18 Dec

Vanilla Porter | 24 Days of Beer: Day 18

Day 18 - Vanilla Porter - Mill Street

With a huge vanilla foam head, this porter is oh-so inviting!


Brewery: Mill Street
Style: Porter
ABV: 5%        IBU: N/A

Vanilla Porter pours a dark brown with a very large, tan head. I forgot about the nitrogen component of this beer and exploded it a bit… or a lot, all over the desk. Luckily I missed my lovely mechanical keyboard (beer has been the bane of many a keyboard in this household) and salvaged most of the beer. The head of foam dissipates slowly to about a half inch which remains throughout drinking and leaves a faint tracing of lacing. This porter is dominated by strong vanilla aromas with great malt character, like an old-fashioned milkshake. Toffee and chocolate notes add a great complexity with coffee and roasted barley hints and a touch of candied fruits.

The flavour of Mill Street Vanilla Porter begins with a subdued roasted malt character with traces of biscuit before growing into a strong wave of vanilla with hints of toffee and cappuccino. Eventually it fades to a subtle sweetness with caramel and semi-sweet chocolate malts before finishing up with lingering vanilla, biscuit, and coffee notes. The rich, sweet flavour of this porter is well complimented by the smooth mouthfeel and creamy body compliments of the nitrogen-infused bubbles.

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14 Jun

Craft Beer Passport: First Pint

craft beer passport - snakes and lagers

Despite working from home  – and being somewhat of a shut-in because of it – having a broken ankle right as the weather is finally getting nice in Toronto is making me very stir-crazy. And having a so-far unused Craft Beer Passport taunting me from my wallet is not helping matters one bit.

And so, with cane in hand, we headed out last Saturday evening for a cold pint or two and some board games at Toronto’s newest – and most fun – beer patio located behind board game bar Snakes & Lagers. Featuring custom picnic tables and a more limited game selection, the patio offers Torontonians the opportunity to drink some fantastic beer while playing a board game without worrying about losing pieces. 

As only my second trip to the bar I was unsure whether we would be able to get in – our group had suddenly grown to 9 people and I had heard tales of extensive lines waiting for space to open up. Luckily the patio was mostly empty when we arrived and we managed to pull a couple of tables together for a few great games of Jenga while we talked and enjoyed the summer evening. The service was quite good this time without the slow decline we experienced the first time we were there. All of our drinks were brought out pretty quickly and I don’t think my glass stayed empty for more than a few minutes before I had another beverage to enjoy!

For those not familiar with the passport, the concept is pretty straightforward: For $20 you can buy a passport online or at select bars. With the passport in hand, you go to each of the 20 bars listed inside and ask what they are serving for passport holders – this may differ from place to place but Snakes & Lagers was offering anything on the menu. When they bring you your beer, you give them $2 and they will stamp or sign your passport. Simple, cheap, delicious! You have until the end of November to hit up each bar and the fantastic price of $3/beer total makes this a great way to introduce people to the fabulous craft beer scene in Toronto.

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