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

Doug generously opened up this 22oz bottle today, 10/15/2013. Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass.

Pours a dark, opaque black body with a straightforward light brown head that falls into the beer fairly quickly. A little bit of lacing, looks like a real thick treat.

Smells like a roasty stout to be honest. Lots of chocolate, roast malts and coffee in the nose. I do not get much spices in the nose, and I definitely do not get any pumpkin here.

As far as porters go, this is pretty darn good. Roast malt sweetness provides a nice consistency to the palate here, with some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness balancing the beer out. Again, I get very little spices, and definitely no pumpkin. But you know what, on its own this beer is a very good porter.

Thick, medium bodied porter with good carbonation and smooth, creamy drinkability. Mild alcohol burn is felt on the backend.

Where's the pumpkin at? The spices are faint, which makes me wonder if Doug got an old bottle. At the same time, the base porter is delicious. This is one brew I'd like to revisit fresh, yet I would still recommend trying this beer in its current state.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 7/1/12

Courtesy of Nickd717

I can't remember was with me when I opened it. Seth had to be there because I was using his glass. Chris might have been there, too.

A) Pours a somewhat dark and murky brown; settles darker. The head is on the thin side with little in the way of retention aside from a decent collar.

S) Dark, malty aromas sit underneath the modest intricacies of the ingredient additions. Cinnamon is backed by notes of clove. There is a pumpkin/nutmeg middle, especially as it warms. Well balanced.

T) The flavor has a tangy roast and chocolate twinge. Very faint dark fruits and coffee ghost notes. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are all blended together and not as distinct as in the aroma.

M) Medium body with a languid slickness. Puffy carbonation. It's kind of thin on the edges. Coating finish. Carbonation gets really low over time.

D) This is an interesting little critter with some enjoyable aspects to it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. blinder bomber (thanks to stupac2) poured into a Crux snifter (thanks to libbey)...

A: Pours pitch black with only a tiny ring of khaki colored foam. The bubbles settles leaving almost nothing on top of the beer or along the edges of the glass. This beer has some nice legs, but there is no chance for any lacing whatsoever.

S: The nose is really interesting. I get sweet malt, plums, dates, cinnamon/sugar mix (like what you would put on french toast), nutmeg, and roast. This feels like a holiday brew. Cherry bark and clove and all sorts of crazy stuff.

T: It starts out with mellow milk chocolate sweetness, gets spiced in the middle (nutmeg, all spice, clove, cinnamon, etc.), and finishes with caramel mild roast bitters. Damn. This beer is all over the place. And to be honest ... I dig it.

M: Medium bodied beer. Yes it is dark, but the beer is wet on the palate, coats for a moment, and then the flavors take over. It's not sticky, it's not chewy, it's not overwhelming. The carbonation is lacking, but it's not a detriment.

O: Solid beer. The flavors are good, the mouthfeel is solid... I'd drink this beer again, but I'd probably wait until colder months.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing this long sought beer.

Appearance: Black for all intents and purposes. Deep dark brown when held to direct light. No head to speak of. Small cream with a splash of coffee colored collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Dark roasted malts. A solid spiciness. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A bit heavy on the nutmeg. Loaded with chocolate. Hits the range of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa. Squashy pumpkin flesh. Like a baked chocolate cinnamon pumpkin bread. Roasty. Vegetal. A bit milky and sweet.

Taste: Straight up squashy vegetal real pumpkin. Fill that pumpkin with a spiced hot chocolate and add a marshmallow. Roasted malts. Some cocoa and milk chocolate. Creamy and sweet, but tempered. Warming ups a bit of the spice component giving nutmeg a boost. Cinnamon and clove provide a bit of earthy spice. So much real pumpkin. Roasty sweet and smooth because smooth is a flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Body runs just full and costs the tongue. Light to medium.carbonation. Silky.

Overall: It's in the name.

A true delight. A bit heavy on the clove and nutmeg for my taste, Loaded with pumpkin and I appreciate it. Now to find a fresh bottle.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/8/13

Big thanks to magictacosinus for sending me this bottle. Split with Goblinmunkey7.

Appearance: Dark, deep brown, borderline black - pours with a decent, tan head - fades to a virtually nonexistent cap, with a ring, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Interesting, as I had hoped - roasty, with some serious chocolate, and some sweet pumpkin flesh - honestly, does not smell as dark as it looks - dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate - an interesting bouquet of spices, including cinnamon, clove, allspice, and some ginger

Taste: The advertising does not lie, this is most definitely a chocolate pumpkin porter - some really nice chocolate notes, including roasty, burnt chocolate malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and a cup of cocoa - there is a nice level of pumpkin flesh that works oddly well with the chocolate, in my opinion - nice mix of spices, perhaps a little heavy on the ginger (ok with me), with clove, cinnamon, and allspice

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, low (but nice) level of carbonation, oddly drinkable for something labeled "imperial"

Overall: It's like Halloween in my mouth!

I had hopes that I would find this beer disappointing, so I wouldn't have to go out of my way to trade for a fresh bottle next year. But this is not the case. With about 8 months of age this is drinking great. I'm curious what it is like fresh.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least 6 months old at this point, unsure of how this was cellared....
The beer pours a dark watery black, very dark for a porter, with a razor thin blanketing of tan foam that leaves a tight bubbled lacing. The nose certainly spiced and aromatic after a good swirl promoting chocolate pumpkins/gourds and hint of boozy nutmeg. The taste is certainly more cocoa forward and sweet with little distinct pumpkin and mingling spices. Although the spice profile is...less than embalmed...there is still an interesting collage of spice, pumpkin, and chocolate that's really not present in any other beers. Wow, what is the potent raisin taste after it warms up?? I think it's a far cry from pumpkinator in its correct state, but is still supremely drinkable and tasty, even in the warm summer heat. It's a relatively full-bodied porter with a velvety mouthfeel reminiscent of Founder's porter. I'd love to try this beer when it's in season and hopefully witness the spices pop out against the rich chocolatey base, but think its still worth a try regardless.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into Duvel tulip from bottle.

Pours very dark with finger of tan head.

Smell is rich pumpkin spice. Not a lot of traditional porter smells.

Taste is strong pumpkin, bit of coffee and chocolate. More balanced than some of the other pumpkin porters I’ve tried.


Very good, probably my favorite Midnight Sun

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/5/13 another bottle from Rutager, cheers dude!!

A the darkest brown with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark foam only lasts a couple sips and leaves no lace, looks pretty basic

S cinnamon, all-spice, cola, root beer, chocolate and a little smoke, faint licorice and yes some pumpkin and just a hint of booze, smells great, everything's working well together

T more chocolate and dark roasted notes that weren't as strong on the nose, a little coffee I didn't smell, and I like the flavor but the nose had just a little something extra

M silky liquid, not as thick as the color would imply but the bubbles cream it up and give it some body, spicy finish lingers for ages

O great use of pumpkin and spices in what I'd assume was already a solid base beer, very easy to drink and the booze is well hidden

I'd drink this again but perhaps better suited for a chilly Fall evening and a turkey dinner, mmm turkey, now I'm craving, wish me luck convincing my wife to make a practice turkey.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head atop. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, cocoa nibs, coffee, touch of booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, other spices, molasses, cocoa nibs, coffee, dark fruits, and a touch of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Great pumpkin porter. Good balance.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with a fine peripheral ring of light beige bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pumpkin is earthy and vegetal in the smell, while roast is also apparent but subordinate. Spices are not obvious here.

T: Begins off-dry, with yeasty pumpkin and intense toastiness. The neutral yeast qualities increasingly stand apart from the fruit during the middle. Baking spices are muted but evident into the finish where earthy pumpkin-affected roast peaks.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This pumpkin beer does a fair job of cutting the pure vegetal quality of the fruit with supple roasted malt. The porter approach is repeatedly shown to favor the addition of pumpkin, which is further reinforced here.

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Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 8/3/10. Pretty good beer, almost great. This beer has some excellent spicing. There’s a ton of pumpkin pie flavor with extra spice, just right for a pumpkin beer. However, the aroma also has a big cola note that is almost sickly sweet, kinda surprising for Midnight Sun since their beers seem to run drier than nearly any other brewery. There’s some chocolate and caramel lurking in the mix, as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Appearance could also be improved - the head dissipates quite quickly, leaving just a very dark brown to black body. This is a very well done pumpkin beer, but it has a few problems.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very, very dark. Maybe hints of brown up to the light, but they're not immediately visible to my eye. Head is pale beige, settled out but nice nonetheless. Lace is not as clingy as it could be. Looks like a fairly thin dark beer, but a good one.

Smell is smokey and roasty in about equal measure. Stouty sweetness as well, and a touch of sweet pumpking and candied yams to it as well. Yeah, bit of banana, but a decent belt of wood smoke at the back and some roasty chocolatey malt. Not bad at all, but not quite enamouring me entirely.

Taste kicks in with big vanilla upfront, then gets to a fairly decent sweet stouty palate overall. Lots of cereal character, slightly roasted where the charred notes and bitterness - and hint of peppery spice - comes in later. Some banana character, maybe some apricot as well. Overall it's quite sweet, but with a nice roasty boozey heat at the back that tempers it well. Not brilliantly, but well.

Full, yes. Too boozey? Maybe a bit too much heat on the back. Quite dry; still not bad at all.

Quite a big fruity twist to a big, dark beer. I won't pretend I can instantly taste the difference between a porter and a stout but as an imperial porter it tastes sweeter and more stouty to me. I wouldn't mind a bit more dry roastiness coming in to balance and ground it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown and rather thin in volume. Skinny brown head sits like a crown atop the beer's body; there is no head in the middle, just a ring of bubbles along the outer edge. Very light lacing. Moderate light penetration.

S-This is first and foremost a Porter. The pumpkin accents are pleasant and far from being obnoxious. Pumpkin flesh and chocolate candy. Behind that is some coffee and lingering spice. Reminds me of pumpkin spice coffee. Cinnamon and other spices are set to an attractive pitch.

T-The gourdy pumpkin flesh is a bit stronger here and I like that. The pumpkin flavor tastes natural. It lasts as the other elements of the flavor introduce themselves. Milk and dark chocolate and light roast coffee. Subtle spicing too. Better than the nose due to the more pronounced pumpkin flavor.

M-Feels like a Porter; has some body but is far from a Stout. The pumpkin flavor lasts and lasts. Not much booze to speak of.

O/D-About as good as a Pumpkin Porter can get. This variation on the style has a rather low ceiling for me but TREAT nearly bumps its noggin on said ceiling. Very nice; much better than my first experience with Midnight Sun.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of unclekeith
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 week old bomber into a Teku

A: Dark brown with a 1-finger creamy tan head
S: Pumpkin, roasted malt, chocolate
T: Follows the nose, not much bitterness, the spices are noticeable, and almost no sweetness
M: Thiner than expected, nice carb
O: One of the few pumpkin beers I enjoy, a nice balance of flavors working together as a team

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Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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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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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Photo of Treebs
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. 2012 vintage. Thanks to mfavoino for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with some brown edges. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes slowly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon and some oaty malts. Baker's chocolate with some roasted malts as well. The roast is deep.

T: The taste was a let down. Very earthy and bark like with some vegetal like flavors. Minimal chocolate with some light roast. Pretty much dominated by the earthy and vegetal flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation level. OK light roast finish.

O: The nose was nice, but the taste was overpowered by this earthy-like quality and some vegetal like flavors. Lacked the porter backing I needed. A miss for me, but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip. Thanks Michael (black13) for sending me this one!

A- Pours a dark brown that appears jet black in the glass. First glass poured without any head and second glass had about a quarter finger of mocha brown head that receded decently fast. Not really much in terms of lacing and fairly low carbonation.

S- Nutmeg, other spices, clove, light pumpkin, a bit of chocolate. Nice pleasant aroma that has a decent strength but is a little bit overly spiced for my liking.

T- Nutmeg, hint of clove, a faint hint of pumpkin on the finish with a bit of slightly bitter dark chocolate. Mostly dominated by the spices/clove and a tiny bit watery.

M- Slightly watery, a bit thin, a little bit on the flat side, easy to drink.

O- This was my first beer from Midnight Sun and I was a little bit disappointed. It was a little bit on the flat side and the cloves and spices were a little bit too overpowering with only a faint pumpkin/chocolate presence. This definitely wasn't bad, but there are much better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of match1112
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours dark brown and settles in a near black. a thin light brown head fades rather quick. very little lacing.

s: pumpkin, spice and chocolate

t: overly spiced pumpkin pie with a hint of chocolate in it.

m: medium body, creamy, decent carbonation. tongue and back of throat kinda burn from the spice.

o: for a porter this is not a favorite, for a pumpkin beer this would be alright if that is your thang. not my thang.

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Photo of Impfan
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Along with Pumking, my favorite pumpkin ale. Nice medium, creamy body, deep dark brown with russet highlights, spicy, chocolate nose with vanilla, Mil;k Duds™, sandalwood, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin. Finish is long on the palate, and there is some drying in the finish from the modest, earthy hopping. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle to a 12oz nonic style taster glass
Purchased from the Green Jug in Woodland Hills, CA

A: Pours a coal black body with a dark hazel edge and a dense cap of oatmeal cream. Exhibits some real nice stay eventually slipping away to just a ring. Some droopy legs and dots of coat upon the glass with each sip.

S: Nose is comprised mostly of dark roasted grains. There is some earthy musk to it with a bit of dark chocolate and toasted cereals. All in all smells as a Porter should and nothing too outstanding here with the pumpkin or spice.

T: Tastes of dark malts with bakers chocolate and a light earthy tang of roast squash. Slight brown sugar sweetness and a hit of creamy vanilla. There is a good moderate amount of mineral like bitterness and just the lightest dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg there. Nice and controlled application of the spices. Comes through more akin to a wet tree bark or root flavor. Spent coffee grains perk as the beer warms. Alcohol is well incorporated into the flavor. Pretty good porter but not all that intense with the specialty flavors as I was expecting. Dark toffee and pumpkin do start to open up a bit more as the drink progresses.

M: Very smooth and frothy mouthfeel in a moderate thickness with a seemingly lower level of carbonation. Light and slick after coating to the palate.

D: As a straight up Porter this is a pretty nice beer. Successful as an Imperial in size and flavor but I would much rather have say a Victory at Sea. The pumpkin and spice are really reserved here which is appreciated. Although I was hoping for something a little more robust in that department.

Nice to have tried and would drink again but probably won’t be seeking this one out for the $15 per bottle price tag.

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

Got this bottle from Daniel, thanks buddy!

A: Pours a very dark brown, let's call it black once it's settled. Managed to coax a large fizzy light brown head out of it with an aggressive pour - but it put up a struggle to get there. Fades at a moderate pace with decent retention, but absolutely zero lacing. Can't even get the smallest speck to stay on the glass. Maybe I just didn't clean it well enough.

S: Pumpkin but primarily the spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves are prominent. Mild roasted malt adding a little char along with a bunch of chocolate. The spices are really at the forefront here, however.

T: Pumpkin up front and lots of it - more than the aroma would indicate. Lots of cloves, nutmeg and a little cinnamon. Chocolate kicks in lightly but is stronger in the middle as the spices fade a little. Decent chocolate into the finish with traces of spices (primarily cloves and nutmeg it seems). Long lingering spice in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, smooth.

O: Decent porter/pumpkin ale. Would like a little more chocolate and/or roasted malt character to be honest. The spices are really strong here, especially the nutmeg and ESPECIALLY the cloves. Almost overpowering. It's tasty and I enjoyed it a lot, just lacking some balance that could have made this beer really special. Definitely seek it out if you're a big fan of pumpkin spices, however.

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 736 ratings.
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