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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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%
 
 
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382
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Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from AKBelgianbeast
Poured black with a tan head and good carbonation. Nose is pumpkin, cinnamon, roasted malts, chocolate, and clove. Taste is chocolate, pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, roasted malts with brown sugar to boot. Mouthfeel is nice and coating, not to thick. Drinkability is good, good good!

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Drank this side by side with the regular ICPP at The Graduation Tasting

A: Dark brown with reddish highlights. Thin tan head

S: Hysterically good. Mild spice, maple, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark chocolate. Not as spicy was the regular ICPP. Roasted malt character is pleasant and in great balance, lending a mild sweetness. The BA character is not very noticeable apart from a mild vanilla character.

T: Very, very complex spicy character with nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate. Bourbon character appears mid palate with great flavor, some vanilla but no heat. Excellent balance

M: A little thin, but excellent. More creamy than the regular ICPP.

D: Outrageous, I need more!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now called Treat, Oaked Aged. Opened 8.9.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Cloves, cinnamon, and some nutmeg.

T - A mix of spices with a pumpkin sweetness. The oak-aged really smoothes out the tastes.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body and a slightly sweet finsih.

O - Smells like a pumpkin pie, tasts are more deep and sweet. Nice.

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Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ccrida
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to the AK BA who hooked it up! Bomber poured into a my tall Midnight Sun glass, MSBC's OAICP is a murky blackish brown with a creamy light brown head that's a bit spritzy, quick settling, leaving no lace or skim. I'll let the vanishing head slide more the normal, as it's barrel-aged.

Smell is amazing - pumpkin, all-spice, vanilla. Wow, very tasty, but not overwhleming or heavy handed. As it warmed towards the end of the glass, the oak really came out, woody nose, even a bit in the taste.

Taste is very tasty, great mix of porter and pumpkin, superbly balanced. I though this was going to be a flavor bomb, but it's really quite smooth, yet still exceptionally tasty. I've never had the regular ICP, but I can't say I'm getting a lot of oak, at least in the taste, more so in the nose. If I had to guess, I'd say it was aged in bourbon barrels. A little phenolic, but it gives it a lactose like character that works well with the chocolate malts. This is by far the best pumpkin beer I've ever had!

Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit slick, medium-light bodied side.

Drinkability is pretty high, a damn fine beer, very tasty. That said, one is plenty satisfying. Worth trying for sure

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Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton for sharing Jeff! 2009 bottle.

A: Pours black with caramel highlights beneath a dark brown colored head that left a few spots of soapy lace.
S: Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and roasted malt. I feel the complexity of spices is deeper than my nose can pick out, but all I know is it smells like pumpkins and ‘spice’. I sure the oak is playing a part.
T: Follows the nose with a big spicy flavors of nutmeg, all spice and I’m not sure what else. Maybe cinnamon. The pumpkin flavor tastes a lot like roasted pumpkin straight out of the oven rather than sweet pumpkin pie filling like a lot of other pumpkin beers. Still, this beer has a good dose of sweetness to it from the malt. The aftertaste is very roasted and has a few hints of chocolate and vanilla.
M: Smooth, rich and creamy mouthfeel with even carbonation.
O: Great as far as how pumpkin in beer goes. Solid porter as well, very roasted. Tasted like fresh roasted pumpkin.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim and Ryan for sharing this rarity.

Pours dark, dark brown, almost black underneath a dark tan head that hangs on for a little while and leaves spotty lacing.

Aromas are a bit more mellow than the non-oaked version but there is still plenty of the pumpkin pie aroma with hints of chocolate in the nose. There is a solid spiciness in the nose mainly nutmeg and some cinnamon.

The taste is even smoother than the aroma with much more sweet chocolate and a little less pumpkin. The oak shows up more in the taste as well with some subtle vanilla accents. The spices aren't as aggressive as in the non-oaked version and only come out in the finish, leaving a tingling sensation on the palate.

The mouthfeel is super smooth with some soft carbonation and more dry than the original.

This is a great porter with tons of complexity and, in my opinion, a step above the non-oaked version as the flavors have melded together and mellowed out a bit with the oak adding to the mix. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by beeruser at pre-sex

A: Pours a deep dark brown hue with a tight one finger tan head. Lite retention with just a few spots of lace.

S: Wonderful aroma. Lots of fresh pumpkin, chocolate, and pie spices.

T: Real pumpkin. Lots of nutmeg, with mild ginger, clover and cinnamon. The chocolate is more cocoa than milk. There is a nice roasty quality holding it all together. As for the barrel there is just a dash of wood.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Great beer. One worth seeking out.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a dark black color wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oak/wood, lighter sices, chocolate, vanilla, and some pumpkins (the non-oak aged version had stronger pumpkins). The vanilla and pumpkin blended nicely. Tastes of wood/oak, lighter vanilla, punkins and spices.

Notes from and tasted on 2/1/08

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Photo of Deuane
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Done as a side by side with the non-barrel aged version. It amazes me what a little time in a barrel can do for a beer!

A-Deep black/brown with a thin tan head that left spotty lace.

S-Sweet and spicy upfront with the molasses, turbinado and pie spices initially with the subtle accenting aroma of oak and vanilla courtesy of the barrel aging.

T-If you think the standard version is complex....this is even more mind bending....but not necessarily better per se. The chocolate, pumpkin spice and sweetness combine nicely and this is all accented by a touch of vanilla then finishes with a touch of oak dryness.

M-Medium bodied and surprisingly creamier than the standard version. Practically luscious it is so creamy feeling. Good lingering flavours and oak dryness.

D-Take a good base beer that lends itself to some barrel aging, tend it well and then PRESTO--an AWESOME brew emerges! Simply a wonderful concoction! So happy to have had the chance to try this delicious brew.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #500!

A huge thanks to Alex (Masterski) for breaking this out on a random Friday. It's been on my wants forever and finally the time has come! Thanks, buddy!

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head which vanishes quickly and leaves a ring around the glass and some whisps on top here and there.

S- Spice, pumpkin, chocolate, oak. The pumpkin add a nice spicy sweetness and the oak follows right after. The chocolate is there, slightly, but enough to add another dimension of deliciousness.

T - There's a lot more chocolate on the palate then the nose. Great pumpkin and spice notes followed by a nice dose of oak. Basically, a chocolate pumpkin pie...how good does that sound? Yeah, I know...awesome.

M - Medium, rich and slick, very very light carbonation, creamy finish.

D - This tastes like a chocolate pumpkin pie, which is badass, if I do say so myself. I'm hearing that there's a new batch coming out, which is cool! If you like chocolate and pumpkin, you'll like this. Recommend.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of Floydster
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle brought by Carlos to the SeaO'Floydster tasting, thanks again buddy for bringing this, poured into my Rader snifter, reviewed from notes

A-Very dark brown, some red around the edges, one inch creamy light tan head that sticks around a few minutes, good lacing
S-Pumpkin pie, other spices, milk and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, sweetness, cinnamon, caramel, and rich dark fruits
T-Pumpkin up front, fresh chocolate pie in the middle, finish is roasty and dry because of wood and malts, more vanilla and ocoa come out later, also a lot of cinnamon and corinader, nicely balanced and almost different with every sip
M-Sweet, roasted, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied but thinner than the non-oaked version, overly carbonated in my opinion, taste lingers well with sweet pumpkin notes
D-Could have polished off this bomber, alcohol is hidden well, not overly heavy or sweet, smooth most of the time, spices do get a little powerful as it warms but it still maintains good drinkability

I preferred the normal version to the oaked mainly because of the aroma and mouthfeel differences, still a great beer and quite similar, this one did win a gold at GABF a few years ago and it is deserving, I just think the richness is washed out that is in the standard pumpkin porter, still glad to have tried it and would have again, recommended

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007

Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan head.
Some ruby around the edges, and the head dissapated quickly. A few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with chocolate, nutmeg, cinncamon, and pumpkin.
A vineous, almost tart note steps forward, and a hint of oakiness.

Full bodied, slick, chewy, and velvety. Chewy, lush mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, espresso, Kahlua, and roasted malts start the pallet.
A red-wine-like vineousity pulls through and adds some depth.
Alcohol is warming, and the beer is quite intense.

Finishes with lingering chocolate, nutmeg, and coffee.

Definately the most intense Pumpkin beer, ever. Not in the Pumpkin aspect, but in the Imperial Porter one, with the Pumpkin playing second fiddle.
The oak doesn't really come through though. A bourbon barrel version would be kick-ass.

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Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking beer. One shade short of black with a creamy thick mocha head that leaves thin lacing behind in sporadic gestures.

Aromas of pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, graham cracker, and chocolate seem much more pronounced than he unoaked version which is a suprise. Nice spicey boquet with hints of oak in the background. Not overly pronounced with well integrated with the earthy spice character. Some other dark fruit esters come out as well.

One great tasting beer. Not nearly as spicey in the mouth with the oak coming forward a little more and adding a soft creamy richness to the equation. Hints of vanilla also show through and seem to transform the graham cracker crust flavor too extra pure vanilla additions. Black tea, milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, with a berry and raisiny finish. Nutmeg and spice lay nicely in the background. Really can't get over the soft, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. A beer worth drinking, and drinking often.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared thanks to Nick3 on BA. The name of this beer is a real mouthful and takes forever to say.

A - Pours just about black with a creamy tan head and some lacing.

S - Aroma is lots of oak, pumpkin, spices, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T - Flavor is loads of rich chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, pumpkin, spices, and oak barrel notes. Was this -bal aged or just aged on oak chips? If I had to lay my money down, I'd put it on -bal aging. This had great -bal notes.

M - Palate is silky smooth with soft carbonation.

D - Very high for an imperial porter. Overall, the closest beer I've had to this is The Bruery Autumn Maple -Bal Aged. That was good, and this is damn good.

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Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - It pours a shiny brown-black, with a nice almond-hued foamy head that leaves a bit of lace.

S - The nose is outstanding. Words cannot do it the justice it is due. An amazing fusion of chocolate, pumpkin and mint dominates the aromatic aspects, although the oak has tempered the impact somewhat.

T - Phenomenal. One of the best beers ever. The chocolate-pumpkin-mint-mulled flavor is unreasonably delicious; I am floored. Nothing left to say here, and unfortunately precious little left to drink.

M - Awesome. Merely having beer this delicious touching your mouth qualifies as ridiculously good mouthfeel.

D - Highly recommended. Midnight Sun is mind-blowing.

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Photo of vande
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dmeadows for sharing this beer which was long the bane of my wants.

A: Mostly black with touches of brown. Minimal bone colored head.

S: Smells like fresh pumpkin with some spices thrown in. A touch of chocolate as well. Hints of oak. Just really smelled like fall. Perfect.

T: Wow. Amazing clear pumpkin flavor with some spices. Really nice balance between the two which is the hardest part about doing a pumpkin beer. Smooth. Big blast of chocolate in the finish.

M: Stellar. Just incredibly smooth. Glorious.

D: Damn this is a great beer. I love pumpkin ale and this along with Pumpking are my top two.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle as a stupendous extra in a trade long ago from alaskajoe - thanks, buddy. Poured in to a 12 oz. snifter, and enjoyed alongside the regular Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, aka TREAT. Side by side, baby.

Appearance: I can almost literally copy my TREAT review here. Pours as one would imagine a porter would pour, thicker without being too thick, dark, entirely opaque, and straddling the border between black and brown. Compared to TREAT, the collar - formed once the initially one-finger-high moderately tanned head fades in to obscurity, which is, for the record, relatively quickly - is thin, sad looking, a little uneven. The lacing also leaves a little more to be desired - swirls and sips leave little notice of their having had happened.

Aroma: Whew, jesus. It's almost funky when done side by side, like a musky wine. It's thick, wet, and woody, like a forest after a torrential downpour, and this - while introducing an interesting and perhaps not entirely undesirable element - obscures a bit of what I would hope to get out of this beer. I find it actually a little offputting when you sniff the former before the latter, and though it perhaps augments the pumpkin - rendering it older, like an overly ripe melon, whereas TREAT smells crisp, underripe - it does a lot to obscure the porter notes here, with only faint hints of cocoa and earth being evident.

Taste: Similar to the TREAT, but with a huge amount of green, woody, oakyness - whodatunkit? The taste is really great - mellow, relaxed, smooth, and balanced. You get those great porter notes - milk chocolate, bittersweet notes, tons of toast, dark toffee, and a slew of oak, almost as if this beer were literally injected with pulverized oak chips, dripping with essence. It's an intense taste, particular with the way the oak chips mingle with the spices, nearly covering them up in places but allowing the cinnamon and nutmeg to emerge in certain places to accent a near afterthought (or, at least, a well-masked or thoroughly well-integrated to my untrained palette) pumpkin note. Huge step up over the nose.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven, but pretty smooth, mellow, and well-done on the whole. It's a little oily, but there's enough crispness to counterbalance this. On the whole, it just has that aged feel, relaxed, not trying too hard, and I think that works well with the flavors above, which seem to be falling where they may, not trying to impress anyone with their technical superiority. Nice.

Drinkability: For the record, a side-by-side review is hard to do when mildly intoxicated, at least when you're reviewing straight in to BA. It's interesting to do this sort of comparison and see exactly what oak aging can do for your beer. And ... well, it's less than I thought. The oak aged version I had was far, far older than the fresh TREAT I enjoyed it alongside with (perhaps about a year difference, which means the beers themselves may be as much as two years different). But I thought that it would do more for this beer than it did. Not quite the amount of authenticity, diversity, and enjoyability of aroma that I'd like here, and though the flavor was intense and delicious, I think the beer as a whole was lacking somewhat in the complexity that you might want from a beer like this. Worth trying, particularly as an educational exercise, but don't let anyone fool you with the price tag.

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Photo of blisscent
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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