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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street - Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Nightmare On Mill StreetMill Street Nightmare On Mill Street

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BA SCORE
82
good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%


Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 10-09-2009)
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pieman25

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from their autumn seasonal six-pack, with three 12 oz. bottles of nightmare, and three others of an octoberfest. Both were darn enjoyable beers I'd say.

Appearance - a nice deeper golden/orange colour, with about two fingers of foamy white head, the head dissipated quickly, but it still looked pretty darn good.

Smell - some vanilla, and assorted pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and oddly enough I got some hot cocoa notes in it. Strange for a beer in this style, but there it was, and I liked it.

Taste - starts off with some maltiness, but goes right into the pumpkin pie spices and that hot cocoa flavour again. I liked it, but I couldn't find any hint of vanilla, that was mentioned on the label, no big deal though - it was still fairly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - The body was relatively light, pumpkin beers seem to be on the light side in my experience - given that pumpkin is used as an adjunct, maybe it contributes a high amount of fermentable sugars? I'm not too sure. That said, it also had a decently pleasant level of carbonation, well balanced.

Overall - I'd say it's a damn good beer for a number of people - if you know a white girl with an affinity for yoga pants she might just like the fact that it tastes like pumpkin pie, if you know a guy who wants to get into craft beer but doesn't want anything too bitter this might be ideal, it's also quite sessionable but not so light on flavour as to be boring. I'd say it's good for what it is - Fancy enough for those that want something different, but approachable enough for those that may not want to stray too far, this beer has found its niche.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:21:57 | More by pieman25
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have to say that a mixed 6 pack of Octoberfest and Pumpkin Beer is a great way to start off October. The Pumpkin is on the money as it matches up the spice and pumpkin notes with a solid wheat beer. The balance is the key to this brew as I never felt too many spices or too much sweetness at any time. Among the better pumpkin beers available in BC.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:23:27 | More by canucklehead
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, courtesy of their Fall sampler pack. A pumpkin ale brewed with wheat, huh? I think that's a first for me - and while I often find Mill Street seasonals to be a little hit-or-miss, this is around the time of year that I start getting a real itch for pumpkin beers, so I'm not about to turn down a new one. Served only slightly chilled (I let it sit for 15-20 minutes after taking it out of the fridge).

Pours a deep, translucent amber-orange colour, topped with a half-finger of dense, smooth, creamy, off-white coloured head. It hangs around for the better part of five minutes, before finally giving up the ghost and wilting into a frothy collar and thin film at the surface. The aroma tells me most of what I need to know - this brew's focus is the spice, not the squash. Cinnamon, nutmeg and chai tea are quite prominent, with a strong underlying gingerbread vibe. Just a hint of vanilla and brown sugar also manages to sneak its way through the flurry of spice. Fairly typical of the style - though I'd like a bit more pumpkin or at least malt on the nose.

The first sip was a little disappointing; this isn't a particularly flavourful example of the style. Sure, there is enough spice character - vanilla is very noticeable, in addition to the usual cavalcade of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) - but the rest of the flavour profile falls a little flat. After the spices fall through, I am left with a mixture of pumpkin puree, gingerbread and light wheat malt sweetness. There's an odd sourness toward the finish, but the aftertaste is fairly mild, with only a slight vanilla presence that doesn't linger. On the thinner side of medium-bodied, with light carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Despite its light nature, this isn't terribly drinkable - the spices, while I wouldn't describe them as overpowering or perfume-y, are still the dominant feature, and this beer simply lacks the malt presence to appropriately counter them.

Final Grade: 3.48, a passable B-. Not a bad pumpkin ale, but far from an interesting example of the style; Nightmare on Mill Street just isn't a very memorable brew. This one's saving grace is probably the vanilla, which makes a great addition to the usual rotation of spices found in these ales. I finished off the three bottles in this sampler easily, so it's not like this beer is totally without merit - but there's just not enough substance here for this to be something I'd look forward to each fall. Give me more malt! A serviceable pumpkin ale that could become a solid one with some refinement; give it a shot if you're looking for a lighter example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:23:23 | More by thehyperduck
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(LET THIS WARM UP A BIT, makes a big difference) Right on the pour the pumpkin aroma hits you. Produces a small sticky tannish head, colour is a deep garnet, ruby brown, with smooth even carbonation. Lacing is pretty good, film dissapates. 3.75

S – something like cooked pumpkins with some vanilla and aniseed maybe. Can see the pumpkin pie influence as theres a lot of spices in there, nutmeg, cinnamon probably. Hard to pick up a malt or hop profile, all blended in. 3.75

T – a light start with some dark citrus and biscuit before it goes deeper with a pumpkin attack, lot of the spice flavours in and around, ginger, nutmeg is prominent, vanilla, dark chocolate even and chai, a sort of oily grassiness as well, with a solid pumpkin profile and fairly light bitterness. Some of the creaminess from the wheat works well to even out some of the more intense flavours but they are very much front and centre. It seems more muddled than anything really, draws to a spicy dry finish with a bit of harsh acidity. 3.75

M – creamy wheat body with a somewhat caustic pumpkin character, moderate carbonation, finish is dry and drawn out with lots of spice. Moderate bodied, I would say that there isn’t enough body to balance out the intensity of the pumpkin and spices. 3.5

Overall I found this an interesting experience, as it still had some solid beer characteristics and a lot of flavour to it. I want to try more pumpkin beers that really get me excited about this style, but I think maybe the spices were allowed to dominate the beer here. It is a really flavourful interpretation, and captured some really solid qualities and maybe with some light tweaking could improve a bit. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:27:00 | More by mick303
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TwilightTavern

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

The beer poured a very clear dark brownish orange with an inch thick tan head. The head died down to a half an inch or so but retained completely until the end of the session. A little bit of lacing was apparent.

The initial hard hitting cinnamon smell was impossible to miss. Fortunately the pumpkin smell was not over powering what-so-ever. It is very easy to have a few in a single night; it's great because I haven't been able to find this beer in individual bottles. Other smells that come to mind are chili and caramel toffee.

The taste from roasted malts were immediately present along with spicy hops and cinnamon flavours, and (you guessed it), pumpkin and spices. More sweet and malty, and spicy characters than pumpkin, however.

The beer sat well on the palate. The alcohol percentage sits at a standard 5%, with only a bitter spiciness left over that's not overpowering either. The body felt medium to full.

Nightmare on Mill Street is a stylish pumpkin ale refreshing for its style. A modest beer that doesn't play on the novelty of the pumpkin part of this stylish ale and alternatively, proves that a beer of can show off other robust flavours and components of this classic seasonal style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:10:15 | More by TwilightTavern
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Second half of the mill st fall sampler. Served from a 355ml bottle into a guinness pint glass.

A- A foggy dark amber with minimal head and not much lace. Some streams of bubbles.

S- Strong wiffs of cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of sweetness. The aroma is a mix of pumpkin pie and freshly baked banana bread.

T- The spices aren't as noticeable in the palate as they are in the nose. More pumpkin and a light dusting of hops. Hint of vanilla. Slight grassiness with a somewhat astringent and metallic feel.

M- Medium bodied with almost over carbonated IMO.

D- Drinkability is ok but not quite what im looking for in a pumpkin ale.

Overall nothing to special here. Im going to try a bottle at a warmer temperature to see if this sways my final review.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:01:09 | More by drinkininthewood
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If the orange colour didn't tip you off, pumpkins are super high in vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, and so I assume are pumpkin ales which therefore makes them healthy. True or not, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. One thing's for sure: they look good. This one may not have any head, but it does sport pristine clarity and a Jack-O-Lantern flicker against the light.

The bouquet blends earthiness, spiciness and just a touch of roast like a pumpkin chai. Grainy, malty notes amalgamate with tea-like qualities and bits of ginger and cinnamon. The spiciness fades a bit, however, with hints of cocoa nib and vanilla bean peeking through. Buttery toffee, too. It's a truly wonderful smelling bouquet with a nice balance, I just wish it were a bit more aromatic.

The beer doesn't have an overpowering pumpkin flavour, which is just as well because I wouldn't care to drink one that did. Instead, it's the spices that one would normally taste in pumpkin pie - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg - as well as a brown sugar-like maltiness that tastes a little bit like pie crust. (The beer is actually based on the brewmaster's wife's pumpkin pie recipe.) It finds a balance between 'dessert' and 'baked vegetable side'.

The spiciness is better sensed on some sips than others, but its cinnamon-like quality is consistent (as opposed to perfume-y clove, scorching peppercorns or zesty ginger). There's also traces of creamy vanilla. For a pumpkin ale it has a somewhat rich caramel thickness. The fleshy, squash-like notes become more pronounced in the finish and, in the end, there is a pretty solid impression of pumpkin.

Nightmare on Mill Street actually drinks like a dream of a pumpkin ale - it has a satisfying maltiness, chai-like spiciness, and strikes an ideal balance between the two. There's even a bit of pumpkin candy sweetness. Ladle it over some vanilla ice cream and make the complete autumn treat. Here's hoping this haunts the brewpub and liquor store shelves for many Halloweens to come!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 05:41:52 | More by biegaman
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, served in tulip

A - Red-Orange with thin, quickly dissipating head. Some streams of carbonation.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon

T - A little bread, pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Off-puting astringent aftertaste.

M - Good body, but could use a little more carbonation

O - Not bad. Probably wouldn't have again. Waiting for Howe Sound to come in stock. Typical Mill Street - good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:33:28 | More by Beelzebeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, my thanks to the Edmonton rep for the sample bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with one finger of thinly creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a low berm of ebbing lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of somewhat sugary, vegetal pumpkin, metallic cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla pods simmering in cream, and mild gingerbread-esque malt. The taste is creamy, somewhat alcoholic (sans the heat) vanilla, nutmeg and edgy cinnamon spice, soft notes of mushy pumpkin flesh, some sturdy multigrained, bready malt, and very subtle earthy hops.

The bubbles are a tad peppy at first, but quickly settle to a mostly dull hum, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin meat-striped malt doing well to fend off the increasingly flinty spices.

An interesting pumpkin ale, as far as the vanilla component is concerned, though its interaction with the spices and hops comes off a bit skewed - that metallic edge would limit me sooner rather than later with this one. Good to try, however, if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 04:38:45 | More by biboergosum
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/copper in colour. Pours a thin head that dissapears with none to low lacing on the glasse.

S: Low pumpkin smell with a nice balance of sweetness and spicy notes. Nutmeg and cinnamon are present

T: Pumpking and spices are well balanced with a low vanilla flavour. Some biscuit flavours with caramel.

M: med body, creamy and good carbonation.

O: One of my favorite pumpkin ales. This is a wheat beer which makes it very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 15:09:47 | More by Kremlock
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip glass.

A - Medium orange/brown colour; translucent. A small layer of cream coloured head formed and receded to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, all spice and bready malts.

T - Pumpkin, cloves and all spice dominate with some bready malts and a touch of cinnamon in the background.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 15:25:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler. Bought 2 6pks of the Mill Street Harvest sampler. This is my last bottle of Nightmare.

A- Dark copper pour with a touch of brown in it. Thin cap of a off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Pumpkin forward, brown sugar, cinnamon and some nutmeg. Sweet malts resembling pie crust.

T- Quite spice forward, pumpkin coming in a close second. Very flavorful and balanced.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:24:34 | More by korguy123
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, all spice, pumpkin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and pumpkin. There is also some all-spice, clove, and a hint of chocolate. It ends with a slightly sweet yet spicy aftertaste.

Overall - One of the better pumpkin beers that I've had. It had a great appearance and and a well balanced taste that kept it interesting. Mill street beers can be hit or miss, this one is a hit for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 16:10:16 | More by spinrsx
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mill St.Brewery's "Nightmare on Mill St." Pumpkin Ale @ 5.0% , from the Autumn Harvest 6pack 355 ml bottle
A-pours a dark orange/ golden brown with a small off white head leaving minimal lace ring on the pint glass
S-pumpkin pie , wheat
T-pumpkin flavor wheat , with a creaminess of pure vanilla
MF-mild carbonation , medium body , after a couple a really dry finish
Ov-glad I tried it , not a great Pumpkin Ale , perhaps worth a go if your curious

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 07:03:15 | More by LampertLand
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other treat in the autumn mixer.

A - Pours a nice amber colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is heavily spiced with nutmeg and sweet pumpkin dominating alongside a buttery bread malt nose.

T - I was a bit concerned that the spices would dominate, but they remained contained offering up a nice balance between pumpkin and nutmeg and vanilla ice cream. A sweet sugary graham flavour lingers alongside the buttery malts.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet with a sticky finish.

O - I really enjoyed this pumpkin ale. There's a unique creamy vanilla flavour that comes across on the finish. Although the spicing came across strong on the nose, it was nicely balanced and easily sessioned. A quality brew indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:58:57 | More by andrenaline
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, warm ruby-amber colour with a moderate light beige head that leaves spotty lacing and gets retained as a thin collar.

Smells of grain, sweet malts, pumpkin and spices such as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. A bitter chocolate-coffee aroma becomes apparent after warming.

Spices are at the forefront of the taste and create a crisp bite, with a sweet pumpkin flavour behind that and an earthy and grainy backing. The vanilla comes through on the tongue and coupled with the spice blend reminds me somewhat of Dr. Pepper. Surprising mild sourness in the finish before going dry.

Fairly thin, but wheat character and fine carbonation give it a nice, lively body. Vanilla, pumpkin and spice all remain prevalent in the aftertaste, along with a mild syrupy feeling.

Very pleasant take on the style. Nicely balanced and easy going. Pairs well with roast beef, potatoes, fresh breads, vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 18:37:50 | More by bryehn
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright pale copper colour with a light ring of off white head and only a touch of lace. Smell is quite spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, some raw pumpkin flesh with some doughy malt charachter as well. Taste is also spicy like the nose suggests, a little more vanilla present in taste as well, cinnamon, pumpkin especially in the finish with a light bitterness throughout. Light-medium carbonation, medium body and a fairly solid feel. This is a fairly easy drinking pumpkin beer, pretty straight forward but something that is worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 13:55:30 | More by peensteen
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/9/12

A a light light brownish copper with lots of big bubbles but just a short lived cap of foam that leaves a partial ring of lace

S Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin and warm vanilla cream, has the solid pumpkin beer nose but with a milky creamy twist and burnt crust notes

T the spices are stronger and take away from the nice balance with the creamy vanilla and overcooked bread, has a little cola as it warms

M creamy at first but the bubbles keep coming and turn it to foam, it then quickly goes back to liquid and its a little thin

O smell was almost awesome and the taste was getting there so yet again .25 increments would be useful. I may have been a little hard on this one so slightly higher overall

my first Pumpkin of the year and perhaps I'm just not in the mood yet, not bad for the style I might get back in the groove after Thanksgiving

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 07:28:31 | More by wordemupg
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice orange/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and wheat malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some pumpkin, vanilla, light cinnamon, some spices and some wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Not the most flavorful pumpkin ale but still good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 20:37:46 | More by SebD
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper,off-white head. No lacings.

Very light pumpkin on the nose. Slight sweetness and generic spice.

Light caramel malt up front. Actually pretty nice pumpkin flavor through the middle. Light spice, I mostly get cinnamon, maybe vanilla, not really strong enough to tell.

Body is nice enough, maybe a touch light, but not bad.

Surprisingly tasty. One of the more drinkable pumpkin ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:52:21 | More by CanuckRover
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle from Harvest sampler 6 pack at LCBO.
Label says Wheat Beer flavoured with pumpkin...

Pours a dark orangey copper with a finger of light beige head that holds with decent retention. Nose is spices, clove, yeast/dialectal, pumpkin mash, some cinnamon, bit of malt body. Taste is malty to begin, some wheat, grain and then pumpkin puree into the finish, with a hint of some spice on the tongue. A bit of a thin body on the mouthfeel, seems a bit watery/carbonated.

Overall it exceeded my expectations. Decent enough, though still middle of the road, transition beer I suppose. Sort of how I perceive Mill St, attracts new people to the potential of flavour and craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:04:54 | More by heebes
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much spicier than many of its compatriots, but a thoroughly enjoyable pumpkin ale! Enjoyed on tap at the Kick-Off in Waterloo, its first year travelling outside the eponymous Toronto brew pub.

Colouring a dark clear orange-brown with decent foam and head retention. Very aromatic: cloves, pepper and pumpkin pie spices. I really liked the flavour, although it was definitely heavier on the pumpkin pie spice than the pumpkin fruit. Pleasant notes of vanilla as well. Would have liked to also trial a blend with a pint of Cobblestone, but missed my chance and now will have to wait until next year...

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 00:31:00 | More by hopsolutely
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours a thick looking orange, unfortunate that it was so freezing cold. The aroma is a bit of C-hop, but mostly ginger to me. Average mouthfeel, and above-average carbonation. Not as good when it warmed, a bit of pumpkin, corriander and a tad of white pepper, nutmeg. Not that drinkable. So-so for its style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 05:01:12 | More by Sammy
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear copper with a spotty patch of foam on top. It quickly recedes to a ring and leaves moderate lacing behind. The aroma is of nutmeg, cloves, all spice, cinnamon and other spices. The taste is very spice heavy as the nose would have you expect. Some cardomon also shows up in the taste. As doesn a pleasant, but restrained caramel malt character. The mouthfeel is quite light and softly carbonated. The finish is nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices.

A decent Pumpkin Beer, but a little to spice heavy for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 00:27:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the new seasonal from Mill Street, and I was lucky to have it on at a brewmaster's dinner, hosted by Joel Manning. Joel explained that alongside using raw pumpkin in the mash, this beer used six malts (including chocolate, caramel and many others I can't remember), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger and vanilla. The vanilla was used to reduce the heat from the ginger. The pump clip they're using for this is absolutely bitchin'.

The appearance is classic pumpkin ale - as a polished clear orange supports a finger of creamy white head. I'd say that the body is probably the perfect colour for this type of beer, as it errs to the redder and richer end of the spectrum, and has some nice reddish tones when held up to the light. The head shows good retention throughout, laying down a few streaky fingers of lace as it settles to a film, which is easily bulked up by a swirl of the glass.

Aroma was initially subdued, but became more apparent as the beer warmed. Raw pumpkin greets the nose, along with a motley, but not overplayed, assortment of spices. Beneath that are some vague hints of brown sugar, pale malt and chocolate, but there's no misaking what type of beer this is. Overall, though, its certainly not the all out assault of some pumpkin beers, so my hopes are up that this may actually be well made.

The flavour is pretty neat. Nice raw pumpkin throughout. Some light, sweet malts underneath, and you do occasionally notice the chocolate malt that Joel said was used in the recipe. The spicing is great, and perfectly judged. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through the strongest in the finish, but you can sense the allspice underneath. A warming ginger presence in the tail is cut by some light vanilla. What I like is that it manages to integrate all the different elements of a pumpkin beer without becoming a cliché, and turning into a sweet, heavily spiced mess. There's a lot of subtlety and balance in this brew, which I'd put closer to a Post Road than a Pumking, because its more in the traditional style than an attempt to recreate a thanksgiving dessert. The body is medium-light at first, but leaves a smooth and creamy aftertaste. Its about par for the style, though I do like the finish.

If there's such a thing as a sessionable pumpkin ale, this could be it. Its carefully crafted, well-balanced and still tastes like a beer, which is often a problem for some of the spice bombs out there. I'll definitely be getting more of this before it runs out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 13:47:52 | More by bobsy
Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.