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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: 281
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

capnamerica, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

thelargeone, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BearMittens, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 23, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

sulldaddy, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

woogie359, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

harty83, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jwerner23, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

csmalley, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ldsmith79, Jun 25, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

ThickNStout, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

barryjg, Jun 20, 2014
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Hohnbaum, Jun 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

tbone64, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Zcorechris, Apr 27, 2014
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squirrel49, Apr 27, 2014
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Joey_M, Apr 18, 2014
Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.