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

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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
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
355
Gots:
18
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of IrishColonial
3.28/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.4/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of masterofsparks
3.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -21.7%
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 mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersabound
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Desp59
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
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 ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of hrking
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of boralyl
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of younger35
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

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Photo of rab53
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHead84
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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