Dark Side Vanilla Porter | Empyrean Brewing Company

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3.7/5
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372 Ratings
Dark Side Vanilla PorterDark Side Vanilla Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
empyreanbrewingco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,749
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
372
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
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25
Gots:
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Ratings: 372 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Captain69
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

STOPPED AT THE BREWERY , THE RESTAURANT IS TO YOUR RIGHT AROND THE CORNER, GREAT BEERS - WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE A MIXED 12 PACK. THIS BEER -VANILLA PORTER WAS SMOOOTH - BOUGHT A SEPRATE SIX PACK

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Marked best by 'April 2017'.
Very dark body, just a little light passes through at the glass bottom. Very light tan, thin head, minimal lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, with a whiff of sweet vanilla.
Taste of dark malt, sour apple like fruit (maybe from the coffee aspect), very little chocolate or vanilla.
Rather thin mouth feel, dry.
Not an expressive taste, and dry aftertaste.

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Photo of UnderwhelmingAlcoholic
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ipeters1017
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BLarson31
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jimbob-gbr
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite local beer. A very good porter. Pours dark and tan head with good lacing. Smells of roasted chocolate and faint vanilla. Tasted of roasted chocolate vanilla and coffee. It is not to robust like some porters. Overall one of my favorites

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Photo of Nolster
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on draft several years ago; from my notes:

Brown/black color; some light passes around the edges.

Nice khaki head; strong lacing.

Vanilla & coffee in the nose.

Medium/thick mouthfeel.

A vanilla blast in the taste upfront; smooth cream on the back end with a smattering of hops. Delicious.

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Photo of Jarudy
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Amedlin18
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moodyxc9
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joe_recker
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm more of a stout fan, as I find many porters to be just too bland. Some porters are more robust and fall more towards stout, but Dark Side did not fit into that category. I found it bland and slightly bitter, could not really pick up the taste of the promised vanilla at all. If a beer is going to have a flavor in the name, then you should be able to at least detect it.

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Photo of L_Hill15
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zaraspook
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evilyak
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This didn't need the vanilla. This needed a tweak to the base beer.

Color is right. Smells of vanilla and imperfect coffee. Taste is vanilla and acidic coffee with raisins.

We don't drink raisins and coffee with vanilla. I'm glad I have something to clean my palate.

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Photo of AleMan66
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into a clear teardrop glass. It is dark black with little head. The vanilla taste was a bit like mosquito repellant and I didn't care for it. Carbination is medium. After taste just fine. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yankeejw
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark color, not much head, little aroma, vanilla notes in taste but not the coffee or chocolate it also claims. Not blown away by it.

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Photo of mabalacat
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aoyoc
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 372 ratings