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Mill Street Distillery Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Distillery AleMill Street Distillery Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 04-04-2007)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a Mill St mix pack. One thing I will give Mill St. Credit for, they've finally started mixing up their mix packs. I mean it still has their staple Tankhouse and the Oraganic Lager, but this pack they finally got removed that boring stock ale from the pack.

Appearance: A dull, cloudy copper body boasting slow thin carbonation with a half finger of head the retained exceptionally well, but did not lace.

Smell: Abundant caramel malt behind a layer of dried herbs and nutty walnut notes with a hint of plumy yeast. Warming helped it's case out a bit more.

Taste: Starts with mild caramel malt that turns to a more fruity and nutty plum, apple and walnut taste which is then punctuated by spicy herbal hops. Great work here at keeping that hop end spicy enough to be interesting but reigned it well enough not to cloy.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation on this one is a little lax, but it makes up for it with exceptional transitioning and and spicy caramel aftertaste that it makes work. Points though do get deducted for the lacklustre head.

Drinkability: Medium bodied and it settles down well. The aftertaste doesn't seem to cloy making easy to drink for a while and while it's not lager smooth, it certainly has it's own charm. All in all I had no issues getting this down.

Final Thoughts: At the time of this review, this beer was classified as an English Brown Ale. If so this is the spiciest English Brown I've ever had. Upon reading the bottle and the Mill St website, this is classified as an old ale, which is what I reviewed it as. I would certainly recommend this one, as it's a pretty solid beer. It might not be a knock the ball out of the park, but it's still a beer I wouldn't turn down. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:36:27 | More by TheHammer
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A gentle orange-copper color with ample beige foam that settles down relatively quickly. Aroma evokes buttery oranges, toffee, carob, herbal licorice, and perhaps just the barest hint of must. Palate recalls pancakes and marmalade, perfumed oolong tea, cashew brittle, a touch of copper penny and leather. Thickish body but falls short of syrupy, slick and chewy with a pleasing tangy spice to provide a sweetness-thwarting foil. More fizzy than bona-fide English examples but still moderate in this regard. Finishes quite sweet and juicy but with a notable English hop earthy bitterness as well. Perhaps my favorite Mill St. rotational offering but is it really an old ale? Not exactly a Fuller's Vintage or similar brew with regard to cellar must character and rich malty complexity, but in the ballpark nonetheless, with sweet cake malts and a decent dose of fruity, earthy hop flavors. A latter-day "stock ale" perhaps.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass , coppery brown colour, very hazy hazy, decent initial head and retention, lacing is alright but nothing outstanding.

S - notes of lemon, leather cleaner, caramelly nuts, light florals that are quite intense (hence the cleaner character). Grain character is strong with almondy, coffee, nutty caramel notes. Light with a bit offbalance amount of strong citrusys sulfur notes.

T - sweet caramel malts then the english hops come to give an earthy leafy notes. Lots of creamy bready malts, nutty, hazelnut, brown sugar, with a hint of light booze. Just a bit weak all around, overall its a bit light, mostly caramel maltiness but without much depth, some mild hopiness. It does improve with some warmth though so give it time.

M - full creamy malt, smooth bitterness with a touch of earthy bitterness, not enough to really satisfy but there is a smooth carbonation to complement the solidly malt body, finish is dry, lightly bitter and with a lingering dry caramel.

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355ml bottle, part of the current mixed pack available here out west, which to Mill Street's due credit, is a real mixer, with at least two newbies at every turn. Nice retro photo of T-dot's Distillery District, circa 1875.

This beer pours a slightly glassy medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, and broadly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few upward swaths of ebullient seaspray lace around the glass as things quite slowly abate.

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Mill Street Distillery Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.