Black Sun Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by zerk on 12-16-2002

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4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured deep black color with a brown head that left excellant lacing. Smell is incredible, piney hops come right through, paired with some roastiness and cocoa. I wouldn't normally expect so much hoppyness in a dry stout, but it paired wonderfully. Taste of coffee and cocoa paired with a wonderful piney hoppyness. Mouthfeel had medium carbonation and medium body, very dry finish. I love this, and even with the steep price tag, I will and did pick up more. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The lacing is thick and holds very well, the colour of the head is 2mm from the top of the beer and the the color is almost jet black, but has a very thin line of brown at the edges when held up to the light.

The smell has a lot of hops, the seemingly are mixed: cascade and some other hops. I get a good balance of dark roasted malts that are present and they're slightly molasess in flavor that compliments the body nicely with a mellow flavor.

The tart coffee malts are the main body that goes great with the hops that are very strong, but still compliments the body nicely with a mellow flavor.

The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, but smooth and slightly watery.

I gave it a 5, nuff said.

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4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle that was stored in the fridge for about 6 months.

The beer poured out a mysterious, jet-black with about 1/4 inch of khaki-tan foam head. Lots of belgian lace all along the glass. The aroma is wonderful - coffee and vanilla dominate, some chocolate in there too.

The taste is excellent. Strong roasted malt flavors - definitely coffee, vanilla, carmel, and chocolate. This beer is an excellent balance of sweet and roasted malt flavors and notable hop bitterness - but the bitterness is not overpowering.
The mouthfeel is very full and creamy. It has a nice dry, slightly bitter finish.

The drinkability of this beer is very high. With the subdued bitterness, this won't
overpower the taste buds. You can easily enjoy a couple of pints, but the beer
is filling. If you were to pair this with food, I think that it would go well with a
chocolate raspberry dessert.

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4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark blackness like an overused metaphor involving a troubled soul. Opaqueness breaks only at the very bottom of the glass, only when held against a lamp. Sorry--I got tough standards when it comes to stout pours. No five for you!

The scent, however, is stout dry stout perfection. HOPS. Roasted malt. Dear god this is bittersweet tastiness all perfectly cooked and melted down.

Taste transfers over. Yummy yum yum. Big warm hops welcome you in, very dry, backed up by almost-as-strong dry, roasted bitter stout malts. These give way to a very smoky middle, but it's a unique smoke. Not meaty or chessy. It tastes like stout grains being smoked. Wonderful. All this ends on an inexplicably sweet malt finish.

This is one of my very favorite beers. I'm sorry, Rogue, but 3 Floyds is now my favorite brewery. Grab this if you can find it. It makes life worth living.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like an espresso in a snifter. When I first smelled this beer I said "oh wow" out loud to myself. Wonderful coffee aromas but there's a fruitiness that really sets this beer apart from other Irish Dry Stouts or any other stout for what it's worth. The aroma is only an appatizer for the flavor. How did they make such a wonderfully complex beer and make it so sessionable at the same time? Lot's of roasted flavors, coffee, caramel much like other stouts but only better. But what really makes this beer special is the hops. I don't understand how 3 Floyds seems to make the perfect hoppy beer everytime. They manage to pack lot's of hoppy flavor in their beers without making it a hop bomb. This beer is no exception to the 3 Floyds rule. The mouthfeel is wonderful and somehow is both creamy and dry. This is a fantastic beer and it's thin enough in body and 5% abv to make it the perfect session ale. Thanks to Brewcrew76 for this beer.

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4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is without a doubt the most full flavored and complex Irish Dry Stout I've tried. I'm very impressed. Three Floyds has once again shown me why they are my favorite brewery. Thanks to jpm30 for the bottle.

Pours to a jet black color with a nice chocolatey head. Nice curtainy lace. Looks good.

The smell is amazingly hoppy. Something I've never been able to smell in other dry stouts. Probably not exactly "to style," but phenomenal nonetheless. Also some rich chocolatey malt and a light smoke. Reminds me of a well rounded Gonzo Porter from Flying Dog.

The taste is a nice continuation of the nose. Very smooth. Even though it is very hoppy, it doesn't overpower the rich malty goodness of the stout. If it were any less dry, I would consider this a 5.25% Imperial Stout.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Awesome. Very insanely drinkable. I've been craving a beer with such a massive ass kicking flavor without the massive ass kicking alcohol buzz. Thanks again Three Floyds and jpm30.

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4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - nice black pour, conservative but attractive mocha cover. A wavy line of hills and valley lacing at the top of the glass, mostly clean below that.

Aroma - rather feisty bouquet of hops for an irish dry. A nice supporting malt roastiness, I like. Smells like a dark IPA rather than an Irish dry though.

Taste - very similar to the aroma. The floral hops make a bigger impression with their citrusy footprint, but the malt roast that follows is delicious in its own right. Not all that different from the Alpha Klaus, perhaps a lighter profile in general. A decent drying bite on the swallow and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - lightly crisp, the smoothness is more noticeable, adding to a good stoutly body,if that's a word...

Drinkability - excellent brew, one of the finest I've had this holiday season. Here's to FFF's return to the area!
4/3/06 (4.20)
Appearance - pours an opaque black with a thin mocha head. Not much retention but some good lacing. 4.0
Aroma - all Amarillo hops at first, some smoky espresso comes through as it settles. Great blend. 5.0
Taste - sweet Amarillo hops followed by smoky charcoal flavor. Some burnt espresso eventually is picked up, mixing with the citrusy hop flavor. The long finish includes bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, and more smokiness.4.0
Mouthfeel - sturdy, well-carbonated, right on the money. 5.0
Drinkability - a little too smoky for my tastes, but an enjoyable beer.3.0

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