brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, 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 (3588) - 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 (6355) - 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.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(on tap at Lazlos in downtown Lincoln). Pours a clear, dark brown color. Medium tan head which is mostly diminishing. Light malt and vanilla aroma. Vanilla is stronger in the flavor than in the aroma, with good balance with the malt flavor. Avg duration. Good lacing. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with thin beige head. Aroma is very sweet vanilla. Oddly though, the vanilla flavor is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor, which is dominated by coffee malt. Vanilla is just noticeable enough to smooth out the coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. It’s not a great beer by any means, but it’s a nice, smooth-drinking porter.
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured dark brown with a beige head. Lots of vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, and a little coffee in the nose. Flavor is dominated by the sweet vanilla, not enough bitterness to balance it.
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep hazy brown with a little bit of copper when held to light. There head is medium khaki. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted peanuts. There was also some light vanilla. The taste is bitter cheap coffee with some vanilla in the finish. There is also some nasty weird blueberry. This is pretty bad and unbalanced.