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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jumpintimmy (1) - Omaha, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
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 you’re 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 you’ve got a fine meal!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaegerwin (1) - - AUG 31, 2013 does not count
Great local porter, not quite as good as Breckenridge VP but still a very good local brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebra (1430) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
the best vanilla beer i’ve had (that hasn’t been barrel-aged). smoother. i wonder what their secret is.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer187 (10) - - FEB 15, 2015
Solid light bodied porter Coffee and roast body Dry finish Hints of Vanilla on the Finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6116) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Pitch black with a nice creamy head. Super creamy consistency. The flavor borders between the vanilla coke I got on the first swallow and a coffee ice cream that I got later.

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!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SEAMASTER (3) - ELKHORN, Nebraska, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1110) - Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose is cocoa and some vanilla. Taste is some bitter chocolate and some vanilla. Sweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Austin_Ripper (66) - Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Pours a very very dark brown, with a white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells mostly of vanilla with a hint of coffee and even less chocolate. Taste is a creamy vanilla with with a coffee aftertaste. Not my absolute favorite, but definitely worth another buy.


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