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

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 460
Gots: 109 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Blakaeris
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with ruby and mahogany highlights. head is virtually non-existent.

Aroma is intense burnt molasses, anise, coriander, allspice and nutmeg. The alcohol comes on hot and strong.

Taste is pumpkin, burnt toffee, and chocolate up front along with a touch of dark fruit - possibly date or raisin. Then the strong spice character takes over. More of the coriander, nutmeg, and allspice from the nose; along with a dry cedar quality. Finishes with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Full and round.

A very rich, tasty and interesting flavor. Certainly the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. A must try.

Blakaeris, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with hardly any head on it. Nothing really left on the sides.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nut meg, molasses, clove, graham cracker. Really packed a lot of pumpkin pie in this beer.

T - Tastes like pumpkin pie as well with real pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses. Got some great porter notes and a little bit of char in there for a very rich taste. Tastes great, although it gets a little hard to drink tons of.

M - Creamy, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, misclassified as a pumpkin ale, as it's definitely a porter with pumpkin pie flavoring. Becomes a bit fatiguing as you drink it, but it's really nice for an ocassional treat (pun intended).

AgentZero, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin notes. The taste is pretty nice, mostly cinnamon/nutmeg. Medium Body. A pretty tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've gotten a few bottles of this. I believe this bottle of '09 came from Hopsbreath. Thanks to whomever it was.

Great color, deep brown, slight ruby tinge at the very edges. Thick tan head that leaves foamy tan lacing across the entire

Nose is largly spice. Not quite pumpkin pie at grandma's house, but certainly enticing.

The taste here is exceptional, layers of malt, spice, molasses, pumpkin, a faint booze. If I was reviewing this as a porter this would still be near the top of the list. Enough roast (although I would like a bit more chocolate) and a full body with a taste that leaves the palate crisply.

Mouthfeel is a bit off if only because the amount of spice at the finish lingers for a bit; you never quite feel like you're done. Entry is smooth, a little creamy.

I do think I enjoyed this more when it was a bit colder. When it warmed I felt that the spice was too much.


CooperEllis, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

60 oz. growler.

This beer will release it’s true flavor and potential slightly below room temperature. Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, cloves, spices. Extremely smooth taste, that concludes with pumpkin as an aftertaste. One of my favorite beers from Midnight Sun, I look forward to it's release each year!

lakersfan16, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with clarity around the edges when held to the light. A creamy tan cap forms about a finger strong and slowly fades. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew is pumpkin flesh mixed with a spiced scent of nutmeg and/or cinnamon. It is earthy with a spicy sweet vanilla inclusion that compliments the chocolate character of the malt. Lightly "green" smelling from the pumpkin incorporation which is typical for pumpkin beers and a faint mineral aspect intertwines with the spices.

The taste of this brew is pumpkin purée. Anyone who might have told you that pumpkin is just starch and has no flavor needs to try this beer. Very bold taste of pumpkin flesh is earthy with a mixture of spices like nutmeg/cinnamon and sweet vanilla. There is a mild taste of cloves included that adds to the depth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. There are lots of flavors going on in this brew that all work to bring out the enjoyable qualities of pumpkin pie. The abv is well hidden for nearly 8%. My only gripe about this brew is that the pumpkin and spices completely dwarf the porter and chocolate qualities of this brew. The porter aspect is seemingly only evident in this brew's looks. However, the thought of increasing the porter characteristics of this brew would probably mask all of the enjoyable pumpkin qualities that makes this one of the better pumpkin brew's I have had.

stakem, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Beerwolf77! #500

A: Pours pitch black with hardly any head. Little retention to speak of

S: Right off the bat, tons of molasses, fresh pumpkin puree, light clove and cinnamon, chocolate and lactose. The nose really gives you the pie/crust/whipped cream experience. Very nicely done

T: Tons and tons of molasses, chocolate, light clove (not overpowering), some cinnamon, and other spices. Again, lots of crust and pumpkin pie flavors coming through, less whipped cream. Raw pumpkin - some sweet and some raw

MF/O: Viscous, creamy, velvety feel. Lingering molasses finish. Absolutely awesome and unique- more drinkable than Pumking but less flavorful. Thanks again Todd

scottyshades, May 22, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a decent amount of tan head. Well carbonated and looks Great. Smells very interesting. Lots of cloves and nutmeg. Lot of spices and a nice pumpkin on the nose. Tastes pumpkin heavy ith so many spices. A bit hot on the tongue but melds well with the spices. The pumpkin is great. The cocoa is subtle but compliments well

Urbancaver, May 15, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I want to give a HUGE shout out to harrymel for sending me this one as an extra. This was one of my major wants in the non-whale category. Thanks Harry!

I split this one with my wife who normally hates beer, but digs pumpkin ales and darker, chocolate-like fare.

A: Black in color, with a fairly substantial mocha colored head that became even more pronounced on the pour as I got to the bottom of the bomber.

S: The strangest smell known to man or woman: Candied pumpkin, tons of nutmeg, chocolate, and cloves. All of these ingredients came together to form almost a Cantillon-esque (sour beer-esque) type flair.

T: Pure chocolate nutmeg on the taste. I mean really! The nutmeg almost burned my throat going down. The clove and is buried in these somewhere, but this was pure, full-flavored, chocolate-pumkin bliss.

M: The carbonation was tingly and effective, the sweetness was definitely prominent, but it was pure candy. The lacing was surprisingly low.

O: This is not only one of the strangest concoctions to ever hit my palate, it is also one of the most dessert-like. I plan on getting a few bombers of this stuff once pumpkin ale season hits. Awesome!

Chaney, May 13, 2011
Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to madvermin for this bottle. Definitely one I've wanted to try for quite some time! Pours a dark brown color but is a solid black in the glass. Inch or so of tan head pops up and then quickly fades to a cap that stuck around, no lacing. Aroma is of light pumpkin, lots of clove and cinnamon, butnot much in the way of roastiness or chocolate. Spice dominating the aroma, but it's nice and sweet smelling. Whereas the chocolate and roast are lost in the nose it's made up for in the flavor. Lots of chocolate, roasted pumpkin, spices, and a creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff here. Even with several months of age on it, this beer is still tasting great!

KeefD, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into The Bruery snifter, with a massive thank you nod to Jeff (Alewatcher), for nailing what seems like only one more in an endless list of top wants. And this one carries a second huge thank you from my wife, who has wanted to try this for as long as I can remember.

Pours black with a one-finger, creamy tan head. Great retention, with a bit of spotty lacing.

Nose is quite good also - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all come out with varying degrees of clarity, with lesser notes of chocolate, bit of mocha, and a light, nutty roastiness underneath.

The spices come through beautifully - cinnamon and nutmeg especially, with a nutty, rich milk chocolate character underneath, and hints of caramel underneath. Light pumpkin notes on the finish and exhale. Beautiful balance, can't imagine a better pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, light and creamy, with a dry finish. Lush, soft carbonation, medium-full bodied.

Overall, I haven't had a better vehicle for making a traditionally-spiced pumpkin beer. The rich chocolate and light nuttiness are spectacular in conjunction with the spicing. Another massive thank you to Jeff, from both of us.

JohnQVegas, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of DNICE555
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

R Moe Nay busted this one out for our BA Sexy Chocolate, FW 14th, TREAT, Zhukov tasting with the infamous Zapps. Big ups to him for getting this Alaskan Gem. He told me it's an imperial chocolate pumpkin porter... I told him that I was 98 percent. The look of this beer reminds me of 3AM on Halloween Day.Small tan head without much lacing. Big chocolate aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some actual raw pumpkin. I've never tasted the guts of a pumpkin while I was carving it but smell wise it matches perfectly. Very impressive. The chocolate and raw pumpkin come together nicely. Taste improves dramatically as it warms. I'm tasting some very nice spice as well. Best pumpkin beer I've had to date. Loved it.

DNICE555, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a nice mix of chocolate and pumpkin pie spice. I get a bit of roasty flavors as well. It has a sweetness to it, almost like a sugary, pumpkin pie like flavor. It fits the beer very nicely though and the spices seem to help balance it out.

The taste starts with some of the sweeter, chocolate flavors to it. The pumpkin pie spice starts kicking in midway and lingers through the finish. I get some bitterness to it in the finish that helps it from becoming too sweet. It's kind of like a chocolate pumpkin pie flavor overall, if there is such a thing.

The mouthfeel is is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, it's a very good beer and an excellent pumpkin beer. I really liked the pumpkin pie and chocolate flavors coming together in it. It had a lot of different flavors, but managed to keep them pretty well in balance. Very nice beer overall, and one of my favorite pumpkin beers I've tried.

billab914, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black, with a fair amount of dense dark tan foam. Enough clumps of head retain to leave pretty nice lacing.

S: Sweet, notes of chocolate and hints of coffee, and loads of spices. Even though there's a lot going on with the spices, everything is nicely balanced, and nothing feels too overdone.

T: Again quite sweet, with a nice roasted malt quality. The chocolate and cinnamon notes are also present. Nice overall.

M: Medium to full body, sticky, relatively low carbonation.

Overall it's a nice and drinkable beer, with a fair amount of complexity. It could stand to be a touch less sweet, though depending on your tastes you might find it to be just right.

seand, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of biglite351
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a little red around the edges with a creamy tan head.

S - spices, pumpkin, chocolate, malts and then more spices.

T - chocolate, nutmeg, pumpkin and malt.

M - medium coating with just a touch of tingle on tip of tongue.

D - one is fine, but too odd for more.

biglite351, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours out dark, dark, dark brown. Essentially black. Sadly, no head, only a faint ring of mocha bubbles.

Smells just like pumpkin pie - sweet, nutmeg, allspice, clove. Awesome!

Tastes much like it smells - lots of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon and chocolate. Cloyingly sweet. I'm glad I was sharing with friends.

Medium-heavy body and pretty sticky. Could use a tad more carbonation.

readbaron, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The elusive TREAT. Finally get a chance to crack a bottle.

A: Dark cinnamon brown. About a fingers worth of mocha hued head quickly recedes leaving a bit of soapy lace.

S: Full on pumpkin spice explodes out of the glass. Nutmeg, all spice and clove. Then the porter comes in. Rich roast malt and hints of chocolate and coffee. Perfect balance of both.

T: Pretty much more of the same. Perfect mix of porter and pumpkin. The flavor mingle very nicely.

M: Medium to full body. Soft carbonation.

D: About where I expected this one to be. Chocolate and pumpkin are two things that go together fairly well in my opinion. MS got this this one just right.

beerwolf77, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jamdugan for sending this out. Awesome extra!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Dark, dark brown body with less than a fingers worth of tan head. A few patches of lacing here and there.

Lots of roasty malts and pumpkin pie spice on the nose. Cinnamon and nutmeg are more up front while the cloves linger in the background. Chocolate and a touch of vanilla. This smells great for a pumpkin ale.

Chocolate, cinnamon and light pumpkin on the tongue. The base beer comes through well and the spices aren't overdone for the style. Lots of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite good, but if the carbonation were toned down just a notch, it would be great. As is, the body has some nice weight to it and there just a touch of alcohol warmth in the background.

Drinkability is good. This is one of the best pumpkin/fall beers I have had. Right up there with Pumpking and Bourbon Barrel Autumn Maple. The beer benefits a lot from having a great base and not overdoing the spices. Yet the pumpkin/spice isn't hidden either. Definitely worth seeking out if you like the style.

sisuspeed, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, revealing deep brownish black body with a finger of crema head. Some lacing. Smells like pumpkin spice! Slightly less presence than Pumking and with roasty, burnt caramel malt notes underneath. Very promising smells.

Tastes sweet, spiced and with some definite squash flavors along with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Clean, slightly mineral watery finish though. Mouthfeel is creamy but carbonation nucleates very small and gives a tingling, tongue-numbing sensation. The clean finish makes it very drinkable and the medium-heavy body is still very quaff-able with the quality of flavor.

Overall this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. I wish it were closer so I could get more for the fall!

abuliarose, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a cocoa walnut brown, with a gentle foamy tan head that exhibits decent retention but does not leave much lace.

Smell: The aroma is mostly cocoa, then pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of molasses.

Taste: The flavor really captures pumpkin pie with a dash of cocoa in it. It is quite artfully crafted. Cocoa in the malt is noticeable up front, then smooth pumpkin pie. The spices are there with the nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe some all spice as well.

Mouthfeel: This is fairly smooth, with a medium to full body and some bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinking this immediately changes whatever environment you are in into post-Thanksgiving. The relaxed flavors work well together, making for an excellent sipper.

KickInTheChalice, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. 2009 bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours deep brown, borderline black, with a nice one finger tall off-white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Hints of pumpkin pulp, pumpkin pie spices, sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a tiny bit of smoke toward the end. All things considered this one has some killer balance. Nothing really tried to outdo the others. Well done.

T - Some dark roast up front giving way quickly to a mix of pumpkin, dark spices, sweet chocolate, and some light smoke. The pumpkin is muted but it still holds it own with the rest of these dark flavors. Finish is smokey with some lingering sweet roast. Very nice overall balance, one of the best I have had.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with some lingering spicy roast in the finish.

D - Really good stuff. I really enjoyed this one. The muted pumpkin mixed very well with the dark roast and sweet chocolate to form a well rounded porter. One of the best I have had.

orangesol, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of mattdev
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark beer that pours like motor oil with a creamy brown head that dissipates moderately fast. Strong cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose with roast, chocolate and slight booziness coming through. Tastes rich of chocolate and pumpkin with a heavy residual sweetness, almost sickeningly sweet. Little to no hop bitterness. Palate is extremely full, but too sticky sweet.

mattdev, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for holding this over my head for a couple of months and then finally giving in and giving me a much anticipated taste.

A- The beer pours a deep cola brown with a small head that leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S- There is a nice hint of pumpkin, with that added sweetness with a big malt presence. There is also a some nutmeg, cinnamon and spice.

T- Big malts lead the way followed by pumpkin which I wanted a little more of. There is also some booze which was a little more present than wanted to go along with spice, nutmeg and some pie crust.

M- Medium to full bodied on the feel. A little heat on the tail end and the brew coats the mouth near the tongue.

D- This one is a few months past its fresh date but considering the style and such it should have not lost too much. I guess I can't really say but all the flavors seems to be a little bland and I was left wanting something more.

Wisconsinality, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A lot darker than I anticipated. Some reddish showing in the edges. Small tan head that ends in a circle around the edges. Almost no lacing.

Smell- Nutmeg first off. Then pumpkin, cinnamon, and roasted malts. Some alcohol.

Taste- Much like the smell but I taste a gram cracker crust to go with the pumpkin. The chocolate really comes out in the taste. Much more than in the smell. Alcohol is in the background.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is much like a porter. A little thin, but good.

Drinkability- Good drinkability. If you like the spiced beers, this is your beer.

I am not a big fan of spiced beers, but this is a good one. I could and will buy this again.

MADhombrewer, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

TMoney2591, Feb 11, 2011
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.