Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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Great Pumpkin Imperial StoutGreat Pumpkin Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Imperial Stout is a traditional dark and rich stout infused with pumpkin flavoring. The pumpkin is subtle in this beer and the nose is marked by nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, and strong roasted malt notes. There is a greatly appreciated balanced level of spice and maltiness. This is truly a beer that will complement the Autumn season.

Added by yamar68 on 09-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of MHJeff06
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent dark amber with a medium sized light khaki head. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which transfers into the glass (I'd suggest giving the bottle a single shake before opening). Smells of nutmeg, allspice, candy pumpkin, green tea, lightly roasted malt, and herbal/fruity hops. The taste follows exactly with spice, pumpkin, green tea, hops, and lightly roasted malt. Lower intensity and straightforward profile. Light bitterness and sweetness. Thin body and average carbonation for the style. Overall, the lack of roasted malt backbone, added tea flavors, and fake pumpkin taste don't make this very desirable. It'd be better classified as a Pumpkin Ale if it had some real pumpkin, but it still needs an overhaul. Not recommended.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

$6.99 four pack.

Pours a chestnut brown color out of the bottle and forms a dark chocolate brown-black in the chalice. Head is minimal and forms a finger for a brief period but then diminishes to bubbly lace.

Aroma is of chocolate covered pumpkin pie filling. Just tons of milk chocolate, a little peanut butter, and pumpkin. I like it.

The chocolate, peanut butter, and pumpkin are all there to start, but then it fades to an acidic metallic finish. It's too bad because it starts off so great.

The feel is a little thin especially for an imperial stout. More like a porter here than anything. Highly carbonated. Semi-dry feel on the finish.

Overall I'm not too impressed with this beer but I'm glad I got it on closeout at $6.99 for a 4 pack. I may never see it again and if I let it age, who knows, it may grow legs and do laundry.


After 1 year of aging, here are my notes.

A dark chocolate pour yields a 3 finger white-to-beige head. Lace left in hills.

Aromas of those cheap peanut butter candies in the black and orange wrappers you get for Halloween. Some metallic peanut butter chocolate cereal. Disgusting stale chocolate. Some spices and roast malt.

Taste is face twisting. Roast malts first, followed by rotten chocolates after you've brushed your teeth. It changes to a musty, damp, chocolate diaper in a hurry. Some pumpkin but that too is rotted.

Feel is wet, still carbonated, with a semi dry finish.

Original rating was 3.65. This one has dropped to a disturbing 2.21. Worst imperial stout I've ever had. A liberal drain pour.

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Photo of Pablobomb
4.15/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mush
1.8/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of ryan33iowa
2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout, Brewed and bottled by Millstream Brewing, Amana, Iowa. 7.6% ABV.

Dark coloring, nearly, but not quite, black, with a slim, soon-gone head.

Sweet and spicy nose. Yeah, I’m picking up the pumpkin. Some spices? Some chocolate and molasses may or may not lurk below.

Taste: Sweet fruit of the gourd is here in the mouth right away, sweet and tasty. But there’s a battle going on, between the two parts. Where’s the stout? Where’s the pumpkin? Are they getting along? Did they make a connection? Well, do they?

They don’t, really.

It’s a full-ish body, but it’s no imperial stout, at least not a memorable one. Not as good as Southern Tier Warlock. Not really very good at all. Not terrible, mind you, but I’m expecting more.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.81/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Will_Edgar
2.44/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bnes09
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Strange aroma of burnt corn syrup and smoked sausage. Roasted flavor is minimal but leans toward burnt sugars and over-dried prunes. Strange nutmeg and earthy spice that I can't put a name to hits the tongue middrink. Minimal pumpkin quality. Poorly balanced. Just a tad overcarbonated.

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Photo of ALC82
3.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zach136
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black, one finger tan head, good lacing. No signs of over carbonation here.

Aroma: Medium intensity roast with a hint of pumpkin pulp

Flavor: Up front I get something weirdly vegetal, almost what I imagine the stem of a flower tastes like. Then some roast, touch of chocolate and a seasonal spice finish. The overpowering weird upfront flavor is pretty much throwing it all off for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, but dried out by the roast and spice.

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Photo of dheldman
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of raceon4
1/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BeerWithMike
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Sampling right now on 11/16/14 after that bad Vikings/Bears game. BOO! LOL. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a very dark brown, almost black actually as you really can't see through it. A good 2-3 finger off-white foamy head is seen that stays around for a while after the pour before finally settling down to a good 2 to 3mm. A decent amount of sediment is seen at the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Lots of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass, like a good German brew. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of pumpkin. Pretty much the same for the taste with some spice coming through as well as a hint of black coffee. Some bitterness is noted for the finish that lingers a bit to long. Little more than for my liking. Needs to be a bit more sweeter also in my opinion. Close to being medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was just 'alright' at BEST, as the bitter finish didn't help it any.

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Photo of Chaz
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spacecake9
1/5  rDev -65.4%

Poured into a Pumking Goblet....

A - Pours black with a giant carbonated head, very much like a cola.
S - Sharp, bitter and slightly sour aroma.
T - Metallic, bitter, artificial flavor on the front end with coffee at the back end.
M - Highly carbonated, cola mouth feel.
O - Glad this is being retired. This is a highly carbonated stout with artificial flavors. That does not sound like a good combination. This beer is not for me.

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of cardinals22
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of JakeBarnett
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Guffy
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +38.4%

From a 12 oz bottle into a Mason jar flashed a foam over even with a slow tilted pour, aside from that everything looked great. The aroma was leaning toward real pumpkin flesh with some roasted notes peeking through..a fake sweetness is present in the aroma which leads the taste following...IF YOU LET IT...I'm sorry but I've read enough bashing about any Pumpkin's what I got from this brew, fresh pumpkin taste wrapped around a solid Imperial Stout...for a Fall beer in the spirit of the season this is a nice offering that tasted great, good price and is close enough to be fresh...looking forward to whatever MILLSTREAM releases next!

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Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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