Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our delicious stout-aged in a barrel since 2010, has a nose of coffee, roasted malts and piney hops. This medium-bodied stout has a broad depth of maltiness and a clean, dry finish.

50 IBU

Added by GbVDave on 01-14-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
65
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
28.35%
 
 
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20
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 65
Photo of cfrances33
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option on 12/14/12, served in a snifter.

Pour: Pitch black, with some tan head that quickly dissipates to a collar. No lacing.

Smell: Big bourbon bite up front, followed by some dark chocolate, and more booze. Roasted malts on the finish.

Taste: Follows the nose with boozy bourbon up front, some dark chocolate, and a light marshmallow. Lots of roasted malts. Finish is boozy bourbon and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Lighter, with nice carb. Booziness is warming and hot. I can imagine this was very hot when it was first released.

Overall: A nice, lighter bourbon barrel stout. A little hot still, and I'm not sure the body can suppor the barrel aging.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a black opaque body with a little ring of tan head. No sign of carbonation in this body.

S- The dry wood aroma has no notes of smoke but there is a smooth non smoky whisky note. The soft hint of cherries isn't really tart or sweet but pretty neutral. There are notes of dark roasted malt that are dry with a finish of green apple skins.

T- The taste of big dry white wine and soft whisky blends with the soft dark roasted malt that has a chalky taste to it. This is followed by a bright tartness from cherries but the cherry flavor is much more subtle than the tartness. The finish is pretty clean with a dry alcohol taste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery finish.

D- This beer has a smooth but big wood note and the brightness from the cherries really overpower the dry stout. Even though the wood is big it is not as overpowering as many barrel aged beers. Good choice of barrel and fruit but more malt flavors coming through would really be nice.

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Photo of redjameskidd
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The tartness combined with the alcohol flavors are reminiscient of red wine. That was my first thought in taking a sip--almost a wine in beer form.

$9 dollars for a very small glass at the brewpub. Expensive, obviously. Would have had something cheaper if they had posted the price, which they did not. In fact, none of the beer menues were updated to include this beer. A little shady.

Good beer, though. Probably the best bourbon-barrel beer I've had, not so dominated by bourbon flavors as most of them seem to be. I still want to know that I'm drinking beer, and the bourbon quality here is just right. Not sorry I had the beer, though I wouldn't have spent 9 bucks for a tiny glass of it had I known the price. I would have gotten two pints of the moloko milk stout for the same price, as my friend did.

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Photo of hansgruber
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft over this past weekend at the brewpub

Pitch black with a stream of bubbles not much head.

Smells of whiskey and roasted malts with a touch of barrel and coconut. More of a regular whiskey smell than bourbon.

Bourbon and a nice roasty taste. Sweet malts. Much better as it warms with a strong coffee note on the finish. A bitterness lingers that's reminiscent of drinking some strong dark coffee. 

Way too much carbonation at first but eventually settled down after some swirling. Medium bodied.
 
Overall not too bad. Wasn't crazy about the barrels or at least how they presented themselves in this beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black midnight. With a creamy whisped tan head that leaves a very fine lace. Served way too cold will have too wait about 30 minutes to try this one.

The tart cherry that is added to this BA version really show through. Sour cherry, with a rich roasted chocolate malt. Very reminiscent aromas of an Ester Price chocolate covered cherry. Behind all that the bourbon shows through especially as it warms. Hints of vanilla, and mollases, with hints of hops hidden beneath everything.

I like this. The cherries really add a tart, sweetness that cuts the big bold bourbon finish. Slightly too much bourbon actually. Adds a big alcoholic taste that doesn't help the beer. I think a new oak barrel could have done this beer better. The more this one warms and the more I try it the more "bourbon" I taste. It tends too drown out the other flavors. If not for the addition of the cherries it would be like drinking a dumbed down version of Woodford. There are some hints of the roasty chocolate malt, with tastes of vanilla ever so slightly. Update after warming even more the beer relaxes a little and smoothes out. Still quite bourbony but much better. Highly recommended.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a stout and for a beer this big. Definitely too much time in the bourbon barrel, less time or a new oak barrel and this would have been that much better, however still worthy of a try and pretty solid.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: black w/a nice creamy tan head.
S: whiskey/bourbon dominates. smells like a 13% alcohol bomb. charred wood. the smells of the base beer (dark roasted coffee mostly) struggle underneath the qualities it has taken on from the whiskey barrel.
T: again, the whiskey barrel aging dominates. hot alcohol. in the battle of black sun stout vs the whiskey barrel, the barrel has grounded and pounded black sun into submission mere seconds into the first round.
M: a bigger-bodied base beer would have helped here as well. alcohol heat dominates and lingers.
O/D: perhaps had they mixed in a portion, or larger portion of non-bal aged black sun this would have been better. or, some time aging to mute the alcohol/whiskey notes. i felt it was overall unbalanced in a not so great way. certainly worth a try though, and for those that like the whiskey barrel aspects to be front and center, this may be manna for them.

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Photo of claaark13
2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at FFF.

A - Black with a nice tan head. Doesn't hold well to the glass.

S - Paint and bourbon. Paint more so than bourbon.

T - The light paint taste is through the entire flavor. Bourbon comes through quickly and ends the flavor with a nice oak. Good finish, bit the rest just has a bad off flavor.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Deeply disappointed. I should've listened to the two people dining with me when they said I shouldn't do it.

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Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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