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Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Dark Side Vanilla PorterDark Side Vanilla Porter

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297 Ratings

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of PieOhMy
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Datk brown with a hint of amber in the light. White head - this is different for the style. Head fades but leaves a nice lacing.

S. Coffee grounds. Cocoa. Vanilla. Very rich.

T. Coffee and chocolate. Dark and bitter cocoa. Vanilla ice cream. Some bitter hop/malt in the end.

M. Medium. It goes down easy. Big coffee aftertaste.

O. Excellent. Drinks more like a stout (Obsidian comes to mind). Very rich and flavorful. Well done.

Photo of flyingPharmacist
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bpascale
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of APB
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of 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.

Photo of danfix99
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jeff1973
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of rkarimi
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not much of a coffee or chocolate beer fan. This beer has both with a little vanilla. It is pretty much black. could not see any light through the glass. it has a tight smooth head. There is not a bitter aftertaste. I would not be able to drink a lot of these but one or two would do well.

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark, almost-black brown. One finger of beige head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Malt. Roasted coffee. Vanilla. Smoky.

T: Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Coffee. Malty. Creamy.

M: Thin. Smooth. Dry. Chocolate aftertaste. Drinkable. Not much carbonation.

O: I love the combination of dark chocolate, vanilla, malts, and coffee in this beer. It's delicious and rich, but earthy, drinkable, and smooth enough to drink all night... which I often have.

Photo of mkh895
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Kobbla
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of MandaLeigh
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of amandapants
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown but fairly light on the surface and edges. Minimal head that is short lasting.

It's not very aromatic. In fact, there's hardly any aroma but a light char and cardboard

The flavor picks up a little. The vanilla is definitely present with roasted malt. The finsnb has a slightly sour quality and is brief.

Body is a bit light but carbonation is good.

It's a very average porter.

Photo of swaghawk
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of archi348
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours very dark with a tan head about three fingers.

Smells of vanilla.

Super smooth, creamy, a little bit of stale bitter at the back end.

This is by no means a "good" porter, but I’m glad I got to try it. Rich without being strong. Not anything to seek out, but a great beer, none the less.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.