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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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12-09-2013 05:46:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

11-29-2012 23:32:40 | More by imperialking
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

12-11-2013 03:21:25 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of ZAP


3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:43:48 | More by ZAP
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4.25/5  rDev +45.5%

09-18-2013 21:02:41 | More by Durge
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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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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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3/5  rDev +2.7%

09-30-2013 05:38:29 | More by egrace84
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4/5  rDev +37%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 06:25:51 | More by MattyG85
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

01-01-2014 05:48:29 | More by richkrull
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-14-2013 15:54:50 | More by GABrew
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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

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +37%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

10-22-2013 03:39:16 | More by bismarksays
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

10-11-2013 21:15:03 | More by Eric908
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2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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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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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-18-2013 01:36:33 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

11-20-2013 15:59:32 | More by brycevolk
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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
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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%

10-27-2013 01:29:53 | More by sparx1100
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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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