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RATINGS: 162   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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (1715) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
On tap at Lazlo’s in Lincoln. From Notes 9/29/2012. Pours a deep brown white white head. Artificial vanilla, dark malts, roasty flavors. Sometimes I really dig this beer, but most of the time I feel like the vanilla has a really artificial, fake flavor to it.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (259) - Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Nice malty chocolate aroma with a hint of alcohol. Not an obvious vanilla flavor but its there with chocolate and malty toasty notes as well. Smooth. Good but not amazing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a dark amber hue and a small off-white head, appears thin. Mild vanilla aroma, slight caramel and chocolate. Thin palate more like a darker slick brown ale. Taste of vanilla, chocolate and a slight roast into a mild bitterness. A little too light for as a porter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Real solid porter. The vanilla taste adds a nice layer of richness to this brew’s smooth, slightly chocolatey profile. There are also strong coffee and roasted malt flavors and a moderate feel. Dark Side is one of my favorite ales from Empyrean. It’s a truly well-rounded porter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nellycale (171) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
From bottle. Pours a rich black hue with a decent off-white head with minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet milk. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, with sweetness and somewhat bitter finish. Medium body that is slightly carbonated. Overall pretty good porter with some subtle vanilla undertones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Draft. A- Molasses, toasted, vanilla. A- Black color, dark liquid, minimal head. T- Coffee tones, slightly malty, hints of vanilla. P- Full body, average texture, soft carbonation, smooth finish. O- A great porter with nice vanilla tones. Easy to drink for a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours reddish dark brown black. Not much of a head. Aroma is vanilla and some toasted malt and and dark fruity notes. Flavor is much the same. Easy to drink but I'm taking away in palate because the body seems very thin for the style otherwise a nicely done beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5972) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of vanilla and dark grains with a bit of sweet chocolate and a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is similar with dark grains and vanilla up front. The vanilla lasts throughout and is joined by some light roasted malts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordofTime25 (6) - Whittemore, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2013 does not count
Tasty creamy vanilla porter that is smooth in your mouth as it goes down. Definitely recommend it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4015) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013

Appearance: Pitch black color with a big tan head that leaves a fine lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt and chocolate.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and a moderate bitterness. Average to soft carbonation. Dry texture.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted malt and some chocoalte. A fine smooth vanilla tail.
Overall impression: Nice and tasty porter.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with RobertDale

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Nebraska is a state on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln. Its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River. The state is crossed by many historic trails, but it was the California Gold Rush that first brought large numbers of non-indigenous settlers to the area. Nebraska became a state in 1867. Population is 1.9 mill (2012). A bit less than half of Norway.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1313) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Nice. Mild. This is a very good and under rated beer. Had in Chicago at a pizza place. Nice beer.


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