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Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 125
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

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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for letting me tick NE with this one.

This beer pours a dark brown with reddish tints and a light beige head on the surface. The smell is heavily of roast and not much else. The taste is rather nice, the vanilla on the palate with the coffee roast flavors really works wonders together. It's not an overtly complex beer, but it sure qualifies as both tasty and drinkable from my perspective. It's a tad on the watery side for my liking but then again, I confuse porters and stouts all the time, so take that for what it's worth. It is a pleasant little slice of the grain belt and a tasty beer if I do say so.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 20:33:12 | More by Vdubb86
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep mahogany brown, nearing black, with ruby hues. Good sized, sticky, full, creamy, frothy, light beige head. Not quite meringue-like, but close. Average retention leaving a thin speckled layer of lace.

S - Strong vanilla along with plenty of coffee. Lightly burnt malt. Bitter coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Some sweet creaminess and caramel. It alters from sweet vanilla coke like aroma and bitter chocolate/coffee.

T - Watered down, coffee grounds are a lot of the flavor. A lot of vanilla also comes out. Hints of chocolate in the back, and some lightly roasted malt. Some sweet caramel and creaminess. A little cloying.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Sticky and thin mouthfeel.

D - A little too sweet to be too drinkable. Not great coffee flavor either.

Notes: I had somewhat high hopes, and the description sounded nice. Unfortunately once I started drinking it, I was slightly let down. Strong vanilla and coffee, but it was not necessarily great flavors from those. Also lacks a bit of that roasted flavor. Not bad, but not great either, and it could have been much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 03:14:51 | More by FreshHawk
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best if stored cool - below 40°, Best if served cool at 40°, OG: 14.5, IBU: 23, 5.8% ABV, Best Enjoyed by MO. 01 YR. 11 notched on the label.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for hooking up the tickerazzi with another state to try!

A - Definitely dark, this one is near black. Slivers of clear amber show through the bottom. A gray-ish tan head reaches a good two-finger level then lowers leaving thick patterns of webbing behind.

S - Vanilla beans make an early entrance to the aroma but never get strong. They are a nice bean aroma though, not extract. Smooth bitter coffee doesn't get aggressive either and the roasted malt profile has a mellow sweetness I'm looking forward to tasting. No hops in the nose.

T - Not as much sweetness as the nose let on but the very roasted malt character is smooth, not harsh. Mellow coffee and chocolate with a faint vanilla bean flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied and somewhat crisp for this style, it has a decently carbonated finish and a roasted bitter quality that's also dry and lingers upon the swallow.

D - Good vanilla nose, a little lacking in the flavor though. Nice American Porter out of Nebraska though. Definitely not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:50:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by Jan. 2011. Thanks to beerwolf77 for tossing one my way.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost black color. Produced a good fluffy tan head with good retention. Some lacing.

(S)- A mellow creamy nutty raisin roastedness. Slightly dry.

(T)- Similar to the smell in every way. It has a weird metallic aspect that comes through as it warms.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. It is a bit thin in the flavor department. Its good up front, but disappears in the mid palate into a metallic dry finish.

(D)- A decent porter. A bit thin and lacking flavor. Where is the vanilla? Maybe better fresher.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:14:13 | More by sweemzander
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DoctorDog

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt's wife for procuring this (from SD?).

A- Dark brown and essentially opaque.Pours with ~2 fingers of light brown head, which fades quickly to a thin cap.

S- Roasty coffee, and hints of chocolate and malty sweetness.

T- Fairly acrid, bitter coffee with vanilla notes and a solid malty sweetness.

M- Fairly low carbonation. Medium feel. Somewhat creamy.

D- Pretty good. Pleasant and easy drinking.

Future outlook: A decent beer, but just another one-off, out of stater for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:11:48 | More by DoctorDog
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some vanilla and chocolate. The flavor is vanilla, chocolate and roasted/burnt malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

The vanilla is very well done in this beer. It is present in both the aroma and flavor, but it is not overdone and doesn't taste artificial. This is what a vanilla porter should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 05:16:41 | More by Mora2000
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scarfield

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass. Half an inch of rocky tan head. Moderate lacing occurs as the glass is emptied.

Smell is mostly vanilla, but also there is a bit of coffee and (dark) chocolate also noticeable.

Taste is of coffee, cocoa and vanilla beans, and a bit of the bitterness that you would get if you were to bite into one of these beans. The bitterness is in no way off-putting. The vanilla extract is the dominant aftertaste, but also a lingering "roasted" flavor also is there.

Despite the bitterness that i've spoken about in the taste, the beer is quite easy to drink. It has an overall smooth feel when drinking it, and multiple bottles of this can be enjoyed without causing too much trauma to your tongue.

(If you get to Lazlo's, try it with their Chocolate Excess Brownie.)

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 23:29:11 | More by scarfield
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to a77cj7 for the NE tick. Poured froma bottle into my duvel tulip.

A: Dark chocoalte brown. Huge three fingers of very light tan head. Solid web of sticky lace. Decent retention.

S: Mild bitter black coffee. Rossted malt and maybe a touch of chocoalte. That's about all I can pick out.

T: The flavor is much milder than the nose would have you believe. Light roast grains and coffee. The vanilla is much more pronounced. A bit of oxidation had taken place I think. I sure hope they didn't try for that flavor. Fairly muted overall.

M: Medium to light body. Low carbonation.

D: Overall nothing bad just nothing special. Drinkable simply because it lacks any real flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:07:16 | More by beerwolf77
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pecan brown with generous burnt orange borders and a capable looking crown of golden ecru colored foam. A gentle rockiness with melting and some pretty attractive lace allow the good score to be granted.

The nose delivers a pleasant roastiness and more coffee beaniness than expected. Oddly enough, the Madagascar vanilla beans and natural vanilla extract don't make much of an impression. Sorry, points off for that. Well... a half-point anyway.

Dark Side Vanilla Porter is the best Empyrean Brewing beer that I've had to date. Trouble is, the bar was set pretty low with Burning Skye Scottish Ale and Third Stone Brown. All are incredibly simple, it's just that vanilla gives this particular ale a leg up since it adds another flavor facet.

It would be wonderful if DSVP tasted as roasted malty as it smells. 23 IBUs (EBC website) tastes and feels more like 46, which means that malt sugars are lacking. It's good that vanilla doesn't overwhelm the palate, but more would have been better. Cold coffee is still right upfront.

The mouthfeel is strictly average. It's light-medium, with poorly buried, slightly too fizzy bubbles. On a positive note, it doesn't make it all the way to watery, even on the finish.

Dark Side Vanilla Porter could have been so much better. On the other hand, it looks like Empyrean's goal is to brew mid-ABV standards that will appeal to those Midwesterners who don't want to be challenged by their beer. After all, there are more of them than there are of us.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 11:54:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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kels

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Looks great - dark chocolate brown and completely opaque off the pour. There's a nice 1 finger initial cocoa-brown head that fades to a pretty well-retained milky skim. Not much lace to speak of.

Very little nose to speak of. There's a hint of the vanilla, and a spent-coffee grounds sort of aroma. There's also a hint of something akin to old milk meets wilting vegetables. Not very pleasing at all.

The taste possesses many of the nice qualities of a porter - roasted malts, chocolatey sweetness, fullness without heaviness...BUT those are all offset with that veggie flavor. I don't get any of the vanilla, and there's a hit of metallic in there as well. The feel is well-carbonated, but can't make up for the unnerving off-tastes.

Drinkability is low simply because I don't want to drink it anymore.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:05:28 | More by kels
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Empyrean's Dark Side Vanilla Porter pours up with a compact tannish-brown head that covers the dark brown-russet body. Head retention is slightly poor, but decent for a SHV beer. The aroma is lightly roasted with a some chocolate that underlies the wonderful Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean character. Hints of cocoa nibs & espresso beans only add to the wonderful aromatics. The flavor starts off with some chocolate & dried cocao powder before the vanilla bean character becomes predominate and moves towards a dry, rather thin finish. The aroma is far more generous than the flavor suggests, but pleasantly enjoyable nontheless. Light carbonation, body is medium-thin per style. Empyrean really showcases the vanilla in this beer with good finesse, but the lack of body is slightly distracting. More caramel character would certainly benefit. This beer would be great paired with a simple vanilla custard or crusted chocolate pudding.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:37:20 | More by Beertracker
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from a77cj7 via Under 100 Fishing for Minnows BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep ruddy brown with red hues around the edges. One finger of khaki colored head that recedes to a film that retains the entirety of the beer. Wispy chunks of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is charred malts, chocolate, and a good deal of vanilla.

T: Taste is ridiculously vanilla up front. It dominates the forefront on this one. Burnt malts and bitter chocolate come through in the middle. Finish has an odd vanilla, medicinal taste to it. Somewhat watery in the finish as well.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, watery, thin mouthfeel.

D: Goes down ok, not too filling, not much of a kick, I would opt for others of the style. Not a bad beer, but not one that I would reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:44:31 | More by Jayli
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cool extra received from a77cj7... Thanks a bunch Chris! Poured into my Old Guardian goblet while finishing up some late night lawn work.

2 finger tan head holds well .. pretty nice lacing.. cap sorta disintegrates quickly.. the brew is expected deep dark brown but with some good ruby highlites.

Nose is better than I was hoping for... I normally don't appreciate vanilla spiced brews.. and honestly, I normally don't really like standard porters either, but this is pretty pleasant and certainly inviting.. lite roasty malts, cocoa, and the vanilla gel well right up front... but that's about it... but the aroma really is pretty good.

Ooooh... ahhh.... ewww... the vanilla is too much for me at the front and seems too ambitious.. and a bit chemically or artificial... the rest of the regular porter flavors are there, but are stained by the lingering vanilla notes.... like a cream soda ... a pretty good cream soda, but it is too much for beer.

Body is solid medium with an about medium carbonation...

Ehh... this is a pretty good beer.... don't let my personal prejudices change your mind.... I still have a quarter of the bottle left, but I doubt my review will change much.

3.5/4/3/3.5/3

Thanks again Chris.... I wish I had saved this to try with by few beer buddies, but oh well. :-)

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 07:07:49 | More by JohnGalt1
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark murky brown with a finger of khaki foam that quickly falls to a ring around the glass. Aromas of mellow roast with vanilla extract. A touch of coffee and cocoa along with some mineral notes. Kinda understated overall.

First sip brings a nice mellow roasted dark malt upfront alongside some sweet vanilla extract flavors. Hints of cocoa and a very light coffee work through as well. Flows down with more vanilla that lingers on into the finish of the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth with steady carbonation. A tad light but overall it's pretty well on. A bit to sweet for me and the vanilla seems a bit too heavy on the extract. Overall, glad I got to try it but not something I would drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:29:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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koopa

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly matte black with a 1 finger off white crown that displays moderate retention and medium lace.

Smell: Roast malt, the faintest hint of vanilla, and a hint of caramel like sweetness. I'd give it a 3.7 if I could.

Taste: Same as nose but not as inviting or pungent.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but the mouthfeel and the flavor keep you from wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:44:28 | More by koopa
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lespaulrocker

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this while in Nebraska for a friends wedding. I had never had a vanilla porter and I wanted something local, the restaurant we were at had this so I decided I'd try it.

A: Dark, lets through a little bit of light when held up to lamp. Decent head which gives way to a little bit of lacing.

S: Good vanilla nose, hints of some malts.

T: Amazing taste. Malty with a good bit of the vanilla flavor, almost a nutty finish.

M: Smooth, good amount of carbonation, not too much but it could be dialed back a little bit.

D: Very drinkable and sessionable.

I really enjoyed this. Nebraska had some of the best breweries I've encountered, I wish I could get some more of this down here in TN.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 02:16:09 | More by lespaulrocker
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with a big thank you to Chris (RedHaze) for the bottle!

Pours dark to very dark ruby brown, red highlights peeking through clearly, with a creamy half-finger head that settles down into a long-lasting creamy cap.

Nose is carries sweet vanilla extract front and center, with some underlying red-berry sweetness and a solid base of slightly-astringent roasted malt. Vanilla is definitely the star in this one, though it's maybe just a tad bit artificial, mainly because there's just so much of it.

Taste follows suit - vanilla up front is smooth and works well with the creaminess of the mouthfeel, while a bit of astringency from the roasted malts trails right behind, giving a strong impression of morning coffee heavy on the milk and sugar. Straightforward and with little complexity, but really a pretty effective combo.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied, but the light carbonation and persistent head lend a welcome creaminess.

Drinkability is, all in all, decent. Definitely a sweet porter, and bringing to mind a classic milk stout in a lot of ways, this isn't a porter for everyone, but what it does it does respectably enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:18:35 | More by JohnQVegas
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clarkm04

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Fairly dark, decently carbonated, the expected appearance for this style

Smell- You definitely smell the vanilla notes and some of the other roasted/darker malts that make up the beer. The vanilla notes don't dissipate like some vanilla porters. It always seems to exhibit this nice vanilla taste.

Taste- A little roasty on the front with a nice vanilla note. Very smooth aftertaste. The vanilla notes are present throughout the entire beer.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth on the palate. A very well balanced porter. It might be just ever so slightly overcarbonated but I might be just being overly picky.

Drinkability- Very sessionable

Overall: I love vanilla porters and this is an outstanding example of the style. I had the prilvedge of talking to their head brewer and they use really vanilla beans, no extract. Easily one of my favorite beers brewed in Nebraska. Too bad their distribution isn't more, I think they would achieve a decent following with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 16:33:22 | More by clarkm04
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beveritt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: thanks to my wife for bringing this back, along with a sampling of other beers, from a recent road trip she took. Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a dull purple with a man in a top hat superimposed over an orange moon. Best enjoyed by 10/10.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind a still complete coating of foam. The beer itself is dark mahogany and allows a fair amount of light to penetrate the beer towards the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Mild aroma of roasted barley with undertones of black coffee.

Taste: Mild roastiness with fairly strong vanilla flavor against a backdrop of lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is decent; very creamy.

Drinkability: Average to above average. Nothing great, but I could see this being a periodic revisit if it were distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 23:53:39 | More by beveritt
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I can't put my finger on it but the label for this beer couldn't be further from what I like in a beer label. Truly like something from the early 90's in the worst way possible. But this isn't ratelables.com now is it? What comes out of this silly looking bottle looks impressive enough It's got a very deep almost black color with a big tight head and some very good lace. The aroma is roasty and lightly smoky with some almost burnt toast kind of character. One thing I can certainly say that I like about the flavor is that the vanilla bean is very under control, this is in no way like the sickly vanilla character of say Breckenridge or others I've tried. The vanilla is there, you would be crazy not to notice it. But by no means does it dominate the flavor of this beer. Beyond that there is almost a cream soda kind of flavor here paired oddly with a very roasty burnt toast character that doesn't particularly mesh all that well. The palate is a bit thin. Overall I liked it more than I expected to, and I liked it a lot more than I dis-liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:54:39 | More by BieresDesMoines
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katan

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. Very opaque, almost fully dark. Head formation is light, a small film, mocha in color.

S - Roasted and almost burnt flavors, very edgy, almost woody astringent. Light amount of grainy husky notes.

T - Starts off with a roasted malt flavor, combined with just a little bit of 2 row sweetness. Very husky and grainy at times. Mid-stream is more bitter, but little hopping detected. Finishes with the lightest hint of the vanilla flavors - which only begins to build in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate beer body - strong carbonation profile. A bit biting on the tongue. Finishes with a clinging texture to the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is manageable. Flavors do become a bit overwhelming over time - needs more to counterbalance the burnt flavors. Not filling.

A solid beer - just not as potent in vanilla as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:23:54 | More by katan
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Joeynocturnum

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade and drank during the snow storm after a Nugget Nectar

A- Deep brown with a light brown half a finger head.

S- Toasted Malts and Vanilla with slight coffee after taste.

T- Very well balanced porter, no one characteristic over powered.

M- Not overly carbonated very smooth and clean mouth feel.

D- Went down easy and was very enjoyable wish i had a couple more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 17:26:14 | More by Joeynocturnum
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigDank for including this bottle as an extra in a recent trade.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass to reveal a dark brown beer with a tan head.

S: The nose is primarily roasted malt with a few hints of vanilla and coffee.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is primarily roasted malt with a stronger vanilla presence. There is also some chocolate and a bit of coffee.

M: The body is medium and the body is medium.

D: A pretty decent beer with a really cool name. A nice porter and I like the addition of the vanilla as it adds a little bit "extra".

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:29:50 | More by womencantsail
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A -a Very dark burnt nut brown with a creamy light brown head. Head is about two fingers thick and slowly fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Solid sheet of lacing left behind.

S - Roasted malts with a hint of vanilla coffee, almost like something I would expect at Starbucks. The vanilla is very mild and the roasted malts are definitely the most dominant aroma.

T - Oddly sweet roasted malts initially. Strong vanilla taste comes through quickly and tastes alost artificial. Light bitterness but not as much as you get from alot of porters. I think the vanilla sweetness overwhelms the taste a little too much. Still a well crafted idea and certainly not a bad beer, just not a really good beer.

M/D - Medium boided with a silky smooth finish. Vanilla tastes are a little too strong for me to put the drinkability too high but certainly still a drinkabl;e porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 21:09:18 | More by ckeegan04
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown to a deep garnet when held to the light. Very quick head recedes to nothing after a few sips. A drop of vanilla extract and some morning roast Folgers hit the nostrils in subtle ways. Not too mention the havy roast and light smoke aroma as well. The taste starts out subtle upfront. Light vanilla and coffee, then dark chocolate and coffee gorunds hit the middle. By the finis, theres a light vanilla liquer flavor on the back burner keeping the roasted malts in check....a little. Nice session ale with tons of flavo and not palate busting.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:01:26 | More by scruffwhor
Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.