Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub
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Reviews by TheHammer:
3.93/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: Poured with a finger and a half of creamy nitro head that didn't lace but boy did it retain. The body is black as night porter as it should be. Not really a lot to say.
Smell: A big hit of vanilla extract with some well roasted malt. I guess as advertised, as it smells like what I would expect a Vanilla Porter to smell. Warming really brings out the Vanilla.
Taste: Surprisingly light for a Porter, it's starts with a heavy Vanilla element that slowly declines over time as roasted malt and mocha slowly rises over it. It's pretty much an exact scale, the Vanilla starts and begins to descend a halts just as the full malt and mocha taste ends the beer. I'm not complaining, it's just...odd.
Mouthfeel: The beer falls somewhere between a milky and creamy consistency to it, that you'd think with a nitro can would fall more on the creamy end of things. The aftertaste however is quite nice and the carbonation remains consistent throughout. While the transistioning might seem a bit odd, I have to give points for how it plays out.
Drinkability: This went down very quick, and drinks more like a really sweet milk stout than a porter. Surprisingly light for a Porter as well and while I could see the Vanilla getting old over time, this is an exceptional desert beer.
Final Thoughts: All in all, as advertised. If you want Vanilla and a Porter combined this is your beer. It's well done, but it just doesn't quite break out to having that wow factor, landing it somewhere between good and great. Thumbs up.
12-18-2013 04:40:40 | More by TheHammer
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3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo. From the same tap as was previously occupied by their Cobblestone stout, so I'm assuming this is a nitro pour. (It settled like one anyways)
Poured into a Mill Street standard glass. Deep brown, nearly black but with some caramel round the edges. Thick, creamy head, loads of sheeted lacing. Great retention, no surprise there. Looks a lot like Cobblestone.
Nose is subtle: caramel, chocolate, a touch of vanilla, toasted malt.
I was expecting the worst, as I've had "vanilla" beer before that tasted a great deal like a few gallons of vanilla extract were thrown into the mix, but this one was fairly good. A fine beer to usher in the holiday season. Vanilla flavor is present, but subtle enough not to be cloying. Chocolate and hazelnut creep in as the brew is allowed to warm. Nothing really "porter" about this beer, but it certainly is tasty. Sweet, but enjoyable.
Medium body, perhaps a bit watery, but with a wonderful creamy texture that I'm really digging.
Mill Street is hit-or-miss for me; this one was a hit, but not something I can drink too much of. Even though the vanilla/chocolate flavor was mercifully subdued, the brew lacked a roasted porter character to combat the sweetness. Had there been more porter characteristics here, Mill Street Vanilla Porter would have been a first-rate brew. As it stands, it is still a good brew, and a tasty one to enjoy right before the holidays.
12-03-2010 20:27:17 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.71/5 rDev +5.7%
An imperial pint at The Underground in YEGDT.
This beer appears a somewhat hazy, very dark brassy amber hue, with one stolid finger of oh so fine creamy beige head, which leaves a peaks and valleys vista of thick painted lace around the glass as it glacially recedes.
It smells rather strongly of sweet vanilla, candied fruit, an obscured charred caramel malt, some softly astringent woodiness, a bit of wintertime Halls lozenges, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more vanilla, though much less sweet than on the nose, a sugary caramel maltiness, a touch of thin smoke, waning notes of menthol, mildly soused orchard fruit, and earthy, floral hops.
The bubbles are obviously high on nitrogen, so, small and barely tingly, the body an adequate medium weight, and quite ably smooth, the creaminess present, but in a laid back manner. It finishes on the sweet side, the vanilla and fruit notes still rather prevalent, as the woody, leafy players fade to black.
Definitely more vanilla than porter, if going strictly by the name, as the base dark beer attributes get passed over to a large degree. There are smoke and sour-ish essences, to be fair, but they provide more of a understated support role. Worth a try, but I'm not certain that my palate, and sweet tooth, could take another dose of this.
01-21-2013 23:11:47 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +14%
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!!!
03-14-2014 23:21:16 | More by DaveBar
3.36/5 rDev -4.3%
Can: Poured a nice light black color porter with a huge creamy light brown head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of vanilla is quite dominating with some good notes of bitter roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of vanilla extract which ends up being a bit too over the top with light dry roasted malt notes. Body is light but has a nice creamy texture courtesy of the can widget. Well brewed but vanilla extract notes becomes over the top at some point.
01-12-2014 19:00:17 | More by Phyl21ca
3.08/5 rDev -12.3%
On tap at Mill Street. From the pour, this appeared to be nitro, so I have reviewed it as a nitro-tap.
A - Poured and settled like Guinness. Started out a murky medium brown coloured which cascaded from the top to the bottom and settled dark brown, almost black with only small amounts of light passing through on the edges.
S - Vanilla with subdued roasted malts in the background.
T - The vanilla is dominant and at times tastes very synthetic. Roasted malts are present in the background. A fairly simple beer and one dimensional beer.
M - Medium body and creamy. Light carbonation.
12-09-2011 16:01:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5 rDev -2.3%
440ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.90
Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate syrup, vanilla
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate syrup, and vanila. There is also a bit of coffee and a graininess.
Overall - Tastes like I expected it to. Maybe a little thin and watery.. but a great scent. Not something I'd want to drink more than one can of, but a decent example of the style.
11-05-2013 00:38:54 | More by spinrsx
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at Chancey Smith's. Deep coffee like pour with ruby hues at the edges of the glass. Has a frothy mocha cap. Nose of intense vanilla extract, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate too, but the vanilla is powerful here. Tastes of sweet concentrated vanilla, some hoppy bitter roastiness, dark chocolate, a bit of mint. Wow, there is a lot of vanilla here. Finish is creamy, medium bodied, leaving a lengthy vanilla finish. Quite good, but one pint is enough thank you very much!
02-08-2010 05:52:05 | More by mrmanning
3.84/5 rDev +9.4%
473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dense tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Nitro head froth lasts and lasts, with tons of coating lace. Aroma is sweet nougat.
Taste starts sweet, vanilla in the middle, and bitterness and vanilla through the close. Did I mention the vanilla? A bit overpowering and artificial-seeming for the vanilla, but still okay. Mouthfeel is nitro smooth, and drinkability is good. Pretty good brew.
12-04-2013 00:30:26 | More by ppoitras
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +9.1%
Mill St. Brewery 'Vanilla Porter' @ 5.0% , served from a couple of 440 ml nitro-can's purchased for $3 each
A-pour is very 'Guinness' like frothey , dark & cascading leaving a near black in the glass with a whole lotta ruby red peeking thru a medium size tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
T-sweet & creamy tasting porter , very sweet
MF-ok/good carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-big sweetness dominates this brew , it needs to be more in the background perhaps
12-31-2013 07:45:14 | More by LampertLand
3.48/5 rDev -0.9%
440 mL nitro-can picked up at the LCBO; dated Oct. 24 2013. Glad to see Mill Street making more stuff available in single cans. Cobblestone Stout is one of my favourite beers from this brewery, so I'm hoping that this one will live up to its more traditional cousin's standards. Served well-chilled.
Pours a lovely mahogany-brown colour, relatively clear and topped with one finger of beige-coloured head that soon settles into a 1 cm cap. Looks good to me, and I'm really digging the aroma too - vanilla extract is a component, but not the focus, with lots of roasted barley, milk chocolate and mocha to round things out. Suddenly I am in the mood for a milkshake.
Pretty yummy stuff. Vanilla is a little more pronounced here, but not to the point of obnoxiousness. Besides that, the first flavours that come through are plums, caramel and milk chocolate - sounds like a diabetic nightmare, but in all actuality it's not cloying right off the bat. These sweet features soon blend seamlessly into the roastiness of the malts, with a vaguely coffee-like feel toward the finish. The aftertaste is light in nature, but includes chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts, managing to linger on the palate for quite a while. Too long, actually. Medium-bodied and silky-smooth in the mouth; this one goes down easily, but it's the sort of brew I don't think I could handle more than a can or two of per night. The flavour is kind of relentless, and the one-dimensionality just becomes tiresome after a certain point.
Final Grade: 3.48, a serviceable B-. Mill Street's Vanilla Porter is delicious at first, but becomes increasingly less interesting as you make your way through the glass. That gob of vanilla and milk chocolate that hits you with the first sip is really all this beer has going for it - after that, it just feels flat, limp and uninteresting. A decent dessert beer that I'd consider getting again, but Cobblestone is the superior product by a comfortable margin - both in terms of quality and adherence to style, as anyone looking for a serious porter is likely to be disappointed with this one.
11-11-2013 18:56:15 | More by thehyperduck
Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
80 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.