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What compels a journey- Beyond the realm of possibilities? Peak XV- The Earthís 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Deep brown pour with a creamy head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, milk chocolate. Flavor is loaded with molasses, raisins, prunes, and booze. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Bomber from Bottle Barn. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee. Clear very dark broown with a huge heavily lacing tan head. Flavor is slightly smoky, chocolate, and hints of bitterness. Finishes smoky; body a litle light but at only 8% maybe thatís about right.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
dwr1962 (46) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2010
The wax was difficult to remove- gimmick. It was nearly impossible to pour without making a gigantic head. It smells like dishwashing liquid. The taste is better and the palate is appropriate. Iím a self-admitted beer geek and I usually like unusual beers, but this one (and itís price) disappointed me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle thanks to Hayduke. A frustrating wax seal that made a mess. A gushing tan head bounds up during the pour. Dark brown with plenty of red highlights. A very interesting aroma of prunes and dark fruit, roasted notes, and a bit of smoke. Flavor is pretty much identical but with black licorice and more smoke. A huge porter and has so much good stuff to offer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
This bottle that are actually quite good looking but the wax is hard and soooo hard to get off. Im glad im not the tender who are supposed to serve and open these bottles. The pour is blacky but rises like hell - this one is very hard carbonated. Well once settled it is black with a redish glow and a head that is allready gone. The nose is being tickled by the high level of CO2 but somewhere there are also some caramel malts and coffee. The taste is mostly bitter and roasted with side notes of coffee and malts. Mouthfeel is very thin. The finish is long and roasty with a bitter dryness. Nothing special really - Im quite disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Pours deep brown with a thin dark tan head. Nice vanilla and chocolate in the nose in addition to roasted malts. Same in the flavor with the roasted malts mellowing out the sweetness nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. Clear, very deep mahogany color topped with a huge tan head, foamy, lasting, sloppy streaks and blobs of lace. Malty aroma, lots of vanilla, some milk chocolate, molasses, musk like sweat, almost the scent of a urinal (oops). Mouth is medium, foamy carbonation, a touch on the dry side. Flavor is sweet, with lots of molasses, soy, dark fruits, bitter cocoa, vanilla towards the back end, and a long aftertaste of vanilla and burnt malts (cocoa, french roast, woody hops). Itís basically just a fancy porter (obviously), and itís pretty tasty. A bit candy-like, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DerWeg (1431) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
Vanilla bean and coca nib aromas, plays in taste. Slight sour and yeasty. Some apples and grape. A bit lactic and maybe touch off. Thanks to sharer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Tasted from a bomber bottle purchased at City Beer. Pours super deep, nearly opaque, amber with a massive tan head that slowly recedes to leaving an even blanket of lace. The nose is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, coconut, and roasted malt. All of these are come through with nearly equal strength. The flavors are a bit more subdued with the bitter chocolate and malts taking center stage. The vanilla is much lighter than anticipated. The body is medium, and somewhat sticky with lively carbonation and a long chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Poured dark brown, creamy, sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, little molasses.

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