1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial StoutMillstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

42 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yamar68 on 09-08-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

Durge, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +39.4%
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 cofeeguru
4/5  rDev +39.4%

cofeeguru, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Hopstout, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of livingtodie
4/5  rDev +39.4%

livingtodie, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

brycevolk, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Palsie
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Palsie, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of BeerNutz324
3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- looks pretty nice...tan head about 1/2 inch with fair retention. Dark dark brown in color and not see through at all.

Ar- first I smell some pumpkin rind, some grassy notes, earthy, some roasted malt.

T- some dark fruit up front, followed by pumpkin, a bit of spice and some slight chocolate flavors and some roasty malts

M- a tad bit thin for a stout but just a tad. Creamy with good carbonation for a stout.

O- pretty good pumpkin beer, better than a lot I've had. Not the best but a good pumpkin beer nonetheless.

BeerNutz324, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev +22%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of vikinghorn
3.5/5  rDev +22%

vikinghorn, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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 MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

ZAP, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Joey-bags1990
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Joey-bags1990, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
3/5  rDev +4.5%

OregonGrown7, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Eric908, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of josephwa
3/5  rDev +4.5%

josephwa, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev +4.5%

AdmiralOzone, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of egrace84
3/5  rDev +4.5%

egrace84, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

FosterJM, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of dtmets84
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to graniteskunk for this!

Poured into my pumking snifter. Thanks to gskunk again

Appearance:Jet black with a tan head that leaves a very weak lacing

Smell:Smells like toffee and a hint of vanilla... no pumpkin IMO

Taste: The mouthfeel is thin and subdued. more toffee and malt not getting any pumpkin or spices

Drinkability: It is not something I would seek out again

dtmets84, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of bsp77
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
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 GABrew
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

GABrew, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of GringoKid
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

GringoKid, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.