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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.

topher_78's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2012
The beer poured black as night, with 1/2 a fingers worth of a mocha head that left little to no lacing. The aroma is of sweet vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is of heavy vanilla, bitter-sweet chocolate, toasted malt and espresso. The mouth feel has very little in the way of carbonation, so it’s heavy and coats your tongue as it runs over your palate, leaving a slight alcohol warming sensation in the back of your throat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tightslice (1001) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is chocolate cereal and vanilla. Taste is kids chocolate cereals and marshmallows with an artificial vanilla note. Not very imperial either. Could barely get through it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1253) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Strong dark chocolate aroma with licorice vanilla, wood, and light roasted coffee Cocoa and vanilla very noticeable in flavor with bread and light coffee Medium bodied with medium co2, lingering chocolate and vanilla finish Well balanced and enjoyable imperial Porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigericsports (55) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bomber poured into a pint glass dark brown with thin mocha head, barely any lacing. The aroma is of pure vanilla bean and dark chocolate, dark fruit and cocoa. The flavors are more of the same in a rich delicious blend. Would recommend this one to friends!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2359) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2016
Nice big porter. Vanilla dominates and almost gives it a weird coconut aroma. Plenty of chocolate. A mild bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5770) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Bottle from The Wine Specialist. Dark brown body with thin tan head. Nose is malts, caramel, dark berries, vanilla, floral notes. Taste is malts, spices, milky, licorice, caramel. Creamy texture. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1390) - Montana, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Dark brown pour with smallish brown head. Nutty roasted malt nose. Flavor is nice with coffee and hints of chocolate. Roasted malt and nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerandhockey8 (361) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a nice black color, thick tan head. Nose is chocolate, malt, vanilla. Taste is sweet, bitterness coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle, shared at game night. Very dark brown, copper highlights. Sweet cocoa and vanilla, quite full bodied, sweet with a moderately bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2964) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle poured and split. Pours a near black with a tan ring head. Big vanilla bean aroma. Rich malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla. Like German chocolate cake. A little coconut. Tasty porter for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2015
The rich vanilla definitely makes this nice, though there are faults in the base beer. Still easily the best black diamond I’ve ever had. Medium bodied, a touch of something astringent in the nose and flavor. Subtle for sure, but still a slight distraction. Otherwise dark roast and vanilla dominates both. Pleasant enough, but a one timer.

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