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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared generously by Jaeger at the Pre DL day gathering at Flossmoor.
Pours a murky brown in color. Only a bit of froth remains from the pour. Smell is some pumpkin, some accompanying spice and just a hint of roasted malts.
Taste is more of the sweet pumpkin spice flavor. The oak comes through a bit more in the flavor than in the nose as well. Very smooth and easy drinking.
This was a bit of a letdown for me. The oak flavors and the chocolate flavors were so subdued that they really didn't get a chance to impact the taste. Lots of pumpkin spice, but was expecting more complexity out of this one. Glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sprucetip
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage, which is actually the 07 batch that sat in the barrel longer than the regular version. 'Twas my last one.

A gentle pour produces a good two fingers of root beer/mocha foam on top of fluid that is almost black like a stout. There is decent retention and virtually no lacing.

Soft but obvious coco, very gentle booze, and nutmeg hit early and combine for an amazing Thanksgiving desert type aroma. Next the oak emerges, more clearly with each sniff. And while I definitely get pumpkin pie, I don't actually pick up the pumpkin directly in the nose. ...Late in the sample there is more depth to the spices. Exquisite.

Tastes malty sweet with coco and mild bitterness at first. It's oak flavored, and spicy with cloves and others. The pumpkin is present, and it is very lightly boozy. Wicked smooth and delicious.

Plenty carbonated with rich medium/full body, and luxurious creamy texture. It is mildly viscous with mellow warming and a lightly bitter and spicy finish. Deluxe.

There likely aren't many more of this version of this vintage of this beer left at this late date. So it's unlikely that you'll be able to verify my claim that this is a phenomenal beer. But there may be a geek or two or a few in Anchorage that have some of this packed away. If so, it's drinking really really well right now....

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one incredible beer. 2008 vintage.

Pours jet black with light tan head and great lace. The nose is just like the non-oaked but much stronger. mostly pumpkin and spice. WOW! The flavor is much stronger and more pronounced in this. Pumpkin spices are stronger and the chocolate flavors are richer and creamier. The oak really has brought out the flavors in this. The oak is more subtle in this than most oak aged brews, but still makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but could be a touch thicker. This is truly a treat for after dinner. I would say this is one of my favorite desert beers I have yet had. Drinkability is very strong, abv is nowhere to be found. Awesome beer. I remember having this on tap at GAKBBF, but it was like my 25th sample so i didnt really recognize its beauty. Good thing I got a few bottles! well see how this matures. Highly recommended.

2009 vintage: Same ratings, basically the same description. Still an outstanding beer. One for the record books.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marine1975
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dmeadows for sharing this

A: Dark black with ruby notes. Very little head.

S: Fall in a glass. Pumpkin, spices, leaves, a touch of dirt, and other fall related aromas.

T: Pumpkin with spice right up front. That fades out and some nice chocolate comes in to take it's place. Great balance although there is very little oak in this one.

M: Super smooth. The oak seems to have smoothed this one nicely.

D: Great. Perfect balance.

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

Thanks to Chris for sharing this at Dr. Bill’s in March. 22 oz. Creamy fresh pumpkin skin and mellowed sweet potato and brown sugar casserole, mingled with vanilla and toast. Inviting. Pours dark brown-black with tan head. Flavors follow in a similar vein with copious middle sugars married with ginger, brown sugar and caramelized dates. Interaction between darker malts and meaty pumpkin sugars is fun and exciting. I really appreciate for its’ ground-breaking concoction, while maintain a solid, drinkable execution with almost no perceptible errors. Unique and daring.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lakersfan16 for the trade! I took this bottle to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I have been waiting a long time to be able to trade for this beer and try it so I'm glad I can finally knock this one off my wants. 2009 vintage.

Poured a dark color with a nice head and great retention. A thin ring formed around the glass after the foam settled. Some lacing on the glass too.

The smell was pretty good, coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin in the background. Light toasted oak. A little more vegetal as it warmed up.

Taste wasn't nearly as good as the aroma but it was still tasty. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pumpkin spices in the finish. Sweet malts and brown sugar in the finish. Medium-low carbonation, almost too flat for this beer but still pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKbelgianbeast for this treat.

If you have one now, let it age a little bit.

This beer is way more balanced and smooth than just the imperial chocolate pumpkin porter.

This is what a beer should be. Aftertastes of sweet gingerbread spices, with a vanilla smell and warm sweet lingering aftertaste.

If this beer were a singer it would be the late great Velvet Fog, Mel Torme.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008. Pours black with a good sized brown, medium tan head, that slowly recedes. Aroma is very nice, some pumpin pie breadiness and spice, as well as pumpkin itself, blend with a nice mixture of chocolate and vanilla sweetness, a hint of roastiness as well. Taste follows with a little spice up front before some vanilla sweetness blends in, some milkiness mid taste and a very nice nutmeg flavor, a slightly smoky chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy in body, the sweeteness is definintely in charge here but never takes over and becomes overwhelming. Spice flavors are accentuated by the peppery carbonation on the tongue, slightly drying in the finish. Great mix of flavors going on here, would love to age one of these for five years or so and see what develops. Thanks Tim for the opportunity.

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Photo of dtx00
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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

Big thanks to the Alaskan BA who sent this one out. Brought this out at a our Graduating Tasting...

A: Pours a thin, dark brown. This is nearing black, but the edges show big signs of ruby and brown hints. The head is light colored as well: light khaki and sticky with some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Delectable. Smells like a chocolate pumpkin pie, if that ever were to exist. Smells like Hershey chocolate syrup and pumpkin spice. Does not smell sweet though. It is a nice balance of spices and chocolaty goodness.

T: This is truly mouth-watering. It is not "in your face" flavor, but the flavor components that do show are unparalleled. Tons of creamy, milk chocolaty chocolate milkshake-like flavors coupled with just the right amount of pumpkin spice, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of oak.

Overall, this is an incredible beer. Compared to the regular, this is more mild, smooth and creamy but not as spicy. I preferred this one!

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Photo of paulys55
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bespin15
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of badbeer
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Version:

Pours black with a tan head that retains very well and leaves good lacing behind. Smells of cinnamon, charcoal, pumpkin pie, chocolate, and clove. Chocolate, pumpkin pie, cloves, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of ginger. A touch less than medium body and lighter than medium carbonation. This is a really tasty and fun beer, wish I could get this more regularly. Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for the bottle.

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Photo of adkieffer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Phocion
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber brought back from Anchorage by a wonderful friend of mine who was visiting family up there. Poured into a Surly tulip. Very, very dark - black without even a trace of brown or crimson. Solid finger of light brown head with excellent retention. Thick and sticky lacing. This is a very good-looking beer.

Nose is very spicy, dominated by a heavy mocha flavor. A bit of funkiness - were these aged in wine barrels perhaps? Tons of cinnamon, followed by nutmeg and a little bit of clove. A touch of roasted malts. Only the most subtle hints of pumpkin and woodiness as it warms a bit.

Wow. That first sip wasn't exactly what I was expecting... There's a lot going on in this thing. The first thing noticeable is a warm oaky flavor and a bit of alcohol, combined with the cinnamon. Touch of a funky cherry/red grape flavor. Just a light amount of bitter chocolate flavor to balance it a bit. Lots of spices. Lots of wood. This beer is damned tasty.

Nice mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation and medium-full bodied.

Excellent beer overall. The cinnamon would do well to be toned down a little, but it is otherwise very well-made. Complex flavor profile and everything works together in great harmony. Once you get over the initial cinnamon hit, it gets better and better. Definitely try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bomber. Poured into a snifter. Pours a nearly jet black with a decent sized tan head after a fairly aggressive pour. SMells strongly of pumpkin pie. Also some bourbon and oak. Taste is similar with lots of graham cracker flavor along with the pumpkin and a bit more bourbon. Very sweet at the end. Fairly full body and a bit slick. Gets a bit sweet and boozy as I finish but overall a really original and great beer.

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

A - 1/2 finger of dark brown head accumulates, but doesn't stick around long, leaving minimal lacing. The beer looks thick and has a very dark brown(borderline black) color.

S - Interesting nose, the pumpkin and spices make them self apparent, however there's a light chocolate/roasted malt aroma lingering in the background.

M - Medium-full in body with a creamy feel to it and good carbonation.

T - The pumpkin flavor hits first followed by some chocolate and roasted malts. Traces of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla show up in the finish. They blend together surprisingly well.

An excellent pumpkin beer concoction. There's plenty going on to keep you interested. I enjoyed the fact that the pumpkin flavor isn't over-emphasized, and instead compliments the other flavors. Way to go Midnight Sun, yet another delicious one!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Tasting: Shared courteously by Treyrab. Done side by side with the Midnight Sun Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter.

Very dark body, with a little bit of light brown around the top edges. Very elegant looking for a porter. No head from pour, but I'm guessing that this is due to the glass.

An impeccable Smokey pumpkin, great balanced use of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Slight chocolate, good caramel. Burnt malts are there but not harsh on the nose and the pumpkin prevails over all. There is a profound roastiness as well, that was not found in the original, and it comes out spectacular. Some maple syrup, as well. Slight edge over the original.

Lighter but not unusual for this style. Incredibly milky, all flavors mentioned above and crafted smoothly to put together an amazingly smooth and one of a kind porter. The pumpkin flavors are pleasing and dance nicely amongst the great and not overdone use of spices, although they do not come out as much as they do in the original. The burnt malts stand nicely in the back, and don't take over the show but make their presence known in the best way possible. The chocolate malts here seem a little reserved, but play nicely with the other flavors. More creamy then then the original. Not as oaky as I would have guessed, but this may have just blended in with the roastiness. BRAVO Midnight Sun, I wasn't sure if this was going to be an overhyped offering, I couldn't have been more wrong. This mouthfeel was significantly creamier. There was also a slight amount of vanilla and a little bit of bourbon booziness to it.

Overall, I preferred this over the original, but both are really great beers.

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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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