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RATINGS: 166   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Very dark brown with a light tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and vanilla. Sweet vanilla flavor, some roasted coffee and cocoa, but overall, pretty weak flavored. Medium body, lively carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
12oz, no date. Deep ruby brown with a miniscule beige fizz that didnít last. Light roasted malt and grain, a little vanilla, and some light chocolate sweetness. Flavor adds lots of milk chocolate--I feel that I am eating a candy bar--more specifically a Nestle (R) Crunch Bar. Even though it was not that great, Somehow I enjoyed it a fair amount more than I thought I would have. Minimally roasty finish. Mild carbonation, light body. Probably one of Empyreanís better brews.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Iím not a fan of so called "flavored" beers, but this one does pretty well. Not too much vanilla and a pretty well rounded porter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/02/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

clear dark amber, sweet chocolate and vanilla aroma, lots of carbonation causing a lively mouthfeel, nice rich chocolate flavor, vanilla sweetness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours dark mahogany. Heavy carbonation forms an off-white head that fades rather quickly. Aromas of caramel malt, sugar, vanilla extract, a touch of smoked malt and an odd cola/hazelnut liqueur combination. The sugary element is heavy in the flavor and resembles simple syrup, which lends to a weird artificial sweetness. Vanilla and caramel lurk below, as well as the aforementioned hazelnut. Finishes lightly toasty with vanilla lingering. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and a little watery, fizzy carbonation cutting the palate presence further. Itís almost like someone poured an herbal blend of vanilla soda into this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Appearance: Pours a stark-colored brown with a bubbly, ivory white head. Smell: Some slight dark, roasted notes in the aroma. Aromawise, the vanilla isnít overabundant, and mingles well with other scents of coffee and sweetened chocolate. Taste: Faintly sweet malts upfront give way to a chocolate flavor and a roasted bitterness. The vanilla peaks through all the while, but really manages to emerge on the finish. Ultimately, all the light, sweet flavors and fizzy carbonation suggest a vanilla soda. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Carbonation is noticeably fizzy. Drinkability: A fairly pleasant beer that makes for easy drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Small light brown head, retention is fair, lace is minimal. A mostly black brew, some red edging resides. Nose of vanilla and light roast, maybe some cherry notes as well. Body is light, not thin, it,s OK. Light roast flavors, hint of coffee beans, vanilla and some smoke in the fairly dry finish. Props to eaglefan538 for this groovy Nebraska brew! Thanks Brian!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mstockton (224) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2007
A pleasant surprise while staying a night in Lincoln, NE. Strong vanilla and chocolate flavors. Pours a dark, stout-like color with little or no head. Not a strong alcohol flavor. Very unique and drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2007
Poured a dark brown color with okay head. Aroma was mostly a nice coffee. Flavor was a nice blend of coffee and vanilla. Thin for this style. Good beer though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2852) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Poured a dark brown color. The aroma was coffee with touches of chocolate. The flavor was coffee, very nice vanilla, and a touch of chocolate underneath. The flavors melded together very nicely, a great idea, yet the depth just wasnít there. This one needed more malty richness to be excellent. The mouthfeel was light for a porter, a little watery.


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