Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company
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Reviews by jdhowe:
3.61/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No idea how old this beer is -- bottle showed an area for a "drink by" label but it was not labeled. Bottle courtesy of Duffman929.
A: Pours a clear deep brown with very little light showing through with one and a half fingers of light tan colored head that recedes to a film. Good looking porter.
S: Roasty, lightly fruity, but full of creamy chocolate character alongside vanilla. A little smokiness shows through behind the sweetness, but it's mild. Alcohol is slightly evident. Fruitiness maybe just a little pungent, but otherwise a very nice aroma.
T/M: Thin, roasty, and well carbonated. Fruity character is more muted than in the nose, thankfully. Mouthfeel is definitely a little too thin. Little to no vanilla is detectable, making this a slightly disappointing vanilla porter, but a fine porter... maybe just a hint of vanilla is in the aftertaste, but I definitely want more of it.
O: This one was a little disappointing, but is still very drinkable and enjoyable. I always get so excited about flavors I like being in beers, and then let down if the beer does not deliver on that flavor. Here I am missing vanilla. Otherwise, this is a pretty good porter... pretty much right on for the style, but just a little thin in the mouthfeel. I wish I knew how old this bottle was... it could easily be years given that it was a "cleaning my cellar" addition to a box I received.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2013 02:31:35 | More by jdhowe
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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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