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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 711
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 464
Gots: 122 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2005

Intriguing doses of sweet spices, cocoa nibs and pumpkin transform an exceptional porter into a mesmerizing potion. Pour this tantalizing brew into a snifter and experience its many eccentric nuances, which will delight your taste buds.

This is the same award-winning recipe that garnered a GOLD MEDAL at GABF in 2007. Formerly known simply as Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, we’ve named it T.R.E.A.T.: The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment.

30 IBU
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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 711
Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a becker glass

L - It is as black as night. It has an inch of cocoa head on top that leaves little in the way of lacing.

S - The pumpkin spices dominate the aroma. The chocolate is well masked but detectable as it warms.

T - Once again the spices overwhelm the cocoa nibs. I was really hoping the chocolate and spices would be balanced.

M - Full

O - This is a delicious pumpkin porter. I had high expectations, so I probably caused myself to bew less impressed than I should have been. I really enjoyed this beer though. (555 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.5/3.75/4.25/4/4
What initially appears jet black fades a little when held truly up to the light, but still maintains a deep difficultly penetrated cola blackish. A goood finger of creamy deep tan head leaves hints and promises along the sides, and never fully abandons the top of the tower where it sits.

I swear to god the first thing I smelled when I poured this beer was a late summer bucket of perfectly ripe blackberries. Don't ask. Letting it settle in and warm a little bit my fantasy afternoons by the post office fighting off thorns to collect the fruit of the gods is relegated to fantastical whimsy. More familiar aromas crowd in: oily chocolate and coffee beans. Some earthiness I attribute primarily to the pumpkin, some roast and maybe a touch of cinnamon when I dig for it. Aroma is not particularly strong, though, which is a little disappointing. The components are appealing, but they hide behind themselves.

The first flavour to jump in is undeniably chocolate. Dual layers compete here: a darker slightly bitter bakers chocolate and a cherubically milk-sweet. They balance one another incredibly well. Twisting between these threads I get bits and pieces of spices; primarily the cinnamon, but a touch of cloves here and there. The pumpkin itself does not particularly stand out, to the point where if I didn't know this was supposed to be a pumpkin porter I would most likely not pick it out. Any bit I find is largely because I'm looking out specifically for it.
Medium-thick, and almost a bit ashy with the carbonation. Finish is initially the milky-sweet, then fading to a longer bitter finale.
Delicious beer. If you're looking for a big dark pumpkin pie, there are better options. If you're looking for a really good chocolatey tasty porter, this is a very solid choice. Will drink it again without hesitation. (1,842 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance is a small brownish fizzy head no lace an an opaque black brown color. Aroma is spice Malt Cocoa molasses. Flavor is like a roll mom plus is fairly dry and bitter with some carbonic tang. Body is good and has some alcoholic warmth. Pumpkin beers aren't my favorite style, but this one isn't too bad. (310 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into a snifter.

Beautiful appearance. Mocha-colored head sits a finger thick and fluffy and remains majestically. With the pour, robust carbonation is visible within the deep black body, but the beer eventually settles and simply looks like a bold dark beast. 4.5

What is this Xocoveza with pumpkin? Haha. First aroma I perceived was coffee, then chocolate, and then some cinnamon and it definitely reminded me of the Stone brew. Pumpkin is subtle and blends with the spices, some vanilla and other tasty elements. It's a great mixture of aromas that reminds me more of a great coffee beer. 4.5

Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, they're all there. Dry roasted malts offer some stiff flavor on the finish. Baker's chocolate lingers on my tongue too. Pumpkin is ever so faint and I can't at all say I'm mad. 4.25

Thick, viscous and smooth, this is exactly what I want in a big beer. Hops offer some bite and bitterness on the finish, but otherwise this can easily be sipped. 4.25

Quite a surprise as I was expecting more pumpkin but was happy to do with the subtlety. All the other added flavors formed a spectacular beer. (1,135 characters)

Photo of heymikew
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

This is Halloween candy for adults.

Definitely a dessert beer, this seasonal holiday concoction does not disappoint. Pours out dark and viscous. Great flavors of pumpkin mixed with chocolate and hints of spice. (213 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces completely, leaving nothing behind

S- big aroma of smoky dark roasted malt up front with an emphasis on chocolate, campfire, fig & coffee. The spices are underlying, with notes of cinnamon & nutmeg. Also picking up some woodsy notes and raw pumpkin flesh

T- smoky roasted malt with big campfire & charcoal flavors from the base porter, followed by some chocolate and day old coffee. Cinnamon stands out most among the spices, with notes of nutmeg & sandalwood. Vanilla cream, herbal notes and fig close it out

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a silky smooth, slightly warming finish

O- a nice roasty porter base is greatly complimented by the pumpkin spicing. A nice slow sipper for a Halloween evening (871 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark brown, very little light shines through, with a light brown head.

S: Dark roasted malt, some coffee, and roasted pumpkin.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee, a touch of malt sweetness, some spice, nutmeg and light cinnamon, and roast pumpkin on the finish. I could swear I'm also getting faint almost citrus and floral hop notes buried in there.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied, light carbonation.

O: This is a different take on a spiced pumpkin beer, with the spices more restrained, letting the malt and pumpkin shine through. Very tasty. (596 characters)

Photo of brongladest
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A: opaque with caramelly head with good retention
S: chocolate, pumpkin spice, roasty
T: pumpkin spice, milk chocolate, mild bitterness, roast coffee
MF: thick, creamy, smooth, low carbinaton
overall: amazing brew, want to quaff again soon! (241 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

It's nearly black and has maybe a finger of an evanescent head that quickly becomes no more than a small, pale tan sheet. 3.85

I definitely get rich chocolate in the aroma right away, along with the cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. And I think I do pick up on a bit of that peculiar smell pumpkin has. Smells like a pumpkin dessert... in fact, kind of like a chocolate pumpkin cake I once made. 4.53.

The flavor executes excellently on all promises. Sweet and slightly bitter chocolate, turning more to the peppery spices and warm, earthy pumpkin in the finish. Outstanding, and about as autumn-appropriate as a beer could be. 4.56

I would call the body a full medium. A little sticky. Nicely lingering chocolate and pumpkin earthiness. 4.27

An imperial chocolate pumpkin porter... and that's exactly what it tastes like. To borrow an adjective from the label, this really is one of those demented (but delectable) ales that have to be experienced first hand. There aren't a lot of other ICPPs around to compare it with. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum! I loved this beer. Just as advertisd- pumpkin, spice, and cocoa nibs. You get a nuttiness from the cocoa nibs as well as a bit of chocolate, some nice creaminess and almost a meatiness from the pumpkin, and it's all complemented by some nice pie spices. This a seamlessly integrated beer. Each component playing beautifully off of the next. Great beer. (357 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer appears a deep dark brown, approaching blackness, with an oily beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, pumpkin, pie, roasted malt, perhaps some peanut butter? Maybe even chocolate peanut butter cups? Really well done here, with pumpkin character asserting itself late. Lingering notes of sweet potatoes. Smooth on the pallets with alcohol well hidden. A very nice fall seasonal. (387 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-12-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark opaque brown with a short tan head and almost no lacing.

S - Chocolate and a hint of wood smoke. Nice but very mild.

T - Very nice. Roasted grain but not quite char, milk and dark chocolate, cream, cinnamon heat, roasted spice bitterness. There's a unique flavor to this beer and I'm guessing it's partially due to roasting the clove and nutmeg. The spices don't lend a lot to the aroma but are adding complexity to the taste and aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. About average feel for a porter. Certainly not thick like an oatmeal stout. Still, appropriate for the style and doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

O - My wife and I both enjoyed this beer. Kudos to the brewer for coming up with a unique twist on a porter with the seemingly-roasted spices. (826 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours pitch black color with a a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, toast, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with very well balanced pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,367 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all-time "want" brought back from CA. Pricy but worth it in retrospect. Shared with all of my best beer buddies, it was a hit.

A- Cryptic pitch black pour into a large chalice. Thick and creamy dark brown head forms to about two fingers sticking around fairly well. Falls to pillowy islands and a frothy thick ring. Lace starts immediately and is spotty later.

S- Prominent pie spice mix and even better is the prominent pumpkin vegetable squash goodness. Dark roast burnt graininess like a black patent, bitter cocoa powder and rounded out like a nice pie.

T- Deep burnt roast almost dry bitter dark malts. The pumpkin opens up flavor fully in the finish with a complimentary pie spice, not over the top, with hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Decadent cocoa nibs are delicious. Some dark fruits from yeast.

MF- Thick and nicely creamy supporting the rich flavors. Moderate carbonation allows the flavors to shine, both the spice and chocolate. Finishes deep roast bitterness and some lingering spice.

One of the better pumpkin beers I've had with a great brownie cocoa feel and reserved but less is more spice. Fresh pumpkin shines and makes it all like a good dessert. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long-time Want conquered thanks to cbutova.

Body is just about black with a thin tan head. Strong spice notes in the scent, nice vegetal notes, clove, cinnamon, with roast, cocoa and coffee as well. Definitely pumpkin pie reminiscent but too spice-forward to really be dessert-like.

I'd say the taste is leans slightly more towards a porter but still pretty balanced overall. Dusty cocoa, coffee with cream, light roast, lots of spices, nut meg and clove stick out. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, highish carbonation. A little bit of a sipper I'd say.

This pretty much lived up to expectations I'd say, nice pumpkin porter with a remarkable spice profile. (655 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second imperial porter in a row. Like a somewhat similar brew from Alaskan Brewery, this one too poured a deep black with a head that has very little staying power.

Nose has dominant cola / root beer notes. Light pumpkin aroma and pumpkin pie spices also carry through.

Taste has a somewhat rich delivery, oppulent, warming, and introducing fudge like flavor. Modest carbonation.

Nice to see several Imperial Porters on the market these days. Only wish the price point was more attractive as a $14 bottle makes for limited sampling. (535 characters)

Photo of mschind
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Whole Foods.

A-Very dark, opaque viscous brew with little to no head.

S-Sweet chocolate and toasted malt dominate. No pumpkin in the nose.

T-Mildly sweet dark chocolate, some spice but nondescript. No discernible pumpkin.

M-Smooth, full and rich. Just enough carbonation to make it interesting.

O-Even though it didn't live up to the label in terms of the pumpkin, I would try it again. A great porter for sipping on a fall night. (454 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a black/dark brown with a light thick tan head.

The aroma has tons of porter quality of medium roasty malt along with chocolate, pumpkin, and a decent amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

The flavor follows with this sweet pumpkin that hits gently and then a rolling medium spicy bitterness. It's spicy of cinnamon and nutmeg and just continues with wonderful spices throughout the flavor. There's also some coffee and chocolate bitterness that combines with it. It falls away leaving a bit of a roasty flavor and spice bitterness.

This is a well made dark porter/stout style of a pumpkin beer. One of the best I've had. (642 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black body, impenetrable to light beneath the abundant mocha tan head, which does seem a bit on the fluffy side for the style. The head is very patient to dissipate leaving a thin ring of lacing grabbing the glass.

The aroma is much more pumpkin and spice than anything else. There is a hint of the advertised chocolate nib. The pumpkin really is like pumpkin meat more so than others that is like roasted pumpkin seeds or even loaded up on spice.

Now the flavor is a whole different story. Again there are pumpkin and traditional spices but the chocolate nibs are much more pronounced and the roasted/smoky aspect one would expect from a porter is also very present. In my opinion, this is a unique knockout of a flavor. Perhaps not aligning with any one traditional style, but Midnight Sun really did a nice job putting this together.

Medium in body with generous carbonation. Perhaps a bit light for a porter, but my guess is that when you put a beer like this together that mingles style lines that happens.

I was not sure what to expect of this beer as other hybrids like this have disappointed but this did not. As my notes indicate, I felt the flavor was really the highlight of this beer, and if you can live/taste in the gray area, you may enjoy this. (1,281 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a moderately viscous looking dark brown color, which appears pretty much black once settled in the glass. About 1" of tan head forms on the pour, which has nice retention characteristics and good lacing as well. Nice looking beer.

Smell: First and foremost, it is readily apparent that the base of this beer is a pretty solid porter in its own right. Good roasted malt character, as well as both bitter dark chocolate and sweeter milk chocolate notes coming out to provide nice balance. Underneath that is when you get to the pumpkin notes, which are light in comparison, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice showing as well. Nicely balanced, although would not mind having a little more prominent pumpkin character.

Taste: Nice roasted bitterness up front, with more bitterness being contributed from dark chocolate character. Again, pumpkin flavor is somewhat subtle, with cinnamon and nutmeg being somewhat prevalent as well. A drying element is present throughout the entirety of the beer, presumably from the roast bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Very nice mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with an ample amount of fine carbonation. Again, drying throughout the duration of each sip, as well as the finish. Drinks right at its ~8% ABV mark. Overall, a very enjoyable pumpkin porter. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. For me the pumpkin could have been more prevalent, but as is, it remains a nice complementary facet of the beer. (1,461 characters)

Photo of GoneARye
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black. Not much head, one thin brown halo of foam around the glass. Smell is of deep chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is not far behind - I do pick up pumpkin, chocolate, and spices, and the right level of sweetness, though not necessarily the clove as claimed. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation level is perfect - a nice not too subtle balance for the thick body. Very interesting to compare this to a beer like Dark 'O the Moon. Would definitely drink again. (485 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doug generously opened up this 22oz bottle today, 10/15/2013. Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass.

Pours a dark, opaque black body with a straightforward light brown head that falls into the beer fairly quickly. A little bit of lacing, looks like a real thick treat.

Smells like a roasty stout to be honest. Lots of chocolate, roast malts and coffee in the nose. I do not get much spices in the nose, and I definitely do not get any pumpkin here.

As far as porters go, this is pretty darn good. Roast malt sweetness provides a nice consistency to the palate here, with some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness balancing the beer out. Again, I get very little spices, and definitely no pumpkin. But you know what, on its own this beer is a very good porter.

Thick, medium bodied porter with good carbonation and smooth, creamy drinkability. Mild alcohol burn is felt on the backend.

Where's the pumpkin at? The spices are faint, which makes me wonder if Doug got an old bottle. At the same time, the base porter is delicious. This is one brew I'd like to revisit fresh, yet I would still recommend trying this beer in its current state. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 7/1/12

Courtesy of Nickd717

I can't remember was with me when I opened it. Seth had to be there because I was using his glass. Chris might have been there, too.

A) Pours a somewhat dark and murky brown; settles darker. The head is on the thin side with little in the way of retention aside from a decent collar.

S) Dark, malty aromas sit underneath the modest intricacies of the ingredient additions. Cinnamon is backed by notes of clove. There is a pumpkin/nutmeg middle, especially as it warms. Well balanced.

T) The flavor has a tangy roast and chocolate twinge. Very faint dark fruits and coffee ghost notes. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are all blended together and not as distinct as in the aroma.

M) Medium body with a languid slickness. Puffy carbonation. It's kind of thin on the edges. Coating finish. Carbonation gets really low over time.

D) This is an interesting little critter with some enjoyable aspects to it. (970 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. blinder bomber (thanks to stupac2) poured into a Crux snifter (thanks to libbey)...

A: Pours pitch black with only a tiny ring of khaki colored foam. The bubbles settles leaving almost nothing on top of the beer or along the edges of the glass. This beer has some nice legs, but there is no chance for any lacing whatsoever.

S: The nose is really interesting. I get sweet malt, plums, dates, cinnamon/sugar mix (like what you would put on french toast), nutmeg, and roast. This feels like a holiday brew. Cherry bark and clove and all sorts of crazy stuff.

T: It starts out with mellow milk chocolate sweetness, gets spiced in the middle (nutmeg, all spice, clove, cinnamon, etc.), and finishes with caramel mild roast bitters. Damn. This beer is all over the place. And to be honest ... I dig it.

M: Medium bodied beer. Yes it is dark, but the beer is wet on the palate, coats for a moment, and then the flavors take over. It's not sticky, it's not chewy, it's not overwhelming. The carbonation is lacking, but it's not a detriment.

O: Solid beer. The flavors are good, the mouthfeel is solid... I'd drink this beer again, but I'd probably wait until colder months. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing this long sought beer.

Appearance: Black for all intents and purposes. Deep dark brown when held to direct light. No head to speak of. Small cream with a splash of coffee colored collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Dark roasted malts. A solid spiciness. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A bit heavy on the nutmeg. Loaded with chocolate. Hits the range of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa. Squashy pumpkin flesh. Like a baked chocolate cinnamon pumpkin bread. Roasty. Vegetal. A bit milky and sweet.

Taste: Straight up squashy vegetal real pumpkin. Fill that pumpkin with a spiced hot chocolate and add a marshmallow. Roasted malts. Some cocoa and milk chocolate. Creamy and sweet, but tempered. Warming ups a bit of the spice component giving nutmeg a boost. Cinnamon and clove provide a bit of earthy spice. So much real pumpkin. Roasty sweet and smooth because smooth is a flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Body runs just full and costs the tongue. Light to medium.carbonation. Silky.

Overall: It's in the name.

A true delight. A bit heavy on the clove and nutmeg for my taste, Loaded with pumpkin and I appreciate it. Now to find a fresh bottle. (1,202 characters)

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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