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Peak XV Imperial Porter - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Peak XV Imperial PorterPeak XV Imperial Porter

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94 Ratings

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 27.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 1759Girl on 08-01-2010)
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Photo of dvb
1.3/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Serving Type: 22-ounce bomber purchased at the Olympia, WA Cost Plus World Market.

Appearance: Nice looking beer. Near-black opacity with a tan head that dissipates quickly, but not *too* quickly. This is where the fun ends.

Smell/taste: A few years ago, I made a doppelbock from an extract kit. It was extremely rich, under-attenuated and had a funky aftertaste that I just can't put into words. That's this beer. It smells and tastes just like it. But why does an imperial porter taste like a bad extract kit doppelbock? I don't know; you tell me. This is just bad. Drain pour.

Mouthfeel: It's about what you would expect: thick and sticky. In this case, that is not a good thing.

dvb, May 01, 2013
Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -68.6%

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.

WAbeerfiend, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of mbeerdino21
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

mbeerdino21, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%

Strong coffee tastes in this. Very flavorful and has a nice burnt, smoky smell to it. It's a bit heavy going down, but pleasing. I enjoyed it.

avwrite, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Kramerwtmf, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

robgage, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

wrightst, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

bigeyedfish89, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

atrocity, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

casapy, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of TomG2751
1/5  rDev -68.6%

TomG2751, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

zeff80, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of i4ourgot
3.86/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The aroma was light coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Appearance was dark with very little head that was tan in color. The beers mouth feel was smooth with low carbonation. The flavor was chocolate with a slight almost plum flavor on the first few sips. That gave way to a dominant chocolate flavor with a sweet coffee finish. There was a definite alcohol flavor that was noticeable but not un-pleasant.

i4ourgot, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

skholbrook1982, Feb 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

cam477, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
2.56/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is chocolate with a touch of vanilla. It's nice but tough to distinguish any other smells.
Well, this combination of porter, vanilla beans and cacao nibs is a bad idea. There's a bitter/sour/chocolate taste throughout that ruins the whole thing.
The texture is thicker with low carbonation.
Not recommended unless you'd like a sour chocolate porter.

Fatehunter, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of cgentzkow
3/5  rDev -5.7%

cgentzkow, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this slightly colder than chilled into a nonic, the bomber was shared with Kasey.

The color is dark walnut brown with light tan cap with fine bead and spotty lace pattern is left on the glass. The smell is mildly vanilla with some light cocoa and subtle toasted accent in the nose. The feel is not especially great, but it does have a light nuttiness with subtle tannin from the nibs and mild yeast element which adds to the tanginess and moderate carbonation with some dry aspects in the finish with low alcohol presence.

The flavor is lacking in the respect that the yeast tanginess is out of place, perhaps it is a tannin from the cacao nib but the vanilla and malt suffers in the taste as a result and it is not a flavor that you want to linger since it has a vegetal element that doesn't meld well with the mild toasted malt flavors. overall it is a good beer but not great considering what what into it. I won't say I wouldn't get it again because overall this wasn't terrible, but it is not the first vanilla bean and cacao nib beer I would reach for if you know what I mean.

Slatetank, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of DMc8ride
3/5  rDev -5.7%

DMc8ride, May 28, 2013
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Peak XV Imperial Porter from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.