Thursday, February 28, 2013

Black Diamond Brewing Company Peak XV Imperial Porter

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Black Diamond Brewing Company Peak XV Imperial Porter.
From the Black Diamond Brewing Company website: “Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Did we mention chocolate? This is attained with the addition of the finest cacao nibs, sourced locally from the world renowned Chocolatier TCHO (https:/ /  The Vienna malts provide a nice base hue that the amber and light Munich malts enhance. The amber malt has a subtle roast flavor that is counterpointed by the maltiness of the light Munich. The crystal malts provide sweetness and the flaked oats are for texture in the mouth. Brown sugar provides a rum-like, molasses flavor.

Oh, and vanilla..... we source only whole beans from around the globe: Tahiti, Madagascar, Mexico, South America and the West Indies. Aside from saffron, vanilla is the most expensive spice in the world. We source the finest whole pods we can obtain- never extract - and blend them to complement the cacao and malt flavors.

This beer is a natural with many dessert courses; its lush decadence complements dark acidic fruits such as berry, orange, tangerine perfectly and marries nicely with anything cream based. It can also be used in various reduction sauces and for pure indulgence and simplicity -- it makes the best ice cream floats you have ever tasted.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights, a large cream colored head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee and sweet malts.  Smells incredible.
Taste: Sweet malts, lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla.  Finish is slightly bittersweet.
Overall: I completely enjoyed Black Diamond Brewing Company Peak XV Imperial Porter so much that I plan to head out to get a few more 22s.  Easy to drink, delicious, balanced, and just damn tasty at 8% ABV this beer is a must try. 


Mark Harvey

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