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Black Diamond Peak XV Imperial Porter

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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What compels a journey- Beyond the realm of possibilities? Peak XV- The Earth’s highest mountain- Was first measured in 1856, then renamed Mt. Everest nine years later. In 20 years the ascent was proposed, but it would be another 68 years (and several unsuccessful attempts later) before the summit was finally reached. In admiration of the human spirit and the courage required to accomplish this supreme feat, we offer this dark towering brew. Subtle undertones of vanilla are brought forth using multiple sources of whole vanilla beans, followed by a stupendous nose of dark chocolate - Provided by locally sourced cacao nibs. The flavor is massive chocolate, creamy vanilla, toasty and malty. The finish is epic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1495) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bomber shared pours a dark brown to almost black with mocha head. The aroma is amazingly delicious plenty of pure vanilla bean and large amounts of dark chocolate. The flavors are more of the Same in a rich delicious blend. I find no wrong in this beer unless you don’t like vanilla and chocolate. The malts are well roasted.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured into a tulip on 05.30.14. A: 3 1/2 finger tan head. Midnight black with a lot of red at the bottom. S: Vanilla bean, but not sweet. It has some funk too. T: Pickles, vinegar, and funk dominate. Chemical vanilla, cough syrup, and battery acid are more subtle. O: This was undrinkable on the first sip. It was very sour. Maybe it was infected? Drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3909) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some coffee. Hides the 8% very well. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1911) - - DEC 19, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown almost black color with a small tan colored head. The quickly fades, leaving just a hint of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of roasted malts, caramel, and sweet chocolate. Along with these aromas comes smells of vanilla and some cream, giving a chocolate bar like smell overall. A hint of coffee and some booze are there as well rounding out the aroma and creating a very warming chocolate bar like smell. Taste – The taste begins with a heavy roasted malt flavor with some cocoa and coffee tastes upfront. There is a decent sum of caramel sweetness which grows stronger and stronger as the taste moves onto the end. All the while, the cocoa grows stronger and is joined by vanilla, giving a sweeter chocolate bar like flavor to the brew. Some more boozy scotch like flavors come to the tongue in the middle, with them growing stronger toward the end. With a bit of a grainy taste and some more cocoa coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a nice warming and sweet, boozed up chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big and rich flavors of this porter, this was a fantastic mouthfeel, allowing all those rich chocolate bar and boozy flavors to linger on the tongue and be fully enjoyed. Overall – This was a very flavorful and tasty porter. Big on sweet chocolate, woody booze, and roast. This is one I would certainly recommend and one to try if you get a chance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3726) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Growler. Pours a rich, warm coffee brown with an effervescent tan head. Aroma starts with a core of roast malt and hangs coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and subtle licorice notes to the sonata of scents. Lip-smacking flavor trots roast malt, coffee, toasty, nutty, vanilla, and shy licorice and woody tones across the palate. Texture is smooth and fairly thick, and fizz is firm if not lasting. Climb this peak of Dairug-beer XV!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3543) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
Une bouteille bue dans mon camp de chasse. Ce porter frise le noir. Son col brun est assez solide. Les arômes sont fidèles aux fèves de cacao et à l’authentique vanille. Les saveurs bien chocolatées et caramélisées sont fabriquées avec une vanille jouxtée à des grains rôtis amers. Le corps est rond. La texture est crémeuse. Le liquide est gazéifié selon le style. La finale est rôtie et vanillée, sans sucre et pratiquement sans alcool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
batneil (405) - - NOV 2, 2014
I thought this was very good. I only had a small taste, definitely need to go back for more. From a bottle at an SF beer festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5558) - Utah, USA - AUG 26, 2014
On tap at the brewery
Black with a medium sized tan head, good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla and rich chocolate. Taste is rich chocolate, dark malts, vanilla with a dry finish
Nice, tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (325) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
22 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium, creamy, tan head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, liquorice and alcohol with a bitter, coffee finish. Medium body with a creamy, oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (980) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Not a bad beer from the brewery. One of their better ones in my opinion. Pours fairly dark, but not black with a light tan head. Nose is roasted and chocolatey with alcohol presence as it opens up. Flavor is sweet caramel and roasted with some light darker fruit notes, almost fig like, but it works well. Not bad overall

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