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Peak XV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Peak XV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 08-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 6
Photo of toothirsty
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Over a year of age on this bottle and it's phenomenal. Head retains for a bit, but eventually dissipates and the beer is left looking rather flat. Dark brown fading to auburn at the edges. The smell is good but not great; a little boozy, some sweet vanilla, some oak, caramelly bourbon notes. The flavor takes it up a notch though. Lots of authentic vanila, cacao, bourbon without heat, oak, pralines, and the finish goes to coconut and marshmallow. Feel is thinner than a stout, as is to be expected, but creamy nonetheless. The flavor lingers in a kind of perfumed way. Really excellent BA porter.

Photo of taospowder
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty close to pitch black with a thin tan head and good lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ chocolate, with lighter notes of chocolate, and hints of vanilla and bourbon.

Flavor: Pretty heavy oak more than I expected for only being 25% BA, a lot more roast on the palate than the nose. Not a ton of bourbon. More chocolate and vanilla. Dark malts teeter on soy sauce

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with some residual sweetness. Dark malts and oak give a dry lingering finish.

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JamesBell
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of M_chav
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Deathwray3927
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz.

Pours black and opaque with a fan light tan head with good retention.

Smells of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and figs. Some light toasty notes.

Tastes of caramel, fig, brown sugar, cinnamon and cocoa. Hint of smokiness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the back of the tongue.

A fairly decent but slightly cloying porter. A lot of good flavor and aroma, but the fruity elements are a bit rich and sweet, so the beer is a bit harder to drink than it could be. Despite that, enjoyable enough that it's worth a try at the right price.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this on a clearance, liked a few other Black Diamond beers that I had so was hopeful. Great looking beer, the bourbon really comes out in the smell. Just a little bitter aftertaste but other than that a wonderful beer. Very balanced and easy to drink and does not go down like a 8.5% beer. Very impressive and I would certainly pick this up again if I could find it at the same price.

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mpenning13
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Almost black. Transparent. Nice khaki head. Wispy.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. Chocolatey. Rich vanilla and caramel. A little bit of roast but not much.

Taste - Sharp whiskey. Vanilla. Chocolate comes out better than the whiskey version. A little bit of roast.

Mouthfeel - This seems to be a bit fuller than the whiskey version. Boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The bourbon barrel works better than the whiskey barrel.

Photo of justwork
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jasonrm72
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Peak XV Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.