RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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, weve 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 Dementedor delightful?

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with little to no real head. Nose is spicey, heavy on the cinnamon and cloves before a little of the cocoa comes through. Just a bit of the nutmeg. The taste is spicey up front, again cinnamon and cloves play the major role. A delicious chocolate syrup (ala taking a shot of Hersheys right out of the bottle) kick before finishing with the nutmeg. Leaves a spicey, lingering cloves finish. I cant really pick up any pumpkin until it warms a little more as it blends in very well. Smooth and lots of character. If available, Id drink this all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Somewhat fresh Bomber. Pours normal porter-color, low carbonation with a khaki head. Aroma shows gingerbread at first. Pumpkin definitely comes out though it is a strange clash with the malty chocolate notes. A bit of oak detected too though I know this isnt oak-aged. Perhaps a touch too much nutmeg for me, though I have a low tolerance for it. The pumpkin scent is nice though. Flavor is nice pumpkin pie spicing upfront followed by a creamy, full-bodied chocolate finish. The flavor is pretty damn good on this. Great mouthfeel too. Not flawless but this lives up to expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark black color with light head. The nose is spicy and roasty, lots of pumpkin and chocolate up front with some underlying spices. The flavor is chewy and roasty with a tart and hoppy combination that brings a good balance. Very nice beer, what a Treat....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 6, 2010
Interesting nose of lavender, flavored coffee beans, honey, and...rum? Taste has got a lot going on. The first thing my tongue notices is the spice...nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon (just as the label indicates), then a slight chocolate wave...followed by a generous helping of pumpkin pie! Deliriously delicious and a fabulous effort to balance out all these ridiculously good flavours. I cant believe that this kind of brew works...but..it does! Taste it for yourself and see.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
2010-09-02. Black body with a nice brown head. Aroma is spicy with notes of nutmeg, something anise like and hints of cinnamon. 7+ Flavour is similar, spicy overtones, hints at cocoa, sweet pumpkin in the middle, light roast and lingering spice in the finish. 7+ Smooth average to medium bodied palate. 3+ Pretty solid beer. Just a touch more pumpkin and a touch less spice would suit my own tastes better. Presumably 2009 Vintage, Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
This one has just about everything in a good pumpkin beer that I could ask for. The flavors of spice, nutmeg, cocoa, pumpkin all really came through, as did the cinnamon, but all worked really well together, and nothing seemed to overpower the other. The head retention and carbonation were great and the beer only got better when it warmed up a bit. Im gonna have to get the barrel aged next time to compare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
22oz bomber courtesy of ditmier. Pours very black and inky in the glass with a poofy, beige head that has good retention and leaves little smidgens of lace. Aroma is full of ginger snaps, pumpkin pie, nutmeg. Very rich with a nice floral and roasty porter background. Taste is not super thick or rich but velvety smooth on the palate full of gingerbread, ginger snaps, pumpkin pie, burnt cherries. All of this on top of a beautiful porter body that is sessionable, little high on the carbonation that moves to cola like on the palate. Really good regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown to black body with a small fizzy light brown head. Smells like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin meat, lighter roast and chocolate malts. Great pumpkin flavor, restrained spicing with real, natural tasting, pumpkin meat. Its like pie and coffee in the same glass! Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Long lingering roast and spice finish. Could use a bit more body I think. Wonderful beer though all in all. Not quite as good as the barrel aged version, but very solid. I need more of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Earthy pumpkin aroma, heavy nutmeg. dark Brown, small tan head. robust body, tingly with the spice, Strong pumpkin body, full throughout and very toasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2141) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Pretty good beer, almost great. This beer has some excellent spicing. Theres a ton of pumpkin pie flavor with extra spice, just right for a pumpkin beer. However, the aroma also has a big cola note that is almost sickly sweet, kinda surprising for Midnight Sun since their beers seem to run drier than nearly any other brewery. Theres some chocolate and caramel lurking in the mix, as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Appearance could also be improved - the head dissipates quite quickly, leaving just a very dark brown to black body. This is a very well done pumpkin beer, but it has a few problems.

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