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 BarHop510
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled August 2011. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a small brown head that quickly fades to just a ring and leaves very short-lived spots of lacing.

Aroma is primarily spices, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, also some chocolate and roasted malts. Very good strength.

Flavor also features a lot of spices, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, but here the chocolate comes through a lot better than the aroma, a fair bit of roasted malts and a little dark fruit as well. A bit of alcohol on the finish, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, sticky, medium carbonation.

One of the better spiced ales I’ve tried...quite a treat! The cocoa nibs add a nice layer to differentiate this from other spiced beers. Mediocre appearance and mouthfeel hold the score back a bit. Big thanks to my sister from Seattle for sending this my way!

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been really excited to try this beer ever since I learned of its existence. After missing out on it in 2010 by the merest of margins, I managed to find a bottle of it at Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley on my most recent trip to California. Shared with @LaitueGonflable (who originally expressed interest in it) and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a thick and pleasant black colour, with an initially frothy and solid head of mocha-brown, but which subsisdes to a fine film. Some speckled lacing, but not particularly strong. Body is fluid, with the hint of weight behind it, but otherwise looking a little thin. Overall, it looks decent enough, but it doesn't have anything particularly spectacular to its name.

Nose is wonderful. Somehow, the pumpkin ale genesis has transferred beautifully here, with a sweet pie-spice aroma coming through prominently, while still maintaining a lovely deep dark aroma that meets the criteria of its appearance. Sweet nutmeg and cinnamon, with caramelised pumpkin and brown sugar, all with a pleasant toasted bread and lightly roasted backing. It's gorgeous. It would be an exceptional aroma for any pumpkin ale, but it makes a pretty decent, if unusual porter aroma as well.

Smooth entry, with a pleasant roasted character, that smooths out the longer the palate continues. I'm very pleased to say that here the chocolate gets its day, with a supple chocolate fondue-like sweetness coating the palate. This mingles with the roasted, slightly savoury characters, and the leavened pie-spice aromatics, leaving a luscious overall impression. Finish is rather dry, but it feels like a dry finish was almost demanded—it allows the spicy characters to dance on the finish, while not making it heavy and undrinkable.

This is a really lovely beer, and one I'm very, very pleased to have sampled. The dark pumpkin beer works so well here, because the balance is right. There is no sense of the pumpkin and spice being overwhelmed, but at the same time, it's clearly a deep, chocolatey porter. It's win-win whatever way you look at it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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

Served on-tap at Barcade in Brooklyn in a goblet.

Appearance is dark brown with one finger of off-white head. Its` nose has nutmeg, pumpkin, ginger and cocoa. Taking a sip, from this beer and I taste cinnamon, pumpkin, chocolate...damn this is nice. Mouthfeel is medium-full, decent amount of carbonation. This is a great porter/pumpkin beer. I had been waiting for some time to try it and even longer for anything from Midnight Sun to hit the northeast, very happy they just got distribution in NY.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of vande
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

like most darker beers, muted cool, alive when warmed up some...

a - a darker brown hue, nearly black, with a dirty 1 finger thick head crowning this treat...

s - spices! pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, chocolate ~ definitely a lot going on with this one in the nose..that's for sure

t - a nicely done blend of what one smells, to be quite honest. Not one flavor/odor dominates the other, but they seem to intermingle in a lovely dance that produces a palate pleaser...

m - somewhat thicker than I'd guessed...creamy - a palate coater...as you walk away smacking your lips some...

o - a beer I'll revist, as it was damn tasty!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cvm4
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A - Brown as black with a nice one finger tan head. Minimal lacing as it is drank down.

S - I detect cloves first, then pumpkin and the cinnamon last. There's a lot of spices in the background and a malty character is shining through.

T - Pumpkin hits you straight away then it settles down into cocoa nibs and spices.

M - Bold bodied, good carbonation. Doesn't disappoint.

O - A complex beer with a lot going on with a ton of flavors. I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers and it kept my attention. I can see it as a beer you either love or hate.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

Thanks to mrbubbler for this one

A - Pours a very deep Mahogany colour, with a one fingered tanned head that reduces to a film.

S - Heavy cinnamon and nutmeg that give of a nice aroma. It is also pretty heavy in spice and has a hint of cola about it.

T - Up front some nice malts followed by some decent spice of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a little chocolate and pumpkin.

M - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

O - A very different beer with variety. A little sickly in places.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a khaki head that leaves a nice lingering ring.

Delicious smell that really hits the fall spices as well as chocolate. Nutmeg and cinnamon are very prominent.

Pumpkin pie spices continue through the taste and provides a dry effect. Full chocolate and other sweet malts compliment the spices. Flavor is by far best once it has warmed up.

Body is medium and the carbonation is on the heavier side providing a nice creaminess.

I enjoyed this beer, particularly in the amazing smell, but expecting a more complex taste. Overall, not bad, but just didn't live up to what I expected.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra special thanks to KevSal for this. I guess watching lots of horror movies finally paid off.

A- Dark syrupy chocolate pour with a three finger darker tan head. Lacing is magical.

S- Huge pumpkin pie spice; Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Chocolate is a mix between nibs and chocolate sauce. There is vanilla and molasses with hints licorice.

T- Holy tasty lol. Pumpkin dipped in chocolate sauce. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Brown sugar and molasses with hints of licorice and vanilla.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy and silky. Sticky on the lips.

O- I love pumpkin beers and this just took the crown for best in class.

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Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to give lots of thanks to Fear025. Gave me a bottle of this back at the 4elf party for no reason other than being a great guy. Big thanks Jay!

A- Pours black in color. Half a finger of brown head on top. Bits of lace on the glass.

S- Nice pumpkin up front. Chocolate in the middle and hidden a bit in the background of the pumpkin. Some spices at the end, but tougher to pull out.

T- Very tasty. Pumpkin flavor mixed with roasted chocolate. Spices such as clove towards the end. Has a bit of slight bitterness to it. A little roasty flavors too.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness but very nice feeling.

O- Very nicely done beer. Flavors went great together, pumpkin was a bit more subdued than other pumpkin beers. However that let some of the other flavors come out more. Very much enjoyed this beer. Again, HUGE thanks to Jay for this beer!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tjkinate
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It certainly was a Treat!

A: A slightly larger than one finger head that displayed above average retention formed above this deep brown bodied beer reducing to a khaki colored film leaving some lacing in its wake.

S: Cocoa, followed by cloves and nutmeg. Cinnamon pokes through next accompanied with subtle pumpkin scents and what seemed to be coffee.

T: Roasty notes come through in the tasting along with pumpkin and nutmeg. Beer gets better and flavors become more robust as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, but slightly under carbonated.

O: One of the better pumpkin brews I've had. Just wish the flavor lasted longer after each sip, seemed to drop off rather quick.

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 739 ratings.
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