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

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)

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

22 oz bomber poured into my founders tulip. Thanks go out to djbutters for the bottle.

A: Rich chocolate brown color. The pour drops a two finger mocha head that retains well and leaves some nice lace.

A: Chocolate and pumpkin off the bat. Great chocolate malt profile with additional notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Next to no hop presence in the nose.

T: Chocolate and pumpkin up front, spice in the middle, and earthy hops in the end. Surprisingly, the chocolate and pumpkin are balanced well. I would have thought one of these flavors would dominate, but it's not the case. It finishes rather bitter with a touch of heat from the abv.

M: On the heavy side of medium. Carbonation delivers the flavors nicely.

O: really unique and interesting brew. I love the way the cocoa nibs and the pumpkin match up. Tis the season, so I'm glad I have another bottle. Skal.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 3rd week of July) into a snifter. Pours a deep rich brown, almost black with a thick tan head.

Aroma is earthy, chocolatey, spicy. A quick swirl brings up wet pulpy pumpkin and nutmeg/clove.

Taste is like a chocolate pumpkin pie - nutmeg & spice prominent, cocoa nibs work well w/ the roasted malt. Mellow pumpkin rounds everything out nicely. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall this is a nice beer but not one I'd seek out regularly. Once a year is probably about right.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Much thanks to leschkie for this! Perfect halloween beer.

A - Pours almost black with a dirty white head. Head lingers for a while on the side but dissipates quickly in the middle.

S - Hello pumpkin. Hello spice. Pretty much, just hello fall. Scent reminds me of the smell when you are carving pumpkins, and mom has dinner on the stove at the same time. Also makes me want to have Thanksgiving get here quicker.

T - Definite pumpkin taste, but the chocolate shines through on the backend. The malt adds body to the flavor, making it feel more bold and not one dimensional. The spices linger in the end, giving an almost slight hop feel. Lots of flavor to sort through which I enjoy.

M - The body of the beer is pretty good, flavors make it feel more heavy. Carbonation is spot on for this, being a little subdued as there is plenty of flavor. Pretty hearty mouthfeel though that can wear down a palate.

O - I'm not much of a pumpkin beer guy, especially imperial pumpkin beers. Extreme pumpkin taste can turn me off quickly, however, this beer was good. The combinations of flavors allowed the pumpkin to be forefront but work with the other flavors to make a more well rounded experience. Definitely a treat (ba dum tsssh).

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mocha head on a black body

S: Fresh ground cinnamon stick, roasted milk chocolate, and a bit of nutmeg but very lightly present.

T: Wow, new favorite porter here. This is spectacularly well rounded and extremely smooth. Lots of fresh cinnamon, nice cool nutmeg and a beautiful milk chocolate that really is the most pronounced of the flavors in here. There is not a whole lot of sweetness, this is extremely well done for a porter. My search for this beer turned out to be well done and really glad to finally tick this. Now if I could just get a case of it...

M: Medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O: Simply amazing for a "pumpkin beer" easily my favorite of the style even though it is more of an American Porter. Extremely smooth and fresh tasting with pronounced pumpkin flavors. Well done Midnight Sun.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank while handing out candy to the neighborhood kids

A-dark black body with no head what soever

S-lots of chocolate and a little bit of pumpkin

T-follows the nose. I don't know if I would call this a pumpkin beer so much as a chocolate beer. Not to say it isn't a bad thing

M- medium body and smooth . Very drinkable

O-pretty decent. Let it warm up because you wont like it when it is too cold

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

22oz bomber, full throttle bottles - been waiting a long while to try this one

appearance: split and served in my great lakes goblet, very dark mahogany body, bordering on black. creamy tan head with a light ring of lace

smell: cocoa nibs evident, lots of spice - nutmeg and allspice primarily, clove, licorice, roasted pumpkin. a nice rich aroma

taste: quality porter - rich cocoa nibs, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, roasted pumpkin comes through mild, licorice, nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Rich and festive - chocolatey and well spiced

mouthfeel: creamy body, moderate roasty bitterness, nice warming

overall: classic fall porter

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled 4th week of August 2011. Pours a dark cola brown with some mahogany highlights. Capped by a thin crown of sand-colored head.

Aroma is heavy on the pumpkin, cocoa, cloves and nutmeg.

Taste is a cornucopia of flavors similar to the nose. Definite pumpkin, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, as the bottle lists the ingredients. Great blend of seasonal flavors, although I think there is a bit of an overemphasis on the cloves. Overall, the brew reminds me of the holiday beer collaboration between Nogne O, Jolly Pumpkin, and Stone. The pumpkin flavor here forms the backbone, but does not overly stand out--there is quite a bit going on from the other flavors, especially the cocoa, which provides a bitter chocolate taste. The cinnamon and nutmeg are present, as are the cloves, although as stated, a bit much, in my opinion. The overall taste profile turned out to be more bitter and spice as opposed to sweet and rich, although there is some of that.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Enough carbonation to keep things going. ABV is fairly well hid. Starts to come through some with the warming process. Nice substance to the beer.

Overall, an intriguing product from Midnight Sun. A welcome addition to the fall seasonal beers, although I wish some of the flavors were mellowed out some and others more enhanced.

***Revisited on 10-29-2011***

Much improved--chocolate and pumpkin flavors are more pronounced and smooth. Cloves are more in the background. A smoother, more enjoyable pumpkin-nutmeg-cinnamon brew. More viscous mouthfeel. Drank this one colder. That may have something to do with it? Ratings adjusted accordingly.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Bottled 4th week of August, I believe in 2010. Served in a tulip.

Pours a pretty solid black, light penetrates only slightly. About half a finger of light mocha foam. Some cascading bubbles. A couple arms of lacing stick around.

Aroma of dark powdery cocoa, tinge of cherry cordial. Certainly some earthy vegetal pumpkin, spices are there too and add to the dry, powdery quality.

Initial flavor is a bit sweeter, hints of fudge brownie. Roasty, powdery middle brings on real nice bitterness and evolves into a great full bodied finish of pumpkin meat, sweet malt, medium spices and medium hoppy bitterness. Delicious.

Overall a medium-full body with medium carbonation. A rich drinking experience.

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Photo of claspada
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark dark brown color with a nice fluffy brown head that slowly recedes leaving some soapy lacing.

Aromas begin with lots of pumpkin pie flavors. Really smells like the pie with pumpkin starchiness and some brown sugar/caramel sweet maltiness. As it warms I get some nice cooked pie shell bready crust. Some light "pumpkin pie" spicing but the baked good breadiness and pumpkin pie filling smells are more predominant.

The flavors begin quite the same with a solid toasted bready maltiness and some brown sugar sweet malt flavors. Then you get some more of the pumpkin pie filling flavor but it is much lighter here than in the aroma. Then out of nowhere you get the porter flavors, roasted coffee and chocolate malts (milk chocolate and lightly bitter baker's cocoa). Pumpkin pie spicing (The cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. are present but mellow which is really key to a quality pumpkin ale.) Pumpkin pie filling flavors emerge slightly more as it warms joining the toasted bready crust and darker malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation; perfect for the style and the ABV. Finish is fairly dry and also smooth at the same time; slightly creamy as well. Just right for this type of beer.

Overall, few beers that are so rare and sought out fail to live up to expectations but I have to say this one does. As a pumpkin beer fan I really really really enjoy this and as a regular craft beer fan I also really enjoy this a great deal because it's "out-of-the-box" compared to other examples of the style. A perfect harmony of porter and pumpkin beer; spices are mild, which can often be a problem for pumpkin beers. It's like a brownie and a piece of pumpkin pie procreated and somehow made a beer. Highly recommended as a pumpkin beer and as a regular great craft beer, glad I can finally check it off my bucket/want list.

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Really excited to finally be trying this one.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a mahogany hue when light comes through the edge of the pour. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roast and dark chocolate notes along with some fruit and spices. I don't smell a ton of pumpkin, but I might just be missing it. The chocolate and cinnamon go together extremely well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. The roast and dark chocolates are the dominant flavor up front, then the pumpkin and spices show up. The cinnamon is a really great addition. The finish is roasty and full of spice. Everything goes together very well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and silky smooth. Tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoy the fact that the brewer resisted the temptation to go much higher in abv. I think the flavors worked really well and more alcohol and sweetness wouldn't have helped all that much. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of julian
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, near black with a lovely creamy tan head and foamy ring around the edges. Lacing is oily and doesn't leave much behind.

S: Chocolate, toffee, mild spice (nutmeg, cinnamon), alcohol, sweet roasted pumpkin

T&M: Taste follows the nose but leans more on the side of pumpkin and spice with chocolate notes less dominant. Some roast and underlying hop bitterness to balance out the malt bill. Great mouthfeel through and through.

O: Excellent. One of my favorite dark pumpkin ales and one of the best examples of brewing with pumpkin as an ingredient.

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

Poured a blackish-brown with a finger of dark tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasty malts, and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Generous carbonation and a relatively thick mouthfeel. Unlike the nose, the flavor is dominated by lots of pumpkin, spice, and hints of cocoa/molasses sweetness. Mild, spicy finish.

A nice take on the style; I enjoyed the roasty notes that the darker malts provided. One of the better pumpkin ales I've tried.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, large head of beige. Nose is dark malt, pumpkin pie meat, dry nutmeg, some leafy hops. Flavor is lightly sweet dark malt, young hops, dark chocolate, a good long finish with pumpkin pie meat and spices. Gains richness as it opens. Good though I actually want this to be bigger, stronger than it is.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – A super dark brown/black that lets no light through. A decent head that dissipates to a thin layer that never quite disappears.

Smell – Pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, allspice, nutmeg.

Taste – This is one of the few pumpkin beers I’ve had that I can taste a bit of pumpkin. Many of the notes I smelled come through in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, creamy. Feels right for this beer.

Drinkability – This is a decent pumpkin beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Pours out a murky dark brown, nearly black with apparent low carbonation. Thin dark brown head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

The aroma consists of lots of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. As the beer warms, an authentic pumpkin flavor becomes more and more accessible, as well as a nutmeg and cinnamon character. This is one of the more authentic smelling pumpkin ales I've tried.

Rich chocolate and roasted malt provide the strong backbone of this beer, and as it warms, nutmeg, cinnamon, and authentic pumpkin flavors become more and more present. Moderate bitterness. Very nice.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

I'm very glad I got to try this one, and on my birthday no less--it certainly was a treat! Thanks, NoSignsOfPain!

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a very dark brown that borders on black. It is topped by a good tan head.

S Sweet smelling with chocolate mixing with a bit of pumpkin pie.

T Lots of chocolate, roast and coffee along with cinnamon and nutmeg.

M Nothing special but nothing bad.

Overall this is an amazing fall seasonal that combines some of the best aspects of pumpkin beers with an excellent porter. Well worth the money.

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Photo of aasher
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle in a recent box from BrewerB, thanks for hitting another Want Brian! I tend to like pumpkin beers so I've had this one on my radar for awhile.

It pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a light beige lacing around my snifter. I'm surprised it's this dark. It looks like a porter while I was expecting something in the realm of auburn. In the nose you get plenty of pumpkin, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie with whipped topping, with a light coffee like bitterness. The flavors are very nice and authentic. You get a lot of chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon but the pumpkin is very authentic. It really does taste like pumpkin pulp. The longer it sits in my glass it smells like chocolate ginger snap cookies. Because this one has a base of what seems to be a porter it does drink a little thinner than expected yet leaves behind plenty of real pumpkin behind in the aftertaste. It's a very, very nice and interesting beer. I'm glad I could try it. Midnight Sun is just something else.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Abecal and KevinRONI. Thanks Abe!

I think this hit the pumpkin seasonal style on the nose. Both nose and Taste of chocolate pumpkin pie. And it hits that canned pumpkin pie mix that goes into making that pumpkin pie on the head. Starts off with a more pronounced chocolate that you don't normally get from a porter and finishes that spicy and cinnamin pumpkin pie mix perfectly. Mouthfeel spot on for the style.

The best Pumpkin beer I've ever had and the best Porter I've ever had minus Black Butte XXI.

Would definitley have this again but at $12.99 I'm just not THAT big of a fan of Porters in general. To conclude and quite honestly...not sure why this would get any score less than a B+ unless you don't like pumpkin pie, whereas why would you buy it if you didn't?

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Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours black with a finger of dark brown head that disappeared rather quickly into a faint collar. Not much lacing was left except for a few spots of soapy bubbles.
S: Complex notes of roasted pumpkin, chocolate and cinnamon. The other spices are there as well but are harder to pick out individually. Overall very roasted smelling.
T: Follows the nose with a great pumpkin pie flavor mixed with sweet chocolate and spices. I get a bit of the nutmeg now. Malty and sweet with a great roasted pumpkin flavor. The finish is spices and has a note or two of wood, and the aftertaste is quick with only a hint of caramel lingering.
M: More carbonation than I was expecting, and it’s bordering on soda-like. The body is fairly thick and the mouthfeel has a nice chew to it. The carb thankfully dies down after a long while and this becomes easier to drink.
O: A very solid porter on its own, the pumpkin adds a nice touch. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with no color escaping even when held to light. The finger of foam is a creamy espresso crema color, with decent lacing. The nose has a musty belgian yeast quality with all the spices muddled together, roasted pumpkin with really not much else - i cant make out the cocoa at all. The taste is a bit watered down odd at this abv and also oddly very vegetal, almost a raw grassy taste. It carries light cocoa and coffee as well picked up by yeast and a hint of cloves. Not a favorite.

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Photo of jamescain
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into a sniffer, thanks to Dajtai007 for bring and sharing this one.

Appearance: Black with a thin tan colored head that fades into a ring around the glass and then disappears.

Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, all of the typical holiday spices you would expect to find mixed with a hint of chocolate and roasted qualities. Very subtle on the pumpkin aroma.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses, and roasted grain with a touch of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Fully bodied and creamy, with minimal carbonation.

Overall: Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers out there and an interesting take on the pumpkin style. If I could find it I would buy again.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 and 2010 side-by-side for comparison.

A - Pours black, slight tan-colored head that quickly vanishes, thin collar, no lace or cap.

S - Roast, pumpkin, molasses, spices, nutmeg, slight chocolate. There's a stout quality to this beer that I really enjoy...not all straight-forward pumpkin.

T - Pumpkin, molasses, slight chocolate, roast, slight char. The spices, pumpkin, and roast notes are excellent. Really enjoying this one...not all pumpkin...other qualities add another dimension.

M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one...much more stout-esque then any other pumpkin beers I've had. Would def drink again and I think the 2009 was better then the 2010, FYI.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight Sun has historically not been a favorite brewery, despite reputation and without, admittedly, my tasting some of their rarities that get such high marks. However, TREAT is, indeed, a treat!

Pours dark brown/black with a khaki head;

Nose is full of rich assertive spices, coves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa, all of which is used in this brew - and it shows in the nose that is just super appealing and really smells like the fresh spice; none of that "synthetic" character one sometimes gets in a spiced brew. Nose is really pleasant and inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich, bold, creamy and inviting. Great balance and feel.

Flavors follow the nose. Really nice tones of all of the spices and the pumpkin. I am not a fan of spice beers; I am not a fan of pumpkin beers. Yes, I could (and will) drink this when it comes out. It is so well integrated in flavors and balance that you just want more and more. Thanksgiving and the fall/winter holidays in a bottle - liquid "good" pumpkin pie with a great light cocoa/chocolate undertone.

Finish is fresh with all of the integrated flavor characteristics lingering and sets you up for the next taste.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a nice two finger dark tan-brownish head.

S - Spices galore, cloves, cinnamin, nutmeg.

T - Slight pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg.

D - Nice carbonation, lively and spicey.

O - Very spicey and nice. If you get a chance to try it, do it. Perfect for a nice fall, or in this case, late summer night.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to hold onto this bottle way longer than I expected. Couldn't wait any longer and popped it this weekend.

A: Black with a half finger tan head.

S: Lots of pumpkin, nutmeg and chocolate. It smells like someone baked a pumpkin pie inside the bottle.

T: The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, but the taste is full of rich pumpkin and chocolate flavors with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Really great beer. I would love some more of this one.

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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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