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

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #14
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,300
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
316
Ratings:
745
From:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
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
Reviews: 316 | Ratings: 745 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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BenGap from Alaska

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a becker glass

L - It is as black as night. It has an inch of cocoa head on top that leaves little in the way of lacing.

S - The pumpkin spices dominate the aroma. The chocolate is well masked but detectable as it warms.

T - Once again the spices overwhelm the cocoa nibs. I was really hoping the chocolate and spices would be balanced.

M - Full

O - This is a delicious pumpkin porter. I had high expectations, so I probably caused myself to bew less impressed than I should have been. I really enjoyed this beer though.

Dec 14, 2014
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kemoarps from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.5/3.75/4.25/4/4
What initially appears jet black fades a little when held truly up to the light, but still maintains a deep difficultly penetrated cola blackish. A goood finger of creamy deep tan head leaves hints and promises along the sides, and never fully abandons the top of the tower where it sits.

I swear to god the first thing I smelled when I poured this beer was a late summer bucket of perfectly ripe blackberries. Don't ask. Letting it settle in and warm a little bit my fantasy afternoons by the post office fighting off thorns to collect the fruit of the gods is relegated to fantastical whimsy. More familiar aromas crowd in: oily chocolate and coffee beans. Some earthiness I attribute primarily to the pumpkin, some roast and maybe a touch of cinnamon when I dig for it. Aroma is not particularly strong, though, which is a little disappointing. The components are appealing, but they hide behind themselves.

The first flavour to jump in is undeniably chocolate. Dual layers compete here: a darker slightly bitter bakers chocolate and a cherubically milk-sweet. They balance one another incredibly well. Twisting between these threads I get bits and pieces of spices; primarily the cinnamon, but a touch of cloves here and there. The pumpkin itself does not particularly stand out, to the point where if I didn't know this was supposed to be a pumpkin porter I would most likely not pick it out. Any bit I find is largely because I'm looking out specifically for it.
Medium-thick, and almost a bit ashy with the carbonation. Finish is initially the milky-sweet, then fading to a longer bitter finale.
Delicious beer. If you're looking for a big dark pumpkin pie, there are better options. If you're looking for a really good chocolatey tasty porter, this is a very solid choice. Will drink it again without hesitation.

Nov 20, 2014
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance is a small brownish fizzy head no lace an an opaque black brown color. Aroma is spice Malt Cocoa molasses. Flavor is like a roll mom plus is fairly dry and bitter with some carbonic tang. Body is good and has some alcoholic warmth. Pumpkin beers aren't my favorite style, but this one isn't too bad.

Nov 07, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into a snifter.

Beautiful appearance. Mocha-colored head sits a finger thick and fluffy and remains majestically. With the pour, robust carbonation is visible within the deep black body, but the beer eventually settles and simply looks like a bold dark beast. 4.5

What is this Xocoveza with pumpkin? Haha. First aroma I perceived was coffee, then chocolate, and then some cinnamon and it definitely reminded me of the Stone brew. Pumpkin is subtle and blends with the spices, some vanilla and other tasty elements. It's a great mixture of aromas that reminds me more of a great coffee beer. 4.5

Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, they're all there. Dry roasted malts offer some stiff flavor on the finish. Baker's chocolate lingers on my tongue too. Pumpkin is ever so faint and I can't at all say I'm mad. 4.25

Thick, viscous and smooth, this is exactly what I want in a big beer. Hops offer some bite and bitterness on the finish, but otherwise this can easily be sipped. 4.25

Quite a surprise as I was expecting more pumpkin but was happy to do with the subtlety. All the other added flavors formed a spectacular beer.

Nov 04, 2014
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heymikew from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is Halloween candy for adults.

Definitely a dessert beer, this seasonal holiday concoction does not disappoint. Pours out dark and viscous. Great flavors of pumpkin mixed with chocolate and hints of spice.

Nov 03, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces completely, leaving nothing behind

S- big aroma of smoky dark roasted malt up front with an emphasis on chocolate, campfire, fig & coffee. The spices are underlying, with notes of cinnamon & nutmeg. Also picking up some woodsy notes and raw pumpkin flesh

T- smoky roasted malt with big campfire & charcoal flavors from the base porter, followed by some chocolate and day old coffee. Cinnamon stands out most among the spices, with notes of nutmeg & sandalwood. Vanilla cream, herbal notes and fig close it out

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a silky smooth, slightly warming finish

O- a nice roasty porter base is greatly complimented by the pumpkin spicing. A nice slow sipper for a Halloween evening

Oct 31, 2014
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RyanK252 from California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark brown, very little light shines through, with a light brown head.

S: Dark roasted malt, some coffee, and roasted pumpkin.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee, a touch of malt sweetness, some spice, nutmeg and light cinnamon, and roast pumpkin on the finish. I could swear I'm also getting faint almost citrus and floral hop notes buried in there.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied, light carbonation.

O: This is a different take on a spiced pumpkin beer, with the spices more restrained, letting the malt and pumpkin shine through. Very tasty.

Oct 28, 2014
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brongladest from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: opaque with caramelly head with good retention
S: chocolate, pumpkin spice, roasty
T: pumpkin spice, milk chocolate, mild bitterness, roast coffee
MF: thick, creamy, smooth, low carbinaton
overall: amazing brew, want to quaff again soon!

Oct 22, 2014
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Kuaff from Alaska

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

It's nearly black and has maybe a finger of an evanescent head that quickly becomes no more than a small, pale tan sheet. 3.85

I definitely get rich chocolate in the aroma right away, along with the cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. And I think I do pick up on a bit of that peculiar smell pumpkin has. Smells like a pumpkin dessert... in fact, kind of like a chocolate pumpkin cake I once made. 4.53.

The flavor executes excellently on all promises. Sweet and slightly bitter chocolate, turning more to the peppery spices and warm, earthy pumpkin in the finish. Outstanding, and about as autumn-appropriate as a beer could be. 4.56

I would call the body a full medium. A little sticky. Nicely lingering chocolate and pumpkin earthiness. 4.27

An imperial chocolate pumpkin porter... and that's exactly what it tastes like. To borrow an adjective from the label, this really is one of those demented (but delectable) ales that have to be experienced first hand. There aren't a lot of other ICPPs around to compare it with.

Aug 31, 2014
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum! I loved this beer. Just as advertisd- pumpkin, spice, and cocoa nibs. You get a nuttiness from the cocoa nibs as well as a bit of chocolate, some nice creaminess and almost a meatiness from the pumpkin, and it's all complemented by some nice pie spices. This a seamlessly integrated beer. Each component playing beautifully off of the next. Great beer.

May 05, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer appears a deep dark brown, approaching blackness, with an oily beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, pumpkin, pie, roasted malt, perhaps some peanut butter? Maybe even chocolate peanut butter cups? Really well done here, with pumpkin character asserting itself late. Lingering notes of sweet potatoes. Smooth on the pallets with alcohol well hidden. A very nice fall seasonal.

Dec 29, 2013
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-12-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark opaque brown with a short tan head and almost no lacing.

S - Chocolate and a hint of wood smoke. Nice but very mild.

T - Very nice. Roasted grain but not quite char, milk and dark chocolate, cream, cinnamon heat, roasted spice bitterness. There's a unique flavor to this beer and I'm guessing it's partially due to roasting the clove and nutmeg. The spices don't lend a lot to the aroma but are adding complexity to the taste and aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. About average feel for a porter. Certainly not thick like an oatmeal stout. Still, appropriate for the style and doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

O - My wife and I both enjoyed this beer. Kudos to the brewer for coming up with a unique twist on a porter with the seemingly-roasted spices.

Dec 23, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours pitch black color with a a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, toast, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with very well balanced pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 07, 2013
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all-time "want" brought back from CA. Pricy but worth it in retrospect. Shared with all of my best beer buddies, it was a hit.

A- Cryptic pitch black pour into a large chalice. Thick and creamy dark brown head forms to about two fingers sticking around fairly well. Falls to pillowy islands and a frothy thick ring. Lace starts immediately and is spotty later.

S- Prominent pie spice mix and even better is the prominent pumpkin vegetable squash goodness. Dark roast burnt graininess like a black patent, bitter cocoa powder and rounded out like a nice pie.

T- Deep burnt roast almost dry bitter dark malts. The pumpkin opens up flavor fully in the finish with a complimentary pie spice, not over the top, with hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Decadent cocoa nibs are delicious. Some dark fruits from yeast.

MF- Thick and nicely creamy supporting the rich flavors. Moderate carbonation allows the flavors to shine, both the spice and chocolate. Finishes deep roast bitterness and some lingering spice.

One of the better pumpkin beers I've had with a great brownie cocoa feel and reserved but less is more spice. Fresh pumpkin shines and makes it all like a good dessert.

Nov 19, 2013
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long-time Want conquered thanks to cbutova.

Body is just about black with a thin tan head. Strong spice notes in the scent, nice vegetal notes, clove, cinnamon, with roast, cocoa and coffee as well. Definitely pumpkin pie reminiscent but too spice-forward to really be dessert-like.

I'd say the taste is leans slightly more towards a porter but still pretty balanced overall. Dusty cocoa, coffee with cream, light roast, lots of spices, nut meg and clove stick out. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, highish carbonation. A little bit of a sipper I'd say.

This pretty much lived up to expectations I'd say, nice pumpkin porter with a remarkable spice profile.

Nov 17, 2013
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artdob from California

3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second imperial porter in a row. Like a somewhat similar brew from Alaskan Brewery, this one too poured a deep black with a head that has very little staying power.

Nose has dominant cola / root beer notes. Light pumpkin aroma and pumpkin pie spices also carry through.

Taste has a somewhat rich delivery, oppulent, warming, and introducing fudge like flavor. Modest carbonation.

Nice to see several Imperial Porters on the market these days. Only wish the price point was more attractive as a $14 bottle makes for limited sampling.

Nov 13, 2013
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mschind from California

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Whole Foods.

A-Very dark, opaque viscous brew with little to no head.

S-Sweet chocolate and toasted malt dominate. No pumpkin in the nose.

T-Mildly sweet dark chocolate, some spice but nondescript. No discernible pumpkin.

M-Smooth, full and rich. Just enough carbonation to make it interesting.

O-Even though it didn't live up to the label in terms of the pumpkin, I would try it again. A great porter for sipping on a fall night.

Nov 08, 2013
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dar482 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a black/dark brown with a light thick tan head.

The aroma has tons of porter quality of medium roasty malt along with chocolate, pumpkin, and a decent amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

The flavor follows with this sweet pumpkin that hits gently and then a rolling medium spicy bitterness. It's spicy of cinnamon and nutmeg and just continues with wonderful spices throughout the flavor. There's also some coffee and chocolate bitterness that combines with it. It falls away leaving a bit of a roasty flavor and spice bitterness.

This is a well made dark porter/stout style of a pumpkin beer. One of the best I've had.

Oct 31, 2013
TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 745 ratings