Peak XV Imperial Porter | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

Peak XV Imperial PorterPeak XV Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
3.29/5
119 Ratings
Peak XV Imperial PorterPeak XV Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States
bdbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by 1759Girl on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
119
pDev:
25.53%
Bros Score:
2.73
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -69.6%

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.

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Photo of mbeerdino21
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of robgage
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TomG2751
1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of i4ourgot
3.89/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of skholbrook1982
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of cgentzkow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of DMc8ride
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of snaotheus
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a large stein. Can't find a best by or bottled on date.

Pours black with a bug luxurious head, which fades very slowly, and is supported by a healthy amount of carbonation. Smell is chocolatey, a little vanilla, yeast.

Taste is chocolatey, vanilla, sweet. Some cherry. Too sweet. I expect a lot more roastiness from a porter. Something about this makes me think of a chocolate soda. It is not bad, but not what I want from a porter.

Mouthfeel is thick but has an oily slickness. Overall, this is not a well conceived beer.

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Peak XV Imperial Porter from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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