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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: 703
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 463
Gots: 117 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 703 | Reviews: 312
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in secret halloween '11, dark brown pour with a medium white head. Nice aroma, notes of pumpkin, chocolate, pumpkin pie spice. The flavors meld nicely, light pumpkin, cinamon, chocolate. The body is medium, good carbonation. A great take on a pumpkin beer, great dessert beer.

Photo of cooch69
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this Bomber with a buddy of mine.

This beer pours a deep brown almost cola color with barely any light penetration. Head on this one was two fingers very creamy and tan.

The nose on this was a beauty. Roasted malts, cocoa powder rich spices and a slight floral grassy hoppiness. Smells a lot like a malted milk shake with intense spicing and roasted pumpkins.

Initial sip brought forth tons of creamy and roasted malts. Nice amount of nutmeg and cinnamon and a really nice powdered cocoa taste. Slight bitterness comes in around early finish but is immediatly masked with the next sip of creamy malts. Mouth feel was upper medium.

Wonderfully complex Pumpkin Ale but unfortunatly no distribution around here.

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black. One and a half finger, super creamy, mocha colored head. Great retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Roasted pumpkin and chocolate stand out. With a nice behind the scene spice from cinnamon and nutmeg. A very light trace of clove. Touches of coffee come through.

T: Pumpkin upfront. Coffee and chocolate come next with a slight bitterness. Light spice comes through with the clove standing out a little more. Finish is a bit roasty.

M: Medium full body. Medium carbonation. Super creamy. Great mouth coating.

O: A very awesome beer. Everything blends very well. The spices aren't overbearing. Definitely one of my top pumpkin beers.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurscens for the bottles. Shared the bomber with my girlfriend.

Pours black with a minimal mocha head. Slight lacing down the glass.

Smell is predominately chocolate, but hints of pumpkin and some nutmeg as well. Very unique.

Good porter roast flavor with loads of chocolate. Then comes the pumpkin part. Subtle hints of nutmeg. Does a good job in balance and it definitely more porter. Doesn't let the spices overpower. Slight nuttiness as well.

Mouthfeel is silky and carb level is good.

Very interesting brew. I'm not always the biggest pumpkin fan, but this one is subtle enough to work. The chocolate porter really shines through the pumpkin is just a supporting player that does a good job at complexity to the brew. I've got another I'm going to age for a few months and see what it's like.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter
Thanks to Lt.Sour for the bottle

Color: A dark muddy brown. Some lacing is left on the glass, but not much. A one finger head form from the pour of the off white nature...the head then recedes quite quickly to a tan ring around the top edges of the beer.

Nose: Milk chocolate in the forefront followed by the pumpkin and spices. Cloves come in and out as does some nutmeg and all spice. Very good aroma.

Palate: Smooth! Extremely drinkable and delicious. The carbonation on this medium bodied beer is fantastic making the mouth feel tingled with an array of texture and flavor. The sweetness of the chocolate is mellow, but noticeable. the spices mingle with the nice maltiness of this beer, and the pumpkin comes in waves coating the tongue with the taste of fall.

Finish: It goes down like chocolate covered pumpkin pie, and that is not bad at all. Well done Midnight Sun! Give me more.

Rating: 93 out of 100

Photo of eclipse54
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle purchased at the local bottle shop, Brewforia, and split into snifters.

The body is a completely opaque black that rests beneath a khaki colored, frothy head. There was not much development on the pour, but the head that did appear hung around for the long haul and left a generous amount of sticky lacing in its wake; I was very impressed with this lacing and the retention.

The aroma is of a typical porter in the front and a faint but ominous pumpkin ale in the rear. Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of coffee are present in the beginning, but hints of nutmeg, coriander, yam, cinnamon, and brown sugar peek out at the end.

The taste emphasizes the pumpkin characteristics much more. Porter flavors reside in the very beginning of the taste, where chocolate, roasted malt, some caramel, and coffee ground comes though. Glorious pumpkin flavors then take over, with cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, yam, pumpkin, and various other spices meld together in perhaps the most flavorful pumpkin ale I’ve encountered this year, save for perhaps Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin. As an afterthought, this is like someone manually mixed a chocolate porter with said Imperial Pumpkin, yielding a delicious result.

Mouthfeel is full and rich without being sugary, syrupy, or dry. Carbonation dances off the tongue and really brings out the flavors.

Overall, the best pumpkin ale I’ve had to date, and I feel it is certainly worth the “hype” and attention it receives. A "Franken-beer" worth seeking out and acquiring should the opportunity ever arise.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle consumed on-site @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Poured into a small chalice.

A: Pours beautiful opaque dark brown/black, with raisin and tawny hues...minimal brown head and lacing.

S: The nose has a lot going on but maintains a beautiful balance...chocolate, pumpkin, roast/coffee, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices.

T: Wow, again a LOT going on here but there is a sort of harmony...sweet, creamy milk chocolate mixes with definite holiday spices, pumpkin and vegetable notes...touches of coffee bitterness on the finish.

MF: Straight-up medium mouthfeel, touches of viscous dryness and a light/moderate bitterness.

O: Enjoyable but I didn't need a bomber...not boozy, but lots of distinct, rich flavors effect the drinkability...the herbal and spicy characters get a little overwhelming by the end.

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4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the continued search for great pumpkins baybassboy was kind enough to pick this up for me and bring it down.
Pours a jet black with a good light tan head that leaves a little bit of light lacing on the glass. The nose hits with chocolate, cocoa nibs, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and a robust roasted maltiness. On the taste I'm picking up almost a bacon quality, pumpkin, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa, pretty complex and beautiful combonation here. It's got a medium body, well carbonated and has a nice lasting flavor. This is truely a great and unique beer.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter (both courtesy of BigE90- an awesome trader!).

A- Coffee-like black with minimal light penetration. A one-finger head fades to lacing and a slim ring around the glass.

S- Like a chocolate-covered pumpkin bar.

T- Just like the aroma, only with a hint of coffee to wash it down.

M- The tinge of carbonation hits immediately. A medium body follows while the carbonation lasts throughout.

O- This is just shy of drinking dessert. The balance is great. It is not quite as sweet, nor is it as heavy, as ST Creme Brûlée, which makes it hit the spot for me that much more.

Photo of Gtreid
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into my founders tulip. Thanks go out to djbutters for the bottle.

A: Rich chocolate brown color. The pour drops a two finger mocha head that retains well and leaves some nice lace.

A: Chocolate and pumpkin off the bat. Great chocolate malt profile with additional notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Next to no hop presence in the nose.

T: Chocolate and pumpkin up front, spice in the middle, and earthy hops in the end. Surprisingly, the chocolate and pumpkin are balanced well. I would have thought one of these flavors would dominate, but it's not the case. It finishes rather bitter with a touch of heat from the abv.

M: On the heavy side of medium. Carbonation delivers the flavors nicely.

O: really unique and interesting brew. I love the way the cocoa nibs and the pumpkin match up. Tis the season, so I'm glad I have another bottle. Skal.

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

22oz bottle (bottled 3rd week of July) into a snifter. Pours a deep rich brown, almost black with a thick tan head.

Aroma is earthy, chocolatey, spicy. A quick swirl brings up wet pulpy pumpkin and nutmeg/clove.

Taste is like a chocolate pumpkin pie - nutmeg & spice prominent, cocoa nibs work well w/ the roasted malt. Mellow pumpkin rounds everything out nicely. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall this is a nice beer but not one I'd seek out regularly. Once a year is probably about right.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Much thanks to leschkie for this! Perfect halloween beer.

A - Pours almost black with a dirty white head. Head lingers for a while on the side but dissipates quickly in the middle.

S - Hello pumpkin. Hello spice. Pretty much, just hello fall. Scent reminds me of the smell when you are carving pumpkins, and mom has dinner on the stove at the same time. Also makes me want to have Thanksgiving get here quicker.

T - Definite pumpkin taste, but the chocolate shines through on the backend. The malt adds body to the flavor, making it feel more bold and not one dimensional. The spices linger in the end, giving an almost slight hop feel. Lots of flavor to sort through which I enjoy.

M - The body of the beer is pretty good, flavors make it feel more heavy. Carbonation is spot on for this, being a little subdued as there is plenty of flavor. Pretty hearty mouthfeel though that can wear down a palate.

O - I'm not much of a pumpkin beer guy, especially imperial pumpkin beers. Extreme pumpkin taste can turn me off quickly, however, this beer was good. The combinations of flavors allowed the pumpkin to be forefront but work with the other flavors to make a more well rounded experience. Definitely a treat (ba dum tsssh).

Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mocha head on a black body

S: Fresh ground cinnamon stick, roasted milk chocolate, and a bit of nutmeg but very lightly present.

T: Wow, new favorite porter here. This is spectacularly well rounded and extremely smooth. Lots of fresh cinnamon, nice cool nutmeg and a beautiful milk chocolate that really is the most pronounced of the flavors in here. There is not a whole lot of sweetness, this is extremely well done for a porter. My search for this beer turned out to be well done and really glad to finally tick this. Now if I could just get a case of it...

M: Medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O: Simply amazing for a "pumpkin beer" easily my favorite of the style even though it is more of an American Porter. Extremely smooth and fresh tasting with pronounced pumpkin flavors. Well done Midnight Sun.

Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank while handing out candy to the neighborhood kids

A-dark black body with no head what soever

S-lots of chocolate and a little bit of pumpkin

T-follows the nose. I don't know if I would call this a pumpkin beer so much as a chocolate beer. Not to say it isn't a bad thing

M- medium body and smooth . Very drinkable

O-pretty decent. Let it warm up because you wont like it when it is too cold

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, full throttle bottles - been waiting a long while to try this one

appearance: split and served in my great lakes goblet, very dark mahogany body, bordering on black. creamy tan head with a light ring of lace

smell: cocoa nibs evident, lots of spice - nutmeg and allspice primarily, clove, licorice, roasted pumpkin. a nice rich aroma

taste: quality porter - rich cocoa nibs, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, roasted pumpkin comes through mild, licorice, nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Rich and festive - chocolatey and well spiced

mouthfeel: creamy body, moderate roasty bitterness, nice warming

overall: classic fall porter

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled 4th week of August 2011. Pours a dark cola brown with some mahogany highlights. Capped by a thin crown of sand-colored head.

Aroma is heavy on the pumpkin, cocoa, cloves and nutmeg.

Taste is a cornucopia of flavors similar to the nose. Definite pumpkin, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, as the bottle lists the ingredients. Great blend of seasonal flavors, although I think there is a bit of an overemphasis on the cloves. Overall, the brew reminds me of the holiday beer collaboration between Nogne O, Jolly Pumpkin, and Stone. The pumpkin flavor here forms the backbone, but does not overly stand out--there is quite a bit going on from the other flavors, especially the cocoa, which provides a bitter chocolate taste. The cinnamon and nutmeg are present, as are the cloves, although as stated, a bit much, in my opinion. The overall taste profile turned out to be more bitter and spice as opposed to sweet and rich, although there is some of that.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Enough carbonation to keep things going. ABV is fairly well hid. Starts to come through some with the warming process. Nice substance to the beer.

Overall, an intriguing product from Midnight Sun. A welcome addition to the fall seasonal beers, although I wish some of the flavors were mellowed out some and others more enhanced.

***Revisited on 10-29-2011***

Much improved--chocolate and pumpkin flavors are more pronounced and smooth. Cloves are more in the background. A smoother, more enjoyable pumpkin-nutmeg-cinnamon brew. More viscous mouthfeel. Drank this one colder. That may have something to do with it? Ratings adjusted accordingly.

Photo of brotherloco
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Bottled 4th week of August, I believe in 2010. Served in a tulip.

Pours a pretty solid black, light penetrates only slightly. About half a finger of light mocha foam. Some cascading bubbles. A couple arms of lacing stick around.

Aroma of dark powdery cocoa, tinge of cherry cordial. Certainly some earthy vegetal pumpkin, spices are there too and add to the dry, powdery quality.

Initial flavor is a bit sweeter, hints of fudge brownie. Roasty, powdery middle brings on real nice bitterness and evolves into a great full bodied finish of pumpkin meat, sweet malt, medium spices and medium hoppy bitterness. Delicious.

Overall a medium-full body with medium carbonation. A rich drinking experience.

Photo of claspada
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark dark brown color with a nice fluffy brown head that slowly recedes leaving some soapy lacing.

Aromas begin with lots of pumpkin pie flavors. Really smells like the pie with pumpkin starchiness and some brown sugar/caramel sweet maltiness. As it warms I get some nice cooked pie shell bready crust. Some light "pumpkin pie" spicing but the baked good breadiness and pumpkin pie filling smells are more predominant.

The flavors begin quite the same with a solid toasted bready maltiness and some brown sugar sweet malt flavors. Then you get some more of the pumpkin pie filling flavor but it is much lighter here than in the aroma. Then out of nowhere you get the porter flavors, roasted coffee and chocolate malts (milk chocolate and lightly bitter baker's cocoa). Pumpkin pie spicing (The cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. are present but mellow which is really key to a quality pumpkin ale.) Pumpkin pie filling flavors emerge slightly more as it warms joining the toasted bready crust and darker malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation; perfect for the style and the ABV. Finish is fairly dry and also smooth at the same time; slightly creamy as well. Just right for this type of beer.

Overall, few beers that are so rare and sought out fail to live up to expectations but I have to say this one does. As a pumpkin beer fan I really really really enjoy this and as a regular craft beer fan I also really enjoy this a great deal because it's "out-of-the-box" compared to other examples of the style. A perfect harmony of porter and pumpkin beer; spices are mild, which can often be a problem for pumpkin beers. It's like a brownie and a piece of pumpkin pie procreated and somehow made a beer. Highly recommended as a pumpkin beer and as a regular great craft beer, glad I can finally check it off my bucket/want list.

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Really excited to finally be trying this one.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a mahogany hue when light comes through the edge of the pour. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roast and dark chocolate notes along with some fruit and spices. I don't smell a ton of pumpkin, but I might just be missing it. The chocolate and cinnamon go together extremely well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. The roast and dark chocolates are the dominant flavor up front, then the pumpkin and spices show up. The cinnamon is a really great addition. The finish is roasty and full of spice. Everything goes together very well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and silky smooth. Tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy the fact that the brewer resisted the temptation to go much higher in abv. I think the flavors worked really well and more alcohol and sweetness wouldn't have helped all that much. I would definitely have another.

Photo of julian
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, near black with a lovely creamy tan head and foamy ring around the edges. Lacing is oily and doesn't leave much behind.

S: Chocolate, toffee, mild spice (nutmeg, cinnamon), alcohol, sweet roasted pumpkin

T&M: Taste follows the nose but leans more on the side of pumpkin and spice with chocolate notes less dominant. Some roast and underlying hop bitterness to balance out the malt bill. Great mouthfeel through and through.

O: Excellent. One of my favorite dark pumpkin ales and one of the best examples of brewing with pumpkin as an ingredient.

Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish-brown with a finger of dark tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasty malts, and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Generous carbonation and a relatively thick mouthfeel. Unlike the nose, the flavor is dominated by lots of pumpkin, spice, and hints of cocoa/molasses sweetness. Mild, spicy finish.

A nice take on the style; I enjoyed the roasty notes that the darker malts provided. One of the better pumpkin ales I've tried.

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