Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – St. James’ Gate Brewery (Dublin, Ireland)

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – St James’ Gate Brewery (Diageo), 4.3% ABV, 500ml., (Dublin, Ireland)


  • Style: (widgeted + nitrogen) Irish Ale
  • Taste: Dull flat sweet lightly toasted barley malt slight metallic
  • Where I got it : traded with a friend
  • How much: $3.30 CAD – 500ml., Winter 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Widget with CO2 + nitrogen. Initial pour has the cascading draught head, subsequent pour leaves a small 1mm head, half moon layer of retention, slow and steady loose clusters of streams.

Nose: very faint light toasted sweet barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: flat, gentle (lvl-3-sweetness)

Mid-palate: dull carbonation, lightly toasted barley malt

Finish: barley malt grainy, light metallic

Summary: It drinks pretty dull and flat like the other nitrogenated beers I’ve had. The flavour is very one-note and basic. Uninteresting, but somehow I got a buzz from 4.3%.

Odyssey Nitro Porter – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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Odyssey Nitro Porter – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 500 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the side of the can:

“Welcome aboard the Odyssey, our nitrogen powered porter transport vessel. Known for riding cascading clouds of tiny bubbles through turbulence into a creamy foam landing, it delivers the rich and full flavoured voyage you’ve been waiting for.”

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  • Style: (nitrogenated) Porter
  • Taste: Creamy but immediately flat roasted barley coffee chocolate watery thin
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a lasting 5mm pillowy nitro foam head.

Nose: deep roasted coffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: (initial sips = creamy), afterward = flat-slick-watery

Mid-palate: sustained background acidity, deep roasted barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness),

Finish: roasted coffee and sweet barley malt exhale, mild chocolate.

Summary: The initial few sips are good but the nitrogen quickly disappears and you’re left with a seemingly flat and watery drink. I enjoy the roasted malt profile but overall it’s just too watery too fully enjoy.

Cobblestone Stout – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D+

Cobblestone Stout – Mill St. Brewery, 4.2% ABV – 440ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“Our nitrogen-charged dry stout is an exercise in smooth. With deep roasted, smoky palate and a crisp, lingering hop note on the finish this is a stout-lover’s stout. Traditionally low in alcohol and calories this classic pub ale is a gift from our brewers to you.”

  • Style: (Nitrogenated) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Thin-watery flat roasted sour malt w/ coffee
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) –440ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Visual: Aluminum can. Pours ultra dark brown/black with bubbles clinging near the bottom-base of the glass, virtually no head, a very thin ringed retention, almost no activity other than a few bubbles surfacing.

Nose: medium roasted malts, burntness. (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: thin-watery, sharp nitrogenated mouthfeel

Mid-palate: med-high sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness (MAIN) roasted malts, coffee

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, bittersweet malty finish.

Summary: The watery mouthfeel coupled with the almost flat mouthfeel put me off on this one. Flavour of roasted malt is ok but texturally unbalanced on the sour side.

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.

N2 Nitrogenated Milk Stout – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D-

N2 Nitrogenated Milk Stout – Parallel 49 Brewery, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (flavoured, lactose) Stout
  • Taste: Flat caramel-cola malt drink
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13/6pack – 6x341ml., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: hell no!

Visual: Pours dark cola brown, very flat-looking, no head, no lacing, a few micro N2 streams.

Nose: malted mocha, coffee-chocolate-cream (4/10-pungency)

Attack: super-beer-gone-flat mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: super light tingly/then burpy, (MAIN) malt, cola, caramel

Finish: cola, mild roast sweet malt finish.

Summary: I had this on tap at the brewery and it was 100x better. I’m actually offended. This seems way under-nitrogenated to the point where it has barely any effect. There’s no satisfying creaminess, but rather a disappointing yesterday’s beer mouthfeel. The only redeeming factor is the flavour, which is decent. Avoid this one, and try the naturally CO2’d Ugly Sweater Milk Stout (C+) instead.