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Midnight Sun 2007 Deadly Sins: Sloth

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. 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. SLOTH...Just add couch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2012
Draft at Tap Root Beer and Mead Social: Poured a thick black sludge with a light brown head. Aroma was complex with dark malts, hints of fruit and woodsy. Taste is a blast of roasted malts, dark fermented fruit, and nice warming booziness finish. Very smooth overall but complex if that makes sense. This beer has held up well and was a pleasure to get a sample of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1924) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
6oz pour at the brewpub. Bit surprized that this was on tap, I had asked for Oakage TREAT but that was out and this was on. Glad to have tried this excellent brew. . Pours rich dark brown, with huge milkshake thick head. Great nose of dark fruit and chocolate. I get tastes of chocolate, coffee, earth, plums, roasted barley, and vanilla. Great palate and slight boozy finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
22oz bomber shared at Seth’s house. Dark brown/black pour with a chocolate head. Good lacing with wood, chocolate cake, and dark fruit aromas. All kinds of wood, dark roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, and whiskey notes. Dry and very woody. The whiskey was somewhat bland with maybe a hint of peat. As it warmed up, the stout opened up and got better..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
100th rating for this beer. 22 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! I think this was another one originally from Keir. 2008 vintage. Pours a dark opaque brown with a small dark tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, roasted caramel malts, and molasses. Flavor of dark fruits (figs, plums), roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Really nice Belgian-style imperial stout that has held up great for 3 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle shared by Hophead22 at his big stout tasting. Dark black pour with small tan head. Aroma was coffee, licorice, and somewhat grassy. Taste was booze, almonds, milk choc bars and cocoa. Fizzy nice carb. Overall an nice treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Had this on tap this weekend (1/15/11) as a "breakfast beer" (with food of course!) at Humpy’s just before going to the GABBWF. What a surprise treat! Colour...imagine black fountain pen ink with a tan head! Nose... not much of Belgium here but lots and lots of dates, raisins, currants and bittersweet chocolate. Palate...man oh man! This may not have much CO2, but this beast more than makes up for it with this raft of flavours....Don Pedro Ximenez sherry, Medjool dates, dark raisins, black currants, treacle, deeply roasted malts, Christmas pudding, dark loam, intense booze, crushed vanilla beans and a finish that does not quit. This has done very well with age, even if it doesn’t seem all that Belgian-like. What a wonderful, and rare, on-tap treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (9259) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
651mL courtesy of savnac. Thank you for all your hard work in acquiring this! The pour is jet black ink into the snifter generating a demonic, ominous, Martian red, thick head of foam with excellent retention and big lace. It looks like what BCS would be if it ever generated a head. The aroma is spicy, meaty, lots of spicy oak. But the majority of the nose is dark fruit forward (raisins, dates). As it warms it opens up into red wine reduction, flank steak, charred meat, roast, tobacco, spicy alcohol, Chianti red wine notes, even slight balsamic robustness. Wildly complex and rich. The taste is laughably superior to Berserker (one of my favorites but the bottle we had next to the Sloth was just too raisin heavy). There is dry wood, sweet maple, big roasted steak, dark chocolate. But as it warms the dominating taste is 100% rich, dark chocolate mousse and ganache. Just wildly rich baker’s chocolate that I can’t get over...more than any other beer I’ve experienced. There is even a hint of spicy chili that you would get with artisanal dark chocolate. Fully attenuated, dry palate. It seems like this is what Hunahpu should have been.

Over three years old and still dominating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick black pour with a nice dark tan head. Aroma of raisins and light roast. Some fruit. Very sweet flavor. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roast with a big alcohol finish. Bitter and hoppy at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Fairly nice nose, lots of dusty chocolate, some dark fruit, some coffee and a touch of licorice. The taste is quite sweet, some bitterness, with lots of milk chocolate, lots of plum and prune, lots of acidic chocolate and some earthy notes on the finish. Good, not amazing, though the aroma was very inviting.

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