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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.


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
rhsiung (677) - 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 (1420) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Served way, way to cold, but flavors still managed to come out while waiting for it to warm. Maybe the brewery fixed things since KVFL had this, because I found this to be one of the tastiest porters I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Creamy, tan head. Sweet malty, vanilla aroma. Great mouthfeel with coffee and chocolate flavors in just the right strength. Just a pint left me with a buzz for the better part of an hour, my empty stomach might have had a little to with that though. On my way back to school I'll have to stop back by Lazlo's and get a case of this stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Poured dark brown with thin tan head. Only a hint of vanilla in the aroma, sweet malt was most pronounce. At first taste I only sensed coffee, so I waited. After it warmed up a bit, I tried again...much better. Room temperature was the way to go on this one. Vanilla was very much present, coffee flavor subsided. This was very good.

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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2010
bottle pours dark brown with a medium light tan head with spotty lacing. Aroma is thin vanilla and strong cocoa. Flavor is rich coffee and chocolate malt, brownies, vanilla bean, red bean, and toffee. Very rich porter.


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