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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.

TREAT melds rich decadent flavors into an enticing brew that is perfect for pairing with both sweet and savory dishes. Add depth to desserts like pumpkin cheesecake, bread pudding and tiramisu. Reduce this porter down then glaze grilled meats. Mix Moroccan spices with TREAT to marinate lamb shanks before slow-roasting. The options are endless. But the most important step is pouring yourself a lovely glass of TREAT to enjoy with the rewarding results of your efforts.

With so many tones and textures to experience, will you find this brew… Demented…or delightful?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (727) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a solid black with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich pumpkin aroma with some cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg and a chocolate background. The flavor is chocolate and dark malt with a pumpkin spice background and smooth, chocolate finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4024) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near black color with almost no head, despite a reasonably aggressive pour. Nose is pretty nice... you get the pumpkin notes without the overwhelming spiciness that usually accompanies pumpkin beers, and just a bit of subtle roasting underneath, with the chocolate coming through at the back end. Taste is thick and slightly sweet, with a nice subtle blend of chocolatey notes, stronger pumpkin, and some roasting. Very tasty...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is pitch black with small head that fades quickly. Aroma is of cocoa, chocolate, pumpkin spice, and vanilla. Flavor and texture are on the dry side with notes of figs, dates, nutmeg, cocoa, and caramel. Weird combo but it works somehow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4223) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Poured a black color with aromas of light cocoa, some roast and a touch of pumpkin. Flavors follow suit with some light sour notes could be the bottle, might have sat on this one too long will need to try to get another one to make sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2014
A steady pour into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass produces a three finger thick, nicely brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, dark-chocolate brown color that shows clear, brown-amber hues around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted grain, cinnamon, smoky roasted notes, deeply roasted nutty notes, and even some dark chocolate hints towards the finish.

The beer has a nice dryness to it, considering I was expecting a bit more sweetness from a beer that smells so rich. Rich dark chocolate notes meld with roasted coffee notes, and a roasted nutty, and burnt grain astringency. This has a rich dark maltiness to it that provides just a bit of sweetness, which is accentuated by a solid cinnamon note, and the chocolate note as well. The nuttiness reminds me of notes of roasted hazelnuts. This really does have a nice rich maltiness to it, smoky, richly roasted, and with a burnt caramel color. The body is nice and rich, definitely a sipping brew, but without being overly rich, and certainly not cloying. As the beer warms up a more phenolic edge starts to take hold; especially in the finish where a clove like character starts to mix with the herbal woody side of the hops, and brings out a bit more of the harsh side of the hops.

This is definitely a nice beer, it is rich and satiating without being overly sweet; this plays up the richness and smokiness, which is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1021) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2014
I think this bottle is from 2011, but could be 2012. Black with masisve tan head. Aroma has some cocoa but fairly muted. Flavor is surprisingly light. Opens with some malty sweetness, into cocoa, and finishes with some pumpkin spice. Medium heavy body, pretty smooth. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4031) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Ben, thanks! Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, faint pumpkin, cocoa, nutmeg, and some earthy notes. Flavor is dry roast malts forward, chocolate, some dark fruit esters, faint pumpkin, light ash, and mixed spices; dry roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2824) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick, frothy, beige head. Smells like pumpkins, spice, cinnamon, and vegetables. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Tastes like pumpkin pie, vegetables, and spices, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Black body with tan head. Nice chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, roasty aromas. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, fall spice, pumpkin meat, clove flavors with medium roast malt__nice dark malt bitterness to finish---one of the best pumpkin brews

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2013
The beer appears a deep dark brown, approaching blackness, with an oily beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, pumpkin, pie, roasted malt, perhaps some peanut butter? Maybe even chocolate peanut butter cups? Really well done here, with pumpkin character asserting itself late. Lingering notes of sweet potatoes. Smooth on the pallets with alcohol well hidden. A very nice fall seasonal.

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