Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 397
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-04-2007)
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Photo of stakem
2.38/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a snifter. This is the most recent release that appears with the normal treat label and "Oak-Aged" across the bottom. The brew pours dark brown to black in color with a finger of light brown froth. Rising bubbles stream out of suspension and support a half finger across the top. As the cap fades, it leaves some fingers and stringy lace pattern on the glass. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is noted through the edges. Overall it's an attractive looking brew.

The aroma opens up with some raw barrel character that has a spiced aspect like cinnamon, cedar and incense. There is a tangy alcohol note also present that is somewhat out of place in what you would expect for an "imperial chocolate pumpkin porter." More smells bring out some chocolate covered cherries with a faint spiced inclusion. As it warms up, there is a note of earthy nutmeg, ginger-like citrus and a solid focus on cocoa.

The first sip is strangely tart hinting almost toward sour cherries. The barrel presence is quite forward with a raw oak feel that imparts a flavor almost like cedar or incense just like the aroma indicated. As the palate becomes accustomed, the flavor of cinnamon is quite evident. The alcohol inclusion is fairly aggressive with a solvent kick and warmth down the back of the throat. As the brew warms up, the spices mingle together in an interesting mixture inside the mouth that isn't terribly pleasing when mixed with the alcohol tang and sour cherry quality. The aftertaste is raw oak mixed with cocoa with a bit more focus on earth like nutmeg and a mild vegetative quality like pumpkin flesh.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I had really high hopes going into this and was really let down. I dont want to be "that guy" who screams infection but something terribly different is going on in this brew that was not expected. At times, when I try and ignore the tang and sour cherry, it shows promise of what this beer might have originally been but what this now is... is well.. interesting.

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.6/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dtx00
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 2 finger dark tan head. Color is a dark brown, black. Decent retention, leaving some thin rings.

Aroma: Wow, the pumpkin very sweet. Big chocolate and malt flavor. very sweet smelling beer. Oak/wood aroma along with some vanilla. Tons of spices.

Taste: Well, I can tell this, there is a ton of pumpkin in this beer, but not overdone. Some chocolate. Oak/wood flavored along with the typical vanilla. Too much spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and creamy. Well carbonated. Full bodied. Leaves a woody pumpkin flavored aftertaste. Very clean.

I was really excited to try this beer and it was alright. I wouldn't seek it out again. Even though it was oak aged, it still showed to much spice for my liking. Pretty average. Way too spiced for me.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rudzud
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Consumed side by side with the regular version.

A - Poured a nice very dark brownish black hue with a good one finger head that left a nice light cloud with a firm rich halo. Nice. Much better than the regular.

S - Aromas are alot more intense than the regular treat. Tons of barrel and wood notes with amped up chocolate, cloves, and nutmeg. Nice vegetable notes too.

T - Taste is...odd. lots of over charred almost acrid barrel notes. Much sweeter than the last one. Nice chocolate and subtle veg with tons of acrid bitterness. Kind of perplexing in that this should be awesome but that barrel almost ruins it...uhhh...

M - Mouthfeel is nice and brightly carbonated, wish it was creamy though.

O - Overall I was somewhat disappointed with this beer. Was expecting. Sweet...weird. what oak barrels was this aged in....very sad. Its good but, I don't know. Wouldn't really go out of my way for this one again.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with white head, brown edges.

S: Lots of oats, more refined pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, nutella, I think even a little hint of peppers.

T: Mild-moderate flavors overall- nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, a little bit of bitter chocolate, peppers, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting a bit of a brett presence. Oaking is mild, most prominent on the first sip with some thick syrupy chocolate presence about it. It really fades from my consciousness that this is "oak aged" which usually means bourbon oak barrel with Midnight Sun.

M: Very silky and smooth when the liquid is actually on my tongue, but starts to dry significantly towards the end of a 22oz. More drying than the average -bal beer. Carbonation is appropriately low and nuanced.

O: Very good, but nothing to write home about. Then again, I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle brought by Carlos to the SeaO'Floydster tasting, thanks again buddy for bringing this, poured into my Rader snifter, reviewed from notes

A-Very dark brown, some red around the edges, one inch creamy light tan head that sticks around a few minutes, good lacing
S-Pumpkin pie, other spices, milk and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, sweetness, cinnamon, caramel, and rich dark fruits
T-Pumpkin up front, fresh chocolate pie in the middle, finish is roasty and dry because of wood and malts, more vanilla and ocoa come out later, also a lot of cinnamon and corinader, nicely balanced and almost different with every sip
M-Sweet, roasted, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied but thinner than the non-oaked version, overly carbonated in my opinion, taste lingers well with sweet pumpkin notes
D-Could have polished off this bomber, alcohol is hidden well, not overly heavy or sweet, smooth most of the time, spices do get a little powerful as it warms but it still maintains good drinkability

I preferred the normal version to the oaked mainly because of the aroma and mouthfeel differences, still a great beer and quite similar, this one did win a gold at GABF a few years ago and it is deserving, I just think the richness is washed out that is in the standard pumpkin porter, still glad to have tried it and would have again, recommended

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton for sharing Jeff! 2009 bottle.

A: Pours black with caramel highlights beneath a dark brown colored head that left a few spots of soapy lace.
S: Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and roasted malt. I feel the complexity of spices is deeper than my nose can pick out, but all I know is it smells like pumpkins and ‘spice’. I sure the oak is playing a part.
T: Follows the nose with a big spicy flavors of nutmeg, all spice and I’m not sure what else. Maybe cinnamon. The pumpkin flavor tastes a lot like roasted pumpkin straight out of the oven rather than sweet pumpkin pie filling like a lot of other pumpkin beers. Still, this beer has a good dose of sweetness to it from the malt. The aftertaste is very roasted and has a few hints of chocolate and vanilla.
M: Smooth, rich and creamy mouthfeel with even carbonation.
O: Great as far as how pumpkin in beer goes. Solid porter as well, very roasted. Tasted like fresh roasted pumpkin.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this at Dr. Bill’s 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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.