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Dark Side Vanilla Porter | Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.7/5
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370 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:
#28,659
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
370
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
74
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of bakoebel
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidwestBA
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of Zthorseth
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer. Definitely one of my favorite go to's if I'm looking for something dark, tasty, and easy to drink.

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

Photo of cmoore32
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BatManuel
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of willyburz
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamie_Steffen
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good brew for the price.

Dark in color.

Stiff vanilla scent.

Great taste with many undertones.

Smooth.

Great overall porter.

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Photo of LukasOP
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last sampled yesterday on 3/18/15 but had this one several times before including on tap. Bought a 6-pack yesterday at the local Hy-Vee for $6.99. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Dark Side Vanilla Porter" pint glass.

Brew pours close to a pitch black in color with a thin beige cap. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. Sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. The aroma is very pleasant and is of chocolate, vanilla beans and dark roasted malts. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a light hint of coffee also but not overpowering at all like some similar style Porters. Very smooth and goes down easy. Nice finish and is medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. One of my favorite porters!

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

Best porter made in Lincoln!

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rudes
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beer187
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thundarollz
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

First Vanilla Porter. Beautiful dark color and impressive head. Would buy again.

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Photo of cyroeser
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unique label information: BEST ENJOYED BY (notched) FEB (no year indicated)

Dark, coffee bean brown color with a thick, bumpy, creamy head. Mild aroma of charred grain and chocolate with a teensy edge of vanilla; cocoa powder. The flavor blend together nicely, reflecting much of the sweetness indicated by the aroma; slightly astringent bitterness to cut the malt sweetness. Medium bodied yet somewhat watery in character.

All-in-all, a pretty decent vanilla porter. The flavors blend and balance well and deliver a very respectable complexity. Refreshing and delectable...

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Photo of psweendogg
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jacobn4k
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Last second decision. Great quality for the price.

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Photo of Beerguy1969
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DemoniChris
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rossmeister23
4.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Have had this beer on several occasions. On tap at Lazlo's, and in bottles in several places throughout Nebraska. Love, love, love this beer.

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark, dark brown that mingles with pure black ever so slightly. Pours a decent size khaki-tan head for me. Excellent retention as well!

Scent: Strong scents of vanilla, roasted barley, and faint notes of chocolate. The chocolate and vanilla duality is one that I find works well in this brew.

Taste: More of the same. Vanilla taste doesn't cut through as much as the scent implies, but to me, that's okay. It provides a nice balance to everything else going rather than allowing any one flavor to be the dominant force. Additional flavors of coffee, barley, chocolate are found. All excellent, and all typical of a good porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and moderate-light to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy and definitely makes you want more!

Overall: Strong history with this beer. Empyrean and Lazlo's hold a strong place in my heart, and this is my favorite offering from them. Great color, great flavor, great memories. Love it!

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Photo of Tharnold89
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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