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

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 321
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: beersabound on 11-03-2007

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
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Photo of JAXSON
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 rate.

Pours a fairly viscous black with a thick, dark mocha head. Nose of pretty big roasted malt, fine coffee dust, and some charred, ashy oak. More light and creamy in the mouth than I expected, really bringing out the charred, ashy qualities. Some dark bitter chocolate, fudge, and coffee, segueing into an endless finish with a constantly changing character. This was pretty fascinating and is just a wonderful imperial stout.

Photo of SargeC
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Intense black brew with a deep brown head that may be the darkest I have ever seen. The head clings to the glass like a magnet.

Smell: Chocolate with hints of caramel and toffee. Touch of alcohol.

Taste: This brew moves slow and steady and has a pleasant sweetness to it. Subdued malt flavors dominate with some yeast flavors poking through. Very bold flavor, but none of them overpower.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Creamy, with a waxy quality. Alcohol warms it up well.

Drinkablity: Very easy drinking and interesting brew. Not as dense or over the top as many imperial stouts, but still has plenty of character.

Photo of khiasmus
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Edgelow, years ago. Been hanging on to this one tightly for over 3 years.

He had spent all night clutching the scroll. The footsteps had passed within a few feet, but it was so pitch black that nothing could be seen, all he had to do was hold his breath. Pitch black. Nothing on top. Like used oil. "I wonder how much longer I can hold my breath? My lungs are screaming for air..." And just when he knew he could do it no longer, he heard a cracking, popping sound, a tree falling nearby, "Time it just right..." and along with the huge crash came his exhale and a deep inhale.
And the aromas were unbelievable.
The familiar soy sauce that always accompanies a very old stout, but this one blends so well... Some pitch, huge roasted grain notes, vanilla and a hint of chocolate, burnt sugar, dark fruits, coffee.
The leaves rustle, tiny twigs snap softly, and the Searcher ambles quietly away. "I know, as soon as it's light, they'll be waiting for me..."
And he has a moment to pull out his wineskin, take a much-needed quaff of the beauty therein...
Initially a sweetness, that of brown sugar, comes across his tongue, then soy sauce and molasses give way to harsh roasted grain and coffee. Another sip and other elements leap out: chocolate, raisin and plum.
They cannot find the scroll, the results would be disastrous. The secret cannot be divulged, the ancient script read... He must succeed in his mission, carry on...
There is little carbonation, as liquids in wineskins are generally not accompanied by much. However, it is thick and chewy, velvety, with a lightly dry finish from the coffee-bitterness. This could be the greatest of all time. It's as if... though obviously not... but as if... It must have been. It had to be. The monks. The monks of Westvleteren. They convened with Three Floyds in 2007. They met in Anchorage and combined Dark Lord 2006 with Westvleteren 12, and added coffee. Of course. It's the most logical explanation. "My mind really is going. Consider the sad reality."
One time. One time only. Once in a lifetime. The footsteps are far off. Time to move.

Photo of treyrab
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Deuane and Carolyn for bringing this to the Graduation tasting! Out of all the stouts we had that day, including BA Speedway and KtG, this one was the winner for me!

A: Pours a thick black with only the slightest brown hues when held to lighyt. A nice dark mocha head sits atop the beer and is nice and creamy.

S: Wow. Just wow. Great bourbon notes (but not overdone), very nice sweet and burnt toffee, dark caramel, dark roasted barley and nice, slight Belgian spices. Just immaculate.

T: One of the best stouts I have ever had, hands down. Great bitter toffee and burnt caramel, dark roasted barley mixed with a sweet bourbon. The bourbon is just incredible. A deeply complex and in your face with flavor beer but also very smooth.

Overall, thanks again. This was one of the best beers I have ever had!

Photo of bespin15
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to khiasmus for pulling this one out at a recent tasting.

Pours a deep, inky black with a thin brown ring of foam sitting atop. Some nice rings of lacing on the glass. Really nice looking beer.

Nice, big aroma of roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and a little bit of soy.

This beer is exactly what I'd want from a "Belgian-Style Imperial Stout." Imagine your favorite Russian Imperial Stout and Belgian Quad blended perfectly. Reminds me of James Franco's quote from Pineapple Express about different kinds of weed meeting and fucking, then their babies fuck, and the result is Pineapple Express. Sloth is kind of like that. Just an unbelievable beer. With just the RIS characteristics, the big roast/coffee/chocolate, this is a damn fine beer. Throw in the dark fruits/Belgian yeast/brown sugar, and you've got a winner.

Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Sloth isn't still, but it's close. Liquid velvet. Doesn't taste like 10.2%. Obviously age has helped a bit in that regard. Hard to keep this beer out of your mouth. The only thing that made it remotely difficult to drink was knowing there wouldn't be any left once we finished. This was the highlight of a tasting that included Pliny the Younger and Westvleteren 12, among many other world-class beers. Really an unbelievable drinking experience.

Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of irishevans
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
4.52/5  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 CoolJosh
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of boralyl
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of BeerWorld
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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 waltersrj
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original bottling (2008 I believe).

Thanks to Dan's tasting and a great BA for sharing at our 2011 Impy stout tasting.

Nose: Fig, raisin, Belgian yeast, dark roasted malts, charred ash, oak, slight whiskey vanilla and oak and a good amount of chocolate and possibly cherry cordial.

Taste: Fantastic roasted malts and Belgian yeast/spice, chocolate, cherry cordial, vanilla, oak and whiskey.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly velvety smooth, this is one of the best creamy and velvety mouthfeels I've ever had.

Overall: Amazing and they better make this again as I've heard it's currently barrel aging.

Photo of BigE90
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of hrking
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of beersabound
3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of gueuzer
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of RodneyX
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Belgian style stout sounds bad, but MS usually delivers. The beer pours a light-sucking black color with a brown head. Quite thick looking. Smells sweet like chocolate with some coffee and alcohol that cuts through it. Vanilla and dark fruits come through. The flavors are all pretty distinct but still balanced at the same time. Really well crafted nose.

The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Flavor is best described as intense with chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and roast. There is a bit of smoke on the end. I like the nose better, but this is still really good. It's got lower carbonation and is full bodied.

Overall this is a hell of a beer that I wish I could get another bottle of. It's quite unique, but is great not just because it's different.

Photo of dtmets84
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of podunkparte
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of AdamCook
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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