CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I canít put my finger on it but the label for this beer couldnít be further from what I like in a beer label. Truly like something from the early 90ís in the worst way possible. But this isnít ratelables.com now is it? What comes out of this silly looking bottle looks impressive enough Itís got a very deep almost black color with a big tight head and some very good lace. The aroma is roasty and lightly smoky with some almost burnt toast kind of character. One thing I can certainly say that I like about the flavor is that the vanilla bean is very under control, this is in no way like the sickly vanilla character of say Breckenridge or others Iíve tried. The vanilla is there, you would be crazy not to notice it. But by no means does it dominate the flavor of this beer. Beyond that there is almost a cream soda kind of flavor here paired oddly with a very roasty burnt toast character that doesnít particularly mesh all that well. The palate is a bit thin. Overall I liked it more than I expected to, and I liked it a lot more than I dis-liked it.
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 (184) - 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 isnít 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 (12148) - 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 (14558) - 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 youíre 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 youíve 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; Iím 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 (3652) - 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 wasnít a bad beer.