30 Mar

Harry Porter & The Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean Beer Review

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This nondescript bottle holds a delicious secret: a porter packed with vanilla & bourbon

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: American Porter
ABV: 6.5%        IBU: 30

This 2015 version of the very well-received Tank Ten creation was released as part of this year’s Project X series. I have been meaning to try this particular iteration of Harry Porter for sometime but, somehow, I keep on missing it.

Thankfully I worked my first tour and tasting at Great Lakes Brewery on Saturday and noticed they just happened to have several bottles waiting for me in the retail store fridges.

Taking advantage of the opportunity, I also picked up several cans of Apocalypse Later, a bottle of another Project X creation The Last Vestiges of Winter, and a growler of the truly incredible Swamp Juice #9, a mix of IPAs including Karma Citra, Robohop, and Canuck Pale Ale.


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26 Feb

Bounty Hunter Beer Review

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Oddly summery for an imperial porter, Bounty Hunter is as delicious as it is dark

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Strong Porter
ABV: 10.3%        IBU: N/A


“AKA “The Cocopo”: This strong porter received a healthy dose of raw coconut and vanilla during fermentation. The result is a maelstrom of bitter chocolate, dark malt flavours, with a subtle coconut/vanilla underbelly.”




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12 Feb

Harry Porter Beer Review

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Harry Porter in my frosted Pisces glass

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: Porter
ABV: 6.5%      IBU: 18

 Stemming from our Project X line, Tank Ten is a tickle trunk of tasty treats. This series is payback to our hard working brewers. We’ve reserved fermenting tank number ten for them and have given them the green light to brew whatever the heck they want. Bottoms up!

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12 Jan

Anchor Porter Beer Review

Anchor PorterAfter a much needed break following the holidays, I am back to exploring the wide world of North American craft beer. I am also working on some upgrades to the website and a redesign to make it a little cleaner and easier to use. In the coming weeks I will continue to bring you reviews of delicious beers from around the province, country, and world but we will also explore more of the fantastic food this city has to offer.

In the meantime, my posting schedule will be somewhat different. Mondays will bring you a beer or bar review from the previous weekend while Thursdays will sometimes also bring recent news from the craft beer world including new beer releases, brewery openings, and coverage of the ongoing dispute about the private beer monopoly in Ontario.

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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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