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Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company

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83
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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | 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:
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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MaverickBC

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-19-2014 17:22:52 | More by MaverickBC
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Kyleschultz


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-16-2014 23:05:24 | More by Kyleschultz
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LukeGude

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

08-14-2014 03:16:01 | More by LukeGude
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katterbe


4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-09-2014 04:24:20 | More by katterbe
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sheeley

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: Caramel-like, dark brown in color. Not very impressive head.
Smell: Pleasant smell. Notes of caramel and vanilla shine through.
Taste/mouthfeel: Delicious. Chocolate, vanilla, and subtle coffee flavors are present. Partway into the glass, the caramel comes out more, as well as the coffee. The whole mouthfeel is quite pleasing.
Overall, this beer is very good and easy to drink. Not one of the best beers I have had, but one that I would likely purchase again.

08-08-2014 01:58:09 | More by sheeley
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The-Adjunct-Hippie

South Dakota

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

Appearance - Poured into a Miller Fortune 8 oz glass. 1 finger head. Retention not so much.

Smell (4) - Roasted coffee beans, stout, hint of vanilla bean.

Taste (2.5) - Not bad, but a little too bitter for me. The bitterness tastes like old vanilla coffee beans. Dark stout.

Mouthfeel (3) - Like drinking an iced coffee but it's a beer. A hint of carbonation spritzes it up just enough to give it a subtle pop. Mildly creamy. Nice bite and finish, a step up from the taste.

Overall - Definitely a session beer. I can tell this one is heavy on the alcohol. Giving me an almost instant headache. But overall it's a feels like winner even if it is a little too bitter and aggressive. Hard to finish so that tanks the rating but I can respect this beer for what it is.

08-04-2014 04:35:19 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
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yankees27

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-31-2014 13:25:20 | More by yankees27
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-31-2014 01:12:24 | More by capnamerica
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thelargeone

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -18.5%

07-25-2014 08:10:43 | More by thelargeone
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BearMittens

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-25-2014 04:04:44 | More by BearMittens
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AdmiralOzone

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-23-2014 20:14:00 | More by AdmiralOzone
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

07-22-2014 02:11:57 | More by sulldaddy
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woogie359

Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-13-2014 00:26:55 | More by woogie359
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harty83

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-08-2014 03:33:48 | More by harty83
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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2014 01:15:29 | More by jwerner23
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csmalley

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-26-2014 00:30:08 | More by csmalley
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ldsmith79

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-25-2014 19:40:45 | More by ldsmith79
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

06-21-2014 15:16:47 | More by ThickNStout
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barryjg

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-20-2014 21:25:10 | More by barryjg
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-14-2014 21:21:31 | More by Hohnbaum
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

06-11-2014 07:40:41 | More by LambicPentameter
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dradair

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-05-2014 18:08:14 | More by dradair
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tbone64

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-02-2014 00:40:34 | More by tbone64
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-30-2014 03:50:33 | More by PA-Michigander
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-09-2014 22:38:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.