Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout - Millstream Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZAP:
3.18/5 rDev +8.9%
First impression....very "vegetal"...both on the aroma and the taste....some mild cocoa...body is creamy but never threatens "imperial" territory....maybe this is how a true pumpkin beer tastes? I do not know...most are heavily spiced and this one is not.
Nothing real "off" or anything....just different...there is no writeup on their website which is very disappointing...if you are going to bottle it at least give us the low down on what it is...no description on the bottle either...not horrible but I won't buy again....sounded like it had promise but overall only slightly average at best...
10-08-2012 00:43:48 | More by ZAP
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2.83/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-25-2012 03:27:18 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev +37%
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.
10-26-2012 06:25:51 | More by MattyG85
2.28/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
09-08-2012 01:14:12 | More by yamar68
3.38/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
10-17-2012 01:43:23 | More by TheQuietMan22
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
2.28/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
10-03-2012 04:05:18 | More by JackieTH
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
2.5/5 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
Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.