Now available in cans! How. Awesome. Is. That?! Very awesome, rest assured. Well, after that intro, what's the point of a review? I'm not sure... but let's do one anyway!
As stated above, you can now pick this up in 440mL cans at the LCBO for $2.90/can.
It pours a very dark brown with a mahogany tinge and two fingers of thick and creamy tan-coloured head.
The aroma is very strong vanilla with some light roasted malts and coffee notes. Probably one of the strongest vanilla smells I've ever experienced in a beer.
Vanilla carries over well into the flavor, although not as strong as it comes across in the aroma, I actually got a very light note of chocolate and some (the boys are going to love this...) breadiness. The malts are very subtle.
The mouthfeel is creamy but light-bodied with little coating.
Overall, this is a very straightforward beer with no complexity to speak of. It's all vanilla. I have a hard time really calling it a porter, it's missing the typical smokey/roasted malts and is definitely more creamy and less full-bodied than your standard porter. That being said, it's still quite delicious and I'm glad I picked up several cans when I did. It's a great dessert beer and something I'll keep coming back to.
Score? While it's not necessarily true to the porter style in some key aspects, I still really enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone getting into craft beer. That being said, 3.5/5.
Thanks for reading!