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Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2002

An infusion of an old-world beer style and contemporary soul. Smooth, dark and roasted with highlights of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Brewed with American, Canadian and English grown barley, American hops, Madagascar vanilla beans and natural vanilla extract.

23. IBU
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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter made in Lincoln!

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rudes
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beer187
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thundarollz
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

First Vanilla Porter. Beautiful dark color and impressive head. Would buy again.

Photo of cyroeser
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unique label information: BEST ENJOYED BY (notched) FEB (no year indicated)

Dark, coffee bean brown color with a thick, bumpy, creamy head. Mild aroma of charred grain and chocolate with a teensy edge of vanilla; cocoa powder. The flavor blend together nicely, reflecting much of the sweetness indicated by the aroma; slightly astringent bitterness to cut the malt sweetness. Medium bodied yet somewhat watery in character.

All-in-all, a pretty decent vanilla porter. The flavors blend and balance well and deliver a very respectable complexity. Refreshing and delectable...

Photo of psweendogg
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jacobn4k
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Last second decision. Great quality for the price.

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DemoniChris
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rossmeister23
4.81/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had this beer on several occasions. On tap at Lazlo's, and in bottles in several places throughout Nebraska. Love, love, love this beer.

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark, dark brown that mingles with pure black ever so slightly. Pours a decent size khaki-tan head for me. Excellent retention as well!

Scent: Strong scents of vanilla, roasted barley, and faint notes of chocolate. The chocolate and vanilla duality is one that I find works well in this brew.

Taste: More of the same. Vanilla taste doesn't cut through as much as the scent implies, but to me, that's okay. It provides a nice balance to everything else going rather than allowing any one flavor to be the dominant force. Additional flavors of coffee, barley, chocolate are found. All excellent, and all typical of a good porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and moderate-light to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy and definitely makes you want more!

Overall: Strong history with this beer. Empyrean and Lazlo's hold a strong place in my heart, and this is my favorite offering from them. Great color, great flavor, great memories. Love it!

Photo of Tharnold89
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sprucetip
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jamie_a
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MtOrion
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jmulroy
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of surlyseth
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UnicornProfessor
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%

Empyrean is my favorite brewing co, and their Dark Side Vanilla Porter is my favorite beer from them. It's always awesome and fulfilling.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

“Where’s the vanilla?” Was the first thing that came to our minds. It’s barely noticeable and what is gets quickly scrubbed away by the dominate roasty notes, however once the beer warmed up considerably the vanilla notes began to pull through. Aside from this, and the short-lived head, the base is a decent Porter.

STYLE: American Porter
ABV: 5.7%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Rich, opaque, dark brown, creamy tan head that quickly fizzles away

SMELL: Roasted malts, earth, vanilla beans

TASTE: Semi-chewy, malty, raisiny, bready, roasty, chocolate, bitter, acrid, coffee, faint vanilla, dry finish

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Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.