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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 460
Gots: 114 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2005)
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Reviews by eclipse54:
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle purchased at the local bottle shop, Brewforia, and split into snifters.

The body is a completely opaque black that rests beneath a khaki colored, frothy head. There was not much development on the pour, but the head that did appear hung around for the long haul and left a generous amount of sticky lacing in its wake; I was very impressed with this lacing and the retention.

The aroma is of a typical porter in the front and a faint but ominous pumpkin ale in the rear. Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of coffee are present in the beginning, but hints of nutmeg, coriander, yam, cinnamon, and brown sugar peek out at the end.

The taste emphasizes the pumpkin characteristics much more. Porter flavors reside in the very beginning of the taste, where chocolate, roasted malt, some caramel, and coffee ground comes though. Glorious pumpkin flavors then take over, with cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, yam, pumpkin, and various other spices meld together in perhaps the most flavorful pumpkin ale I’ve encountered this year, save for perhaps Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin. As an afterthought, this is like someone manually mixed a chocolate porter with said Imperial Pumpkin, yielding a delicious result.

Mouthfeel is full and rich without being sugary, syrupy, or dry. Carbonation dances off the tongue and really brings out the flavors.

Overall, the best pumpkin ale I’ve had to date, and I feel it is certainly worth the “hype” and attention it receives. A "Franken-beer" worth seeking out and acquiring should the opportunity ever arise.

eclipse54, Nov 09, 2011
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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.

dogfishandi, Dec 31, 2011
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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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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.

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

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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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

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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.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 04, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Abecal and KevinRONI. Thanks Abe!

I think this hit the pumpkin seasonal style on the nose. Both nose and Taste of chocolate pumpkin pie. And it hits that canned pumpkin pie mix that goes into making that pumpkin pie on the head. Starts off with a more pronounced chocolate that you don't normally get from a porter and finishes that spicy and cinnamin pumpkin pie mix perfectly. Mouthfeel spot on for the style.

The best Pumpkin beer I've ever had and the best Porter I've ever had minus Black Butte XXI.

Would definitley have this again but at $12.99 I'm just not THAT big of a fan of Porters in general. To conclude and quite honestly...not sure why this would get any score less than a B+ unless you don't like pumpkin pie, whereas why would you buy it if you didn't?

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 30, 2011
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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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