Mill Street Nightmare On Mill Street

Reviewed by on September 22, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mill St. Brewery

  • Origin: Toronto, ON, CA

  • Rated On: September 21, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Mill Street’s second entry in the Autumn Beer Guide, due in part to their packaging of an Oktoberfest, and this pumpkin beer, in the same seasonal mixed-pack.  Nightmare on Mill Street is made with vanilla extract, and is apparently based on the brewmaster’s wife’s pie recipe.  Awwww.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy 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 softly rendered gingerbread-esque malt. The taste is more creamy, mildly alcoholic (sans the heat) vanilla, nutmeg and edgy cinnamon spice, 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, frothy 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.

Brady White

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