I had been hearing about Midnight Sun Brewing Co. for a while before I finally saw their beers on the shelves of my local liquor stores. They’re based out of Anchorage, Alaska and up until recently hadn’t been available in Southern California. Thankfully, this has changed. Being as how I first came across them in the fall I decided to go with their autumn seasonal: T.R.E.A.T. (The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment).
T.R.E.A.T. is (according to the brewers) an “Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter” with a 7.8% ABV and 30 IBUs.
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.
With so many tones and textures to experience, will you find this brew… Demented…or delightful?
The beer pours a deep brown with no light penetration. Two milk-chocolatey inches of foam top the liquid, but fades rather quickly for a dark beer. No lacing is left behind.
My first sniff brought on a memory of a candy long forgotten…chocolate bottle caps. Pumpkin pie crust is also big in the nose, with hints of ginger and nutmeg hanging around. This beer smells just like a pumpkin pie. Really lovely.
After being bombarded by all these big and flavorful smells I was expecting an equally large taste, but it just wasn’t there. Spice hits first (nutmeg and allspice), then a chocolate coated pie crust flavor comes through, before finishing with a hint of ginger (like a ginger ale). A bitter dark chocolate flavor comes through as it warms that overrides and kills the other flavors. Not quite as well put together as the smell.
Mouthfeel is thin and kinda sticky. A little residue is left behind and reminded me of when you use too much Nestle Quik powder in your chocolate milk.
I’m not saying I didn’t like T.R.E.A.T., it’s just that I wish the flavor was as delightful as the nose had led me to believe. The chocolate and pumpkin were each present and noticeable in the flavor, but muted and blended in the taste. I’m still gonna give it a good rating, but it could have been a lot better.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As a PORTER: 7 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Beer Valley JACKALOPE IMPERIAL PUMPKIN PORTER, Oakshire BIG BLACK JACK, Destihl SAMHAIN PUMPKIN PORTER