Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street | Mill Street Brew Pub

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3.58/5
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BEER INFO

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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#39,129
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91
pDev:
12.29%
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Photo of mpgillett
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of mick303
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TwilightTavern
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

The beer poured a very clear dark brownish orange with an inch thick tan head. The head died down to a half an inch or so but retained completely until the end of the session. A little bit of lacing was apparent.

The initial hard hitting cinnamon smell was impossible to miss. Fortunately the pumpkin smell was not over powering what-so-ever. It is very easy to have a few in a single night; it's great because I haven't been able to find this beer in individual bottles. Other smells that come to mind are chili and caramel toffee.

The taste from roasted malts were immediately present along with spicy hops and cinnamon flavours, and (you guessed it), pumpkin and spices. More sweet and malty, and spicy characters than pumpkin, however.

The beer sat well on the palate. The alcohol percentage sits at a standard 5%, with only a bitter spiciness left over that's not overpowering either. The body felt medium to full.

Nightmare on Mill Street is a stylish pumpkin ale refreshing for its style. A modest beer that doesn't play on the novelty of the pumpkin part of this stylish ale and alternatively, proves that a beer of can show off other robust flavours and components of this classic seasonal style.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Second half of the mill st fall sampler. Served from a 355ml bottle into a guinness pint glass.

A- A foggy dark amber with minimal head and not much lace. Some streams of bubbles.

S- Strong wiffs of cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of sweetness. The aroma is a mix of pumpkin pie and freshly baked banana bread.

T- The spices aren't as noticeable in the palate as they are in the nose. More pumpkin and a light dusting of hops. Hint of vanilla. Slight grassiness with a somewhat astringent and metallic feel.

M- Medium bodied with almost over carbonated IMO.

D- Drinkability is ok but not quite what im looking for in a pumpkin ale.

Overall nothing to special here. Im going to try a bottle at a warmer temperature to see if this sways my final review.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Geoffeweizen
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of hoptailbrewery
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mjacquard
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If the orange colour didn't tip you off, pumpkins are super high in vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, and so I assume are pumpkin ales which therefore makes them healthy. True or not, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. One thing's for sure: they look good. This one may not have any head, but it does sport pristine clarity and a Jack-O-Lantern flicker against the light.

The bouquet blends earthiness, spiciness and just a touch of roast like a pumpkin chai. Grainy, malty notes amalgamate with tea-like qualities and bits of ginger and cinnamon. The spiciness fades a bit, however, with hints of cocoa nib and vanilla bean peeking through. Buttery toffee, too. It's a truly wonderful smelling bouquet with a nice balance, I just wish it were a bit more aromatic.

The beer doesn't have an overpowering pumpkin flavour, which is just as well because I wouldn't care to drink one that did. Instead, it's the spices that one would normally taste in pumpkin pie - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg - as well as a brown sugar-like maltiness that tastes a little bit like pie crust. (The beer is actually based on the brewmaster's wife's pumpkin pie recipe.) It finds a balance between 'dessert' and 'baked vegetable side'.

The spiciness is better sensed on some sips than others, but its cinnamon-like quality is consistent (as opposed to perfume-y clove, scorching peppercorns or zesty ginger). There's also traces of creamy vanilla. For a pumpkin ale it has a somewhat rich caramel thickness. The fleshy, squash-like notes become more pronounced in the finish and, in the end, there is a pretty solid impression of pumpkin.

Nightmare on Mill Street actually drinks like a dream of a pumpkin ale - it has a satisfying maltiness, chai-like spiciness, and strikes an ideal balance between the two. There's even a bit of pumpkin candy sweetness. Ladle it over some vanilla ice cream and make the complete autumn treat. Here's hoping this haunts the brewpub and liquor store shelves for many Halloweens to come!

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Photo of LagerHOGGER
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beelzebeer
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, served in tulip

A - Red-Orange with thin, quickly dissipating head. Some streams of carbonation.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon

T - A little bread, pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Off-puting astringent aftertaste.

M - Good body, but could use a little more carbonation

O - Not bad. Probably wouldn't have again. Waiting for Howe Sound to come in stock. Typical Mill Street - good, not great.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, my thanks to the Edmonton rep for the sample bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with one finger of thinly creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a low berm of ebbing lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of somewhat sugary, vegetal pumpkin, metallic cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla pods simmering in cream, and mild gingerbread-esque malt. The taste is creamy, somewhat alcoholic (sans the heat) vanilla, nutmeg and edgy cinnamon spice, soft notes of mushy pumpkin flesh, some sturdy multigrained, bready malt, and very subtle earthy hops.

The bubbles are a tad peppy at first, but quickly settle to a mostly dull hum, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin meat-striped malt doing well to fend off the increasingly flinty spices.

An interesting pumpkin ale, as far as the vanilla component is concerned, though its interaction with the spices and hops comes off a bit skewed - that metallic edge would limit me sooner rather than later with this one. Good to try, however, if you can.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/copper in colour. Pours a thin head that dissapears with none to low lacing on the glasse.

S: Low pumpkin smell with a nice balance of sweetness and spicy notes. Nutmeg and cinnamon are present

T: Pumpking and spices are well balanced with a low vanilla flavour. Some biscuit flavours with caramel.

M: med body, creamy and good carbonation.

O: One of my favorite pumpkin ales. This is a wheat beer which makes it very interesting.

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Photo of FEUO
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Dalia
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip glass.

A - Medium orange/brown colour; translucent. A small layer of cream coloured head formed and receded to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, all spice and bready malts.

T - Pumpkin, cloves and all spice dominate with some bready malts and a touch of cinnamon in the background.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 91 ratings