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Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter

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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Truly a one-of-a-kind. We balance coffee-like, dark roasted malts with the sweet, seductive flavor of vanilla beans. The result? A deliciously unique flavor.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oly (50) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Nothing wrong here, but nothing great. Dark brown pour with medium tan head. Aroma with roasted malt and more chocolate than vanilla. The porter part is exactly what you’d expect from an average porter, but dialed back a bit. So is the vanilla, which comes through faintly at the end. A bit too thin and carbonated for me, but not so much to be a problem. I’d happily drink this if given to me, but wouldn’t choose it if I had options.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardaxe (282) - - DEC 6, 2014
Had at a beer tasting. It's fine. Thin and low abv with a decent vanilla sweetness in the background. Not really much else going on.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justsayswell (89) - Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours dark brown with an inch thick head. Nose is coffee with a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel slightly creamy. Low/ medium carbonation. Pretty typical porter base, nothing super exciting. Less pronounced vanilla than other vanilla porters. Finishes slightly dry with coffee notes. Unexciting but solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMJAMES1196 (1) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2014 does not count
Exactly as advertise, has a strong coffee-bite, vanilla aftertaste. As a porter it stands well, however, as much as it defines itself form other porters, it falls in comparison in the traditional sense. It is a beer I need to be in the mood to drink, but when I am, there aren’t many better

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RyanRand (1) - - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
Good beer overall, very smooth and easy to drink. I'd definitely buy it again but if it's between this and other porters I'd buy another.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1009) - , Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
bottle in trade to glass. some aroma, but more malt and roast in aroma. nice dark pour. taste was subdued - slick, roast, porter. ok brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (662) - Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose is cocoa and some vanilla. Taste is some bitter chocolate and some vanilla. Sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CopterScott (161) - Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
dark brown to black with a thin off white head. aroma is roasty malts and coffee. flavor is more coffee, roast, and chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (540) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap at JL Beers. Medium body, a bit sweet and sticky, some nice malty flavour with vanilla and chocolate. Pretty nice vanilla porter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinator (1074) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Good but not memorable. Vanilla and roasted malts on the nose. Stronger than some. Dark brown color with a foamy head. Smooth palate and somewhat creamy and lighter than expected. Decent blend of flavors with vanilla and chocolate standing out. Roasted malts blend with some bitterness for a dry finish. Coffee detected as well.


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