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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: 701
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 460
Gots: 115 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to a snifter.

Appearance- Rich, noticeable thickness as it poured. Dark cherry cola, black body underneath a small, frothy mocha brown cap. Nice vivid crimsons and browns fused with intense blacks, making for a seductive ebony hue. A lingering creamy lacing left behind on the glass as I sipped.

Smell- Initial smells of light ginger cookies, raisin, mild pumpkin and chocolate. Tart dark cherries, molasses, bran, and pumpkin bread round out the smells. Gentle sweetness with overall lighter aromas, yet still complex. When warmed, the spiced characters, especially cloves and nutmeg, become more prominent.

Taste- Toasty, roasted chocolate malts with a pleasant body of pumpkin, spiced cloves and nutmeg. Chocolate explosion swarms the throat in the finish. Lingering aftertaste is of sweet pie crust. Overall, large amounts of pumpkin pie, sweet cocoa nibs, toasted pumpkin seeds, gingerbread, and a very alluring smokiness.

Mouthfeel- Frothy mouthfeel, bigger bodied, and light carbonation that leaves a nice fuzzy feeling in the throat. An interesting savory umami aftertaste that mixes well with the sweetness to make for a very refreshing experience.

Overall- Complex, with loads of character and flavors. Bold, rich, and lightly spiced. Chocolate/pumpkin/spiced combo makes for a solid pumpkin porter. With so much to offer… you could probably find something about this brew you like and something you don't.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass

A - Dark brown, almost black with one finger of espresso coloured head that quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Cloves and nutmeg dominate the nose up front. Then, cinnamon, roasted malts and pumpkin become apparent. Fairly heavy spice aroma. The chocolate shows up very subtly in he background after a while.

T - Roasted malts up front, followed by the spices and the pumpkin and chocolate show up in the finish. Very well layered. The spices are balanced but the cloves and cinnamon are slightly more prominent than the nutmeg.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip black with about an inch of tan to redish head.

Nose amazing! pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, chocolate,with a sour finish. I love the smell of this beer.

First taste different to the smell but still loving it. Nutmeg cloves, chocolate, a very light notes of sour.

This is my favorite pumpkin ale. Even a non pumpkin person would like this beer. Midnight sun crushes it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With all these wonderful reviews I decided to pull the trigger and purchase this against my best judgement.

Look: Black and totally opaque with red light traces passing through. 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Notes of cinnamon and pumpkin upfront with notes of chocolate in the middle and the backend has a slight sour note

Taste: The flavor profile of this beer is all the fucking map and not in a good way. It goes from a nutmeg, cinnamon front to a chocolate covered pumpkin sourness on the backend and totally off putting

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I had a hard time drinking this nonsense. The flavors were fighting each other and did not blend together as well as you think they would. For $14.99 this is a totally avoidable beer

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

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, nice lace.

S: Cloves and allspice, dark roasted coffee, nut.

T: Bakers chocolate, licorice, clove, nutmeg, molasses, sponge toffee, graham cracker biscuit, espresso, roasted nut, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Light roasted acidity with a drying alcohol finish.

D/O: Certainly a unique brew. Plenty of flavours, but I'm not sure they really meld.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from eclipse54, big thanks! It's the 2011 version. Poured into DFH signature glass

A: Pours almost pitch black with some reddish hints towards the edges. Faint layer of tan head that forms into a thin ring. Good carbonation. Some alcohol feet. Sticky lacing of tan is left on the glass.

S: Pretty much as described: I get the gourdy pumpkin flesh notes, the clove, the nutmeg, and some hints of milk chocolate. Smells delicious, even to a non-pumpkin lover.

T: It's a really nice sip. You get those fleshy pumpkin hints up front. Then the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon come in towards the mid-mouth. A perfect blend. And the close has a nice chocolate finish. Mostly milk chocolate, not bitter dark. Really don't taste the booze at all. Expertly hidden. Nice sip.

M: Medium to full. Definitely a porter body.

O: I really like this one. It's probably my favorite pumpkin beer this season or ever. A- Thanks again for eclipse54 sending it over! A brewery that I would never have gotten in DE.

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.