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

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2005

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Reviews: 314 | Ratings: 737
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Way opaque deep color. Bright -5 degree Alaskan crisp sky midday sunlight to contrast the beer towards, and nothing, as far as light goes, is showing. Wisping cappucino cream showing thinly.

Pumpkin pie greets the nose first, then chicory blend coffee, and a little sticky bun scent hit the nose, and tastebuds follow suit by watering.

Delicious. For the most part the flavor follows the same lines as what you read straight above when I was talking about the smell of this creation. Added to it, though, is a certain electric flash that occurs as the moderate carbonation and thick body coincide with one another, and a hop/coffee bitterness develops henceforth, giving total closure to the whole experience.

This beer gives true closure to fall and welcomes winter. Wide breadth of flavor and nuance and just the way that it drinks, it is spot on for a seasonal at this exact time and place. Also extremely well built, and well, it's name is aptly put.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber (22 oz) into a tulip.

A: Pours black like motor oil (a big plus for me appearance-wise) with a thin brown ring of head. In a word. Dark. In another. Viscous. Love it.

S: Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate in the nose. A mouthwatering combination of smells.

T: Sweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, a touch of coffee.

M: Full bodied, creamy and bubbly. Almost perfect.

O: Honestly I don't know if I should call it a pumpkin ale or an imperial vegetable porter. If it's a pumpkin ale, it's the best by a long shot, but the admixture of the chocolate makes it something different. I so love this beer and hope to have it again soon. This was my introduction to midnight sun and I don't think I could have had a better one. If you see it for less than $20 it's worth it, but know that, if you can find, you can find it for probably $15 or less. This beer rounds out my top 20 and is damn near an A+. Now my reviews says 4.88, which, when multiplied by 20 makes it a 97. I gave it a 96, but with inflation on BA, 4.88 is probably equivalent to giving a beer a 140. I would not give it that. Ever. But it's SOOO good. Pick up a bottle and thank me later.

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4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the TREAT version of this beer. Same beer just a different name, but I wanted to denote which name this was being reviewed under.

A- Poured very thick. This beer is very dark, black in the glass, dark dark mahogany during the pour. The head is a dirty snow color, not the yellow version. But you know the kind. It disappears quickly too.

S- This has a very clean smell. Up front there is the Nutmeg and cinnamon followed by a roasty pumpkin smell. I'm also getting a slight maple sugar smell too. This beer doesn't have an over powering pumpkin spice smell, which is good, nice and subtle.

T- Can we say subtle? Wow this has a lot going on, but it comes and goes in waves and is so well blended together that it can be difficult to pick up on the flavors as they are playing so well together. A great chocolaty coffee porter base, with the chocolaty sweetness staying throughout the taste. Then we get this roasted pumpkin taste that is there and very robust, solid pumpkin taste. The cinnamon and other spices lend very well to the taste. Excellent offering.

M- Thick, but the carbination is balanced so it works. Too thin and this beer wouldn't be as enjoyable. The roasted pumpkin taste I mentioned above lingers nicely and lets you know its there down the stretch.

D- Super easy to drink, smooth and delightful.

I like how the pumpkin taste isn't fake tasting but realistic and hearty like pumpkin should be. Not this pumpkin pie type aspect which can taste phony.

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Photo of veinless
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a completely opaque jet black, with a half-finger of finely bubbled head that didn't lace much and dissipated quickly.

Smell is beautiful, with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a touch of clove, and is accompanied by a soda-pop tart smell that is fantastic. Chocolate pumpkin comes in at the back. In between, some roasted malt to add still more complexity. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a long while.

Taste follows suit with the palate transitioning smoothly between spice, malt, and pumpkin. Starts with those spices of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, then moves a delectably roasted semi-sweet chocolate middle. Pumpkin then begins to rear its big fat orange head, eventually leading to a delicious roasted pumpkin milk coffee finish. Tastes so creamy it is almost milky.

Mouthfeel is awesome, as the thickness and lesser carbonation yield a chocolate pumpkin milkshake of a beer. Drinkability is pretty damn good too, as the finish is actually kind of neutral when you take a step back. This is kind of a letdown compared to the rest of the beer, as I would have liked a strong aftertaste to let the beer linger after every sip, but everything else is too good to let that bother me too much. The fact that it finishes so clean, and hides the 7.8% abv so well, speaks volumes about the drinkability as well. Pumpkin beers perhaps should not be measured by this one due to its mesh of styles, but this definitely has set the bar for spiced beers in my mind. This probably faded a bit since the initial release, but I can see the flavors melding a bit better now than if it was fresh. Nonetheless, it's going to be a long wait to try this fresh this year. Props Midnight Sun...mad props.

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4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

R Moe Nay busted this one out for our BA Sexy Chocolate, FW 14th, TREAT, Zhukov tasting with the infamous Zapps. Big ups to him for getting this Alaskan Gem. He told me it's an imperial chocolate pumpkin porter... I told him that I was 98 percent. The look of this beer reminds me of 3AM on Halloween Day.Small tan head without much lacing. Big chocolate aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some actual raw pumpkin. I've never tasted the guts of a pumpkin while I was carving it but smell wise it matches perfectly. Very impressive. The chocolate and raw pumpkin come together nicely. Taste improves dramatically as it warms. I'm tasting some very nice spice as well. Best pumpkin beer I've had to date. Loved it.

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4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into snifter a pitch black color nice tan head, not much head retention
S: Smell is complex, roasty grains/tobacco/coffee as well as spices clove, cinnamon and nutmeg and of course pumpkin.
T: Nice porter like roastiness followed by pumpkin and pumpkin spice
M: Medium to heavy bodied beer, carbonation is a bit low, a bit creamy going down
O: This is truly a treat...glad I picked this one up, would love to have this again.

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4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

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4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the continued search for great pumpkins baybassboy was kind enough to pick this up for me and bring it down.
Pours a jet black with a good light tan head that leaves a little bit of light lacing on the glass. The nose hits with chocolate, cocoa nibs, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and a robust roasted maltiness. On the taste I'm picking up almost a bacon quality, pumpkin, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa, pretty complex and beautiful combonation here. It's got a medium body, well carbonated and has a nice lasting flavor. This is truely a great and unique beer.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GregSVT, I've been wanting to try this for a while, and luckily I got one in a great trade, thanks again!

Pours dark brown/black with a little tan head. I can smell pumpkin pie spices, chocolate, roasted malts and some ginger. There's a lot going on with the nose on this beer. I can taste pumpkin, spices, chocolate, see where this is going, just like the nose. Then there's an almost minty aftertaste, wow this is great. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is really high, a really good brew. This is one of the more unique pumpkin beers I've had, and I mean unique in a good way, the flavors somehow work together very well. Trade for this if you have to, but get it.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter (both courtesy of BigE90- an awesome trader!).

A- Coffee-like black with minimal light penetration. A one-finger head fades to lacing and a slim ring around the glass.

S- Like a chocolate-covered pumpkin bar.

T- Just like the aroma, only with a hint of coffee to wash it down.

M- The tinge of carbonation hits immediately. A medium body follows while the carbonation lasts throughout.

O- This is just shy of drinking dessert. The balance is great. It is not quite as sweet, nor is it as heavy, as ST Creme Brûlée, which makes it hit the spot for me that much more.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for bringing this one out treyrab, this is one of those beers that you hear about but think you'll never see. My first offering from Midnight Sun..

Pour produces a really beautifully solid and soft hazelnut brown head that sticks around for the majority of the glass. Very dark body, with a little bit of light brown around the top edges. Very elegant looking for a porter.

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. A little bit too subdued but not overly so and that's my only complaint about this beer.

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. 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. BRAVO Midnight Sun, I wasn't sure if this was going to be an overhyped offering, I couldn't have been more wrong.

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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many many thanks go out to Lukafer for busting this out at the tasting. It was I think my favorite of the night.

A- Pours a black color. Red hues when held up to the light show on the sides of the glass. One finger deep darker tan color that has medium retention. Light capping and skim on the top of the beer when all is said and done. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass when I am drinking it.

S- Nose of this beer has many different things going on. Roasted malts in the front of this blend well with cinnamon and nutmeg. Chocolate malts with hints of darker fruit come in second place in the nose. There is some light pumpkin in the ending along with a light bitter hop.

T- Some light roasted malts with a lot of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice blend well in the front. The chocoalte malts come in with more roasted malts which give off a little dryness in the middle...and a hint of alcohol helps this. The ending of the beer shows more of the roasted malts and a nice light bitter hop bite. This beer is a well balance between pumpkin and porter flavor wise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lower which helps the overall mouthfeel I think. Light roasted malts and a ton of pumpkin spices left on the palate. Roasted malts some light pumpkin spices and warming alcohol are long into the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are very well blended...most I have ever seen in a style like this. Crisp and clean flavors overall.

D- If I could I would drink the shit out of this beer. This has to be the best pumpkin ale I have had to date. The ABV is well hidden until the ending but this even is blended well into the other flavors. This is the first beer I have had from Midnight Sun. Looking forward to trying some other standout beers from them.

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4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mocha head on a black body

S: Fresh ground cinnamon stick, roasted milk chocolate, and a bit of nutmeg but very lightly present.

T: Wow, new favorite porter here. This is spectacularly well rounded and extremely smooth. Lots of fresh cinnamon, nice cool nutmeg and a beautiful milk chocolate that really is the most pronounced of the flavors in here. There is not a whole lot of sweetness, this is extremely well done for a porter. My search for this beer turned out to be well done and really glad to finally tick this. Now if I could just get a case of it...

M: Medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O: Simply amazing for a "pumpkin beer" easily my favorite of the style even though it is more of an American Porter. Extremely smooth and fresh tasting with pronounced pumpkin flavors. Well done Midnight Sun.

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4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Rich dark black body with a quarter inch of light beige head. Retention is fine, not too much lacing left behind.

Candy cane, nutmeg, cloves, hot cocoa and pumpkin pie. It smells like Christmas and Thanksgiing rolled into one (whihc is weird, since it seems Halloween themed)

Tastes like pumpkin pie drizzled in chocolate and some crushed up espresso beans. Seriously, delicious!

Mouthfeel is light and full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

God I would love to try this with pumpkin pie. Seriously great beer.

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4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with ruby and mahogany highlights. head is virtually non-existent.

Aroma is intense burnt molasses, anise, coriander, allspice and nutmeg. The alcohol comes on hot and strong.

Taste is pumpkin, burnt toffee, and chocolate up front along with a touch of dark fruit - possibly date or raisin. Then the strong spice character takes over. More of the coriander, nutmeg, and allspice from the nose; along with a dry cedar quality. Finishes with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Full and round.

A very rich, tasty and interesting flavor. Certainly the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. A must try.

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4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black. Not much head, one thin brown halo of foam around the glass. Smell is of deep chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is not far behind - I do pick up pumpkin, chocolate, and spices, and the right level of sweetness, though not necessarily the clove as claimed. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation level is perfect - a nice not too subtle balance for the thick body. Very interesting to compare this to a beer like Dark 'O the Moon. Would definitely drink again.

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4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big thanks to oregonskibum

poured into a wide tulip.

dark brown with the most smooth and creamy head I have ever seen, almost like a pour from a nitro tap....

the aroma is strong fall spices followed by the slightest bit of chocolate.

the flavor at first is spice and pumpkin. as it warms up the chocolate and the malt start to take over the mid and back palate with the pumpkin and spice being mainly in the front.

This is the best pumpkin beer i have ever had! Glad to know that it is coming to socal in a week or two!

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4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a thick tan head, which dissipates into a frothy ring.

S- Intense smell of pumpkin with aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate. There is a roasty-sweetness in the aroma as well.

T- I feel like each sip is a tour through the flavors. First, the flavors of pumpkin pie: Ripe pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Then, the rich chocolate flavor comes through with a slight hint of vanilla. Finally, a roasty, caramel-like maltiness brings the beer to its delicious finale.

M- Creamy, surprisingly light, but a little syrupy. The carbonation was a little more than I expected.

D- For such a rich beer, it's not too heavy and also not obsenely alcoholic

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Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the Alaskan BA who sent this one out. Brought this out at a tasting and poured into a snifter...

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.

M: This is so incredibly creamy. The creamiest, smoothest beer I ever had.

Overall, this one is out of the park. My first Midnight Sun and I am in love.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to gkatsoris for sharing this at the Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton release.

Poured a deep dark black, with almost no head at all. Very sticky looking.

Smell was beautiful. Pumpkin pie, cloves , allspice , cinnamon , dark chocolate. Alot going on but it all blended well.

Tasted like liquid pumpkin pie and dark chocolate, reminded me of thanksgiving.
Mouthfell was good, not to think very smooth.

I can drink this all day, too bad ill probably never see it again.

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4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to hold onto this bottle way longer than I expected. Couldn't wait any longer and popped it this weekend.

A: Black with a half finger tan head.

S: Lots of pumpkin, nutmeg and chocolate. It smells like someone baked a pumpkin pie inside the bottle.

T: The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, but the taste is full of rich pumpkin and chocolate flavors with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Really great beer. I would love some more of this one.

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4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquid Pumpkin pie, no bull. this brew pours black with a dark, dark tan head that retains well and leaves a nice lace. the smell is pumpkin pie, the taste is also pumpkin pie with some cream taste to it at least i taste it. the mouth-feel is perfect not too thick, but thick, not flat, but not overcarbonated either, a good porter mouth-feel. and given the viscosity, take your time with it, savor it.

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4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A:Pours a dark brown, lighter edged when held up to the light. Light coating of medium-tan head. Some lacing as it climbs down the glass.

S: Reminiscent of a fall day in pumpkin patch armed with hot chocolate. Pointed bittersweet chocolate smell , lingering caramel, and nicely worked in spice. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. Great crusty bread character holds everything together very well.

T: Waves of spice--ginger is the first noticed. Cinnamon and nutmeg come in sometime after, with the cocoa and chocolate/roasted malt providing a firm base for the spice. Light citrus from the hops is noticeable if you dig for it. Nice light caramel/creamy chocolate flavour comes out as it warms, balancing with the spice very nicely. Seems like they take turns being the primary taste.

M:Low-to-medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel--a bit lighter than expected, but works great with this particular beer.

D: Less porter character than I was expecting from an "imperial porter." Seems like they blended a Southern Tier Pumking with a nice porter, resulting in these two different characters (pumpkin spice and darker malts) that alternate in dominance. A lighter mouthfeel and perfect job on the spice make this a very drinkable beer. Quite the T.R.E.A.T.!

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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy New Year!! (Almost Midnight!! -- Enjoying a Midnight Sun creation....)

Appearance: Dark chocolatey brown/black color. Deep ruby red on edges when held close to a light bulb. Small, lingering tan head.

Smell: Hot chocolate with a side of pumpkin pie! Cinnamony crust mingling with nutmeg and caramel.

Taste: Dark chocolate and ginger right away. Cinnamon and pumpkin tangled with roasty malts. Almost a spicy flavor with the ginger mixed with clove and nutmeg. Caramelized brown sugar- smooth taste reminds me of melted bitter-sweet fondue. Maybe a slight hint of burnt pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with light carbonation. Tiny bubbles tickle my tongue in a very subdued way.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Mildly heavy yet easy to drink in a very pleasant way! Really good!!

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