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Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
80
good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
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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Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

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

S-vanilla

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

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +13.3%

FadetoBock, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

TheHammer, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of boszormeny
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

boszormeny, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of AndrewC
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

AndrewC, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

TerryW, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of dreamchaser
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours out a very nice, deep dark brown, almost black, with a beautiful creamy off-white head. Strong vanilla notes on the nose, with hints also of coffee and chocolate. Taste is of a light, nicely balanced and smooth porter - vanilla notes appear halfway through a taste and fade slightly at the finish, giving way to lightly bittering hop qualities. Mouthfeel is light, airy and creamy, like a whipped topping. Very drinkable. Could use a little more malt to smooth out to the hoppier profile, but overall, quite well-executed.

dreamchaser, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +13.3%

ThinkAgain, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of ZachT
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

ZachT, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Rlombardi75, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

CurtisD, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

ppoitras, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

fizzyted, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Exeter
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Exeter, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of TT--Cashout
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

TT--Cashout, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

cam477, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a brown/blood red color with a foamy off-white head that lasts a good while. The smell is sweet, aromatic vanilla with some malt roastyness faintly in the back. The taste is sweet like a Milk Stout but not cloying. Lots of vanilla extract mix with caramel, chocolate malts and a ligt roastyness. Hops are very restrained throughout - only providing bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a creamy, full carbonation. Light bitterness and vanilla linger in the medium lengthed finish.

A nice Porter from Mill Street. Lots of sweet flavors but not overly sweet. Vanilla is out front obviously, but not as much as I expected. Worth a try.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%

From the mixed winter 6 pack. Pours big and thick but the mouthfeel is underwhelming. The Vanilla is actually not a big detriment to the beer but rather a part of the flavour. I wanted a richer beer and the lack of a real mouthfeel let me down. Not as good as the cobblestone stout but drinkable,

canucklehead, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

thehyperduck, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

KStark, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%

440ml can poured into tulip 10/11/13

A deep maroon cola like liquid, enough clarity to see a few tiny bubbles and light on the other side of the glass, cascading foam ends up as a thumbs width long lasting mocha foam that leaves lace deep down the glass, looks like nitro

S milk chocolate and lots of vanilla, doesn't smell real though almost to strong, some weedy leafy notes and coco powder with a little raisin

T the vanillas not as heavy, earthy hops, raisins still there, pretty basic but decent

M fairly thin and the bubbles flatten out quickly, coco and vanilla linger faintly

O all right brew but nothing special, nitro makes it look good but appearance is not all that important compared to other areas

not all that complex but drinkable, memorable? not so much

wordemupg, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

leaddog, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

hotsudge, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of NedShakeshaft
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

NedShakeshaft, Nov 07, 2013
Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.