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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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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 Dalia
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Dalia, Oct 07, 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 korguy123
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

korguy123, 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 RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

RedAleMan, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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

LampertLand, Sep 29, 2012
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 bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

bryehn, Sep 26, 2012
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 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 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 CanuckRover
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

CanuckRover, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of heebes
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

heebes, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -3%

fizzyted, Sep 08, 2012
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 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 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 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 MR_Brain
3/5  rDev -16.9%

s'alright

MR_Brain, Oct 07, 2014
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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.