Odyssey Nitro Porter – Phillips Brewing Company


From Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria BC comes their “Odyssey Nitro Porter” a canned beer with a widget. When you open the can there is quite the hiss from the Nitrogen being released. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a creamy milk chocolate brown.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee and caramel. This could possibly be the most creamy canned nitro beer I have had.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I find many nitro beers have a muted flavour although this one has quite a bit of flavour and I quite enjoyed it. 

Commercial Description:  Odyssey is infused with nitrogen gas, creating cascading clouds of tiny bubbles that give way to thick dense foam.  Warm roast flavours with accents of nuts and dark chocolate.

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Vanilla Porter – Mill Street Brewery


From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “Vanilla Porter” a Nitro Porter in a can.  The beer pours a deep brown with a creamy tan head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, chocolate and sweet.  The flavour is of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, toffee and a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 29.  Being a person that finds vanilla to sweet I was a bit worried about this beer.  Luckily for me with it being a nitro beer the vanilla was a bit subdued and the flavour was quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  Mill Street Vanilla Porter has been a cult favourite in our brewpubs every winter for the past four years. brewed with Washington state nugget hops, our house ale yeast culture & pure natural vanilla extract, vanilla porter is nitrogen-charged to pour a Thick, tight head with a creamy texture & body. Our vanilla extract is cold pressed from vanilla orchid bean pods giving it over 250 individual flavour notes (conventional hot extraction yields 50) resulting in a captivating depth of flavour and breadth of character.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Dark Bitter Sweet Chocolate, Blue Cheese, White Chocolate Desserts.

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