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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
70
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 25.95%
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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Reviews by JackieTH:
Photo of JackieTH
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoyed Millstream's back road stout, so when I saw the imperial pumpkin, being a huge fan of pumpkin beers, why not?

Poured a deep dark brown with a mocha head, it looks quite promising, delicious.

Smell..cherry cordials. And I don't like cherry cordials. It certainly doesn't smell terrible, but it doesn't smell like anything remotely pumpkin. I'm not getting any pumpkin, no nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Uh oh..

Taste..not good. Cherry bubble gum. Some type of chocolate candy bar. Again, cherry cordials come to mind. Not very good ones either. This isn't good. There's nothing remotely pumpkin about this and it's not even a good imperial stout.

Oh well. What to do with the other three bottles.

JackieTH, Oct 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Pintofbrown
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
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 bsp77
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black with moderate tan head that mostly dissipates. Standard Imperial Stout look.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, gingerbread and rum. Sounds good, but something slightly odd about the overall mix.

Taste: The taste is even odder. There are definite Stout qualities, especially chocolate and molasses. There are also definite Pumkin Pie qualities with ginger, cinnamon, whipped cream and nutty pumpkin. However, it really doesn't jell, and the mix is almost medicinal and sickly.

Feel: Creamy and smooth full bodied beer with low carbonation. The finish, like everything else, is just a little off. But the mouthfeel is still a strength.

Overall: Odd. Sounds like it should've great and the list of flavors sounds interesting, but just doesn't quite work.

bsp77, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Spices leap out right away with big hints of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, dark bread, caramel, toffee, and a little coffee. Big scent of brown sugar and some molasses. Some pumpkin is there as well. Quite an interesting aroma. Sweet but not overwhelming.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet stout with a heavy fall spicing. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, coffee, and biscuit. Some syrupy molasses and brown sugar. Big spice presence with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. A fairly light but noticeable taste of pumpkin. Hop presence is faint. Pretty good overall.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and fairly syrupy. Sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This surprisingly was pretty good. Its pretty sweet but the sweetness wasn't overbearing. The spices were an interesting mix with the dark stout.

MattyG85, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

richkrull, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Joey-bags1990
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Joey-bags1990, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of yamar68
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep coffee brown - near black, topped with a short-lived light mocha head that fades out to a collar within a minute. Very precise lacing.

The nose is stuffed with nutmeg, pumpkin flesh, mud, brown sugar, fresh wood, something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Something ain't quite right.

Ironically, the first thing I notice is the aftertaste - dirty vegetables, like taking a bite out of a gourd before it's even harvested. The traditional pumpkin beer traits are muddy and sporadic without any support from the mouthfeel. They must have used something goofy to achieve the pumpkin qualities they were looking for because, again, something is off... especially noticeable in the finish.

I really, really wanted to like this. It sounds like such a tasty concept - an imperial pumpkin stout. I think they missed the mark here though unfortunately.

yamar68, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
3/5  rDev +3.8%

OregonGrown7, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of bismarksays
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

bismarksays, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of injuredreserve
2/5  rDev -30.8%

injuredreserve, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of SalukiAlum
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

SalukiAlum, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of GABrew
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GABrew, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of FeelinSurley
3/5  rDev +3.8%

FeelinSurley, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of cofeeguru
4/5  rDev +38.4%

cofeeguru, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Eric908, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Hookstrat
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

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 TheQuietMan22
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The notch on the side corresponds to the second “J” for July — at least I think that is a notch.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to a lamp. One finger of creamy, tan head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge and a spotted skim of lacing.

Smell: It smells like a very chocolaty Reese’s peanut butter cup — or maybe a Dairy Queen Blizzard with pieces of Reese’s. Lots of chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, molasses, pumpkin (yes, I think it is in there), pumpkin pie, and a hint of booze.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the flavors are subdued compared to the aroma. Chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and pumpkin pie. There is a hint of booze and each sip leaves a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability: It is an experience. It is not something I would drink a lot of but it is something that should be experienced.

TheQuietMan22, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1615th Review on BA
Bottle to Alchemist wine glass
12oz

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.

FosterJM, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

sparx1100, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of beagle75
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beagle75, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of cardinals22
2/5  rDev -30.8%

cardinals22, Oct 16, 2014
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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.