Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
This beer smells great!! You can use it for aromatherapy. Smells of sweet vanilla with a hint of chocolate. The taste is like the smell and goes down very smooth with light carbonation. Not overly sweet in taste but also no bitterness. The beer has a small head with no lacing and is very dark. The appearance is typical of a porter. This is like drinking a great dessert.
03-01-2013 00:13:01 | More by ButterflyBethie
3.81/5 rDev +3.5%
Dark Side Porter pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a strong smokey aroma, smells almost burnt. The taste has a mellow vanilla flavor, on a smokey, almost burnt malty backbone. Smooth combination of flavors, and good full flavor. Overall a nice porter, nothing overpowering, but nice and enjoyable.
01-10-2013 00:20:43 | More by vette2006c5r
2/5 rDev -45.7%
Another state ticked, thanks Lowry!
Clear brown colored with a fizzy head. Aroma is faint roast, some acidity and vanilla, I assume. Tastes oddly bland and sharp with a very generic feel to it. Frankly, right from the pour and down to the taste, this beer is closest to Coke than any other that I have had. Thin and overcarbed, it did not excite me in any way. Except being from Nebraska.
12-24-2012 08:28:56 | More by tewaris
4.25/5 rDev +15.5%
On tap at the Beer Kitchen, poured into a tasting glass.
Pours dark nut brown with minimal head that disappeared quickly, ok lacing.
Smelled of roasted malt, almost coffeish.
The malt was very roasted, with hints of coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, more vanilla... balanced to the point that it almost tasted like candy. Hope profile was light with no specific character.
Mouthfeel was perfect for the style.
12-14-2012 04:05:08 | More by acelin
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured into a tulip pint glass.
The beer is dark brown when settled, but really light brown otherwise. A nice dark cream colored head takes a while to settle, leaving a group of bubbles when it does. Nice lines of lacing coat the glass, somewhat light.
The aroma is somewhat infused with vanilla, also a faint woody, oak aroma. Some alcohol, even though the ABV is only 5.7%.
The taste is a shadow of the aroma. Somewhat of a watered down quality, nothing really stands out, but some woody oak and faint vanilla. SOme bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium to light, very drinkable.
Overall, there's just not enough to push this over the edge of memorable.
12-08-2012 17:54:27 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.2/5 rDev -13%
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.0 A: Clear deep amber brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average, but a small ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Vanilla is easily noticeable and blends extremely well with coffee and chocolate notes to give an almost creme brulee vibe. Graininess and a moderate roastiness underneath. Very pleasant.
3.0 T: This is tasty, but it doesn't have the depth of flavor that the nose hinted at. Vanilla is strongest again and there is a decent amount of coffee, but the chocolate is all but gone. This is really dry, which hurts what I think they should have been going for. Lacks sweetness, caramel, and chocolate - all of which complement vanilla quite well. In that sense, this drinks hollow. Light grain and roastiness.
3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking body and creaminess, which is what I love most in creme brulee type dark brews.
3.0 D: It's not bad, but it disappoints once you get past the nose. Easy to drink though.
10-16-2012 01:46:44 | More by DavoleBomb
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Solid black bodied with a short, yet creamy head of light tan foam that leaves a few rings of lace.
The nose is a touch light, but what is there is nice. Very light roasted malt, hint of molasses sweetness and ever so slight vanilla extract.
A lovely blend of lightly roasted malt, bit of dusty cocoa powder, malt sweetness and vanilla. Almost a vanilla buttercream taste. Much less roast than vanilla. The vanilla comes on strong at the end and is mostly a vanilla extract as opposed to a vanilla bean. Very nice flavor overall.
Light-medium body, very smooth, bordering on a light slickness. Very clean finish on the tongue.
I really like this beer overall. The vanilla is great and the overall beer has terrific drinkability. Great flavor to abv ratio going on.
09-28-2012 04:15:11 | More by jera1350
Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.