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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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 314
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SourSteelheader
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip black with about an inch of tan to redish head.

Nose amazing! pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, chocolate,with a sour finish. I love the smell of this beer.

First taste different to the smell but still loving it. Nutmeg cloves, chocolate, a very light notes of sour.

This is my favorite pumpkin ale. Even a non pumpkin person would like this beer. Midnight sun crushes it.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With all these wonderful reviews I decided to pull the trigger and purchase this against my best judgement.

Look: Black and totally opaque with red light traces passing through. 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Notes of cinnamon and pumpkin upfront with notes of chocolate in the middle and the backend has a slight sour note

Taste: The flavor profile of this beer is all the fucking map and not in a good way. It goes from a nutmeg, cinnamon front to a chocolate covered pumpkin sourness on the backend and totally off putting

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I had a hard time drinking this nonsense. The flavors were fighting each other and did not blend together as well as you think they would. For $14.99 this is a totally avoidable beer

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

A: Black with a tan head, good retention, nice lace.

S: Cloves and allspice, dark roasted coffee, nut.

T: Bakers chocolate, licorice, clove, nutmeg, molasses, sponge toffee, graham cracker biscuit, espresso, roasted nut, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Light roasted acidity with a drying alcohol finish.

D/O: Certainly a unique brew. Plenty of flavours, but I'm not sure they really meld.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from eclipse54, big thanks! It's the 2011 version. Poured into DFH signature glass

A: Pours almost pitch black with some reddish hints towards the edges. Faint layer of tan head that forms into a thin ring. Good carbonation. Some alcohol feet. Sticky lacing of tan is left on the glass.

S: Pretty much as described: I get the gourdy pumpkin flesh notes, the clove, the nutmeg, and some hints of milk chocolate. Smells delicious, even to a non-pumpkin lover.

T: It's a really nice sip. You get those fleshy pumpkin hints up front. Then the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon come in towards the mid-mouth. A perfect blend. And the close has a nice chocolate finish. Mostly milk chocolate, not bitter dark. Really don't taste the booze at all. Expertly hidden. Nice sip.

M: Medium to full. Definitely a porter body.

O: I really like this one. It's probably my favorite pumpkin beer this season or ever. A- Thanks again for eclipse54 sending it over! A brewery that I would never have gotten in DE.

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

Thank you Bottle Trek for the opportunity.

The pour is pitch black with about an inch of tannish foam.

The smell, well, is amazing! Fresh pumpkin pie that *just* came out of the oven, and with all the fixins. Nutmeg, chocolate, wow!

I take my first sip and the aromas I mentioned are there but slightly less impressive. Slightly. Big nutmeg, pumpkin, light cloves, chocolate, all VERY tasty but the smell, for sure, was an awfully hard act to follow.(see my score for smell)

To be fair, the 1st week of October was notched....

On the high end of medium bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel is fine as is the drinkability. This is a great beer; my only regret is that I didn't have a chance to taste it back in October or even November.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a finger of light-mocha colored head. The aroma hits you with nutmeg and pumpkin than brings in the porter characteristics of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste has lots of chocolate and roasted malts, and they kind of dominated the pumpkin flavors, at least on my palate. The nutmeg and spices are definitely there though. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with decent carbonation, all done well for the style.

Overall a nice beer for sure, I just felt the chocolate dominated the pumpkin spices. Wouldn't mind having more of this one though, it sure is good.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottling. Tulip glass.

A: Pours... essentially black, a lighter coffee color around the rim. A bit of medium khaki head which vanishes to a ring of largish bubbles and some residual head. Pretty good retention for what's there, and some lacing.

S: Spiced, creamy pumpkin (cinnamon, nutmeg on the back end), nice roasted malt, faint chocolate, and very dark roast espresso. Not really sensing the cloves yet.

T: Roasted malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, with a lengthy finish featuring pumpkin pie and coffee. The pumpkin sticks around for awhile. Flabby.

M: Soft, medium carbonation and medium-full body. No alcohol noticeable.

O: Maybe pumpkin beers aren't for me, and even though there wasn't a lot of pumpkin here, I'd still like to see less pumpkin. I think this needs more roasted malt and porter-ish brightness to support the pumpkin, or else it's kind of flabby. Well done for a pumpkin beer, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

22 oz bottle from aekoops in a trade. Bottled in the 4th week of August. REALLY stoked to finally get to try this one. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours an opaque black color with just a bit of mahogany red hues when held to the light. No real head at all, but a light-mocha colored collar forms and stays throughout.

S - The aroma starts off with nutmeg and cinnamon really taking the spot. Pumpkin comes through a bit but is mostly present because of the spices. Sweet milk chocolate cream contrast nicely along with some roasted malt. The spices kind of drowns everything else out.

T - Th taste seem much more balanced and is the reason I was so stoked for this beer. Pumpkin spices start things off along with some hints of pumpkin flesh. Slightloy bitter cocoa nibs and sweet chocolate come next mixing nicely with the aforementioned spices. Some roasted malts also come into play nicely. I would recommend letting this one warm. When it was 15 minutes out of the fridge, the pumpkin and spices really dominated. But after a while, everything seems to mix together in a more harmonious manner.

M - Medium bodied beer that feels ever so light bodied here and there. Nice carbonation makes the beer more creamy and smooth. Spices and chocolate really sit on the tongue for a while making for a nice long finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one. It was the marriage of flavors that I had hoped for. While it didn't blow me away, as I had hoped, it still became my new favorite in the world of pumpkin inspired beers.

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to guezehead for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pours black and billowy like a stout resulting in nice tan head.

S: Smells like milk chocolately goodness in addtion to, nutmeg, and spice. Not getting as much pumpkin as some other reviews.

T: First taste is stout like, bitter chocolate, but changes to porter roastiness as it warms. Spices incorporate nicely with a milk chocolately finish.

M: Incredibly creamy and smooth. Impressive complexity. Tastes like a combination between milk stout, and a porter. No one flavor dominates, they meld with each sip, very impressive.

D: Fairly low. Tastes incredible, but couldnt have several pints of this one, definitely a sipper dessert beer.

O: I think I was expecting more pumpkin for this one but I was not let down by any means as this the best porter/imperial porter I've had next to HF Everett. Definitely must try for Porter lovers out there.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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