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:
356
Gots:
18
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tick #350!

22oz bomber.

A - Pours black, no head, thing ring around the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee beams, cream, slightly bitter, nice roasty notes. Very solid, but coming from MS, it doesn't surprise me.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, creamy rich chocolate, roasty notes, vanilla sweetness, and some oak. So rich and decadent, so f'n good.

M - Full, slick, rich, smooth, bitter finish.

D - Awesome. So good. MS comes through yet again with another winner. Not a whole lot of Belgian characteristics, but who gives a crap, it's good.

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Photo of halo3one
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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 unclekeith
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle received a while ago from AKBelgianBeast, thanks to Frank for sending me this great beer, currently drinking this while catching up on my backlog of reviews, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

A-Completely black pour, big one inch nice creamy tan head that stuck around for over five minutes, nice lacing at first too
S-Chocolate, bourbon, Belgian yeast, roasted malts, booze, great vanilla nose, coconut, raisins, maple syrupy, peated malt, and cream
T-Starts off very chocolately, vanilla and roasted malts in the middle, finish is both sweet and a little smokey, great finish with a hint of warming booze, lots of Belgian character, sweet tones from this are great and not overpowering, the heavy amounts of malt are great, nicely balanced overall
M-Great thick and rich mouthfeel, sweet, roasted, hot, dry, and smokey, full bodied, taste lingered forever and I still wanted more
D-Drank this whole bomber, booze are there but hidden nicely, they just add something to the aftertaste more than make it difficult to drink, great drinkability for a beer over ten percent

Certainly one of my favorite Midnight Sun beers period, it is an outstanding imperial stout that has a big Belgian influence, this one should continue to age with the best of them, better than the first time I tried it somehow, would love to drink again, definitely recommended

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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 PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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 brewandbbq
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle opens with a rather enthusiastic vent.
Presentation is opaque jet black, with only a half-inch head of brown foam with a stretch-pour.
Absolutely no translucency in the edges when held to a spotlight.
Aromatics are loaded with chocolate cake batter spiked with coffee dust. Heavily roasted, with char and nougat following through.
The mouthfeel is massive. Very thick and chewy, but beyond that there seems to be an elevated carbonation level that allows the brew to somewhat expand on the pallet. Slighty coarse with gummy particulates.
The pallet is full-on, over-the-top Imperial Stout. Rich and lucious dark chocolate, espresso beans, brownie batter, and Hershey's syrup.
Bitterness and hopping in general are restrained, with the bitterness that's present being of the acrid type.
Finishes with a very slow warm up and a hint of dark fruit under the asphault of chocolate and espresso.

A friend and I were lucky enough to do a side by side with Kate the Great.
While the Kate had more finesse, complexity, and drinkabilty, the Sloth was definately a much bigger interpretation of the style.

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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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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 Damian
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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 joe1510
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

My neighbor Dave brought me back this bottle from a summer trip through Alaska, thanks Dave! Sloth is a black as night beast that gurgles from the bottle into this snifter. This beer swallows up the light in the room. It took a hard pour to conjure up a fingers worth of head but what's there is so dark it borders on purple. The head dissipates to a thin skimming and small ring after a few minutes. A quick swirl brings the head back to life.

This is a deep, dark, rich smelling stout. The nose alone is intoxicating. There's a huge roastiness off the bat that's intertwined with high cocoa dark chocolate, dark slightly underripe berries and molasses in that order of intensity. The complexity in the nose goes on and on growing deeper and deeper as it warms. The alcohol adds some spice to the overall aroma and there's even some nuttiness in here. The nose of this beer is excellent!

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. The big roastiness jumps out right away and is quickly surpassed by deep, dark chocolate with a touch of heavy cream. All the other qualities from the aroma come through in the back and add their own unique touch to this massively rich beer. Clean alcohol fumes heat up the throat and nose without ever getting in the way. I'm having a tough time deciding between a 4 and 4.5 but the more I drink the more I lean toward the latter.

The mouthfeel on this big stout falls right where it needs to. The body is thick and rich without the sticky sweetness. It's completely mouth coating with barely any noticeable carbonation which really helps all the flavors jump.

This beer goes down easy but it will never be an easy drinker. The abv and complexity makes it a 100% sipper. I wouldn't mind sipping it all night though.

Sloth is high quality. I didn't pick up any Belgian characteristics but I did pick up plenty of huge complex RIS. I wish I had a few more bottles of this beer, as it gets near room temp it becomes outstanding. Thanks again Dave!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What is another sin between friends....

A: Black. Zero light got through this beer even when held up to the sun. Minimal brown head.

S: Bourbon. Oak. Lots of chocolate. Little bit of vanilla. What made this amazing to me was I got coconut in the nose. Awesome.

T: Really nice. Chocolate. Coconut. Extremely well balanced. A touch of roast.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Wow. MS makes some of the most drinkable huge beers. I know the ones we had all had some time on them but damn. This was a champ of a drinker.

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Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mentor
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin layer of very dark browwn head over a pitch liquid. Clingy head hangs. Smells clean alcohol, vegetal, chocolate, mild aromas overall. Decent williamette hop aroma.

Tastes chocolate sweet with balancing alcohol clean. Currant, brown sugar, and a bit of zip. Some roast underneath, but not a potent coffee (tamed and nice). Fuggle-type hop rises up retronasal. Thick liquid and modest carbonation. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of blisscent
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, wood with a small alcohol aroma. Median to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doughanson78
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 von_kaiser
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of sprucetip
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I dug into my notes from summertime when I am too busy to enter reviews and chose one of my favorites for review number 400 (with #420 just around the corner, but that's off topic)! Another 50 or so and I'd have something close to 10% of Buckeynation. Good thing this isn't a race or a competition. Not just quantity, but quality, because Buckeye's reviews are phenomenal and inspiring. Mine are pretty bland in comparison.

Sloth was my favorite of the 2007 Seven Deadly Sins Series, and I went as Sloth to a Midnight Sun New Year's Eve party that year, and came in runner up for the first prize of the 7 brews of the 7DS collection. So close! But not quite. But the guy who won gave me the Sloth bottle. Gluttony, I think he was. But I bought a bunch too, and I just gave one to Buckeye, and there is one more in the cellar doing time, possibly past it's prime? I'm told I could get a lot of beer for it, but I will consume it with friends at some point.

The pour produced a densely black fluid with thick head that was darker than mocha, and it hung around for a while. It was very active, and left scraps of patchy lacing.

The smell was chocolaty, mildly roasty, star anise/licorice, modestly boozy, and malty sweet. It all blends together very nicely, with just a wee bit of musky funky Belgian yeasty character.

Taste followed the nose with rich malty sweetness, medium roast, star anise, noticeable alcohol, and mild roasty and/or hoppy bitterness.

Low to medium carbonation, very rich and full body, chewy thick viscosity, and somehow a clean finish.

Very flavorful, pleasantly textured, balanced and complex sipper. I lobbied the folks at Midnight Sun to make it again, but I didn't get the impression that it was in the plans. They reminded me of the Berzerker that is released each fall.... But who knows, maybe now that they've got 4x the capacity, they'll crank out another batch someday.

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Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Sloth - Belgian-Style Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.38 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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