Black Sun Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Black Sun StoutBlack Sun Stout

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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with a bubbly head, and lace. Very hoppy, with bittersweet chocolate. Significant burnt coffee and sour characteristics, all caramel malted down.
Bottle courtesy of Shintriad. A bold Irish dry stout, and certainly good regular American stout.
Had another bottle 2.5 years later, jason's, and it was a little oily side hampered drinkability.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a semi-clear dark brown-black with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is of the same. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the mouthfeel slightly kills the overall enjoyment in my opinion.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another brew send to me from Billakowski, thanks again man! This brew poured out as a deep looking black color with a brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer is hopped and has some coffee and roasted malt aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer is bitter with the chocolate, coffee and hops all working together to make a fairly nice complex brew. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with a lighter body than I expected it to have. Overall it's a another good brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yep, it's dry all right. Upon the first few sips, I began caughing up suit. But that does not mean that it's bad. In fact, it's an amazing Dry Stout. The look is an expected nearly-opaques burned amber brown with a light and airy foamstand, slightly tan in nature. Smells strongly roasted (coffee-like) without any burned or ashy aromas. Sweetness is light and a fermentation yeastiness persists in the nose. Tastes boldly of roasted grains, cocoa, and campfire-like. Sweetness really takes a back seat to the rosted grains and offers only a balance to the roastedness. Hop detection is nil, relying majorily on the roasted grain for bittering. Lightened in body for an easy drinking beer. Could handle a bit more creaminess. The finish is very dry and powdery (charcoal-ish). Quite clean despite the roasted grain bitterness. A huge success for FFF.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating but it is from this year. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big roasted malt, toast, chocolate, biscuit, coffee, pine, and herbal hops. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, toast, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, herbal hops, pine, biscuit, and a touch of molasses. Good amount of herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, herbal hops, and pine on the finish for a while. Good hop to roasted malt flavor balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and interesting dry stout style. Definitely a bit off the wall with the hoppy flavors; but it is nicely balanced and still has a good roasted character. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark black color with no head. It looked like a port and left some soapy residue.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate, molasses, and toffee.

T - This was an excellent tasting stout. It was chocolately and malty sweet with a fruity/cherry flavor. It was sweet and delicious with a mild grassy bitterness.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy with a surprisingly dry finish. A medium bodied beer.

D - Quite possibly the best Irish Dry Stout that I've had. Great flavors!

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a tar black color with a big brown head that firms up nicely and leaves all matter of splotchy lace behind

Smell: Dark chocolate and grapefruit pith; plenty of char

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of char and chocolate that grows progressively fruity by mid-palate, with bitter, citrusy flavors developing as well: after the swallow, the chocolate and citrus flavors take over the stage and provide and nicely balanced and long-lasting finish; licorice at the end, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With the Floyds, I should have known this would have a hoppy kick and this one has plenty of fruit to boot

Thanks, Wadsey, for the second chance (with a fresh bottle, this time)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hops with some roasted malt. Texture is quite oily with some medium carbonation. Taste is a complex mix between some bitter roasted malt, some light chocolate notes as well as vanilla with some light bitter hops at the end. I very much enjoyed that one and I was glad that they didn’t rely only on hops.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a cold, rainy, windy, autumn afternoon, despite being in the middle of August, so I figured it would be suiting to crack this beer. Got this thanks to one of the various great traders, Noslenwerd, rjacklin, GratefulBeerHead.

It pours a dark chocolate brown colored head that rises to about 1/2 a finger and fades semi quickly to a light head covering, over black hole pitched black beer. It doesn't leave a lacing with head, but leaves long slow flowing legs down the sides of the glass.

Nose is very rich, with lots of roasted barley, coffee, dark malts, a little dark and bakers chocolate, touch of vanilla, caramel, and some spicy and earthy hops.

The taste follows suit, leading with lots of rich malts, tons of roast specifically, some coffee, a little chocolate (dark), chewy malts, slightly creamy but not a lot. I get some bitter and earthy hops that add some bitterness too, which combine with a little bitterness from the earthy charred malts, but that bitterness (from the charred malts with minerality) is surprisingly subdued. The hops add a touch of pine with the earthy and spicy flavors too. For some reason I get a slight hint of a spicy rye like flavor, but very light, possibly the acidity or something else from the charred malt flavors. It has a slight dry bready like quality too.

It has a heavier body, but not very thick, slightly creamy, with decent carbonation.

It finishes pretty dry, just a hint of a lingering syrupy flavor with a little caramel, but it's very dry and finishes off the palate quickly, for the most part. More lingering roast and coffee flavors, the bitterness also dials in on the finish, taking advantage of the dryness and the dulled down dark malt flavors. The hops bring more pine and earthy qualities, as well as that spicy flavor still.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nitro at Cole's yesterday,a beautiful pour to this ink black with a cascading mocha colored head that settled into a two finger creamy top giving off a creamy mustache after every drink.Light earthy,leafy tones in the nose along with some dark roast coffee with a hint of smoke,this is a dry stout I could quaff all day with the nitro giving it the creamy texture man its dangerously drinkable.Healthy dose of hops to this dry stout earthy and herbal with hints of toasted nuts and strong coffee with a lingering lightly smoked woody elemant in the finish.My new favorite dry stout this would be dangerous on ST. Pattys day,man that is good stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with almost no foam just a tiny ring clinging to the wall of the glass, less than I have seen on any other beer (including really high alcohol brews from Dogfish and Avery). Dark, opaque black; I could see just a hint of brown when I was pouring it.

S - Coffee, caramel, toffee, and a roasty, charcoal like smell. Dark fruit: Rasins, tangarenes, dates, plums. Some cinnamon and oddly coconut, I think. There are hops there, but they blend in very well with the other smells. I know the label says 5%, but I swear I can smell some alcohol. Spectacular aroma, spicy, perfumey, like incense.

T - Begins smooth and malty (which surprised me), followed by chocolate notes and light, fruity flavor that I have a hard time naming. Finishes with a roasty, lingering bitterness.

M - Quite light and smooth. Really nailed the Irish stout style here.

D - I was very impressed with this beer overall. Hits the style perfectly, tastes great, and the aroma characteristics were stunning. I have only been able to try a couple of 3F beers before, and based on those I expected them to go way too far and crush this style with hops and alcohol, but I was totally wrong. Great, great beer, and at 5.25% easy to take down a few of them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from phisig137 so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt and good amount of hops for a stout.

T: The flavor is rich and creamy with flavors of dark chocolate & dark fruits taking the forefront. The complimentary flavors of roasted coffee, caramel and a good hops bite give this beer a very complex taste, which I found to be the signature of Three Floyds.

M: Very smooth and crisp, heavy body, light carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, it’s a little bit filling though. I made short work of the bomber that I had, but I’m thinking that after a second bomber I’d feel to full to drinking much more, especially if I were eating something with it. Overall, I think this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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 Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up over Christmas back in the Midwest. Served in a wine glass.

Pours near black with a big tan-mocha head. Quite creamy and sticks around for a good period of time before falling into a nice cap and leaving some spotty lacing. The nose is pretty underwhelming with some roasted notes and a bit of coffee. The taste amps things up a bit with some stronger roast and espresso notes plus a bit of dark chocolate. Body is medium without any noticeable alcohol and has a fairly-dry finish. Pretty drinkable and one of the better versions of this style that I've had, but nothing earth-shattering.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a near finger of rich looking dark mocha head. This settles down into a thin creamy foaminess, which skims the surface, leaving back a robust cascade of lacing that quickly descends down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa powder, roasted coffee, and some green citric hops. A splash of sweet caramel lightens things up a bit across the back. Just a touch of light warmth is present here as well.

The taste is full of dark roasted (and slightly acrid) coffee character which gives way to a tangy flush of chocolate, caramel, and earthy fruit. A bit of a gritty bitterness comes out across the back before segueing into a finish of lingering roast and dry cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller, with a prickly creaminess which intertwines with an oily slickness that keeps this smooth despite the bigger feel.

A Dry Stout wasn't the first thing that popped into my mind as I was imbibing this but it doesn't matter. This is a well done American Stout with a robustness and fuller feel that belies its lower ABV. This was a dark and tasty treat.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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