blended to meet his exacting palate. The finished product is nothing short of amazing.
Pike will be releasing about 1,000 – 22 oz limited edition bottles in mid-November as well as some draft kegs to a few select alehouses in the greater Seattle area. Keep an eye out for it at your favorite bottle shop, beer bar, or other beer source. (see additional note below)
Brewery: Pike Brewing Company
Beer name: Pike Entire
Beer style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Description: Pike Entire is a blend of three beers: Pike’s XXXXX Extra Stout, original gravity 10.73 / alcohol 7.00%; the same beer aged for more than half a year in oak Bourbon barrels; and an Imperial Stout original gravity 10.98 / alcohol 12%. The Entire blend contains 42.7% barrel aged beer and finishes at 9.5% alcohol. The taste is complex with velvety malt tones, a coffee aroma, and a palate and finish of bitter chocolate. The biscuity character of pale and crystal malts, along with roasted barley, is balanced by a generous amount of Yakima Valley Willamette, Goldings and Columbus hops in the boil; finished with even more Willamette and Goldings. Adding complexity are the underlying wood tones perfumed by the caramel sweetness of wood-aged Kentucky Bourbon.
NOTE – On Nov. 12, Pike Brewery tells us this:
“Certainly I would expect Pike Entire to be available at those 3 outlets (Whole Foods, Metropolitan Market, Bottleworks) and many more. Click Wholesale Distributing will get the lions share to distribute and so it will likely end up in many places where they have a strong presence. Portland Oregon will see a few cases. I’m sure they will be available at Whole Foods and Belmont station in Portland.”
“Of course, Pike beers to go are always available at The Pike Pub and Brewery! We’ve a large cooler fully stocked. They won’t however be available early at Pike, we don’t release them to ourselves until they are released to our distributors. The date of Nov. 26 is the expected release.”