Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub
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3.64/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
03-09-2014 01:22:18 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.31/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-08-2014 23:21:03 | More by mick303
2.25/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
02-02-2014 02:22:36 | More by haharight
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
3.51/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-03-2014 01:46:03 | More by DrJay
3.51/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-01-2014 17:58:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
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
3.93/5 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
Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
80 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.