TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
07-25-2012 00:53:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-14-2010 05:37:22 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-08-2010 21:44:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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
01-07-2010 00:56:18 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-11-2012 19:21:11 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
02-10-2012 05:14:46 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
05-26-2009 17:39:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-16-2010 07:28:09 | More by womencantsail
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
09-08-2011 18:05:58 | More by GRG1313
4.18/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-19-2013 03:34:09 | More by Knapp85
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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!
02-11-2011 04:07:48 | More by TMoney2591
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
'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.
01-01-2009 08:30:57 | More by largadeer
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-11-2010 18:05:52 | More by Kegatron
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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