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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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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 463
Gots: 117 | 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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Ratings: 703 | Reviews: 312
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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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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4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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