lightbias (210) - USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excited about trying another offering from Canada and this nitro charged vanilla porter from Mill St. Brewery sounds like a great Sunday afternoon change from the heat of the wood stove and the frigid remnants of the crazy snowstorm we had last night.
Despite the fact that the can tells you to ’serve cold’, I have a slight aversion to drinking a porter at refrigerator temps, so I placed it on the counter for a few minutes before venturing in. Whoot! As soon as I cracked this, the contents of the can came pouring out, exploding with aroma, foam and beer! Well, half a beer is better than none and it does smell nice!
The body is lightweight, thin, the flavor almost an afterthought and the nut brown liquid and milk chocolaty head are a visual mirror image of the flavor and palate. Of course, the warmer it gets, the better it is, and I feel a need to go to Mill St. and beg them to take that ’serve cold’ direction OFF THE CAN! ’Serve mildly cool’ would much better!
I’m at about a 50 degree temp now and it’s ten times better than what I had when I started. NOW I can write this thing.
The aroma is heavy vanilla wrapped around a weak, milk chocolaty flavor, not as sweet as it was cold, and actually having a pleasant bitter back. A light caramel is present, keeping a solid foundation underneath the hops, and balancing out the taste slightly in favor of the sweet malts.
It’s still too thin, too flat to really appreciate the finish, but the aroma and flavor are making up for the lean mouth feel. Wouldn’t buy it, but I’d give this another go if offered up...
RhetoricalAns (437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
440 mL can. amber brown pour, creamy beige head. Aroma is strong vanilla, overpowering mostly. Taste has a bit of roast in it. Body is a bit thin and light. Did not like this one much.
LagerGirl (8) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
2.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amazing smell, hints of sweet vanilla and oak were very intoxicating .. As anticipated given it’s colour, this mild beer drinker wasn’t a major fan of this beers overall taste.. However the aftertaste was quiet pleasant and sweet
DomD (131) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate. Pours black with off white head. Taste is medium to heavy sweet. Medium body and creamy texture. A nice brew, but maybe a tad too sweet.
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Where and how: can 440 ml, LCBO
Aroma strong, yet bit too sweet vanilla notes. Chocolate feel present but muted by first.
Top: medium, fine thick creamy top.
Base: clear, dark amber-brown.
Palate : smooth with somewhat creamy texture, mild carbonation. Mid bodied.
Taste: as in aroma – sweet vanilla up front, tad overpowering this ale. Finish bit washed out with hints of milk chocolate.
Other notes passable.
YigSvartka (142) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 Opaque black with a quickly dissipating head. Vanilla, roast, chocolate, malt aroma as expected, but not particularly potent. Relatively thin for a porter. Creamy. Roast and chocolate are certainly present, but the vanilla is relatively faint. Mildly bitter roast finish. Mediocre.
BrewGoblin (516) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Based on previous Mill Street experiences, I was hoping to enjoy but not be wowed. I was wrong about this one, it’s a pretty interesting beer. I have never seen a beer look this good creamy head-wise, not even Guinness. This dark brown ruby pour has a very light tan, perfectly creamy and thick head. Maybe it is from some unnatural conjurings but it looks great. An aroma of sweet vanilla latte, some cocoa and lightly roasted malts, nuttiness and cream lure you into a taste that is the same and extremely enjoyable. At times I am suspicious of real vanilla but overall it tastes authentic and pleasantly well balanced, leaning on the sweet side. But who wants bitter vanilla? Thick creaminess comprises the body and a smooth roasted coffee and vanilla ice cream taste lingers in this low carbonated Porter. A pleasure.
lux_edwards (160) - - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
440 ml can. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate. Taste of coffee and cherries. Palate is smooth and a light for a porter. Overall a nice offering.
pictoman (700) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the tap. Medium reddish brown with creamy beige head. Vanilla, cream, white chocolate, quite light overall.
plaugher (221) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
440ml can into an English pint. Pours a jet black with a light mocha head. Nose is really quite unpleasant, perhaps a little too much licorice amid the vanilla and chocolate. Flavour-wise is full on milk chocolate with a bit of vanilla mixed in. Smooth and velvety on the palate, perhaps a little too sweet.