Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial StoutSloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 324
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

SLOTH Belgian-style Imperial Stout is deliberately dark as hell. The pour is slow and sluggish. Its head is menacing, becoming torn and tattered Belgian lace on the sides of the glass as you cautiously consume this brew—sip by insidious sip.

The aroma is sweet from heavy malt and big alcohol with notes of vanilla, coconut and whiskey from the oak. The depth & breadth of roasted malt flavors loiters on the palate while the robust finish lingers, well, forever.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: beersabound on 11-03-2007)
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Reviews by CoolJosh:
Photo of CoolJosh
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Generously shared by Deuane and Carolyn (SierraGS). Really glad that both of you could attend the tasting. Thank you again for your company, and the great beer that came with it!

Pours a nice film of white head. Black body that proves to be a little bit thinner then the ABV would lead one to believe. Brown around the edges. Good looking RIS.

Wow! This one smells incredible. A very pleasing belgian yeast scent emerges well from the glass to flourish into smooth and very well rounded scents. Dreamy, silky chocolate dances in my nostrils, in addition to soft and silky sweet caramel. Indulging, to say the least. Some slight bourbon notes and vanilla also manage to find their way out of the glass and into the air.

I couldn't wait to taste this one after the tantalizing scent. Belgian smooth, ya' know what I mean... Heavy bourbon flavors, and oaky. The vanilla in this beer is subtle and not over done, just the right amount to serve as the perfect compliment. Nice coffee notes as well, wasn't expecting this. Semi dry towards the end of each sip. Light licorice appears as the beer warms. Great chocolate and burnt toffee flavors. This is an excellent beer, and is so well done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BigE90
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is blacker than wesley snipes. There is absolutely no light through it, It is crude oil black. The head is dark tan with good lace and kind of glitters. Good lace. The nose is semi-weak for an imperial stout, it lacks smoke flavors in the smell and alcohol is present. At first taste it tastes more of espresso than coffee and has some chocolate flavor. Molassesy tones in the middle with some sugar. Thick and chewy, yet smooth going down, but the aftertaste has some excessive alcohol notes, by no means abrasive though. A slight (very) hop flavor in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is quite good. Thick and creamy with chewy texture. sugary residue remains on lips and in the corners of the mouth. Drinkability is high for an imperial stout, but i would rather have more smoke and malt flavor in sacrifice. Great brew from the boys at m sun once again. This one will do very well in the cellar. Get it. Get it now! now!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A million thank you's to Adam for sending me a hand bottled growler of this rarity. About 4 days old. Poured into a Blue Point Snifter.

A: Growler opens with a muted hiss... a good sign! Pours a single layer of bubbles on top of a black-as-night beer. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is of pure ethanol, sweet soy sauce, and the slightest hint of sun dried prunes in the background.

T: Grapes, prunes, chocolate, fudge, sweet soy sauce, all engulfed by a noticeable, yet mellow alcoholic cover. Not hot in the least. Subtly sweet and oily towards the end with the dark fruit fading out and a slightly roasty, milk chocolate flavor fading in. Finish is chewy brownie. Aftertaste is a brownie sweetness that coats the palate.

M: Medium to full bodied, ever-so-slightly carbonated, and probably the smoothest and easiest drinking beer that I have ever tasted or will ever taste. Slides down the gullet while caressing my throat. Silky smooth doesn't even begin to describe this one. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: Not the most complex RIS in the world but by God, probably the tastiest. I'd give this one a 6 on taste and feel if I could. So easy to drink despite the high ABV since its so friggin smooth! Despite the hype, this beer is far far underrated in my opinion. Well worth acquiring.

Photo of nickd717
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, huge thanks to ipa247 for sharing this extreme rarity that I thought I'd never get a chance to try. Jeff somehow pulls some insanely ridiculous beers. This one really blew me away and exceeded even the high expectations I had set for it.

Excellent appearance, jet black in color with a fluffy brown head and great lacing. Some legs on this beer as well.

Absolutely incredible aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, anise, and whiskey.

Flavor is also really complex and amazing. You can definitely tell that this has some Belgian notes in it, and they meld with the rest of the flavor seamlessly. Gentle roast and rich chocolate flavors, as well as toffee and maybe even some candi sugar, vanilla, coconut, molasses, licorice, oak, and yeast. Extremely complex and well-balanced, never overpowering.

Smooth and creamy on the palate with excellent soft carbonation. Really lingers in your mouth.

The drinkability is insanely high. Overall, just a phenomenal beer, and instantly one of my favorite examples of my favorite style. Wish they would brew this one again.

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 5/2/08. Shared the entire 7 beer series with fellow BAs Deuane & SierraGS. It was quite a night! Special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for trading me the complete set of these to try.

22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a 1/2 finger of dark brown mocha colored head that shrinks down into a great looking creamy retention around the edges with some thin wisps across the center. Very nice looking lacing is left behind. The aroma is mostly deep chocolate notes and coffee but I'm also picking up some slight yeasty notes and a prickly heat in the backend.

The taste starts off with a roasty bitterness up front that is quickly followed by rich chocolate and caramel notes and some zippy espresso. There is also an underlying current of dark fruit tang and an oakiness to it. The mouthfeel has a medium full feel with a nice amount of alcohol beef to the proceedings but not quite enough to make it stinging. The overall body feels like it all just go a tad deeper however.

Very nice and probably my favorite of the Deadly Sins series. This is just packed with flavor and I liked how the Belgian characteristics stayed on the more subdued side, just lying underneath those other explosive RIS traits. Although a bit beefy, this still drank like a champ for a 10% Stout. I just wish that I had another bottle.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 that I received a looong time ago from AkBelgianBeast... I shared the final sin with inflatablechair... Sam and I both very much appreciated the opportunity... Poured into my New Belgium snifter... Thanks again Frank.

1/4" head sticks around.... good lace.. brew is deep dark brown .. not quite black... good red highlites.

Nose is deep chocolate with spicy yeastiness... cocoa and dark cherry... everything meshes very well.

Flavor is the same with more cherry.. fig.. and a spiciness that reminds me of cinnamon.. thick coating body.. smooth carbonation... very rich.. as much Belgian as American.

Very complex.. probably my favorite of the night... incredibly long finish.

Thanks Frank.. I took descent notes.. but I wish I had been more complete..

Photo of AdamCook
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired this beer at the 2010 Dark Lord Day in a trade for a Brooklyn Black Ops and a Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold. Let me start out by saying, best trade we ever made.

When the cap is taken off, the smell is not overwhelming. It's just right. Pours smooth and pure into a glass, leaving a small amount of caramel colored bubbles.

The smell is now hauntingly appetizing.

Taste is exceptional. Very smooth, smokey with some light saltiness. Chocolate, fig, black cherry, light molasses, angel tears, a hint of pure sinful madness, dark fruits and caramel. Finishes with a lasting, chewable single note.

A rare contender to the auspiciously created Dark Lord.

And to think I was trying to hold out for something better...I stand corrected and shamed by my lack of knowledge.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So here we are on night number six of the seven deadly sins series. Again big ups to Frank for getting me this. After sitting in the cellar for a better part of year, I brought this gem out last night and served it in an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 07/20/2008.

Poured this one vigoursly into the glass. A rich, deep, and dark looking liquid then unfolded here. A copious amount of tan colored foam then rose up from the bottom, reaching around three fingers in height before setting down to a nice crown that clung to the sides and left copious amounts of lace up and down the glass.

Rich decadent smell here. The first notes of chocolate and molasses were coming through very nicely. Hints of some dark fruit, figs perhaps bouncing around along with a nice touch of spice and a good hint of what seemed to be bourbon or something along those lines. Awesome smell, and really just got me going for this one. The flavor was just about right. Rich chocolate notes layered on top of a solid base of coffee and roasted malts. Nice solid, smooth feel, with great carbonation and a silk like profile. Deep resonant toasted feeling on this one. Really a quality stout here. Hints of dark fruit as it warms now, with touches of raisins starting to come through. This was a definite sipper, as it was strong, and you know it, but it was delightful for a nightcap and I had no issue with trying to put this one down.

Overall a very solid stout here, and a damn fine addition to this lineup. I would have no issue at all with getting a few of these to put down, as they are just that good. Another solid offering from Midnight sun!

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bespin15
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of alcstradamus
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what at first appears to be a lifeless black, but after stopping pouring a late rising half finger of head forms.

The aroma is an incredibly decadent mix of chocolate, toffee, raisins, vanilla, grapes, citrus hoppiness....man, this is just begging me to take a sip.

The flavor is not quite as complex as the nose would suggest but it is still quite good. It starts out with some dry oakiness followed by dusty cocoa. Vanilla and plums in there as well. The flavor profile is very nice for sure, one that keeps me taking sip after sip looking for more.

The body doesn't quite support the flavor. It is medium with low carbonation. Not watery by any means, but either a bit more thickness or a bit more carbonation is needed to match the flavor.

Overall, this is a seriously good beer but probably not worth the effort to acquire. Not sure how it may differ from when it was fresh, but at this point in its life it is damn near a mirror image of the flat bottles of Lost Abbey Angel's Share from last year.

Photo of beerceller99
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Diesel oil black with a fleeting brown head. Heavenly aromas of roasty malts with oak vanilla, licorice. Rich, hearty flavor is a perfect mix of dry roasty malts with sweet molasses, rich chocolate and vanilla. The barrel aging effect is damn near perfect here. Nice oak wood notes. One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had. Awesome, and a big shout out to the guys for the opportunity.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to AgentZero for making this happen. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours near-black with a short off-white head and not much in the way of lacing. The nose has a pretty heavy amount of roast with some light barrel character. Some chocolate and just a bit of vanilla in the background. Not getting much from the Belgian yeast at this point. Flavor is similar and fairly muted. Seems a bit oxidized. Heavy malt character with roast and chocolate. A bit undercarbonated. Nice, but just seems to fall flat like it’s well past its prime, unfortunately. Still, very fun to try.

Photo of gueuzer
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of hopdog
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 22oz bottle.

Poured a dark black (it just doesn't get darker than this) with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, oak, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, smoke, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasty. Full and creamy body. Damn this was good.

Notes from and tasted on 2/1/08

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this previously, but sampled again at Saturday's MS Sins tasting. A clear memory of the beer makes for a much better review...

A: The pour is nearly flat, thick, and black as night. Essentially no head with a few scattered bubbles.

S: Tons of sweet milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and just a hint of coffee. As it warms up, a touch of figs, raisins, and miscellaneous dark fruits.

T: The flavor of this beer is just so smooth and rich. The whiskey and vanilla come through strongly and give way to sweet chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The oak makes itself known at times, and there are some dark stone fruit flavors on the back end.

M: Really exceptional in terms of the feel. Nice and smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

D: An absolutely fantastic beer all around. I wish I had a bottle of this because I've thoroughly enjoyed my few samples of this.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Midnight Sun right now! Are you kidding me! I am so glad to try this one.

A - Servered in a 12 oz goblet. A very dark brown, but not as black as some other stouts. A nice dark tan head forms and slowly fades to a few bubbles around the edges.

S - Chocolate really is strong here. I don't really get much else. Maybe I am rushing here.

T - A sweet dark chocolate with hints of oak and coffee. Sweeter than I was expecting.

D - Good carbonation and body for the style.

O - A real treat to have this on tap. A sweet Belgian style stout. I really savored and enjoyed this one.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again Frank!

Poured black with a small mocha head into a snifter.

Smell: Chocolate, Coffee, Alcohol, Roasted Barley, and some Fruits.

Taste: Amazing! Rich Chocolate, it reminds me of cake batter with hints of coffee underneath. Silky, thick, and smooth.

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Gorgeous inky black with a lovely thick chocolate colored head. Globs of lacing in the glass.

S-Although only slightly diminished this brew smells very similar to Kate the Great. Chocolate, licorice and smoke in the back. Alcohol warming with a bit of coffee in the background. Amazing how close they are to each other.

T-Leather, chocolate, dark friut, coffee...WOW! This is KTG, jr. Nice dark roasty finish.

M-This is the only thing lacking from this beer. I would say medium body leaning towards medium-heavy...but it just seemed off. I would have expected a more chewy mouth from a beer in this realm.

D-Top notch stuff, really nice. The only fault is the mouth which is a bit disappointing. Otherwise hard to beat. I really was sad to empty the bottle!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Deuane for bringing this out at The Graduation Tasting.

A: Jet black with a dark brown head with OK retention

S: Complex blend of bourbon, licorice, vanilla, chocolate. Oxidation is fantastic, with a mild port and raisin-like character. Exceptional. Very rich and dark. Warmth brings out the roasted malt character along with a coconut note

T: Holy complex and rich beer, batman! Ridiculously rich, deep, chocolate, coffee and port character. Toffee and licorice are also noticeable and enjoyable. Bourbon appears mid palate with coconut. This is what Black Albert wants to be. Oak on the finish.

M: Medium body with a super slick, soft and smooth feel. Excellent carbonation, excellent finish with mild bitterness

D: Ridiculously smooth and drinkable

Photo of irishevans
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours blacker than snipes, shannon sharp, eddie murphy, or even space ghost's mask. the head sparkles almost like there were little diamonds in it, otherwise a toffee coffee color. smells of chocolate, and caramel but more inviting than just a run of the mill stout. the taste is a bit bitter, caramelish with a faint hint of cherry on the finish (though i don't think there is any in the mix). mouth-feel is fantastic, grainy for a stout, perfect level of carbonation, an all around joy to drink. if you want an answer for drinkability see the mouth-feel. damn good beer, period end of story.

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Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.