Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by bobsy on 10-09-2009

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Ratings:
86
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
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4.16/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Mill St. fall sampler pack poured into an English pub glass. A deep red copper color with a light smattering of white creamy head. Aroma is indeed rich with pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla) and undercurrents of corn flake and cacao powder. Palate is less sweet than the aroma, at least initially, but a condensed milk-like sweetness does develop over time. Some butterscotch, ginger, sarsaparilla, and brown bread full of raisins along with an earthy tea-like bitterness dominate the proceedings. Moderate body, maybe just approaching thick, moderate carbonation with an interestingly fruity finish, some pear and apple notes popping out. Dry and spicy rather than thick and sweet, pretty good showing all around.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pieman25
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from their autumn seasonal six-pack, with three 12 oz. bottles of nightmare, and three others of an octoberfest. Both were darn enjoyable beers I'd say.

Appearance - a nice deeper golden/orange colour, with about two fingers of foamy white head, the head dissipated quickly, but it still looked pretty darn good.

Smell - some vanilla, and assorted pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and oddly enough I got some hot cocoa notes in it. Strange for a beer in this style, but there it was, and I liked it.

Taste - starts off with some maltiness, but goes right into the pumpkin pie spices and that hot cocoa flavour again. I liked it, but I couldn't find any hint of vanilla, that was mentioned on the label, no big deal though - it was still fairly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - The body was relatively light, pumpkin beers seem to be on the light side in my experience - given that pumpkin is used as an adjunct, maybe it contributes a high amount of fermentable sugars? I'm not too sure. That said, it also had a decently pleasant level of carbonation, well balanced.

Overall - I'd say it's a damn good beer for a number of people - if you know a white girl with an affinity for yoga pants she might just like the fact that it tastes like pumpkin pie, if you know a guy who wants to get into craft beer but doesn't want anything too bitter this might be ideal, it's also quite sessionable but not so light on flavour as to be boring. I'd say it's good for what it is - Fancy enough for those that want something different, but approachable enough for those that may not want to stray too far, this beer has found its niche.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have to say that a mixed 6 pack of Octoberfest and Pumpkin Beer is a great way to start off October. The Pumpkin is on the money as it matches up the spice and pumpkin notes with a solid wheat beer. The balance is the key to this brew as I never felt too many spices or too much sweetness at any time. Among the better pumpkin beers available in BC.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, courtesy of their Fall sampler pack. A pumpkin ale brewed with wheat, huh? I think that's a first for me - and while I often find Mill Street seasonals to be a little hit-or-miss, this is around the time of year that I start getting a real itch for pumpkin beers, so I'm not about to turn down a new one. Served only slightly chilled (I let it sit for 15-20 minutes after taking it out of the fridge).

Pours a deep, translucent amber-orange colour, topped with a half-finger of dense, smooth, creamy, off-white coloured head. It hangs around for the better part of five minutes, before finally giving up the ghost and wilting into a frothy collar and thin film at the surface. The aroma tells me most of what I need to know - this brew's focus is the spice, not the squash. Cinnamon, nutmeg and chai tea are quite prominent, with a strong underlying gingerbread vibe. Just a hint of vanilla and brown sugar also manages to sneak its way through the flurry of spice. Fairly typical of the style - though I'd like a bit more pumpkin or at least malt on the nose.

The first sip was a little disappointing; this isn't a particularly flavourful example of the style. Sure, there is enough spice character - vanilla is very noticeable, in addition to the usual cavalcade of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) - but the rest of the flavour profile falls a little flat. After the spices fall through, I am left with a mixture of pumpkin puree, gingerbread and light wheat malt sweetness. There's an odd sourness toward the finish, but the aftertaste is fairly mild, with only a slight vanilla presence that doesn't linger. On the thinner side of medium-bodied, with light carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Despite its light nature, this isn't terribly drinkable - the spices, while I wouldn't describe them as overpowering or perfume-y, are still the dominant feature, and this beer simply lacks the malt presence to appropriately counter them.

Final Grade: 3.48, a passable B-. Not a bad pumpkin ale, but far from an interesting example of the style; Nightmare on Mill Street just isn't a very memorable brew. This one's saving grace is probably the vanilla, which makes a great addition to the usual rotation of spices found in these ales. I finished off the three bottles in this sampler easily, so it's not like this beer is totally without merit - but there's just not enough substance here for this to be something I'd look forward to each fall. Give me more malt! A serviceable pumpkin ale that could become a solid one with some refinement; give it a shot if you're looking for a lighter example of this style.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mick303
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(LET THIS WARM UP A BIT, makes a big difference) Right on the pour the pumpkin aroma hits you. Produces a small sticky tannish head, colour is a deep garnet, ruby brown, with smooth even carbonation. Lacing is pretty good, film dissapates. 3.75

S – something like cooked pumpkins with some vanilla and aniseed maybe. Can see the pumpkin pie influence as theres a lot of spices in there, nutmeg, cinnamon probably. Hard to pick up a malt or hop profile, all blended in. 3.75

T – a light start with some dark citrus and biscuit before it goes deeper with a pumpkin attack, lot of the spice flavours in and around, ginger, nutmeg is prominent, vanilla, dark chocolate even and chai, a sort of oily grassiness as well, with a solid pumpkin profile and fairly light bitterness. Some of the creaminess from the wheat works well to even out some of the more intense flavours but they are very much front and centre. It seems more muddled than anything really, draws to a spicy dry finish with a bit of harsh acidity. 3.75

M – creamy wheat body with a somewhat caustic pumpkin character, moderate carbonation, finish is dry and drawn out with lots of spice. Moderate bodied, I would say that there isn’t enough body to balance out the intensity of the pumpkin and spices. 3.5

Overall I found this an interesting experience, as it still had some solid beer characteristics and a lot of flavour to it. I want to try more pumpkin beers that really get me excited about this style, but I think maybe the spices were allowed to dominate the beer here. It is a really flavourful interpretation, and captured some really solid qualities and maybe with some light tweaking could improve a bit. 3.5

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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
3.61 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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