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


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Review by everetends on 10/18/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
2009 bottle sent to me by Frank (AKBelgianBeast). Can't thank him enough for that surprise box he sent me last year. I think this might be the last bottle from that package. Lets do it.

A: Pours a dark brown, might as well be black body out of the bomber. Held to the light, this beer remains opaque and very, very dark. The pour got about half a finger of dark, mocha colored ehad. The head falls to a pretty tight ring with wisps floating around in the center. A little bit of lace sticks around, but most of it slides slowly back down into the body. It absolutely looks the part.

S: It starts off with all the things that I expect when I hear pumpkin beer. Getting a lot of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg and blending nicely with the pumpkin. It may be abundant but its nicely done and not over the top. The chocolate is light in the aroma and works well with the oak that is remaining here. The oak comes across in as a very light vanilla.

T: Things yet again start off with the pumpkin pie. Getting a healthy does of fresh pumpkin and all those spices. Most notably, I am getting a perfect dose of nutmeg and just enough cinnamon to compliment. These flavors shift wonderfully into the chocolate which is dark and milk in presence. It has a good chocolate sweetness to it. The oak is light, but it is still working beautifully with the chocolate by bringing some woodiness and vanilla. Just an incredibly tight and well built beer.

M: Light side of full in body. Has a nice weight to it. Its rich, but still silky smooth. Its sweet on the palate with just a touch of woody bitterness. The ABV is very light and I am not really getting a whole lot of its presence. Carbonation is decent and it keeps this beer very creamy. Aftertaste is chocolate and pumpkin pie spices lingering.

OA: I have yet to really meet a pumpkin beer that leaves me wanting more. This is the first. This was the first time the aroma of a pumpkin beer really made me want to drink it. The flavors were very well balanced and put together. Everything compliments everything else. Its the way it should be. Damned fine beer and know I now why so many people seek out this beer. Love ya, Frank.

Served In: Other

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
The perfect beer for Halloween.
Thanks again Frank!
2009 Edition on the headstone.

Pours a soul-chilling blackish brown, bringing images of evil dripping from the dying eyes of one of hells minions. An earthy brown cap - the color of rain-drenched soil tracked in the back door and across the floor from a freshly opened grave - adorns the top... and recedes as quickly as the undead to their shadows in the approaching morning light. Deep tones of amber gleam their way through the thinner points, like the eerie coal-like eyes peering in your window now. - I know, spooky. A quick swirl brings a minor zombie like reaction, the thinnish collar grasping at the walls of the glass much like the walking dead slowly jerk along, leaving swirl marks in the soil, documentation of footsteps along their insatiable journey for living flesh...

The aroma is netherworldly. Tones of pumpkin spice - nutmeg, perhaps some cinnamon call out like a sphincter-reducing howl in the dark. Oaky tannins cast their bitter spells, leaving vanilla to waft through the nostrils like the stench from still warm intestines... heavenly. Wrapping this all together in wings of leathery sinew is the cocoa sweetness... and how sweet it is - like blood on the lips.

On the tongue it is now, slowly swirling and forcing the mind into a foggy trance, the notes of deep, dark chocolates pound the senses like a sledge to the side of the head... senses reeling now... the foul taste of your wooden casket in your mouth... "so this is death - come sweet death" ...Only to be snapped back to the world of the living by the meaty taste of pumpkin lying in your throat like the cold blade of a night-stalkers knife. And oh, the spices, they scream your name like a long since been-gone voice, calling from the grave - you know better than to answer *heart in your throat* ...but you must - it is vanilla and nutmeg - how can you not?. Arrrgh...the pain. You once again place the goblet to your lips, glancing into the hypnotic pool of black... cellar-temp liquid rushing down your throat now, soothing the on-coming pain of rigormortis...

Medium-full in body. Smooth, creamy and sticky mouthfeel, like a cooling pool of blood on the floor, slowly spreading itself like a well seasoned hooker attempting to fight off a dusty, creaky-assed mummy with a fistful of hundreds... oh yes, "carbonation is spot-on" she lustfully sighs at you. Light boozy warmth... the burning feeling only the hangmans noose can bring to your throat - once your neck has been stretched.

For a slow death, this is most enjoyable - something I wish I could experience again and again... but alas, it is my curse to only have but one bottle.
I fall to my knees... wailing now, pulling fistfuls of hair from my scalp - the gnashing of teeth, oh the gnashing... my throat closing, eyesight fading, heart straining to pump the thick, cooling flow that used to be my life... this form of death is unbearable - my own personal hell. "Bring the executioner with his axe" I scream, laying my head on the block, pleading for a merciful death...
Wait - there is half a bottle left.
Hell will have to wait another 15 minutes.
A Must Try - if you dare.
*Insert evil laughter*
Happy Halloween!

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/31/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 16 4 8 2009
Thanks to lakersfan16 for the trade! I took this bottle to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I have been waiting a long time to be able to trade for this beer and try it so I'm glad I can finally knock this one off my wants. 2009 vintage.

Poured a dark color with a nice head and great retention. A thin ring formed around the glass after the foam settled. Some lacing on the glass too.

The smell was pretty good, coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin in the background. Light toasted oak. A little more vegetal as it warmed up.

Taste wasn't nearly as good as the aroma but it was still tasty. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pumpkin spices in the finish. Sweet malts and brown sugar in the finish. Medium-low carbonation, almost too flat for this beer but still pretty easy to drink.

Served In: Pint Glass

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