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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
82
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Sammy, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

wrightst, Friday at 01:41 AM
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

biegaman, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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

wordemupg, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

spinrsx, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

canucklehead, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

andrenaline, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

bobsy, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DaPan, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

peensteen, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +10.8%

joemcgrath27, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of SebD
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.

SebD, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -16.9%

pixieskid, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of hopsolutely
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

hopsolutely, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

deonreds, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -3%

TerryW, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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

mick303, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

thehyperduck, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -3%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

RedAleMan, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

beerhunter13, Oct 19, 2012
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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
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