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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: 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:
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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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%

Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my a Jackie O's snifter and shared with IrishColonial.

A: Pours an inky, impenetrable black. A decent one finger chocolate brown head emerges and quickly recedes to a half finger light tan head. Very good lacing down the sides of the glass and an intriguing wisp of creamy, bubbly read rests atop the brew. Very nice looking.

S: Mmmm. Definitely smells a lot more on the pumpkin side than the choco porter. Loads of raw pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice. Just a hint of roasted chocolate, but the pumpkin smells dominate here.

T: Oh wow, that is really well done. Lots of raw pumpkin mash, which is always appreciated in this style since most brewers default to just throwing allspice and nutmeg in and calling it pumpkin. Raw pumpkin is here in spades and supported by the aforementioned pumpkin pie spices. Those flavors dominate the majority of the flavor profile here, but a creamy, milk chocolate smoothness washes over the finish and ties things together very nicely. Great work.

M: Creamy and smooth. Full flavored, well-balanced. Moves from pumpkin to spice to chocolate effortlessly. Great job.

O: It will never rival a straight pumpkin ale, but MS TREAT is the best example of the Imperial Pumpkin Porter I have had. The pumpkin flavors here are undeniable, with loads of both spice and raw pumpkin mash taking center stage here. The porter flavors are more refined, but that works to this beer's credit. The delicate chocolate roast and mild coffee notes really tie together what is an excellent beer. Great work, Midnight Sun!!!

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very large thanks to leschkie for getting me one of my big longtime wants! Tasted the 2011 and 2010 vintages, but rated only 2011...

A- Black as Halloween night, nice finger of caramel head rises and clings to the glass with great lacing and stability.

S- Great balance of pumpkin flesh and spices- nutmeg and allspice the most prominent of the spices. A slight roast, but not as much chocolate as I had hoped for.

T/M- There is a lot going on here. It starts with a nice softly roasted porter then it transitiones into a pumpkin spiced beer. The chocolate is completely on the finish with a little bit meshing with the spice. Has a phenolic aspect. Once the pumpkin hits, the porter goes out the window. Nice body feel and moderate carbonation level; plays with the profile well.

O- The 2011 version was good, but didn't quite live up to my expectations (probably because I put this beer on a pedestal). Interesting transitions between aspects of the beer, but not sure it blended it well- until a few days later when I popped the 2010! Damn this beer fucking rocks with some age on it IMO; more chocolatey, pumpkiny, and smooth.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of loren01
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into snifter a pitch black color nice tan head, not much head retention
S: Smell is complex, roasty grains/tobacco/coffee as well as spices clove, cinnamon and nutmeg and of course pumpkin.
T: Nice porter like roastiness followed by pumpkin and pumpkin spice
M: Medium to heavy bodied beer, carbonation is a bit low, a bit creamy going down
O: This is truly a treat...glad I picked this one up, would love to have this again.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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