SpringsLicker (2943) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Sledge Jr for this one!
Virtually no head formed when this dark brown brew was poured.
The Vanilla was a no-show in the aroma dept, but there were some decent coffee and chocolate notes there.
Lightly sweet and the aroma repeats in the flavor and the vanilla comes in at the finish. A bit thin, but the best of the Empyrean brews that Iíve sampled.
Suttree (4745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, not totally opaque. No head to speak of. Faint vanilla and coffee in the aroma. Flavor recalls coffee and cream, with notes of dark chocolate. Nicely understated use of vanilla. Thanks to Springslicker for sharing this one!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from eboats Thanks!
Pours a thin, dark black with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is more akin to smoke and beef jerky than the flavor advertised. Flavor is a sweet, bubbly vanilla with beef jerky in the finish. Palate is tingly and slightly thin. Nice, nice beer. Iíd love more of this.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caleb rocks! Pour was dark, head was tan and fizzy. Nose was, to me, vanilla and coffee? This was a porter with a vanilla extract taste. Very smooth, with low carbination, making for an east drink. Thanks pal. This was nice.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Eboats. Dark brown pour with a foamy/fizzy light tan head. Nose is light chocolate, vanilla extract, caramel and some roast. Taste is light vanilla, chocolate, some light roasted notes, a sweet sugary malt and finishes with a light bitterness and a filmy palate.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via trade with eboats! - Thanks Caleb - Pours dark bown with a short offwhite head that faded pretty quick. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and much vanilla.. Flavor is mostly vanilla, but some roasted malt exists behind it. Sort of a cola flavor there. Palate is medium bodied and a very drinkable ale. Not bad..
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12z bottle. Dark roasted notes along with a good nose of coffee and vanilla. Sweet malt flavors and a dark roast note. Dark brown, almost black hue with little tan head. The vanilla note is definite in the front of the mouth. Good roast and not too heavy. Nice beer and easy drinking.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown to black with good tan head. Not much vanilla in aroma, but some coffee and chocolate. Very subtle in the vanilla flavoring, which is good. A slight bit thin for the style, but not too bad. Probably the best of the Empyrean bunch.
cjv85vmax (10) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The vanilla is the main aspect of this beer as you would expect from the name. The beer has a nice color and good flavor. It can come accross as a little thin at times. Overall, this is a good dark quaffing beer.
SEAMASTER (3) - ELKHORN, Nebraska, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Side is a pure treat. A fantastic porter with a hint of vanilla. A must try if you are in the area. Empyrean is on the move and has several great beers to enjoy. I find a slight ruby color similar to a stout, it also carries a light creamy head. This is a perfect addition to Cheesecake!