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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

627 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 458
Gots: 110 | 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:
Photo of eclipse54
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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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mctizzz, Jun 04, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

standardcherry, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

ehammond1, Oct 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 18, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

glid02, Mar 09, 2010
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freehafe, Feb 08, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

beenitty, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

WaydeRafnel, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

quirkzoo, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head on top with minimal retention leaving a thin ring on top. No real lacing either.

S: Some light pumpkin, roasted malt with plenty of chocolate and spices - mostly nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: More of the same, the chocolate is stronger as is the pumpkin flavor. There is nice cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Not overly sweet, but not as bold as hoped.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet with a dry finish.

O: Good, but not as good as I had hoped. In this style I thought that Saint Arnold did a better job with Pumpkinator.

mdaschaf, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first of all. THIS BEER IS NOT RETIRED!!! It is a seasonal release and is one of midnight suns best sellers. They have no intention of retiring it. And the alcohol should be listed at 7.8% However youd be lucky to find a bottle in the stores and wont at the brewery until next season. This beer pours a dark black with the teeny tiniest red hue. The head is a dark tannish brown, but fades rather quickly. The nose is very porter with obvious pumpkin spice and faint chocolate and coffee. the taste flips flops harder than Al Gore. The taste is of chocolate and coffee mix and the pumpkin takes a back seat, or maybe just sits bitch in the front. The middle of the taste is where the pumpkin starts to show up and fades with the malt and hops in the finish. Taste lingers and chocolate flavor hangs on the lips. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy, but not as soupy as an imperial stout. The carbonation is suprisingly good, but not abrasive at all. Perfect carbonation in my opinion. I would kill somebody, maybe even a member of my family to get some of the oak aged version of this from an older vintage. Incredibly drinkable, and lingering flavor. Another fine offering from m sun. Those boys sure know how to brew em.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 19, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jh1982, Nov 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brown body, nearly opaque with faint sienna highlights around the edges. Sandy brown creamy head is small but persistent.

Rich chocolate from the cocoa nibs and fresh spices fill the nose, though a tart vegetal layer of pumpkin makes itself known promptly as well - the combination is unique and unlike any other pumpkin ale I've tried (though it has some elements that remind me of Autumn Maple).

Dark smooth chocolate on the palate - cloves, and a hint of nutmeg lend a festive complexity without being overdone or suggesting pumpkin pie filling. The sweetness is offset slightly by roast malt as the porter bleeds into the profile. Finish suggests a chocolate/cherry cordial without being cloying.

Velvety medium bodied feel, moderately carbonated, slightly warming with just a touch of astringency/smoke.

An odd ale for sure (chocolate covered pumpkin?), but the disparate elements work very well. Very happy to see this turn up in my market. The best example of the style I've tried so far...

augustgarage, Dec 16, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a light brown foam. Foam retention is decent and there is small rings of lacing. Slight carbonation.

S - Scents of cocoa powder jump from the glass. There is a bit of smoke and roasted malt in there as well. I get a slight aroma of pumpkin flesh and caramel.

T - This is more appropriately a porter with notes of chocolate and pumpkin. The dominant flavor in this is chocolate and dark malts. An almost subliminal hint of spices lurk in the background. I felt the finish had the sweetness of pumpkin flavoring.

M - The complexity is nice, but I found the sweetness made this less likely to have more than one than a standard porter. Unless trying to satisfy a sweet tooth this is a nice dessert\cocktail beer.

O - Nice offering from Midnight Sun and one I'd like to have again. My only disclaimer would be to not expect the notes in a traditional pumpkin beer as this is clearly a porter first and foremost.

socon67, Nov 28, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newest vintage. Kind of stumbled onto this one at my local place. 22oz bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours thin and black with a slight pink-orange hue. 1 finger light mocha head with low retention. Lacing is stringy and patchy with average stick. Nice.

Nose is musty pumpkin, roasted malt, and chocolate. Some fudge and cinnamon in there also makes this one smooth, rich and decadent though a touch light and not too aromatic. Solid though.

Opens chocolate, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, fudge, and a slight touch of roasted malt. Vanilla and molasses at the middle with more roast and pumpkin spice at the end. Finishes with a touch of cinnamon and sugar cookie. Sweet aftertaste. One of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and warm and robust going down. Finishes messy and ashy with a slightly lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Complements the flavor perfectly.

One of, if not the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. I wish they all tasted like this. Decent complexity and body and putting the cinnamon, spice, and pumpkin in an imperial porter background works wonders. Definitely recommended.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 18, 2012
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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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