Black Sun Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
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 aint tasty and inviting.
12-06-2003 17:39:16 | More by nomad
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-30-2003 19:36:33 | More by ngandhi
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
22 ounce bomber
Pours pitch black upon first impression, but closer inspection reveals some deep garnet hues picked up along the edges. No light shines through. A thick, caramel colored head fades to a 1/4 inch layer leaving a complex lace.
Creamy, malty, and sweet on the nose. It reminds me of a "Black Cow" in aroma. The hops are there too, but in the background.
The taste is sweet and malty. Caramel notes with just a hint of bitterness. Mid-beer the hops begin to assert themselves a bit more and lend a good balance to the beer.
Rather dissapointing, thin body, but fitting carbonation.
A very drinkable stout.
05-04-2003 20:08:54 | More by cretemixer
3.43/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a very dark head. Smells hoppy! Also smells strong. It tastes very light for a stout. A little bitter and a little sweet. Does not taste strong - and it is not strong, all the hops must have thrown me. The beer feels like it scoots around my mouth. Not very drinkable, in my opinion.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)
04-24-2003 20:06:13 | More by dwarbi
4/5 rDev -0.7%
I had this beer on tap at a local restaurant. Pours a dark jet-black color with a thick and creamy tan froth. Head retention is great, it lasted until the last drop, leaving a sticky lace on the glass. The aroma was full of dark roasted malt, hops, coffee, and dark chocolate. The taste is very well balanced. The hops are very apparent, as is the malt. There was just a perfect balance of coffee and chocolate at the end. This is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking stout with moderately dry finish. Seek it, find it, drink it, love it
04-09-2003 09:18:34 | More by Scooter77
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
This beer poured a jet black and had a nice foamy off white head.
I really liked the aroma of this stout it was different. A strong floral hoppinees matched well with the roasted barley
And malt flavors. The smell of the hops reminded me of their Alpha King. The taste was good and it had a nice bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Not that heavy tasting. Very enjoyable and drinkable.
04-06-2003 12:44:34 | More by pezoids
4.03/5 rDev 0%
When received at my end of the bar the first thing I noticed was how perfect this glass of beer looked. A small thick full and creamy head sitting on top of glass of black gold. The color of the beer was jet black where no light was able to penetrate. The head was (like I said above) thick, creamy, and tan in color, long lasting and slowly diminished with each sip that I took. The lace was more like a full rich, sticky blanket that was draped over the inside of the glass. The aromas that came from the insides were at first slightly perfumey in nature, but that left very fast, as the other aromas quickly took over. Smells of coffee, bitter chocolates, floral hops, ash, roasted malt and wood, charcoal, and hop leafs (raw, and dried) this smell was very dominant. The tastes were rich and mouth filling. They were of hop flowers/leafs, rich coffee, floral hops, some bitter chocolate, some ash, roasted malts and more hops. This beer left a hoppy dry finish in the mouth and across the tongue, kind of reminded me of having a little pinch of hops between the cheek and gums. Very rich and it is a good beer. Totally different then there other stout that I had, the Dark Lord. Another winner from the 3 Floyds.
03-31-2003 09:32:56 | More by Jarod
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
A big, roasty stout that (of course, being Three Floyds) has a very healthy amount of hops. A little more body than a Guinness stout, but not quite an Imperial-style stout either. Too thin for that designation. This is a stout for those beer drinkers who like their beer dark, roasty and very hoppy. Something akin to a Sierra Nevada Stout.
01-03-2003 14:57:09 | More by marcobrau
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
I keep telling myself... "they're not normal..." and this is not by any means a normal stout... It looks normal enough: opaque and black with a thin but persistent head, and a beautiful lace all the way down the glass. The aroma is the first clue that there is something different here. Chocolate, coffee, pine, and citrus heavily hopped. The flavor begins with coffee, and finishes with pine some notes of chocolate quite a bit of bitterness. Very dry and smooth but thin for a stout. The hops seem a little out of whack it could use a little balance. Even though I love some of the beers that Three Floyds puts out, sometimes normal is ok.
12-16-2002 14:04:34 | More by zerk
Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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