bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at 2010 Parkville Brewfest. Deep, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted barley and a little fresh earth. Flavor was surprisingly smoky compared to the vanilla sweetness I was expecting, but still pretty tasty. Subtle creamy texture and a dry finish.
rowbigred (22) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Pours dark and creamy, has a surprisingly light body, but big vanilla bean, coffee bean, and chocolate flavors. Leaves an aftertaste of bread and vanilla. Probably the best offering from Empyrean.
hero12 (181) - Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malty nose, can definitely smell the vanilla. Taste is about the same, a little bitter. There isn’t as much vanilla character in the taste, but a coffee caramel taste does come through. Fairly heavy body with very little carbonation and a smooth finish.
Ratman197 (10860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodfied and smooth with a watery finish. Flavors of cocoa, vanilla and light roastiness with a smooth watery vanilla finish.
brokensail (12482) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass to reveal a dark brown beer with a tan head.
S: The nose is primarily roasted malt with a few hints of vanilla and coffee.
T: Like the nose, the flavor is primarily roasted malt with a stronger vanilla presence. There is also some chocolate and a bit of coffee.
M: The body is medium and the body is medium.
D: A pretty decent beer with a really cool name. A nice porter and I like the addition of the vanilla as it adds a little bit "extra".
Jumpintimmy (1) - Omaha, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If beer is food, Dark Side is the main course. This is vanilla with a delightful char flavor - as if the beans were skewered and roasted by hand over a camp fire. With a stout-like texture for the mouth and controlled bitterness, but with all the aroma you’re seeking (when served from a glass, of course), Dark Side is grand alone - and great with many full-bodied foods. Grab two Dark Side Vanilla Porters, dark bread and "stinky" cheese and you’ve got a fine meal!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first Nebraska rate; I’m such a tick whore.
Pours a dark brown with a large, foamy head.Lots of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malts and a little vanilla. A bit of dust .
Finished fairly cleanly but it may be a little sweet. Pretty good effort. I wish this were on sale closer to my house.
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating #1600. 12 oz bottle courtesy of hundred dolla Bill. Best enjoyed by 08 09 notched on the bottle. Pour is deepest brown with slight ruby highlights. One inch tan head falls with no lacing. Aroma of roasty coffee malt and some ashiness. Mild tobacco leaf. Not much beyond that. Taste is the roast, with some vanilla sweetness behind that. The finish is smoky, and a little charred. Palate is light bodied, medium to high carbonation. Nice enough, though a bit watery and one dimensional. Thanks for bringing these to the house Wild Bill.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Lazlos. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Light chocolate, vanilla, and roasted aromas and flavors. Tasted a little thin, but wasn’t a bad beer.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla extract. Tastes roasty and sweet with some nice bitterness and a touch of vanilla.