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

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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Ratings: 739 |  Reviews: 315
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to eyeenjoybeer for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a founders brewing goblet very black with a finger and a half, orange tinted, tan, long lasting head leaving a thick sheet of slowly receding lace after each sip.

seriously, great big aroma of pumpkin and cloves.

spiced pumpkin pie with a flaky crust up front, creamy milk chocolate closely behind.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, medium carbonation, sweet and spicy.

overall: wow. great beer, very balanced flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bad boy on 11/27/11. Review from notes.

Finally, after years of wanting to try, it has finally arrived. Via Anchorage, AK to Portland, OR to Milwaukee, WI. Label describes it as an ale brewed with pumpkin, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Imperial pumpkin porter? Give it to me.
Pours a 3am dark hue with 1 inch bubbly brown head. It rescinds slowly, giving way to an outer rim lace. Heavy cinnamon nose, with nutmeg peeking in as well. Even without the label info, the spice notes can be picked up easily. This brew smells of intimidation.
Upon first sip - a sense of overwhelming perfection rushes over me. Quite a complex beer; such an array of flavors showing from sip to swallow. Pumpkin, chocolate...a bakery spice rack. It's all there. Like imbibing a chocolate pumpkin pie hybrid without being OVERLY sweet. The clove is ever-so slightly off-putting for a second, but the smooth sweet cocoa saves the day. Such a shame that it's brewed so far away. Was more of this big-body, low carbonated brew. Sticky seduction.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to tom for sharing this with me.

2011 vintage. 22oz bomber at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out pretty much opaque black with a nice half a finger or so of creamy, light mocha colored head that slowly faded to a thick retentive ring. small bits of lacing.

the pumpkin and cinnamin jump out at me first. also some nutmeg, and just a little bit of a sweet, lightly roasted malt.

a nice fleshy pumpkin taste, cinnamin, nutmeg, cocoa, clove, everything labeled on the bottle is easily noticable in one way or another. some lightly roasted malt is more in the background.

medium bodied, doesnt really feel as thick as it looks. good feeling carbonation.

a good pumpkin beer, definatly unique, but i had higher hopes for this. IMO it couldve use some more dark roasted flavors.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of suncrust
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to a snifter.

Appearance- Rich, noticeable thickness as it poured. Dark cherry cola, black body underneath a small, frothy mocha brown cap. Nice vivid crimsons and browns fused with intense blacks, making for a seductive ebony hue. A lingering creamy lacing left behind on the glass as I sipped.

Smell- Initial smells of light ginger cookies, raisin, mild pumpkin and chocolate. Tart dark cherries, molasses, bran, and pumpkin bread round out the smells. Gentle sweetness with overall lighter aromas, yet still complex. When warmed, the spiced characters, especially cloves and nutmeg, become more prominent.

Taste- Toasty, roasted chocolate malts with a pleasant body of pumpkin, spiced cloves and nutmeg. Chocolate explosion swarms the throat in the finish. Lingering aftertaste is of sweet pie crust. Overall, large amounts of pumpkin pie, sweet cocoa nibs, toasted pumpkin seeds, gingerbread, and a very alluring smokiness.

Mouthfeel- Frothy mouthfeel, bigger bodied, and light carbonation that leaves a nice fuzzy feeling in the throat. An interesting savory umami aftertaste that mixes well with the sweetness to make for a very refreshing experience.

Overall- Complex, with loads of character and flavors. Bold, rich, and lightly spiced. Chocolate/pumpkin/spiced combo makes for a solid pumpkin porter. With so much to offer… you could probably find something about this brew you like and something you don't.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass

A - Dark brown, almost black with one finger of espresso coloured head that quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Cloves and nutmeg dominate the nose up front. Then, cinnamon, roasted malts and pumpkin become apparent. Fairly heavy spice aroma. The chocolate shows up very subtly in he background after a while.

T - Roasted malts up front, followed by the spices and the pumpkin and chocolate show up in the finish. Very well layered. The spices are balanced but the cloves and cinnamon are slightly more prominent than the nutmeg.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87% out of 100 with 739 ratings
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