Black Sun Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 212
Gots: 85 | FT: 5
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 12-16-2002

6.5% ABV, 50 IBUs - Black Sun 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. December release.
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Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a decent light brown head that fades quickly but left some decent lacing. The aromas are a little light- just a whiff of roasted grain and creaminess. The flavor is aalso somewhat light, but with clean flavors of lightly roasted grain, a touch of cocoa and a slight licorice flavor. Dry apple on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Delicious, a very nice dry stout.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nitro at Cole's yesterday,a beautiful pour to this ink black with a cascading mocha colored head that settled into a two finger creamy top giving off a creamy mustache after every drink.Light earthy,leafy tones in the nose along with some dark roast coffee with a hint of smoke,this is a dry stout I could quaff all day with the nitro giving it the creamy texture man its dangerously drinkable.Healthy dose of hops to this dry stout earthy and herbal with hints of toasted nuts and strong coffee with a lingering lightly smoked woody elemant in the finish.My new favorite dry stout this would be dangerous on ST. Pattys day,man that is good stuff.

Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This fella came out almost pitch black in color with a very modest head. The foam that was there though was nicely tanned and left a ring of love around the top of the liquid.

Smell – The roasted malt aroma is awesome! It’s a pure, classic bouquet balanced with some drying hop notes and not overly sugared like most others. It also wants to be an espresso fragrance but just does teeter on the opposite border.

Taste – The roasty malts step back a hair at the taste and the brown sugar comes up a bit to even things out. They show up throughout the drink but don’t bring too much attention to themselves. The hoppy notes are small but noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied but bigger than light. It’s perfectly suited with just enough bitterness to keep the salivary glands happy but not so much that it puckers the mouth. I love the balance of this IDS. It’s dry to just the right degree.

Drinkability – This is an incredibly smooth, drinkable stout and with the low ABV lends itself to a nice session or two.

Comments – I’d like to throw out a big BA mugs up to BeerGuy for bringing this bomber out to Seattle.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive. Solid color. Black. Nice head. Great aroma of licorice, plums, figs, raison, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Clean on the palate. Fairly light bodied. Easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Pretty dry with a nice lingering bitterness. Flavor mostly of coffee with some cherry and a little roasty chocolateness. Over priced in the bomber but I can’t complain about it on tap.

On tap at the Firkin.

Photo of ricke
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black, some brown hues around the edges though. A nice 2 cm light-brown head dissipates a little too quickly.

S: Absolutely amazing smell. Very distinct hop character. Almost hard to believe that a dry stout can smell like this. Fresh hops, pine-needles and resins. The hops are mixed with a smooth roasted malt character, chocolate and a faint smoky note.

T: The taste is almost better than the smell. I haven't had many stouts with such a fantastic and distinct hop character. It's fresh with plenty of resins and grass, and even some notes of grapefruit. Underneath the hops lies a smooth stout character. Sweet malts, dark bread and some chocolate. The stout flavors go really well with the hops, a true work of art, I'd guess. A gentle tart note in the middle. The finish is rather bitter with some wood, hop resins and sweet malts.

M: Semi-full body, plenty or carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

D: This is one amazing beer, I really enjoyed it. Could have finished the bomber in no-time. Would feel privileged if I got to try it again.

Photo of newk340
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful thick and black pour with a toffee tinted 2 finger head that left some pretty awesome lacing.

S: a wave of roasted coffee on the first whiff that provided a very relaxing midmorning aura.

T: a smooth malty start that fades to a sweet toffee/coffee taste as it reaches the back of the throat.

MF/D: very smooth and nothing less than i expected from a 3F beer. very drinkable and an enjoyable afternoon beverage.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Black Sun Stout pours from the wickedly wonderfully labeled bomber a thick, viscous deep onyx black with a nice quarter inch of foamy dark tan head on top that leaves spots of lacing all over the glass. Aromas of burnt roasted coffee beans entangled with a hefty helping of lovely fresh grapefruity hoppiness that tingles the nose. A touch of smoky, burnt caramel sweetness with some vanilla bean as well. The interplay between the dark, roasty malts and the intense green citric hoppiness is divine. Wow...such an aroma that it's hard to put down the glass.

First sip brings a big, burnt, smoky dark maltiness upfront with notes of charred coffee and chocolate. Big, citrusy grapefruity hops work their way in, but they don't overpower the brew at the same time. A touch of vanilla and some dark fruits show up as the brew ends fairly dry with a nice bitter finish and lingering notes of roasted malt. An incredibly enjoyable hoppy stout that balances itself with an equally hefty maltiness. I sampled this on nitro the other night at the brewpub and the creaminess and drinkability was outstanding. Seek it out if you stop by the brewery.

Mouthfeel is big, nice and chewy with a good amount of carbonation. I find myself working through this one at quite a fast pace. It's just so damn tasty it's hard to put the glass down. I would have no problem drinking this all night long. Very glad to see this one finally bottled in bombers again. This is a must try brew and another winner from the Floyds. Picked this up at the brewpub for $8/bomber.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly, but leaves some nice lacing behind. Smell is an interesting combination of roasted malt, chocolate and a nice amount of pine hops. Taste has more chocolate than the nose, along with some nice pine hops, earthy roasted malts and a touch of molasses. Nice full taste but the mouthfeel is not at all heavy. Medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. I wish this was part of their year-round lineup. A very enjoyable stout.

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at The Keg, in Clarksville, Indiana. Pours into an English pint glass very dark and opaque. The body is topped by a two finger cocoa brown head. Impressive! Very good retention and gorgeous rings of sheet lacing decorate the glass.
Grassy hops immediately make their presence known to the nose, immediately leading into some standard stout notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel is quite creamy, with a solid medium body and subtle carbonation.
Taste is excellent. Very prominent hops for a stout, and they stand up very well to the roasted dark malts here. Dark fruits taste like fig newtons. A fresh, red cherry sweetness lingers throughout. The dark chocolate and burnt coffee notes are unmistakable, of course, but the fruitiness here is sublime. Roasted almonds emerge at room temperature, adding a smokiness. Very, very nice...A wonderful sipper. What a pleasant surprise! Goes down very easy. A very worthy little brother of the Dark Lord....

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness indication. Pours dark muddy brown, fine and slight dark tan head, leaves very fine lacing. Milk chocolate nose, lots of chocolate, coffee, burnt grains, some smoke, dried fruits. Tasty, thick, complex and gooey stuff. Grainy hops late. Lucious, silky and smooth mouthfeel. Yum

Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Brewfan for this offering...
Pitch black in color with absolutely no light passing thru this one...two fingers of creamy, cocoa-colored head that sticks around for almost the entire pint and leaves some sticky, web-like lacing.
Had to take two whiffs to believe it...yup, hops first with this one...should not be surprised with 3F. Cocoa-powder, molasses and dark roast coffee beans.
Taste is excellent and not overdone on the hops as I was expecting...actually, no over the top in any one category. An extremely well balanced chocolate/malt/hop ratio with the coffee taste taking a back seat. Just a hint of sweetness up front and finishes somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is perfect to make this one quaffable stout.
Not my favorite in the style, but definitely in the top 5...recommend this one if you have the opportunity.

Photo of badbeer
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured deep black color with a brown head that left excellant lacing. Smell is incredible, piney hops come right through, paired with some roastiness and cocoa. I wouldn't normally expect so much hoppyness in a dry stout, but it paired wonderfully. Taste of coffee and cocoa paired with a wonderful piney hoppyness. Mouthfeel had medium carbonation and medium body, very dry finish. I love this, and even with the steep price tag, I will and did pick up more. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jakester
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an inky jet black with a 1/2 finger head of brown foam. The head falls to tiny spots and a ring, with minimal lacing.

The aroma is really different. Strong chocolate and coffee yes, but strong vanilla as well. Dark dried fruits, (really dark). Hop aroma is very piney/floral. Not real sure this is going to work.

Flavor is coffee and chocolate, with strong vanilla. Hop flavor is very piney. I have never tasted a beer like this. Hop bitterness is high. Dark fruits like prunes, raisins and cherries. There is an odd flavor here I'm not sure I like. Aftertaste is black coffee and pine needles.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very soft carbonation, bordering on watery. Coffee and hop combination are slightly puckering. Dark malts and hops feel oily on the tongue. Finish dries out nicely.

I usually love everything from 3 F's, but this just doesn't work for me. I think this choice of chocolate, coffee, and piney flavoring hops isn't a good combination. Something is really odd in this beer. I probably would not get it again.

Photo of strangebrew52
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a fingers worth of tan head that disappears quickly but leaves some lacing.

S: Suprisingly hoppy aroma for a stout, also get some smokiness and chocolate in there.

T: Hmm lets see, smokey, chocolate, coffee and fruity tastes all come together beautifly.

M: Medium body with slight carbonation.

D: Great stout, could definitely have more than one.

Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Nearly black and somewhat thin looking, with a small light brown head that doesn't leave much stick the glass. Average, yet disappointing. I always expect the world from Three Floyds beers.

Simple and balanced aroma of roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and a bit of bright floral hops which seem to be in most FFF offerings. Simple and not at all overwhelming.

Easy drinking dry stout with the roasted malt playing the largest role in this beer's flavor with a complementary, piney hop presence. Low bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A fine example of the style, but unexciting.

Photo of kpantz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Just a wonderfully easy-drinking stout. Nothing over-the-top about this - just a great combination of aromas and flavors. Solid, solid stuff.

Appearance: Pitch black with some red around the edges. Tan, frothy head. Minor lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, licorice, coffee, smoke.

Taste: Much like the smell with the addition of dark chocolate. The smoky flavor is pretty noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation. Very smooth. Great for the style.

Drinkability: Thanks, may I have another? This is an easy-drinker; I'd have several of these on a cool night.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown, not quite black appearance. Big cherry cola head, very impressive, what I love to see, approaches a work of art. Aroma, a dry degree of hops, not bountiful.

All the hallmarks of a traditional stout of this style, its dry, caramel, chocolate and a tiny amount of coffee. But the fruity feel to it, very much in the background, gets it big originality points. My favorite tasting stout in its style.

Mouthfeel, again, the fruit aspect has a neat interplay throughout, never heavy on the palate, this just hit the spot for a cold tailgate yesterday.

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Smith Nonic Pint glass.

A - poured a dark chocolate brown and seemed to have a black cherry hue to it when held up to the light. it has a small head that poured before fading away into nothingness.

S - Smell at first comes off smelling like a dry wine and has a heavy cherry aspect to it as well. There also seems to be a hint of a bitter chocolate as well that comes up. A hint of an orange peel also seems to come through as well.

T - The fruity flavors of this one really come through in a surprising way. There really seems to be a cacophony of black cherry, orange peel, and lemon as well. Hints of a bitter dark cocoa also come through when the fruit flavors come and add a bit more uniqueness to this one. There is also a light bitter hoppy aspect that comes through and there is also a nice caramely sweetness that comes through to balance this one out and there also seems to be a hint if creme flavor that comes through. The aftertaste is a nice dark chocolate smokiness that just sits in the mouth and adds something extra as I was surprised this flavor stood out. Really a nice and flavorful brew that is really balanced as all the flavors come through great without anything overpowering.

MF - Overall, this has a decent body to it and definitely more than most beers of the style. Not as creamy or smooth as I thought it would be as there is a nice hit of carbonation that comes through and really makes the lemon, orange and cherry flavors really pop out stronger.

D - overall, a really tasty brew that is super easy to drink. Have to say this would be a great brew that is really easy to session as it is full of flavor, not overpowering and a nice low ABV. Definitely one of the better beers for the style especially.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid FFF beer shared by Mike, John, and Jeff - much obliged!

Pours one shade away from black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger light brown head. The head sticks recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of hops and more hops - both citrus and floral aromas - with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes very good. Hop flavors follow the aroma and are still the most prevalent, but this finish is more skewed toward roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. There's a dry and mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could certainly polish off a bomber on my own.

Overall this certainly isn't a traditional Irish Dry Stout, but it's pretty tasty regardless. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours an inky black body to dense to see any sign of carbonation. The head is a thick creamy dark tan color that starts to have big rocky bubbles form after a while but still stands strong.

S- The smell of fresh crushed green floral hops are bursting with a nice background of roasted dark coffee and dark malt coming through.

T- The taste of dark malt has some flavors of dark coffee with some slight sour earthy flavor. As it warms there is a soft dark chocolate note to the malt. The finish as a nice neutral hop bitterness that is not as strong as to balance with the hop smell. Notes of a pleasant chalky taste with hints of smoke are in the taste as it warms.

M- This is a medium body ale that has a nice creamy texture with no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- With each sip that amazing smell of floral hops is wonderful but the taste doesn't follow through with the hops. The malt bill is very smooth and drinkable and the bitter hops do nicely in balancing the malt. Very smooth drinking beer but the aroma makes me want a hop monster.

Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the big sis(kels) for grabbing this brew while in Indianapolis. Purchased at Crown #29, I believe.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black and nearly no light is let through. A very big, very very deep mocha head forms... I'm talking RIS colored head. Great retention and but not too much lacing.

S: Dry, lightly bitter fresh coffee. A bit of light milky chocolate. A good roasty,charred backbone.

T/M: Tasty roasted malt backbone with good, dry, bitter coffee grounds. Slowly gets dryer until about midway where it's pretty assertive but not too harsh. Some sugary fruits add some depth as well as sweetness. A milky, chocolaty note creeps up and compliments the near Oatmeal Stout mouthfeel, just on the dryer side. Body is medium full with a velvety smoothness.

D: Easily drinkable and I'm glad FFF didn't screw it up by making the ABV too high... not that they frequently screw up or anything... they just tend to get too extreme at times.

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More catching up from the site reconfiguration.

Black Sun is a beauty. It's completely black and forms a very large cap of heavy, dense, rocky brown head trailing a broken curtain of lacing to the bottom of the glass.
Pine is foremost in the aroma with maltier elements of light smoke, coffee grounds, and roast. Pine seems a bit heavy.
The flavor is likewise interesting as a hit of pine is first on the palate, clean and, for lack of a better word, "needly." Coming behind it are light smoke, roast and coffee grounds. While at first I'm thrown off by the pine, I do have to concede it adds quite a bit of dryness and helps it attain an adherence to style, even if a bit hoppy. It certainly adds a nice woody aspect.
The body is thick, robust and, as it should be, dry. In fact, this beer maintains an exceptional dryness without losing any smoothness or the very light crsipness that just keeps it active. While thick, the body is somehow still medium rather than being bigger or heavier than it should. Well done.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A (4.5): Almost perfect. Two finger-sized head on top of a charcoal black brew.

S (4.5): Wood chips, hops, dark malt and chocolate.

T (4.5): Follows the nose. Nice and bitter up front, followed by dark chocolate, coffee, and dark malts. Great brew, very interesting for a stout.

D (4.5): This brew is somewhere between a 4.5 and a 5, for me. Awesome full flavor, very smooth and very interesting. Every sip has something new to explore; love this beer.

Photo of zjungleist
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pretty much totally black with a dark tan head. The smell is pretty much all hops. The taste has an extremely hoppy start, and only after the intense and complex hop flavor exits can I start to taste some malt. But by comparison, the malt flavor is small, with just a touch of chocolate and a tiny bit of fruit. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit dry, but not as thick as I expected. Overall I'm not sure this beer needs to be as intesne as it is for the ABV, and the hop flavor is slightly out of balance and hurts the drinkability. I think this recipe would be a bit better if they stepped up the malts and went for broke. But I guess they already have the DarkLord, so...

Photo of GilGarp
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber, no freshness date.

Served cool and poured into a goblet, it's very dark brown with good clarity on the pour. The tan-colored head is creamy but settles quickly leaving a small edge of head.

The aroma is sublime with fantastic sweet milk choclate, mild coffee and toffee, maybe even a little honey.

Flavor is also excellent. There is great roasted malts with all of the flavors picked up in the aroma (except the honey). For a "dry stout" it still has good sweetness to balance out the dark malt bitterness. This is so full of flavor for a beer of lower alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body but so creamy smooth with nice low carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer. So full of flavor, great balance, and something I could drink all night. I just wish we had Three Floyds in Colorado!

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Black Sun Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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