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

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Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 03-04-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
382
Gots:
10
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The darkest of browns, almost opaque in the glass. Low carbonation levels make for a small but surprisingly lasting head.

Smell: Big roasted pumpkin aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, rich milk chocolate, spicy oak and a hint of vanilla. Smells like a homemade pumpkin pie.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasted pumpkin and chocolate in equal portions. Light spiciness appears behind that, both from the oak and from actual spice additions (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove?). the faintest of tannins and a touch of vanilla appear toward the finish. Bitterness is reserved. Carbonation is medium-low, spot-on for the style as it highlights the rich chocolate and pumpkin flavors. The finish is creamy, smooth and mellow. I can't think of many better dessert beers than this.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 2 finger dark tan head. Color is a dark brown, black. Decent retention, leaving some thin rings.

Aroma: Wow, the pumpkin very sweet. Big chocolate and malt flavor. very sweet smelling beer. Oak/wood aroma along with some vanilla. Tons of spices.

Taste: Well, I can tell this, there is a ton of pumpkin in this beer, but not overdone. Some chocolate. Oak/wood flavored along with the typical vanilla. Too much spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and creamy. Well carbonated. Full bodied. Leaves a woody pumpkin flavored aftertaste. Very clean.

I was really excited to try this beer and it was alright. I wouldn't seek it out again. Even though it was oak aged, it still showed to much spice for my liking. Pretty average. Way too spiced for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of GT2. Thanks! Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The nose carries some strong pumpkin spice along with light oak character. A bit of tannin into the flavor along with bitter herbs and spice. Roast and chocolate in the background. Medium body with a dry herbal finish. Not a huge fan of this one; I prefer regular T.R.E.A.T.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big thanks to rudzud for sharing. From last year.

Much bigger bubbly creamy head dark mocha colored of almost 1 finger, same very dark almost black color, decent lacing.

Nose is quite different from the original. It has many of the same base, but this time big wood esters, dank shelf, lots of spices a strong spice I can't put my finger on, almost curry ish but not quite, a Persian like spice. Also light mocha and pumpkin more gourd like.

Taste bitter acrid slight tangy metallic like, bitter slight burnt roast, kinda icky at first. Then cocoa, light roast, plenty more of that spice that's again Persian like but less so. Light yeasty bready flavor and malt, little chewy as well. Light bitter roast and earthy hops. Some cocoa powder, light pumpkin gourd like but very little. Some wood dust and dank wood shelf, some nutmeg but not nutty. Finish is drier than the original but still little sticky syrupy, some burnt acrid malts and spices.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied decent carb.

Overall hard to see if this is better than the un oaked version. it's fairly meh overall, the oak really only seems to add dusty wood and weird spices that i didn't really get in the original, so hard to decide, but not great either way.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, short-lived, beige head.

Smell: Chocolately, roasted barley aroma with notes of earthy spices, vanilla, and wood with plenty of squashy pumpkin.

Taste: Sweetish roasted barley flavor then spice, then pumpkin, then chocolate. The oak delivers a good deal of vanilla and wood flavoring that blends in quite nicely. Light sweetness on the earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture.

Drinkability: Pretty yummy! Finally something beyond the old, tired, standard pumpkin ale. Had it alongside the non-oak version, and, I must say that the oak WINS.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Insane. A huge thanks to Frank for sending this one my way. I had been itching to try this one for I cannot even begin to tell you how long. Served at cellar temp and poured into my DFH snifter, this one was consumed on 05/15/2009.

The pour was pitch black, no light was escaping this one at all. Rich, evil looking with a thin tan head on top that only slightly faded as it came back down to earth really just coating the inside of the glass completely as it went down. The aroma was huge, this is exactly what I had hoped it would be. Rich pumpkin notes that were interlaced perfectly with rich chocolate and hints of vanilla and oak. Sublime and perfect in every way. As I go in for a sip I find the same thing, simply perfect. Smooth, seductive, a bit lighter in the body then I would have thought, but still wonderfully smooth. Rich chocolate dominates here early before the pumpkin spice takes over. Lots of cinnamon here as well as it really is soo complex I find it hard to really put into words. But I drink on and as I do, wonderful oak and woody notes greet me as it comes up to room temp. No ABV here at all, I am blown away. The most sublime pumpkin beer I could have imagined.

Overall I am impressed, overjoyed, and amazed at how good this one is. Everything I had hoped for an more. I would take this anyday over most everything.

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3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this. Been wanting to try this for awhile.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather tall off-white head.

S: Still a strong spiciness to. Lots of nutmeg and all-spice with a little bit of cinnamon. Not too much pumpkin flavor, but a nice roastiness, bit of dark chocolate, and a moderate sweetness to the beer.

T: The spices really stand out on the tongue, too. All-spice is the most prominent with some nutmeg in there, too. Mild roast, hints of vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. Again, not too much pumpkin.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: This was a bit better than the regular TREAT/Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, but not amazing.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of stakem
2.42/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a snifter. This is the most recent release that appears with the normal treat label and "Oak-Aged" across the bottom. The brew pours dark brown to black in color with a finger of light brown froth. Rising bubbles stream out of suspension and support a half finger across the top. As the cap fades, it leaves some fingers and stringy lace pattern on the glass. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is noted through the edges. Overall it's an attractive looking brew.

The aroma opens up with some raw barrel character that has a spiced aspect like cinnamon, cedar and incense. There is a tangy alcohol note also present that is somewhat out of place in what you would expect for an "imperial chocolate pumpkin porter." More smells bring out some chocolate covered cherries with a faint spiced inclusion. As it warms up, there is a note of earthy nutmeg, ginger-like citrus and a solid focus on cocoa.

The first sip is strangely tart hinting almost toward sour cherries. The barrel presence is quite forward with a raw oak feel that imparts a flavor almost like cedar or incense just like the aroma indicated. As the palate becomes accustomed, the flavor of cinnamon is quite evident. The alcohol inclusion is fairly aggressive with a solvent kick and warmth down the back of the throat. As the brew warms up, the spices mingle together in an interesting mixture inside the mouth that isn't terribly pleasing when mixed with the alcohol tang and sour cherry quality. The aftertaste is raw oak mixed with cocoa with a bit more focus on earth like nutmeg and a mild vegetative quality like pumpkin flesh.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I had really high hopes going into this and was really let down. I dont want to be "that guy" who screams infection but something terribly different is going on in this brew that was not expected. At times, when I try and ignore the tang and sour cherry, it shows promise of what this beer might have originally been but what this now is... is well.. interesting.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b and by extension AKBelgianBeast for sending one of these rarities to Chicago. Served in my Night of the Living Ales taster glass.

A - Black, with a finger of quick-dissolving tan foam that leaves a nice cap. There's a little bit more red-brown at the edges.

S - Pumpkin pie - more spices and graham cracker than actual "pumpkin". There's also quite a bit of roasty malt, vanilla, chocolate, a touch of oak, a surprisingly a bit of booze peeks through.

T - There's a lot more oak presence, particularly on my tongue in the aftertaste. The taste seems quite smoothed out and it's harder to pick out individual flavors from a generally sweet gestalt. There's definitely some vanilla and and chocolate too. Thankfully the spices are a little more subdued - I don't care much for cinnamon.

M - Now this is what a porter should be like - mild carbonation, medium body, lots of residual stickiness and very creamy. Porter comes from the term "stout porter" - why is every other damn porter burning my lips with carbonation?

D - Anything spiced is going to be low on the drinkability scale for me. I'm glad I got to try this, but I can't see myself ever having a crazing for anything pumpkin-infused, even a beer as solid as this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 from my homeboy in alaska... AkBelgianBeast.. I sooo appreciate the chance to try this one.. and so did my local homeboys... Thanks Frank.. This was enjoyed a while back at Eric's house and poured into my small La Trappe glass.

Of course... very dark brown.. pretty murky.. no real head to speak of.. but what is there is a fairly dark tan..

Chocolate and oak sorta jumped out of the glass at me.. I was surprised at how the pie spices were used with a judicious hand.. cinnamon and allspice are there, but are no where near as much as most pumpkin monstrosities...

Flavor has a bit more clove than the nose... and some vanilla comes out more.. again some cocoa helps meld the spices together.. good dark malt sweetness that works very well.. The body seemed on the light side.. but what do I know?

I was pretty happy with this one.... I rarely like porters.. and pretty much can't stand pumkin beers.. and almost always hate beers with pumpkin spices... yet this one came through and was very drinkable yet I never would have appreciated an entire 22.... fucking thankful Frank sent it here .. and damn glad I had a few good fellas to share it with.

Edit: wow.... I feel a bit bad about my review... I am rarely on the low side.. but damn! Pumpkin spices just don't belong in beer... maybe I need to bring a Pie or a smoked turkey to the next tasting and break out the non-oaked version :-) thanks again frank... you're a good BA.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2008 BA Imperial Pumpkin Porter, courtesy of the extremely generous AKBelgianBeast.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and lacing. As with the regular version of this fine beer, I get pumpkin, pumpkin pie, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This really doesn't smell all that different from the regular version (not that that's a bad thing), though perhaps there's a bit more vanilla and chocolate. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose almost exactly, with no more then moderate sweetness on the palate. Mouthfeel is very soft and plush, with a long, smooth finish. Alcohol is quite well disguised, and drinkability is excellent.

For my money, the best pumpkin beer on the market these days. Thanks Frank!

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Consumed side by side with the regular version.

A - Poured a nice very dark brownish black hue with a good one finger head that left a nice light cloud with a firm rich halo. Nice. Much better than the regular.

S - Aromas are alot more intense than the regular treat. Tons of barrel and wood notes with amped up chocolate, cloves, and nutmeg. Nice vegetable notes too.

T - Taste is...odd. lots of over charred almost acrid barrel notes. Much sweeter than the last one. Nice chocolate and subtle veg with tons of acrid bitterness. Kind of perplexing in that this should be awesome but that barrel almost ruins it...uhhh...

M - Mouthfeel is nice and brightly carbonated, wish it was creamy though.

O - Overall I was somewhat disappointed with this beer. Was expecting. Sweet...weird. what oak barrels was this aged in....very sad. Its good but, I don't know. Wouldn't really go out of my way for this one again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Largadeer for opening this up. Poured into my Bruery snifter. It appears black with a small light brown head, leaving some lacing as it recedes in a minute.

Aromas are of oak, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. The combination of milk chocolate, oak, and pumpkin smells fantastic. Oaked chocolate pumpkin pie. This beer has the strongest pumpkin aroma of any I've tried.

The flavor is of liquid pumpkin pie with pie crust notes. Some vanilla is evident and the oak flavor is present as it was in the aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices complete the package. The malt is slightly roasted as well.

The mouthfeel is smooth, is full bodied. The beer has low-medium carbonation.

This is an awesome pumpkin beer.

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Oak-Aged TREAT (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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