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Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company

Dark Side Vanilla PorterDark Side Vanilla Porter

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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%


Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2002)
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Reviews by Loki:
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Loki

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle thanks to fellow BA bditty187.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a huge cream head that left blotches of lacing all around the glass. Good head retention.

Smell: One word - Vanillia. Large vanilla scent dominates the profile that holds malt, esters, and some hints of fruits. This is the vanilla scent all those candles and airfresheners strive for, or at least they should.

Taste: Whoa, backoff on the vanilla will you? The taste starts as if sucking on a vanilla bean (in my mind at least, I've never actually tried that.) Over the top vanilla almost completely mask the malt and fruit undertones.To vanilla sweet for my tastes, but a very interesting flavor.

The mouthfeel was just plain weird. I don't know if my mouth went into shock from all the vanilla or what happened, but it was hard to discribe and I didn't really enjoy it. It was a dry sweet with a weird carbonation and some other oddities. Strange. Not to drinkable because of the over the top vanilla and strange mouthfeel, but if you really like vanilla and sweet this might be for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 16:17:31 | More by Loki
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I received this beer on tap at a concert. This is my first vanilla porter so I wasn't completely sure what to expect. What I got was a stout-like coffee flavor with an aftertaste of vanilla. Strong coffee taste at the forefront with little aftertaste following the drink. I was ambitious enough to go back for seconds, however it being a heavy and rather dark beer, by the end of the second, I was ready to be done. Have a glass and treat yourself, however, be prepared to follow it up with something else that is lighter and more drinkable.

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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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Thanks to Thayer for this one!
Split on Christmas Eve.

Dark brown pour, black in the glass, thin layer of dark mocha foam around the edges that quickly dissipates. Some spotty flecks of foam left in the glass with a patchy skim on the surface.

Aroma has distinct notes of vanilla that meld well with a chocolatey malt base.

Taste is fairly bittersweet with subtle notes of vanilla, dark roast malt, bakers chocolate, and toast. Body is a little on the thin side, but the flavors make it a pleasant Porter to sip on. Too much vanilla and you risk verging on medicinal extract territory... Dark Side balances well in my opinion.

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Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.