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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 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

hopdog, Nov 05, 2008
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.

TheBlackMallard, Nov 27, 2008
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.

beerceller99, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of waltersrj
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

waltersrj, Dec 24, 2011
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!

mikesgroove, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

largadeer, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

unclekeith, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, wood with a small alcohol aroma. Median to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe at a recent tasting, thank you very much Thorpe, this is a top want for me. At the time of this review, this is #13 on the "Top Beers - Russian Imperial Stout" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is black and oily, thick with a nice thin head of small bubbles, minimal retention, lacing, and all of that.

Aroma is sweet, liquor, mild anise almost, interesting, a smells awesome.

This was the winner of the night for me. It is incredible. Thick and fudgy with a nice liquor and alcohol notes. I really enjoyed it and would have it again for sure.

drabmuh, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thoroe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is near black and appears viscous and oily. Minimal beige head. The aroma brings roast, oak, lightly sweet. Mild smoke in the aroma with a delicate warming alcohol finish. Relatively full bodied and palate coating. An outstanding example of the style.

Huhzubendah, Jul 07, 2012
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.

womencantsail, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tick #350!

22oz bomber.

A - Pours black, no head, thing ring around the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee beams, cream, slightly bitter, nice roasty notes. Very solid, but coming from MS, it doesn't surprise me.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, creamy rich chocolate, roasty notes, vanilla sweetness, and some oak. So rich and decadent, so f'n good.

M - Full, slick, rich, smooth, bitter finish.

D - Awesome. So good. MS comes through yet again with another winner. Not a whole lot of Belgian characteristics, but who gives a crap, it's good.

Sean9689, Oct 09, 2010
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.

HuskyinPDX, May 02, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for providing this one at the pre-NotLA/"Alex is done his dissertation" party. Served in a Word Class Beverages taster glass.

A - Pours a pitch black without a hint of color - although when held up to the light it teases with some reddish transparency. Pours with two fingers of dark mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, minimal lace.

S - Smokey, roasty, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of woodiness. I thought this wasn't barrel-aged, but it confused me, with the notes of vanilla and coconut peaking through. After consulting Midnight Sun's website, I learned it is indeed aged in whiskey oak of some sort.

T - Intense roast and dark chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate, and anise. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Finish is very tannic and smokey, with tons of residual roasty bitterness. Not as complex as the nose.

M - Slick, oily, thick body - it's not Dark Lord, but it's still pretty viscous. Quite low carbonation, The finish is dry and woody. Perfect for the style.

D - It'd be hard to kill 22oz on my own, but I could split this two ways with someone. It reminds me of the good batches of Black Albert, but with some light barrel-aging notes (and none of the funk of Cuvee Delphine).

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2010
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!

Deuane, May 07, 2008
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.

irishevans, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

My neighbor Dave brought me back this bottle from a summer trip through Alaska, thanks Dave! Sloth is a black as night beast that gurgles from the bottle into this snifter. This beer swallows up the light in the room. It took a hard pour to conjure up a fingers worth of head but what's there is so dark it borders on purple. The head dissipates to a thin skimming and small ring after a few minutes. A quick swirl brings the head back to life.

This is a deep, dark, rich smelling stout. The nose alone is intoxicating. There's a huge roastiness off the bat that's intertwined with high cocoa dark chocolate, dark slightly underripe berries and molasses in that order of intensity. The complexity in the nose goes on and on growing deeper and deeper as it warms. The alcohol adds some spice to the overall aroma and there's even some nuttiness in here. The nose of this beer is excellent!

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. The big roastiness jumps out right away and is quickly surpassed by deep, dark chocolate with a touch of heavy cream. All the other qualities from the aroma come through in the back and add their own unique touch to this massively rich beer. Clean alcohol fumes heat up the throat and nose without ever getting in the way. I'm having a tough time deciding between a 4 and 4.5 but the more I drink the more I lean toward the latter.

The mouthfeel on this big stout falls right where it needs to. The body is thick and rich without the sticky sweetness. It's completely mouth coating with barely any noticeable carbonation which really helps all the flavors jump.

This beer goes down easy but it will never be an easy drinker. The abv and complexity makes it a 100% sipper. I wouldn't mind sipping it all night though.

Sloth is high quality. I didn't pick up any Belgian characteristics but I did pick up plenty of huge complex RIS. I wish I had a few more bottles of this beer, as it gets near room temp it becomes outstanding. Thanks again Dave!

joe1510, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of SargeC
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

SargeC, Feb 10, 2008
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.

Kegatron, Jun 03, 2008
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.

alcstradamus, Jul 05, 2010
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..

JohnGalt1, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle opens with a rather enthusiastic vent.
Presentation is opaque jet black, with only a half-inch head of brown foam with a stretch-pour.
Absolutely no translucency in the edges when held to a spotlight.
Aromatics are loaded with chocolate cake batter spiked with coffee dust. Heavily roasted, with char and nougat following through.
The mouthfeel is massive. Very thick and chewy, but beyond that there seems to be an elevated carbonation level that allows the brew to somewhat expand on the pallet. Slighty coarse with gummy particulates.
The pallet is full-on, over-the-top Imperial Stout. Rich and lucious dark chocolate, espresso beans, brownie batter, and Hershey's syrup.
Bitterness and hopping in general are restrained, with the bitterness that's present being of the acrid type.
Finishes with a very slow warm up and a hint of dark fruit under the asphault of chocolate and espresso.

A friend and I were lucky enough to do a side by side with Kate the Great.
While the Kate had more finesse, complexity, and drinkabilty, the Sloth was definately a much bigger interpretation of the style.

brewandbbq, Jan 21, 2008
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
Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.