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 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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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 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 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 mdm46410
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three Floyds and served in a snifter. This beer poured a slick, oily dark brown with a bubbly head of dark tan foam that lasted a little white. Just a touch of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet bourbon notes along with a nice roasted malt backbone. The flavor included bourbon, wood, coffee, and burnt malts. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with very mild carbonation. A nicely done barrel-aged beer. The bourbon blends in nicely with the original beer.

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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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Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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