RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 brewsip 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Fierce-looking impenetrable black. Gentle pour raises a large tight-bubbled cinnamon head which clings as it slowly settles. Roasted barley prevails over intriguing nougat, lactose, bakers chocolate, and shoe polish aromas. Touch of vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate taffy. Velvety carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Crackling black-malt-derived phenols and stiff edges of roast clasp the palate while a sharp snap of earthy, java-soaked malt nestles deeply into the palate. Quite oily and soft in body, with heavy emphasis on the vividly defined licorice-tinged roasted barley. Thick, dense core is milky and tacky, yet far from fatiguing in its high concentration of weighty richness due to the remarkably clean, complex, and soundly structured malt frame. Attenuation is also spot-on. Delicate bite of char and caramelized brown sugar seamlessly mesh with a rich, fudge-laden yet tarry and smoky charge of earthy dark malt and chalky blackness. Truckload of vibrant, meaty java fuses with the lactose which imparts a base layer of slipperiness. Layered malts are further highlighted by a polished raisin and dried-plum twang. Finishes cleanly and snugly bitter with vanillin oak, as gorgeously integrated notes of relentless, palate pummeling malt collide with artfully composed dark fruity esters. The malt structure and range of depth here are superb, and there are all sorts of flavorsome malt complexities, among other things, going on. Word from the brewer is this was aged in oak casks (Jack Daniels). Never would have guessed it as the oak, which perhaps imparts some vanilla as well as some clean tannic bitterness, is in perfect harmony with every other component rather than being the mail focal point. Hats off to Midnight Sun for creating yet another awe-inspiring brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Thanks to bitbucket tasting. Black w/ big light brown head. Big chocolate aroma. Lots of alcohol, but nice smooth roast. Oh so tasty. Mild bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle shared by TAR, thanks dude. Poured a thick black color with a thick, creamy tan head that faded to a layer and left some sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt, roasted malts, light coffee, some toffee, and a bit of soft fruitiness thanks to the yeast. Smooth, semi-sweet entry with some light roastiness and undertones of coffee and caramel with some moderate hop bitterness and soft yeastiness to offset the sweetness up front. Smooth and full on the palate. Thanks goes out to Jeff for hooking us up with a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (7601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black. Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of vanilla, blackberry, smoke. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. One of the best beers at the tasting; rich and decadent, but not without elegance. Clean malt and bitterness. Wish this was available locally!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Rich dark black body with a creamy brown head, mostly composed of medium to large sized bubbles. Settles out into a brown ring with a patch of foam in the center, but otherwise it settles down to the top of the liquid. Rich mocha chocolate cocoa powder nose. Hugely rich dry cocoa powder up front, heavily dry, parched, somewhat prickly over the back. Coconut and vanilla noticed, very tasty, dry, rich and powdery.... the dryness from the oak is remarkable, it dances with the cocoa powder quality very well. Thanks TAR!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Draft at brewery, deep tan head, coffee aroma, deep brown color. Wow, this was a Great beer. The previous review was dead on, the combination of chocolate, coffee and fruit was perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (14028) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
(BCTC, 22oz bottle, thanks TomDecapolis) Creamy brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some coffee/roast, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast/burnt, coffee, some alcohol/burn. Creamy medium-full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Bomber shared w/ J-nizz...This blew me away...I would buy a new couch everyday if I could sip on this. Ah yes, couch. Big and bold, loaded with roast but also ripened fruit notes and sweet vanilla. Really an intruiging stout as it incorporates many different flavor nuances. Really wish I had more of this. Nothing more to say than, SLOTHEEENNNNYYYYY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 bomber thanks to brewboone. Pours black as ink with a brown head which lingered and produced some lacing. Nose is of coffee and oak. Taste was chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Delicious! Mouthfeel was medium and creamy with right amount of sweetness. Very complex. This was one fantastic brew. Was sad when it was finished.

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