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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: 685
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 460
Gots: 114 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2005)
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Photo of glazeman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

glazeman, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GregSVT, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kadonny, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of dankbrew21
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

dankbrew21, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of rka758
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into regular glass.
Received through a trade.
Bottled 10/10

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.

rka758, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jampics2, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of caskstrength
2.08/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks azureoval.

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.

caskstrength, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DaveHS, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SpdKilz, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of youradhere
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

youradhere, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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>

WestValleyIPA, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Flightoficarus, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Props to a great trader writerLJBerg for passing a couple of these my way. A long desired beer as I enjoy a good Pumpkin during the fall season and have never had this one. Thanks Luke, I'll take more if you please (and if you are interested in trading again).

A - Poured from a bottle into my awaiting snifter. Pours very dark, nearly black, with only a small head that does not hang around too long.

S/T - Tremendous. For me, a perfect blend of pumpkin spices and chocolate with a bit of fudge and molasses all coming together. Not too much of pumpkin as the spices are forward and work with the chocolate to create a great "treat" so to speak. Not overly cloying or over the top but a great combination of flavor.

M - Very nice, pretty rich.

D - Only a 4.0 for me as I view these as a nice dessert beer as opposed to a beer that you want to drink throughout the course of the evening.

All in all, I really enjoyed this. I have backed off most pumpkin beers, notably Pumpking. This one allowed me to enjoy the experience again. This is really good and I understand why so many people desire this beer. Thanks again Luke for passing my way. More, more, more!

Beerisheaven, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Rich dark black body with a quarter inch of light beige head. Retention is fine, not too much lacing left behind.

Candy cane, nutmeg, cloves, hot cocoa and pumpkin pie. It smells like Christmas and Thanksgiing rolled into one (whihc is weird, since it seems Halloween themed)

Tastes like pumpkin pie drizzled in chocolate and some crushed up espresso beans. Seriously, delicious!

Mouthfeel is light and full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

God I would love to try this with pumpkin pie. Seriously great beer.

billshmeinke, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

she is welcome back! split this with the good lady. almost black, decent carb. smells ridiculous, nutmeg and cloves, chocolate, little cinnamon and roast.
tastes phenomenal, brings me back to my last week in alaska this summer when we had a bottle of the 09. well balanced, big on the cloves, followed by nutmeg and chocolate, there is a little roastiness and cinnamon, extremely well-balanced. not really sweet, just slightly. almost no pumpkin, just the spices dominating, but it is lovely.
sticky, not too sweet, roasty, spicy, f'in great.

dragonWhale, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of eatabagofbooger
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a snifter

A: Opaque black. Small head dissipates almost immediately. Aggressive, audible fizziness accompanies its demise.

S: Spicy. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg-just like it says on the bottle. Spices kinda overpower anything else. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: Almost great. Spices dominate, but chocolate and roasty malt are present, which gives it more a more pleasant and complex character than the nose. Just a touch of citrusy hops. Then something I can't identify, but slightly sour, almost metallic comes through in the finish to ruin it all. Okay okay, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. The metallic taste is not terribly strong and certainly doesn't overpower all the other great tastes, but it definitely drops the taste score by about a point or two. Also, rather than becoming more complex as my glass empties, the flavors just seem to mesh into one undistinguishable mass of decent, but not great flavor.

M: Medium body. Oddly, it feels like it's carbonated even though I haven't seen a bubble in my glass since a couple seconds after pouring. Seriously, this beer looks like a really dark, oddly colored wine. It fits the beer well. I think a hefty dose of carbonation would mask the odd flavor, but really the problem there is the taste, not the moutfeel.

D: Overall, this beer is not as bad as my review makes it sound. Still not great, and still not something I'd seek out again, but not as bad as the rest of this review would suggest.

eatabagofbooger, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in a Darkness tulip

A - Black in color, with a small brown head which dissolves in a matter of seconds and decent lacing

S - Milk chocolate, pumpkin pie - cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of ginger

T - Pumpkin pie spice, hot chocolate --> milk, more cinnamon and nutmeg --> finish is darkish chocolate...nicely done

M - Medium-bodied, decent carbonation

D - Pretty good for a sweet beer - probably due to the spices; that said, I'm glad I split a bomber.

This lived up to my expectations as a pumpkin pie / porter fan. It didn't blow my mind, but I'll be more than happy to drink this whenever the opportunity arises.

klikger, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Phoenix2443
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I meant to drink this for Halloween but got caught up with everything else. 2009 bottle from a friend. Poured into new Belgium tulip.

A: dark opaque black, brown visibility in the light. Not much of a head at all.

S: wow! Alot going on here, strong scents of clove, nutmeg and pumpkin. The chocolate is up front when I cracked this open but now the other scents dominate. The scent has an almost mint characteristic to it.

T: dark fruits, tobacco and again a slight almost mint finish. I can only assume this is the cloves shining through. This is one of the most complex beers I've had in some time.

M: rich and full. Great heavy malt feel, perfect to compliment the intentions.

D: this is a great beer to end an evening with in the fall and I look forward to having it fresh to compare with this slightly cellared version. I would say this is probably the ultimate Halloween beer.

Phoenix2443, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.
'09 vintage.

The body is solid black with a 1 finger thick tan colored head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam around the rim of the glass.

The aroma is of strong cocoa, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and assorted spices. There are only very faint notes of pumpkin, with also hints of dark fruit.

The taste consists of a stronger emphasis on the dark fruit notes, with a good chocolate malt backing. The spice notes offer just a kick to keep things interesting without becoming over bearing.
The mouthfeel is big and full bodied, with the ABV extremelly hidden.

I really enjoyed this beer, as I found all of the ingredients listed were capable of being picked out. It was a very interesting take on a pumpkin beer and I think the darker malts and cocoa really helped to balance out the pumpkin and spice notes.

vkv822, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well today is Bendurgin's day to bring the bottles. Into a White Birch chalice. Black body with medium tan bubbles. Not much head. A decent amount of lacing lines the glass.

This one has a very strong aroma. Lots of cinnamon. That's the only spice I'm confident enough to pinpoint, but I'm sure there are others. A nice fruity aroma follows. Maybe it's a hint of cherry.

This is immediately spicy. Lots of spice character, followed by the vegetable flavor which is very noticeable (after the cinnamon of course). There is also a nice chocolate sweetness that goes nicely with the creamy mouthfeel. Not a lot of roasted flavors or bitterness, adding to the drinkability.

There are a lot of flavors going on here so that adds to the taste. Really unique, and interesting. Very enjoyable.

andrewinski1, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Oregonskibum for sending me this sweet bottle. Poured into a tulip. The body is black with about two fingers of mocha colored head that dissipates into minimal lacing. The nose is simply entrancing. Big aromas of chocolate, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg with a slight sweetness. Wow. This is a killer aroma. The taste is a bit toned down from the aroma. Chocolate malts, a nice hearty pumpkin flavor and a spicy cinnamon/clove finish. The flavors are very well balanced with nothing really overpowering anything else. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and the carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is great, but I can only imagine having this in October.

Bendurgin, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With All Hallows Eve right around the corner, it was a perfect night to break out this beast. 2009 bottle received in a trade with my good mate JohnGalt1.

A: Very dark brown, with just a glimmer of light sneaking through. Gooey white head clings to sides of glass.

S: Spices catch jump out first - cinnamon and cloves I think. Nice roasted and smokey dark malt smell that's a little different from your typical porter. I'm guessing that's the pumpkin effect.

T: Very similar to aroma. Roasted smokey base porter is very nice, as has been the case with all the dark beers I have had from MS. Additionally, there's lots of nutmeg - which is a first in a beer for me - along with some clove and cinnamon. Slightly sweet cocoa, and again, the musty pumpkin is pretty subtle. Finish is long, lightly smokey and sweet.

M: Medium bodied with full carbonation.

I'd dial back the nutmeg but this is the best Pumpkin Ale out there in my opinion.

Thanks Toby!

GeezLynn, Oct 30, 2010
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.