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: 308
Hads: 711
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 460
Gots: 121 | FT: 8
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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 olympuszymurgus
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We ate pork and squash lasagna, envisioning the audacity of our endeavors. The beer poured a sexy dark brown, reasonable head of a muted tone. The smell makes me think of my grandmother pulling a fine pumpkin pie out of the oven in her old lakehouse. It's spice, darn fine balanced spice. The pumpkin, not the spice, is also there. Damn the silly BJCP judge who informed me they are tasteless gourds. That man has never had this beer or a fine pie.

The taste is not a let down after that nose. It unfurls down your tongue, a patriotic flag of the American pumpkin.

Cucurbitas unite under this banner, for you are the chosen fruit! (634 characters)

Photo of LittleBug31
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy New Year!! (Almost Midnight!! -- Enjoying a Midnight Sun creation....)

Appearance: Dark chocolatey brown/black color. Deep ruby red on edges when held close to a light bulb. Small, lingering tan head.

Smell: Hot chocolate with a side of pumpkin pie! Cinnamony crust mingling with nutmeg and caramel.

Taste: Dark chocolate and ginger right away. Cinnamon and pumpkin tangled with roasty malts. Almost a spicy flavor with the ginger mixed with clove and nutmeg. Caramelized brown sugar- smooth taste reminds me of melted bitter-sweet fondue. Maybe a slight hint of burnt pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with light carbonation. Tiny bubbles tickle my tongue in a very subdued way.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Mildly heavy yet easy to drink in a very pleasant way! Really good!! (790 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A:Pours a dark brown, lighter edged when held up to the light. Light coating of medium-tan head. Some lacing as it climbs down the glass.

S: Reminiscent of a fall day in pumpkin patch armed with hot chocolate. Pointed bittersweet chocolate smell , lingering caramel, and nicely worked in spice. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. Great crusty bread character holds everything together very well.

T: Waves of spice--ginger is the first noticed. Cinnamon and nutmeg come in sometime after, with the cocoa and chocolate/roasted malt providing a firm base for the spice. Light citrus from the hops is noticeable if you dig for it. Nice light caramel/creamy chocolate flavour comes out as it warms, balancing with the spice very nicely. Seems like they take turns being the primary taste.

M:Low-to-medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel--a bit lighter than expected, but works great with this particular beer.

D: Less porter character than I was expecting from an "imperial porter." Seems like they blended a Southern Tier Pumking with a nice porter, resulting in these two different characters (pumpkin spice and darker malts) that alternate in dominance. A lighter mouthfeel and perfect job on the spice make this a very drinkable beer. Quite the T.R.E.A.T.! (1,249 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Malt & Vine, labeled TREAT.

A- Pours a translucent black/dark brown, with a fizzy head that quickly dies down to nothing. Reminds me of a partially flat cola.
S- Overpowering cinnamon, pumpkin. Reminds me of pretty much every pumpkin beer I've had.
T- Pumpkin, spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, etc.) dominate hard and early. I get some roasted malts in the finish. It was more pumpkin than chocolate/porter. I would call this a "dark pumpkin beer" and nothing near a porter.
M - Fizzy. Spritzy. Very carbonated for the lack of head on this beer. Medium body, yet fairly smooth.
D- Not much. I opened this as a "treat" to myself on christmas eve (yes, I went there. deal with the pun) and was instantly saddened that I didn't have anyone to share it with and take the load off me. Not for me.

Overall - Not impressed. At all. I was psyched to get my hands on this and it failed to deliver on all aspects. Very one dimensional on the pumpkin front and very little (to no) chocolate or porter. The pumpkin and spices more than dominate the brew and take away any enjoyment from this beer. Not recommended as a porter, however, if you absolutely LOVE pumpkin beers then this is worth seeking out. (1,213 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Portia99. Thanks! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown and allows a tiny bit of light to pass through. Nice silky looking layer of tan head, heavy lacing. A little lighter than some imperial stouts/porters.

S: The nose is primarily pumpkin with huge notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and a little clove in the background. The spices seem to be overwhelm the aroma as I don't detect much in the way of chocolate or roasted notes. As it opens up a bit, some chocolate sneaks through.

T: The initial flavor matches the nose with a nice pumpkin pie spice profile. Cinnamon and cloves seem to be the most prominent flavors. The influence of the cocoa nibs comes through mid palate in the form of deep dark chocolate notes. The chocolate starts bitter and transitions into a rich sweetness The finish of this beer is remarkable as everything is wrapped up with a reprise of cinnamon and a touch of heat from the alcohol. There is a whole lot going on in this beer and it seems to change character with each sip as it warms. This is my style of beer!

MF: the carbonation is somewhere between low and medium and the body is medium. I would have preferred a thicker body for all of the flavors going on, but still quite nice.

D: Very drinkable as it has a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Very interesting beer and enjoyable to sip on. Wish this one was more readily available! (1,447 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into tulip on 12/16/09.

A - Dispensed from the bottle as a deep cocoa bean body with a thick, creamy nougat-colored crown reminiscent of the center of a Three Musketeers candy bar. Head reduced to about a quarter inch ring and patchy film, and deposited a bit of foam around the glass.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove are apparent at first, followed by a subtle waft of cocoa nibs and a deep roasted malt character. However, the spicy characteristics are the beer's dominating attributes.

T - Again, the spicy notes appear first, with cinnamon at the forefront; however, a semi-sweet chocolate character quickly enters the fold, suggesting lactose and cocoa powder. A roasted malt character persists throughout, but is accompanied by sweet caramel and chocolate malt notes. There's even an underlying citrus hop character in the backend. A nutty, coffee character develops as the liquid warmed up considerably. Finishes with subtle earthy hop notes and a crisp, wafer-like or cookie dough malt aspect.

M - Full bodied and robust, the texture of this porter is creamy with enough carbonation to keep the mouthfeel lively and interesting. Finishes with subtle bitterness on the palate.

D - Wow! This is kind of like chocolate-dipped Pumking. TREAT is simply a delicious, full-bodied and complex porter. This one was hyped up quite a bit, but it definitely lived up to my expectations. Many thanks to akbeerfiend for the trade! (1,456 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade with alaskajoe. Thanks Joe! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a deep, dark, almost pure black with a creamy, tannish collar and thin layer of bubbles on the surface.

S - Overall, smells like gingerbread just out of the oven. Cloves and nutmeg dominate in all the spices and quite a bit of chocolate. Extremely complex and interesting.

T - A smoky, roasted pumpkin flavors (like the area of a pumpkin pie around the edge of the crust that caramelizes a bit...umm). spices - nutmeg and cloves stand out above the others. Chocolate appears towards the end and stays into the aftertaste for me.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth. Smokiness lingers through into the aftertaste.

D - Definitely not one to drink quickly. Extremely complex and meant to be sipped and savored. Excellent tasting beer without much of a hint of alcohol despite being at 7.8%. Not one to drink fast, but does go down pretty easily if you are so inclined. Another great beer from MS. Glad to have a chance to try this one. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the TREAT version of this beer. Same beer just a different name, but I wanted to denote which name this was being reviewed under.

A- Poured very thick. This beer is very dark, black in the glass, dark dark mahogany during the pour. The head is a dirty snow color, not the yellow version. But you know the kind. It disappears quickly too.

S- This has a very clean smell. Up front there is the Nutmeg and cinnamon followed by a roasty pumpkin smell. I'm also getting a slight maple sugar smell too. This beer doesn't have an over powering pumpkin spice smell, which is good, nice and subtle.

T- Can we say subtle? Wow this has a lot going on, but it comes and goes in waves and is so well blended together that it can be difficult to pick up on the flavors as they are playing so well together. A great chocolaty coffee porter base, with the chocolaty sweetness staying throughout the taste. Then we get this roasted pumpkin taste that is there and very robust, solid pumpkin taste. The cinnamon and other spices lend very well to the taste. Excellent offering.

M- Thick, but the carbination is balanced so it works. Too thin and this beer wouldn't be as enjoyable. The roasted pumpkin taste I mentioned above lingers nicely and lets you know its there down the stretch.

D- Super easy to drink, smooth and delightful.

I like how the pumpkin taste isn't fake tasting but realistic and hearty like pumpkin should be. Not this pumpkin pie type aspect which can taste phony. (1,484 characters)

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

The bottle was labeled TREAT, so I'm not positive if this is the same beer with a new name?

This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with a little bit of dark tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and sweet pumpkin and earthy dark chocolate, with a little bit of oak and bitter coffee and salty cashews. It tasted like rich dark chocolate and pumpkin and roasted barley, with some coffee and cinnamon and cashews. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very interesting and complex beer that was still clean and delicate. It hid the alcohol well and had good body too, so it was easy to drink. This is another unique brew from Midnight Sun that was fun to try and enjoyable to have once, but it didn't end up being super delicious to me. (798 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to timmcd64 for all the goodness he sends across the country.

A: Pours a nice dark roasty black hue. Tall creamy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S: Lots of roast, strong notes of chocolate, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices.

T: Wonderful roasted malt up front. Real cocoa, and light pumpkin. The spice comes in near the finish, its a perfect balance of pie spices.

M: Medium in body, smooth, lightly carbonated.

D: Tasty perfect beer to enjoy right before my Thanksgiving dinner. (492 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard stemmed glass so it looked like a dark chocolate bar with a huge milkshake dense head.
Taste was pretty unique. The pumpkin and chocalate are there and noticable but not over-powering, very well balanced and complex at the same time. The mouthfeel is an array of flavors ending in a sweet candy finish. This isn't the most drinkable beer, as far as pounding a few in the Raiders parking lot with the boys, but it is a tasty beer that goes well with a cold night and talking shit around the fire. (527 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my man, alaskajoe, for this incredible hookup from a recent trade. Joe, you went above and beyond with this one. Thanks so much!!

Vintage 2008.

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very thick deep black. This is one of thickest porters I've ever seen. No light coming through this one, not even on the edges. Small tan head caps this one off. Decent retention, but leaves little to no lace. Smells of pumpernickel bread, gingerbread, molasses, chocolate powder, milk, with a finish of roasted nuts. This is a smörgåsbord of scent!

The mouth is creamy, yet wet. Not the smoothest, but not lacking in subtle bite either. Just right. These flavors mix ever so wonderfully. The pumpkin is there, but it is mild and tame. The chocolate is also there, but not in your face. This is balanced perfectly. Nice little bite from the hops right smack in the middle as well. Finishes roasted and bready. Dang. This beer sat me down and taught me a thing or two. I want more. Also, I think I may make a chocolate pumpkin pie this year. This was stellar. (1,058 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark brown that's more like cola around the edges with a wide tan collar atop.

Smells of pungent smokey sour grains piled on top of a light pumpkin spice and sour dark chocolate that stems from the smokey porter notes. A deeper whiff amplifies the cocoa notes.

Tastes a little flat with a dry smokey cocoa with touches of pumpkin spices that sting the edges of my tongue. Finishes with a dry smokey cocoa and an awkward sour woodiness that is rather unpleasant. Quicker sips make this more tollerable.

Feels quite present and clean with a quick flash of carbonation across my palate. Nice.

Tasty, but perhaps too complicated for its own good. (667 characters)

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. (644 characters)

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

The 2008 ICPP; many, many thanks to AKBelgianBeast for the chance to finally try this beauty.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with exceptional head retention and pretty good lacing. The nose is just a lot of fun, with an aroma of cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, chocolate and coffee. There's even a slight funkiness to the nose, that makes me wonder if some brett was introduced at some point (I assume not, but there's definitely a bit of a barnyard smell to this beer). Flavors on the palate aren't quite as complex as what I got on the nose, but there's still plenty of milk chocolate, coffee and pumpkin flavor. One thing I like in this beer is that it's not overly sweet, and so I'm not overwhelmed by the pumpkin flavor. The pumpkin flavor is actually fairly subtle in this beer, something I appreciated. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, smooth finish. Drinkability is exceptional, I had no difficulty whatsoever drinking the entire bottle.

This is an excellent beer, but one suggestion I would make is not to drink this beer too cold. Fresh out of the fridge I thought the mouthfeel just a bit thin, but the beer seemed to gain some additional richness and flavor as it warmed up. In any event, yet another very fine beer from MS. Thanks Frank! (1,280 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Aroma is dominated by spices--allspice, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. Flavor of roasted malt, some sweet notes, and lots of the spices mentioned above. No real pumpkin flavor, just spices, but this is a solid beer. (268 characters)

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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

2008 Edition

A big "thank you" goes out to that crazy bastard in 49th state, AKBelgianBeast, thanks Francis! ICPP chugs from the bottle and has a body as black as Satan's soul. A creamy mocha head is easily drawn out on the pour and rises menacingly to over a finger in height. The head instantly becomes creamy, only falling a little, and leaves solid sheet lacing down the glass. The lacing and head retention on this beer are impressive to say the least.

The maltiness is coating thick with a roasty note hitting first and foremost. I really like how the pumpkin is done in this brew. I deep pull brings the pumpkin out first and then hints of the other pie spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger in that order. The cocoa nibs used are faint but add another nice layer of complexity. There's a floral note tucked away in the nose that I can't put my finger on for whatever reason, it doesn't seem to fit into the rest of the brew or this would get a bump up to a 4.5.

Roastiness is front and center on the tongue as well. This beer knows it's a porter and all other aspects are secondary. Pumpkin comes along mid-palate in a very refined, soft sort of way. The spices are also corralled nicely with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger all being present but never overdone. The cocoa nibs come along in the form of baker's chocolate and tuck in behind the pumpkin throughout the drink with a little vanilla for good measure. That odd floral aroma is here in the flavor as well. I have to say, it steers this beer in the wrong direction. I can't put my finger on what it is but my only thought is a combination of the spices used. When this warms significantly the odd floral quality shrinks.

The mouthfeel of this big porter is stellar. For the high abv the body is moderately heavy but feels light and airy with the perfectly dialed in carbonation. There's a very velvety overall feel to the body with a slight fizziness on the swallow.

For such a big beer this is surprisingly easy to put away. The light mouthfeel and overall good flavors don't hurt the cause any. As a matter of fact this bomber will be drunk with no problem at all.

ICPP is a beer that I've been wanting to try for ages now. The whole mix of porter, pumpkin and chocolate seem right to me. I thoroughly enjoy this beer and although that odd spiciness does get in the way a bit it in no way ruins my experience with this beer. Thanks for the great trade Beast I'm looking forward to the next! (2,474 characters)

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

Bottle into mug, 2008 vintage. Thanks to MNS, Specialty Imports and Robert for engineering a case of this deliciously delightful beverage to our little drinkin' village at the far upper reaches of the Lynn Canal.

Pours dark brown with huge frothy tan head that stays a while. Active carbonation, and lacing that mostly slides away but some that sticks. SMELL is sweet, spicy, boozy. Pumpkin, nutmeg, chocolate, cinnamon, and even some malty notes. TASTE follows the nose. Sweet, spicy, chocolate and just a bit of booze. Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and barely noticeable backing hop bitterness blend delicately into a very smooth, balanced, and complex sensation. Sooo close to perfect. FEEL is soft carbonation, rich, creamy texture and a medium body. Clean finish. OVERALL this is a special treat and way way too easy to drink. (837 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to lakersfan16 for the trade, I've wanted to try this beer for about 2 years now. This is the 2008 edition.

Ink like liquid with a frothy 2-3 inch foam on top. Very good retention with a bit of lacing.

Pumpkin, cocoa, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, espresso, and nutty malts. Hints on mint, and roasted malts. Nice mint or spicy aroma that combines with chocolate and coffee. Nothing too aggressive, all flavors blend very well together, soft and floral on the nose.

Lots of roasted malts, some coffee, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, and cocoa in the finish. A little vegetal in the finish with lightly roasted malts, no bitterness, and cocoa. Some fleeting toffee flavors as well. A bit of a sugar cookie flavor mid-palate.

Medium carbonation, a bit thin in the finish. Very smooth though. (825 characters)

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

A: As dark as molasses with only a very thin, tan head.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted pumpkin, freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon, light ginger and allspice.

T: Dark Dutch chocolate, cocoa mass, roasted pumpkin with dark brown sugar atop, pie spice and a dollop of molasses.

M: Moderately thick, coating, and unctuous.

D: Easily approachable, creamy beyond measure despite its thickness and redolent spice. (404 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the Alaskan BA who sent this one out. Brought this out at a tasting and poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a thin, dark brown. This is nearing black, but the edges show big signs of ruby and brown hints. The head is light colored as well: light khaki and sticky with some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Delectable. Smells like a chocolate pumpkin pie, if that ever were to exist. Smells like Hershey chocolate syrup and pumpkin spice. Does not smell sweet though. It is a nice balance of spices and chocolaty goodness.

T: This is truly mouth-watering. It is not "in your face" flavor, but the flavor components that do show are unparalleled. Tons of creamy, milk chocolaty chocolate milkshake-like flavors coupled with just the right amount of pumpkin spice, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: This is so incredibly creamy. The creamiest, smoothest beer I ever had.

Overall, this one is out of the park. My first Midnight Sun and I am in love. (968 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008. Pours dark brown to black with a one finger medium tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is some nice pumpkin pie spices mixing well with the sweet malty porter. Chocolate is harder to come by, perhaps some cocoa powder, more of the spices and porter. Taste follows with the pumpkin pie and porter sweetness up front, some tangy acidity comes in mid taste, a cinnamon finish lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, nice soft carbonation works well and gives the full feel, though the body is not too heavy. Overall a good beer, not as stellar as the oak aged version I had a while back, perhaps the spices in this sample are just a little over the top for me. Mouthfeel is beautiful though as is the porter that resides within. Thanks George for the opportunity. (788 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for bringing this one out treyrab, this is one of those beers that you hear about but think you'll never see. My first offering from Midnight Sun..

Pour produces a really beautifully solid and soft hazelnut brown head that sticks around for the majority of the glass. Very dark body, with a little bit of light brown around the top edges. Very elegant looking for a porter.

An impeccable Smokey pumpkin, great balanced use of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Slight chocolate, good caramel. Burnt malts are there but not harsh on the nose and the pumpkin prevails over all. A little bit too subdued but not overly so and that's my only complaint about this beer.

Lighter but not unusual for this style. Incredibly milky, all flavors mentioned above and crafted smoothly to put together an amazingly smooth and one of a kind porter. The pumpkin flavors are pleasing and dance nicely amongst the great and not overdone use of spices. The burnt malts stand nicely in the back, and don't take over the show but make their presence known in the best way possible. The chocolate malts here seem a little reserved, but play nicely with the other flavors. BRAVO Midnight Sun, I wasn't sure if this was going to be an overhyped offering, I couldn't have been more wrong. (1,270 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage received from alaskajoe. Thanks man! I split this with my man Chris for dessert on day one of our epic tasting

A: Pretty much pitch black with a dark brown head with good retention. Dark brown highlights.

S: Unique. Pumpkin, unsweetened chocolate and clove jump right out with beautiful balance with cream and cinnamon in the back. Nice roastiness from the malt and with the hint of coffee in the back, this smells more like an artisanal milk shake than a beer.

T: In-fucking-credible. Opens with a good bit of unsweetened chocolate, cream and a very clean pumpkin flavor (as opposed to the pumpkin spices that most other pumpkin beers are wont to taste like). This is followed by a wave of spices, nutmeg and cinnamon being most prominent. Solid creaminess follows with a mild coffee roastiness that rounds out the spices incredibly well. The dark roastiness also brings to mind dark wheat bread. All told, this beer is a lesson in remarkable balance with all flavors having their time in the sun almost simultaneously.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation with wonderful, spicy finish

D: Oh yes. While I split this, it wouldn't be much to drink a whole bottle by myself.

**Edit 11 Nov 2012**

I never thought I'd ever see this on the shelves. 2012 release, I finally get to revisit this beer after almost 5 years.

I am very surprised that I don't have much to add. The chocolate is more a mildly sweetened milk chocolate, with the base porter being mildly roasty (not as roasty as my earlier review notes). The coffee character is minimal, but the balance of flavors on the palate is incredible. Meaty caramelized pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, this is beautifully complex and incredibly enjoyable. The moutfeel is outstanding. Medium-bodied, the soft creamy carbonation lifts the gently sweet palate, and emphasizes the blend of chocolate and pumpkin on the finish. I'm updating my scores to reflect my more curmudgeonly self now. (1,977 characters)

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.