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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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297 Ratings

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kris450
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I received this beer on tap at a concert. This is my first vanilla porter so I wasn't completely sure what to expect. What I got was a stout-like coffee flavor with an aftertaste of vanilla. Strong coffee taste at the forefront with little aftertaste following the drink. I was ambitious enough to go back for seconds, however it being a heavy and rather dark beer, by the end of the second, I was ready to be done. Have a glass and treat yourself, however, be prepared to follow it up with something else that is lighter and more drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.