Dark Side Vanilla Porter | Empyrean Brewing Company

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83
good
367 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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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
Ratings:
367
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
72
For Trade:
0
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Photo of hydrate
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of Black Butte Porter. Good bit low on sweetness. Good coffee. Overall I like it.

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Photo of OneBadBadger
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Angerhaus
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nuebs
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black beer with no head. Smells like sweet bread and vanilla. Disappointingly not much flavor. It's a very sweet beer, not much vanilla, no coffee no chocolate like the bottle suggests though.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of npachl
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There's a bit more to this than what I was expecting. I'm tasting a decent amount of blueberries in this. A really interesting porter with a great berry kick.

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Photo of nebill
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild chocolate, vanilla overtones with full body taste. Very good porter.

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Photo of Garvey
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aratcliffe
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jessb_55
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GStone899
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Kark
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep dark brown under a 1” light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Chocolate and vanilla, light grains, bread, faint esters.
T: The palate leads with chocolate and vanilla with malt and roast flavors underneath. Medium bitterness finishes things up. The vanilla is light and does not overpower the chocolate or the roast.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a medium to medium full body. There is some light chalkiness on the finish which could be from the added spice.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink porter.

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Photo of mikerieder
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bakoebel
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidwestBA
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This porter pours a dark brownish cola with a moderate light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and light ring with little lacing. Nose of deeply roasted malts, some bread, toffee, light raisins, and vanilla---with warmth. Flavors follow the nose with bready deeply roasted malts overpowering most of the other flavors with very little vanilla without substantial warmth, which in my book is not necessarily a bad thing. Vanilla and medium hop bitterness comes through on the back rounding it all together with a light bitter malt and hop flavor along with a subtle vanilla that finishes a hair dry yet coating. Moderate carbonation makes for a modestly lively mouth feel. Decent brew from Randy.

Cheers!

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Dark Side Vanilla Porter from Empyrean Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 367 ratings.
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