Tankhouse Ale – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Tankhouse Ale – Mill St. Brewery, 5.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

-Mill St. Seasonal Sampler 6-pack recap:

-Apparently Mill Street Brewery was bought out by Anheuser-Busch InBev back in late 2015. Perhaps that’s why their beers taste kind of “watered down”. In any case, I’m glad I rated these beers before I acquired this fact.


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Tankhouse Ale is a deliciously complex and spicy ale. We use a staggering amount of hops and five different malts to produce a rich, fiery pale ale, copper-red in colour, and truly satisfying in flavour.”

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  • Style: APA / American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toasted toffee malt thin body dry grassy hop prickly vanilla hints
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours reddish brown with no significant head, super thin hazy retention, singular micro streams all over.

Nose: brown sugar booze-laced toffee malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thin entry

Mid-palate: toasted malt backbone, (lvl-4-sweetness), half-creamy, dry grassy hops, tongue prickly

Finish: hints of vanilla, thin body residual barley malt finish.

Summary: Decent drinkability with okay complexity of malt, hops, and a touch of spice. It’s a bit thin in mouthfeel though.

Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery, 4.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Original Organic Lager is a pure, refreshing European style beer. Batch-crafted from the finest organic ingredients, it takes 2 to 3 times longer to brew than ordinary beer. Light and crisp, it is cold-aged for 5 smooth weeks, creating a creamy, soft palate with a distinctively clean finish.”

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  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: Basic liquid barley malt background CO2 hints of grainy corn
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours orange-yellow with a quickly dissipating soda bubble head, several steady active streams, micro dark sediment remaining in the bottle.

Nose: very very faint barley, some plastic. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp, watery body

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), liquid barley malt, a touch of grainy corn, background CO2

Finish: subtle burpy,

Summary: Another ‘too basic’ lager from Mill St. Just chug it and forget it. FWIW organic or not it doesn’t make a difference in this case.

Stock Ale – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Stock Ale (golden ale) – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Stock Ale is a golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. The malt’s natural sweetness is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops.”

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  • Style: (golden ale) Blond Ale
  • Taste: Boring one note sweet liquid barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t waste your time

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours clear golden without much head, half ringed retention, slow steady singular streams.

Nose: liquid sweet barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, subtle CO2 fizzy

Mid-palate: barley grain (lvl-4-sweetness), corn, liquid barley malt

Finish: trace tanginess, basic flat barley malt sweet finish.

Summary: Is there a slight citrusy component or am I imagining things? Likely the latter, this one is extremely BORING. Barely any body and very one note. DWYT = Don’t Waste Your Time, use it for cooking.

Lemon Tea Beer – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Lemon Tea Beer – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV, 473ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the can:

A remarkable wheat beer infused with a blend of orange pekoe and earl grey teas. It pours a light amber colour and will charm you with its sublime tea flavour and subtle lemon twist. A truly Canadian take on one of Europe’s newest beer styles.

Ingredients: Water, malted wheat, malted barley, lemon puree, organic cane sugar, orange pekoe tea, earl grey tea, hops.

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  • Style: (flavoured – orange pekoe, earl grey, lemon) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Sweet lemon black tea earl grey mild wheat roughness
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a good first tea beer to try

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a small 1mm head, fast and slow bubbles here and there.

Nose: faint earl grey, barley malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background subdued sourness

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), black tea, bergamot oil, lemonwheat malt, tangy

Finish: soft wheat malt roughness, partially thin, cane sugar barley malt sweetness.

Summary: Tea and beer, a perfect match for me! This is my first tea infused beer and I’m quite liking the style. Although this particular tea beer doesn’t have extraordinary depth or length, the transitions are smooth and it has decent complexity.

Ambre de la Chaudière – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Ambre de la Chaudière (Bière de Garde) – Mill St. Brewery, 7% ABV, 355ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back label:

“This is a northern French style of farmhouse ale traditionally made in the winter months and then laid-down in the cellar (thus the ‘Bière de Garde’ appellation) for drinking throughout the year. Ours is a traditional amber beauty presented unfiltered with the yeast still in it to add to the slightly fruity/spicy aroma and creaminess of palate. Named after the famous falls beside our Ottawa brewery, this beer pays homage to a time gone by when honest craftsmanship and simplicity were truly valued.”

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  • Style: Bière de Garde
  • Taste: Clean smooth honey toffee barley malt hints of oaked chamomile
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, not particularly memorable

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours clear copper brown with no significant head, super thin ringed retention, some steady singular streams.

Nose: softly sweet malted barley, light oak (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-malty, smooth soft CO2 entry

Mid-palate: honeyed (lvl-5-)-sweetness, medium thick toffee barley malt, brown sugar, woody, chamomile floralness

Finish: clean toasted sweet barley malt.

Summary: Good transitions and all around clean flavours, although somewhat too straightforward. It could use a bit more complexity and palate textures. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Walker’s Blueberry Wheat – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Walker’s Blueberry Wheat – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV, 355ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back label:

“Walker’s Blueberry Wheat is made with a blend of wheat and barley malts with an infusion of pureed blueberries added during secondary fermentation. The result is a fresh, bright berry-coloured beer with a nice balance of malt sweetness and fruit acidity. Some of the blueberries come to us direct from a Mill St. family member’s farm.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, malted wheat, blueberry puree, hops.

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  • Style: (flavoured – blueberry) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Weak thin crisp light sweet plain wheat/barley malt faint blueberry
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: NO

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours translucent reddish-purple with suspended sediment, almost barely any head, thin ringed retention, a few small bubbles of activity.

Nose: faint sour, grainy wheat malt, mild fruitiness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thin body entry

Mid-palate: tangy, faint sour, hints of puke, wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), faint blueberry

Finish: weak body, a touch of palate roughness.

Summary: Barely any blueberry flavour nor prominent barley/wheat malt character. A mindless summer thirst quencher or meal beer, no depth at all.

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.

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.