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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: 462
Gots: 117 | 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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of DNICE555
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of biglite351
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of readbaron
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of abuliarose
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of mattdev
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of Vdubb86
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of veinless
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of AwYeh
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of harrymel
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dfclav
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.