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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
74
okay

91 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 26.33%
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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surlytheduff

Michigan

2/5  rDev -37.3%

04-28-2012 03:13:31 | More by surlytheduff
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

06-10-2014 16:36:05 | More by bigeyedfish89
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass. Big black body, nice one finger of tan head. Small amount of lace. Nose is light bourbon, caramel, vanilla and chocolate.
Taste is much the same with a large toasty character, big bold flavors but nothing too amazing. The roasted flavor takes over from the faint notes of oak and vanilla.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but the carbonation plays nicely on the palate. Not thick and chewy like an IRS, but definitely appropriate for the style. The boldness of the flavor doesn't really match the thin mouthfeel.
A pretty decent offering from Black Diamond. Pretty drinkable and tasty but nothing worth searching too hard for. One of those brews where if you see it, grab it, but not worth hunting down.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 04:59:39 | More by Kevlee722
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2neardead

California

4/5  rDev +25.4%

09-03-2012 20:09:43 | More by 2neardead
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robgage

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

06-20-2014 01:05:16 | More by robgage
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Topher78

California

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. Too sweet and too much Vanilla for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 16:18:43 | More by Topher78
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DMc8ride

Maryland

3/5  rDev -6%

05-28-2013 20:43:38 | More by DMc8ride
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casapy

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-16-2014 21:47:18 | More by casapy
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creez

California

4/5  rDev +25.4%

04-07-2012 06:21:05 | More by creez
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Kramerwtmf

California

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

07-27-2014 14:53:24 | More by Kramerwtmf
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TomG2751

Maryland

1/5  rDev -68.7%

03-10-2014 00:19:21 | More by TomG2751
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1759Girl

California

3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance> Looks like an giant-sized perfect pull of espresso. Exactly.

Smell> Mmmmm! Burnt malt and dark chocolate. subtle vanilla nose

Taste>Not as complex as I imagined, but it IS super rich and tasty. Coffee, Chocolate, alcohol... it then sours slightly, becomes more resiny and leaves you with a carcinogenic hang. Super rich porter/

Mouf> decent

Drinkability> so good

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 20:46:07 | More by 1759Girl
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DrunkenMonk

California

4/5  rDev +25.4%

06-15-2012 04:50:12 | More by DrunkenMonk
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TheJollyHop

California

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown nearly black body capped with a dark tan, and relatively dense head.

Roasted barley, medium roast coffee, dark chocolate nose; scattered lace. Smells like a fresh cup of coffee.

Highly carbonated, dark chocolate and cocoa, light grain finish, tongue coating, and a pleasant dark chocolate bitterness on the fair-well. Medium bodied ans silky. A fairly simple coffee chocolate imperial porter but executed well. I could definitely see myself enjoying one of these after a day on the slopes (maybe even before). Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 14:58:03 | More by TheJollyHop
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Aenema

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep brown, dark ruby highlights. Tan, foamy head that leaves splotchy lacing.
Smell - Vanilla, some roasted coffee malts, cocoa nibs, and a slight pine note.
Taste - Lots of vanilla and sweetness followed by some bitter malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, though a bit watery - fine carbonation that was a bit too vigorous.
Drinkability - Quite easy drinking; the biggest weakness is the mouthfeel is off a bit.
Overall - An enjoyable beer that I'd like to try again; hopefully with a smoother, creamier mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 03:59:48 | More by Aenema
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gregmoscetti

California

2.1/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

grabbed a bottle of this mess today at wholefoods in El Segundo. Opened up the wax dipped bottle to the sound of a LOT of carbonation. Knowing the style pretty well, I found that surprising.

Poured dark brown, with about 4 fingers of head on it. Once the head subsided I took a sip of the beer which was now hovering just under cellar temp to find... a terrible beer.

The taste was all too familiar, especially nowadays-- an infected bottle. I dont believe that any brewer these days would knowingly sell a soured beer and not mention it somewhere on the label. This baby was terrible. Tasted dry and chemically. Unnatural flavors beat down the vanilla and chocolate the bottle's label promised me and ended with the flavor of tartness and thin, bubbly mouthfeel that I couldnt stand more than a few sips of. If you're selling this beer, take it off the shelves and send it back to your distributor.

Black Diamond... just one more brewery to fail their quality control and therefore, the consumer. Maybe you dont dip it in wax next time, and instead, taste it first?

Dead to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:38:11 | More by gregmoscetti
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cgentzkow

California

3/5  rDev -6%

06-26-2013 21:14:40 | More by cgentzkow
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty much straight brown, translucent body. Two fingers of head that quickly recede without a trace.

S: Some lightly roasted notes along with dark chocolate. Not getting much in the way of vanilla, but perhaps a touch of dark fruit at the end of the sniff.

T: The first few sips were marvelous. Starts off with roastiness that is joined in the middle by vanilla. Vanilla, that contrary to a few other reviews, I find to be quite pleasing, and not artificial-tasting at all. Dark chocolate comes in at the end of the sip. 4.5

As I continue to drink, the beer does become a bit cloying, which surprised me, as it really didn't strike me as that sweet initially. The individual flavors fall away and are replaced with just a general sweetness, though I do start to get a little bit of smoke at the end. 3.5

M: Could be a tad thicker and less carbonated, but I don't think the mouthfeel clashes with the rest of the beer.

O: I'm not quite sure what to say. I really enjoyed the first third or so of the beer, and had I shared the bottle with a few friends, I probably would have given this beer very high scores. I guess some more roastiness to tone down the sweetness would be good. The vanilla and cocoa nibs were excellently integrated when I could taste them individually.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 06:13:53 | More by WorldWideStout
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with 3 fingers of head off a light pour and stays at 1 mm till finished.

S - Smell of Alcohol, Sweet Chocolate, Brown Sugar, very slight Vanilla, and Black Cherry.

T - Tastes of Roasted Coffee, Chocolate, and not much more because of the carbonation.

M - Heavy carbonation which overpowers and it seems a little watery.

D - Drinkability is Ok but should be better once they start to hone their recipe for distribution.

Considering the amount of carbonation I would say this bottle is infected but has not gone sour yet. I will not be buying another bottle for awhile because of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 06:20:07 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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kchannel9

California

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-15-2012 00:14:10 | More by kchannel9
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codsmith

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ordered from www.LetsPour.com

A: Pours jet black with a slight off white cream head

Smell and taste reeks of acetaldehyde. Its really great if you love green apples, but it's a major flaw in this beer and had to end up dumping it.

Mouthfeel and taste seems like it has traces of trans-2-nonenal as well.

I was really looking forward to this beer, but was sadly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:32:12 | More by codsmith
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

02-16-2012 06:13:21 | More by fountainofyouth
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rah1734bones


2/5  rDev -37.3%

04-07-2012 06:39:41 | More by rah1734bones
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GabrielM

New Mexico

1.8/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip.

A - foam came up right after opening, which isn't a good sign. Massive amount of head on a very delicate pour. Once it settled, the beer looked decent.

S - very faint chocolate, then some raspberry sourness. Things are not looking/smelling good...

T - a ton of carbonation and sweet and bitter fruit taste terrible My palate is tingling, but not in a good way. Definitely infected, which is a shame because an imperial porter brewed with vanilla and cocoa was exactly what I needed tonight. This is far, far from that.

M - way too much carbonation, acidic and sour.

D - I forced down two sips and that's all I can handle.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:49:24 | More by GabrielM
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tjfinkle

California

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip

Appearance- Very deep dark brown with light brown head, about one finger, two, three... oh crud I apparently forgot how to pour and did I mention that this is going into a new glass that I forgot to clean... whoops (the second pour I managed to remember how to pour a beer and still had a finger of fluffy head)

Smell - Roasted Coffee malts with some vanilla and leather

Taste - Again, coffee malts and vanilla initially with some dark fruits on the finish. The finish is a little harsher than I would have hoped.

Mouth- Adequate mouth feel, but you do notice the alcohol, also would say there is a bit too much carbonation for a beer of this style

Drink-Adequate beer, but again the finish is kind of harsh and not as balanced as I would hope. I assume from the waxish substance on the cap that this beer is intended to be cellared and I would not be surprised if over time it mellowed out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:20:51 | More by tjfinkle
Peak XV Imperial Porter from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.