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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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 17
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 aasher
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap the day after DLD.

It's a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a creamy one finger head. The nose consists of sweet milk chocolate, roast, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and is really smooth and well integrated. The flavors mirror the aromas. It's really smooth with moderate carbonation and a nice barrel esque vanilla. It has great flavor, actually very similar to the Elijah Craig 18yr that I had this morning. This beer was delicious!

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Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Loudiamonds305
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BFro
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 birdsellam
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 stbo101
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TMasterFlash
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DrWalterWhite
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mcc1654
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 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 FievelGoesWest
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 discreplayboss
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of Orchids
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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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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