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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Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial StoutSloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by beersabound on 11-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,129
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
119
pDev:
8.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
356
Gots:
17
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of VashonGuy
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 bomber, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: very dark, minimal head. Aroma is rich, complex, and balanced. Which is a way of saying that nothing really dominates: not the bourbon, not the vanilla, not the roasted malts. Instead, it's a good balance of a lot of stuff, and I suppose some of that is the Belgian yeast. The taste is again, quite balanced. There's bourbon there, but this is no bourbon bomb. There's vanilla, and there's a zillion other flavors. It's a little tart on the finish. The mouthfeel is super smooth.

I've had a lot of stouts, a lot of imperial stouts, a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts. I'm not sure exactly what makes this a Belgian style stout, but it's really good, and one of the best imperial stouts that I've had.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of darktronica
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The brewer notes about the pour are on point; the opaque darkness and thick sludginess outclasses a lot of Sloth's higher-ABV, barrel-aged stout brethren. The nose is quite appealing, if a bit confusing and unexpected in contrast to appearances: strong notes of malt, vanilla yogurt, Montmorency cherry, and barrel oak. I suppose some of the fruitiness and yogurt are attributable to the Belgian yeast, and this carries through to the flavor profile, which adds some dark plum, cherry cordial, and chocolate notes. Coconut is a bit subdued but starts to emerge as the beer warms. Quite complex, not 100% coherent or balanced, but a very unusual composition that's absolutely worth giving a try.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 22 fl.oz.•1 pt 6 fl.oz. bottle purchased at DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, Seattle, WA
1/7/16
Served in a snifter

Review #1325

Super oily and viscous, absolute pitch black appeareace. The shimmery liquid was topped by a barely-there film of burnt sienna colored bubbles. Bit of patchy lacing along the glass.

The aroma was mind blowingly good. Incredibly rich and robust. Loads of fragrant bourbon. Boozy but not at all hot. There was a noticeable oxidized quality that made me think of port perhaps too. Strong vanilla notes. Super malty and sweet. A bit tart. Intense dark fruit notes. Raisins and currants dominated. Good amount of brown sugar too. Touch of roast.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose but not quite as smooth or as intense. Loads of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Brown sugar was also noticeable. Strong dark fruit notes in the center. Good dose of fruity tartness and port-like booziness. Charred raisins and currants came through strong. Some espresso too. Roasted malts appeared again on the back end. Hint of char. Big, boozy, whiskey-like notes lingered in the finish. Perhaps a touch hot for my liking.

The mouthfeel was the only somewhat disappointing aspect of this beer. It was lighter bodied for the style and initially contained a fairly aggressive, larger bubbled effervescence. Somewhat airy on the palate. The carbonation settled with time and the liquid turned smooth and creamy.

Despite the fact that I picked up absolutely no Belgian-like characteristics, Sloth was still an incredibly rich, interesting and complex imperial stout. Beers with barrel notes this big typically are slow sippers, but this drank remarkably well. If I had a few more bottles, I would love to revisit them in time and see if the oxidative notes intensify.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bluecrow
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-opaque, dark brown tap pour with a half cm foam cap that quickly dissipated to a ring. Aroma has some cacao and some bourbon. Flavors include oak, bourbon and a bit of char. Mouthfeel is not overly slick. This is a rich, tasty gift.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle. Black body with a medium khaki head. Smells of heavy roasted malt. A little bourbon. Oak. Dark fruits. Taste is very sharp. Lots of dark fruit. Heavy roasted malt. Sharp dark fruit. Bitter and acrid finish. High carbonation. Not really getting the hype here.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon on the nose is warming. Flavor carries lots of fig, raisin, and dark fruits. Almost some tannic qualities alongside the oak and bourbon notes. Rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served up in a 10oz glass, the brew is black as beer gets, with a thin ring of suds clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smell - Molasses mostly, with hints of vanilla, fig and booziness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of molasses upfront and throughout with lesser notes of vanilla, dark fruit and a bit of charred malt. Finishes sweet and a touch boozy.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Thick, syrupy texture that leaves a residue on the lips.

Overall - Okay BA stout, but way too thick and syrupy for my liking, nor does the flavor deviate much from it's staunch molasses core. For the price, I'd just as soon try something different.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of itracy63
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rwilliamson31
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. 2016 vintage.

This one pours a very dark black, with a half inch mocha-colored head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells wonderful, lots of dark fruit, raisins, and chocolate, little bit of yeastiness, chocolate, heavy bourbon, and oak.

Midnight Sun really does know how to barrel-age the hell out of a beer. This pretty sweet up front, bourbon, and lots of dark fruit, the "Belgian-style" part of the stout. There's a bit of port flavor, even though it's not aged in port barrels. The finish brings vanilla, spicy bitter oak, and heavy duty roasted malt, for a long lingering finish. The complexity on this one is really nice.

This is medium bodied, not super, super thick, but thick enough, with a creamy mouthfeel and a normal level of carbonation.

Midnight Sun continues to wow me with its barrel program here. A pretty exquisite take on the style.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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