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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street - Mill Street Brew Pub

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of heebes
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Purchased at the LCBO as a single and served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well but pours a light slight head. Awesome orange color. Clear dark

S- 4.0- Excellent cinnamon and clove. Very good blend

T- 4.50- Very good. One of the better pumpkins out there. Perfect cinnamon blend with clove and coriander

M- 3.75- Bit of a let down. Bland boo

O- 4.33- VEERY good pumpkin beer here. Choose this one if you can get it. Worth the money for sure

Food Pairing

This wonderful pumpkin beer went well with this year's first Thanksgiving dinner!

Enjoy

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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Shared a bottle with our Thanksgiving dinner get-together.
Pours an orange color, bubbly foam, quickly disappeared, no lace.
The aroma is a bit hoppy, and some pumpkin pie spice, ginger and cinnamon. All of same flavors, maybe a bit of actual pumpkin taste as well.
Average mouthfeel, high carbonation.
Good, but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of LampertLand
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
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