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Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | 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  rDev -18.5%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Dave2234, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

KarlHungus, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Travitten, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

dtomes, Apr 05, 2014
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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.

Kris450, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

futiledevices, Mar 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Cosmos83, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

psmith161, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Chucker17, Mar 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

TwoForty, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mfl620ks, Mar 02, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very flavorful but it was a bit strong on the coffee and I didn't pick up many other favors. It is an okay porter with big flavor, mostly cofee, there really isn't anything terrible about it but I overall didn't enjoy this beer. I would much rather drink something a little weaker on the coffee and stronger on other favors.

Scott17taylor, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pug, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

AnthemOfTheSun, Jan 13, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thayer for this one!
Split on Christmas Eve.

Dark brown pour, black in the glass, thin layer of dark mocha foam around the edges that quickly dissipates. Some spotty flecks of foam left in the glass with a patchy skim on the surface.

Aroma has distinct notes of vanilla that meld well with a chocolatey malt base.

Taste is fairly bittersweet with subtle notes of vanilla, dark roast malt, bakers chocolate, and toast. Body is a little on the thin side, but the flavors make it a pleasant Porter to sip on. Too much vanilla and you risk verging on medicinal extract territory... Dark Side balances well in my opinion.

emerge077, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

k8_mcgowan, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Walletsworth, Dec 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BRClemons, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

brandon911, Nov 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

gkjhawk, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Allurex, Nov 21, 2013
Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.