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

Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial StoutSloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 116 ratings
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:
#1,197
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
116
Liked:
109
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
8.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
356
Gots:
18
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 59
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.43/5  rDev -21%
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 womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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 MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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).

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lupercmda
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with minimal head. Tastes is dark roasted chocolate with mild belgian yeast character. Some candy sugar notes but it is minimal. Overall a very good stout.

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Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 116 ratings
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