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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1958) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Appearance: silky dark brown, with a short light tan head. Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, cream, and espresso. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, pudding, condensed milk, vanilla, hint of roast coffee. Finish: smooth, creamy, slightly dry, with a lingering sweet chocolatey character. Notes: Slightly above average imperial porter. Nothing off or bad, but it just wasn’t awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2013
22oz bottle, black pour with small tan head. Weak nose of chocolate and malt. Some chocolate flavor, but I can’t stop noticing the background of vegetable infection, which follows it into the finish. Didn’t impress me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2013
Pours a thin looking brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly. The nose is cocoa, cream and metal (yeah I know its what I smell). Taste is vanilla, chocolate, cola, and black cherries. The body is heavier than it looks though it has slight medicinal tingle factor that is present. Overall this is a slightly above average Imp. Porter. It suffers in the appearance and flavor departments with strange characteristics that I attempted to quantify. I wouldn’t pass this up if it were opened at a tasting, but I wouldn’t seek it out if there were other options.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2183) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2013
pours a clear black with no head, and no lacing. smell is of bourbon, cocoa, malt, and some coffee. taste is sticky, chocolate, bourbon, and some coffee. ends smooth and thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
This beer is a dark brown color with some amber around the edges and a medium tan head that diminishes slowly to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a roasted malt and vanilla coffee character. Touches of chocolate as well. The finish is sweet with a vanilla cocoa aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Dark brown color, with a thick but low, tan head that does not stay around long. Aroma is relatively mild, but nice, consisting roasted malt and chocolate notes. Flavor is somewhat subdued, though good, with roasted malt and cocoa. There is just enough complexity in this to keep in interesting to the end. Finishes with the flavors hanging on and a nice amount of bitterness. It is enjoyable, but maybe a bit on the mild side. Very easy to drink this one, however.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a tan fine bubbled head with good retention and some light lacing on a mahogany black body. Aroma is coffee, roast and boozy bourbon vanilla. There’s coffee, light bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some smokiness in the finish. Flavor is a bit flat in spots. The body is medium full and very creamy. Not remarkable but a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 11/13/12

Aroma: The nose is quite sweet and chocolaty, with some light roast, with a little vanilla and caramel
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with a small brown head and medium lace
Flavor: Tastes sweet, not as sweet as the nose, the roast comes out a bit more, and there’s a mild bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a roasty feel to it, not too sticky, and an average carbonation
Overall Impression: This is a pretty solid porter, though it is quite sweet. It is also quite drinkable and it has a pretty decent feel to it, but it isn’t a standout by any means.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle from Bev4Less in Santee. Pours an amber brown color with small head. Maybe I got an infected bottle, but nose is all booze. Flavor is booze/whiskey with some chocolate and coffee. Drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bomber from Windy City. Lightly roasted nose with a bit of milkiness. Roasted coffee flavored with some milk sugar and a hint of vanilla. This is a potent sweet dessert type of porter.

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