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RATINGS: 176   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rowbigred (22) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 24, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hero12 (181) - Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12482) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
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".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jumpintimmy (1) - Omaha, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
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.

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