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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial StoutMillstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
72
Avg:
2.88
pDev:
47.57%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by JackieTH:
Photo of JackieTH
2.31/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoyed Millstream's back road stout, so when I saw the imperial pumpkin, being a huge fan of pumpkin beers, why not?

Poured a deep dark brown with a mocha head, it looks quite promising, delicious.

Smell..cherry cordials. And I don't like cherry cordials. It certainly doesn't smell terrible, but it doesn't smell like anything remotely pumpkin. I'm not getting any pumpkin, no nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Uh oh..

Taste..not good. Cherry bubble gum. Some type of chocolate candy bar. Again, cherry cordials come to mind. Not very good ones either. This isn't good. There's nothing remotely pumpkin about this and it's not even a good imperial stout.

Oh well. What to do with the other three bottles.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.51/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got the Great Pumpkin in a snifter.

Black body with just the slightest cola highlights. The ecru head recedes from a finger's width to a thin ring.

Incredibly cloying, this nose is a dead ringer for the imitation bing cherry nougat you find in some candies. A little bit of almond extract too. Whoa, I can't sniff that anymore, so sickly sweet.

More of that imitation almond flavor on the palate. Some syrupy fudge flavor swirls in as well. A mineral water and earthiness is added in the finish. That incredibly cloying nose carries over to the palate as well, but thankfully it is not as strong as on the nose.

Watery feel and a little sticky. That mineral-y, cloying finish lasts far too long.

Everything about this beer tastes imitation or artificial. Forget about Pumpkin. Where? What is this? It is closer to some kind of cherry - almond ice cream, and the kind you would buy in the big bucket from the bottom rack of the freezer section.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
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 bsp77
2.86/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black with moderate tan head that mostly dissipates. Standard Imperial Stout look.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, gingerbread and rum. Sounds good, but something slightly odd about the overall mix.

Taste: The taste is even odder. There are definite Stout qualities, especially chocolate and molasses. There are also definite Pumkin Pie qualities with ginger, cinnamon, whipped cream and nutty pumpkin. However, it really doesn't jell, and the mix is almost medicinal and sickly.

Feel: Creamy and smooth full bodied beer with low carbonation. The finish, like everything else, is just a little off. But the mouthfeel is still a strength.

Overall: Odd. Sounds like it should've great and the list of flavors sounds interesting, but just doesn't quite work.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Spices leap out right away with big hints of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, dark bread, caramel, toffee, and a little coffee. Big scent of brown sugar and some molasses. Some pumpkin is there as well. Quite an interesting aroma. Sweet but not overwhelming.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet stout with a heavy fall spicing. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, coffee, and biscuit. Some syrupy molasses and brown sugar. Big spice presence with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. A fairly light but noticeable taste of pumpkin. Hop presence is faint. Pretty good overall.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and fairly syrupy. Sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This surprisingly was pretty good. Its pretty sweet but the sweetness wasn't overbearing. The spices were an interesting mix with the dark stout.

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Photo of richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spacecake9
1/5  rDev -65.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of yamar68
2.31/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep coffee brown - near black, topped with a short-lived light mocha head that fades out to a collar within a minute. Very precise lacing.

The nose is stuffed with nutmeg, pumpkin flesh, mud, brown sugar, fresh wood, something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Something ain't quite right.

Ironically, the first thing I notice is the aftertaste - dirty vegetables, like taking a bite out of a gourd before it's even harvested. The traditional pumpkin beer traits are muddy and sporadic without any support from the mouthfeel. They must have used something goofy to achieve the pumpkin qualities they were looking for because, again, something is off... especially noticeable in the finish.

I really, really wanted to like this. It sounds like such a tasty concept - an imperial pumpkin stout. I think they missed the mark here though unfortunately.

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of SalukiAlum
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of GABrew
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ChiT0wn1924
1/5  rDev -65.3%

Worst beer i think i'v ever had stay away far far away

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Photo of Will_Edgar
2.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pablobomb
4.15/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ryan33iowa
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +38.9%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%

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