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Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Since the dawn of time it has been mankind's dream to blot out the sun." - C. Montgomery Burns

97 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 11-14-2012

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown black color. Inspiring. Tan head, fine lace, not super persistent.

Smell of malt & prune, currant.

Taste fits the smell: malty sweetness , dry prunes, raisins.

Mouthfeel is moderate to moderately rich. Fine carbonation. Nice.

Finish has hints of coffee and bourbon mixed with the malt & currant. Interesting, complex, deep.

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Photo of BigGold
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber into snifter. Except for a short-lived head, absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. "Sometimes you've just got to blot out the sun," to paraphrase the bottle and C. Montgomery Burns.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice dark brown/black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - def some citrus, grapefruit, orange rind in there, then dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, burnt marshmallow
T- dark roasted malts burnt marshmallow, chocolate, coffee, piney grapefruit
M - medium heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is roasted malt and piney hops
O- nice beer. Drinks almost more like a black iPad than a imperial stout.

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Photo of Tiburon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this over two days. Impressive mocha colored head on the beer. Nice hop presence on day 1, gone by day 2. Fudge prob biggest flavor, maybe some coffee. Not exactly bitter, but definitely not sweet.

A bit pricey for me, but I had to try it, being a fan of most all things 3F. One and done

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Photo of Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head. Aroma is weird. You get deep roasted malts but there aromas competing with each other. Flavor is super roasted malts, you get hops and faint chocolate. Has a nice body and overall is a nice stout but not impressive.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with ample, viscous tan foam. Excellent lacing. The nose actually gives you hops first, with a little pine and earthiness. Then the chocolate, roast, and coffee smells of a stout follow. The taste has roasted malts and chocolate with the earthy, piney hoppiness still present. Body is full with moderate carbonation, a bitter, balanced finish. A really nice, slightly hopped up, bitter stout.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date 01/15/2016. A new one to me from Three Floyds. Acquired the bomber for $18.99 plus tax at the local beer store, so not exactly cheap. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a darkish brown with hues of red thrown in there. Definitely not black. Appears milky & creamy, like liquid milk chocolate in a glass. One finger of quickly dissipating khaki tan head. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma comes off as hop-forward initially: much more fresh fruity piney hop aromas coming out of this than was expected. No notes of char, roast, barley malt. Maybe because this is fresh, but it smells more along the lines of a Black IPA.

T - Taste follows the nose: hop-forward for sure. Doesn't exhibit the traditional stout roast or bitterness, even after a warming period. Tastes and feels more like a Black IPA to me. Herbal, earthy, bitter, piney, resinous.

M - Feel is the same: easy-drinking stuff. Medium-full in body, with good carbonation.

Overall, it was okay but no where near to be $20 dollars a bottle good. Was nice to try, but I will pass on this one next time.

Three Floyds Blot Out The Sun -----4/5.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1.5 finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of cocoa, some bitter coffee & hops
T: Matches the nose- bitter cocoa, coffee & malts
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat bitter & definitely some alcohol showing
O: Bold with a nice mix of the hops FFF is known for with the nice structure a stout deserves. Overall a well made and tasty beer

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very smoky fudge at first. Not a long retained head. Lacing is pretty decent. Rusty black licorice. Overall a bit disappointed. Not any outstanding flavors to me, plenty hoppy as expected from 3F

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color. 1 finger head that keeps a film around. Pretty huge hop kick in the aroma. Almost a vanilla cake too. Rubbing alcohol. Tastes like a hop addition to the boil. Little dark chocolate, little coffee. A lingering bitterness. Soy sauce. A nice slick mouthfeel. Overall, A nice stout that I wouldn't refuse in a small pour, but won't be getting a bomber of.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from @mr-jj served in a large tulip. Bottled on 1-15-16, 1934-1937.

Pours black with a small light brown head and a small number of carbonation streamers along the edges. Looks like an imperial stout. Smell is mildly chocolatey, moderately yeast, with a healthy coffee roast aroma. More chocolate.

Taste is chocolate sweet, roasty bitter. Moderate dark fruit presence. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is just on the border of chewy. Overall, really good beer.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.98/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is another fantastic stout offering from one of the best breweries in the Midwest. It's extremely strong and dark as the name suggests. There is heavy notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Also used for their beignet chocolate sauce. Fantastic.

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Photo of Tilly
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Black, rich frothy head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.
A: Hops, pine,
T: Hops, pine, slight coffee, cocco,
M: Dry yet syrup like aftermouth, nice bitterness, alcohol. Numbs the tongue.
O: I'm trying, but this isn't a stout, more like an Imperial Black IPA. None the less not a bad beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy imperial stout pours a deep dark black with a nice dark brown head of foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of a DIPA with juicy sticky hops, fudge, light coffee, subtle anise, strong booze and herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with rich dark cocoa and cream awash in deeply brewed coffee with a touch of char. Middle and sides show anise and strong booze with some bright notes of peaches and moderately bitter hops that fade on the back into a coffee and fudge flavor. Creamy mouth feel with medium carbonation and a medium bitter warming finish. Excellent. Unique and lively for an imperial of this strength. Another Valenstein day's brew and the last of tonight.


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Photo of pwlong19
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good sweet, no sour stout. More complexity at the bottom of the pour from a bomber. Chocolate, nutty, earthy apricot with more sweetness at the end. Smell is earthy, but my nose is not my strength.

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Photo of simplejj81
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's good but not at all special enough to be worth $15 for a bomber. As expected with 97 ibu it is a bit more hops than I want in an imperial stout for me.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a little hoppy for am imperial stout for me. Considering it is a 3 Floyds stout, it really isn't overdone at all in that regard, but there is still plenty to go around. Still a ton of roasted flavor though. I would say the balance actually still favors the malts by a hair. A very good cough, black ipa, cough, stout.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, date stamped 12/16/2014
A - black body, tan head
S - juicy hop aroma with dark chocolate and roasted barley and actually a bit piny
T - roasted barley, dark chocolate, big juicy hops
M - full body but seems a bit lighter, quite creamy, finishes sharp with some pine hanging on past the finish
O - this was a year old but drank like it was a fresh black DIPA. The hops are bold and unfortunately take away from it being a stout. Great flavors nonetheless but not what I expected here.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks great, excellent carbonation, lasting
Huge hop smell, sickening
Chocolatey hops, good but off-putting from all the piney-ness going on
Great mouth feel, velvety
If you like American-style stouts, this is excellent!

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had the thinner, hopped, burnt licorice feel of a Black IPA rather than the thick viscous depth of an imperial stout. I'll have to rate it as a black IPA, in which case it was good, but not spectacular. Nowhere near an imperial stout.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Yes, I get it. Blot out the Sun. This could do it. It's dark. The head is browner than I expected given the reviews I've read on here. Pitch black, mocha head. Beautiful.

N - Ok, now I get it. It smells like a Black IPA. Roasty notes with some hop action. Dark fruits with some dank bitterness. Complex without being overpowering.

T - Weird. Up front I get lots of fruit: raisins, plums, maybe over-ripe peaches. Definitely get that Black Ale description. But the finish is all imperial stout. Very roasty - in fact, I'd say one of the roastier stouts I've had, like a Marshal Zhukov or a Serpent's Stout. A very interesting beer.

M - I don't get the thickness of a big stout, which is ok! I get some coating and a slight velvety-ness. Very fine.

O - An extremely complex and interesting beer. Is it what I want in an imperial stout? No. Is it well crafted? Absolutely.

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Photo of -Rick
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for an imperial stout, I found this beer to be very hoppy. If I did not know better, I would classify this as a black IPA. Slight coffee hints, but covered by hops, this is a pretty cool beer.

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Photo of Ranz
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got in a trade.

Poured in a snifter, it is jet-black with a finger of luxurious foam. The lacing is thick and foamy. (Cascade?) Hops on the nose with roasted cocoa and Italian coffee. Huge chocolate, chewy malt, and almost spicy hop on the backend. Roasty notes follow through, too. Mouthfeel is thick with alcohol singe. This is simply amazing--the contrast of hop and cocoa isn't a contrast at all but a complex underlay. This is a new all-time favorite.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, dated 12/16/2014. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head which leaves rings of lacing on the glass. The smell is dominated by piney hops and grapefruit. More complex taste of piney/grapefruit hops, roasted malt, and cocoa. Some bitterness throughout and alcohol warming on the finish. Below average body and present carbonation. Overall, this feels more like a black IPA than an imperial stout, but it's flavorful and well-crafted nonetheless.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First was from a bottle. Second is from a tap enjoyed December 17 at Daily Growler in a tester.

Look - Jet black. Not as thick on head but was not agressive with pour. Tan head color. Lacing is not retained.
Tap look - Close to black. Light tan head. Head settles to a ring. Lacing is there.

Smell - Black IPA mixed with stout. Hoppy. Orange. Grapefruit. Dank. Chocolate. Coffee. Alcohol. Very complex and perfect.
Tap smell - Chocolate. Raisin. Hop. Bubblegum.

Taste - Alcohol, pine, and bitter up front. Chocolate and caramel finish.
Tap taste - Happy to almost smokey. Chocolate. Raisin. Toffee.

Feel - Not too creamy, not too watery. Carbonation does not explode.
Tap feel - Smooth. Slight alcohol. I wouldn't call this dry. Sits just fine.

Overall - I am glad I picked up a bottle of this after having it as my last beer at Dark Lord Day 2015. I am much more coherent this time around. It is a great stout!
Tap overall - First sip said smokey. Last sip said hoppy. Good unnormal stout either way.

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