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RATINGS: 418   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 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 (995) - 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 (3786) - 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 (2501) - 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 (6014) - 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 (2668) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
So, after purchasing and shipping off a bunch of these as extras in trades, I had to give this one a go... $14 for bomber @ JB’s in Spokane, WA Poured to NB tulip. A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Nearly opaque. Little to no head on vicious pour. Thin mocha film on surface that will grow to 1/2 finger with lively stir. Spotted lace on rim. S: Plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves smell like they were folded into cocoa-ed creme fresh. This was then spread over a slightly charred pumpkin. Very sweet, pleasant, a bit too strong, probably would do well to sit on oak for a month or too to help combat the artificiality of the bouquet. Mellow it a bit. T: I wish they would have backed down a tad on the nutmeg and cloves, they seem to dominate this one a little too much. There’s plenty of cocoa remaining on the finish, and the spices seem to balance out a minute or two after the lingering dies down, and this moment of equilibrium satisfies my palate quite well. Too much to tweak to give it a four. M: Great body on this one. Velvety feel with low carbonation allows for thorough assessment of the flavor profiles here. Slicks the tissue and leaves imprints of the ale on the palate. Nice feel. D: This a good beer. As I mentioned, there are quite a few things I would tweak to help balance it out just a bit. A little too much nutmeg and clove for me. I would suggest to anybody who already loves pumpkin ales, but not to the newcomer. Serving type: bottle 01-18-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (3058) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Probably the best pumpkin beer I have ever had....mixed with porter...chocolate pumpkin, yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours pitch black color with a a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, herbal, toast, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with very well balanced pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, toast, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of pumpkin, spice, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2013
4/XI/13 - 1Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-1044) Thanks to Dieter for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, creamy irregular beige head, falls down to a small stable creamy layer. Aroma: very spicy, overripe banana peel, cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate, mocha, vegetables, bit of vanilla. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of mocha and chocolate, coffee, very spicy, weird earthy notes, slightly sourish, smoky touch. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, coffee, spices, bit sugary, more spices, mainly cinnamon, dark chocolate, nice bitter ending.

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