Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to Chris for sharing this at Dr. Bills 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.
07-25-2007 00:16:05 | More by CharlesDarwin
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
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-08-2008 04:38:39 | More by Murchmac
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
4.58/5 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
4.47/5 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
4.53/5 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
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
2009 bomber. Poured into a snifter. Pours a nearly jet black with a decent sized tan head after a fairly aggressive pour. SMells strongly of pumpkin pie. Also some bourbon and oak. Taste is similar with lots of graham cracker flavor along with the pumpkin and a bit more bourbon. Very sweet at the end. Fairly full body and a bit slick. Gets a bit sweet and boozy as I finish but overall a really original and great beer.
10-16-2010 13:15:22 | More by DrDogbeer
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
4.33/5 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
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
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
06-14-2008 19:54:41 | More by mhewes
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
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
06-22-2012 03:38:19 | More by CharlieMurphy
Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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