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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

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

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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty."

--Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Obsidian with no highlights whatsever... not even with bright winter sunlight attempting to penetrate the glass. A tidy crown of double fudge milkshake colored cream looks like it will hang around for quite some time (and does). Wow, what a looker!

This burly black beast smells like a cross between an RIS and a Belgian stout, which makes perfect sense. It probably favors the former so far, since Belgian yeast esters are on the low end. Or maybe they're just overpowered by all that roasted/charred malt.

Any fears that Sloth Belgian-Style Imperial Stout has not held up since the release need to be put to rest right here and now. This is one of the best (3 years plus) aged ales of any style that I've ever had. The mouthfeel doesn't even appear to have taken a hit.

Each eagerly awaited mouthful is a barely controlled explosion of what makes beer of this style my second favorite, behind only hellaciously hoppy IPAs and DIPAs. The explosive specifics include raisins and figs soaked in Sambuca, dark brown sugar syrup, blackstrap molasses, bittersweet chocolate brownies and hints of ground clove.

What a devilishly delicious dark symphony of flavor... that is becoming even more bold and deep with warming. Despite a mere 20 IBUs when fresh, this is not sticky sweet ale. Oh, it's sweet alright, but it isn't dessert beer sweet. Great for sipping (hard to do) and equally great for gulping (which is where I'm at right now).

The mouthfeel is easily one of the five best ever(!) after more than three years in the bottle. Maybe one of the three best. It's incredibly lush and creamy-dreamy with plenty of semi-stickiness born of mucho malt sugars. The carbonation snuggles right into the sweet-spot as well.

It's only late February, but it's hard to imagine that Sloth Belgian-Style Imperial Stout will be bested for the remainder of 2011. A well-deserved thanks to sprucetip, an unfailingly generous BA, for digging into his cellar and going through hell and high water to provide me with this outstanding ale from the land of the Midnight Sun.

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Photo of Crosling
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red tinged black colored beer with a full tan head. Really nice aromas, with deep dark fruits, brandy and roasted malt and chocolate notes. Delightfully crafted malt character, with notes of peanut butter, chocolate, espresso roast and dark fruits. Incredible 30-second + finish lasts and lasts. Amazing ale.

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Photo of treyrab
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of AdamCook
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
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 khiasmus
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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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