Goodgrief (1907) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mar. 2007 - Pours deep dark brown color, nice fluffy head and decent lacing. Strong coffee aroma. Deep coffee flavor with chocolate undertones and prominent vanilla presence. Good beer.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Southwestern grill twang leaps off the glass, followed by a strong waft of my grandfather’s leather recliner and a billow of his pipe tobacco, era 1970. That vanilla works in a real musky, earthen tobacco manner. Tar and cloth. Wow, now that I’ve zeroed in on vanilla pipe tobacco I can’t escape it. Enjoyable if unique. Pours the color of a burnt tobacco bowl, with a seltzer-like rim of tinted tan. Flavor tastes very much like the aroma. Tobacco juice lingers and it’s seems as if I’ve just taken a long, solemn draw from my fishing pipe. Chase that with a standard brown porter in B and we’re good to go. Stay away Mosquitos, goddamit! My grandfather yells out, "Marty, get me my paper!" This is no prissy scented candle, latte, spa session ice cream vanilla. Hell no. This is a toasted, charred, aged, tobacco store, leather-faced, yellow-tinted mustache vanilla. Aged, boxed and ready to give out some punches. This is vanilla in a beer I can dig. Man, this would be killer with a pipe and a Canadian club. Nice, full rich body, carrying light sweetness, dryly balanced by the tannic qualities of the bean skin and the roasted edge to the malt. A green leaf dapples the back end. Something special must have been done to the vanilla to get this particular, heavily pipe tobacco tone to the bean. They are either Madagascar or Mexico, and I’m leaning Mexico, but none of that fruity Tahitan sneaks in. Minerals and yeast edge catch the aerosols in the rising alcohol fumes to give it a fresh sense. Way out on the back draw, hops perk up a little bit for a fresh flower gumminess to give rest to the broad, swaying rustic old barn that this beer so embodies. Filtration might actually work here, giving a clean follow through. Could excell with some more fruity nuance, higher alcohol, and time. A beer even my curmudgeonly, dead grandfather could love. Thanks again Sean!
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with valpoaj (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, lighter vanilla, coffee, and light chocolate. Tastes of vanilla (stronger than aromas), chocolate, lighter roast, and light coffee.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle, courtesy valpoaj, Thanks Adam! : Pours a very dark, near black color with a small very light brown head that dies quickly. Nose of roasted coffee with hints of vanilla and some chocolate finding its way out. Flavor is pretty nice, roasted chocolate and coffee with some vanilla peaking in and out. A medium body, Very smooth and enjoyable.
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a very dark mahogany, almost like a stout, with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of Malt, Chocolate, Coffee, and vanilla, in that order. Tasted of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, with a hint of vanilla, and finished very smooth sweet, and then just that bitter chocolate to finish off, i quite enjoyed it. My first empyrean beer, it will get me to try others, but wont have my expectations incredibly high.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours a dark mahogany body with little of any carbonation and a thin tan film in lieu of a head. The aroma is chocolatey with a splash of vailla and some lightly roasted malt. The flavor is dominated by tastes of milk chocolate followed by vanilla and Tootsie Rolls and just enough roasted malt to remind one that this is a beer. Not bad.
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ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz, no date. Deep ruby brown with a miniscule beige fizz that didn’t 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 Empyrean’s better brews.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not a fan of so called "flavored" beers, but this one does pretty well. Not too much vanilla and a pretty well rounded porter.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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