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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: 742 |  Reviews: 315
Photo of GRG1313
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +1.7%
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 +12%
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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Photo of Klym
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic. 2010 bottle but couldn't resist the opportunity to try this beer.

A: Pours a basic, somewhat thin looking black with a mild tan on a 1 finger head that leaves mixed, but mostly solid lacing.

S: Was really surprised by the smell on this. A little bit of chocolate and natural pumpkin, but overall spices dominate the heck out of scent. The spices are obviously pumpkin pieish but are pretty imbalanced and create a spie potency reminiscent of a powerful mint. Somewhat awkward.

T: Much like the nose but the spices are a little more tame, and chocolate, pumpkin, and a tad of coffee bloom more. Still, the taste is really potently spicey and unignorably imbalanced.

M: The carbonation is a little creamy and there's some chocolatey residue in the afterfeel but overall it's more watery than I expected.

O: I will credit much of what I disliked with this beer to the age. I'd love to try this again fresh-- would enjoy a bigger chocolate flavor and much more spice balance. As it was, though, it was only okay-- and maybe a little better than that.

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

Thanks for this fun sample Iowahawk.

Poured a thick dark black with a hint of ruby highlights and a long lasting sticky dark tan head.

The smell is very spicy, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and some of the standard pumpkin spices showing up here.

The flavor is very interesting, strange blend of pumpkin spices, dark coffee and chocolate porter flavors blending into this strange beer treat, malty with hints of toffee and smoke as well, not much in the hop department, but I believe this sample is a year old, so no surprise.

The mouthfeel is thick and dry leaving a long lasting pumpkiny spice tongue coating.

A pretty fun Pumpkin beer, very strange, but in a good way.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with ruby and mahogany highlights. head is virtually non-existent.

Aroma is intense burnt molasses, anise, coriander, allspice and nutmeg. The alcohol comes on hot and strong.

Taste is pumpkin, burnt toffee, and chocolate up front along with a touch of dark fruit - possibly date or raisin. Then the strong spice character takes over. More of the coriander, nutmeg, and allspice from the nose; along with a dry cedar quality. Finishes with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Full and round.

A very rich, tasty and interesting flavor. Certainly the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. A must try.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with hardly any head on it. Nothing really left on the sides.

S - Smells like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nut meg, molasses, clove, graham cracker. Really packed a lot of pumpkin pie in this beer.

T - Tastes like pumpkin pie as well with real pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses. Got some great porter notes and a little bit of char in there for a very rich taste. Tastes great, although it gets a little hard to drink tons of.

M - Creamy, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Good beer, misclassified as a pumpkin ale, as it's definitely a porter with pumpkin pie flavoring. Becomes a bit fatiguing as you drink it, but it's really nice for an ocassional treat (pun intended).

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

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin notes. The taste is pretty nice, mostly cinnamon/nutmeg. Medium Body. A pretty tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've gotten a few bottles of this. I believe this bottle of '09 came from Hopsbreath. Thanks to whomever it was.

Great color, deep brown, slight ruby tinge at the very edges. Thick tan head that leaves foamy tan lacing across the entire

Nose is largly spice. Not quite pumpkin pie at grandma's house, but certainly enticing.

The taste here is exceptional, layers of malt, spice, molasses, pumpkin, a faint booze. If I was reviewing this as a porter this would still be near the top of the list. Enough roast (although I would like a bit more chocolate) and a full body with a taste that leaves the palate crisply.

Mouthfeel is a bit off if only because the amount of spice at the finish lingers for a bit; you never quite feel like you're done. Entry is smooth, a little creamy.

I do think I enjoyed this more when it was a bit colder. When it warmed I felt that the spice was too much.


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Photo of DucksFan16
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

60 oz. growler.

This beer will release it’s true flavor and potential slightly below room temperature. Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, cloves, spices. Extremely smooth taste, that concludes with pumpkin as an aftertaste. One of my favorite beers from Midnight Sun, I look forward to it's release each year!

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with clarity around the edges when held to the light. A creamy tan cap forms about a finger strong and slowly fades. Some spotty lace clings to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma of this brew is pumpkin flesh mixed with a spiced scent of nutmeg and/or cinnamon. It is earthy with a spicy sweet vanilla inclusion that compliments the chocolate character of the malt. Lightly "green" smelling from the pumpkin incorporation which is typical for pumpkin beers and a faint mineral aspect intertwines with the spices.

The taste of this brew is pumpkin purée. Anyone who might have told you that pumpkin is just starch and has no flavor needs to try this beer. Very bold taste of pumpkin flesh is earthy with a mixture of spices like nutmeg/cinnamon and sweet vanilla. There is a mild taste of cloves included that adds to the depth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. There are lots of flavors going on in this brew that all work to bring out the enjoyable qualities of pumpkin pie. The abv is well hidden for nearly 8%. My only gripe about this brew is that the pumpkin and spices completely dwarf the porter and chocolate qualities of this brew. The porter aspect is seemingly only evident in this brew's looks. However, the thought of increasing the porter characteristics of this brew would probably mask all of the enjoyable pumpkin qualities that makes this one of the better pumpkin brew's I have had.

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

Big thanks to Beerwolf77! #500

A: Pours pitch black with hardly any head. Little retention to speak of

S: Right off the bat, tons of molasses, fresh pumpkin puree, light clove and cinnamon, chocolate and lactose. The nose really gives you the pie/crust/whipped cream experience. Very nicely done

T: Tons and tons of molasses, chocolate, light clove (not overpowering), some cinnamon, and other spices. Again, lots of crust and pumpkin pie flavors coming through, less whipped cream. Raw pumpkin - some sweet and some raw

MF/O: Viscous, creamy, velvety feel. Lingering molasses finish. Absolutely awesome and unique- more drinkable than Pumking but less flavorful. Thanks again Todd

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a decent amount of tan head. Well carbonated and looks Great. Smells very interesting. Lots of cloves and nutmeg. Lot of spices and a nice pumpkin on the nose. Tastes pumpkin heavy ith so many spices. A bit hot on the tongue but melds well with the spices. The pumpkin is great. The cocoa is subtle but compliments well

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Photo of Chaney
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I want to give a HUGE shout out to harrymel for sending me this one as an extra. This was one of my major wants in the non-whale category. Thanks Harry!

I split this one with my wife who normally hates beer, but digs pumpkin ales and darker, chocolate-like fare.

A: Black in color, with a fairly substantial mocha colored head that became even more pronounced on the pour as I got to the bottom of the bomber.

S: The strangest smell known to man or woman: Candied pumpkin, tons of nutmeg, chocolate, and cloves. All of these ingredients came together to form almost a Cantillon-esque (sour beer-esque) type flair.

T: Pure chocolate nutmeg on the taste. I mean really! The nutmeg almost burned my throat going down. The clove and is buried in these somewhere, but this was pure, full-flavored, chocolate-pumkin bliss.

M: The carbonation was tingly and effective, the sweetness was definitely prominent, but it was pure candy. The lacing was surprisingly low.

O: This is not only one of the strangest concoctions to ever hit my palate, it is also one of the most dessert-like. I plan on getting a few bombers of this stuff once pumpkin ale season hits. Awesome!

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Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to madvermin for this bottle. Definitely one I've wanted to try for quite some time! Pours a dark brown color but is a solid black in the glass. Inch or so of tan head pops up and then quickly fades to a cap that stuck around, no lacing. Aroma is of light pumpkin, lots of clove and cinnamon, butnot much in the way of roastiness or chocolate. Spice dominating the aroma, but it's nice and sweet smelling. Whereas the chocolate and roast are lost in the nose it's made up for in the flavor. Lots of chocolate, roasted pumpkin, spices, and a creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff here. Even with several months of age on it, this beer is still tasting great!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into The Bruery snifter, with a massive thank you nod to Jeff (Alewatcher), for nailing what seems like only one more in an endless list of top wants. And this one carries a second huge thank you from my wife, who has wanted to try this for as long as I can remember.

Pours black with a one-finger, creamy tan head. Great retention, with a bit of spotty lacing.

Nose is quite good also - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all come out with varying degrees of clarity, with lesser notes of chocolate, bit of mocha, and a light, nutty roastiness underneath.

The spices come through beautifully - cinnamon and nutmeg especially, with a nutty, rich milk chocolate character underneath, and hints of caramel underneath. Light pumpkin notes on the finish and exhale. Beautiful balance, can't imagine a better pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, light and creamy, with a dry finish. Lush, soft carbonation, medium-full bodied.

Overall, I haven't had a better vehicle for making a traditionally-spiced pumpkin beer. The rich chocolate and light nuttiness are spectacular in conjunction with the spicing. Another massive thank you to Jeff, from both of us.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

R Moe Nay busted this one out for our BA Sexy Chocolate, FW 14th, TREAT, Zhukov tasting with the infamous Zapps. Big ups to him for getting this Alaskan Gem. He told me it's an imperial chocolate pumpkin porter... I told him that I was 98 percent. The look of this beer reminds me of 3AM on Halloween Day.Small tan head without much lacing. Big chocolate aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some actual raw pumpkin. I've never tasted the guts of a pumpkin while I was carving it but smell wise it matches perfectly. Very impressive. The chocolate and raw pumpkin come together nicely. Taste improves dramatically as it warms. I'm tasting some very nice spice as well. Best pumpkin beer I've had to date. Loved it.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a nice mix of chocolate and pumpkin pie spice. I get a bit of roasty flavors as well. It has a sweetness to it, almost like a sugary, pumpkin pie like flavor. It fits the beer very nicely though and the spices seem to help balance it out.

The taste starts with some of the sweeter, chocolate flavors to it. The pumpkin pie spice starts kicking in midway and lingers through the finish. I get some bitterness to it in the finish that helps it from becoming too sweet. It's kind of like a chocolate pumpkin pie flavor overall, if there is such a thing.

The mouthfeel is is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, it's a very good beer and an excellent pumpkin beer. I really liked the pumpkin pie and chocolate flavors coming together in it. It had a lot of different flavors, but managed to keep them pretty well in balance. Very nice beer overall, and one of my favorite pumpkin beers I've tried.

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Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black, with a fair amount of dense dark tan foam. Enough clumps of head retain to leave pretty nice lacing.

S: Sweet, notes of chocolate and hints of coffee, and loads of spices. Even though there's a lot going on with the spices, everything is nicely balanced, and nothing feels too overdone.

T: Again quite sweet, with a nice roasted malt quality. The chocolate and cinnamon notes are also present. Nice overall.

M: Medium to full body, sticky, relatively low carbonation.

Overall it's a nice and drinkable beer, with a fair amount of complexity. It could stand to be a touch less sweet, though depending on your tastes you might find it to be just right.

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Photo of biglite351
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a little red around the edges with a creamy tan head.

S - spices, pumpkin, chocolate, malts and then more spices.

T - chocolate, nutmeg, pumpkin and malt.

M - medium coating with just a touch of tingle on tip of tongue.

D - one is fine, but too odd for more.

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Photo of readbaron
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours out dark, dark, dark brown. Essentially black. Sadly, no head, only a faint ring of mocha bubbles.

Smells just like pumpkin pie - sweet, nutmeg, allspice, clove. Awesome!

Tastes much like it smells - lots of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon and chocolate. Cloyingly sweet. I'm glad I was sharing with friends.

Medium-heavy body and pretty sticky. Could use a tad more carbonation.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The elusive TREAT. Finally get a chance to crack a bottle.

A: Dark cinnamon brown. About a fingers worth of mocha hued head quickly recedes leaving a bit of soapy lace.

S: Full on pumpkin spice explodes out of the glass. Nutmeg, all spice and clove. Then the porter comes in. Rich roast malt and hints of chocolate and coffee. Perfect balance of both.

T: Pretty much more of the same. Perfect mix of porter and pumpkin. The flavor mingle very nicely.

M: Medium to full body. Soft carbonation.

D: About where I expected this one to be. Chocolate and pumpkin are two things that go together fairly well in my opinion. MS got this this one just right.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jamdugan for sending this out. Awesome extra!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Dark, dark brown body with less than a fingers worth of tan head. A few patches of lacing here and there.

Lots of roasty malts and pumpkin pie spice on the nose. Cinnamon and nutmeg are more up front while the cloves linger in the background. Chocolate and a touch of vanilla. This smells great for a pumpkin ale.

Chocolate, cinnamon and light pumpkin on the tongue. The base beer comes through well and the spices aren't overdone for the style. Lots of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is quite good, but if the carbonation were toned down just a notch, it would be great. As is, the body has some nice weight to it and there just a touch of alcohol warmth in the background.

Drinkability is good. This is one of the best pumpkin/fall beers I have had. Right up there with Pumpking and Bourbon Barrel Autumn Maple. The beer benefits a lot from having a great base and not overdoing the spices. Yet the pumpkin/spice isn't hidden either. Definitely worth seeking out if you like the style.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, revealing deep brownish black body with a finger of crema head. Some lacing. Smells like pumpkin spice! Slightly less presence than Pumking and with roasty, burnt caramel malt notes underneath. Very promising smells.

Tastes sweet, spiced and with some definite squash flavors along with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Clean, slightly mineral watery finish though. Mouthfeel is creamy but carbonation nucleates very small and gives a tingling, tongue-numbing sensation. The clean finish makes it very drinkable and the medium-heavy body is still very quaff-able with the quality of flavor.

Overall this is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. I wish it were closer so I could get more for the fall!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a cocoa walnut brown, with a gentle foamy tan head that exhibits decent retention but does not leave much lace.

Smell: The aroma is mostly cocoa, then pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of molasses.

Taste: The flavor really captures pumpkin pie with a dash of cocoa in it. It is quite artfully crafted. Cocoa in the malt is noticeable up front, then smooth pumpkin pie. The spices are there with the nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe some all spice as well.

Mouthfeel: This is fairly smooth, with a medium to full body and some bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinking this immediately changes whatever environment you are in into post-Thanksgiving. The relaxed flavors work well together, making for an excellent sipper.

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TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 742 ratings
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