Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout
Belching Beaver Brewery

Pumpkin Spice Milk StoutPumpkin Spice Milk Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #675
Ranked #25,489
3.81 | pDev: 9.45%
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Pumpkin Spice Milk StoutPumpkin Spice Milk Stout
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Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with a Stone IRS snifter glass
Last noted on 10/18/15

Interesting brew to try…if they were going for Pumpkin Spice Latte then I would say about a 60% hit.

Not getting much pumpkin on the nose here. Its lightly roasted with plenty of pie spice however. Slopes towards the ginger and allspice I would say. Mild roast with a cocoa-coffee blend and some milk sugar sweetness.
There is good healthy dusting of pumpkin pie spice over dark toast and pumpkin caramel candy. Fresh cinnamon stick and allspice. You get chocolate malt ball, cocoa powder, and some spent coffee with a milky lactose sweetness that makes up much of the base. A tad thinned unfortunately and even a little gritty on the palate at times with some mild roast bitterness.
Flavors are okay even though the actual pumpkin doesn’t come through much. Mouthfeel needs to be much fuller and creamier in my opinion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa (San Diego), Calf.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: Nov. 17, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 22, 2016
Reviewed as: Pumpkin Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Aug, 26, 2016

Had been looking forward to this one for a while. Missed it last year, but wasn’t going to miss it this year, even if it was later than I’d like to try it (almost three months after bottling). Heading into it, not sure if I’d review it as a pumpkin beer or a milk stout. Love Belching Beaver’s stouts, so hoping it’s more like that. NOTE: Went with pumpkin ale after the first sniff.

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Dark serene setting underneath. Average foamy lacing. Average spotty retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin pie, allspice, hints of black coffee, milk chocolate and char wood. All pumpkin notes up front, but can get the sweet milk stout notes late. (Smell - 4.25)

More balanced on the tongue than on the nose. Got pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, black coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, char wood and pumpkin pie. Want to say peppermint, but I think it’s more herbal medicine notes. I’m digging this. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Roasty finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this. Expected to, but this lived up to what I thought it would be. Great version of a pumpkin beer. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

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Photo of augustgarage
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Clear bistre body with maroon highlights. Thin finely composed beige collar and surface slick with good retention.

Rompopo-like aromatics with the cinammon, clove, and nutmeg present in sizable doses. Specialty and roast malts round out the nose. Hints of ashtray at times.

Sweet palate entry, with spices, bread, and a mild bitterness appearing rapidly. Finishes fairly dry with notes of potting soil, chocolate milk, pumpkin pie, coffee, and a hint of automotive grease. Flavors seem to improve and synergize somewhat as the beer warms.

Slightly astringent/tannic mouth-feel, and somewhat thin for the style. Carbonation is adequate.

An OK base beer, not improved upon by the spice addition - also, not a great value.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belching Beaver's Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout. 5.3% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of chocolate milk colored head. Black in the glass; dark red-brown in the dimple. Light, but fairly solid sheeting; thin lacing.

S: Classic pumpkin pie spices, perhaps a bit heavier on the clove and lighter on the cinnamon. Unspecific dark roastiness.

T/MF: Not a lot going on. Some more of the spicing and generic roastiness. A bit of leafiness. Slight medicinal note. Not very smooth for a milk stout.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the tasting room on 30th Ave. Dark brown brew with no foam in the 8 oz Pilsner glass. Pleasantly spritzy, however, in the mouth. Loads of dark roast grain, but the coffee flavor dominates.

A little spice, some scratchy biterness, but it's nothing like the sweet pie spice overload so common this time of year. I don't believe I tasted any pumpkin, though. This is a decent dark brew with a different edge of fruity spice. Not as sweet as the typical Milk Stout.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Darker than root beer & no head whatsoever. Smells like pumpkin spice pie. Nice flavor: pumpkin, coffee, cream, mocha, vanilla, root beer I don't think I've ever commented on mouthfeel but this one is disappointing, thin & flat. No carbonation to tickle the tongue. Just very good.

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Photo of jooler
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is good and smell is amazing. Smells like pumpkin spice pie of course. First is smooth with coffee taste. Not much pumpkin in the taste. This sort of tastes just like regular beavers milk. Though I do like the feel and taste, but minus points due to not tasting like pumpkins.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a nice mocha colored head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell is Sweet roasted malts with coffee notes. There is also pumpkin spices in the scent with clove and cinnamon being the dominant ones. The taste is roasty, sweet, bitter and is dominated by the cinnamon from the spices. A nice bitter finish rounds out this very good beer.

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Photo of anon
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with no light penetration, head and lacing are basically non-existent throughout. Average for a milk stout though, i suppose.

I'll say on this one, the smell and taste go hand in hand almost to a point. Both are strongly coffee-forward up front. Loads of roasted coffee, toasted grains and burned malts flourish, with a sweet lick of lactose rearing its head.

The pumpkin and spice all linger in the tail end of this brew, which coincides with all of the other aspects of this one to actually balance things out very well. Bitterness of the roasted grain linger, along with the sweetness of.the spice.

This brew.is delicious, dark and beautiful. Buzzed aldrin out!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy light-tan head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind and an appearance of coffee

S- aroma of chocolate, burnt bread crust, charred malt, lactose sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cola & pie crust

T- the base stout starts with plenty of smoky charred malt & gives notes of chocolate and coffee. Sugary/milky sweetness kicks in mid-palate, which blends into the pumpkin spice flavors, with an emphasis on cinnamon & nutmeg. The combination of the milk sweetness and spicing gives a flavor reminiscent of pumpkin pie & crust. As it nears the finish, the cinnamon continues to make a presence, eventually finishing with more charred malt on a semi-dry finish. This combo actually tastes like cinnamon toast

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy, slightly biting mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- pumpkin stouts are becoming a favorite style of mine and this one is well done, offering a different take, with the sweetness of a milk stout

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Photo of rand
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bomber to mug

Pumpkin porters/stouts seem to be an increasingly popular offering this time a year. Belching Beaver came up with a more economical version by using 'pumpkin spices' as opposed to actual pumpkin and spices. And the final product works for what it is...actually a bit tastier than some porters with actual pumpkin

The black, opaque brew yields a vibrant bouquet, with roasty, toasty notes playing against cinnamon, clove and ginger. The beer has a sweet, creamy profile, with nutmeg and hops slightly drying things out on the palate. Oak and citrus zest add complexity toward a clean, relatively short finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cinnamon candy, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, cinnamon stick, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance between the base milk stout and the cinnamon and spice characteristics that work with it super well.

Serving type: on tap.

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Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 57 ratings