Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
11-22-2012 00:14:50 | More by rudzud
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Shared by beeruser at pre-sex
A: Pours a deep dark brown hue with a tight one finger tan head. Lite retention with just a few spots of lace.
S: Wonderful aroma. Lots of fresh pumpkin, chocolate, and pie spices.
T: Real pumpkin. Lots of nutmeg, with mild ginger, clover and cinnamon. The chocolate is more cocoa than milk. There is a nice roasty quality holding it all together. As for the barrel there is just a dash of wood.
M: Medium in body, smooth.
D: Great beer. One worth seeking out.
03-24-2010 20:27:18 | More by tpd975
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
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Done as a side by side with the non-barrel aged version. It amazes me what a little time in a barrel can do for a beer!
A-Deep black/brown with a thin tan head that left spotty lace.
S-Sweet and spicy upfront with the molasses, turbinado and pie spices initially with the subtle accenting aroma of oak and vanilla courtesy of the barrel aging.
T-If you think the standard version is complex....this is even more mind bending....but not necessarily better per se. The chocolate, pumpkin spice and sweetness combine nicely and this is all accented by a touch of vanilla then finishes with a touch of oak dryness.
M-Medium bodied and surprisingly creamier than the standard version. Practically luscious it is so creamy feeling. Good lingering flavours and oak dryness.
D-Take a good base beer that lends itself to some barrel aging, tend it well and then PRESTO--an AWESOME brew emerges! Simply a wonderful concoction! So happy to have had the chance to try this delicious brew.
04-05-2010 11:23:26 | More by Deuane
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
A huge thanks to Alex (Masterski) for breaking this out on a random Friday. It's been on my wants forever and finally the time has come! Thanks, buddy!
A - Pours black, mocha-colored head which vanishes quickly and leaves a ring around the glass and some whisps on top here and there.
S- Spice, pumpkin, chocolate, oak. The pumpkin add a nice spicy sweetness and the oak follows right after. The chocolate is there, slightly, but enough to add another dimension of deliciousness.
T - There's a lot more chocolate on the palate then the nose. Great pumpkin and spice notes followed by a nice dose of oak. Basically, a chocolate pumpkin pie...how good does that sound? Yeah, I know...awesome.
M - Medium, rich and slick, very very light carbonation, creamy finish.
D - This tastes like a chocolate pumpkin pie, which is badass, if I do say so myself. I'm hearing that there's a new batch coming out, which is cool! If you like chocolate and pumpkin, you'll like this. Recommend.
03-25-2011 20:58:33 | More by Sean9689
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
06-25-2011 17:36:31 | More by scottfrie
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
4.58/5 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
4.43/5 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
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
4.78/5 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
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
22 oz bottle as a stupendous extra in a trade long ago from alaskajoe - thanks, buddy. Poured in to a 12 oz. snifter, and enjoyed alongside the regular Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, aka TREAT. Side by side, baby.
Appearance: I can almost literally copy my TREAT review here. Pours as one would imagine a porter would pour, thicker without being too thick, dark, entirely opaque, and straddling the border between black and brown. Compared to TREAT, the collar - formed once the initially one-finger-high moderately tanned head fades in to obscurity, which is, for the record, relatively quickly - is thin, sad looking, a little uneven. The lacing also leaves a little more to be desired - swirls and sips leave little notice of their having had happened.
Aroma: Whew, jesus. It's almost funky when done side by side, like a musky wine. It's thick, wet, and woody, like a forest after a torrential downpour, and this - while introducing an interesting and perhaps not entirely undesirable element - obscures a bit of what I would hope to get out of this beer. I find it actually a little offputting when you sniff the former before the latter, and though it perhaps augments the pumpkin - rendering it older, like an overly ripe melon, whereas TREAT smells crisp, underripe - it does a lot to obscure the porter notes here, with only faint hints of cocoa and earth being evident.
Taste: Similar to the TREAT, but with a huge amount of green, woody, oakyness - whodatunkit? The taste is really great - mellow, relaxed, smooth, and balanced. You get those great porter notes - milk chocolate, bittersweet notes, tons of toast, dark toffee, and a slew of oak, almost as if this beer were literally injected with pulverized oak chips, dripping with essence. It's an intense taste, particular with the way the oak chips mingle with the spices, nearly covering them up in places but allowing the cinnamon and nutmeg to emerge in certain places to accent a near afterthought (or, at least, a well-masked or thoroughly well-integrated to my untrained palette) pumpkin note. Huge step up over the nose.
Mouthfeel: A little uneven, but pretty smooth, mellow, and well-done on the whole. It's a little oily, but there's enough crispness to counterbalance this. On the whole, it just has that aged feel, relaxed, not trying too hard, and I think that works well with the flavors above, which seem to be falling where they may, not trying to impress anyone with their technical superiority. Nice.
Drinkability: For the record, a side-by-side review is hard to do when mildly intoxicated, at least when you're reviewing straight in to BA. It's interesting to do this sort of comparison and see exactly what oak aging can do for your beer. And ... well, it's less than I thought. The oak aged version I had was far, far older than the fresh TREAT I enjoyed it alongside with (perhaps about a year difference, which means the beers themselves may be as much as two years different). But I thought that it would do more for this beer than it did. Not quite the amount of authenticity, diversity, and enjoyability of aroma that I'd like here, and though the flavor was intense and delicious, I think the beer as a whole was lacking somewhat in the complexity that you might want from a beer like this. Worth trying, particularly as an educational exercise, but don't let anyone fool you with the price tag.
05-01-2010 04:44:09 | More by CrellMoset
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
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
4.65/5 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
4.83/5 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
4.3/5 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
Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.