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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Nose of vanilla cocoa. Roast and earth.a little nutty. Very sweet aroma. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Flavora are sweet throighout with vanilla andI earthy cocoa notes. Mild bitterness roast and more vsnilla. Light body medium carb. The beer needs more asseetiveness as it seems like a boring brown ale treatment. Not horrible by any means.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5101) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bomber. Pours a clear dark brown body with a one finger fizzy beige head that faded to a wispy partial covering. The nose is quite rich and intense, lots of milk chocolate, some vanilla bean, light roast, and some light caramel. The flavoring is a little over the top though, almost extending into the Southern Tier realm. Heavily laced with vanilla, the cocoa comes in a close second, which doesn’t leave too much room for the actual beer to express itself. All bells and whistles and no substance. Very sweet and a little tiring on the palate after less than half a bottle. Rather thick and chewy in texture with soft carbonation. Not terrible, but not something I’d try again or recommend seeking out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor of charred/roasted malt up front with burnt caramel and vanilla in the finish. Smooth and roasty/charred palate. Nice beer, would have liked a stronger chocolate presence, given the description. Overall it’s pretty good. 7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Pretty good beer but I am not a fan of how the vanilla plays out in this beer.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
eastbayjay (9) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2012 does not count
Very misleading. Great label and description, but when it comes down to drink ability this Imperial Stout falls short. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bomber from Wooden Keg in Hagerstown, MD. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, nutty notes and roasted malts. The taste is chocolate, cocoa, nutty notes, roasted malts, coffee and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Quite tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2011
On tap @ Pizza Tugo’s, Ocean City, Md- dark pour w/a slight tan head. Sweet aroma. Big chocolate flavor, some vanilla, some coffee, fair amount of carbonation. Smooth & easy to drink, enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4209) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2011
22 oz bomber thanks to boamr, thanks Ryan. Poured a thinner looking super dark brown with a smaller foamy beige head. Aroma of cheap sugary dry chocolate, raisin, prunes, rotting vanilla, just really sweet overall. Syrupy body with average carbonation and a lingering sweetness on the swallow. Flavor isn’t as sweet as the aroma, olive juice and cola soaked bread. Too sweet in the aroma and after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
22oz bottle, purchased somewhere in South Bay. Pours a deep cola-brown color; foamy, fine-bubbled medium-tan head; solid lacing. Plenty of milk and dark chocolate, cocoa, and plenty of cola along with some warming alcohol cutting through; for all that’s going on here, it seems a touch hollow. Medium to medium-high body; modest CO2; leads with warming vinous alcohol and cocoa, with layers of chocolate underneath; that ethanol note gets progressively more sharp. Lasting finish of cocoa, dark chocolate, and touches of vanilla; that vanilla contribution doesn’t really come through all that much for me with so much else going on.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bomber. Poured clear, deeper garnet with a creamy tan head. The aroma picked up sweet cocoa and vanilla over moderately-roasted chocolates and a hit of honey.. more lovely cocoa and smoky notes on the back of the nose.. very good. The flavor found light-moderately-roasted and lightly-soured dark chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla notes throughout.. nice spicy kick over more vanilla and cocoa on the decadent finish.. tight-bubbled carbonation worked well in there.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. there was a lot of sweetness, but it never became a problem.. I would gladly drink a lot of this.


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