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Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
80
good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 12-12-2009)
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

KDKid, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Molson2000, Apr 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

captainhampton, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ArrogantPrick, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Food Pairing

This nice little porter paired well with... chocolate. The vanilla goes so well with Belgium chocolate. Yum!!!

DaveBar, Mar 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

NorthernSoul, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Cycle69, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

The-Jolly-Imbiber, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

joemcgrath27, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into craft pint. Dark brown on pour and near opaque in the glass with a thick creamy head, not massive but very dense, decent retention and lacing.

S - whiffs of estery vanilla, candy sugar, sweet vanilla/hazelnut coffee, some notes of dark malts but not a ton, creamy lactose notes are strong, toffee and vanilla sweetness predominate.

T - start is sweet with the toffee vanilla profile of the nose, mild roasty malt profile, mild hazelnut coffee notes. Generally balanced, bitterness is earthy/mildly spicy, but does a fair job of giving this a balanced profile on the palate. Finish has some more dry vanilla, dry biscuity malt and some light roasty porter aspects. I would prefer less sweetness I think, complexity comes in actually not too badly, just an overabundance of sweet french vanilla hazelnut latte types of notes, otherwise this does a fairly good job and would appeal to a wide segment of drinkers.

M - its creamy initially but also refreshingly carbonated. Good all round smooth body for sessionability as I think it was intended to be, it nonetheless feels like its trying to straddle an uncomfortable divide between being a dessert beer and a bitter porter, and I think that is my main issue with this beer in general, as well as the fact it is missing a lot of the best porter aspects to be a vanilla beer...

I think mill street is pretty established on the 'everymans craft beer' track and this fits with that mantra, too sweet initially while also trying to be sessionable and bitter, I did enjoy it though. The vanilla is especially pronounced in the aroma, the beer itself has a fairly muted porter profile, comparatively little roastiness IMO. It is all in all quite one dimensional with the vanilla, worth a try maybe, just dont expect too much.

mick303, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

schnarr84, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Hoptoria, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

CRObighit2, Mar 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

Erik-P, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Trancesexual, Feb 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't know what to expect on trying this. I poured it into a glass and knew right off the bat it was going to be a love it or hate it situation. Colour was very dark brown blocking all light going through the glass, good foam and very strong but enjoyable smell.

One sip and I was overwhelmed with a taste of chocolate and vanilla. Not much beer here. Extremely sweet and too thick. I couldn't stomach it. Tried to take another sip and had to call it quits. Definitely has a niche market but I doubt a go-to drink for any beer lover.

haharight, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Pmicdee, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Kmat10, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BigGruntyThirst, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

curewhatalesu, Jan 16, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Jotora, Jan 08, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut, a bit of a reddish hue, topped by dense tan foam. Good head retention, spotty lacing. Roasty aroma, slight vanilla, chocolate. Low bitterness, more chocolate and vanilla, light roast, brown sugar and cocoa. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Decent overall. I liked that the vanilla was more of an accent than an overpowering characteristic.

DrJay, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at a Calgary pub early on New Year's eve. It is a tad unfortunate that Mill St. has succumbed to the flavored porter craze but OK, let's keep an open mind. I do like vanilla. This brew arrived in a Mill St. pint glass, a dark cola brown hue with the creamy light tan head you'd expect from a nitro-tap. A very light orange halo creeps along the bottom of the glass. Aroma is aggressive floral/sweet vanilla extract along with some roasted notes like dark coffee, a little white grape fruitiness which is somewhat unusual for this style ... One expects the fruit aromas to be darker. Palate featured some roasted barley and a chocolate brownie effect probably from the dark malts and the vanilla combined, butterscotch baking chips, blonde roast coffee, and a lot of vanilla extract, to the point where this was the dominant flavor throughout. I suppose that's the point, but I prefer spice additions to complement other flavors and stay under the radar a lot more than this one does. Still, its not too bad. Has a little of the sour character that you get in top-tier English porters and some subtle medicinal notes, perhaps this is how the hops make their presence known? Thinnish body and fairly aggressive carbonation but very creamy and smooth, again this could be the dispensing method used here. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink a lot of this brew, but all in all my pretty low expectations were exceeded. If they toned down the vanilla we'd have a solid porter on our hands.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 01, 2014
Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
80 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.