Vanilla Porter – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Vanilla Porter – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV – 440ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“A cult favourite from our Toronto Brewpub, Vanilla Porter is an extra-smooth Nitrogen-charged English-style dark ale brewed with pure vanilla extract. Chocolate flavours dominate the beer with an underlying tone of dried fruit and a butle finish that leaves you wanting more!”

  • Style: (Vanilla) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste: Flat vanilla coffee chocolate malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) –440ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Warning! This one is a gusher. Pours silky smooth light coffee brown with an ultry foamy decent sized nitrogenated head, a thick layer of retention, some lacing, just a few very slow streams.

Nose: vanilla chocolate caramel, quite delightful. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: Nitrogen-flat mouthfeel

Mid-palate: almost tingly-crisp, (lvl-4)-sweetness, thin-mouthfeel, (MAIN) vanilla, coffee, malt, chocolate

Finish: light roast coffee, flat mouthfeel, caramel malt finish.

Summary: Decent flavour and aroma but still has that unacceptable flat mouthfeel. Better mouthfeel than the only other nitrogenated beer I had, Parallel 49 N2 Milk Stout.

Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, Canada)

Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV – 355ml, (Toronto, ON, Canada)

On the back label:

“Our Pumpkin Ale is brewed with traditional spices to create a simply delicious beer with subtle flavours and the creaminess of pure vanilla. Based on our Brewmaster’s wife’s pumpkin pie recipe. (we can’t make this stuff up!) Beware…it will soon be gone without a trace.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted wheat, flaked wheat, pumpkin puree, spices, hops, vanilla extract.

  • Style: (seasonal) Pumpkin Wheat Ale
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Ginger/malts -> cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla -> rough/dry finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Fall 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear bottle brown, almost no head nor retention, just a thin ring, a few countable slow streams. Malted pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg on the nose. Drinks with a light roasted almost salty ginger up front, medium malts, 6/10-tame sweetness, body thins out in the mids, spices kick in – cinnamon, nutmeg, finishing crisp, partially hopped dry and roughish mildly bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, flat carry, okay drinkability.

2nd Tasting (Nov.30/2012): interesting aromatic nutmeg on the nose. Body, length and flavour still fall short. C+.

Oktoberfest Beer – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, Canada)

Oktoberfest Beer – Mill St. Brewery, 5.6% ABV – 355ml, (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Sweet barley/grain -> citrus/metallic/creamy -> hopped light bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Fall 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear golden orange with a small head, thin layer of retention, foamy CO2, lots of active streams. Some sweet malts on the nose. Starts off with a gentle 7/10-sweet barley/grain up front, mild citrus, lightly metallic, nice creaminess, finishing mildly hopped bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. A bit above average.