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Blot Out The Sun - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 38
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-14-2012)
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Big Star. Served in a hybrid pint-pils sort of glass.

A - Mocha foam with good retention eventually settles to a thick cap and collar, leaving behind thin fingers of lacing. Near-black with a hint of ruby transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - This is one ridiculously hoppy stout, verging on Black IPA levels. It's also really sweet; I'm curious if there's some type of sugar added to this? Very little roast, with hefty doses of milk chocolate and caramel. The hop aroma is the signature citrus and floral combo that graces many 3 Floyds offerings. No obvious alcohol here.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tons of citrus hop flavor mixed in with sugar malts and milk chocolate flavors. There's a touch of smoke in the finish, but this is very much a hop and sugar bomb; the balance is more evocative of Imperial Black IPA than Imperial Stout (although the feel is more of the latter). Again, alcohol is totally concealed.

M - Viscous and chewy, with low carbonation, and a mouth-coating sticky finish. Minimal alcohol warmth. Just a really big and decadent; perhaps almost overly so.

D - I easily crushed the glass, and I could have had a few if it weren't for the slightly obscene $10 price tag. The hop profile really reminded me of Black Sun, so I'm wondering if this is an Imperial version of some sort. Some of my friends disliked this beer, but I thought it was really enjoyable.

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Cat pee and coffee: a winning combination.

Looks--there's two kids next to me right now talking about how the fact that all your feelings come from nerves are proof that god is a materiality. There's progressive metal blasting. The guy who poured me this beer has a goatee tattooed onto his face.

The Floyds is weird. You think you're gonna show up during off hours and just sneak a quick one for the road and it turns into a big drunk ordeal.

But right now, this--this has the distinct taste of cat pee. It's a particular form of high-acide hoppiness I've noted before but never has it been more prominent. And never, shamefully, has it been so tasty.

The stout nodes a bit tart but the cat pee sees them through. The body is a little thin but the cat pee sees it through.

I need to be arrested.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Three Floyds on Christmas Eve.

Served in a snifter.

A: Despite the extreme noirness pertaining to the color (or lack thereof) of the brew, this had a rather MASSIVE mocha head. Totally not used to that in Imperial Stouts. Looked dangerous.

S: Hoppy and fruity as hell! Was this supposed to be an Imperial Black IPA? Pineapple, grapefruit, mangos, and others from the tropics all wrapped up in a roasted, dark raw cacao, blanket.

T: Seriously, I can't believe I tasted pineapple first in an Imperial Stout. That's most definitely a first! Sure, it also had a roasty, chocolatey, malt bill as well, but the pine and grapefruit could not be ignored. Was this supposed to be an Imperial version of "Black Sun?"

M: Char bitterness on the end to let us know that this was supposed to be a stout, fruity, organic sweetness, low carbonation, and with ridiculous lacing.

O: I will NEVER forget that I tried this beer for as long as I live. Did I mention that it was also awesomely delicious?

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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Blot Out The Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. My presumption is that this is a barrel treatment of their Irish Dry Stout, Black Sun. This beer is aptly named after the infamous Simpsons story arc "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"
Score: 88

Tap pour served in a 10 oz glass at the Three Floyds Brewery and enjoyed on 12/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Deep brown color. Served with thin layer of khaki tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, above average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells like a brown sugar infused IPA. Piney hops, brown sugar, and non-descript tropical citrus. There is a faint hint of bourbon, but not much barrel characteristic present at all. 4/5

Taste: Are we sure this is a stout and not a black IPA? malty brown sugar and grassy, tropical citrus hops. Very hoppy. Hint of cocoa. No booziness. Mildly sweet. Virtually no barrel characteristic present. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Sticky, malty and hoppy. 3.5/5

Overall: Outside of their variants for Moloko and Dark Lord, I have been very disappointed by Three Floyds' barrel program.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth going out of your way to try. This beer is overpriced for what it is, and for what you can get (even at a bar, even in Chicago) for $8, in my opinion.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $8 for a 10 oz glass.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew was enjoyed on our second trip to Three Floyds’ establishment in Munster, Indiana. It was served on draught into a generic and blunted half-sized chalice. The pour showed the deepest chocolate brown coloring, with a supporting head of burnt chicory bubbles that stood the width of half a finger. The latter retained moderately, etching thin pencil designs of lacing around the glasses. No haze or sediment was appreciated, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma boasted the juiciest green grassy, grapefruity, and dripping nectary hoppiness. This was met by a warm stouty base of massive coffee malt bitters and burnt chocolate malt dustiness, sweet bubblegum esters, smoked brown grain, cigarette ash, chlorine chemical bite, ginger root and chive freshness, burnt cinnamon and pumpernickel toast, distant pumpkin spice, and light plastic phenols. The taste to follow was a powerhouse of cloying milk and dark chocolate syrups and malt bite, thick black molasses, burnt black, chocolate, and coffee maltiness, equally as sweet nectary and tropical pineapple, mango, and citric fruity hoppiness, marijuana brownie butter and batter, cardboard and Styrofoam, fiery booze, pencil tip woodiness, big bubblegum esters, liquid caramel, coppery metallics, burnt Creme brûlée sugars, muddy mineral, and cocoa-powdered truffles. The body was full and chewy, leaving the mouth entirely coated with massively foamy cream and froth. Slurp and smack were appropriate. Carbonation felt light but contributory. Otherwise, the mouth met astringency that dusted into powdered chalkiness the more you sat on it. Drinkability was fantastic for this beer’s given IBUs and abv.

Overall, pegged at 97 IBUs, this is one approachable and heavily sweetened beer. There is so much chocolate through the mouth that gets layered and layered upon by waves of nectary and tropical fruity hoppiness. The more you drink it the more you realized that this is less of a separation, and more of an interwoven, integral union. And what a union it is!! That level of hoppiness is just so hard to come by, especially for your bigger stouts; really for your darker beers in general, we suppose. We’re talking IPA-quality hoppiness. Think Young’s Double Chocolate meets something like Lagunitas Sucks, but in the most world-class way, with the densest forest of the most top-quality ingredients available. It certainly approaches the level of hoppiness one would find these days in your black ales/black IPAs, but with an insanely thick and hearty malt spine. This is our first stout from Three Floyds, and it honestly blew us away with its hop bombing for days. This is a fantastic, savory beer, and is truly unlike anything we’ve encountered before.

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Blot Out The Sun from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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