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Black Sun Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 190
Gots: 85 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: zerk on 12-16-2002)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black-brown body with a tan-colored head.

Smell: Rich chocolate malt aroma with notes of light, roasted coffee and smoke. The nose has an intense floral hoppiness to it, too. That much I assure you.

Taste: Flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla creme upfront that are quickly overcome bitterness. Hmm. Well, this beer certainly took an (unexpected?) detour into rather bitter territories. Herbaceous, piney bitterness continues to last through the dry, chalky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but this beer has a remarkabe viscousness to it.

Drinkability: Pretty good beer, all things considered. It could've used more chocolatiness, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 05:52:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of alexgash


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown, with barely a hint of light through the edges. Small, dependable, glass-crawling, cocoa brown head. Nose is full of caramel, malted milk, roasted marshmallows, coffee, dark chocolate, and peaty bitterness. Complex and good. Gentle roasted bitterness greets the tip of the tongue, followed by smooth, sweet malts. Charred fruits, milk chocolate, mocha coffee. Yum. Finish is dry and bitter and chocolaty. Medium-bodied. Gentle, smooth, consistent carbonation. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 02:11:41 | More by alexgash
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 03:51:17 | More by badbeer
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Jet black pour with a big chocolate colored head that stuck around longer than I expected.

Smell - Noticable hops and mig roasted malt aroma.

Taste - I absolutely love how this beer has a strong hop presense. The roasted malts are there and the taste is not sweet at all. Some hints of coffee but nothing over powering in that regard. I dig the hops in here.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable.

Overall I would have to say this was one of the very best Stouts I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 18:21:53 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark-as-night black color with an equally dark head. I tried to tease out the smell, but there was little there to get. Faint notes of dark toasted grains add a bit of sweetness to it. The taste is the best part. I had this after a day of craving a beer and this seemed to fit perfect. Definitly not too big of a mouthfeel, but a wonderfully long-lasting aftertaste that leaves you craving more. But this never seems to get old, as too many beers do. A great find.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 22:55:19 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of SwillBilly


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

Three Floyds Black Sun Stout 22oz bottle

Appearance: Pours jet black into my pint glass with a small, foamy, tan head. Head vanished quickly upon the 1st sip leaving a wispy, light foam. Sticky, tan, rings of lacing line the glass.

Smell: Not what I was expecting, but then again we are talking about Three Floyds. Piney hops abound with a subtle hint of dark roast coffee and black licorice. A slight wiff of alcohol makes and appearance as well.

Taste: Starts with piney, bitter hops that transitions a to middle full of roasted malt. Black coffee with a very subtle underlying fruity sweetness prevail. The finish is a combination of roasted malt and piney hops. Very interesting, both the roasty malts and bitter hops linger long after the finish. Rather dry in the finish, alcohol not present whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, smooth on the tongue. One you can swirl around in the mouth. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: Black Sun Stout is a very interesting dry irish stout. Big hops and roasted malt dominate. Very easy to drink and dry to the finish definitely makes you want to take another swallow. Nice and creamy in the mouth with a lingering hoppy finish. Not your typical dry irish stout by any means. Another fantastic beer from Three Floyds. Seek and enjoy. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 22:08:18 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm boy, did I enjoy this one. It's sat in my fridge about a month for a night like tonight, nice and casual with my wife. Right from its colder beginnings, I could taste and smell its quality coffee. the vanilla and caramel was a bit harder to notice until the temperature rose. Very nice lacing and head rentention, this is one classic Dry Stout. Enjoyed this 22 oz. thoroughly

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 02:02:30 | More by Backer2004
Photo of burnstar


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head which dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing on the surface and sides. Smell is roasted/burnt malt and tons of citrusy hops. Most striking about the nose is it's intesity- these are strong roasted malt and hop aromas. Nice. Big roasted malt taste quickly turns into bigtime citrus hops. This is definitely hoppier than any other stout I've had imperial or otherwise. Good, if a bit off balance. Mouthfeel is thick and nicely carbonated. Good stuff, different. Fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:19:01 | More by burnstar
Photo of hoppymeal


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tannish brown small head that fades quickly. Aroma is a combination of a big roastiness balanced by a sweeter sugary chocolate. There is also a little smokiness and a decent amount of tart cherry in the smell. Flavor starts with a big deep roasted malt that goes quickly past a sweetness in the middle to a powerful sour-tart sweetness. I also get a little anise-black licorice up front in the roasted maltiness. Medium in body and fairly smooth and soft on the palette, the finish has some hop bitterness with a nice dryness that brings the roasted flavor back up. Very drinkable for me, the sour-tart sweetness was on the verge of being overpowering for me, but the other aspects kept me coming back until the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 02:34:34 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a - almost pure black color, mocha colored head with a little retention, lacing is good

s - roasted malt, coffee, and more hops than I've ever smelled in a stout

t - lots of sweet roasted malt up front along with a healthy dose of coffee, the finish is long and bitter with a nice dose of hops

m - little carbonation, medium-to-full bodied, very dry finish

d - I could drink this all night, and with the lower abv, I could do just that

I have yet to encounter a FFF brew that I haven't loved, and this is no different.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 23:10:58 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Higravity


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this is black but the best part is that the head is chocolate color with a med-small density of bubbles that hangs out for a good long while. The smell is nice and roast mild with some sweetness of malt and a decent touch of hops. Overall this is one of the better low alcohol Irish stouts I have had. Tasty without being too roasted, a nice heft to the body, with some actual hop flavor and a rather smooth finish. Very drinkable and I wouldn't mind having another case.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 12:28:05 | More by Higravity
Photo of beerphan


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber -> goblet
no date

Pours a jet black with a nice 1.5 inch mocha head. Sporadic clingy lace.

First thing i smelled was piney hops. What? Yep piney hops. The quickly gave way to sweet chocolate smells and burnt roasted malts.

Taste: Upfront sweet chocolate latte meets burnt vanilla coffee. The malts seem very sweet, which gives this beer an almost porter like quality. A smokey nutty roasted malt after taste that lingers along with some semi-dry hop residue. Bravo.

Thick, but medium to full bodied with a refreshing swallow. Not slick and too thick like some stouts.

A very drinkable stout. Kind of feels like a combo of a porter and a stout. I enjoyed it and will again. One bomber is not enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 23:15:09 | More by beerphan
Photo of Lnedrive14


3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild hops, but let's be real, this is a malt bomb. Big, chewy thick, black with no head. Nose was very mild - really couldnt get anything out of it, which is somehwat how i found hte taste as well. A little bit of licorice and maybe some cream sensation (oatmeal perhaps?) but there is very little to this beer.

Not at all what I expect from Three Floyds. Just no character whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:49:30 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a mocha head. Lasting collar but no lacing

Nose of coffee and pine hops with toffee in the background

Flavor well balanced, not too much burnt grain. Good hop finish of pine and herbs. Enough caramel to balance the more bitter flavors

Light to medium body, ample carbonation, nice dry hop finish

Quite drinkable, well executed and almost an exact duplicate of North Coast's Black Hart (which is certainly more affordable at $4.99 per sixpack at Trader Joes.)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 04:42:43 | More by RedwoodGeorge


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

This is a beauty that I love to see onyx black body with an inch thick milk chocolate colored head. Nose has strong cola like zest that includes notes of chocolate, pine and malt. A very even burnt bitter malt enters the mouth. The palate includes very pronounced hoppy feel that is very unique for such a dark stout. With this is almost a citrus feel. This is the hoppiest stout I have ever had, While still keeping the integraty of the stout. Mouthfeel is thick and dark but balanced by the hops. Drinkability is enhanced by its uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 21:39:56 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of danielocean03


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

Poured a thick and muddy practically black brown, appearance is not unlike used engine oil, like a thicker espresso. Thin half finger of brown head quickly fades to a light beige sticky ring of lacing, leaving a coating where the head once was. Aroma is mainly characterized by deep roasted coffee and malts, earthy undertones, has a slight burnt bittersweet character that lingers in the nose.Taste is more complex than the smell, adding some chocolate sweetness and sweet dark fruits that brings some balance to the overall dry roastiness this brew projects. Mouthfeel is moderate heaviness with low levels of carbonation, slippery and smooth on the tongue, coats the throat. Drinkability is high, easy to drink with an appreciative complexity that goes well with theh lower abv. Overall, another great product from the good folks at Three Floyds, very solid beer. Nothing over the top, but certainly fits the bill for an Irish Dry Stout. Strongly recommend trying, would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 21:22:11 | More by danielocean03
Photo of kirok1999


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black and inky with a slight crimson around the edges, No head and no lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hop notes, Not much malt sweetness present. Almost a sour grapefruit note.

T- The hops seem to dominate, citrus and floral. The grapefruit comes through more in the taste than the smell. Almost a papery, tar like taste, smoke, and leather. Very different than what I expected from 3F.

M- Dry and bitter, again like paper.

D- A little thin yet very drinkable. For the price there are much better stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 01:25:31 | More by kirok1999
Photo of cokes


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ebony trimmed with scarlet flashes under a draping and groping mocha head.
Fragrant of baseball gloves, pothead ashtrays, and burnt grapefruit.
It begins with a thin, mild roast coffee essence, and unfolds into smoke with notions of tar and cigarettes. Hops hammer home pulpy ruby grapefruits and damp spruce fronds.
Thinnish but unduly quaffable, quenching, and basically gulpable,
if my wallet was fatter. As is, it's 2x the price of things like Shakespeare Stout, and only 75% as good.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 23:41:16 | More by cokes
Photo of jackorain


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle oured into a pint glass

A-Black, foamy head, dark tan in color, great lacing

S-Floral hop, citrus hop, roasted malt, coffee in that order

T-Roasted malt, sweet caramel, coffee, floral hops, dry hop bitterness, very complex. . There is an odd sourness on the finish that is offputting.

M-Thick full body, medium carbonation, very creamy

D-I can finish this 22 oz. bottle but no more. Sourness ruins

Overall, the sourness stops this beer from being a top notch stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 22:04:00 | More by jackorain
Photo of UncleFlip


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep black in the glass, ruby edges when held to light. Beautiful cascadng head, but resulting tan head (at two fingers) a somewhat uneven...large bubbles break it up quite a bit.. It leaves a thick wet lace behind as it fades.

First thing that hits me in the smell is hops...more like hop pelet-type smell...but the roasted & chocolate malt smell creeps out nicely, and mingles with it- making it smell a lot like the homebrew shop where I used to work. ;)

Dry and roasty up front- with a nice spiciness underneath. Flavour gets thineer, but mroe rounded, as it goes on. Finishes with a nice dry spiciness. Not bad.

A bit more carbonated than I tend to like on a stout- and the consistency is a bit more watery than I really like.

Not as drinkable as some other stouts I've had...but still not bad at all...goes down easy, but still with some minor shortcomings. I wouldn't turn it dwn. ;)

Be well

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 04:32:12 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of tavernjef


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

Black with a slimming yet dense, lush tanned foam. Thin sheeting lace covers nearly every inch the head touches.

Sweet oily aroma of orange oils, pine tar, blackened stuff, and slight peppery spice.

Taste is round, big, and bold with a big jump of flavor on the buds with charred roasted malt tone mixed, almost balanced, but not quite, with a orangey pine oil. Slimming bite and bitterness. Semi tangy, mostly charred-like, peppy, lip smacking, smokey dryness really sticks it right on the palate and doesn't move from there. Finish is a mix of complex notions with blackened, charred, smokey, ashy things with a sliver of coffee and oily wood and orange.

Feel is sooo nice...quite big and everlasting in body. Richly set in lasting and well rounded big roasty/charred malts and tone with a semi plush tang underneath it. The hops really make for a unique experience as they add both an extra dimension of flavor and finish within the tone of charred malts. There's an oily side to it that stays just to the back and around the sides, letting the blackened stuff stay up front and heavy on the tongue. Complex as hell; I tell ya what...

An exceptional stout. A mind over matter...of drinking the hell out of the bomber type of brew that exhumes itself from the depths of obscured stout sessioning. What the hell I'm I talking about? Just drink it. You'll be impressed; and if you're not, more for me ...ya simpleton.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 02:12:56 | More by tavernjef
Photo of nicefix


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

Poured ink black with a big 2 finger dark brown head. Nice lace sticking to the glass and decent retention. Smells and tastes of chocolate, coffee, floral hops. Very smoth, suprisingly light and drinkable considering the appearance.

I really enjoyed this beer. My third offering from FFF and I've yet to be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 02:51:47 | More by nicefix
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


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

This beer poured a dark black that fades to a port like brown in the thin strips around the edges. The collar of head was a copper and tan.

Smells of prunes, raisins, sweet corn syrup, smoke and a sweet and dry chocolate.

Tastes of green grapes with a bit of dry smoke that’s blended into a bitter grapefruit rind. Nice blend! I’m also getting hints of chocolate.

The mouth feel is light, but dense with a subtle carbonation.

The dryness of this one is really refreshing for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 17:02:58 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of rajendra82


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

The BIF 30 package from BA orbitalr0x included this 22 oz. bomber, and I am finally getting around to it. When poured into the pint glass, this looked as black as any beer I’ve ever seen, with a mocha colored foamy head. When holding up against strong back light, the body did not let a single photon pass through, so the color remained jet black. The aroma was a bit too timid for a beer that had such good looks. All I could detect was a distant coffee and burnt grain notes riding atop light alcohol fumes. The taste was very smoky with the coffee, toffee, and chocolate flavors being most prominent, followed by dense and citric hop bitterness. The finish was roasty and burnt, and aftertaste swung back into hoppy flavor again. The body was not overly thick to begin with, and the creaminess imparted by the carbonation made it feel even less so. It was a pretty easy task to get this bomber down.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 02:59:19 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Westsidethreat


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

A: Appears thin on the pour...Inky black. Nice, full bodied dark oatmeal colored head. Medium sized bubbles will leave only a sticky wake behind.

S: Roasted black patent, bakers chocolate, cafe au lait and some hops.

T: Begins torrid, bitter and dry. Quickly sweet malts, chocolate and creamy vanilla latte flavors take over. Slightly sour and cola like, they mingle for a short time before fading away. Citrusy bittering hops linger on the palate

M: Medium bodied with a fairly smooth carbonation.

D: Pretty good stout. Decently complex, rich and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 04:24:11 | More by Westsidethreat
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