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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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Reviews: 51
Hads: 85
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 392
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-04-2007

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 85
Photo of boralyl
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of treyrab
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of largadeer
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of orcasteve
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of hopsleeroy
2.68/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of badbeer
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Version:

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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007

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.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mhewes
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A : Pours a nice black with a good beige head

S : Extremely strong pumpkin smell. I'm sure there were other aromas, but the pumpkin overwhelmed everything else

T : Was not looking forward to the taste since I'm not a big fan of pumpkin and it had such a strong pumpkin aroma. However, the taste really surprised me, there was some pumpkin to it but it has a nice good chocolate aftertaste. You can also pick up hints of the oak

M : Good carbonation, smooth

D : I typically hate pumpkin beers but I would drink this one again with no hesitation

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Photo of Murchmac
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, short-lived, beige head.

Smell: Chocolately, roasted barley aroma with notes of earthy spices, vanilla, and wood with plenty of squashy pumpkin.

Taste: Sweetish roasted barley flavor then spice, then pumpkin, then chocolate. The oak delivers a good deal of vanilla and wood flavoring that blends in quite nicely. Light sweetness on the earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture.

Drinkability: Pretty yummy! Finally something beyond the old, tired, standard pumpkin ale. Had it alongside the non-oak version, and, I must say that the oak WINS.

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Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.