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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: 311
Hads: 721
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 470
Gots: 124 | FT: 9
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, spice, and some slight pumpkin aromas. Taste is much the same but is slightly tart. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight Sun has historically not been a favorite brewery, despite reputation and without, admittedly, my tasting some of their rarities that get such high marks. However, TREAT is, indeed, a treat!

Pours dark brown/black with a khaki head;

Nose is full of rich assertive spices, coves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa, all of which is used in this brew - and it shows in the nose that is just super appealing and really smells like the fresh spice; none of that "synthetic" character one sometimes gets in a spiced brew. Nose is really pleasant and inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, creamy and inviting. Great balance and feel.

Flavors follow the nose. Really nice tones of all of the spices and the pumpkin. I am not a fan of spice beers; I am not a fan of pumpkin beers. Yes, I could (and will) drink this when it comes out. It is so well integrated in flavors and balance that you just want more and more. Thanksgiving and the fall/winter holidays in a bottle - liquid "good" pumpkin pie with a great light cocoa/chocolate undertone.

Finish is fresh with all of the integrated flavor characteristics lingering and sets you up for the next taste.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a real nice black color with a decent tan colored hea on top. The retention is thin and not much lacing. The smell of the beer has a nice sweet chocolate aroma and plenty of spice. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a very nice balanced spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is silky with a decent carbonation. Overall quite a nice beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling; tasted Jan. 2010

Appearance: Pours a "midnight" brown with a huge, frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing around the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma, but there is clearly a fruity chocolate character underneath, along with a hint of smoke

Taste: Starts out with a dark fruit and smoke character that blends with the pumpkin aspects; plenty of hot cinnamon, clove and allspice develop by mid-palate, along with some chocolate; after the swallow, the flavors merge, with the spices taking a back seat to the chocolatey malt flavors, though the pumpkin persists and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: I had been anticipating this for quite some time and though it was different than I expected (I was expected more of a Southern Tier type beer, perhaps), it was definitely a pleasure to consume

Thanks, mreusch (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After much anticipation, it's a pleasure to sit with this legendary beer. With an explossion of flavors and so many moving parts stretching the palate in different directions- this may be the ultimate complex beer if you can handle the immense spice additions that accompany this fruited, imperial, Porter.

Porter-like aromas fit the appearance bill as the beer pours with a dense dark brown color and without allowing any light to penetrate. A creamy medium tan head builds on the beer and quickly reduces to a thin and broken sheet but clings to the sides of the glass where it struggles to lace only slightly. Notable enough, the weight, alcohol, and additions of spice and fruit may be the cause of such head restrictions-eventually falling nearly still.

Bold and varying aromas take turns with a plethora of perfumy scents: cinnamon, pumpkin, and chocolate strike first, but not without a rise of kona coffee, caramel, nutmeg, and toasted barley. Cola nut, walnut, pecans, hazelnut and macadamea all contribute to a very nutty-forward taste that reinforces the vegetal pumpkin-starchy-malty scent.

Flavors are every bit as true as aroma: complex and spicy taste of cinnamon, cocoa, Columbian coffee, heavy toast, and slight woods all contribute to the rise of taste that seem to vary with each sip. Richly flavored, but zesty in spice, the beer has a firm malty backbone yet with a lively dance of zeal of spice and alcohol. Nutty throughout but with the oily dark varieties and softer creamier almonds and macadamea- all of which seem to enliven a vanilla and nutmeg taste- All with the slight vegital pumpkin and malt tate to impede. Exquisite in its recipe formulation and execution; the beer is primed for a spirited spicy taste young while likely to age gracefully.

Rich and creamy throughout, but the higher strength of alcohol never causes the beer too loose sight of the Porter base. The fleeting carbonation soon allows for the weight of malt and pumpkin starch to sit on the tongue for a succulent, velvety feel that carries a silky and spicy fade into finish where the back of the throat is met with formitable alcohol warmth, slight hoppy dryness and a malty, semi-dry closure. A linger of cocoa and cinnamon return to the roots that made the beer so appealing in scent.

With the beer turning so many flavors in rapid succession, the claim can be made that the beer's flavors are in conlict with one another and never really culminate as great complex beers do. but the procession that each flavor takes across the palate seems to evoke a sense of curriosity and wonderment with me that easily wins me over! Great job Midnight Sun, great job!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both bmanning and Azurelimits for having opened bottles of this on separate occasions.

Pour is a midnight black with a low tan head and not too much lacing. The nose is really fantastic with some strong notes of chocolate as well as some clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A bit of actual pumpkin and mild sweetness in there as well. The taste mixes chocolate and pumpkin elements quite well. Really nice feel with the proper amount of spice interwoven with the chocolate. Nice and tasty; I'd give about anything to try out the oak-aged version of this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and light roasted malt with some light pumpkin undertones. Taste is a complex mix between some cinnamons, some light dry roasted malt with some light pumpkin notes, some nutmeg and a nice rich black chocolate finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is quite a unique recipe with loads of complexity while retaining a good drinkability level.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 vintage. Big thanks to Dyan for sharing this one.

Appearance: Dark and opaque with a rich tan head, solid retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Roasted pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate. There's a solid toasted malt backbone underneath it all. Incredible balance on display here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very similar to the aroma. The balance between roasted pumpkin, spices and chocolate is incredible. The pumpkin flavor is very pronounced here, unlike most pumpkin ales, which tend to rely more on spices to create a pumpkin-like character. The malt foundation is subtle but big enough to support the unusual adjuncts, lending an undercurrent of toasty sweetness and mild bitterness. Semi-sweet, spicy finish with a lingering hint of pumpkin. Fantastic stuff, by far the best pumpkin ale out there and one of the best beers I've had all year.

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

2008 Limited Edition. Double chocolate fudge with barely perceptible sepia accents along the edges. More than half the glass was filled with mocha colored whipped cream on the pour. The head is persisting nicely and is doing an acceptable job laying down lace.

The nose is reminiscent of black bottom pumpkin pie, which is probably what the Midnight Sun brewers intended. That's what happens when pumpkin, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are combined in a brew kettle. A little less cinnamon and more chocolate or roasted malt might have resulted in the next highest score.

This bottle of Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter has held up very well in the slightly more than one year since its release. Of course, I didn't have the opportunity to taste it when fresh. Only the mouthfeel seems a little worse for wear, but it too delivers in the end.

More brewers ought to turn their pumpkin ales into pumpkin porters or stouts. The spices work just as well with the dark malts as they do with the pale ones. There's good balance here as far as I'm concerned, although some might find the beer too generously spiced. Cinnamon and nutmeg are running neck and neck, with clove a length behind. There is wonderful sweet-bitter balance as well.

If the ABV was 9.0% the mouthfeel would be too light. As is, it's no more than medium for the ABV and the carbonation is on the gentle side. There's no doubt in my mind that the beer was thicker and richer in January 2009 than it is today, so I've cut the score some slack.

This beer's official name is Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. Its nickname is T(he) R(oyal) E(ccentric) A(le) T(reatment), which doesn't make much sense. In any case, Midnight Sun has themselves a winner with this Imperial porter-pumpkin ale hybrid. Thanks to sprucetip for digging into his cellar just for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another goodie courtesy of Frank. Having had the oaked version, I thought it was only fitting that I take a gander at what inspired it on my next run through. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/25/2009.
The pour was very well done. Again one of the best I have seen, a rich dark brown, essentially black with no light coming through at all. Dark as an abyss with a large tan head on top that effortlessly stayed on top throughout the session, and even when it did fade a touch, left behind a large amount of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Rich aroma of milk chocolate and pumpkin spice was unmistakable. Nothing overpowering here at all, on the contrary, it was very much subdued and well put together, complimenting each other perfectly. Smooth, creamy, dessert like feel only lended itself to carrying over even better. Rich full bodied and full of flavor, there was nothing at all in this to be disappointed about at all.
Overall a very solid approach here to a very interesting blend of flavors. I have to say the streak continues and I have never had a bad one from Midnight Sun. I will be enjoying this one again, very, very soon.

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Really excited to finally be trying this one.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a mahogany hue when light comes through the edge of the pour. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roast and dark chocolate notes along with some fruit and spices. I don't smell a ton of pumpkin, but I might just be missing it. The chocolate and cinnamon go together extremely well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. The roast and dark chocolates are the dominant flavor up front, then the pumpkin and spices show up. The cinnamon is a really great addition. The finish is roasty and full of spice. Everything goes together very well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and silky smooth. Tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy the fact that the brewer resisted the temptation to go much higher in abv. I think the flavors worked really well and more alcohol and sweetness wouldn't have helped all that much. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe it was mrbubbler that shared this one. Thanks!

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a slight murkiness and turbidity to it. The head is a little more than a finger's worth and tan in color.

S: Lots of the base porter still comes through giving off a nice chocolate and roast aroma in addition to a bevy of spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice seem to be there.

T: The spices come through strongly in the flavor as well. Lots of nutmeg and clove without too much pumpkin flavor. Again some moderate roastiness and a fair amount of chocolate from the base recipe. As this one sits on the tongue there's a bit of a warming feeling, maybe it's the alcohol, but it seems more like it comes from the spices.

M: The body is medium, nothing spectacular in either the positive or negative, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: There's not a ton of actual pumpkin flavor here (probably not helped due to this being a porter which masks the fairly subtle pumpkin flavor), but it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to rudzud for sharing.

Very little fizzy mocha head, pitch black color, touch lacing.

Nose weird, some light pumpkin powder like and vegetable, plenty of nutmeg like spices, cocoa, toasted oats, some chocolate milk and bakers, chalky powdered like, biscuit, toffee, caramel, etc. Little canned pumpkin.

Taste starts with dark malts, little lush but little creamy, plenty of chocolate, cocoa, bakers choc, pumpernickel bread, caramel, molasses etc, lots of oats. Light spices and plenty of nutmeg and maybe hint of cinnamon like. Light bready biscuit malt, chewy, toasty, light nutty peanut butter like, some pumpkin in the background more like pumpkin chai tea or something. Light bitterness little roast even. Finish is sticky and syrupy, sweetish, more dark malts, cocoa, pumpkin chai, nutmeg, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall very interesting and unique, nice malts, weird pumpkin chai and nutmeg, interesting but not great.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass mug.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for helping me take down a major Want!

This thing had better live up to its name. It pours a slightly garnet-tinged (I blame the mug here) onyx topped by a half-finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, graham crackers, very light roasted malts, chocolate, and toasted pumpkin seeds. The taste follows the same lines, though the chocolate is richer and smoother, the pumpkin seeds are diminished, and the spices blend nicely into their surroundings. Good times. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, I was not at all disappointed with this elixir. Definitely lives up to its name, baby!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oh boy. Heard bad things about this year's batch (2012) but good things about the brewery and beer. Expectations are fairly high as a result. Acquired for $16.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger tan colour head - slightly thin compared to my expectations - of nice cream and good retention. Lacing is okay. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for a porter, but interesting considering the pumpkin aspect. Looks appealing. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, dark malts, clove, other spices, chocolate, delightful cream, and buried roast. Spices and pumpkin are dominant. I don't get any coffee. An intriguing, appealing aroma. No yeast character comes through; it doesn't seem alive. No alcohol comes through. It's what I expected - a spiced porter with some pumpkin. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pumpkin and spice rub up against dark malts and chocolate. There's definite competition going on rather than collaboration; the balance is far from ideal. It's a touch messy as a result. Little roast, if any. Some caramel. The chocolate is too strong for the balance. Spices are indistinct, but I can confirm clove. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I do like it, but the balance is problematic. Tasty but not ideal. It has complexity, but lacks subtlety.

Mf: Some intermittent cream. Smooth and wet all around. Good carbonation and thickness, but it never feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Good palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but its current ratings make little sense given the quality. This is nowhere near as good as its overall ratings lead me to believe, but I can see where this year's batch might be lackluster. I'm glad I tried it, and I'm open to trying future years, but this is a bit disappointing. Still, if I take it outside expectations, it's pretty good - just not for the price. My first midnight sun beer has not been impressive, but I'm looking forward to trying others.


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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with jakekohut, thanks man!

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of tan head. Ok retention and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and a tiny bit of pumpkin. Also some chocolate and roasted malts. I thought there would be more pumpkin in the smell, but it still smelled great

t - Spices and cinnamon are the first tastes that hit me. Next was some pumpkin, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. The pumpkin was a lot more prominent in the taste than it was in the smell. A nice mixture.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy...very easy to drink.

d - I really enjoyed this pumpkin porter. I liked how the pumpkin came out in the taste and that the spices weren't overwhelming. Very nice and would like to have again sometime.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. 2009 bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours deep brown, borderline black, with a nice one finger tall off-white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Hints of pumpkin pulp, pumpkin pie spices, sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a tiny bit of smoke toward the end. All things considered this one has some killer balance. Nothing really tried to outdo the others. Well done.

T - Some dark roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of pumpkin, dark spices, sweet chocolate, and some light smoke. The pumpkin is muted but it still holds it own with the rest of these dark flavors. Finish is smokey with some lingering sweet roast. Very nice overall balance, one of the best I have had.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with some lingering spicy roast in the finish.

D - Really good stuff. I really enjoyed this one. The muted pumpkin mixed very well with the dark roast and sweet chocolate to form a well rounded porter. One of the best I have had.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shard by Devin, thanks. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is like a pumpkin pie with a little roast. Aroma is pretty strong. Some people thought that this was oxidized but I didn't agree. Mild chocolate in the aroma.

Beer is medium bodied and quite spicy with nice levels of chocolate. Moderate roast / ashiness in the back. I got a little more of a pour and it was quite good. Again, I don't get any oxidation but its a pretty good beer. Not a beer I would normally want to drink on a hot summer day in D.C. but it was a nice treat.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.11/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into chalice.

Pours a thin layer of beige head. Color is a caramel copper brown. Decent head retention, but no lace.

Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, cocoa, chocolate. Big spices. I also get a bit of vanilla. Too much!!

Taste: Vanilla, cocoa, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, cloves, and pumpkins. A mass amount of spice.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, I don't think I could use the word 'spice' enough for this beer. That is pretty much all it is. Not for me. Not drinkable at all. I couldn't get through but maybe 5 oz and that was tough.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with clarity around the edges when held to the light. A creamy tan cap forms about a finger strong and slowly fades. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew is pumpkin flesh mixed with a spiced scent of nutmeg and/or cinnamon. It is earthy with a spicy sweet vanilla inclusion that compliments the chocolate character of the malt. Lightly "green" smelling from the pumpkin incorporation which is typical for pumpkin beers and a faint mineral aspect intertwines with the spices.

The taste of this brew is pumpkin purée. Anyone who might have told you that pumpkin is just starch and has no flavor needs to try this beer. Very bold taste of pumpkin flesh is earthy with a mixture of spices like nutmeg/cinnamon and sweet vanilla. There is a mild taste of cloves included that adds to the depth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. There are lots of flavors going on in this brew that all work to bring out the enjoyable qualities of pumpkin pie. The abv is well hidden for nearly 8%. My only gripe about this brew is that the pumpkin and spices completely dwarf the porter and chocolate qualities of this brew. The porter aspect is seemingly only evident in this brew's looks. However, the thought of increasing the porter characteristics of this brew would probably mask all of the enjoyable pumpkin qualities that makes this one of the better pumpkin brew's I have had.

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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.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a nice mix of chocolate and pumpkin pie spice. I get a bit of roasty flavors as well. It has a sweetness to it, almost like a sugary, pumpkin pie like flavor. It fits the beer very nicely though and the spices seem to help balance it out.

The taste starts with some of the sweeter, chocolate flavors to it. The pumpkin pie spice starts kicking in midway and lingers through the finish. I get some bitterness to it in the finish that helps it from becoming too sweet. It's kind of like a chocolate pumpkin pie flavor overall, if there is such a thing.

The mouthfeel is is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, it's a very good beer and an excellent pumpkin beer. I really liked the pumpkin pie and chocolate flavors coming together in it. It had a lot of different flavors, but managed to keep them pretty well in balance. Very nice beer overall, and one of my favorite pumpkin beers I've tried.

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.