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Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter by Midnight Sun Brewing
American Porter
7.80 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 7 14 4 7 2008
22oz Bomber

2008 Edition

A big "thank you" goes out to that crazy bastard in 49th state, AKBelgianBeast, thanks Francis! ICPP chugs from the bottle and has a body as black as Satan's soul. A creamy mocha head is easily drawn out on the pour and rises menacingly to over a finger in height. The head instantly becomes creamy, only falling a little, and leaves solid sheet lacing down the glass. The lacing and head retention on this beer are impressive to say the least.

The maltiness is coating thick with a roasty note hitting first and foremost. I really like how the pumpkin is done in this brew. I deep pull brings the pumpkin out first and then hints of the other pie spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger in that order. The cocoa nibs used are faint but add another nice layer of complexity. There's a floral note tucked away in the nose that I can't put my finger on for whatever reason, it doesn't seem to fit into the rest of the brew or this would get a bump up to a 4.5.

Roastiness is front and center on the tongue as well. This beer knows it's a porter and all other aspects are secondary. Pumpkin comes along mid-palate in a very refined, soft sort of way. The spices are also corralled nicely with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger all being present but never overdone. The cocoa nibs come along in the form of baker's chocolate and tuck in behind the pumpkin throughout the drink with a little vanilla for good measure. That odd floral aroma is here in the flavor as well. I have to say, it steers this beer in the wrong direction. I can't put my finger on what it is but my only thought is a combination of the spices used. When this warms significantly the odd floral quality shrinks.

The mouthfeel of this big porter is stellar. For the high abv the body is moderately heavy but feels light and airy with the perfectly dialed in carbonation. There's a very velvety overall feel to the body with a slight fizziness on the swallow.

For such a big beer this is surprisingly easy to put away. The light mouthfeel and overall good flavors don't hurt the cause any. As a matter of fact this bomber will be drunk with no problem at all.

ICPP is a beer that I've been wanting to try for ages now. The whole mix of porter, pumpkin and chocolate seem right to me. I thoroughly enjoy this beer and although that odd spiciness does get in the way a bit it in no way ruins my experience with this beer. Thanks for the great trade Beast I'm looking forward to the next!

Reviewed: 5/24/09

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
AKBelgianBeast... thanks man.

2008 Edition
Poured into my Excelsior! tulip

Pours a silky lookin' black - not polar icecap midnight black, closer to that long awaited, slowly-creeping-in dawn black. Whatever. Gorgeous finely bubbled mocha head takes form as the pour progresses, settling out at about one finger plus, hangs for a minute, and slowly retreats, leaving only a film and collar on top. Some strands of lacing remain.

The aroma is intense. Pumpkin pie (tons of nutmeg), some nicely roasted malts - perhaps even some cinnamon - weird. Vanilla. Cocoa and sweet chocolate, with a faint hint at black coffee way in the background. Some lactose sweetness/sour? Hmmm.
Hell yeah.

Taste is almost as awesome. Strong pumpkin pie spice upfront along with pumpkin puree, followed very quickly by dark bitter chocolates. Becoming somewhat sweet here, again with the lactose, and most certainly a sour aspect - grabs the sides of the tongue. All this slowly wraps up in a very roasty/toasty, charred finish... and this just lasts and lasts.
Every sip brings something else... amazing complexity.

Medium in body, smooth, almost sticky mouthfeel. A degree of dryness towards the finish. If this had just a touch LESS carbonation - it would be perfect. As it is overall, its almost stout like.

I absolutely LOVE this. Arctic Devil is still my #1 MS brew, but this is just fantastic. Lives up to its name, and then some. Bottle says 7.8%ABV - spot on, not very noticeable at all. I am enjoying this in every way.
Now, if I only had more, and a moose backpack to go with...
Frank - a case of 'Zilla for a couple more of these?
Thanks man!!!
Highly Recommended!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2008
Big thanks to lakersfan16 for the trade, I've wanted to try this beer for about 2 years now. This is the 2008 edition.

Ink like liquid with a frothy 2-3 inch foam on top. Very good retention with a bit of lacing.

Pumpkin, cocoa, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, espresso, and nutty malts. Hints on mint, and roasted malts. Nice mint or spicy aroma that combines with chocolate and coffee. Nothing too aggressive, all flavors blend very well together, soft and floral on the nose.

Lots of roasted malts, some coffee, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, and cocoa in the finish. A little vegetal in the finish with lightly roasted malts, no bitterness, and cocoa. Some fleeting toffee flavors as well. A bit of a sugar cookie flavor mid-palate.

Medium carbonation, a bit thin in the finish. Very smooth though.

Served In: Pint Glass

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