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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Oak Aged version of Midnight Suns Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. This oak-aged version won GOLD at GABF 2007


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 6, 2011
This great desert ale was in a 22oz bottle. Poured dark and clear with a small tannish head. Definitely strong pumpkin notes with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla all present. Another unique Midnight Sun offering from Americaís top northern brewer.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle sample in 2010 from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized khaki colored head. The aroma is nice; sweet pumpkin notes, the usual spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and toasted malts. The flavor has more of the same goodness; chocolate and toasted malts with fleshy pumpkin and spices. The oak becomes noticeable and smooths the beer out even more and the aroma may pop a bit more than the base beer. Very drinkable and a real treat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
bomber shared. poured a dark brown color with off white head. the aroma is out of this world. a unique blend of pumpkin and spices, chocolate nibs, nutmeg, cinnamon and oak...all very distinctive and so dreamy good. the flavor is quite intense on different levels. you get the pumpkin and the spices followed by the chocolate nibs very flavorful and different in a good way. the chocolate gives it an undertone of sweetness. a flavors are layered throughout and very good. this is one of the best pumpkins ales I have had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2139) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Older bottle shared at the Tasterís Choice gathering. Lots of spice, nice chocolate underneath with hints of wood. I donít normally go for pumpkin beers, but I could go for this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob_w (292) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment wasnít very big on the pumpkin pie flavors, but was rich, dark, heavy, complex and delicious. Itís billed as a 7.8% Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. This oneís going to end up in the fridge again!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Could definitely taste the cloves and the nutmeg. Just not as full flavored as I usually prefer. We thought it had gotten a little past its prime. Still a very solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle (2011?) from a generous trader. Aroma and flavor of lighter version of TREAT, only nutmeg, clove, and slight pumpkin remains. A little past it's prime (and we probably shouldn't have had it before a stellar RareR DOS), I enjoyed it just the same. Stick to the fresh TREAT. It's better. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
In short: A rich and creamy chocolaty porter with nice wood presence. Excellent dessert beer.
How: Bottle 22oz shared at post-HF Harvest 2012 party.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is chocolaty and moderately oaky with faint traces of bourbon. Taste is very chocolaty, creamy rich chocolate cake, good oak presence (lots of wood, not much bourbon), vanilla, light presence of the usual pumpkin beer spices (cinnamon, etc.). Creamy rich mouthfeel with an appropriate smooth carbonation. Not all different from what I remember of the base beer, just as chocolaty, even richer with more vanilla, nice wood presence that creates a dryer finish, less spicy. I actually liked this oak version a bit better than the base beer. A nice Halloween beer to help us forget that there are people out who put things in Halloween candies that hurt the children (just read the ingredients).

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (581) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Black pour, moderate head, aroma is mostly mild spice and a background of malt. Taste is sweet, slightly spicy, smooth, mellow, slightest hints of chocolate. A little chewy. Very easy to drink. Of the pumpkin brews Iíve tried, this is the best so far, but itís not quite as compelling as I was hoping for.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2012
From a trade with savnac-thanks, Ira! About a year old. Thin quick fading head but persistent lacing on a slightly thin dark brown. Nose reads like just what is on the bottle: earthy pumpkin, some cocoa, and light pumpkin spice. Iím digging it, but then it takes a 180 on the taste...lots of lacto acidic funk first and foremost and some maybe some dark roast malt in the mid to end if you look for it. Infected? I wasnít expecting this. Itís not bad infected though but not was I was expecting at all...bottle says nothing about wild yeast or bacteria but I see others have experienced the same. I dunno, I wonder what it was like fresh. Nose changes to a mild sour beer with some wood...maybe more of the original nose in the flavor and way less of the bacterial funk? Would like to try it fresh and see. Not bad and a nice complex medium sour beer, but not what I was expecting at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4167) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2012
This poured a medium brown color/dark red with a smaller beige head. Aroma was vineous, definitely infected, with light notes of pumpkin spices, and roasted malts. Flavor was much the same, not really tart, but definite sour fruit notes, light barrel funk and the underlying beer is there a little, but not much. One of those pleasant mistakes.


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