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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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 460
Gots: 121 | FT: 7
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 by pastradul:
Photo of pastradul
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big thanks to oregonskibum

poured into a wide tulip.

dark brown with the most smooth and creamy head I have ever seen, almost like a pour from a nitro tap....

the aroma is strong fall spices followed by the slightest bit of chocolate.

the flavor at first is spice and pumpkin. as it warms up the chocolate and the malt start to take over the mid and back palate with the pumpkin and spice being mainly in the front.

This is the best pumpkin beer i have ever had! Glad to know that it is coming to socal in a week or two!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of beenitty
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
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?

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, full throttle bottles - been waiting a long while to try this one

appearance: split and served in my great lakes goblet, very dark mahogany body, bordering on black. creamy tan head with a light ring of lace

smell: cocoa nibs evident, lots of spice - nutmeg and allspice primarily, clove, licorice, roasted pumpkin. a nice rich aroma

taste: quality porter - rich cocoa nibs, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, roasted pumpkin comes through mild, licorice, nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Rich and festive - chocolatey and well spiced

mouthfeel: creamy body, moderate roasty bitterness, nice warming

overall: classic fall porter

Photo of cjacobsen
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a beige, tan, light brown head. Mostly bubbles that linger for a short while.

Smells of nutmeg, clove and cocoa. Nose is spicy, the end is heavy on pumpkin and clove. As it warms I smell a lot more pumpkin.

Tastes of pumpkin and cocoa. Cinnamon in the middle. Nutty towards the end of the taste. Its very spicy but that's not off-putting. Its quite delicious in its own right. The flavors really start to open and change as it warms up and oxygen opens it up.

Its smooth, the carbonation and flavors are really well balanced.

This is a well balanced, nicely spiced, well brewed beer. Quite tasty, spicy, and flavorful.

Photo of PretzelCity
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AlaskaJoe for hooking this one up! With a name like Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, this beer could be either really good or really bad. Luckily I was pretty damn good. Poured a nice dark dark brown that let little light through with a tan head that dissipated slowly. The smell was awesome! Almost better than the taste. A nice blend of chocolate and pumpkin that made me drool a little each time I took a whiff. The taste was just as solid. You could make out the chocolate and the pumpkin individually but they played well together. I was surprised by this beer, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. It was a very smooth porter, much more complex then I had anticipated and the best of the pumpkin beers I've had if you throw it in that category. Would love to try this again and it's oak aged brother.

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer, shared with some BA people there.

Pours darkest brown with a nice light tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is really great with pumpkin, spice, chocolate, roast, and molasses.

Flavor is really chocolatey with lots of pumpkin and spice, only mild roast. Also some pumpernickel bread notes. Just awesome stuff.

Medium-full body, extremely smooth and creamy on the palate.

Great drinkability for an imperial porter. This and the oak aged version are about as good as pumpkin beers get.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Black body, khaki head. Settles to a thick collar and an almost continuous surface of bubbles.

Smell - Spicy aroma. Cinnamon probably the only distinguishable one for me. Pumpkin blends with chocolate. Nice.

Taste - Well it starts off very nice. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate from the malt. Roasted backbone. The finish is truly bad. I don't know what it is, but there's a lingering bitterness that is just gross.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice except for that awful finish. Sits on the palate forever. The only way to get rid of it is to drink more, but then it comes back.

Overall - I can't imagine this is what it's supposed to taste like. Very unpleasant finish. I can't stress that enough. I need another beer.

Photo of Shumista
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared 4 ways. This one had been on my wants list a long time. From notes.

Pours dark brown or black, depending on your mood. Small lighter brown head. Aroma is exactly what the label promises. Pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) overtop of pumpkin which is a little bit more difficult to find. Classic porter aromas as well, some chocolate, roastiness. Taste follows the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin with a porter underneath. I feel like a similar beer could be produced by simply mixing your favorite porter and pumpkin beer and playing with the proportions. I'm thinking I'd like to try punkin' ale from dfh and founders porter. Mouthfeel is thick for a porter, but pleasant nonetheless. Highly drinkable, would pair very nicely with any number of holiday desserts.

A very good beer, but in the end I feel a bit let down. There's so much going on that I feel like the final product ends up being less than the sum of its parts. It just didn't totally come together for me in the end.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Ffej for generously sharing this bottle. I believe that this was the 2008 release.

Pours black with a finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Retains with a nice rich look, leaving some thick swathes of foamy lacing behind. The aroma is deep with cocoa and vanilla up front, while pumpkin meat and spices glide underneath. A floral feel holds the flavors together, while just a smidge of alcohol shows itself, warming the nostrils just a bit.

The taste is all chocolate covered pumpkin (but actually more appetizing than that sounds), with chocolate roast mingling effortlessly with spice and pumpkin flavors. A tingle of hops runs along the spine of the profile, giving this an extra bit of a prickle on the tongue. Lots of lingering spice and dryness hang around for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, being creamy and mellower on top while a thick layer of chewy sweetness dwells underneath. Like the aroma, this just has some gentle warmth to the body, with the majority of the alcohol being well hidden.

A treat indeed, Pumpkin Ale and Porters are two of my favorite Autumn styles and Midnight Sun has managed to meld both into a well crafted and tasty little package of goodness. I'd love to have something like this released around here every Fall.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this fun sample Iowahawk.

Poured a thick dark black with a hint of ruby highlights and a long lasting sticky dark tan head.

The smell is very spicy, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and some of the standard pumpkin spices showing up here.

The flavor is very interesting, strange blend of pumpkin spices, dark coffee and chocolate porter flavors blending into this strange beer treat, malty with hints of toffee and smoke as well, not much in the hop department, but I believe this sample is a year old, so no surprise.

The mouthfeel is thick and dry leaving a long lasting pumpkiny spice tongue coating.

A pretty fun Pumpkin beer, very strange, but in a good way.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Black in color. Just straight up black. A finger of tan head recedes quickly, leaves some interesting lacing. A LOT goin on on the nose. Smells like a Saison almost with pumpkin pie. I don't get much chocolate, but that nice spicy corn tortilla thing, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, yumness. Tastes like above. Mild sweetness. A little chocolate coming through. Kind of disappointed in the lack of chocolate, but the beer is freakin delicious. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Goes down nicely, but one is enough. GREAT>

Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a very small tan head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of a mild roasted malt; chocolate and coffee notes. There is a slight chicory thing going on. Nice breakfast stout type scent. Decent amount of a wet wood/bark aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon provide a sweet presence and also gives the porter a pumpkin note.

The taste is of chocolate and coffee with a mild roast. There seems to be an oat malt presence. Slightly earthy with some wet bark. There is a touch of dark fruit as well as mild pumpkin. The pumpkin spice profile is subtle with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. Definitely more of a porter with a slight spice.

Moderate to full body with prickly carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate with enough roasted bitterness to offset.

Great porter but just wish it had more pumpkin presence. Very flavorful but I feel the pumpkin spice is far too light. As a traditional american style porter this is excellent.

Photo of scootny
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick rich head billows forth as pour and the retention is good. A black brown brew is sitting in the glass with a decent amount of lace. Smell is lovely. Lots of chocolate and spice, pumpkin is a heavy hitter with just a touch of sweet alcohol. Taste is much the same with a heavy dose of cocoa in the front. Pumpkin flows next with a light coffee roastiness. Dark malt and dark breads collide on my tongue. Molasses tinged sweetness. Pumpkin is well done here with the full flavor of the meat developing alongside the spice component. A nice amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Alcohol shows a little in the finish but is otherwise well hidden. Finish itself is quite dry and clean with a wash of burnt sugary sweetness and then earth and pumpkin. Lingering mocha. Feel is lightly syruped and a touch slick. Gentle carbonation gives a mild velvetiness. Drinkability is quite good but this is not a session ale by any definition. This is a brew to savor and enjoy with pies and cake at the holiday table, or in the weeks leading up as a taste of things to come. Great brew!

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a finger of light-mocha colored head. The aroma hits you with nutmeg and pumpkin than brings in the porter characteristics of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste has lots of chocolate and roasted malts, and they kind of dominated the pumpkin flavors, at least on my palate. The nutmeg and spices are definitely there though. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with decent carbonation, all done well for the style.

Overall a nice beer for sure, I just felt the chocolate dominated the pumpkin spices. Wouldn't mind having more of this one though, it sure is good.

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.