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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: 622
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 453
Gots: 108 | FT: 6
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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:
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 PretzelCity
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AlaskaJoe for hooking this one up! With a name like Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, this beer could be either really good or really bad. Luckily I was pretty damn good. Poured a nice dark dark brown that let little light through with a tan head that dissipated slowly. The smell was awesome! Almost better than the taste. A nice blend of chocolate and pumpkin that made me drool a little each time I took a whiff. The taste was just as solid. You could make out the chocolate and the pumpkin individually but they played well together. I was surprised by this beer, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. It was a very smooth porter, much more complex then I had anticipated and the best of the pumpkin beers I've had if you throw it in that category. Would love to try this again and it's oak aged brother.

PretzelCity, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown. Small, quickly diminishing light tan head that lasts decently. Nice nose. Flavor has some richness and depth to it uncommon in a pumpkin porter. Very smooth, with an elegant mouth feel. Still doesn't quite have the loads of extracted flavors I prefer, but still has some nice chocolate and pumpkin notes. Nice pumpkin ale overall.

Crosling, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of alaskajoe poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as pitch black in the glass underneath a large tan head that holds as a cap for a while and leaves decent lacing.

The is very interesting with the light pumpkin pie aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. There are some dark malts in there as well as chocolate though the spices stand out.

The taste is even more interesting to me. It starts with some chocolate and lactose sweetness up front before the pumpkin and spices roll onto the palate. The finish almost seems a bit smoky with some coffee bitterness as well. Really complex taste.

The mouthfeel is decadent with a very smooth feel with good carbonation and everything is just silky and dessert-like.

It's probably not a fair comparison but this is, without a doubt, the best pumpkin-infused beer I've ever had. Very drinkable with a completely non-existent alcohol presence. Big thanks again to Joe for this rarity.

gford217, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to littlebreeze for sharing this 2007 bottle.

A: Dark black with a good tight mocha head. I love the tiny bubble heads. Some ruby notes when held to the light.

S: Cocoa and a touch of pumpkin with spices in the background. I can't really pick out specific spices though.

T: Cocoa right up front. Not chocolate, but cocoa; the difference being that the cocoa has a dryer less sweet flavor. It is very clear. After that there is some pumpkin with just a touch of spice. Very balanced.

M: Medium bodied and a touch rough from the cocoa.

D: Good. Very balanced.

drseamus, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition. 7.8% ABV. Thanks to mred137 for bringing this.

A: A shade short of black. Nice creamy looking slight earthy head in color.

S: Hints of pumpkin. Heavy on the spices. The chocolate is in the back but it is more like cocoa. Nutmeg and cloves are big on the spice side.

T:Chocolate right up front. Pumpkin is right after with some spices. This is an insanely complex beer. So much going on at once. A nice roasted taste balances everything out.

M:Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Especially good for a porter.

D: Very drinkable despite the spices.Totally different than anything else I have ever had. I wish I could try this on cask. My first midnight sun brew and hopefully not my last.

aerozeppl, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. 2007 ediiton.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small sized brownish head. Initial stong aromas of freshly cut pumpkins then pumpkin seeds, cinamon, nutmeg, and some roast and chocolate in the background. Tastes of pumpkins (not as strong as the aroma), chocolate, roast, lighter spices, and a light coffee bitter finish. Some lacing left on the glass. I would say this one was more pumpkin beer in the aroma and more porter in the tastes. Very enjoyable, especially for a Pumpkin beer!

Notes from 11/28/07

hopdog, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle received in a trade with AKBelgianBeast, thanks for the very generous extra Frank, listed as 7.8% ABV with 30 IBUs, 2008 vintage, split with my dad last night, poured into my Grimbergen goblet

A-Pours almost completely black with some red around the edges, thick 1 1/2 frothy tan head that stays around for over five minutes, above average retention, nice lacing leaving ring at the top of the glass
S-Fantastic smell and by far the best part about this brew, it consists of a large amount of pumpkin, also dark chocolate, nutmeg, sweetness, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malts, cloves, and cream
T-Flavor is not very complex when cold but I left it in the fridge for too long, once it warmed that all changed completely, tastes more like pumpkin pie than anything, sweet malts and spices in the middle, more pumpkin in the finish that are mixed with roasted malts, both vanilla and chocolate throughout when it warmed too, gets sweeter and thinner as time goes by, nice spicy sweetness by the end while still keeping its porter characteristics which is great, did not know if this flavor would live up to its hype, but it did and then some with more complexity than I could have hoped for
M-Slightly sweet, spicy, creamy, roasty, and chewy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation which was one of my few complaints with this beer, thin to medium bodied, not as thick as expected even though it was so rich, taste lingered
D-This stuff is not nearly as heavy as it appears to be, rather light on the stomach actually, alcohol is hidden well too, smooth and goes down easy even as it warms, not overly dry like other porters tend to be either

This beer is definitely not retired and is released in October of every year in Alaska, arrived the day after Halloween or it would have been drank that night, this beer was one of the more complex things I have ever drank, I have to try the oak aged version now to see if this could get any more interesting but I struggle to see how that is possible, cannot wait to drink this again in the future, recommended

Floydster, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a thick tan head, which dissipates into a frothy ring.

S- Intense smell of pumpkin with aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate. There is a roasty-sweetness in the aroma as well.

T- I feel like each sip is a tour through the flavors. First, the flavors of pumpkin pie: Ripe pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Then, the rich chocolate flavor comes through with a slight hint of vanilla. Finally, a roasty, caramel-like maltiness brings the beer to its delicious finale.

M- Creamy, surprisingly light, but a little syrupy. The carbonation was a little more than I expected.

D- For such a rich beer, it's not too heavy and also not obsenely alcoholic

JoeMayo, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of gregc
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to gkatsoris for sharing this at the Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton release.

Poured a deep dark black, with almost no head at all. Very sticky looking.

Smell was beautiful. Pumpkin pie, cloves , allspice , cinnamon , dark chocolate. Alot going on but it all blended well.

Tasted like liquid pumpkin pie and dark chocolate, reminded me of thanksgiving.
Mouthfell was good, not to think very smooth.

I can drink this all day, too bad ill probably never see it again.

gregc, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this as an EXTRA in a trade. Shared at the Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton (batch 2) release.

A: Nice and black, that left dark brown "syrup" on the glass when swirled. Really no head at all.

S: Definitely pumpkin present. Also some chocolate and coffee.

T: I give this a 5 because is was really, really unique. Unique because is wasn't like a piece of pie (overly sugary sweet), but it was very balanced tasting. I could taste the malts, spices, pumpkin, all w/o the usual sugar overload.

M: A little thin, but very good.

D: Can I have some more please?

gkatsoris, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I knew this beer existed I wanted to try it. Props to AKBelgianbeast for the trade and great extras.

Pours an almost licorice black with chocolate highlights, big coffee brown head that quickly vanishes. Holding it up to the sun you would think you can see through it, but as borat says....NOT

Deep complex smells of cocoa, with an overwhelmingly bready gingerbread aroma. Smells like Halloween, sweet

Tastes complex. This beer tastes like the threesome between Count Chocola, The Pumpkin King, and the Pilsbury doughboy. Chocolate up front with a bready pumpkiny finish.

This beer is very different from the other midnight suns I tried as it is not very hoppy, but like the others, it has a lot going on in it.

If you like sweet spicy, holiday beers, you'll like this one.

Murchmac, May 26, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of AKBelgianBeast. worth the wait.. 2007 edition.

This poured a nearly black hue with only slight rose colors around the very edges with backlighting. There was a nice big foamy, rocky head that settled to a nice fat ring and skim coating. Not much lacing but the foam stayed the whole beer.

Smell was dominated by fresh pumpkin with some roated malt, cocoa nibs, and coffee in the background.

Each time i take a drink i get a different impression of this beer. Sometimes i get heavy pumpkin with well balanced pumpkin pie spice, sometimes i get more of a coffee/chocolate malt with just a hint of the pumpkin in the distance, and sometimes i get a balance of both. I am not a huge fan of pumpkin pie, but this beer is very well balanced with roastiness and maltiness and quite nice. The finish has some drying to it, but i really am not placing much in the way of hops here. could be that this has aged the hops right now, but if that is the case, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that.

This has plenty of carbonation but is not over-carbonated in any way. It has a creamy, smooth, milky texture that is very easy to drink.

I drank this bomber too easy for a 7.8% brew. It is not so overly sweet as to make it a dessert beer, but it would work as dessert if you wanted to replace your pumpkin pie!

I will start begging Frank now to hook me up with the 2008 version this fall. I also have the oaked version here to try and compare... but at 7.8% drinking alone I think that is for another day. Bravo to Midnight Sun for another fantastic beer.

tayner, May 24, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks AKBelgianBeast for locating a bottle of this outstanding seasonal offering.

The pour left an attractive chocolate milk head. First sip made a nice bite into the head. Nice lace replaced the head.

Taste is interesting. Sometimes I picked up a hit of chocolate and coffee before the pumpkin. Other times I seemed to pick up a heavy pumpkin flavor before the others. The spice is there...just a hint in the background. All flavors are balanced well.

Nice mouthfeel. Creamy. There is a little dancing on the tongue.

LittleBreeze, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a dark brown with crimson highlights with a dark tan collar that slowly fades into a thick cap and collar and keeps nice retention. Tons of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, nicely baked pumpkin bread with mild spicing and cream addition.
Taste is of the aromas with light lactose tartness and cocoa nibs jumping out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thin, mildly tart, tasty, chewy, with a touch of cinnamon hitting the tongue during the swallow.

weeare138, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first of all. THIS BEER IS NOT RETIRED!!! It is a seasonal release and is one of midnight suns best sellers. They have no intention of retiring it. And the alcohol should be listed at 7.8% However youd be lucky to find a bottle in the stores and wont at the brewery until next season. This beer pours a dark black with the teeny tiniest red hue. The head is a dark tannish brown, but fades rather quickly. The nose is very porter with obvious pumpkin spice and faint chocolate and coffee. the taste flips flops harder than Al Gore. The taste is of chocolate and coffee mix and the pumpkin takes a back seat, or maybe just sits bitch in the front. The middle of the taste is where the pumpkin starts to show up and fades with the malt and hops in the finish. Taste lingers and chocolate flavor hangs on the lips. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy, but not as soupy as an imperial stout. The carbonation is suprisingly good, but not abrasive at all. Perfect carbonation in my opinion. I would kill somebody, maybe even a member of my family to get some of the oak aged version of this from an older vintage. Incredibly drinkable, and lingering flavor. Another fine offering from m sun. Those boys sure know how to brew em.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of irishevans
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquid Pumpkin pie, no bull. this brew pours black with a dark, dark tan head that retains well and leaves a nice lace. the smell is pumpkin pie, the taste is also pumpkin pie with some cream taste to it at least i taste it. the mouth-feel is perfect not too thick, but thick, not flat, but not overcarbonated either, a good porter mouth-feel. and given the viscosity, take your time with it, savor it.

irishevans, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 release, bottles states 7.8%. 22 ounce bomber was $7.99 at Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: deep brown, nearly black, opaque, with a dense but limited medium to dark brown head. Leaves a little lacing. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma: the tiniest hint of spice, although probably only because I'm looking for it. Same with the chocolate. A little earthiness. For such a unique beer, it's quite lacking in the aroma department. Also a slight bit of sour/brettanomyces, which is not, to my understanding, intended (but MSBC has been playing with brett, so it wouldn't be a shock.)

Taste: a hint of spice, a tiny hint of chocolate. That same hint at brett. It's not overpowering, but it is there. Again, any pumpkin and chocolate I get is mostly because I'm searching for it. More spice comes through as it warms to nearly room temperature, but still little to no chocolate. The spice sort of seems like cinnamon, and a tiny little bit of spicy-heat; think something like Mexican hot chocolate spices.

Mouth: Tingly and moderately full, with little to no alcohol warmth, interesting for a 7.8% beer.

Overall: I'm very torn by this beer. I like it, it's quite drinkable, and I'd drink it again. However, I absolutely wouldn't pay $8 for a bomber again (maybe $5.) It's a solid robust porter, a semi-decent imperial porter, but almost zero as a pumpkin porter, or a chocolate porter. I don't know: I guess I feel like if you're going to turn out a unique, out in left field beer like this, it should be a little more, well, unique.

warmstorage, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of grumpy
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For the record, this is not a one-off beer. I am reviewing the 2007 release, and it’s listed as currently on tap for growler fills at the brewery. Also for the record, pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice beers are not my thing.

I’m going to admit that this beer is fairly tasty in “have one a year” sort of way. The pumpkin and spice flavors are there, but are not over the top, and meld nicely with the somewhat sweet, and mildly roasty chocolate flavors of the base Porter. The aroma is exactly what you would expect – roast, chocolate, pumpkin, and spice. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking for a beer of 7.3% ABV, with all of that “stuff” added. Also lacking – in fact, completely absent – is the presence of perceptible alcohol. While this is a significant feat, I don’t find it a positive one. A little alcohol burn, or a bit higher hopping rate, would have given this beer an edge it just seems to be missing.

All in all, no regrets having split a bomber of this. Also no regrets having only bought one.

grumpy, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by timmcd64. Thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a thin finger of light chocolate head over a dark liquid. Brown edgings when held to light. Smells sharp pumkin pie spice (nutmeg and allspice) and gentle chocolate. Woody hop character. Some lighter esters.

Tastes very pumpkin fruity with mild pumkin pie spice and a dry chocolate finish. Some dark fruits. Late in the taste the spice takes on a tang. Not quite peppery, but it definitely becomes a bit sharper. Aftertaste remains strong on the spice for a while and is a bit wearing by the end of the glass. Thankfully I shared this bomber with my wife.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick but amazingly silky. Helps the chocolate flavor hang around and sweetens it up a bit. Wonderful and adds a great deal to the beer. Carbonation is moderate.

mentor, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black but more like a very sludgy brown color. The head is tan and very fluffy. Good retention but lacks any lacing.

Very interesting nose. A big blast of dark chocolate, with dark fruits, and some hints of flowery hop aromas. And on the end you get a nice pumpkin aroma showing through. Somewhat of a sour smell too it.

What an great idea for a brew that uses pumpkin. Dark roasty malt flavors lead way into bitter dark chocolate, black currant, anise, slight hops, and then a burst of pumpkin that lingers through the finish and balances everything out. Very complex and almost like drinking two beers in one.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and I feel there is a tad too much carbonation. But on the other hand it fits this beer well. I could drink this one all day.

mcallister, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: 9/26/11 The beer reviewed was known as: "Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter" aka "Treat" nowadays.

Pours oily black with mahogany edging. Medium head of short duration and tan color. A fine bead of foam clings to the glass atop the opaque darkness.
Aromatics are rich, spicy, and lucious. Cinnamon and nutmeg in the forefront of dark chocolate and espresso.
Pumpkin is evident only in a suggestion through the spice, and the nose is big, bold, and complex. Spicing is not overbearing and complimentary.
Body is thickish and tacky, slick and clingy.
Pallet does not dissapoint. Lots of rich, oily chocolate accented with pumpkin spice and roasted malts.
Extremely smooth and dilectable. Reminiscent of Rogue's chocolate stout, but more complex and artfully spiced.
Bitterness is minimal, keeping the residuals in check.
Finishes long and full, with lingering cocoa and warming alcohol.
Big ups to Timmcd64 for hooking me up.. Proper!

brewandbbq, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of juzy
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beauty poors a rich, dark, almost black with a lofty, creamy dark tan head.

One whiff and I'm getting roasted malts, lots of chocolate. They used the nibs from the cocoa beans this year rather than actually using chocolate. Might explain the head retention. Even with the low-in fat type of chocolate they used last year, there was an issue, for me anyway, with the head giving way too quickly. Mmmm, as I smell again, pumpkin and spices like nutmeg, cloves. I really dislike cloves and wish they wouldn't use them in pumpkin beers, but these are understated, not in-your-face, so I'm not turned off.

As it moves around my tongue and slides down my throat I'm finding almost the same characteristics as I got from the aroma. Roasted malts, pumpkin, chocolate, a bit of nutiness and coffee, the unmistakable taste of cloves and other autumn spices.

It's med-full bodied. Carbonation is light.

After this pint at Cafe Amsterdam we went to the brewery and picked up a growler. Finished it with friends on Friday night. Very tasty.

Note: I give the drinkability a 4 mainly because I can't see drinking more than one or two of these at a time. Very much a good dessert beer though!

juzy, Oct 14, 2006
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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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