TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
03-11-2011 23:44:40 | More by sisuspeed
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
03-11-2011 23:39:53 | More by abuliarose
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-11-2011 17:40:23 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
03-08-2011 22:58:06 | More by orangesol
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
03-03-2011 08:37:05 | More by mattdev
3.45/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
03-02-2011 15:41:13 | More by Wisconsinality
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
02-16-2011 03:35:24 | More by MADhombrewer
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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!
02-11-2011 04:07:48 | More by TMoney2591
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass
This beer pours a super dark brown with a brown foam. The aroma is really really pumpkin like and spiced with clove, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. There are hints of chocolate and perhaps some wheat in the back of the aroma. The taste is nice and pumpkiny. There is a milk chocolate flavor to the pumpkin spice as well. The beer is a nice good taste, I really enjoy it. The drinkability of this beer is really really smooth and tasty. I really enjoy this beer and am so glad that I had the chance to try it.
02-11-2011 04:00:16 | More by Vdubb86
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from a 22oz. into a Vertical Jewbelation glass. Pours pitch black with a 1/2 inch head that leave ZERO lace.
The smell is very promising. Pumpkin pie, with cinnamon, very spice filled. The is a slight banana bread background that might resemble a porter, but since this is being reviewed as a pumpkin beer the high notes are for that goal being reached.
The taste resembles the smell with a definate porter background. Very tasty. Not much carbonation and a slightly metallic aftertaste that just barely rubs me the wrong way.
This specific brew is a bit up there in price... but the taste follows suit. I'm certainly looking forward to this fall's release
02-10-2011 06:12:50 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.83/5 rDev +17.8%
Poured a completely opaque jet black, with a half-finger of finely bubbled head that didn't lace much and dissipated quickly.
Smell is beautiful, with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a touch of clove, and is accompanied by a soda-pop tart smell that is fantastic. Chocolate pumpkin comes in at the back. In between, some roasted malt to add still more complexity. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a long while.
Taste follows suit with the palate transitioning smoothly between spice, malt, and pumpkin. Starts with those spices of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, then moves a delectably roasted semi-sweet chocolate middle. Pumpkin then begins to rear its big fat orange head, eventually leading to a delicious roasted pumpkin milk coffee finish. Tastes so creamy it is almost milky.
Mouthfeel is awesome, as the thickness and lesser carbonation yield a chocolate pumpkin milkshake of a beer. Drinkability is pretty damn good too, as the finish is actually kind of neutral when you take a step back. This is kind of a letdown compared to the rest of the beer, as I would have liked a strong aftertaste to let the beer linger after every sip, but everything else is too good to let that bother me too much. The fact that it finishes so clean, and hides the 7.8% abv so well, speaks volumes about the drinkability as well. Pumpkin beers perhaps should not be measured by this one due to its mesh of styles, but this definitely has set the bar for spiced beers in my mind. This probably faded a bit since the initial release, but I can see the flavors melding a bit better now than if it was fresh. Nonetheless, it's going to be a long wait to try this fresh this year. Props Midnight Sun...mad props.
02-09-2011 02:27:56 | More by madvermin
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
A-Pours a Dark Brown almost black color with a Coffee tan head with frothy head and heavy lace.
S- Smell of Cocoa nibs and pumpkin with nutmeg and coriander..
T-Taste of pumpkin with nutmeg and cocoa nibs with a strong hint of coriander in the aftertaste.
M- Creamy to the lips very fulling texture in the mouth with a velvety fell of the pumpkin and cocoa nibs and nuttyness from the nutemeg and spice hint from the coriander.
D- This beer was good in my tulip and had some left in the bottle and grab some vanilla ice cream and whip up a shake with it. And Man this is just as good as a milkshake.
02-03-2011 04:32:20 | More by SamuelJackson45
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Huge thanks to Mark (ScreamForMe) for sending me this via trade; it has been one of my biggest wants since before I got into trading.
A: Stout black with dark brown showing through around the edges of the glass, one finger foamy tan head.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of musty-ish pumpkin. Might be best fresh, but still quite enjoyable.
T: Once again, chocolate and musty pumpkin are at the forefront. I'll definitely need to have this again upon release, but still very enjoyable. Just a slight bit of tartness (perhaps from the pumpkin?) keeps things interesting throughout the whole glass.
M: Medium bodied, sticky and syrupy. It might be the alcohol talking but I can't help but be remembered of carving pumpkins and the sticky strings within being comparable to this beer's mouthfeel.
D: No problem getting two glasses down for me; wouldn't mind another, even if I'm not clamming for it. I'm excited to try this beer next season to see how a fresh batch compares.
4s across the board here; definitely a beer worth checking out. I love pumpkin brews, but the actual pumpkin flavor did disappoint here a bit. I know that it fades fast... so definitely something to check out next year. For all non-pumpkin ale lovers, this is probably a good start- the chocolate and malts overwhelm the pumpkin flavors, and I could see almost anyone enjoying this beer.
01-29-2011 08:02:08 | More by AwYeh
3.5/5 rDev -14.6%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Fairly black pour with light only coming through the thin edges. Little to no head came out which was a little disappointing. Head was a light mocha brown in color. Looks like and imperial stout at pour. Couldn't tell it apart in a blind tasting from a imperial stout by just looks.
S: When you put your nose up to it, your expecting the usual Imperial stout smell - chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. Not in this one. Wave after wave of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and pumpkin hit your senses. Very intense nose work out if you ask me. Chocolate sit very low on this one.
T: Pretty heavy on the spices, Cloves and nutmeg really dominate followed by of course, pumpkin. Chocolate seems to be there but not one of the front runners. The chocolate really help to balance the taste out. But pumpkin is really prevalent with in the core taste of the beer. Pretty unusual, and very complex. Interesting, strange and good all at the same time.
M: Medium thickness to it. You would expect more from the looks of it. Carbonation is on the small side approaching flat. Not bad, but a little more carbonation would be nice. Alcohol is nicely hidden.
D: A very complex beer that really puts your palate to work, therefore it is hurting the score a little bit for me. After finishing, my mouth was fried. I guess if you were super obsessed with the beer you could drink multiples, but a bomber was perfect for me.
One of the most interesting beers i have yet to try.
01-28-2011 16:17:47 | More by CaptainTripps
3.78/5 rDev -7.8%
So, after purchasing and shipping off a bunch of these as extras in trades, I had to give this one a go...
$14 for bomber @ JB's in Spokane, WA
Poured to NB tulip.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Nearly opaque. Little to no head on vicious pour. Thin mocha film on surface that will grow to 1/2 finger with lively stir. Spotted lace on rim.
S: Plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves smell like they were folded into cocoa-ed creme fresh. This was then spread over a slightly charred pumpkin. Very sweet, pleasant, a bit too strong, probably would do well to sit on oak for a month or too to help combat the artificiality of the bouquet. Mellow it a bit.
T: I wish they would have backed down a tad on the nutmeg and cloves, they seem to dominate this one a little too much. There's plenty of cocoa remaining on the finish, and the spices seem to balance out a minute or two after the lingering dies down, and this moment of equilibrium satisfies my palate quite well. Too much to tweak to give it a four.
M: Great body on this one. Velvety feel with low carbonation allows for thorough assessment of the flavor profiles here. Slicks the tissue and leaves imprints of the ale on the palate. Nice feel.
D: This a good beer. As I mentioned, there are quite a few things I would tweak to help balance it out just a bit. A little too much nutmeg and clove for me. I would suggest to anybody who already loves pumpkin ales, but not to the newcomer.
01-18-2011 16:07:36 | More by harrymel
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
TREAT has a body that is the darkest of brown colors, and is almost opaque. The head is also brown, more than two fingers tall and quite fluffy looking. Retention is OK and some lacing is left behind.
The aroma has a lot going on. All of the spices added, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, are noticeable. Rich malts and a bit of cocoa are in there also. Maybe a hint of pumpkin, but really pumpkin aroma comes from the pumpkin-type spices for the most part.
TREAT is certainly a flavorful beer. Once again, the spices reign supreme. Lots of nutmeg and good doses of both clove and cinnamon, with a lot of spicy cinnamon and some pumpkin flavor in the finish in the finish. Rich malts add a toffee flavor, underneath which is a nice chocolate characteristic from the cocoa nibs. Some hop bitterness is in the background also. The alcohol lends a warming sensation. This beer is kind of all over the place.
A little lighter in body than I would expect, with carbonation on the lower side.
TREAT is interesting, and certainly not bad, but it is a little bit overwhelming. The spices become less and less pleasant the more I drink.
01-15-2011 01:14:48 | More by Hojaminbag
3.28/5 rDev -20%
I have been saving this one and thought it would be a good time to finally crack it.
A - pours pretty black with about a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Red tint on color shown when held up to the light. Not really any lacing.
S - More malty then I figured, a lot of cocoa and cinnamon with some hints of pumpkin and nutmeg.
T - chocolate, roasted malts, a lot of cinnamon a bit too overpowering. It has a very good initial flavor then unfolds into a spice bomb. A lot of the flavors seem to clash in this one, not as good as I was expecting. This beer might be able to pass as a cola, the alcohol is hidden very well. Halfway done and I am wishing I had someone to share this with, it's cloyingly sweet and tough to do on your own.
M - mouthfeel is very good, porter-like balance with very good carbonation and silky finish. A tad thin, but I think it's the best quality of this beer.
D - I have to admit I am disappointed in this one, it doesn't live up to expectations I set for it. Maybe I am a few months out of season and have to try it again. Drinkability not too good considering I am having a tough time finishing this on my own.
01-09-2011 09:38:03 | More by dfclav
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
One of two 22 oz. bottles remaining on the shelves at Belmont Station recently; only my second time trying this beer. Although there are are month/week designations down the right-hand side of the label, none are notched (uh, what's the point???). Poured to a pint glass.
Redubbed last year as 'TREAT' ('The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment'), I must admit that 'ICPP' (for 'Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) was a funnier (to the 10-year-old in me) moniker... I mean, c'mon... 'icy pee-pee'? A joke that writes itself...
A: Looks like, well, a porter. Perhaps a bit darker/richer than the average version. Modest head, and one that doesn't last very long; what's left is a tight ring of tan cream and a crescent swirl of film. Lace coats in a thin sheet, but drifts away gradually, leaving a couple spikes and specks of lace.
S: A faint tartness mixed with cocoa powder. Soft dark malt/vanilla mash-up, traces of wood and deeper smokiness. It's strong for a porter, just doesn't add a ton of that spiced depth I'd imagined. Still, it's plenty good...
T: Oh, that's good. No REALLY good. A mildly smoky/savory porter with carefully meted spices (whether they're nutmeg, cinnamon or 'other' is tough to tell). Sweet and vaguely 'meaty', definitely 'earthy'... then there's the cocoa/fudge. Quite complex and extremely fun to sip. 'TREAT' isn't just an acronym... it truly describes the beer at hand.
M: About as smooth as one could hope for, a creamy and relatively rich mouthful. Ever-so-slightly sticky, a mild grainy coating. Love the smoothness, the gentle coating and the lasting bitter subtleties.
D: Wow, such an enjoyable porter - big and thick, great roast and just enough 'pumpkin' spice. I'm a proponent of all things 'pumpkin' and I'm fully in favor of more such as this. Really delicious and drinkable frequently; can't wait for next year!!!
01-08-2011 01:51:50 | More by msubulldog25
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Dark, rich, warm brown body with a beige, two-finger head that stays around for a minute or so.
S: Starts off with some unripe pumpkin and banana, but this is quickly overtaken by cocoa and baker's chocolate. Subsequent sniffs have the same initial flash of pumpkin followed by chocolate malt. A little bit of clove.
T: Waves of the not quite ripe pumpkin and a slightly bitter, grainy chocolate alternate fairly quickly. Some subtle clove is also present. The aftertaste is of slightly bitter chocolate malts. Not as complex as I had hoped. Closer to a 3.75, but I gave it a 3.5 to reflect what I think is a more accurate overall score.
M: Not too thin, not too thick.
D: Good. I didn't particularly get tired of the flavors, despite having almost all of the bomber myself, nor did I ever feel like I was pushing myself to finish.
A good beer, but I was slightly disappointed, having high hopes. Where this beer fell short was its lack of spices. Despite listing cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, I got very little of these throughout my bottle. This was enjoyable, but I preferred St. Arnold's version.
01-02-2011 04:26:34 | More by WorldWideStout
3.65/5 rDev -11%
Someone brought this to our after-Christmas tasting in Chicago. I wish I knew who, I was pretty stoked to try it.
It poured a rusty brown color with a nice thick froth. Pumpkin pie spices throughout, with stout-like roasted malts in the back, not unlike the Fishermans Pumpkin Stout I tried a few months ago.
The spices take the lead in the flavor, not what I'd hoped but more what I realistically expected. Some cocoa too, that's nice, but mostly pumpkin pie...
Medium-full body, very filling. Recommended if you like pumpkin beers, the integration into a porter works well.
01-01-2011 22:56:27 | More by TurdFurgison
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
A- Body is a translucent dark brown hue. Pours with a minimal head-which quickly fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- The highlight of the nose is the pumpkin and associated spices. Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg with a mild chocolate background.
T- Initially this is all pumpkin beer with pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg shining through. The finish is intersting as the spices fade and a slightly sour pumpkin flavor shines through with an equal strength cocoa flavor.
M- Medium carbonation, and a nice medium to heavy weight smooth, full body.
D- This is a very good, interesting brew overall- as the chocolate and pumpkin make an interesting combination of flavors.
12-29-2010 14:36:27 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
A-pours a black liquid with a light tan colored head.
S-tons of pumpkin in the nose, a fair bit of holiday spice, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. some dark malts in the back with hints of dark fruit.
T-the taste falls short of the huge nose, the pumpkin is subtle but present, the spices are the same, light nutmeg and cinnamon. dark fruits seem to fade but still some juicy sweetness in the back.
M-insanely smooth and creamy body, medium weight, super smooth and light and easy carbonation.
D-this is insanely drinkable, the nose was huge and the flavors are more subtle but it just works. great pumpkin ale that is so well integrated and smooth.
12-29-2010 02:25:52 | More by cpetrone84
3.05/5 rDev -25.6%
Bottle poured into my Narke glass, thanks to Mike...Black pour with some decent retention at first, but fades quickly. Light lacing...Interesting aroma that really captures the essence of pumpkin, has some spice and chocolate notes as well. Too much pumpkin for me, but its good...Taste is pumpkin pie on steroids, just terrible. If you like pumpkin then you will like this, if you don't you wont and skip it.
12-28-2010 06:55:57 | More by jrallen34
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
Re-review of a 2010 bomber split with the late chswimmer (RIP).
I found many of the high qualities to have remained the same, but the flavor was less impressive than before. The chocolate had faded slightly in favor of the spices, nudging the beer out of balance. It wasn't a deal-breaker, and I certainly enjoyed my glass, but I wound up thinking that two bombers of this particular beer is more than enough for a year.
Chilled bomber into a glass. 2010 vintage (I believe) purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley.
A: Pours a pitch black with a creamy cap of tan foam. It doesn't retain particularly well, or leave any lace, but I'm not expecting that of a franken-porter like this one.
S: Dominated by the spices this beer was brewed with; I find clove and nutmeg the strongest of the three. Chocolate is readily apparent. I can't detect much else.
T: Wow. I kept sipping it and repeating that word. My cousin, with whom I split the bomber, was amused by how impressed I was. But I couldn't help it. This beer is an artful balance of roasted coffee, chocolate, multi-grain toast, spices (the clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are all distinct and expressive). It's not sweet, it's not overpowering. Great balance. I finished my glass and silently longed for more.
M: This beer absolutely nailed the mouthfeel. Rarely do I encounter a chocolate beer that isn't overwhelmed with chocolate, or a spiced beer that isn't overspiced. This beer finds a way to take these seemingly conflicting elements and blend them, harmoniously, into an expressive taste with a nearly clean finish. Only the lightest touch of multi-grain and cocoa indicate I was sipping anything in the first place.
D: I'm irritated as hell with these $10+ bombers. This one was $12 pre-tax. It's an excellent beer, but at this price....! It's too bad there isn't a good, cheap alternative available around here. If/when Kern River bottles their latest recipe and distributes it locally, Midnight Sun will have to worry. Until then, this is [unfortunately] king of the hill, and it can command its price. Too bad. If it were $6 I'd buy a case of this, and at $8 I'd certainly get 2-3, but at $12 it's pushing the limits of "don't even buy it at all."
12-24-2010 23:19:42 | More by Arbitrator
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured a dark brown with ruby brown highlights that had a half finger of brown head and good retention leaving good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. I could definitely smell the pumpkin alongside cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, and faint chocolate notes. The taste had more chocolate character which meshed really good with the pumpkin flavor but had cinnamon, alls pice, and slight roasty accents. Thre brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, and creamy finish. It drank great and its probably one of my favorite pumpkin beers so far next to pumking. Really excellent tasty brew.
12-24-2010 22:15:55 | More by Gobzilla
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.