Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
2.78/5 rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Picked out two 500ml cans of this stuff at an LCBO. I won't say which LCBO, but it's much better known for its selection of deeply-chilled discount Ontario macros and mass-produced Euro-pilsners than it is for its craft brews.
When I arrived at the till, the clerk asked me if I'd tried it yet. I said I hadn't. She excitedly informed me that it was an amazing beer, but that it had to be served really cold. She recommended that I remove it from the fridge and put it in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes before serving. She then warned me about the dangers of leaving beer in the freezer too long. Had there not been a lineup I might have asked to hear the rest of that story.
I chilled the beer for significantly less than the recommended time, then slowly poured it into an imperial pint glass. It poured quicker than expected, but cascaded into a dark mahogany body with a soft, fluffy, half-inch beige head. Gorgeous.
For some reason I expected a dark-chocolate and vanilla nose, but it was more of a milk chocolate truffle. A bit of spice and dark syrup (black cherry?) lingered underneath.
Upon first sip, I immediately noticed the mouthfeel. It was very thin for a porter. I felt like I had to go digging for the malts. Chocolate syrup, roasted coffee beans. Not special and not enough malt character. Then came a wave of "flavour" that made me wish I'd heeded the red flags that were waved in my face at the LCBO. The vanilla tasted generic, artificial and added rather than integrated. Some caramel and dark fruit. A bit coppery as well.
Overall quite disappointing. Not enough malt character for a porter. It's almost as if they took their excellent Cobblestone Stout and threw some artificial flavour at it.
That second can may well be served as a dessert beer, and I just might take LCBO Lady up on her serving suggestion and give it the deep freeze first.
Serving type: can
11-07-2013 16:58:48 | More by NedShakeshaft
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 440mL nitro can into a pint glass.
Appearance: very dark amber hue, reminiscent more of a ruby porter, and reasonable for this English style. Head poured a thin layer of creamy tan foam; the nitrogen charge didn't create the big cascading head typical of the presentation.
Smell: light aroma of roast, chocolate and a little vanilla. Reminds me of a milk stout more than anything. Nice, but not particularly nuanced.
Taste: very chocolatey right up front with a nice vanilla component. The flavor is what the aroma really should be; great dessert flavor like a chocolate milk stout. That said, it is still a bit on the simple side. Not bad, but not mind-blowing.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Like many nitrogen presentations, it lacks just a little bit of oomph.
Overall: this is a pretty tasty beer. I could see finishing a meal with one of these sweet pints.
Serving type: nitro-can
05-21-2014 23:18:20 | More by flagmantho
4/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 Served at 10deg C in a draught glass.
A- Pretty good. Open with a carbon dioxide ball. Poured typical to a CO2 ball. Dark but clear.
S- Excellent. Vanilla upon vanilla. Excellent scent
T- Excellent! Enjoyed the first smash to what you thought was going to be less than what it is.
M- Pretty good. Not that creamy at all
O- Very good. Will buy again for sure.
This nice little porter paired well with... chocolate. The vanilla goes so well with Belgium chocolate. Yum!!!
Serving type: can
03-14-2014 23:21:16 | More by DaveBar
3.64/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 440 mL nitro can into a pint glass.
1.5 finger head over a solid black-brown body.
Nice, sweet aroma over the head, with a hint of vanilla, as advertised.
Flavour is quite nice! Some people might consider this not bitter enough, though, I'd imagine. The vanilla flavour is quite evident, and mixes very nicely with the usual porter flavours of cocoa/coffee. All in all, quite a light flavour, with the vanilla and sweetness dominating the bitterness. It almost seems like a mixed drink, as if it were sweet, non-alcoholic ingredients with just a bit of alcoholic beverage added. This experience might be a turn off for some, but I'm enjoying this.
Very little carbonation here, but that doesn't take away from my enjoyment of this beer.
Overall: pretty good. I'd buy this again.
Serving type: nitro-can
03-09-2014 01:22:18 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
80 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.