Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Phocion:
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Bomber brought back from Anchorage by a wonderful friend of mine who was visiting family up there. Poured into a Surly tulip. Very, very dark - black without even a trace of brown or crimson. Solid finger of light brown head with excellent retention. Thick and sticky lacing. This is a very good-looking beer.
Nose is very spicy, dominated by a heavy mocha flavor. A bit of funkiness - were these aged in wine barrels perhaps? Tons of cinnamon, followed by nutmeg and a little bit of clove. A touch of roasted malts. Only the most subtle hints of pumpkin and woodiness as it warms a bit.
Wow. That first sip wasn't exactly what I was expecting... There's a lot going on in this thing. The first thing noticeable is a warm oaky flavor and a bit of alcohol, combined with the cinnamon. Touch of a funky cherry/red grape flavor. Just a light amount of bitter chocolate flavor to balance it a bit. Lots of spices. Lots of wood. This beer is damned tasty.
Nice mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation and medium-full bodied.
Excellent beer overall. The cinnamon would do well to be toned down a little, but it is otherwise very well-made. Complex flavor profile and everything works together in great harmony. Once you get over the initial cinnamon hit, it gets better and better. Definitely try this if you get the chance.
10-16-2012 22:52:51 | More by Phocion
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4.72/5 rDev +12.6%
Bottle c/o Nick3. Huge thanks!
Everyone has a favorite food, a sentimental favorite probably dating back to their childhood. Mine is my mom's chocolate chip pumpkin bread she makes every year around the holidays. It's moister than most pumpkin breads and the chocolate chips just put it over the top. So I was simultaneously excited and afraid to try this beer, wondering if it was meet or fall shy of my hopes and dreams.
It pulls off the chocolate and pumpkin with flying colors!
It boasts equal parts rich, silky milk chocolate and spices redolent of homemade pumpkin pie. Whereas some pumpkin beers feature no pumpkin at all, just spices such as nutmeg and cloves, this squeezes them all in from allspice to vanilla, with the spiciness offset by the pumpkin's creaminess.
This is a heavy beer but the flavor will have your tastebuds floating on air. I wonder if my mom can sue Midnight Sun for intellectual property theft.
10-27-2009 00:35:01 | More by byaeger
2.6/5 rDev -37.9%
Thanks to thickerfreakness for sharing-Thanks Charles!
A-Dark to black with small head
S-Chocolate tootsie roll with Pumpkin pie spices clove and slightly nutty like nutmeg. Interesting.
T-Like a tootsie roll dipped into pumpkin pie purree. Was not a fan of the flavor. Too much pumpkin spice flavor and artificial chocolate flavor. Not very subtle onthe alcohol either which accentuated the spice flavor!
M-Creamy and good mouthfeel
D-Didn't finish my 1/5 share of the bomber. I love this brewery but this was not for me.
08-29-2008 21:10:12 | More by hopsleeroy
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours black with a tan head that retains very well and leaves good lacing behind. Smells of cinnamon, charcoal, pumpkin pie, chocolate, and clove. Chocolate, pumpkin pie, cloves, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of ginger. A touch less than medium body and lighter than medium carbonation. This is a really tasty and fun beer, wish I could get this more regularly. Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for the bottle.
07-06-2008 05:48:24 | More by badbeer
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
This is one incredible beer. 2008 vintage.
Pours jet black with light tan head and great lace. The nose is just like the non-oaked but much stronger. mostly pumpkin and spice. WOW! The flavor is much stronger and more pronounced in this. Pumpkin spices are stronger and the chocolate flavors are richer and creamier. The oak really has brought out the flavors in this. The oak is more subtle in this than most oak aged brews, but still makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but could be a touch thicker. This is truly a treat for after dinner. I would say this is one of my favorite desert beers I have yet had. Drinkability is very strong, abv is nowhere to be found. Awesome beer. I remember having this on tap at GAKBBF, but it was like my 25th sample so i didnt really recognize its beauty. Good thing I got a few bottles! well see how this matures. Highly recommended.
2009 vintage: Same ratings, basically the same description. Still an outstanding beer. One for the record books.
02-02-2008 03:58:06 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle generously shared thanks to Nick3 on BA. The name of this beer is a real mouthful and takes forever to say.
A - Pours just about black with a creamy tan head and some lacing.
S - Aroma is lots of oak, pumpkin, spices, chocolate, and roasted malt.
T - Flavor is loads of rich chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, pumpkin, spices, and oak barrel notes. Was this -bal aged or just aged on oak chips? If I had to lay my money down, I'd put it on -bal aging. This had great -bal notes.
M - Palate is silky smooth with soft carbonation.
D - Very high for an imperial porter. Overall, the closest beer I've had to this is The Bruery Autumn Maple -Bal Aged. That was good, and this is damn good.
10-26-2009 17:15:54 | More by nickd717
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to Chris for sharing this at Dr. Bills in March. 22 oz. Creamy fresh pumpkin skin and mellowed sweet potato and brown sugar casserole, mingled with vanilla and toast. Inviting. Pours dark brown-black with tan head. Flavors follow in a similar vein with copious middle sugars married with ginger, brown sugar and caramelized dates. Interaction between darker malts and meaty pumpkin sugars is fun and exciting. I really appreciate for its ground-breaking concoction, while maintain a solid, drinkable execution with almost no perceptible errors. Unique and daring.
07-25-2007 00:16:05 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
22 from my homeboy in alaska... AkBelgianBeast.. I sooo appreciate the chance to try this one.. and so did my local homeboys... Thanks Frank.. This was enjoyed a while back at Eric's house and poured into my small La Trappe glass.
Of course... very dark brown.. pretty murky.. no real head to speak of.. but what is there is a fairly dark tan..
Chocolate and oak sorta jumped out of the glass at me.. I was surprised at how the pie spices were used with a judicious hand.. cinnamon and allspice are there, but are no where near as much as most pumpkin monstrosities...
Flavor has a bit more clove than the nose... and some vanilla comes out more.. again some cocoa helps meld the spices together.. good dark malt sweetness that works very well.. The body seemed on the light side.. but what do I know?
I was pretty happy with this one.... I rarely like porters.. and pretty much can't stand pumkin beers.. and almost always hate beers with pumpkin spices... yet this one came through and was very drinkable yet I never would have appreciated an entire 22.... fucking thankful Frank sent it here .. and damn glad I had a few good fellas to share it with.
Edit: wow.... I feel a bit bad about my review... I am rarely on the low side.. but damn! Pumpkin spices just don't belong in beer... maybe I need to bring a Pie or a smoked turkey to the next tasting and break out the non-oaked version :-) thanks again frank... you're a good BA.
08-27-2009 09:42:18 | More by JohnGalt1
4.88/5 rDev +16.5%
Insane. A huge thanks to Frank for sending this one my way. I had been itching to try this one for I cannot even begin to tell you how long. Served at cellar temp and poured into my DFH snifter, this one was consumed on 05/15/2009.
The pour was pitch black, no light was escaping this one at all. Rich, evil looking with a thin tan head on top that only slightly faded as it came back down to earth really just coating the inside of the glass completely as it went down. The aroma was huge, this is exactly what I had hoped it would be. Rich pumpkin notes that were interlaced perfectly with rich chocolate and hints of vanilla and oak. Sublime and perfect in every way. As I go in for a sip I find the same thing, simply perfect. Smooth, seductive, a bit lighter in the body then I would have thought, but still wonderfully smooth. Rich chocolate dominates here early before the pumpkin spice takes over. Lots of cinnamon here as well as it really is soo complex I find it hard to really put into words. But I drink on and as I do, wonderful oak and woody notes greet me as it comes up to room temp. No ABV here at all, I am blown away. The most sublime pumpkin beer I could have imagined.
Overall I am impressed, overjoyed, and amazed at how good this one is. Everything I had hoped for an more. I would take this anyday over most everything.
05-16-2009 01:39:49 | More by mikesgroove
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
A: The darkest of browns, almost opaque in the glass. Low carbonation levels make for a small but surprisingly lasting head.
Smell: Big roasted pumpkin aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, rich milk chocolate, spicy oak and a hint of vanilla. Smells like a homemade pumpkin pie.
Taste & mouthfeel: Roasted pumpkin and chocolate in equal portions. Light spiciness appears behind that, both from the oak and from actual spice additions (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove?). the faintest of tannins and a touch of vanilla appear toward the finish. Bitterness is reserved. Carbonation is medium-low, spot-on for the style as it highlights the rich chocolate and pumpkin flavors. The finish is creamy, smooth and mellow. I can't think of many better dessert beers than this.
05-06-2009 01:59:42 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Thanks to AKbelgianbeast for this treat.
If you have one now, let it age a little bit.
This beer is way more balanced and smooth than just the imperial chocolate pumpkin porter.
This is what a beer should be. Aftertastes of sweet gingerbread spices, with a vanilla smell and warm sweet lingering aftertaste.
If this beer were a singer it would be the late great Velvet Fog, Mel Torme.
06-08-2008 04:38:39 | More by Murchmac
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
Bottle shared generously by Jaeger at the Pre DL day gathering at Flossmoor.
Pours a murky brown in color. Only a bit of froth remains from the pour. Smell is some pumpkin, some accompanying spice and just a hint of roasted malts.
Taste is more of the sweet pumpkin spice flavor. The oak comes through a bit more in the flavor than in the nose as well. Very smooth and easy drinking.
This was a bit of a letdown for me. The oak flavors and the chocolate flavors were so subdued that they really didn't get a chance to impact the taste. Lots of pumpkin spice, but was expecting more complexity out of this one. Glad I had the chance to try.
04-28-2009 21:27:53 | More by FtownThrowDown
2.83/5 rDev -32.5%
Bottle courtesy of GT2. Thanks! Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The nose carries some strong pumpkin spice along with light oak character. A bit of tannin into the flavor along with bitter herbs and spice. Roast and chocolate in the background. Medium body with a dry herbal finish. Not a huge fan of this one; I prefer regular T.R.E.A.T.
12-15-2012 19:01:27 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
Another big thanks to rudzud for sharing. From last year.
Much bigger bubbly creamy head dark mocha colored of almost 1 finger, same very dark almost black color, decent lacing.
Nose is quite different from the original. It has many of the same base, but this time big wood esters, dank shelf, lots of spices a strong spice I can't put my finger on, almost curry ish but not quite, a Persian like spice. Also light mocha and pumpkin more gourd like.
Taste bitter acrid slight tangy metallic like, bitter slight burnt roast, kinda icky at first. Then cocoa, light roast, plenty more of that spice that's again Persian like but less so. Light yeasty bready flavor and malt, little chewy as well. Light bitter roast and earthy hops. Some cocoa powder, light pumpkin gourd like but very little. Some wood dust and dank wood shelf, some nutmeg but not nutty. Finish is drier than the original but still little sticky syrupy, some burnt acrid malts and spices.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied decent carb.
Overall hard to see if this is better than the un oaked version. it's fairly meh overall, the oak really only seems to add dusty wood and weird spices that i didn't really get in the original, so hard to decide, but not great either way.
11-23-2012 04:49:02 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.
Poured a dark black color wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oak/wood, lighter sices, chocolate, vanilla, and some pumpkins (the non-oak aged version had stronger pumpkins). The vanilla and pumpkin blended nicely. Tastes of wood/oak, lighter vanilla, punkins and spices.
Notes from and tasted on 2/1/08
11-06-2008 15:22:27 | More by hopdog
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this. Been wanting to try this for awhile.
A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather tall off-white head.
S: Still a strong spiciness to. Lots of nutmeg and all-spice with a little bit of cinnamon. Not too much pumpkin flavor, but a nice roastiness, bit of dark chocolate, and a moderate sweetness to the beer.
T: The spices really stand out on the tongue, too. All-spice is the most prominent with some nutmeg in there, too. Mild roast, hints of vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. Again, not too much pumpkin.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: This was a bit better than the regular TREAT/Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, but not amazing.
06-23-2011 05:10:26 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
The 2008 BA Imperial Pumpkin Porter, courtesy of the extremely generous AKBelgianBeast.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and lacing. As with the regular version of this fine beer, I get pumpkin, pumpkin pie, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This really doesn't smell all that different from the regular version (not that that's a bad thing), though perhaps there's a bit more vanilla and chocolate. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose almost exactly, with no more then moderate sweetness on the palate. Mouthfeel is very soft and plush, with a long, smooth finish. Alcohol is quite well disguised, and drinkability is excellent.
For my money, the best pumpkin beer on the market these days. Thanks Frank!
09-13-2009 15:03:29 | More by John_M
Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.