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Blot Out The Sun - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 413
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 60
Gots: 145 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-14-2012

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

97 IBU
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Photo of kkleu357
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark black body. Very floral aroma with some sweet roasted chocolate smell. Tastes to me more like an imperial black IPA. The hops seem more present than the coffee and chocolate taste; however, still can easily pick up the sweet tastes. It’s very good, but a little to hoppy for my liking. (292 characters)

Photo of sirhc3034
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very different for an imperial stout. To the eye and on the pour it very much is a stout but the nose screams black IPA. There is a stout quality to the mouthfeel and taste but a bitterness on the backend that is more characteristic of an IPA. Overall a very cool spin on the stout style (287 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque black, with a hint of red. Light tan head, with legs. Lacing is mild.

S - Bright hop of citrus and roasted malts. A slight hint of alcohol burn.

T - A lovely coupling of hop citrus pith and chocolatey malts. A nice middle fills with roast flavors. The close is mildly bitter but constrained.

M - A full coating, bright carbonation, dry close, and easy return.

O - It may be called a stout, but this is a beer better understood as a black IPA, or a cascadian black ale. Full and bright with lovely flavors, I'd drink this regularly. It is even and balanced, despite its hop forwardness, with nice roast elements and a malty sweetness to counter the bitter notes. (684 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ FFF brewpub.
Serving Type: 10oz goblet

A: Black, near opaque color with minimal head. Nice alcohol legs and some slight lacing

S: Hops, nice citrus hops. A bit of booze, some good caramel & toffee roast notes. A great smelling hoppy stout.

T: This one is mostly malts, nice roasted malts. Chocolate, toffee, slightly sweet. Barely any hops as I was expecting from the nose on this one. Very slight on the booze notes, dangerously drinkable

M: Medium mouthfeel. Coats the mouth nicely with roasted malts with a hint of booze.

O: A great stout. Deceptively drinkable, i could drink this all day, then be plastered. The nose is wonderful but the taste doesn't follow the nose, which is good IMO. One of the best beers I've tasted from FFF this year. (762 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass

A - 4.75 - Pours black in color. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating, dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, low head retention. Spotty lacing.
S - 3 - Is this a black IPA? I could have sworn the label said "imperial stout". Slight touch of malts and chocolate, loaded with hops, peach, orange and grapefruit.
T - 2.75 - Not bad at all, but not a stout. This drinks to me like an imperial black IPA should. Its got a decent amount of malt and chocolate, but the hops stand out and are aggressive.
F - 4 - Medium/Full bodied mouthfeel.
O - 3.75 - A decently tasty brew, but not what was advertised nor what I was in the mood for when I opened it. This does NOT drink like a stout, it drinks like a black IPA! (751 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I saw Imperial Stout on a 3-F's label I almost lost it!

A - Deep and dark brown color,basically black but not as stark black as Sublimely. Pours thick with khaki head with nice lacing.

S - Tons of hops at the beginning with some nice roasted, chocolaty tones in the back. After warming the malt and roasted character becomes more noticeable but still dominated by the fresh hop fragrance. Herbal, citrus, and pine are the most distinguishing characteristics.

T - Lots of delicious flavor with the citrus hops really shinning through. Seems like simcoe hops with the pine, herbal, and citrus flavor really pounding it in there There is the roasty, malt sweetness to help but the hops are the showcase. It is over the top hoppy but with the warming richness of the stout you know that this is a 3-F's creation. Lots of hop bitterness and a little from the roasted malt but it has a little salvation from just the sheer flavor impact of the hops and stout.

M - Heavy mouth-feel with perfect carbonation. Not a total oil slick but not a light feeling beer and a nice bitterness.

Overall, a very delicious beer. It is definitely an Imperial Black IPA and not a normal Imperial Stout but I really love hoppy stouts. I tried to get this beer as close to 52 degrees (cellar) that I could and I was rewarded with a big complex beer that is hop forward and flavor-FULL. There is plenty of hops, bitterness, and that robust stout character makes it worth every penny. It is less citrusy and more full bodied than Stone's Sublimely Self-righteous but with the overall impact and size you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Ranz
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Jhfinn
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this was a black IPA it would be the best I've ever had but it's a Imperial Stout. Only reason I rated it this high is because it's a fantastic tasting beer but far from the best Imperial Stout. (197 characters)

Photo of mishtif
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

served into a tulip at the pub on 1-18-2013

I am not normaly a dark beer drinker, but i was told that this brew i could not pass up.

Pours dark as night with a chocalate colorded head about a hlaf inch high.

Smells of coffee, toffe and chocalate with a nice almost citrus like aroma.

I was taken away by the taste of this brew. Righ in front you get hit by the hops in this one. Almost a citrus/cascade dry hop. Very full body, lots of booze. Again hints of choclate, toffe, and pine.

From three floyds, i was expecting a rather bitter finish, but is was quite subtle. Went down with out a backlash of bitterness.

overall i wish this was a beer that they continue to make and hopefully one day bottle. (708 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%

Picked up brew pub.
A: poured into snifter, amazing +2 finger chocolate mousse foam head, dark chocolate body, some carbonation, stringy lacing
S: chocolate, burnt sugar, pumpkin spice, oak, boozy, vanilla, pine hop resin
M: medium body, thick and chewy, resin coats the tongue.
T: chocolate, malt, oak, burnt sugar, boozy, vanilla, hop resin, roasted malt, hints of tobacco, some pepper
O: fantastic brew, complex flavors, tasty treat! (437 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick dark with a medium caramel head. Smells of hops and burnt coffee. Has a huge hops taste with burnt coffee, there is a hint of tobacco and licorice in the background. Somewhat syrupy with mild carbonation. Not sure I like all the hops in a stout, makes it more like a black IPA than a stout. (306 characters)

Photo of Austin32
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really great hop infused stout. I would expect a chocolaty malt flavor to clash with a strong crisp hop flavor but they combine very nicely. Definitely worth a purchase. (169 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.41/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

5 oz taster glass, from tap.

Appearance: Your typical stout - black of color, dark tan of head, with good retention.

Smell: Straight hops, nothing else. This smells much like I imagine perfume that has gone rancid smells.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma, nothing but a solid wall of acrid floral bite. I can't even conceive of any other descriptor than what I would guess taking a swig of some excessively flowery perfume right from the bottle could be like.

Mouthfeel: I got two sips in, and couldn't even register mouthfeel, so I default this category to decent.

Overall: This is a black IPA that is mislabeled as a stout. Those of you who don't share my hop sensitivity would probably find it amazing - I get a single note barrage of disgust. (753 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 12/16/2014 (I think..was partially worn off), sampled and reviewed on February 16, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. I really need to go shopping for some glassware.

Pours..pretty much black. Looks beautiful and tops off with a nice 1.5" light brown head of foam. Good retention throughout. Smell is dark fruit, raspberries, cranberries, cherries, maybe some pineapple, and notes of hops here and there. Upon tasting, strong hints of dark fruit and chocolate. A bit malty and incredibly enjoyable. Slightly heavy on the palate but not quite as much as other stouts. Very smooth from beginning to end. I sense a bit of bread or dough as the aftertaste sets in, but still strong hints of sweetness and fruit.

This is the first beer from FFF that I've had the privilege of trying and it honestly blew me away. Probably the best beer I've ever tried, period. Simply delicious. I was lucky enough to grab the last one from the store tonight and I'll be getting more every chance I get. (1,034 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled in December, consumed in late March.
Look = 4.5 Pours black into opaque in the glass with 3 fingers of thick, frothy brown head with great retention and lace.
Aroma = 3.75 The hops hit me first, citrus and fruity notes but these seem to fade away quickly. It kind of takes on a musty ashtray aroma, with some coffee notes, but overall it’s pretty weak.
Taste = 3.75 More malt forward then the aroma starts out; a strong roasted malt backbone highlighted with citrus notes. Mild bitterness on finish.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation; the feel is smooth but fizzy.
Drinkability = 3.75 Big Imperial black IPA and/or stout; a little too roasty to be easy drinking.
Overall = 3.9 Not overly impressed; it could be that I sat on it too long. Wanted to get more of that hoppy goodness in there; more black IPA than stout. (883 characters)

Photo of sbxx
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark, dark, dark! Lives up to its name. 1 finger of head disappeared quickly. Nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet citrus hops! Some floral hints intertwined.

Taste - Fruit! Hints of grapefruit. A citrusy stout, so unique. Loving it. Chocolate/espresso notes come out in the aftertaste. The alcohol is blended so well, it's ridiculous. Light, pleasant alcohol vapor on the breath afterwards. Not hot whatsoever. Just right.

Mouthfeel - Thick, a little bit of chew to it. Finishes slightly dry & sticky on the lips.

Overall - Amazingly unique brew. Lives up to their slogan "It's not normal" and then some. I will be getting this every time I come down to the brewpub. If they ever bottle it, I will be getting it then too. 10.4% ABV?! Haha. It goes down so smooth, it's not even funny. The most dangerously drinkable beer I've tried to date. Awesome. (861 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Jet black. Not as thick on head but was not agressive with pour. Tan head color. Lacing is not retained.

Smell - Black IPA mixed with stout. Hoppy. Orange. Grapefruit. Dank. Chocolate. Coffee. Alcohol. Very complex and perfect.

Taste - Alcohol, pine, and bitter up front. Chocolate and caramel finish.

Feel - Not too creamy, not too watery. Carbonation does not explode.

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! (551 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk's Pub (Chicago) - Draft - Very nice dark pour, taste was fruity and a bit sweet, but not overpowering. Nice a smooth to drink, the hops were strong and tasted excellent. Beer was thick and felt really good in my mouth, almost like syrup. An overall excellent beer, so act fast, time is running out, and grab a few bottles or pours when you have a chance. If you like strong thick beer with a great taste, you'll want to order this offering. (451 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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. Smell is dominated by piney hops and grapefruit. More colorful taste of piney hops, grapefruit, 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 is flavorful and well-crafted nonetheless. (462 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served at the brewpub 1/11/13
Poured in a snifter.

I was expecting a more if a barrel aged taste, and smell off of this. At first I was a bit disappointed, but after the first big sip I enjoyed the hell out of it!

Citrus taste in a stout!!! So weird, but so damn good! It's a beer that almost needs to be drank to fully appreciate the nature if this beast. It's like a IPA and a stout hybrid. Grapefruit, pineapple, all sorts of citrus with some chocolate! So wonderful and complex! (485 characters)

Photo of trooperp
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like bittersweet roasty chocolate.. Bitter grapefruit and tropical fruits slam on to your tongue VERY quickly.. Hops are prominent here and dominant the chocolate.. Not thick.. Very similar to a black IPA, but much more complex and creative! DELICIOUS! (259 characters)

Photo of PintSizedLover
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Pours a dark muddy brown, with a nice 2 finger mocha colored head that settles in a lingering ring with lacing that recedes down the glass. AR: Smells of piney hops and dark toasted raisin bread. Nice amount of booziness as it warms. TA: Drinks more like a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark than a stout. Black IPA in a stouts leisure suit. Loads of brown sugar, orange peel and dark bread. Raisins and hint of tobacco lead into a herbaceous drying hop bite. MF: Moderate carbonation leaves a sticky syrupy hoppy film that coats the mouth. OV: Glad I had it. Not sure I would seek it out on purpose in the future, but would drink it if it were present and unattended. (662 characters)

Photo of beersnob_kyle
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

world class in my book! wish they had this for sale in bombers because i would've bought a case. this is by far the best stout i have had in a very long time.

A: black with a tan head that is there the entire time you drink it.

S: oatmeal, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon.

T: WOW. everything i said in the smell is in the taste, at least for me it is. outstanding!

M: full bodied, which is a must for me in a stout, i dont want my stout to be thin.

O: i wish i would've gotten more and i wish it were around 24/7/365 (517 characters)

Photo of IvarTheBoneless
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best stout that I've ever had from a bottle. Expensive at $19 a bomber, but if you like stouts, and you believe $19 for a beer is acceptable (I'm not sure I do, someone else bought the bottle I got to try), then drink this beer. (228 characters)

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Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.