Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub
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4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
Half pint at Mill Street Ottawa. From notes.
A - Poured amber, bright, with a one finger creamy head leaving great thick lace and a half finger of retention. Virtually black colour.
S - Vanilla was very strong. Some smokey notes and roasted malts as well. Very nice.
T - Vanilla, nice sweet malt, chocolate, roastiness.
M - Very creamy, medium body, gentle carbonation.
O/D - A very tasty vanilla porter. Very nice with strong flavours and very smooth. A pleasure.
01-29-2012 22:09:25 | More by tbeckett
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
3.93/5 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
3.91/5 rDev +11.4%
440ml nitro- can.
Appearance- Pours a dark chestnut brown with a finger of creamy beige head.
Smell- pure vanilla, chocolate, light roasted malts, and dark fruit (plum or cherry).
Taste- Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of the dark fruit. The vanilla and roasted malts are the more predominate flavours.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Has a smooth creaminess but a tad thin.
Overall- An English porter that uses pure vanilla extract in a way that it remains balanced with roasted malts without overpowering. Delicious flavour that can be sipped on all night long.
11-10-2013 04:26:12 | More by leaddog
3.88/5 rDev +10.5%
On tap at Chancey Smith's.
Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head, some lacing.
Smells of vanilla and chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, sort of like a fresh cappuccino.
I was very surprised by the taste, a lot more vanilla than I would of expected but still very good and different. Not as porter-like as I wish it was but still very good, very refreshing.
A deliciously drinkable beer upfront but slowly it grows on you and near the end you find it hard to finish. I think they added too much vanilla here, if there was less of that and more of the porter this would be almost perfect.
01-31-2010 17:43:12 | More by GodOfBeer
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
Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
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