TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a dark black color with a beige, tan, light brown head. Mostly bubbles that linger for a short while.
Smells of nutmeg, clove and cocoa. Nose is spicy, the end is heavy on pumpkin and clove. As it warms I smell a lot more pumpkin.
Tastes of pumpkin and cocoa. Cinnamon in the middle. Nutty towards the end of the taste. Its very spicy but that's not off-putting. Its quite delicious in its own right. The flavors really start to open and change as it warms up and oxygen opens it up.
Its smooth, the carbonation and flavors are really well balanced.
This is a well balanced, nicely spiced, well brewed beer. Quite tasty, spicy, and flavorful.
12-21-2010 03:59:15 | More by cjacobsen
3.2/5 rDev -22%
Pours brownish black with a light tan head.
Smells like spices, some burnt cocoa, and a bit of ... hmm ... pumpkin? Kind of a roasty pumpkin.
Taste isn't as good as the smell. Burnt cocoa, some roasted malt, the spices take over a bit, and the entire thing has a bit much going on. The spices are way over the top.
On the whole, I found the entire thing to be a bit palate wearying. Could use more sweetness. Bit dry.
12-18-2010 08:00:20 | More by Overlord
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Seal brown body, nearly opaque with faint sienna highlights around the edges. Sandy brown creamy head is small but persistent.
Rich chocolate from the cocoa nibs and fresh spices fill the nose, though a tart vegetal layer of pumpkin makes itself known promptly as well - the combination is unique and unlike any other pumpkin ale I've tried (though it has some elements that remind me of Autumn Maple).
Dark smooth chocolate on the palate - cloves, and a hint of nutmeg lend a festive complexity without being overdone or suggesting pumpkin pie filling. The sweetness is offset slightly by roast malt as the porter bleeds into the profile. Finish suggests a chocolate/cherry cordial without being cloying.
Velvety medium bodied feel, moderately carbonated, slightly warming with just a touch of astringency/smoke.
An odd ale for sure (chocolate covered pumpkin?), but the disparate elements work very well. Very happy to see this turn up in my market. The best example of the style I've tried so far...
12-16-2010 05:43:51 | More by augustgarage
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from 22oz bottle. Many many thanks go out to Lukafer for busting this out at the tasting. It was I think my favorite of the night.
A- Pours a black color. Red hues when held up to the light show on the sides of the glass. One finger deep darker tan color that has medium retention. Light capping and skim on the top of the beer when all is said and done. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass when I am drinking it.
S- Nose of this beer has many different things going on. Roasted malts in the front of this blend well with cinnamon and nutmeg. Chocolate malts with hints of darker fruit come in second place in the nose. There is some light pumpkin in the ending along with a light bitter hop.
T- Some light roasted malts with a lot of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice blend well in the front. The chocoalte malts come in with more roasted malts which give off a little dryness in the middle...and a hint of alcohol helps this. The ending of the beer shows more of the roasted malts and a nice light bitter hop bite. This beer is a well balance between pumpkin and porter flavor wise.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lower which helps the overall mouthfeel I think. Light roasted malts and a ton of pumpkin spices left on the palate. Roasted malts some light pumpkin spices and warming alcohol are long into the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are very well blended...most I have ever seen in a style like this. Crisp and clean flavors overall.
D- If I could I would drink the shit out of this beer. This has to be the best pumpkin ale I have had to date. The ABV is well hidden until the ending but this even is blended well into the other flavors. This is the first beer I have had from Midnight Sun. Looking forward to trying some other standout beers from them.
12-15-2010 06:06:35 | More by alleykatking
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
I received this one in a trade back in the summer and was saving it for a special occasion, but not wanting it to sit too long, I figured my 600th review was a special enough occasion! Review is from notes taken on 12/11/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown/near black (like coffee) -- pretty much standard and what I would expect to find; starts with a one finger dark tan head that fades quickly to a thin and incomplete skim with a thick creamy ring around the surface; body is dark and opaque with the exception of some ruby/chestnut highlights near the edges when I tip the glass to drink it; only a couple of patches of lacing are left behind.
Smell: Quite nice -- like the bottle says, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg (just like a pumpkin pie; has some hints of chocolate and roastiness, but also a cola-like sweetness.
Taste: Quite nice as well - starts like a really good pumpkin ale with the spices mentioned above, but then the darker porter aspects kick in with some semi-sweet chocolate and dry cocoa sneaking in there; a nice finish of dark, earthy and roasty maltiness; very slight presence of alcohol, and interestingly enough, it is a little reminiscent of bourbon; as it continues to warm, a bit smokiness works its way in as well.
Mouthfeel: Body is just lighter than what I would consider medium, and I have to admit, I wouldn't mind if it was a bit thicker (I mean, Black Butte XX was nice and thick, so I was kind of hoping for something like that); carbonation is there, but it's very soft and keeps things very smooth; a thin, sticky and slightly gritty coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.
Drinkability: Pretty good, really. Wonderful flavors and a cool twist by putting together the pumpkin ale aspect with the porter, and I have to wonder how this would be if it was a solid RIS with the same spices (perhaps an upcoming home brew idea?); not too heavy, so I do feel that I wouldn't be weighed down by this; nice and warming on a cool winter night as well; the ABV may kick in after a bit though being close to 8%.
12-12-2010 18:24:39 | More by bamadog
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
Had over dinner and poured into a duvel tulip. Pretty black with ruby red highlights around the edges where light hits it, one finger light tan head which fades pretty quick. WOW! PIE! And the best type, nice mellow spices that all mesh nicely with the pumpkin aroma. There is a nice bit of cocoa aroma too. All plays very well together. Really great spice flavors, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, typical pie spices. Great pumpkin quality and again a litte chocolate in there too. Great balance, nothing is too over powering. M&D, don't think I could do a 22oz. of this alone or have it to frequently. Nice rich full bodied mouthfeel. Amazing beer. Gonna hunt this one down again next year.
12-12-2010 00:23:59 | More by pmlondrigan
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours an opaque dark brown with a moderate head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving little clouds of lace.
Nose is mild with aromas of dark malt, sugar, fruit, milk chocolate.
Taste is much more exciting than the nose. Upfront charred malt and chocolate with porter-like tartness, followed by pumpkin and mellow spices, and then a long dry finish with some hop presence and pepper. Many autumn/holiday ales with spices overdo the cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg spices; this is welcomely restrained. Tastes like it has real pumpkin added rather than some pumpkin extract, but I don't know for sure.
Body is moderately thick, with good level of carbonation, providing a nice creamy mouthfeel.
I like this autumnal offering. I would not think that Alaska would be the place for one of the better autumn/holiday spiced beers, so this is a nice surprise. This beer is flavorful and drinking nicely at 7.8% ABV.
12-09-2010 04:11:36 | More by Beerenauslese
4.72/5 rDev +15.1%
Thanks to GregSVT, I've been wanting to try this for a while, and luckily I got one in a great trade, thanks again!
Pours dark brown/black with a little tan head. I can smell pumpkin pie spices, chocolate, roasted malts and some ginger. There's a lot going on with the nose on this beer. I can taste pumpkin, spices, chocolate, see where this is going, just like the nose. Then there's an almost minty aftertaste, wow this is great. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is really high, a really good brew. This is one of the more unique pumpkin beers I've had, and I mean unique in a good way, the flavors somehow work together very well. Trade for this if you have to, but get it.
12-08-2010 06:04:24 | More by Lukafer
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Pours from the bottle an inky dark chocolate brown with nearly no head, though there is a thin tan ring that leaves thin horizontal lines of lace.
Smells floral. Dark chocolate tang, lots of cloves, sweet pumpkin pie spice, lavender, roasted pumpkin meat and bit of earthy hops. Some graham cracker malt emerges as it warms.
The flavor is awash in hard-to-separate flavors. Roasted pumpkin seeds, some subtle lightly tangy chocolate, heavy clove spice and some cinnamon. There's more bitterness and tang than I expected, but it's also lighter and more delicate than expected. As it warms, the chocolate flavor becomes more robust, the tang subsides, and the flavors become sweeter and far more balanced. So much improvement. Cereal grains, coffee, cloves and cinnamon roll in at the finish.
A very light carbonation massages the mouth amidst a silky-smooth medium body. It gains a near creaminess as it closes in on room temperature. Alcohol is nonexistent.
TREAT is just that. Though not as powerful and overwhelming as I thought it would be, it's nicely balanced and highly enjoyable.
12-06-2010 04:16:11 | More by Phelps
3.73/5 rDev -9%
A - Not a whole lot here. Dark brown with a tiny head that fades in seconds. Not a very great looking porter.
S - Brown sugar, plum, chocolate, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. Although that might sound amazing, to be honest, the combination is sort of bizarre. Pretty strong.
T - I don't get much pumpkin or chocolate. I get Coca-Cola up front, followed by some nuttiness and harsh roastiness in the finish. A nice beer though.
M - Very good. Not too thin, but just appropriate for the style.
D - This is a pretty drinkable beer, but it really is limited by its sweetness. I would drink it again for sure, but would never be able to finish an entire bomber on my own.
12-05-2010 03:46:37 | More by airohead2001
4.18/5 rDev +2%
Huge thanks to airohead2001 for splitting this beer with me. The beer was poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A: Dark brown in color without much head on the initial pour. A swirl gives this bear a ½ finger cappuccino colored head. There's only a tiny bit of lacing and a crown present after a few minutes.
S: The smell was exactly what I was hoping for; pumpkins and chocolate.
T: I gave my girlfriend a taste of this and she commented "it tastes kid of like coca-cola." I agree with that assessment as far as the initial flavor. Toward the finish though, there's more of smokiness and some dark chocolate. The spices they add to this beer are more nuanced and come through at the beginning. What I don't get much of is the pumpkin, which was somewhat disappointing. There was a little pumpkin as it warmed, but hardly any I my opinion.
M: This beer doesn't have that much carbonation (fairly low actually), but the spices they had give the sensation of carbonation up front. Overall, a good mouthfeel though and a nice aftertaste.
D: I would definitely have this beer again. It wasn't quite as robust in flavor as I had hoped for, in particular the chocolate and pumpkin, but still, it was pretty good, and was interesting. No alcohol heat and nothing out of balance.
12-05-2010 03:42:01 | More by glazeman
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
22oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a dark cola color with a small dark brown head that fades to a ring very quickly leaving no lacing.
S: The nose is full of pumpkin, nutmeg, and chocolate aromas. Smells like a chocolate pumpkin pie.
T: Taste is chocolate, nutmeg, pumpkin, and dark fruits. Lots of spices and pretty sweet...very much a dessert beer.
M: The feel is a bit thin but it coats the mouth and lets the finish last pretty long.
D: Good pumpkin porter with plenty of holiday flavors. The ABV is not too bad for an Imperial Porter although I'd like to see the mouthfeel and appearance be a little better.
This really reminds me of Saint Arnold DR#9. Good stuff if you like pumpkin/spiced beers.
12-04-2010 02:50:25 | More by GregSVT
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter glass.
A: A dark brownish color with very minimal light brown head. No glass lacing, seems light on the carbonation.
S: Pumpkin jumps with smells of roasted malt, chocolate, spice, clove, cinnamon.
T: The pumpkin in this beer comes out first and comes out strong. Pumpkin flavor gets coupled with the clove and some cinnamon while the sweetness mid way creeps in. Sweet chocolate takes over the pumpkin and finishes out with a bit of roasted malt and some slight wood notes but staying sweet.
M: Actually a bit thin. Slight alcohol and the sweetness turns a bit cloying.
D: Medium at best. I could barely finish the bomber.
Overall this was a totally different take on a pumpkin beer or a porter, which ever you want to compare it to. The sweetness started to wear on me and I'll admit this was not a favorite of mine. Still, glad I tried it and it is a totally different take on 2 different styles of beer.
11-26-2010 14:07:26 | More by Kadonny
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Live tasting. Poured out of a 22 bought from a small shop in Portland, OR. No label, only a small piece of duct tape with the word "pump" written in black permanent marker.
A- Very dark brown, borderline black. Only light that comes through is at the very base and around the edges. Bad head retention, but does not entirely dissapear after the pour.
S- PUMPKIN right off the bat, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon? oak? We were not told it was bourbon, or oak aged, but I think I sniff it, at least. Cinnamon, nutmeg, reminds me of egg nog. Little bro says winter warmer, plus pumpkin. Definitely not a huge nose, like calderas Mogli, or Ten Fidy.
T- All the same as the smells. What first comes to mind is pumpkin pie dunked in cocolate with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Older bro says ginger as well. Alcohol is well hidden but not completely void. Sticks on your tongue well after the sips.
M- Creamy and pretty thick, but not overwhelming. Slick. Slimy.
D- Medium. Easy to drink but the sweetness tells your senses to slow down and take it easy or the tummy might get angry.
NOTES: Buy this shit and indulge.
11-26-2010 03:20:39 | More by dankbrew21
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
22oz bomber poured into regular glass.
Received through a trade.
A: Pours a deep brown with a reddish tint. Little to no head with my pour.
S: Rich chocolate and pumpkin notes
T:A really velvety taste of pumpkin with a nice rounding of chocolate. The spice adds a nice touch, but I could probably do without it.
M: In my opinion, it's a little thin, maybe a little syrupy, for a porter, but does a nice job.
D: To date, this is probably my favorite pumpkin beer. It doesn't feel the need to knock the pumpkin flavors on your head, but instead allows you to get them on your own. The chocolate is a great addition as well.
11-25-2010 21:24:36 | More by rka758
4.43/5 rDev +8%
I enjoyed a 2009 edition about a year after it's release. Poured into a snifter.
The beer is nice looking in the glass. TREAT is a dark brown, almost black with just a hint of red on outside edges. The head rises then falls, but there's a nice ring of tan foam that demonstrates decent cling but does not leave behind crazy lace. Still very much above average - this is an attractive beer!
The smell lets me know I'm instore for a TREAT indeed. There are intentse levels of great spices - clove, nutmeg and cinnamon are all easily picked out, as is some chocolate and mild roasted malts. The smell is intense and well balanced. In a way, this smells like it could be a Christmas beer as well as a Autumn offering.
The taste is also very, very good. The roasted malt comes on first, with a substantial but never cloying sweet base of caramel. There's a great semi-sweet chocolate note. Then the spices accentuate the touch of pumpkin in the body with notes of clove, ginger and cinnamon. A touch of molasses and a bit of vanilla and brown sugar end this amazing tasting experience. I must say, the most wonderful thing about this beer is how it stays a beer that's enhanced by flavors, not dominated by them.
The mouthfeel of TREAT is just a touch thin compared to the best porters in the world, but it holds its own with decent carbonation and good overall feel. There's a touch of bitterness and lingering spice in the finish. This is a drinkable and enjoyable beer. I can't wait to enjoy it again.
11-24-2010 18:16:38 | More by jampics2
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
22 oz. bomber, glad to see this available in the Southland, we need another pumpkin beer desperately,
A: Pours brown with a moderate off-white head, some lace, solid retention.
S: Pumpkin pie spices, lots of nutmeg and chocolate, noticable pumpkin flesh.
T: Bitter chocolate on the front end, the sweetness of the base beer comes out mid-palate with a lot of spice, nice mix of flavours.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth with crisp biting carbonation.
D: Not an amazing beer but a good one. Expensive, but certainly worth a try if you like this style.
11-22-2010 03:42:53 | More by Halcyondays
2.08/5 rDev -49.3%
Pours dark brown, good carbonation. Looks like I thought it would.
Smells are SPICY. Nutmeg, cinammon, clove. Some pumpkin in the back, but maybe I'm imagining things and just normally associate pumpkin with nutmeg, cinammon, and clove.
Taste is just too much spice. Overwhelms everything for me. The underlying beer is too thin, not much else pushes through to balance out the spicebomb.
Disappointing. I liked Autumn Maple from the Bruery this fall, and hoped for another hit from Midnight Sun in the pumpkin/spiced/fall category. Struck out instead.
I drainpoured the second half.
11-22-2010 01:51:38 | More by caskstrength
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
A-Pours a deep, shiny black with a thin, chocolate milk colored head.
S- Smells like dark chocolate fudge, cloves, and nutmeg. Really appetizing.
T/M-The mouthfeel is silky and rich, the perfect texture for the featured flavors of cocoa and clove. Pumpkin makes a brief appearance mid-palate, but it exists more for the benefit of the other spices than anything else. Underneath all the adjunct flavors is a really nice porter. Toasted malts peek through the thick, complex web of spices and sweetness. The finish lingers with a thin, molasses and chocolate sweetness.
D-Too expensive, but really interesting. Good to have once a year.
11-21-2010 20:06:00 | More by DaveHS
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance - Pours a surprisingly opaque black into my Bruery Tulip. About a finger of tan, slightly mocha head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates rather quickly leaving decent lacing.
Smell - Heavy spices initially - cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Butter and breadiness, and just a hint of cocoa.
Taste - Similar to the nose, though the spices meld extremely well with the "porter" aspect of this beer. I will admit, this is one damn tasty beer and am surprised I do not see more of this combination. It tastes like pumpkin pie with a hint of dark chocolate. As the beer warms there is a somewhat minty flavor that comes in at the tail end which gives it just a damn nice, clean finish. I am enjoying this immensely.
Mouthfeel - Moderate bodied, creamy, decent carbonation, finishes clean.
Drinkability - Extremely quaffable. I will say, however, that at $15 dollars a pop (in Southern California) this is a pretty freaking expensive beer. However, that said...it is an extremely enjoyable beer. Very glad I was able to try it. I taste no alcohol in the flavor nor is there alcohol warmth. The overall object of this beer...to be pumpkin pie with chocolate...is immaculately accomplished. An extremely enjoyable beer during this time of year and in the future I would probably get another if I saw it despite the price, though it would have to be for a special occasion.
11-21-2010 04:41:56 | More by SpdKilz
3.1/5 rDev -24.4%
Pours thick black with ample tan head that falls to thick lacing. Smells like bananas, nutmeg, pecans, slight booze. Taste is subtile at first, chocolate, more bananas (or maybe that is pumpkin?), tart roast balances out the residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, alcohol isn't really noticable, carbonation is almost too high. As it warms I detect the cinnamon more, and more bitter chocolate. Drinkability isn't that high, as one will do me plenty. Definately a holiday novelty beer for me.
11-20-2010 03:38:13 | More by youradhere
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Black in color. Just straight up black. A finger of tan head recedes quickly, leaves some interesting lacing. A LOT goin on on the nose. Smells like a Saison almost with pumpkin pie. I don't get much chocolate, but that nice spicy corn tortilla thing, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, yumness. Tastes like above. Mild sweetness. A little chocolate coming through. Kind of disappointed in the lack of chocolate, but the beer is freakin delicious. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Goes down nicely, but one is enough. GREAT>
11-18-2010 04:34:29 | More by WestValleyIPA
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
Believe it was mrbubbler that shared this one. Thanks!
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a slight murkiness and turbidity to it. The head is a little more than a finger's worth and tan in color.
S: Lots of the base porter still comes through giving off a nice chocolate and roast aroma in addition to a bevy of spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice seem to be there.
T: The spices come through strongly in the flavor as well. Lots of nutmeg and clove without too much pumpkin flavor. Again some moderate roastiness and a fair amount of chocolate from the base recipe. As this one sits on the tongue there's a bit of a warming feeling, maybe it's the alcohol, but it seems more like it comes from the spices.
M: The body is medium, nothing spectacular in either the positive or negative, with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: There's not a ton of actual pumpkin flavor here (probably not helped due to this being a porter which masks the fairly subtle pumpkin flavor), but it's still a nice beer.
11-16-2010 07:28:09 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
Finally getting around to trying something from this brewery, and the whole pumpkin stout/porter thing as well. Let's see how it fares!
A - Pours a deep, obsidian black, with a small, creamy sepia head. Has the classic imperial porter/stout look to it, but deep down, it's a different animal.
S - Woah! All kinda of goodness going on here! Like a medley of Fall and Winter scents. Heavy on cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg, with some vanilla and brown sugar, and faint smells of chocolate/coffee. The pumpkin elements dominate, and it initially smells like an imperial pumpkin ale, but rest of this beers character is hiding in the taste.
T - Mmm, well they sure picked an appropriate name for this beer, because what a treat it is! Plenty of cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg, with hints of vanilla, chocolate brownies, and coffee. It's like a porter with a slice of pumpkin pie injected into it!
M - The body is on the heavier side of medium, with moderate carbonation, and a velvety smooth texture to it overall. A tad less carbonation may have been better here, but excellent nonetheless.
D - At 7.8% and being somewhat sweet, it's no session beer, but it makes a perfect dessert or nightcap.
Overall - Glad I got to try this. Personally, I think the pumpkin ale - stout/porter hybrid works much better than a regular pumpkin ale after trying this. It's a bit spendy, but if you're looking for a decadent fall-time treat, it will not dissapoint.
11-15-2010 08:33:37 | More by Flightoficarus
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both bmanning and Azurelimits for having opened bottles of this on separate occasions.
Pour is a midnight black with a low tan head and not too much lacing. The nose is really fantastic with some strong notes of chocolate as well as some clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A bit of actual pumpkin and mild sweetness in there as well. The taste mixes chocolate and pumpkin elements quite well. Really nice feel with the proper amount of spice interwoven with the chocolate. Nice and tasty; I'd give about anything to try out the oak-aged version of this.
11-14-2010 05:37:22 | More by Thorpe429
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.