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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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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | 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 DavoleBomb


3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:46:44 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-14-2012 21:56:05 | More by bent
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

10-08-2012 17:53:05 | More by Bubukar
Photo of YalovaIA


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-03-2012 02:12:01 | More by YalovaIA
Photo of hookahmaster

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-28-2012 04:37:32 | More by hookahmaster
Photo of jera1350


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:15:11 | More by jera1350
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-26-2012 02:28:36 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Hellpop65


3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-23-2012 18:01:05 | More by Hellpop65
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-23-2012 02:56:13 | More by jewellrunner
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-16-2012 16:04:39 | More by siddhartha
Photo of kthing

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-15-2012 18:53:36 | More by kthing
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-04-2012 12:34:04 | More by sgttibbs
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-04-2012 03:04:27 | More by skyisland
Photo of Plutarch

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-01-2012 20:12:01 | More by Plutarch
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i appreciate a vanilla beer that isnt over the top on the vanilla, and this fits that bill. it pours black as night, with a tiny tan head. the nose is vanilla yes, but also very very roasty, cocoa nibs, and raw sugar. the flavor is akin to the nose, with the vanilla weaving in and out of the taste journey. its there at the beginning and end, and also some sports in between, but it rests for the huge dark malts and delicate swiss chocolate flavors to permeate. its not an artificial vanilla either, its the real deal. feel is excellent, big body, even for a porter, and fine carbonation. sessionable because it isnt sweet like a lot of these are. impressed with my first few nebraska brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:19:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of scratch69


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and cocoa. Subtle vanilla flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Needs a little more vanilla but still pretty good. This should be labeled as a chocolate porter instead of a vanilla porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 14:58:41 | More by scratch69
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-25-2012 07:55:55 | More by seth72104
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-23-2012 04:33:06 | More by Chuck_25
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-02-2012 20:35:12 | More by 3Hops
Photo of Beaver13


2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a thinnish meringue tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty malts and lots of vanilla and some lactose.

The flavor is sweet sugary nutty malts with some acidic vanilla and a little plastic roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and watery side.

Overall, lots of sweet vanilla with some off notes that become more pronounced the more I drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 04:11:06 | More by Beaver13
Photo of shade13

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-27-2012 00:00:00 | More by shade13
Photo of beerbrains


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-21-2012 16:14:10 | More by beerbrains
Photo of philbe311


3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A finger's worth of fizzy off-white colored head comprised of mainly medium-to-large sized bubbles... Very limited retention gives way to a splotchy lopsided lacing and uber thin collar... Mostly still with some very limited carbonation seen creeping towards the top of the glass... The color is a deep cola brown... Some unexpected floaties can be seen hanging around the bottom of the glass...

S - Please, but muted... Pleasant vanilla beans... Some faint cola... Very light cocoa... A hint weak coffee... Again, a very nice aroma, but very understated...

T - The nose was a very good indication of what to expect in terms of flavor... Understated with light notes of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, and flat cola...

M - Light to medium bodied... Just the slightest of carbonation... Thin... A bit chalky... Very uneventful... Pedestrian at best... I hate to use this descriptor, but quite boring...

D - A bit of a let down... A slightly above average appearance and aroma give way to a beer that is a disappointment in all other facets... The flavor is understated... The mouthfeel is down right poor... The end result is a brew that I would neither recommend or drink again... Sorry Empyrean, but this one was a big time miss for me...

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:35:56 | More by philbe311
Photo of kojevergas


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

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and average retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Vanilla, dark malts, light vague chocolate malt, and some cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate malt, light vanilla, dark malts, and some cream. Pretty nicely balanced and built, if simple and unremarkable. Lacks complexity or subtlety. The vanilla is surprisingly light.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but with some unwelcome dryness on the climax. A touch too thick considering its lack of flavours. Carbonation is off.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from a great vanilla porter. It almost prioritizes its chocolate malt ahead of vanilla. I'd try it on draught - or ideally on nitro - but it's nothing to write home about. An enjoyable beer for the price.


Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:43:42 | More by kojevergas
Photo of mwayne

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-10-2012 05:07:22 | More by mwayne
Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.