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

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Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout
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very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14.5%
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)
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Reviews by kif:
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kif

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Had this on tap at FFF Brew Pub, poured into a snifter.

A- Almost completely black with a very small brown head.

S- Coffee, chocolate, nice roasted malt, and bourbon.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, a lot of bourbon. Surprisingly no cherries present, so I wonder how much they changed the recipe.

M- This is where the beer let me down. I was expecting a full bodied creamy feel, similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. This was far more thin, which I felt didn't match with the style.

O- Overall this was a pretty good beer. Pretty complex and enjoyable to drink. I just wish they made it a bit thicker which would have made it exceptional.

01-30-2012 00:01:38 | More by kif
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BrandonDZ

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-26-2013 19:57:06 | More by BrandonDZ
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev 0%

06-29-2012 23:19:57 | More by 1Adam12
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

(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.

01-30-2007 03:33:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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Slats1221

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

01-11-2012 02:45:25 | More by Slats1221
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FievelGoesWest

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-29-2012 00:42:32 | More by FievelGoesWest
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Loudiamonds305


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-28-2012 06:06:29 | More by Loudiamonds305
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claaark13

Indiana

2.03/5  rDev -49.3%

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.

02-18-2012 04:25:43 | More by claaark13
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +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.

01-28-2012 01:12:06 | More by SpdKilz
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awdturboiv

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-19-2012 04:21:54 | More by awdturboiv
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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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!

06-30-2010 17:16:51 | More by emerge077
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redjameskidd

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-06-2009 20:53:59 | More by redjameskidd
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jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

10-15-2013 00:48:09 | More by jegross2
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2012 15:19:29 | More by vrbulldog22
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-24-2013 15:34:30 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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hansgruber

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-30-2012 21:45:32 | More by hansgruber
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mdm46410

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +2%

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.

05-18-2008 23:10:14 | More by mdm46410
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curly31989

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-29-2012 22:42:54 | More by curly31989
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

01-14-2007 03:09:07 | More by GbVDave
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aasher

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +2%

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!

04-29-2012 17:54:11 | More by aasher
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discreplayboss

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75%

01-26-2012 23:51:11 | More by discreplayboss
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TMasterFlash

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-10-2012 00:26:42 | More by TMasterFlash
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mcc1654

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-01-2012 18:06:32 | More by mcc1654
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Orchids

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2012 21:36:02 | More by Orchids
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

12-17-2012 06:40:53 | More by AgentZero
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Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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