Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout - Millstream Brewing Company
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2.5/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
11-29-2013 03:07:42 | More by Pintofbrown
2.53/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small chalice.
A: Opaque, dark brown color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.
S: Graham cracker dominates the smell, seriously toasty, with some rather solvent-like vanilla also present. The impression of sweetness, combined with the vanilla, gives an impression of frosted yellow cake.
T: Begins very off-dry, with earthy cooked squash and coffee-influenced roast. Bitterness develops early, seemingly tied to the dark roast as well as the early hops additions. Acidity is high into the middle where pie spice flavors develop against the surging bitterness. The finish is remarkably earthy and green-herbaceous, with bitterness taking a surprisingly early dive to reveal some gentle brown sugar-remnants related to the malt bill.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: While it is somewhat better in the final tally than some of its component parts, this beer is far from an ideal pumpkin stout. The most enjoyable part of the flavor profile is the finish where the different qualities finally begin to cooperate. It is likely that the score for taste would be even lower, were it not for the honesty of the finish.
10-01-2013 01:37:57 | More by beagle75
2.98/5 rDev +2.1%
1615th Review on BA
Bottle to Alchemist wine glass
Thanks to Jodan for the IA state tick!!!
App- This poured out a bit of a mixed brown color with some yellow highlights around the edges and even the sides. The center was a bit dense and had a deep color behind it. The head was a quick receding head with only a couple dots of cling.
Smell- It was just off to me. Overly sweet like it was a pumpkin liquid they poured in the fermenters and just ran with it. The stout aspect was there with a bit of a mild malt flavor and maybe some roast behind it.
Taste- It was okay. A lot of the beers flavors comes from what I would call a false flavoring and has a bit of pumpkin, some nutmeg and a little chocolate. Just a bit too sweet and off flavored.
Mouth- A way to thin body with a light medium carbonation. A bit like vanilla extract on the residual flavoring being a touch sweet.
Drink- It was just okay. A ticker is ticking states and this was IA. So at least its done.
11-13-2012 17:29:39 | More by FosterJM
Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.