Sauternes Barrel Aged Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Sauternes Barrel Aged Blot Out The SunSauternes Barrel Aged Blot Out The Sun

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blot Out The Sun aged in Sauternes barrels.

Added by JulianC on 11-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 122
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a small brown foamy head. Aroma of black chocolates malt with light roasted malt and plenty of residual sugar from the Sauterne barrels. Taste is also asset mix of black chocolate with some light roasted malt and nice sauterne notes with plenty of residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nice drinkability with just the right level of complexity – I would love to have this on a more regular basis.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Received in a trade. 2013 vintage bottle 272/522.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a mocha thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, faint malts, sweet roast, loads of sweet wine. Rather vinous.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good chocolate notes, light sweet malts, the sweet wine notes are pleasant. Very dessert like with soft acidic notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, light sweetness on the finish.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty and dessert like thanks to the wine. Really nice faint chocolate. A tasty beer with good sweet wine.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud, 2013 vintage.

Nice creamy thick darker head, fades at a med pace, little lacing, pitch black long legs.

Nose very roasty black malts, charred notes, acrid like, interesting oak barrel notes, vanilla toasty notes earthy hops, super dark almost smoke, burnt like, little cocoa.

Taste dark rich malts, little creamy thick lush, dark cocoa, mild fruity raisin, into mild acrid burnt roast, smoke notes, cocoa dust and little nougat, mild sweet, little booze warmth, char, super dark bitter cocoa. Finish sticky semi sweet, little bitter sticky, lingering big roasted charred hint of smoke.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick little creamy, mild booze.

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Photo of communionofthesaints
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

This is one of the most unique stouts I've ever tried. It has the richness and density of a stout but the crispness and refreshing character of white wine. Somehow FFF gets it all to work well together

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opportunity courtesy of Kyle....thanks as always!

Black with a nice mocha cap that shows some staying power.

Nice powdery cocoa on the nose...smooth and rich. Not sure I detect a wine presence.

Decadent dessert beer...gooey brownies, Again, not sure I'd pull wine, but whatever is here lays a luxurious cover atop the base stout. Loads of flavor, shockingly so. Creamy and fluffy on the palate..a very smooth drinking imperial stout with a unique barrel presence that's original and delicious.

Many of the reviews here seem mediocre and to say this beer surprised and impressed me is an understatement: an awesome unexpected treat. We drank this blind and this beer did not at all match my expectations based on my feeble brain. This gives me hope for some other BA Floyd's offerings.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, raisin, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty with its unique raisin flavor that I am getting.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #345/522.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bright wine aroma. White wine. Strong oak. Chocolate. Black patent malt.

Taste - Chocolate, but immediately a sharp wine flavor. Slightly acidic. Oak. The wine flavor lingers. Kinda sweet. Dry winey finish.

Mouthfeel - A little sharp from the wine. Sweet from both beer and wine.

Overall - The wine wipes out the stout flavor and leaves wine. A little too strong for me.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 449/522. olde hickory snifter.

dark, very dark, brown. mild head. smell is very barley wine esque but not exactly...good amount of alcohol too. taste is smooth up front with dark fruit and ends with a tad of sourness. slightly infected? not sure, though I dig it. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall very interesting. good. not great.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 115/522 poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

A: Pours deep black with two fingers of tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, baker's chocolate, alcohol, a hint of caramel and a light vanilla note. Nice, but something is a bit out of place.

T: Roasted malt, very hop-forward. Not much alcohol bite, but a strong astringent flavor. Bitter chocolate. Wine character is shining through. Vanilla and brown sugar. Decent.

M: Slightly thin with a strong alcohol presence.

O: An interesting beer, but it's too muddled for me. I like wine barrel stouts, but this one doesn't work for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Nose has some olive up front, hints of roasted malt with a strong berry sweetness and touch of white wine. Taste has less olive, still some with a touch of chocolate malt and some clean malt sweetness and notes of green grape. Medium to full body Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with no carbonation and a small head. The nose is pure bourbon with lots of vanilla and oak that balances against a dark and roasty stout. The nose has a slight vegetal aspect to it. The beer itself follows the nose with a strong astringent bourbon up front that has loads of vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate. As I describe it, I'd think I'd enjoy this more than I did but it just didn't blend together well. The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight astringency in the finish.

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Photo of MCain04
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle split three ways poured into a Bourbon County snifter at cellar temp 54F.

Dark brown near black pour with a tan creamy head with great retention and moderate lacing.

Smell is roasty and hoppy, the wine barrel presence is nice with a sweetness and white grape aroma. Some dark fruits as well.

Taste is very nice with the base beer shining, roasty malts and strong bitter hops, the wine presence adding a sweetness that the base beer did not otherwise possess, the lack of bourbon takes away an otherwise toffee and vanilla flavor, but replaces with a nice oaky light grape flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, medium to full, not overly sticky, dry finish, great drinkability.

Overall a fantastic brew that will drink best now, worth seeking out especially given the limited availability. Well-done and very dirnkable.

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Photo of Jonnyhiggs
4.84/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted at FoBAB in a taster glass.

Appearance is dark just as the title describes it. Thick dark stout.

Smell is sweet. Chocolate malty notes.

Taste is amazing! I'm new to the type of barrel used to age this beer. It was a sweet wine barrel (moscatel?) I had the opportunity tasting the regular version and was very pleased with it so naturally a barrel-aged version got me running to it. I can't really compare it anything I ever had. Sweet dark roasted malty stout. But it's not like molasses sweet, like Ice wine sweetness. If that makes sense. It's complex. I was able to snag a bottle when it was released at FFF and I'm so happy I did. $40 a bottle seemed steep but only 522 bottles.

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Sauternes Barrel Aged Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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