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Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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
Gots:
3
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 65
Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 3 Floyds for Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in one their stubby taster-size glasses.

A - A tan foam settles to some persistent wisps, a thick collar, and minimal lacing. The body is near-black.

S - Aroma is quite enticing, with a great mix of earthy bourbon, vanilla, toasted grains, coconut, milk chocolate, and the faintest residual floral hop character I get from the base beer.

T - The taste starts out quite similar, but yields to a moderately sharp whiskey bite that gets fatiguing by the end of the glass. More roast and dark chocolate, and less of the wonderful vanilla flavor in the aroma. Some cherry and dark fruits round things out.

M - The base beer isn't the biggest to begin with, so this ends up on the lighter side of medium. Quite tannic, and with surprisingly zesty carbonation presence. A hint of warming, but nothing excessive.

D - The smell is wonderful, but unfortunately the taste is merely enjoyable. I remember liking this a tad more a few months back when a growler was shared late one night at the Hopleaf. Still, it's another fine barrel-aged offering from 3 Floyds that I'd gladly have again.

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Photo of hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a snifter of this on tap at Three Floyds brew pub yesterday. Very dark/oily brown with a thin dark head that dissipated quickly.

Taste was very complex and strong, intense bourbon with a minor alcohol burn. There is a slight smoke and cherry finish, but I mostly experienced bourbon.

Overall, a nice beer, drank only one and I thought that was enough. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at Three Floyds.

Appearance – Served in a tulip. Dark black color with slight brown head that leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Coffee, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, bittersweet chocolate.

Taste – Quite smooth and nice. The bourbon is not in your face prominent, but more integrated with the other subtle flavors. There is fresh coffee flavors mixed in with the bittersweet chocolate/cocoa. Knowing how crazy sweet DL is, I was worried this might be just too much. In reality, the flavors melded quite well.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, which was interesting to me. I would have thought it to be a bit thicker, though I feel it being lighter bodied actually helped the beer. Finishes with a nice dry characteristic.

Overall – A solid beer I was glad to try, albeit being a bit pricy at $9 for a smaller pour. No noticeable alcohol taste or warmth. Would I drink it all the time? Not at this price – but it would be a nice splurge.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFFs BrewPub. Dark/Muddy in appearance. Right off the bat, you can smell the bourbon. I like the regular Black Sun, but this is such a unique brew, I can't help but prefer it over the regular version. Has a great mix of sweetness and creamy/smooth taste...a must try if you're lucky enough to find it on tap.

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Photo of kif
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at FFF Brew Pub, poured into a snifter.

A- Almost completely black with a very small brown head.

S- Coffee, chocolate, nice roasted malt, and bourbon.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, a lot of bourbon. Surprisingly no cherries present, so I wonder how much they changed the recipe.

M- This is where the beer let me down. I was expecting a full bodied creamy feel, similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. This was far more thin, which I felt didn't match with the style.

O- Overall this was a pretty good beer. Pretty complex and enjoyable to drink. I just wish they made it a bit thicker which would have made it exceptional.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Map Room during FFF night in a fluted tulip glass. Thanks to Barnaby for the round!

Inky black with a ring of mahogany at it's edges. There was a full two fingers of mocha tinged foam that stuck well to the sides.

Amazing bourbony nose of charred oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar sweetness. Very aromatic and well blended, no trace of alcohol, though it shows it's strength. Just fantastic... I was inhaling this in between sips. Later the wood dominated, with the dry chocolate of the stout starting to peek through.

Rich flavor of bakers chocolate, woody tobacco, vanilla, moderate char, and dry oak in the aftertaste. The bourbon element was just right and well integrated. Dry in the finish with a mild fudgy sweetness. No cherry/tartness as mentioned in reviews of prior batches. Full bodied with low carbonation, though not much bigger than non-BA Black Sun. Easy enough to drink, the abv wasn't noticeable in the taste, but it was certainly felt. FFF's answer to BCS. Nice stuff!

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I didn't try this earlier in the day because, well, I knew I wouldn't be able to taste it after drinking the barrel aged Dark Lord. Went back to the hotel, passed out, woke up and then came back. They still had the Black Sun on tap, so I had to try it with a nice, fresh pallet.

Pours medium opaque in a glass snifter. Actually seems more translucent than regular Black Sun. Still, nice head, nice color.

The giant west coast hop presence of Black Sun is gone, replaced with the giant, rough malt of a very strong porter. The cherry twang is clear, too, bringing back fond memories of Perkuno's Hammer.

Tastes much more bourbony than it smells. Giant, single malt scotch smokiness, moving into rough weedy and grainy porter malts--like just sticking a handful of grain into your mouth--and then it slides into the tart sour cherries and a roughly smooth finish, like a good oatmeal stout.

It's like you're drinking three beers at once and all of them are good.

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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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