Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company
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Reviews by Romulus141:
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured in a stout glass. Picked up a six-pack of this from Lazlo's South.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black. If held up to a light, one can slightly see the light through it in a red hue. The head isn't that heavy, and leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface. Lacing is readily apparent.
Smell: Slight roast aroma with a strong mix of vanilla. It's an interesting smell for a stout, as they typically don't smell this sweet.
Taste: An instant burst of a roast flavor, finished off with a small, faint burst of bitterness as the drink finishes. When the drink is at a warmer temperature, the vanilla taste is quite present and overpowers the porter portion of this brew. This is "sweeter" tasting than other stouts I've had. The slight bitterness on the end is welcome, although nothing to get overly excited over. Good, but not great.
Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I was expecting. The beer is still heavy, but not quite as full as some other porters I've sampled. There is also carbonation present, which gives the porter an interesting zing. I'm not a huge fan of my thicker, darker beers being highly carbonated, and this one has just a little too much.
Drinkability: Quite good, and I could have a couple in a session. However, out of the Empyrean beers I've tried, I've liked this one the least. It's a strange entry for its genre, and the carbonation mixed with overly sweet flavor made it slightly disappointing. I'll reach for another brew from this factory first.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2006 05:13:36 | More by Romulus141
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3.91/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep rich brown hue, with no light passing through the glass. This bottle has been in my cellar for a year or two.
A creamy tan head of 2 cm foams up with a gentle pour and recedes to a wispy surface layer with denser edges.
Aroma is some chocolate malt and vanilla hits, not really sweet though. I also get a little brown sugar mixed in for a generally appealing nose, it is fairly mild but pleasant.
First sip reveals a smooth silky texture on an average body and gentle rolling carbonation. All of the physical qualities make it very easy to drink.
Flavor is sweeter than I anticipated from the nose. Brown sugar and vanilla mix with milk chocolate flavors, not so much roasted dark chocolate. I dont get any hits of alcohol or hops anywhere on this beer. Definitely a malt lovers brew and the sweeter flavor may get cloying after a second bottle. I do enjoy this one and would have it again if in Nebraska or the neighboring area.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 02:11:57 | More by sulldaddy
2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you!). Best by 7/14. Served in a goblet.
Pours deep brown with three fingers of pale, sand-hued head. A fluffy half finger cap longers and leaves large sheets of lace.
Smells a bit musky with roast malts, caramel and vague vanilla.
Taste is overall bittersweet with dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa powder, burnt sugar, fruit skins and very mild vanilla bean. It suffers from being just a bit too bitter to let the vanilla through and unfortunately that vanilla flavor comes across to me as more sharp extract than smooth bean in nature.
Fairly thin yet near-creamy feel with a strong seeming dose of carbonation. The finish is roasty with a little lingering vanilla character.
Far from offensive but this didn't deliver near as much vanilla as I would like. Far more roasty and bitter with a body much too thin to be something I'd look to drink much of.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 15:16:47 | More by ThickNStout
Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
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