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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial StoutMillstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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)
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1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

11-06-2012 23:12:00 | More by SaxmanRick
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2.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gift from Rob T. -- thanks bro.

A: poured a near opaque, jet black, full dark tan head that dissipated
S: weird, cherry, chocolate, where's the pumpkin?
T: just as weird, chalky, overly sweet, cherry, chocolate,
M: cloying
O: very disappointing, not even close to what's advertised, chocolate covered cherries in a beer

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:49:30 | More by wisrarebeer
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

10-09-2012 04:21:18 | More by SalukiAlum
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

04-18-2014 04:28:00 | More by Beerlover
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

11-29-2012 23:32:40 | More by imperialking
Photo of yamar68


2.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 01:14:12 | More by yamar68
Photo of JackieTH


2.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 04:05:18 | More by JackieTH
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

10-22-2013 03:39:16 | More by bismarksays
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

10-27-2013 01:29:53 | More by sparx1100
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 03:07:42 | More by Pintofbrown
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2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:37:57 | More by beagle75
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2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle on a Labor Day weekend trip through Iowa and Illinois - late August Pumpkin beer? Curious about this... Poured to a pint glass on a cool, overcast early October day, back home in Portland, OR.

Label: "Stout Brewed With Artificial Flavor" :-

A: Very dark - a rich chocolate brown with a 1/2 finger of mocha head. Gold hold, very dense and clingy.

S: Vanilla (candle) scent hits upfront then a sweet cocoa, that I can only liken to Hershey's syrup. Cocoa butter, too... a bit like tanning lotion... very odd, nothing at all 'pumpkin' as far as I'm concerned. 'Artificial'? Indeed, it is.

T: A head-scratching lack of what I consider to be the staples of 'pumpkin' beers (at least the fake, tasting/smelling ones). Lots of fudgy cocoa, more of that syrupy/sugary molasses-based sweetness. There are hints of vanilla and some cinnamon... spice is able to cover a roasted dark malt and caramel only so much.

M: Mellow and creamy feel, more candy and chocolate and a bit waxy. Bitterness grows in the finish and provides a fairer balance.

O: NOT a 'pumpkin' beer like I'd expected; it's a decidedly sweeter/'dessert' beer - one that has a place... maybe. If you like a cocoa-forward stout then this may be your thing. It's frustrating to see an orange label and a prominently displayed pumpkin, but to feel cheated out of any real pumpkin flavors or spices, even if they're of the 'pie' variety...which I generally like. I didn't pour it out, but wouldn't buy again either.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:06:23 | More by msubulldog25
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-14-2013 15:54:50 | More by GABrew
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-09-2013 05:46:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:27:18 | More by bsp77
Photo of dtmets84

New York

2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 23:12:38 | More by dtmets84
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2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:29:39 | More by FosterJM
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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