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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
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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 DrJay


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

Inky black with faint ruby highlights at the edges. The dense brown head left sheets of fine bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass and showed good retention. Initially, there was an intense piney hop aroma that I could pick up from across the table. After this subsided a bit, dark malts were more evident - some roast and chocolate with a burnt edge. Bitterness was balanced with the malt and seemed to grow as the beer warmed. There was a pleasant dry roastiness, almost a mild coffee flavour, that played well against the piney hops. Grapefruit appeared for a moment towards the finish. Hops really made up the majority of the flavour profile. Fine carbonation contributed to a round body and silky texture. Another interesting offering from 3F. Thanks Viggo!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 02:10:15 | More by DrJay
Photo of BigDaddyWil


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

Many thanks to Jredner for this sample, thanks Joe!!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
As with all Three Floyds beers, this label rocks!!!! An evil looking black sun, with a devilish grin.

Appearance: Dark, inky black color, small, thin tan head that disappears quickly. Some delicate lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark roasted malts, with a hints of chocolate and coffee. A slight piney, hoppy, smell.

Taste: Starts with dry roasted malts and chocolate. Finshes dry with a nice amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth and seems to glide down the throat, leaving a slightly dry feeling.

Drinkability: Great session beer, low abv, and not filling. A delicious treat on a cold winters night. Another fine offering from Three Floyds thats highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 01:50:20 | More by BigDaddyWil
Photo of stevegamburg


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

I love Three Floyds. Being a lover of stouts, I had to try the Black Sun.

Here's what I think (keep in mind that I am not knocking this stuff, it just wasn't what I expected):
Overall, it is a very good brew. However, I was a bit disappointed by the amount of hoppiness. I am used to and expect a creamy, dark roasted, chocolatey flavor when drinking stout, not big hops.

I am not going to get into the details on this one. Just remember that if you are looking for a traditionally flavored stout, stay away from this one.
If not, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 22:36:32 | More by stevegamburg
Photo of beerinator


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black opaque. Tannish head with good retention.

Aroma: Roasty burnt hard core aromas. Coffee roasted smells. Malty cake aromas soaked in a coffee roasted blend.

Taste: The flavors are hard core focused on roastiness. The finish contains some lingering bitterness, much in the form of coffee, or roastyness.. The mouthfeel is solid, if a bit slick. The balance here is abnormally different than most Three Floyd's beers. I detect much less hop flavors here than in their other beers. This one seems well suited for session drinking.

Notes: This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Very tasty and suited for session style drinking. I would love to see this one added to Three Floyd's year round products!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 00:50:04 | More by beerinator
Photo of aleyeast

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, it's not an irish dry, more likely to be called an American Dry Stout. served in a stone imperial stout goblet out of 22oz bottle

color is black, small tan head
aroma is big hops followed by roast, lovely smell
taste is caramel on the end, aromatic hops are ever present, roast in background
mouthfeel is very drinkable and addictive

I like this beer, but I like most of their beers

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 18:54:37 | More by aleyeast
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never saw this stuff before today, and just had to try it. I've liked just about everything I've tried in the past from Three Floyds. But this stuff wasn't at all what was advertised on the bottle. It says there is coffee and cocoa, cherries and so on. Bullsh1t, all I can say for sure is that there were lots of hops involved. The trademark hops they use in Alpha Klaus. In fact I'd swear this stuff WAS Alpha Klaus if I didn't see the bottle.

Very disappointed, I paid $8.99 for the bottle and I want my money back.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 03:21:51 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of jlh8643


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

Served in an imperial pint glass at the 3F's BP. A large tan head sat on top of a black body. Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate malts dominate followed closely by some American citrus hops. Good lacing follow the body down the glass. Chocolate and coffee and roasted malts are in the lead with a balance of more hop bite. A nice roasted after-taste in the finish along with some hops. Drinkability is great but I kinda wish it actually had less carbonation. Keep in mind that this is now OFF nitro so its not as creamy as some other reviews in the past couple of weeks.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2006 01:33:43 | More by jlh8643
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber.

Pours a deep black with a cocoa head that fizzles. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell those citrusy hops, which I think are mostly Cascade. Underneath is a roated malt base with some hints of coffee. Smells delicious, although not a traditional Irish dry stout.

Taste is much more malt driven than the aroma. Nice roasted malt tase upfront withe some nice espresso highlights. The hops take over with a nice cascade citrusy flavor with a nice bitter bite. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Body seems a little thin.

Another easily drinkable brew from 3F. I dunno how you even put a style label on this beer, it's no Irish dry stout but it's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:02:37 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of aforbes10


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at 3 floyds

good looking stout. balck, some lacing, 1/8 inch head maintained throughout the drinking period. Slight odor of grapefruit in amongst the expected maltiness. Bitter malt flavor, some chocolate (like baking chocolate). fairly smooth mouthfeel, nothing amazing but drinkable for sure.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-23-2006 18:20:43 | More by aforbes10
Photo of nlmartin


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

This beer was poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured an inky blackness. The head was a slightly creamed coffee coloration. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: A melange of coffee, piney hops, vanilla, anise and chocolate.

Taste: The taste is strange but I like it. The taste delivers as above with dark fruityness raisons and cherries. Lots of piney hoppyness on the front of the taste. The taste is balanced in a odd sort of way.

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied. A very odd tasting balanced beer.

Drinkability: Dam this beer is good. Very well balanced between malty goodness and piney hops. I want some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 14:10:08 | More by nlmartin
Photo of GClarkage


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/21/06- Received via mail order with Archer's Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. No freshness info, but from the most recent batch. Poured into a type of snifter.

Appearance- Deep dark black in color. No light getting through this puppy. Milk chocolate brown full inch head. Nice streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Kinda new to this style, but smelled like charcoal and cigarette ashes. Lots of super dark malt, but mostly ashes combined with some super bitter hop scent.

Taste- Taste pretty much like the smell. Not really cigarette ashes, but kind of charcoal flavored. Maybe a touch smokey. Dark flavored burnt malt mixed with tobacco leaf hops if there is such a thing. Different, for sure.

Mouthfeel- Drying, bitter mouthfeel. Medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Wasn't sure I was going to like it after the smell, but I guess it's what it's supposed to smell like, so I can't complain or down rate it because of that. Tasty and for sure interesting. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 05:13:31 | More by GClarkage
Photo of jakester


2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 14:37:56 | More by jakester
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with just a hint of a ruby highlight. The head was brown, frothy and medium built but with a suitable frame to coat the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was grassy with a strong resinous hop presence that was as if the beer had been recently dry hopped. The aroma contained a bit of oaky vanilla as well. Also present was a nice caramel aspect coupled with chocolate and coffee.

The flavor was bold and grassy with a strong and resinous hop bittering that was agressive and asserted it's presence. The flavor was dominated by the hops but behind them resided a presence of caramel and chocolate along with a dose of roasty coffee flavor. The flavor had a decent fruity character and a nice toastiness.

The finish was dry with grassy hops, coffee and chocolate long into the aftertaste. The body was just full, and not viscous. This beer is definitely made for folks who enjoy a good kick in the pants with hops. The bittering was quite high, but that made the finish dry and the beer quite easy to consume. A hoppy stout for sure!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 22:07:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 16:05:53 | More by Billolick
Photo of weeare138


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

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a black with a light brown hue and a huge brown head. Lots of scattered lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of dark malts but more importantly...the hops! Lots of minty, sugury, orange, and pine goodness. So much so that I can't stop smelling it. This is the most hopped up stouts that I've ever had.
Taste is of that delicious piney hop with some of that dark, sugary malt coming through.
Mouthfeel is bitter sweet with those hops again lingering with some roasty malts and hops bottling it out to the bitter(literaly) end.
Drinkability is good. Nice stout that I can't wait to get into again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 01:48:43 | More by weeare138
Photo of battlekow


4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comparing this directly to 3F's Alpha Klaus Porter, as they're fairly similar and I wanted to get a feel for the subtle differences.

Black Sun's head is just a bit darker, but the bodies of both beers are equally impenetrable. Black Sun smells and tastes more one-dimensionally hoppy than Alpha Klaus; it has some roastedness and cocoa, but they're relatively toned down, though this is to style. In short, I really like the way the beer smells and tastes, but it's one-and-done hops, while Alpha Klaus has a bit more body to it. Alpha Klaus can't touch Black Sun on the mouthfeel though, as 3F really nailed the creamy dry stout texture well.

Personally, I think I prefer the Alpha Klaus, but only by a hair's breadth. My friend murrayswine likes his beers to be hoppy and unbalanced, and so prefers the Black Sun. Either way, though, you can't really go wrong. Two damn fine beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 05:46:39 | More by battlekow
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 04:16:20 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Sephiroth


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

Pours black as night, with a moderate head. Smells like 3FFFs. That is, piney, citric hops. I detect some roasted coffee malt as well.

Taste is excellent. The hops add to the vinous nature. Slight roasted and bitter character. Mouthfeel is great, as I would expect from 3FFFs. Low alcohol+great taste=highly drinkable.

I love the beers from FFFs, and pay top dollar for all of them. Some, like Dreadnaught, Dark Lord, Behemouth, etc., are worth it. At around $9 a bomber, this beer is unique enough to warrant the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 05:29:22 | More by Sephiroth
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely not what I expected on first whiff. On pouring it smelled like it just opened a bag of fresh hops. Not that citrusy/piney IPA hop smell, but just fresh hops. There isn't much else in the mild aroma; possibly a bit burnt toast, but that's about it. Poured a small, dense, chestnut colored head that fades slowly leaving some nice lace. Pitch black beer allows a few ruby rays to escape. The interesting hoppyness carries over into the flavor balancing out the cocoa, coffee, and dark malt flavors. I don't know the hop variety, but I definitely like this one. I'd say it's an American Dry Stout, and pass me another.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 00:14:40 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of sacfly


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

Pours a dark black brown as the name would indicate. Smells very hoppy with pine and citris notes.

Taste is chocolate and burnt grain but quickly over taken and overwhelmed by hops.

This is a stout IPA. Interesting, but not what I wanted in a stout. In a different category… Black IPA? I liked it, but I would go for it if I was in a hoppy mood and wanted a change from the standard IPA. Interesting, but a bit expensive. Storm King minus the alcohol and more hops... (not quite as good...)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 04:01:26 | More by sacfly
Photo of Bumpon10s


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours about as black as it gets with a large brown head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing and such much after the pour.

S - Damn you 3F, adding hops to everything. A nose of hops and plenty of roastiness to keep your nose guessing.

T - Not nearly as much hops as the nose lent you to guess. Lots more roasted coffee notes however, with that slightly sour finish you'll get in Irish Stouts.

M - Creamy, creamy and creamy. A very smooth beer to say the least. This is one of those beers, regardless of taste, many could go down just from the feel of this beer.

D - Very high, a beer this smooth, an with an ABV that isn't too deep at all, I wouldn't mind taking a few of these down. A very nice release from 3F that I would like to see as a regular brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-19-2005 02:36:31 | More by Bumpon10s
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 23:29:12 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, first I'd ever seen it, the usual sweet art work that's expected from 3Fs, I had no choice but to pick it up. Pours an opaque black, no light coming through even on the bottom, with just a thing ring of beige head, some spotty lacing. Smell is strong green fresh hops, grapefruit and citrus, excellent green smell, with just a slight hint of chocolatety malt lurking around in the background. Taste is more of the same, a big juicy grapfruit hops, a slight mocha and roasted flavor, more green grassy hops lingering into the finish. Mediumbodied with a fairly low carbonation level, this is a really easy drinker. Like it's cousin the Alpha Klaus, this takes a traditional dark roasted beer and amps up the hops to a level of domination, and just like that beer I absolutely love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 02:34:04 | More by cubedbee
Photo of nomad


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enveloping darkness in a glass, this beer had a fluffy but full head, yet inconsistent lace. Its appearance held up decently - for me a stout should retain well.

Smelled of grapefruit and tons of it - sweet, round, hop-leafy, and overpowering any other scents. Taste was somewhat roasty with small mocha hints and lots of easy grapefruit flavor. Rounded and tasty, I was very impressed by how delectable the huge hop flavors are without bringing much bitterness. Unfortunately little stout character, this is mostly hop juice. Yet, the malt was undoubtedly strong and present, because of it wasn't this wouldn't have been so quaffable. Thin session mouthfeel.

Incredibly easy to drink, this is a stout only in color. A very extreme interpretation of the style, but damn if it ain’t tasty and inviting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2003 17:39:16 | More by nomad
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bread Company in Urbana, IL. 3.25/pint.

Light-medium bodied, hop-intensive for a stout.

If you know Three Floyd's, this is actually an appropriate stout; otherwise, it might catch you off guard. There isn't a pure focus on malts as there is with many stouts. Oddly enough, the goal doesn't even seem to be carefully balancing roasted malts with hops. Instead, this is quite hop heavy for a beer.

The nose and palette are more than half hops and the light body further suggests that this isn't very malty or stout at all. It has a distinctive Three Floyd's taste and smell from its hops (American Cascade?). As the Web site says, "Three Floyds Brewing was founded in 1996 by Nick Floyd to satisfy his thirst for big, hoppy, honest beers." That hoppiness is characteristic and a part of everything 3F makes -- even their stout.

You have to appreciate the effort. It's a nice stout for a warm day; a summer stout if there is such a thing. Especially nice to get it at The Bread Company (if you're ever in town) where it's served at cellar temperature off a hand pump tap. Nice black pour with good head retention.

Surprising. If even Guinness Draught is too heavy for you (shame!) then this should be right up your alley. A good, very original dry Irish stout.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2003 19:36:33 | More by ngandhi
Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.