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

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #25
Ranked #6,973
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Jan 25, 2021
Nov 18, 2005
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
Notes: Intriguing doses of sweet spices, cocoa nibs and pumpkin transform an exceptional porter into a mesmerizing potion. Pour this tantalizing brew into a snifter and experience its many eccentric nuances, which will delight your taste buds.

This is the same award-winning recipe that garnered a GOLD MEDAL at GABF in 2007. Formerly known simply as Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, we’ve named it T.R.E.A.T.: The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment.

30 IBU
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4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 25, 2021
4.18 by Fremont897 from California on Mar 15, 2020
3.98 by smi69 from New York on Feb 11, 2018
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
3.81 by DOCRW from Washington on Nov 20, 2017
3.75 by DamienI from Washington on Oct 17, 2017
4 by BabaBeer from California on Oct 15, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown colored body, barely any head but what there is shows a slim film that rises just a tad concavely against the glass and speckles to make some super light lacing. The smell had spices of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that dance in front of cocoa and pumpkin, the more I let it warm the more clove and cinnamon come out in a roasted almost earthy sort of way. The taste is mainly sweet through the cocoa and pumpkin powering just in front of the spices ever so delicately, nice balancing act of the sweet in front of the spicy for the taste - awesome! slight spicy cocoa aftertaste; slightly dry spicy cocoa finish. The palate is about a medium in body, seems to be more of a sipper but the alcohol remains well hidden. The harshness - what harshness no where whatsoever, but I’m not worried; great for the style and for me. Overall, this is an excellent pumpkin porter.

Jul 14, 2017
4 by Agentveba from North Carolina on Jul 08, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Cthulhusquid from Washington

Look: Dark brown-black body, very thin brown head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Chocolate-y pumpkin pie with some slight coffee.

Feel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Mildly sweet.

Apr 23, 2017
2.58 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Feb 15, 2017
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4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mkh012 from Colorado

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pitch-black with a finger of frothy tan head. A really nice looking beer. I can see my reflection.

The nose is an awesome blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, maple syrup, and graham cracker. Rich and toasty - almost buttery, but in a good way.

The taste follows, with a strong spice note to start. Cinnamon and nutmeg right off the bat. Dark chocolate syrup mid palate that tapers into mocha. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is on the bolder side of medium. Slightly viscous. Great as it warms.

Overall, very good.

Dec 15, 2016
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 03, 2016
3.27 by Rick778 from California on Nov 01, 2016
3.11 by JC333 from New York on Oct 30, 2016
4.19 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Oct 30, 2016
4.09 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 30, 2016
3.63 by brandonwnw from Washington on Oct 29, 2016
3.85 by drone from Oregon on Oct 16, 2016
4 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2016
4.48 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Jun 18, 2016
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
4 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Apr 29, 2016
4.08 by Nunya from Ohio on Apr 24, 2016
4.25 by Jasonrm72 from Colorado on Jan 31, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

It makes sense for a Halloween seasonal to look like liquid chocolate (especially if it's brewed with the stuff). But rest assured this is not the kind of thing you want to be handing out to trick-or-treaters - nevermind that it's 7.8% alcohol, you wouldn't believe the price tag! Nonetheless, it looks worth it so far.

TREAT takes your slice of pumpkin pie, dips it in chocolate and pours coffee over it. The cocoa quality grows more prominent with warmth, as spices drift to the backdrop and the sooty, bitter flavours of dark chocolate blend with dark toffee notes to make a kind of gourmet, artisan, fall-themed Malteser.

While that impression of honeycomb malt is unmistakable, I'm somewhat surprised the chocolate and roasted malts don't disguise more of the spiciness; cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg can all be discernibly tasted even amidst such a rich, gooey truffle flavour and the overarching espresso notes.

If this is dessert - and it certainly could be - then I'll have seconds. The nice thing here is that it's not just dark, rich, and roasty - spicy seasoning contributes not just depth but a pleasant warming sensation and more savory aftertaste. Appropriate for a fall seasonal, this one's well layered.

I doubt trick-or-treating is very pleasant in ice-cold Alaska - you'd have to wear a jacket over your costume, I hate that - but if there's even one house on the block handing out this then it's worth freezing your buns off. TREAT is aptly named and delivers on the promise of decadent indulgence.

Nov 29, 2015
3.75 by Donkster46 from Washington on Nov 27, 2015
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Very dark brown color with a thick beige head. Quite a bit of lacing slides down the inside of the glass. Aroma of pumpkin spices, vanilla, and cocoa. Tastes like a sweet pumpkin pie with some vanilla frosting on top. There is a bittersweet dark chocolate making it's presence know too. Lots of carbonation bubbles lead to a soft mouthfeel but somewhat thin for me personally. Really nice pumpkin porter here; glad I found it and enjoyed it to boot.

Nov 16, 2015
4.14 by MattSlem from California on Nov 09, 2015
4.24 by datpingao from California on Nov 09, 2015
3.89 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Nov 04, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with a quarter inch of beige head. Light will not penetrate this dark beverage. Heavy lacing. Aroma is comprised of chocolate and pumpkin pie spice. I taste a sweet concoction of chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, and a bit of smoked malt. The body is lightly oily and viscous.

Nov 01, 2015
4.25 by gibgink from Missouri on Nov 01, 2015
4.37 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 23, 2015
3.81 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts on Oct 07, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BenGap from Alaska

Poured from a bomber into two English pints. Dark brown to black with a very thin brownish head that quickly dissipates. Smell has notes of chocolate and a roasted malty goodness. Some pumpkin comes through as it warms. A nice porter malt flavor that quickly picks up the hint of chocolate. A roast malt lingers on the tongue. Overall feel has a slightly thicker than normal porter feel with some alcohol warming. Overall this is a very enjoyable treat. Not an everyday beer but nice change of pace. I also was able to sample a vanilla bean infused version at the brewery for first firken Friday that was even better.

Oct 04, 2015
4.16 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California on Sep 14, 2015
4.36 by exl_90 from Texas on Jul 10, 2015
4.12 by South2NW from Oregon on Jul 02, 2015
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4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by THoff94 from Alaska

A delicious and sweet desert beer. Tastes more chocolate than pumpkin.

Jun 29, 2015
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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