Mill Street Vanilla Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Viggo on 12-12-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DrJay
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of boszormeny
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of AndrewC
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dreamchaser
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of ZachT
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Exeter
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TT--Cashout
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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,

Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Mill Street Vanilla Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.