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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: 325
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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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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of beersabound
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20 IBUs. Sloth is impenetrable to light. The dark brown head with tan tones lazily rests; seemingly not wanting to go anywhere. Wafts of candi sugar, alcohol, roasted malt and dark cherries slowly rise from the glass. The long lasting flavors of alcohol, dark fruit, molasses and chocolate coat my tongue and seem quite comfortable there. Like fleece PJs on a leather couch, the low carbonation and full body relax and sink into my tongue for a good spell. As it unhurriedly rolls in my mouth's confines neither it nor I seem motivated for it to leave. The aftertaste is eternal. This is a sipper for a cold night without much to do.

A noble effort and big beer with some unique flavors. It's a little sweet and rough around the edges right now but I am interested to see how it ages. Wasn't sure what to style to put it in. But I like RIS was more fitting than American Double stout.

beersabound, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this about 14 months ago, and happy to find this on tap that the MSBC loft. Sloth is a very dark brownish black with a small tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is pretty weak for such a big beer. Served on the colder side, but even as it opened up, it stayed on the muted side. Caramel mostly, some char.

Taste is pretty good, a big chocolaty stout, but a bit heavy-handed with the crystal for my taste, which gives it a sharp, malty finish. Less roast then Earth (their milk stout), I'm guessing there's a heavy does of black patent malt, given it that acrid finish (which they struggled to counterbalance with the crystal).

Mouthfeel is extremely creamy, viscous but only medium-heavy bodied, with a smooth, but very long lasting finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. The first few sips blew me away, but the intensity wore out my palate in a hurry. Still, a very good beer.

ccrida, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of hrking
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Grumpy. Nice well made Belgian stout that has a great drink ability and well hidden alcohol content. Sweet but not overly syrupy if you've ever had a Darkness this is like a Darkness turned down to about a 7. Malty chocolate with a easy aftertaste that leaves a nice pleasantness on the palate. Pours a dark black with a quickly diminishing head. One of my first brews from Midnight Sun and this is a well crafted beer. Very nice and was glad I had the opportunity to have had this beer.

hrking, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still on tap @ Midnight Sun. Preeetty cool.

A: dark black with a VERY minute white head hiding on the shore. Looks deep and abysmal but thin like hot syrup.

S: booze, chocolate sweetness, licorice. Mild overall

T: bourbon for sure but this seems to be very mild and delayed in its presentation, I want to see this is either very old or not 100% bb aged. Notes of coconut, vanilla, port wine, toffee. Again very soft bourbon. Very enjoyable with lots of *Subtle* complexities

M: the body almost reminds me of a new holland stout ( port like ) at least initially. Carbonation is low which is what it is but the body is also very thin. Finishes as elegant yet dominant as Lynn Swan

O: cool to try, but trying to trade for a bottle would be half-ritard

CharlieMurphy, May 19, 2012
Photo of BigE90
4/5  rDev -9.9%

BigE90, Dec 07, 2011
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!

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -9.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -9.9%

jerz, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this brew from Mikesgroove not so long ago. This will be the first non hoppy of the Deadly Sins I've had and I look forward to it. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Deadly Sin 4 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a super thick dark black with a decent enough half fingered dark brown head. A thick collar is maintained the entire beer along with a few random spots of lacing.
Smell- Starts off with loads of molasses and dark fruits. The usual dates, plums and raisins before a deep brown sugar/caramel aspect steps in along with a heavy dose of dark chocolate and coffee. The nose is very intense and does have a Belgium bit of spunk to it. Also a bit of something bourbon like with the intensity of the alcohol and I could swear this was barrel aged. It has that sort of tannic woody aspect. Who knows.
Taste- Wow. Deep and dark with a sort of dark fruit and licorice start. Actually, a lot of black licorice is noticeable throughout the beer surprisingly. Plenty of charred malts keeping everything roasted along with some sweet chocolate and caramel. The milk chocolate is somewhat Tootsie Roll like and the brown sugar aspect actually gets sort of sweet. Maybe a bit of coffee and molasses and a tinge of the 10.5% steps in.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and rich with a big full feel and light creamy carbonation. Absolutely perfect feel.
Drinkability- The beer is very rich and damned tasty. BUT, it has the one deadly sin that I HATE in beers, it's sweet and fairly cloying. Could definitely be worse but now that I'm on my second glass it's a bit much. Tasty brew for sure but one glass is a plenty. Thanks for the opportunity Mike!

younger35, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of boralyl
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with no light coming through. It doesn't have much head, but what's there is a dark brown that settles as a ring.

S - The aroma is full of roasted malts. I used to work at an ice cream shop, and it reminds me of our coffee flavored variety. There is also some alcohol present as well, reminds me of brandy.

M - A full bodied beer. It feels quite thick and smooth. It's carbonated well for the style.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts make up the beginning and middle. A small amount of warming alcohol flavor shows up along with some hops bitterness at the end. The alcohol flavor is surprisingly well hidden. It leaves a roasted coffee taste in your mouth after it goes down.

A nice big stout. Has a nice complex aroma and flavor and makes a great beer to sip.

boralyl, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had again end of 2011. A few quick notes, lots of rich cake like flavors, notes of fruit in back with some ashy malt in middle. Bright flavors, balanced and complex. Rating based off of most recent tasting.
***
Big thanks to Jeremy for the tasting on this one!

A-pours a viscous jet black liquid with a dark tan, bubbly head that lingers for a moment leaving no lace.

S-the nose is quite nice, notes of chocolate and lots of savory fudge, light touch of oak with a solid dark fruit presence in the back.

T-lots of milk chocolate and vanilla, good roasted presence with dry oak accompanied. ripened dark fruits add sweetness and vinous characteristics with a touch of belgian yeast and a light smoked peat moss behind.

M-very soft, smooth and silky on the palate with a full body that avoids being heavy yet not thin as many barrel aged beers can become.

D-huge flavors that blend perfectly together and brings such complexity. the barrel aging stands up just right leaving a full body with the soft belgian feel. awesome beer!

cpetrone84, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin layer of very dark browwn head over a pitch liquid. Clingy head hangs. Smells clean alcohol, vegetal, chocolate, mild aromas overall. Decent williamette hop aroma.

Tastes chocolate sweet with balancing alcohol clean. Currant, brown sugar, and a bit of zip. Some roast underneath, but not a potent coffee (tamed and nice). Fuggle-type hop rises up retronasal. Thick liquid and modest carbonation. Highly drinkable.

mentor, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

AgentZero, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of dtmets84
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

dtmets84, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of BeerWorld
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

BeerWorld, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

whartontallboy, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

jbuddle, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of lakersfan16
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

lakersfan16, May 06, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an onyx black body topped by a tall, dark tan head.

Smell: Aroma heavy on the roast, and boozey, too. Notes of burnt wood, dark caramel, chocolate, a puff of smoke and, once allowed to warm a bit, a medley of dried fruits.

Taste: There's an intense charred, smokey roastiness upfront followed by a sweet dark chocolate taste to make it bearable. Tastes of caramel syrup, fire-scorced marshmallows, and a bit of fruit. Mild oak character. Medium earthy bitterness that recedes as you approach the finish. A touch of oak and yeast (and booze) for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This stout is top notch, Midnight Sun!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 04, 2008
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Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.