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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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316 Ratings

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 22
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2002

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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Ratings: 316 | Reviews: 140
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4.52/5  rDev +22.2%

Empyrean is my favorite brewing co, and their Dark Side Vanilla Porter is my favorite beer from them. It's always awesome and fulfilling.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

“Where’s the vanilla?” Was the first thing that came to our minds. It’s barely noticeable and what is gets quickly scrubbed away by the dominate roasty notes, however once the beer warmed up considerably the vanilla notes began to pull through. Aside from this, and the short-lived head, the base is a decent Porter.

STYLE: American Porter
ABV: 5.7%

LOOK: Rich, opaque, dark brown, creamy tan head that quickly fizzles away

SMELL: Roasted malts, earth, vanilla beans

TASTE: Semi-chewy, malty, raisiny, bready, roasty, chocolate, bitter, acrid, coffee, faint vanilla, dry finish

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Good filing porter with a bitter vanilla sweetness.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A. Easy poor ¼ inch thin head dissipated quickly. Looks of cola.
S. Raisins, roasty, old coffee.
T. Roasty, cola, light taste of vanilla, light caramel, can barley taste the alcohol. Taste a little like chocolate when chugged.
M. Crisp, watery.
O. Good for drinking all day long without getting full. The buzz isn’t to strong, you could drink all day and not get to drunk. Recommend for people who like Left Hands Milk stout.

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Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
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