Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +18.1%
A - It pours a shiny brown-black, with a nice almond-hued foamy head that leaves a bit of lace.
S - The nose is outstanding. Words cannot do it the justice it is due. An amazing fusion of chocolate, pumpkin and mint dominates the aromatic aspects, although the oak has tempered the impact somewhat.
T - Phenomenal. One of the best beers ever. The chocolate-pumpkin-mint-mulled flavor is unreasonably delicious; I am floored. Nothing left to say here, and unfortunately precious little left to drink.
M - Awesome. Merely having beer this delicious touching your mouth qualifies as ridiculously good mouthfeel.
D - Highly recommended. Midnight Sun is mind-blowing.
07-13-2010 01:06:48 | More by ktrillionaire
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
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
Split with CrellMoset in a side by side with the non-oaked version.
Appearance: Seems to be a much heavier brew than the non-oaked version, despite the similar ABVs. There's less head, despite being poured into a more appropriate glass, and has just a slight and faint ring around the top of the glass extremely quickly, as well as (were it possible) even fainter lacing.
Smell: Chocolate pumpkin deliciousness in the smell. Extremely oaky and earthy. The oak is quite complex and the brew well crafted.
Taste: pumpkin juicyiness (didn't know there was such a thing, huh?) comes out more in the oak aged version. The oak is much chocolatier...there's a nice caramel here that blends well with the barrel notes. delicious.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit lower in this one and a bit spicier, but actually a bit better.
06-19-2010 17:09:27 | More by afausser
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
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
Thanks to dmeadows for sharing this beer which was long the bane of my wants.
A: Mostly black with touches of brown. Minimal bone colored head.
S: Smells like fresh pumpkin with some spices thrown in. A touch of chocolate as well. Hints of oak. Just really smelled like fall. Perfect.
T: Wow. Amazing clear pumpkin flavor with some spices. Really nice balance between the two which is the hardest part about doing a pumpkin beer. Smooth. Big blast of chocolate in the finish.
M: Stellar. Just incredibly smooth. Glorious.
D: Damn this is a great beer. I love pumpkin ale and this along with Pumpking are my top two.
04-18-2009 18:30:34 | More by aerozeppl
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
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
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
Another huge thanks to Frank.
Pours a dark black with a small tan head.
Smell: Mostly Nutmeg and Allspice, Some Roasted Malts, Chocolate, and a little bit of Oak.
Taste: Wow! Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla, followed by Oak and Pumpkin Pie. Amazingly well done and hands down the best Pumpkin/Spiced beer I've had. Smooth, Rich, and Creamy.
06-22-2008 02:26:38 | More by TheBlackMallard
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
Drank this side by side with the regular ICPP at The Graduation Tasting
A: Dark brown with reddish highlights. Thin tan head
S: Hysterically good. Mild spice, maple, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark chocolate. Not as spicy was the regular ICPP. Roasted malt character is pleasant and in great balance, lending a mild sweetness. The BA character is not very noticeable apart from a mild vanilla character.
T: Very, very complex spicy character with nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate. Bourbon character appears mid palate with great flavor, some vanilla but no heat. Excellent balance
M: A little thin, but excellent. More creamy than the regular ICPP.
D: Outrageous, I need more!
05-21-2009 05:24:35 | More by DefenCorps
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
poured a thick black with a slight red in the hew, a four finger thick rich tan head rises and quickley fades away, the taste is a sweet pumpkin pie , qenrousley spiced, blended purfictley with a mild rich porter lightley hoped and quick to fade out to a tootsie roal choclet and mild oak flavor. this is silkey smooth and never misses a beat. this is a top notch beer that hides the alchoal well. wish i had more of this one
11-03-2008 14:47:34 | More by orcasteve
4.65/5 rDev +11%
2008 vintage, which is actually the 07 batch that sat in the barrel longer than the regular version. 'Twas my last one.
A gentle pour produces a good two fingers of root beer/mocha foam on top of fluid that is almost black like a stout. There is decent retention and virtually no lacing.
Soft but obvious coco, very gentle booze, and nutmeg hit early and combine for an amazing Thanksgiving desert type aroma. Next the oak emerges, more clearly with each sniff. And while I definitely get pumpkin pie, I don't actually pick up the pumpkin directly in the nose. ...Late in the sample there is more depth to the spices. Exquisite.
Tastes malty sweet with coco and mild bitterness at first. It's oak flavored, and spicy with cloves and others. The pumpkin is present, and it is very lightly boozy. Wicked smooth and delicious.
Plenty carbonated with rich medium/full body, and luxurious creamy texture. It is mildly viscous with mellow warming and a lightly bitter and spicy finish. Deluxe.
There likely aren't many more of this version of this vintage of this beer left at this late date. So it's unlikely that you'll be able to verify my claim that this is a phenomenal beer. But there may be a geek or two or a few in Anchorage that have some of this packed away. If so, it's drinking really really well right now....
03-22-2011 00:30:01 | More by sprucetip
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Fantastic looking beer. One shade short of black with a creamy thick mocha head that leaves thin lacing behind in sporadic gestures.
Aromas of pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, graham cracker, and chocolate seem much more pronounced than he unoaked version which is a suprise. Nice spicey boquet with hints of oak in the background. Not overly pronounced with well integrated with the earthy spice character. Some other dark fruit esters come out as well.
One great tasting beer. Not nearly as spicey in the mouth with the oak coming forward a little more and adding a soft creamy richness to the equation. Hints of vanilla also show through and seem to transform the graham cracker crust flavor too extra pure vanilla additions. Black tea, milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, with a berry and raisiny finish. Nutmeg and spice lay nicely in the background. Really can't get over the soft, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. A beer worth drinking, and drinking often.
04-13-2008 18:12:43 | More by mcallister
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Thanks to Largadeer for opening this up. Poured into my Bruery snifter. It appears black with a small light brown head, leaving some lacing as it recedes in a minute.
Aromas are of oak, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. The combination of milk chocolate, oak, and pumpkin smells fantastic. Oaked chocolate pumpkin pie. This beer has the strongest pumpkin aroma of any I've tried.
The flavor is of liquid pumpkin pie with pie crust notes. Some vanilla is evident and the oak flavor is present as it was in the aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices complete the package. The malt is slightly roasted as well.
The mouthfeel is smooth, is full bodied. The beer has low-medium carbonation.
This is an awesome pumpkin beer.
05-12-2009 01:16:19 | More by HopHead84
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Huge thanks to the AK BA who hooked it up! Bomber poured into a my tall Midnight Sun glass, MSBC's OAICP is a murky blackish brown with a creamy light brown head that's a bit spritzy, quick settling, leaving no lace or skim. I'll let the vanishing head slide more the normal, as it's barrel-aged.
Smell is amazing - pumpkin, all-spice, vanilla. Wow, very tasty, but not overwhleming or heavy handed. As it warmed towards the end of the glass, the oak really came out, woody nose, even a bit in the taste.
Taste is very tasty, great mix of porter and pumpkin, superbly balanced. I though this was going to be a flavor bomb, but it's really quite smooth, yet still exceptionally tasty. I've never had the regular ICP, but I can't say I'm getting a lot of oak, at least in the taste, more so in the nose. If I had to guess, I'd say it was aged in bourbon barrels. A little phenolic, but it gives it a lactose like character that works well with the chocolate malts. This is by far the best pumpkin beer I've ever had!
Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit slick, medium-light bodied side.
Drinkability is pretty high, a damn fine beer, very tasty. That said, one is plenty satisfying. Worth trying for sure
07-23-2009 02:30:52 | More by ccrida
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Big thanks to the Alaskan BA who sent this one out. Brought this out at a our Graduating Tasting...
A: Pours a thin, dark brown. This is nearing black, but the edges show big signs of ruby and brown hints. The head is light colored as well: light khaki and sticky with some spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Delectable. Smells like a chocolate pumpkin pie, if that ever were to exist. Smells like Hershey chocolate syrup and pumpkin spice. Does not smell sweet though. It is a nice balance of spices and chocolaty goodness.
T: This is truly mouth-watering. It is not "in your face" flavor, but the flavor components that do show are unparalleled. Tons of creamy, milk chocolaty chocolate milkshake-like flavors coupled with just the right amount of pumpkin spice, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of oak.
Overall, this is an incredible beer. Compared to the regular, this is more mild, smooth and creamy but not as spicy. I preferred this one!
05-10-2009 23:07:38 | More by treyrab
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
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Graduation Tasting: Shared courteously by Treyrab. Done side by side with the Midnight Sun Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter.
Very dark body, with a little bit of light brown around the top edges. Very elegant looking for a porter. No head from pour, but I'm guessing that this is due to the glass.
An impeccable Smokey pumpkin, great balanced use of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Slight chocolate, good caramel. Burnt malts are there but not harsh on the nose and the pumpkin prevails over all. There is a profound roastiness as well, that was not found in the original, and it comes out spectacular. Some maple syrup, as well. Slight edge over the original.
Lighter but not unusual for this style. Incredibly milky, all flavors mentioned above and crafted smoothly to put together an amazingly smooth and one of a kind porter. The pumpkin flavors are pleasing and dance nicely amongst the great and not overdone use of spices, although they do not come out as much as they do in the original. The burnt malts stand nicely in the back, and don't take over the show but make their presence known in the best way possible. The chocolate malts here seem a little reserved, but play nicely with the other flavors. More creamy then then the original. Not as oaky as I would have guessed, but this may have just blended in with the roastiness. BRAVO Midnight Sun, I wasn't sure if this was going to be an overhyped offering, I couldn't have been more wrong. This mouthfeel was significantly creamier. There was also a slight amount of vanilla and a little bit of bourbon booziness to it.
Overall, I preferred this over the original, but both are really great beers.
05-11-2009 19:00:44 | More by CoolJosh
Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.