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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

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
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4.25/5  rDev +47.1%

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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +38.4%
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 cofeeguru
4/5  rDev +38.4%

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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 beer...here'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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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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

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3.76/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- looks pretty nice...tan head about 1/2 inch with fair retention. Dark dark brown in color and not see through at all.

Ar- first I smell some pumpkin rind, some grassy notes, earthy, some roasted malt.

T- some dark fruit up front, followed by pumpkin, a bit of spice and some slight chocolate flavors and some roasty malts

M- a tad bit thin for a stout but just a tad. Creamy with good carbonation for a stout.

O- pretty good pumpkin beer, better than a lot I've had. Not the best but a good pumpkin beer nonetheless.

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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 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 pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of vikinghorn
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The notch on the side corresponds to the second “J” for July — at least I think that is a notch.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to a lamp. One finger of creamy, tan head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge and a spotted skim of lacing.

Smell: It smells like a very chocolaty Reese’s peanut butter cup — or maybe a Dairy Queen Blizzard with pieces of Reese’s. Lots of chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, molasses, pumpkin (yes, I think it is in there), pumpkin pie, and a hint of booze.

Taste: The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the flavors are subdued compared to the aroma. Chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and pumpkin pie. There is a hint of booze and each sip leaves a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability: It is an experience. It is not something I would drink a lot of but it is something that should be experienced.

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

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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First impression....very "vegetal"...both on the aroma and the taste....some mild cocoa...body is creamy but never threatens "imperial" territory....maybe this is how a true pumpkin beer tastes? I do not know...most are heavily spiced and this one is not.

Nothing real "off" or anything....just different...there is no writeup on their website which is very disappointing...if you are going to bottle it at least give us the low down on what it is...no description on the bottle either...not horrible but I won't buy again....sounded like it had promise but overall only slightly average at best...

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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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