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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout | Millstream Brewing Company

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72 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
72
pDev:
26.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 23
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 ChiT0wn1924
1/5  rDev -65.4%

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

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1/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of RexInMinn
1/5  rDev -65.4%

You may have heard of the word "bilious." It means the feeling of nausea you get when you consume something disagreeable. The old beer advertisements once advertised that their beer fought "biliousness" (Schlitz, in particular). Well, here is the first beer ever in the whole wide world that, instead of relieving biliousness, actually caused it!! This beer is not only sickeningly sweet with barely a hint of pumpkin (there's nothing remotely resembling anything that came from a pumpkin in this beer, not even the stalk...), it is hyper-carbonated to the point that within 10 minutes of taking my first of roughly five sips of this beer (I really could barely believe my own tongue), I got a belly ache which persisted 30 minutes past the time I took my fifth sip of this insipid brew. Avoid it all costs, no matter how cheap you might find it at the liquor store...and it IS cheap. Let me give you one concrete example. Upon first careful pour, the beer, poured into a standard pint nonic, over-foamed the way a glass of warm Coke would do. Fully 45 minutes later it still had a 1/4" layer of foam over the top of it...and believe me, I wash and rinse my glasses with great care, so this had nothing to do with soap or detergent or any kind of residue of any kind, aside from what was present in this "beer." NO BEER I have ever seen poured into a glass held its carbonation that long to such a degree, and believe me, that is NOT a positive! This beer, aside from making me physically ill, is a tribute to only one thing: how a modern brewery can make a product so bad and fool people into buying it by appealing to their cost-savings gene. It is the height of an industro-brew which is to say there is nothing handcrafted or even palatable about it. I cannot forgive Millstream for even bothering to put this offensive product on the market.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%

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

Photo of injuredreserve
2/5  rDev -30.8%

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2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.17/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gift from Rob T. -- thanks bro.

A: poured a near opaque, jet black, full dark tan head that dissipated
S: weird, cherry, chocolate, where's the pumpkin?
T: just as weird, chalky, overly sweet, cherry, chocolate,
M: cloying
O: very disappointing, not even close to what's advertised, chocolate covered cherries in a beer

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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.

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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 richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of SalukiAlum
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of imperialking
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of yamar68
2.31/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of JackieTH
2.31/5  rDev -20.1%
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 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 bismarksays
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Hookstrat
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

A: Dark with brown/amber hues. Big fluffy head. Rather nice looking beer actually except the effervescence is out of place. 3

S: Took me a while to figure it out, but it smells like homemade caramel apple dip (including the green apples). If you're not familiar, that's caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese...Also reminiscent of a pumpkin chai latte, except there's a strong green or floral perfume element that carries through. 3

M: Overcarbonated, which is odd to me because reviews from last year said the same thing! I think it's bottle conditioned, but still. Figure it out Millstream! It's actually a bit thin for an imperial stout though, so maybe they're trying to make up for that with carbonation? 2.5

T: Spiced pumpkin brown ale. Not sure why I expected different, but the flavors just do not quite work. The major detractors are the odd floral perfume from the aroma, plus a harshness that I think is coming from roasted malt. It's possible that some aging would help tone down the spices. but the bitterness is a flaw in the brewing process. My guess is that it tasted more or less how the wanted when they bottled, but it dried out in the bottle leaving an overcarbonated and unbalanced beer. 2

D: The flavors are quite shocking at first, although I did find it drinkable after my palate "adjusted". I would never ever love this type beer, but I expect a lot more from Millstream. It's technically flawed, more like a Menial Pumpkin. 2

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Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

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 Pintofbrown
2.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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 beagle75
2.57/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small chalice.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Graham cracker dominates the smell, seriously toasty, with some rather solvent-like vanilla also present. The impression of sweetness, combined with the vanilla, gives an impression of frosted yellow cake.

T: Begins very off-dry, with earthy cooked squash and coffee-influenced roast. Bitterness develops early, seemingly tied to the dark roast as well as the early hops additions. Acidity is high into the middle where pie spice flavors develop against the surging bitterness. The finish is remarkably earthy and green-herbaceous, with bitterness taking a surprisingly early dive to reveal some gentle brown sugar-remnants related to the malt bill.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While it is somewhat better in the final tally than some of its component parts, this beer is far from an ideal pumpkin stout. The most enjoyable part of the flavor profile is the finish where the different qualities finally begin to cooperate. It is likely that the score for taste would be even lower, were it not for the honesty of the finish.

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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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