Blot Out The Sun - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 52
Gots: 137 | FT: 13
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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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 69
Photo of jsurfs82
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy Imperial Stout? I label this as a CDA or Imperial Black IPA
Smells of roasted malts and dry hops. Finishes fairly thin and dry.
Overall not what I was expecting. Haven't had Alpha Klaus in awhile but seems to remind me of that beer. Another hoppy beer from Floyds.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick jet black with a very sturdy finger and a half of light khaki foam.

Huge orange and piney hop aroma with chocolate and roasted malt adding some balance.

Chocolate, orange, light roast coffee, and earthy hop resin.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, roasty, slightly chewy, sticky.

Overall, this is a super-hopped impy stout that'll please any hop head and stout fan.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub.

Pours damn near black with a fingers worth of tan head. Lots of legs.

The nose is very hoppy and has some malt and cocoa nibs as a backbone. Some caramel and coffee notes also linger after the hop takeover.

The flavor is very well integrated with hops up front and sweet malt finishing the flavor. Some citrus and pineapple fruit notes are sharp upfront. There is chocolate, roasted malt and coffee at the finish.

The mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation. Smooth and silky.

Overall, I loved this because of the great balance of hops and stout characteristics.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Black body, thin tan head
S- Hops... a bit like a DIPA
T- Roasted malt up front, pine hop bitter on back, but not overly bitter
M- Full

O- Overly hopped stout? Yeah, it works... and works well.

Photo of edhizdeid
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very hoppy imperial stout. Delicious!

Photo of kkleu357
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of sirhc3034
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of zachary80
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial black sun stout. Very hoppy, especially the aroma

Photo of mjohnson17
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of myuncle
2.92/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It's not what you think from a FFF imperial stout

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overly hopped, too astringent for a stout. Body too thin for a stout, especially for the higher gravity. More like a less flavorful black IPA.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.26/5  rDev -22%
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!

Photo of dmgeng
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of BrewUSA
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Artic Panzer Wolf


Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was really interesting. The nose and taste is similar to an IPA, but it's actually an imperial stout. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of mishtif
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Jhfinn
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.64/5  rDev +11%

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!

Photo of rden4654
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a more of a Black IPA and not an Imperial Stout.

Photo of tedvr
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Cory_Brown
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One extremely hoppy stout. Very good

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.41/5  rDev -66.3%
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.

Photo of Rschimmell
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very average taste. Smell is almost hoppy. Feel is too thin. Nothing rich or special about this beer.

Photo of UBrew1984
3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Same smell as any 3 floyds beer. Mouthfeel was not as thick as I would expect a imperial stout to be.

Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.