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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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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

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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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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

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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4.25/5  rDev +47.1%

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2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1615th Review on BA
Bottle to Alchemist wine glass

Thanks to Jodan for the IA state tick!!!

App- This poured out a bit of a mixed brown color with some yellow highlights around the edges and even the sides. The center was a bit dense and had a deep color behind it. The head was a quick receding head with only a couple dots of cling.

Smell- It was just off to me. Overly sweet like it was a pumpkin liquid they poured in the fermenters and just ran with it. The stout aspect was there with a bit of a mild malt flavor and maybe some roast behind it.

Taste- It was okay. A lot of the beers flavors comes from what I would call a false flavoring and has a bit of pumpkin, some nutmeg and a little chocolate. Just a bit too sweet and off flavored.

Mouth- A way to thin body with a light medium carbonation. A bit like vanilla extract on the residual flavoring being a touch sweet.

Drink- It was just okay. A ticker is ticking states and this was IA. So at least its done.

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

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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2.64/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle on a Labor Day weekend trip through Iowa and Illinois - late August Pumpkin beer? Curious about this... Poured to a pint glass on a cool, overcast early October day, back home in Portland, OR.

Label: "Stout Brewed With Artificial Flavor" :-

A: Very dark - a rich chocolate brown with a 1/2 finger of mocha head. Gold hold, very dense and clingy.

S: Vanilla (candle) scent hits upfront then a sweet cocoa, that I can only liken to Hershey's syrup. Cocoa butter, too... a bit like tanning lotion... very odd, nothing at all 'pumpkin' as far as I'm concerned. 'Artificial'? Indeed, it is.

T: A head-scratching lack of what I consider to be the staples of 'pumpkin' beers (at least the fake, tasting/smelling ones). Lots of fudgy cocoa, more of that syrupy/sugary molasses-based sweetness. There are hints of vanilla and some cinnamon... spice is able to cover a roasted dark malt and caramel only so much.

M: Mellow and creamy feel, more candy and chocolate and a bit waxy. Bitterness grows in the finish and provides a fairer balance.

O: NOT a 'pumpkin' beer like I'd expected; it's a decidedly sweeter/'dessert' beer - one that has a place... maybe. If you like a cocoa-forward stout then this may be your thing. It's frustrating to see an orange label and a prominently displayed pumpkin, but to feel cheated out of any real pumpkin flavors or spices, even if they're of the 'pie' variety...which I generally like. I didn't pour it out, but wouldn't buy again either.

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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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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.86/5  rDev -1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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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Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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