1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Not Rated.
Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
89
very good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our delicious stout aged in a barrel has a nose of coffee, roasted malts and piney hops. This medium bodied stout has a broad depth of maltiness and a clean dry finish.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-14-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 1Adam12:
Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +0.3%

1Adam12, Jun 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BrandonDZ
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BrandonDZ, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a black opaque body with a little ring of tan head. No sign of carbonation in this body.

S- The dry wood aroma has no notes of smoke but there is a smooth non smoky whisky note. The soft hint of cherries isn't really tart or sweet but pretty neutral. There are notes of dark roasted malt that are dry with a finish of green apple skins.

T- The taste of big dry white wine and soft whisky blends with the soft dark roasted malt that has a chalky taste to it. This is followed by a bright tartness from cherries but the cherry flavor is much more subtle than the tartness. The finish is pretty clean with a dry alcohol taste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery finish.

D- This beer has a smooth but big wood note and the brightness from the cherries really overpower the dry stout. Even though the wood is big it is not as overpowering as many barrel aged beers. Good choice of barrel and fruit but more malt flavors coming through would really be nice.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Slats1221
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Slats1221, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of FievelGoesWest
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

FievelGoesWest, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Loudiamonds305
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Loudiamonds305, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of claaark13
2.03/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at FFF.

A - Black with a nice tan head. Doesn't hold well to the glass.

S - Paint and bourbon. Paint more so than bourbon.

T - The light paint taste is through the entire flavor. Bourbon comes through quickly and ends the flavor with a nice oak. Good finish, bit the rest just has a bad off flavor.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Deeply disappointed. I should've listened to the two people dining with me when they said I shouldn't do it.

claaark13, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at Three Floyds.

Appearance – Served in a tulip. Dark black color with slight brown head that leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Coffee, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, bittersweet chocolate.

Taste – Quite smooth and nice. The bourbon is not in your face prominent, but more integrated with the other subtle flavors. There is fresh coffee flavors mixed in with the bittersweet chocolate/cocoa. Knowing how crazy sweet DL is, I was worried this might be just too much. In reality, the flavors melded quite well.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, which was interesting to me. I would have thought it to be a bit thicker, though I feel it being lighter bodied actually helped the beer. Finishes with a nice dry characteristic.

Overall – A solid beer I was glad to try, albeit being a bit pricy at $9 for a smaller pour. No noticeable alcohol taste or warmth. Would I drink it all the time? Not at this price – but it would be a nice splurge.

SpdKilz, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

awdturboiv, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Map Room during FFF night in a fluted tulip glass. Thanks to Barnaby for the round!

Inky black with a ring of mahogany at it's edges. There was a full two fingers of mocha tinged foam that stuck well to the sides.

Amazing bourbony nose of charred oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar sweetness. Very aromatic and well blended, no trace of alcohol, though it shows it's strength. Just fantastic... I was inhaling this in between sips. Later the wood dominated, with the dry chocolate of the stout starting to peek through.

Rich flavor of bakers chocolate, woody tobacco, vanilla, moderate char, and dry oak in the aftertaste. The bourbon element was just right and well integrated. Dry in the finish with a mild fudgy sweetness. No cherry/tartness as mentioned in reviews of prior batches. Full bodied with low carbonation, though not much bigger than non-BA Black Sun. Easy enough to drink, the abv wasn't noticeable in the taste, but it was certainly felt. FFF's answer to BCS. Nice stuff!

emerge077, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of redjameskidd
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The tartness combined with the alcohol flavors are reminiscient of red wine. That was my first thought in taking a sip--almost a wine in beer form.

$9 dollars for a very small glass at the brewpub. Expensive, obviously. Would have had something cheaper if they had posted the price, which they did not. In fact, none of the beer menues were updated to include this beer. A little shady.

Good beer, though. Probably the best bourbon-barrel beer I've had, not so dominated by bourbon flavors as most of them seem to be. I still want to know that I'm drinking beer, and the bourbon quality here is just right. Not sorry I had the beer, though I wouldn't have spent 9 bucks for a tiny glass of it had I known the price. I would have gotten two pints of the moloko milk stout for the same price, as my friend did.

redjameskidd, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

vrbulldog22, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

CraftEyeDoc, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of hansgruber
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft over this past weekend at the brewpub

Pitch black with a stream of bubbles not much head.

Smells of whiskey and roasted malts with a touch of barrel and coconut. More of a regular whiskey smell than bourbon.

Bourbon and a nice roasty taste. Sweet malts. Much better as it warms with a strong coffee note on the finish. A bitterness lingers that's reminiscent of drinking some strong dark coffee. 

Way too much carbonation at first but eventually settled down after some swirling. Medium bodied.
 
Overall not too bad. Wasn't crazy about the barrels or at least how they presented themselves in this beer.

hansgruber, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mdm46410
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three Floyds and served in a snifter. This beer poured a slick, oily dark brown with a bubbly head of dark tan foam that lasted a little white. Just a touch of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet bourbon notes along with a nice roasted malt backbone. The flavor included bourbon, wood, coffee, and burnt malts. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with very mild carbonation. A nicely done barrel-aged beer. The bourbon blends in nicely with the original beer.

mdm46410, May 19, 2008
Photo of curly31989
3.75/5  rDev -6%

curly31989, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Three Floyds 1/13/07. "2006 Black Sun Stout aged 1 year with tart cherries ia a Woodford Reserve oak barrel"

A: Very black with ruby accents at the edges of the glass. Tiny brown head.

S: Interesting mix of cherries and bourbon. A hint of sweet vanilla.

T: Flavors of caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak tied together with earthy tart cherries.

M: Sharp and tangy for such a still beer. Very prickly on the tongue. Thin and acidic sort of like sparkling tart cherry juice. Could stand to be thickened up a bit.

D: One of the nice things about this beer is that you're not bowled over by a heavy bourbon presence. It's there, but it's balanced by the tart cherries. A pleasant tartness, coupled with a restrained sweetness, and a low alcohol presence considering the 7.2% abv make this one quite drinkable.

GbVDave, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap the day after DLD.

It's a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a creamy one finger head. The nose consists of sweet milk chocolate, roast, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and is really smooth and well integrated. The flavors mirror the aromas. It's really smooth with moderate carbonation and a nice barrel esque vanilla. It has great flavor, actually very similar to the Elijah Craig 18yr that I had this morning. This beer was delicious!

aasher, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of discreplayboss
1/5  rDev -74.9%

discreplayboss, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of TMasterFlash
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TMasterFlash, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mcc1654
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mcc1654, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Orchids
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Orchids, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

AgentZero, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +0.3%

WillCarrera, Oct 01, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.