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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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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
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Reviews by hrking:
Photo of hrking
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bomber into a Teku

A: pitch black with a 1-finger Biege head, viscous curtains cling to the glass, lacing is persistent
S: tobacco, rich roasted malt, bourbon, some soy sauce, very enticing
T: following the nose, but the Belgian aspect is coming through with some fruitiness, some heat, sweetness, a lot going on and none of subtly.
M: thick, viscous syrup but not as sweet as you'd expect, plenty of heat, feels stronger than 10%
O: a beast, complex, a sipper, big flavors duking it out. Cellaring will slowly tame this beast, but I prefer my sloths a bit feral

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Photo of BigE90
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
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 AKBelgianBeast
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of itracy63
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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..

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Photo of AdamCook
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
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 LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque black in the glass with a fine, half finger brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, mild bourbon; finishes with chocolate, slightly tart and vinous from the barreling and Belgian yeast. Superb heavy body with a silky, creamy mouth feel. The malt and barrel flavors are excellent and matched with the mouth feel are great. The mild vinous tartness in the finish clashes a little for me, although the heavy chocolate malt body and Belgian character atone for this overall. A flavorful Belgian style stout with an incredible mouth feel, luscious. The original brew of this achieved the status of whale and I never expected to ever see one, so was pleased to see this brewed again. Deserves its reputation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bespin15
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Desp59
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of alcstradamus
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.42/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerceller99
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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