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

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
739
Reviews:
315
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
Wants:
465
Gots:
123
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cthulhusquid
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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Photo of aaronyoung01
2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mkh012
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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, probably the second best pumpkin beer I've had behind Schlafly. Really no faults. Flavor is just slightly short of the nose.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JC333
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonwnw
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drone
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jasonrm72
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
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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Photo of MattSlem
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of datpingao
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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