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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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BA SCORE
75
okay

103 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 1759Girl on 08-01-2010

A smooth drinking, dark porter brewed with raw cacao nibs and hand-cut Madagascar vanilla beans. Balanced between a coffee-like bitterness and a rich malt character, this ale is deceptively drinkable for an Imperial.
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Photo of elektronen
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brihon
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a plain old bomber with no goofy, faux-elegant wax seal. A moderate pour from a bomber into a schooner glass produces a short but sticky and creamy looking pale brown head. The beer is a very dark ruddy brown that barely admits a beam from a Mini Maglite. It is not highly carbonated and has a very subdued head.

Lots of dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla in both the aroma and flavor. The vanilla is especially noticeable in the flavor, while the chocolate is more apparent in the aroma. A very nice melding of the chocolate and vanilla with dark cherry and plum flavors and plenty of residual sweetness evokes a chocolate covered cherry. There's a bit of coffee, and some earthy hop bitterness there as well and perhaps a little smoke along with some very mellow roasted flavors. The mouth feel is creamy and fairly heavy, but appropriate for the style. The alcohol is well hidden (though the effects may not be upon reaching the bottom!).

Judging by past bad reviews, they must have improved this beer. This particular version is borderline excellent provided you like a good dessert beer. The chocolate covered cherry flavor would be very appropriate for Christmas Eve. I'm enjoying this one on New Year's Eve 2014, while the bubbly gets cold on the porch.

I purchased the 22 ounce bomber for about 7 bucks at the Hennesey Grocery in Butte, Montana.

Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some coffee. Hides the 8% very well. Nice

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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of djmichaelk
1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -69%

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.

Photo of mbeerdino21
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TomG2751
1/5  rDev -69%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of i4ourgot
3.89/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Peak XV Imperial Porter from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.