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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
68
poor

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 27.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yamar68 on 09-08-2012)
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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got the Great Pumpkin in a snifter.

Black body with just the slightest cola highlights. The ecru head recedes from a finger's width to a thin ring.

Incredibly cloying, this nose is a dead ringer for the imitation bing cherry nougat you find in some candies. A little bit of almond extract too. Whoa, I can't sniff that anymore, so sickly sweet.

More of that imitation almond flavor on the palate. Some syrupy fudge flavor swirls in as well. A mineral water and earthiness is added in the finish. That incredibly cloying nose carries over to the palate as well, but thankfully it is not as strong as on the nose.

Watery feel and a little sticky. That mineral-y, cloying finish lasts far too long.

Everything about this beer tastes imitation or artificial. Forget about Pumpkin. Where? What is this? It is closer to some kind of cherry - almond ice cream, and the kind you would buy in the big bucket from the bottom rack of the freezer section.

Pintofbrown, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of spacecake9
1/5  rDev -65%

Poured into a Pumking Goblet....

A - Pours black with a giant carbonated head, very much like a cola.
S - Sharp, bitter and slightly sour aroma.
T - Metallic, bitter, artificial flavor on the front end with coffee at the back end.
M - Highly carbonated, cola mouth feel.
O - Glad this is being retired. This is a highly carbonated stout with artificial flavors. That does not sound like a good combination. This beer is not for me.

spacecake9, Tuesday at 09:27 PM
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3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

derkfromwi, Monday at 06:12 PM
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2/5  rDev -30.1%

cardinals22, Oct 16, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev +3.5%

JakeBarnett, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

IowaBiertrinker, Oct 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.9%

FeelinSurley, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +39.9%

From a 12 oz bottle into a Mason jar flashed a foam over even with a slow tilted pour, aside from that everything looked great. The aroma was leaning toward real pumpkin flesh with some roasted notes peeking through..a fake sweetness is present in the aroma which leads the taste following...IF YOU LET IT...I'm sorry but I've read enough bashing about any Pumpkin beer...here's what I got from this brew, fresh pumpkin taste wrapped around a solid Imperial Stout...for a Fall beer in the spirit of the season this is a nice offering that tasted great, good price and is close enough to be fresh...looking forward to whatever MILLSTREAM releases next!

Bear1964, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +39.9%

2Cents, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Go4aBrew
3.76/5  rDev +31.5%

Go4aBrew, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Hookstrat
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

A: Dark with brown/amber hues. Big fluffy head. Rather nice looking beer actually except the effervescence is out of place. 3

S: Took me a while to figure it out, but it smells like homemade caramel apple dip (including the green apples). If you're not familiar, that's caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese...Also reminiscent of a pumpkin chai latte, except there's a strong green or floral perfume element that carries through. 3

M: Overcarbonated, which is odd to me because reviews from last year said the same thing! I think it's bottle conditioned, but still. Figure it out Millstream! It's actually a bit thin for an imperial stout though, so maybe they're trying to make up for that with carbonation? 2.5

T: Spiced pumpkin brown ale. Not sure why I expected different, but the flavors just do not quite work. The major detractors are the odd floral perfume from the aroma, plus a harshness that I think is coming from roasted malt. It's possible that some aging would help tone down the spices. but the bitterness is a flaw in the brewing process. My guess is that it tasted more or less how the wanted when they bottled, but it dried out in the bottle leaving an overcarbonated and unbalanced beer. 2

D: The flavors are quite shocking at first, although I did find it drinkable after my palate "adjusted". I would never ever love this type beer, but I expect a lot more from Millstream. It's technically flawed, more like a Menial Pumpkin. 2

Hookstrat, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of FitgerFanatic
3/5  rDev +4.9%

FitgerFanatic, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of RexInMinn
1/5  rDev -65%

You may have heard of the word "bilious." It means the feeling of nausea you get when you consume something disagreeable. The old beer advertisements once advertised that their beer fought "biliousness" (Schlitz, in particular). Well, here is the first beer ever in the whole wide world that, instead of relieving biliousness, actually caused it!! This beer is not only sickeningly sweet with barely a hint of pumpkin (there's nothing remotely resembling anything that came from a pumpkin in this beer, not even the stalk...), it is hyper-carbonated to the point that within 10 minutes of taking my first of roughly five sips of this beer (I really could barely believe my own tongue), I got a belly ache which persisted 30 minutes past the time I took my fifth sip of this insipid brew. Avoid it all costs, no matter how cheap you might find it at the liquor store...and it IS cheap. Let me give you one concrete example. Upon first careful pour, the beer, poured into a standard pint nonic, over-foamed the way a glass of warm Coke would do. Fully 45 minutes later it still had a 1/4" layer of foam over the top of it...and believe me, I wash and rinse my glasses with great care, so this had nothing to do with soap or detergent or any kind of residue of any kind, aside from what was present in this "beer." NO BEER I have ever seen poured into a glass held its carbonation that long to such a degree, and believe me, that is NOT a positive! This beer, aside from making me physically ill, is a tribute to only one thing: how a modern brewery can make a product so bad and fool people into buying it by appealing to their cost-savings gene. It is the height of an industro-brew which is to say there is nothing handcrafted or even palatable about it. I cannot forgive Millstream for even bothering to put this offensive product on the market.

RexInMinn, Oct 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -65%

Worst beer i think i'v ever had stay away far far away

ChiT0wn1924, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.9%

AdmiralOzone, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +39.9%

livingtodie, Jun 26, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

richkrull, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.9%

Joey-bags1990, Dec 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Gonzoillini, Dec 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

brycevolk, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

sparx1100, Oct 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.