Black Sun Stout
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #3
Ranked #4,463
4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Black Sun StoutBlack Sun Stout
Notes: 6.5% ABV, 50 IBUs - Black Sun 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. December release.
Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 844 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by milliCAN:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Brewfan for this offering...
Pitch black in color with absolutely no light passing thru this one...two fingers of creamy, cocoa-colored head that sticks around for almost the entire pint and leaves some sticky, web-like lacing.
Had to take two whiffs to believe it...yup, hops first with this one...should not be surprised with 3F. Cocoa-powder, molasses and dark roast coffee beans.
Taste is excellent and not overdone on the hops as I was expecting...actually, no over the top in any one category. An extremely well balanced chocolate/malt/hop ratio with the coffee taste taking a back seat. Just a hint of sweetness up front and finishes somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is perfect to make this one quaffable stout.
Not my favorite in the style, but definitely in the top 5...recommend this one if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info or abv info is given.

A-Pours black with a really nice 2 finger light tan head. The head dissolves into a small ring that surrounds a large circular swath of foam. About halfway through drinking this one most of the head has disappeared entirely.

S-When I cracked open the bottle, it smelled quite sweet. After I poured it into the glass, the sweetness had all but disappeared. I pick up on a ton of roast malt and coffee. There is also some stone fruit in it. It becomes quite hoppy when there is about 1/3 of the beer left in the glass. The smell reminds me of citrus hop pellets.

T-Earthy hops and stone fruit are upfront. The fruit is just a tad sweet. The roast flavor and coffee take over quite quickly and dominate the middle and back of the palate. The aftertaste is of bitter chocolate and a roasty/smoky taste.

M-Full bodied, but not overly thick. It is creamy and smooth with good carbonation. It has a good dry mouthfeel. It is a tad grainy in the back, but it works with this one.

D-Easy drinking stout. Lower abv means this would be one that could be consumed all night. Would be great as a sixer.

I really enjoyed this beer. Nothing over the top, just a simple beer that works.

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Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zjungleist
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pretty much totally black with a dark tan head. The smell is pretty much all hops. The taste has an extremely hoppy start, and only after the intense and complex hop flavor exits can I start to taste some malt. But by comparison, the malt flavor is small, with just a touch of chocolate and a tiny bit of fruit. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit dry, but not as thick as I expected. Overall I'm not sure this beer needs to be as intesne as it is for the ABV, and the hop flavor is slightly out of balance and hurts the drinkability. I think this recipe would be a bit better if they stepped up the malts and went for broke. But I guess they already have the DarkLord, so...

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours black, like it should with that name. A little more than a finger of fizzy, loose, brown foam sits on top. This looks like black soda pop, seriously. The bubbles are clinging to the inside of the glass. The head dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't even leave a ring behind. There is no lacing, but there is a light oiliness on the sides of the glass.

The first scent that I get is hops. I expect this from 3Floyds, but I don't expect it from a stout, so I'm a little torn, as to whether I like it or not. There is a big, dark roasted malt presence behind it. The grapefruit and pine needles are really throwing me off.

The big dark, roasty malts are out front. There are some very minor notes of vanilla and toasted caramel coming through, but they get crushed by the bitter hops finish. The finish is dry and somewhat like roasted pine needles.

Medium-bodied and overly carbonated are not a good combination to have, especially in a stout.

No more for me, thanks. I do NOT like big hops notes in my stouts. If I had anymore, I'd give them away. It's a well-made beer, but it's not for me.

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Photo of VinnieVanGogh
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice, decent tan head, and pretty dark, not quite fully black, but close. (and damn near opaque) A little coffee and a more significant amount of piney-ness (I know, it not a word...) on the nose. I really got the piney hops flavor right off the bat, with a nice malt middle and a dryish finish. It's good, and I'd buy it again, but I would defiantly have to be in the mood for it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/21/06- Received via mail order with Archer's Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. No freshness info, but from the most recent batch. Poured into a type of snifter.

Appearance- Deep dark black in color. No light getting through this puppy. Milk chocolate brown full inch head. Nice streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Kinda new to this style, but smelled like charcoal and cigarette ashes. Lots of super dark malt, but mostly ashes combined with some super bitter hop scent.

Taste- Taste pretty much like the smell. Not really cigarette ashes, but kind of charcoal flavored. Maybe a touch smokey. Dark flavored burnt malt mixed with tobacco leaf hops if there is such a thing. Different, for sure.

Mouthfeel- Drying, bitter mouthfeel. Medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Wasn't sure I was going to like it after the smell, but I guess it's what it's supposed to smell like, so I can't complain or down rate it because of that. Tasty and for sure interesting. Would buy again.

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Photo of headyhopzhead
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of aleyeast
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, it's not an irish dry, more likely to be called an American Dry Stout. served in a stone imperial stout goblet out of 22oz bottle

color is black, small tan head
aroma is big hops followed by roast, lovely smell
taste is caramel on the end, aromatic hops are ever present, roast in background
mouthfeel is very drinkable and addictive

I like this beer, but I like most of their beers

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: lots of dry roasted malt notes with aromas of smoke and peat. The finish is a little salty and chocolaty.

T: again, roasted malts at first with smoke and peat flavors. The finish is dry with some bitter cocoa notes.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: a good stout overall. Manages to be fairly light and drinkable for a stout.

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Photo of Kaydogg
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porued completely black with a small lingering dark tan head leaving a touch of lacing.

Smell is has a strange earthy hop character mixing with dark roasted malts and a bit of smoke, very different smelling, but in a good way.

Taste is very smokey with a blackened charred malty flavor mixing nicely with a strong slightly bitter and citrusy hop quality. Very balanced and even.

Mouthfeel has a medium body to it and finishes very, very dry.

A pretty solid dry irish stout, would make a great session stout.

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Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive opaque with a 2 finger light brown crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Pretty nice things happening here...medium roasted chocolate malt that almost produces the suggestion of smoke, a hint of coffee, and a hint of peppery hops.

Taste: Same as the nose except not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and a medium length dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable!

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Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours complete opaque with a dark tan head that vanishes quickly without a whole lot of lacing. Smells like deeply roasted malt & coffees. Thick, almost chewy cappuccino with a balanced hop mouth feel. While i do get a creamy sense, i'm observing an average drinkability because i find the deep roast on the extreme side. I'm compelled to nurse this one.

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Photo of billab914
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a thin tan head. The head settled down to a few spots on the surface before virtually disappearing. It left a little lacing at first but not much overall.

Aroma has roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. There is a little bit of sweet malt coming through but I would say it leans more towards the roasty side then anything else.

The taste is also roasty with bitter chocolate and coffee. There is some caramel sweetness to it that helps balance it out. It has a slight dark fruit flavor to it as well.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate to low carbonation. I usually like my stouts a little thicker but for the dry Irish stout style it fits pretty well. It also makes it a little more drinkable as well.

Overall a pretty good Irish stout, I definitely liked it better then some of the classic examples. It had a lot of nice roasty flavors that really worked well for it. My only criticism is I would have liked a little more head retention and lacing. Both pretty much disappeared a few minutes after the pour.

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Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black-brown body with a tan-colored head.

Smell: Rich chocolate malt aroma with notes of light, roasted coffee and smoke. The nose has an intense floral hoppiness to it, too. That much I assure you.

Taste: Flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla creme upfront that are quickly overcome bitterness. Hmm. Well, this beer certainly took an (unexpected?) detour into rather bitter territories. Herbaceous, piney bitterness continues to last through the dry, chalky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but this beer has a remarkabe viscousness to it.

Drinkability: Pretty good beer, all things considered. It could've used more chocolatiness, though.

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Photo of schroederm
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Pours dark brown, but far from black. A black line forms above the brown and below the head. Clear sediment. Head is thick and wonderful. Toffee and chocolate aromas... Almost like a heath bar! Very smoky. Pine and cherry are there but not as strong. Full of flavor. A ton of smoke and ash (which I'm not sure I
like), some coffee bitter and solid roasted malts. Hoppy flavors
there, predominently grapefruit. Very very thick for the style, and well carbonated. Smokeyness brings drinkability down a bit. It has a lot more flavor than your typical irish dry overall.

This is a truly awesome irish dry stout. Probably the best I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Sinister looking label.

A dense head of tan foam rests on a liquid that is black as night. The aroma is very unique..dark roasted malts, light smokiness, and a nutty character blend in with a boost of hops that you almost come to expect from the Floyd crew. Surprisingly, the sweetness isn't lost in the thick blanket of hops, and the finishing bitterness is doesn't get much better than this. The mouthfeel stays fairly light, although somewhat oily. The drinkability is great, and the 22-ouncer was down to a few drops before I knew it.
This redefines the classification of a dry stout with a hoppy character that does not distract too much from the roots of the style.
Another original and unique creation from Three Floyds. Rock on.

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Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter. Special thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this.

A- Jet black pour with not a speck of light shining through. Three finger super soapy beige head that hangs on for quite a while before deflating to a half inch cap. Lacing is super sticky, chunky and soapy.

S- Getting a lot of coffee and chocolate. There is a touch of vanilla but is shoved out of the way by pine and citrus hops. None of the aromas over power any others, they all just seem to work perfectly. It's as close to a Cascadian Dark Ale as you would like to get without crossing that line.

T- Coffee and bakers chocolate up front. There is a touch of vanilla and brown sugar. The hops are much more subdued and it really works. There is enough hop presence to keep you satisfied but not enough to kill your tastebuds and make the beer flavorless.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy with a slight juicy aftertaste from the hops.

O- This really is a treat. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for quite a while and it did not disappoint.

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Black Sun Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 844 ratings