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

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, spice, and some slight pumpkin aromas. Taste is much the same but is slightly tart. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight Sun has historically not been a favorite brewery, despite reputation and without, admittedly, my tasting some of their rarities that get such high marks. However, TREAT is, indeed, a treat!

Pours dark brown/black with a khaki head;

Nose is full of rich assertive spices, coves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa, all of which is used in this brew - and it shows in the nose that is just super appealing and really smells like the fresh spice; none of that "synthetic" character one sometimes gets in a spiced brew. Nose is really pleasant and inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, creamy and inviting. Great balance and feel.

Flavors follow the nose. Really nice tones of all of the spices and the pumpkin. I am not a fan of spice beers; I am not a fan of pumpkin beers. Yes, I could (and will) drink this when it comes out. It is so well integrated in flavors and balance that you just want more and more. Thanksgiving and the fall/winter holidays in a bottle - liquid "good" pumpkin pie with a great light cocoa/chocolate undertone.

Finish is fresh with all of the integrated flavor characteristics lingering and sets you up for the next taste.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a real nice black color with a decent tan colored hea on top. The retention is thin and not much lacing. The smell of the beer has a nice sweet chocolate aroma and plenty of spice. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a very nice balanced spiciness in the finish. The mouthfeel is silky with a decent carbonation. Overall quite a nice beer.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After much anticipation, it's a pleasure to sit with this legendary beer. With an explossion of flavors and so many moving parts stretching the palate in different directions- this may be the ultimate complex beer if you can handle the immense spice additions that accompany this fruited, imperial, Porter.

Porter-like aromas fit the appearance bill as the beer pours with a dense dark brown color and without allowing any light to penetrate. A creamy medium tan head builds on the beer and quickly reduces to a thin and broken sheet but clings to the sides of the glass where it struggles to lace only slightly. Notable enough, the weight, alcohol, and additions of spice and fruit may be the cause of such head restrictions-eventually falling nearly still.

Bold and varying aromas take turns with a plethora of perfumy scents: cinnamon, pumpkin, and chocolate strike first, but not without a rise of kona coffee, caramel, nutmeg, and toasted barley. Cola nut, walnut, pecans, hazelnut and macadamea all contribute to a very nutty-forward taste that reinforces the vegetal pumpkin-starchy-malty scent.

Flavors are every bit as true as aroma: complex and spicy taste of cinnamon, cocoa, Columbian coffee, heavy toast, and slight woods all contribute to the rise of taste that seem to vary with each sip. Richly flavored, but zesty in spice, the beer has a firm malty backbone yet with a lively dance of zeal of spice and alcohol. Nutty throughout but with the oily dark varieties and softer creamier almonds and macadamea- all of which seem to enliven a vanilla and nutmeg taste- All with the slight vegital pumpkin and malt tate to impede. Exquisite in its recipe formulation and execution; the beer is primed for a spirited spicy taste young while likely to age gracefully.

Rich and creamy throughout, but the higher strength of alcohol never causes the beer too loose sight of the Porter base. The fleeting carbonation soon allows for the weight of malt and pumpkin starch to sit on the tongue for a succulent, velvety feel that carries a silky and spicy fade into finish where the back of the throat is met with formitable alcohol warmth, slight hoppy dryness and a malty, semi-dry closure. A linger of cocoa and cinnamon return to the roots that made the beer so appealing in scent.

With the beer turning so many flavors in rapid succession, the claim can be made that the beer's flavors are in conlict with one another and never really culminate as great complex beers do. but the procession that each flavor takes across the palate seems to evoke a sense of curriosity and wonderment with me that easily wins me over! Great job Midnight Sun, great job!

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3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oh boy. Heard bad things about this year's batch (2012) but good things about the brewery and beer. Expectations are fairly high as a result. Acquired for $16.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger tan colour head - slightly thin compared to my expectations - of nice cream and good retention. Lacing is okay. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for a porter, but interesting considering the pumpkin aspect. Looks appealing. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, dark malts, clove, other spices, chocolate, delightful cream, and buried roast. Spices and pumpkin are dominant. I don't get any coffee. An intriguing, appealing aroma. No yeast character comes through; it doesn't seem alive. No alcohol comes through. It's what I expected - a spiced porter with some pumpkin. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pumpkin and spice rub up against dark malts and chocolate. There's definite competition going on rather than collaboration; the balance is far from ideal. It's a touch messy as a result. Little roast, if any. Some caramel. The chocolate is too strong for the balance. Spices are indistinct, but I can confirm clove. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I do like it, but the balance is problematic. Tasty but not ideal. It has complexity, but lacks subtlety.

Mf: Some intermittent cream. Smooth and wet all around. Good carbonation and thickness, but it never feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Good palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but its current ratings make little sense given the quality. This is nowhere near as good as its overall ratings lead me to believe, but I can see where this year's batch might be lackluster. I'm glad I tried it, and I'm open to trying future years, but this is a bit disappointing. Still, if I take it outside expectations, it's pretty good - just not for the price. My first midnight sun beer has not been impressive, but I'm looking forward to trying others.


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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Really excited to finally be trying this one.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a mahogany hue when light comes through the edge of the pour. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roast and dark chocolate notes along with some fruit and spices. I don't smell a ton of pumpkin, but I might just be missing it. The chocolate and cinnamon go together extremely well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. The roast and dark chocolates are the dominant flavor up front, then the pumpkin and spices show up. The cinnamon is a really great addition. The finish is roasty and full of spice. Everything goes together very well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and silky smooth. Tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy the fact that the brewer resisted the temptation to go much higher in abv. I think the flavors worked really well and more alcohol and sweetness wouldn't have helped all that much. I would definitely have another.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling; tasted Jan. 2010

Appearance: Pours a "midnight" brown with a huge, frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing around the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma, but there is clearly a fruity chocolate character underneath, along with a hint of smoke

Taste: Starts out with a dark fruit and smoke character that blends with the pumpkin aspects; plenty of hot cinnamon, clove and allspice develop by mid-palate, along with some chocolate; after the swallow, the flavors merge, with the spices taking a back seat to the chocolatey malt flavors, though the pumpkin persists and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: I had been anticipating this for quite some time and though it was different than I expected (I was expected more of a Southern Tier type beer, perhaps), it was definitely a pleasure to consume

Thanks, mreusch (from the other site), for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and light roasted malt with some light pumpkin undertones. Taste is a complex mix between some cinnamons, some light dry roasted malt with some light pumpkin notes, some nutmeg and a nice rich black chocolate finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is quite a unique recipe with loads of complexity while retaining a good drinkability level.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mothman
2.11/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into chalice.

Pours a thin layer of beige head. Color is a caramel copper brown. Decent head retention, but no lace.

Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, cocoa, chocolate. Big spices. I also get a bit of vanilla. Too much!!

Taste: Vanilla, cocoa, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, cloves, and pumpkins. A mass amount of spice.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, I don't think I could use the word 'spice' enough for this beer. That is pretty much all it is. Not for me. Not drinkable at all. I couldn't get through but maybe 5 oz and that was tough.

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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to rudzud for sharing.

Very little fizzy mocha head, pitch black color, touch lacing.

Nose weird, some light pumpkin powder like and vegetable, plenty of nutmeg like spices, cocoa, toasted oats, some chocolate milk and bakers, chalky powdered like, biscuit, toffee, caramel, etc. Little canned pumpkin.

Taste starts with dark malts, little lush but little creamy, plenty of chocolate, cocoa, bakers choc, pumpernickel bread, caramel, molasses etc, lots of oats. Light spices and plenty of nutmeg and maybe hint of cinnamon like. Light bready biscuit malt, chewy, toasty, light nutty peanut butter like, some pumpkin in the background more like pumpkin chai tea or something. Light bitterness little roast even. Finish is sticky and syrupy, sweetish, more dark malts, cocoa, pumpkin chai, nutmeg, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall very interesting and unique, nice malts, weird pumpkin chai and nutmeg, interesting but not great.

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3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black-cola body. Medium khaki head. Ok retention, poor lace.

S - Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, vanilla ice cream, star anise, Mexican hot chocolate.

T - Smooth milk chocolate, nutmeg, canned pumpkin, grains of paradise, brown sugar, cocoa nibs, cinnamon.

M - Smooth, medium body. Creamy.

O - Nice complexity. Shade sweet.

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 744 ratings