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: 697
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 461
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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2005)
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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottling. Tulip glass.

A: Pours... essentially black, a lighter coffee color around the rim. A bit of medium khaki head which vanishes to a ring of largish bubbles and some residual head. Pretty good retention for what's there, and some lacing.

S: Spiced, creamy pumpkin (cinnamon, nutmeg on the back end), nice roasted malt, faint chocolate, and very dark roast espresso. Not really sensing the cloves yet.

T: Roasted malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, with a lengthy finish featuring pumpkin pie and coffee. The pumpkin sticks around for awhile. Flabby.

M: Soft, medium carbonation and medium-full body. No alcohol noticeable.

O: Maybe pumpkin beers aren't for me, and even though there wasn't a lot of pumpkin here, I'd still like to see less pumpkin. I think this needs more roasted malt and porter-ish brightness to support the pumpkin, or else it's kind of flabby. Well done for a pumpkin beer, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from aekoops in a trade. Bottled in the 4th week of August. REALLY stoked to finally get to try this one. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours an opaque black color with just a bit of mahogany red hues when held to the light. No real head at all, but a light-mocha colored collar forms and stays throughout.

S - The aroma starts off with nutmeg and cinnamon really taking the spot. Pumpkin comes through a bit but is mostly present because of the spices. Sweet milk chocolate cream contrast nicely along with some roasted malt. The spices kind of drowns everything else out.

T - Th taste seem much more balanced and is the reason I was so stoked for this beer. Pumpkin spices start things off along with some hints of pumpkin flesh. Slightloy bitter cocoa nibs and sweet chocolate come next mixing nicely with the aforementioned spices. Some roasted malts also come into play nicely. I would recommend letting this one warm. When it was 15 minutes out of the fridge, the pumpkin and spices really dominated. But after a while, everything seems to mix together in a more harmonious manner.

M - Medium bodied beer that feels ever so light bodied here and there. Nice carbonation makes the beer more creamy and smooth. Spices and chocolate really sit on the tongue for a while making for a nice long finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one. It was the marriage of flavors that I had hoped for. While it didn't blow me away, as I had hoped, it still became my new favorite in the world of pumpkin inspired beers.

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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to guezehead for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pours black and billowy like a stout resulting in nice tan head.

S: Smells like milk chocolately goodness in addtion to, nutmeg, and spice. Not getting as much pumpkin as some other reviews.

T: First taste is stout like, bitter chocolate, but changes to porter roastiness as it warms. Spices incorporate nicely with a milk chocolately finish.

M: Incredibly creamy and smooth. Impressive complexity. Tastes like a combination between milk stout, and a porter. No one flavor dominates, they meld with each sip, very impressive.

D: Fairly low. Tastes incredible, but couldnt have several pints of this one, definitely a sipper dessert beer.

O: I think I was expecting more pumpkin for this one but I was not let down by any means as this the best porter/imperial porter I've had next to HF Everett. Definitely must try for Porter lovers out there.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tewaris
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2010 with an year on it.

Pours clear and dark brown with some bubbles but no real head. Smells very spicy, most notable nutmeg, followed by assorted spice and chocolate. Tastes sweet but chocolaty with strong spice, and perhaps pumpkin. I don't think it would have been any better or worse fresh. Mouthfeel is a bummer, thin and overcarbonated. While I wasn't impressed much by any individual component of this beer, I think it's overall a well crafted beer.
3, 3.5, 3.5, 2, 4

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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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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beergod1
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Double Bastard Tall Glass, black with a Tan head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left nice lacing all the way to the last sip. Very pleasant aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is complex with the pumpkin and chocolate as the main tastes, but with coffee, light roasted malt, also present. I did not taste much of the spices listed in the description. But this still was an amazing beer. Medium to heavy bodied. But it did get a little sweet towards the end, Especially after drinking the whole 22 oz. bottle. I planned on sharing with 2 of my friends, but after drinking a Weyerbacher Pumpkin Ale, Lagunitas 'Sucks" and a Goose Island Christmas ale on thanksgiving, I couldn't stop myself. Fairly smooth at the finish. Having something that you have wanted for a while can be a let-down after all the hype. Thankfully in this case, the experience lived up to my expectations.

Photo of Mississipping
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely black with a small dark khaki colored head that dissipated very quickly to leave behind a small patch and rocky head. No light penetrates even when held to light.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Loads of chocolate and allspice up front with some roasted barley, hints of pumpkin and a bit of cinnamon.  Really a dynamic aroma for a pumpkin beer, much less a porter.  There's no indication that this is barrel aged, but it smells as thought it is.  A bit of oak and bourbon, especially as it warms up.  Absolutely fantastic.  

T: Chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit and toffee come out first.  The spices kick in just behind, showcasing cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, just as the label suggests.  The pumpkin takes a while to come out, but comprises much of the finish and lingers long after each sip.  

M: Full-bodied with a lower level of carbonation that sits heavily on the tongue and coats the mouth pretty well.  Fantastic feel for this beer that is equally as good as the aroma and taste.  

D:  Despite the alcohol level on this, it is big enough to make you think there might be more.  That, along with the complexity of this beer, make it an easy sipper.  It goes down very easily and captivates your attention with each sip.  Really a treat to have, and perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kzoobrew
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body, opaque for all intents and purposes. Very slight mahogany hues appear only on the slimmest of edges. A one finger khaki colored head is produced from a rather careful pour. The head works its way back slowly leaving a milky cap sitting atop. A substantial amount of lacing clings to the walls of the glass. The appearance is outstanding, could not ask for anything more.

While still a bit cold the pumpkin spice is rather prominent. The nutmeg and cinnamon really standout, the clove aroma is a bit more subdued. Sweeter milk chocolate and roast lies underneath contrasting the pumpkin characteristics. The warmth provides balance. The chocolate flavor becomes deeper and richer. This aroma certain peaks with warmth, smell is rather similar to a pumpkin spiced truffle.

Strong pie spice flavor lays heavy on the tongue up front. The spice flavor sits on the palate rather dry and powdery. As the beer moves back on the tongue a deep cocoa flavor emerges. Slightly bitter dark chocolate compliments the spice flavor very well. A bit of a lactose sweetness positions itself between the spice and chocolate. The separation of flavors is rather distinct on the cooler side. Just as the nose improved with warmth, the flavor only gets better. The fuller chocolate flavor really brings some much needed cohesion to the flavor.

Medium bodied Porter with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is appropriate and allows the beer to take on a bit of a creamy texture. The finish is long as expected.

Enjoyable beer. This beer, more than any I can remember at the moment, changes greatly with the temperature. Warmth is really the key for enjoyment. With warmth the flavor smooths out and blends well and is very pleasant. I am not sure this is one I will seek out often, it will be one I seek out a bottle every year however.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of heyta
5/5  rDev +22.5%

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Way opaque deep color. Bright -5 degree Alaskan crisp sky midday sunlight to contrast the beer towards, and nothing, as far as light goes, is showing. Wisping cappucino cream showing thinly.

Pumpkin pie greets the nose first, then chicory blend coffee, and a little sticky bun scent hit the nose, and tastebuds follow suit by watering.

Delicious. For the most part the flavor follows the same lines as what you read straight above when I was talking about the smell of this creation. Added to it, though, is a certain electric flash that occurs as the moderate carbonation and thick body coincide with one another, and a hop/coffee bitterness develops henceforth, giving total closure to the whole experience.

This beer gives true closure to fall and welcomes winter. Wide breadth of flavor and nuance and just the way that it drinks, it is spot on for a seasonal at this exact time and place. Also extremely well built, and well, it's name is aptly put.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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