Dark Side Vanilla Porter | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Dark Side Vanilla PorterDark Side Vanilla Porter
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Dark Side Vanilla PorterDark Side Vanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Datk brown with a hint of amber in the light. White head - this is different for the style. Head fades but leaves a nice lacing.

S. Coffee grounds. Cocoa. Vanilla. Very rich.

T. Coffee and chocolate. Dark and bitter cocoa. Vanilla ice cream. Some bitter hop/malt in the end.

M. Medium. It goes down easy. Big coffee aftertaste.

O. Excellent. Drinks more like a stout (Obsidian comes to mind). Very rich and flavorful. Well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 370 ratings
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