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

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)

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Reviews: 309
Hads: 715
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 465
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: 309 | Hads: 715
Reviews by Dope:
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Daniel, thanks buddy!

A: Pours a very dark brown, let's call it black once it's settled. Managed to coax a large fizzy light brown head out of it with an aggressive pour - but it put up a struggle to get there. Fades at a moderate pace with decent retention, but absolutely zero lacing. Can't even get the smallest speck to stay on the glass. Maybe I just didn't clean it well enough.

S: Pumpkin but primarily the spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves are prominent. Mild roasted malt adding a little char along with a bunch of chocolate. The spices are really at the forefront here, however.

T: Pumpkin up front and lots of it - more than the aroma would indicate. Lots of cloves, nutmeg and a little cinnamon. Chocolate kicks in lightly but is stronger in the middle as the spices fade a little. Decent chocolate into the finish with traces of spices (primarily cloves and nutmeg it seems). Long lingering spice in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, smooth.

O: Decent porter/pumpkin ale. Would like a little more chocolate and/or roasted malt character to be honest. The spices are really strong here, especially the nutmeg and ESPECIALLY the cloves. Almost overpowering. It's tasty and I enjoyed it a lot, just lacking some balance that could have made this beer really special. Definitely seek it out if you're a big fan of pumpkin spices, however.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is pretty strong with notes of pumpkin and ginger. For the flavor I get chocolate, pumpkin pie spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves) and some pumpkin. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to tom for sharing this with me.

2011 vintage. 22oz bomber at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out pretty much opaque black with a nice half a finger or so of creamy, light mocha colored head that slowly faded to a thick retentive ring. small bits of lacing.

the pumpkin and cinnamin jump out at me first. also some nutmeg, and just a little bit of a sweet, lightly roasted malt.

a nice fleshy pumpkin taste, cinnamin, nutmeg, cocoa, clove, everything labeled on the bottle is easily noticable in one way or another. some lightly roasted malt is more in the background.

medium bodied, doesnt really feel as thick as it looks. good feeling carbonation.

a good pumpkin beer, definatly unique, but i had higher hopes for this. IMO it couldve use some more dark roasted flavors.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Pours out a murky dark brown, nearly black with apparent low carbonation. Thin dark brown head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

The aroma consists of lots of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. As the beer warms, an authentic pumpkin flavor becomes more and more accessible, as well as a nutmeg and cinnamon character. This is one of the more authentic smelling pumpkin ales I've tried.

Rich chocolate and roasted malt provide the strong backbone of this beer, and as it warms, nutmeg, cinnamon, and authentic pumpkin flavors become more and more present. Moderate bitterness. Very nice.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

I'm very glad I got to try this one, and on my birthday no less--it certainly was a treat! Thanks, NoSignsOfPain!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by a generous soul.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells very good. Lightly roasted malts, a combination of dark and milk chocolate, and spices - nutmeg mostly with mild amounts of cinnamon and pumpkin - all come together in a nice package.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Like a big porter up front - smooth roasted malt flavors with tempering sweet chocolate - however it soon turns to solid amounts of spices. As with the smell nutmeg is most prevalent along with a combination of cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, all in measured amounts. The spices carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a lot of these.

Overall I've wanted to try this for a while and it didn't disappoint. The easiest-drinking pumpkin beer I can remember having, worth seeking out.

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Big Thanks to guezehead for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pours black and billowy like a stout resulting in nice tan head.

S: Smells like milk chocolately goodness in addtion to, nutmeg, and spice. Not getting as much pumpkin as some other reviews.

T: First taste is stout like, bitter chocolate, but changes to porter roastiness as it warms. Spices incorporate nicely with a milk chocolately finish.

M: Incredibly creamy and smooth. Impressive complexity. Tastes like a combination between milk stout, and a porter. No one flavor dominates, they meld with each sip, very impressive.

D: Fairly low. Tastes incredible, but couldnt have several pints of this one, definitely a sipper dessert beer.

O: I think I was expecting more pumpkin for this one but I was not let down by any means as this the best porter/imperial porter I've had next to HF Everett. Definitely must try for Porter lovers out there.

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