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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 82
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: bobsy on 10-09-2009

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 82
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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -6.6%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.