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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