Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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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
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
4.58/5 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
4.68/5 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
4.88/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A - 1/2 finger of dark brown head accumulates, but doesn't stick around long, leaving minimal lacing. The beer looks thick and has a very dark brown(borderline black) color.
S - Interesting nose, the pumpkin and spices make them self apparent, however there's a light chocolate/roasted malt aroma lingering in the background.
M - Medium-full in body with a creamy feel to it and good carbonation.
T - The pumpkin flavor hits first followed by some chocolate and roasted malts. Traces of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla show up in the finish. They blend together surprisingly well.
An excellent pumpkin beer concoction. There's plenty going on to keep you interested. I enjoyed the fact that the pumpkin flavor isn't over-emphasized, and instead compliments the other flavors. Way to go Midnight Sun, yet another delicious one!
05-16-2009 01:34:32 | More by boralyl
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
4.53/5 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
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
4.7/5 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
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
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
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
An extra from AKBelgianbeast
Poured black with a tan head and good carbonation. Nose is pumpkin, cinnamon, roasted malts, chocolate, and clove. Taste is chocolate, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, roasted malts with brown sugar to boot. Mouthfeel is nice and coating, not to thick. Drinkability is good, good good!
04-14-2009 02:56:26 | More by barleywinefiend
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to d0b and by extension AKBelgianBeast for sending one of these rarities to Chicago. Served in my Night of the Living Ales taster glass.
A - Black, with a finger of quick-dissolving tan foam that leaves a nice cap. There's a little bit more red-brown at the edges.
S - Pumpkin pie - more spices and graham cracker than actual "pumpkin". There's also quite a bit of roasty malt, vanilla, chocolate, a touch of oak, a surprisingly a bit of booze peeks through.
T - There's a lot more oak presence, particularly on my tongue in the aftertaste. The taste seems quite smoothed out and it's harder to pick out individual flavors from a generally sweet gestalt. There's definitely some vanilla and and chocolate too. Thankfully the spices are a little more subdued - I don't care much for cinnamon.
M - Now this is what a porter should be like - mild carbonation, medium body, lots of residual stickiness and very creamy. Porter comes from the term "stout porter" - why is every other damn porter burning my lips with carbonation?
D - Anything spiced is going to be low on the drinkability scale for me. I'm glad I got to try this, but I can't see myself ever having a crazing for anything pumpkin-infused, even a beer as solid as this one.
04-11-2009 02:38:23 | More by MasterSki
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
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
04-01-2009 05:11:03 | More by Floydster
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to lakersfan16 for the trade! I took this bottle to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I have been waiting a long time to be able to trade for this beer and try it so I'm glad I can finally knock this one off my wants. 2009 vintage.
Poured a dark color with a nice head and great retention. A thin ring formed around the glass after the foam settled. Some lacing on the glass too.
The smell was pretty good, coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin in the background. Light toasted oak. A little more vegetal as it warmed up.
Taste wasn't nearly as good as the aroma but it was still tasty. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pumpkin spices in the finish. Sweet malts and brown sugar in the finish. Medium-low carbonation, almost too flat for this beer but still pretty easy to drink.
03-31-2009 00:48:58 | More by seaoflament
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
Big thanks to dmeadows for sharing this
A: Dark black with ruby notes. Very little head.
S: Fall in a glass. Pumpkin, spices, leaves, a touch of dirt, and other fall related aromas.
T: Pumpkin with spice right up front. That fades out and some nice chocolate comes in to take it's place. Great balance although there is very little oak in this one.
M: Super smooth. The oak seems to have smoothed this one nicely.
D: Great. Perfect balance.
03-29-2009 22:27:35 | More by drseamus
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Big thanks to Tim and Ryan for sharing this rarity.
Pours dark, dark brown, almost black underneath a dark tan head that hangs on for a little while and leaves spotty lacing.
Aromas are a bit more mellow than the non-oaked version but there is still plenty of the pumpkin pie aroma with hints of chocolate in the nose. There is a solid spiciness in the nose mainly nutmeg and some cinnamon.
The taste is even smoother than the aroma with much more sweet chocolate and a little less pumpkin. The oak shows up more in the taste as well with some subtle vanilla accents. The spices aren't as aggressive as in the non-oaked version and only come out in the finish, leaving a tingling sensation on the palate.
The mouthfeel is super smooth with some soft carbonation and more dry than the original.
This is a great porter with tons of complexity and, in my opinion, a step above the non-oaked version as the flavors have melded together and mellowed out a bit with the oak adding to the mix. Fantastic stuff.
03-10-2009 02:27:49 | More by gford217
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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
2008. Pours black with a good sized brown, medium tan head, that slowly recedes. Aroma is very nice, some pumpin pie breadiness and spice, as well as pumpkin itself, blend with a nice mixture of chocolate and vanilla sweetness, a hint of roastiness as well. Taste follows with a little spice up front before some vanilla sweetness blends in, some milkiness mid taste and a very nice nutmeg flavor, a slightly smoky chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy in body, the sweeteness is definintely in charge here but never takes over and becomes overwhelming. Spice flavors are accentuated by the peppery carbonation on the tongue, slightly drying in the finish. Great mix of flavors going on here, would love to age one of these for five years or so and see what develops. Thanks Tim for the opportunity.
07-20-2008 23:52:24 | More by hoppymeal
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
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan head.
Some ruby around the edges, and the head dissapated quickly. A few errant dots of lacework.
Aromatics lead off with chocolate, nutmeg, cinncamon, and pumpkin.
A vineous, almost tart note steps forward, and a hint of oakiness.
Full bodied, slick, chewy, and velvety. Chewy, lush mouthfeel.
Dark chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, espresso, Kahlua, and roasted malts start the pallet.
A red-wine-like vineousity pulls through and adds some depth.
Alcohol is warming, and the beer is quite intense.
Finishes with lingering chocolate, nutmeg, and coffee.
Definately the most intense Pumpkin beer, ever. Not in the Pumpkin aspect, but in the Imperial Porter one, with the Pumpkin playing second fiddle.
The oak doesn't really come through though. A bourbon barrel version would be kick-ass.
06-25-2008 01:44:03 | More by brewandbbq
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
Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.