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

A: pours into a snifter to a deep black with essentially no head but a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells intensely chocolatey with a bit of cinnamon and other spices in the nose, a hint of coffee and a bit of vanilla
T: chocolate, spices, vanilla, a bit of coffee, and a touch of pumpkin. swallow is more chocolate and a bit more coffee , and some pumpkin with a hint of roastyness
M: medium to a bit full in the mouth with a very soft and light carbonation which was evident from the lack of head production.
O: A very solid beer. Probably the most interesting pumpkin beer I've had and it's nice to see one with a different spin on it

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head on top with minimal retention leaving a thin ring on top. No real lacing either.

S: Some light pumpkin, roasted malt with plenty of chocolate and spices - mostly nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: More of the same, the chocolate is stronger as is the pumpkin flavor. There is nice cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Not overly sweet, but not as bold as hoped.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet with a dry finish.

O: Good, but not as good as I had hoped. In this style I thought that Saint Arnold did a better job with Pumpkinator.

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Photo of CJS
1.53/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A poured into a tulip. A casual appearance of a head dropped by and left out the back door seconds later. Actually just looks like a coca cola afterwards.

S A blend of spices is present in the aroma coming off. But possibly the wrong blend. The pumpkin tone is there but well hidden.

T Begins with a quick punch of pumpkin that is soon knocked out and stood over by a deep rich chocolate force that is accompanied by a unbalanced booziness.

M Thicker than I would like this beer to be. Almost intolerable with the taste of malt, pumpkin, and combination spices. (spices) Which is probably the problem here for me.

O This is not my first pumpkin beer and I had high hopes, but it fell short. Didnt even finish the bottle. In its defense, it probably needs aging to balance out.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cavedave for the awesome BIF beer. Tasted 30 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark coffee brown, opaque except at the edges. Half-finger of medium-tan head. Decent retention and lacing. Pretty solid.

Ooh, this smells nice. Rich, warm, squash-y pumpkin. The porter is subdued, but that's okay, cause the stuff on top of it is so darn good. I get just a touch of chocolate. But oh, that pumpkin is delightful.

Taste is smooth, rich, slightly sweet. Very orange, full of pumpkin, with just a light layer of cocoa dusted on top. The porter is quite sweet, which combines with the pumpkin-chocolate sweetness to make this very dessert-like.

Mouthfeel is smooth, fluffy, and chewy. Carbonation that just foams up inside the mouth, carrying the flavors to every corner. I really can't think of a way I could improve it.

The name is a perfect fit - this is definitely a treat. A dessert beer, perfect for a fall evening. Sweet, smooth, and deliciously pumpkiny. Dang, I like this. Yum.

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Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a light brown foam. Foam retention is decent and there is small rings of lacing. Slight carbonation.

S - Scents of cocoa powder jump from the glass. There is a bit of smoke and roasted malt in there as well. I get a slight aroma of pumpkin flesh and caramel.

T - This is more appropriately a porter with notes of chocolate and pumpkin. The dominant flavor in this is chocolate and dark malts. An almost subliminal hint of spices lurk in the background. I felt the finish had the sweetness of pumpkin flavoring.

M - The complexity is nice, but I found the sweetness made this less likely to have more than one than a standard porter. Unless trying to satisfy a sweet tooth this is a nice dessert\cocktail beer.

O - Nice offering from Midnight Sun and one I'd like to have again. My only disclaimer would be to not expect the notes in a traditional pumpkin beer as this is clearly a porter first and foremost.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan-dark brown head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite lovely...possibly the best aroma on a pumpkin beer that I've had. Lovely spices with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Chocolate and cocoa powder compliment the spices well, with a hint of squash/vegetable aroma. The pumpkin is not "in your face", but as this beer breathes a bit, I definitely get some nice canned pumpkin aromas. Very nice-smelling beer. Taste is just as good as it smells. All the aspects of the nose are in the flavor. Heavy spice with delicious pumpkin and chocolatey flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. Delicious!

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brownish black hue with a half finger head that faded quickly to leave light halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of nice vegetables and pumpkin pie spice. Good cloves, nutmeg with nice light chocolate notes. Smells like roasted and baked already ...super unique. Light almost Mexican notes...

T - Light pumpkin notes here mostly cooked gourd with light chocolate and nutmeg along with nice cloves. I think there might be alot of nutmeg here resulting in lots of nuttiness. Almost like Mexican chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated alot more than I though it would bee. Keeps it up off the tongue.

O - Overall I didn't think this was as good as I had hoped. A bit light on the pumpkin with lots of nutmeg notes. Chocolate was nice and light. Still, I've had better pumpkin with stouts/porters.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purply in the darkness. A ring on the top. Voices in the dark.

Coffee, smells like a caramel frappucino.

Lots of sugar. Caramel, vanilla, decadent but light. Not a lot of pumpkin coming through.

Light mouthfeel, tastes heavy but feels light.

A sound beer, I'm dissapointed the pumpkin is not quite evident, the mouthfeel could be a bit better too. My first pumpkin beer. Not sure if it warrants the reviews it receives but still a good beer. Unsure if this would be better fresh or aged.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newest vintage. Kind of stumbled onto this one at my local place. 22oz bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours thin and black with a slight pink-orange hue. 1 finger light mocha head with low retention. Lacing is stringy and patchy with average stick. Nice.

Nose is musty pumpkin, roasted malt, and chocolate. Some fudge and cinnamon in there also makes this one smooth, rich and decadent though a touch light and not too aromatic. Solid though.

Opens chocolate, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, fudge, and a slight touch of roasted malt. Vanilla and molasses at the middle with more roast and pumpkin spice at the end. Finishes with a touch of cinnamon and sugar cookie. Sweet aftertaste. One of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and warm and robust going down. Finishes messy and ashy with a slightly lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Complements the flavor perfectly.

One of, if not the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. I wish they all tasted like this. Decent complexity and body and putting the cinnamon, spice, and pumpkin in an imperial porter background works wonders. Definitely recommended.

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

A thick rich head billows forth as pour and the retention is good. A black brown brew is sitting in the glass with a decent amount of lace. Smell is lovely. Lots of chocolate and spice, pumpkin is a heavy hitter with just a touch of sweet alcohol. Taste is much the same with a heavy dose of cocoa in the front. Pumpkin flows next with a light coffee roastiness. Dark malt and dark breads collide on my tongue. Molasses tinged sweetness. Pumpkin is well done here with the full flavor of the meat developing alongside the spice component. A nice amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Alcohol shows a little in the finish but is otherwise well hidden. Finish itself is quite dry and clean with a wash of burnt sugary sweetness and then earth and pumpkin. Lingering mocha. Feel is lightly syruped and a touch slick. Gentle carbonation gives a mild velvetiness. Drinkability is quite good but this is not a session ale by any definition. This is a brew to savor and enjoy with pies and cake at the holiday table, or in the weeks leading up as a taste of things to come. Great brew!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Black body, khaki head. Settles to a thick collar and an almost continuous surface of bubbles.

Smell - Spicy aroma. Cinnamon probably the only distinguishable one for me. Pumpkin blends with chocolate. Nice.

Taste - Well it starts off very nice. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate from the malt. Roasted backbone. The finish is truly bad. I don't know what it is, but there's a lingering bitterness that is just gross.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice except for that awful finish. Sits on the palate forever. The only way to get rid of it is to drink more, but then it comes back.

Overall - I can't imagine this is what it's supposed to taste like. Very unpleasant finish. I can't stress that enough. I need another beer.

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Photo of sakana
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA, poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: Dark and opaque, essentially no head with only the tiniest wisps of dark tan foam.

S: Very faint. Mostly malt and chocolate with a touch of the pumpkin, but only if you know it's there and are looking for it.

T: I'm not getting any of the pumpkin at all. Dark chocolate, smoky malt, not a large alcoholic bite.

M: Surprisingly effervescent feeling considering the lack of head, not too heavy, syrupy or thick.

O: This isn't a terrible beer, but I also don't feel like there's much to say about it either. Not very pumpkiny, but not a bad tasting beer.

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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to KevSal for the hookup with this one!

A - pours a black color with a nice chocolaty head sitting atop it.

S - nose is chocolates and some grain malts; not uber complex but nice

T - chocolate malts open this up, which moves to a nice spiciness - sweet cinnamon and some all spice. These move on to dark chocolates and a little bit of coffee, which finishes out the flavor profile.

M - smooth body; good mouthfeel

D - really solid stout on display here. Not a ton of pumpkin (or at least as much as I was hoping for), but still delicious in its own right. Recommended!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a thin tan head that thinned to a ring.

S - pumpkin pie spices and sweet chocolate.

T - sweet and roasty with pumpkin pie spices.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation

O - rich, roasty porter with pumpkin pie thrown in, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of azdback
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Super, super dark brown. Not quite black but close. Head is a fantastic 1 to 2 fingers of creamy light brown delight.

Smell is a lot like pumpkin or any gourd for that matter. There is some light clove and cinnamon with even less nutmeg. I am not getting any chocolate here at all. There are some dark roasted malt smells but very subdued.

Taste is not quite like I was expecting at first but it is getting better as it warms a bit. There is some mild milk chocolate and spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon are there as well with the pumpkin coming in at the end and kind of scrubbing my palate clean of almost everything.

Mouth is medium with decent but light carbonation. The body is a bit hollow and the finish is dry.

Overall I should say that I have been wanting to try this for over a year and finally got the chance thanks to injuredreserve. I thought this was okay and as it warmed it got a bit better but I was really underwhelmed. I may not be a "pumpkin beer" guy. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try it if you get the chance.

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

Happy Halloween! Wife's putting the kids to bed after a night in the pouring rain. I feel like I deserve this one tonight!

Appearance. Pours the deepest brown, pretty much black except for the edges. Just a thin tan head that quickly turns to a ring.

Smell. Roasted pumpkin (think jack-o-lantern with a big candle inside) and pumpkin pie spices, dark malts and chocolate. Maybe just a bit of darker fruits and some brown sugar.

Taste. Sweet and roasty dark malts and chocolate. Some nice pumpkin pie filling with light spicing complete with vanilla whip cream and a little light coffee. Good balance of flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A nicely flavoured big porter with great ballance. Perfect for this spooky evening and a tired dad.

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

A-almost black with subtle ruby highlights and a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass

S-roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Not getting much of a spice scent but it is still a very nice smelling porter

T-lots of malt and chocolate, cinnamon, with a very light amount of pumpkin vegetable flavor. There might be a little too much cinnamon in this beer which mixed with the other flavors doesn't seem to work all that well.

M-medium body, light carbonation, smokey taste left on the tongue

Overall the pumpkin flavor in this beer is more of a vegetable flavor than sweet pumpkin spice flavor. The porter part of the beer is very well roasted with a good amount of chocolate. I am not sure I would go out of my way to buy this again, but it is a very interesting take on a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a very small tan head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of a mild roasted malt; chocolate and coffee notes. There is a slight chicory thing going on. Nice breakfast stout type scent. Decent amount of a wet wood/bark aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon provide a sweet presence and also gives the porter a pumpkin note.

The taste is of chocolate and coffee with a mild roast. There seems to be an oat malt presence. Slightly earthy with some wet bark. There is a touch of dark fruit as well as mild pumpkin. The pumpkin spice profile is subtle with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. Definitely more of a porter with a slight spice.

Moderate to full body with prickly carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate with enough roasted bitterness to offset.

Great porter but just wish it had more pumpkin presence. Very flavorful but I feel the pumpkin spice is far too light. As a traditional american style porter this is excellent.

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

When midnight sun started showing up in NY there were two questions...are we getting berserker and are we getting TREAT? after berserker showed up earlier this year i waited with baited breath for this long time want...and BAM, came to town this week! enjoyed from my Midnight Sun glass.

a - brew poured a watery black that sported a thin bubbly beige head that fizzled away quickly. little bubbles showed themselves near the surface around the glass...looked nice and tasty. like a TREAT!

s - festive. subtle char with subtle pot pouri. chocolate covered pumpkins. everything seems to be in the right place...really well balanced pumpkin.

t - flavor is spot on. one of the better pumpkins to cross these lips. nice pumpkin with chocolate and some porter char. the chocolate compliments this one really nicely and brings the flavor into the next level. some roast. the blend is really spot on.

m - a bit on the thinner side in general, but this is a porter and as for a porter it is fairly full. nice robustness and the pumpkin element is not a turn off, but a compliment.

o - overall probably one of the better pumpkin beers of all time. it is so good that i probably would consider it a chocolate porter with a hint of pumpkin instead of a pumpkin beer. midnight sun continues to impress with this TREAT!

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

A: black-bodied beer with a couple of fingers of head - didn't last long, though - milky collar left behind, a few flecks of lace

S: chocolate malt and pumpkin-y smells - not as potent on the nose as I expected

T: very nicely blended chocolatey porter flavors and pumpkin spices. Smooth drinking - vegetal pumkin is closely matched by the sweeter chocolates. Had a wine-like boozy quality on the finish. Flavors shifted around easily, and it made for a very lively and complex drink.

M: medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, low bitterness, very drinkable for a "treat" beer

O: I've been waiting for this to come around here, and I was delighted to find it. For fans of vegetal pumpkin ales, the sweeter imperial pumpkin ales, and pumpkin stouts.

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

A: Black body with reddish tint, half a finger head.

S: Cinnamon, roasted malt, a bit of alcohol, chocolate, a bit of coffee

T: Follows the nose but I definitely taste more alcohol (which doesn't bother me) and I do get cloves. Cocoa nibs, cinnamon, roasted malt. Quite delicious and I usually hate pumpkin flavoured ale. It's sweet, but not overly sweet.

M: This beer doesn't really feel like your typical porter - smooth. Rather, it's a bit on the sticky side (although the body isn't particularly thick). There is a slight alcohol burn towards the end.

O: It's my first pumpkin beer that I enjoyed. Quite pricey though at $10.99.

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Photo of Brandywine
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown verging on black. Deep reddish brown around the rim. No light penetrates this porter. Tan head dissipated almost immediately. Little bit of alcohol legs but some nice lacing.

Smell: dark chocolate, cinnamon, toasted malty sweetness, subtle nutmeg and cloves, almonds.

Taste: Pronounced nuttiness and chocolate. The spices are not overpowering but become a little chaotic. The pumpkin notes are toward the end of the tongue but become overshadowed by a chocolate bitterness. Spices become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: Found this to be underwhelming. It's well blended and there is a satisfying porter underneath but none of the various flavors take center stage and it ends up being kind of meek.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It looks more like a (dark) brown ale rather than a porter. It doesn't have that thick, oily quality I was expecting and wanting.

S - Smells like a Derby Pie made sweet love with some pumpkin pie spice. Big spice. I can pick out all the flavor components just from the smell alone. I pick up a faint smell of pie crust/sweetbread.

T - More spice and chocolate than pumpkin. Clove and cinnamon come forward. Earthy chocolate / roast malt and nutmeg come through with pumpkin flesh in the finish.

M - A little too thin for my taste. I wanted something chewier due to all the complex sweet flavor. Still smooth, which is a nice compromise for the thin body. No presence of alcohol.

O - Good, but I can tell it's faded. I'm a victim of my own beer hoarding. I traded for this one back in February, and I forgot about it. I should have had it when I first got it six months ago.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 736 ratings.
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