Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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87
very good
65 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
14.43%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
3
For Trade:
1
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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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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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Three Floyds 1/13/07. "2006 Black Sun Stout aged 1 year with tart cherries ia a Woodford Reserve oak barrel"

A: Very black with ruby accents at the edges of the glass. Tiny brown head.

S: Interesting mix of cherries and bourbon. A hint of sweet vanilla.

T: Flavors of caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak tied together with earthy tart cherries.

M: Sharp and tangy for such a still beer. Very prickly on the tongue. Thin and acidic sort of like sparkling tart cherry juice. Could stand to be thickened up a bit.

D: One of the nice things about this beer is that you're not bowled over by a heavy bourbon presence. It's there, but it's balanced by the tart cherries. A pleasant tartness, coupled with a restrained sweetness, and a low alcohol presence considering the 7.2% abv make this one quite drinkable.

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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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