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 crayphish
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass. Opaque black liquid with almost no head, that split in a hurry. No lacing either. Smell is of chocolate and hoppy fruits. Tasty is more roasted malt chocolates and bitter dry hops. The fruitiness dies off in the mouth, but what is there is raisiny. Very crisp light and dry feel, probably the beers most redeeming quality. I find this to be a drinkable stout.

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Photo of BWH3
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dinking Vessel: Goblet
Temp: 50 F and allowed to breathe

Appearance: Inky pitch black stout with a lovely chocolate brown head. Lightly carbonated appropriate for style, head retention may be less then average for style. Nonetheless a beautiful beer.

Scent: Chocolate dominates. If you allow it to warm, the vanilla aroma really comes out.

Taste: Very well done. Rich coffee and chocolate flavors. Vanilla comes through in the finish, but the finish is just bitter enough to offset the rich flavors. Finishes quickly without a lingering aftertaste. Some may be disappointed that it is difficult to discern the stout’s characteristic roasted barley flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied which is somewhat surprising considering the rich color, aroma, and taste. Again, I did not taste much roasted barley and this may explain why the body is not too dense. Carbonation is appropriately mild

Drinkability: Superb. If it were not $9 a bottle, I would be drinking far more Black Sun. A friend split this beer with me. Despite stouts not being his favorite beer, he was star struck by this brew.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive. Solid color. Black. Nice head. Great aroma of licorice, plums, figs, raison, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Clean on the palate. Fairly light bodied. Easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Pretty dry with a nice lingering bitterness. Flavor mostly of coffee with some cherry and a little roasty chocolateness. Over priced in the bomber but I can’t complain about it on tap.

On tap at the Firkin.

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Photo of Havinapretzel
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm up for about 20 minutes after taking it from the fridge, then poured it from a bomber into a nonic; a gentle pour brought very little head, so when I poured the second half of the bottle I poured much harder, resulting in a fluffy head ~5/8" thick which dissipated quickly. Black Sun and Guinness are the only Irish Dry Stouts I've had; while the Guinness was sort of a dark ruby red when held up to the light, Black Sun was totally opaque. It has a very pleasant and up-front roasted malt smell, with a taste to match. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as an Imperial Stout but isn't exactly watery either, and I could feel slight carbonation when I held the beer on my tongue. Drinkability is great, and i'd drink alot of this stuff it were cheaper and easier to find.
This is probably the best (non-imperial) stout I've ever had. I bought it on sale afer it had been sitting for awhile and at 5.25% I was wondering how well it would keep, but this stuff is great! I'm going back for more soon. It sucks that 3F is so hard to find around here now, because I think my supply of this is about to dry up like the supply of Alpha King already has. Black Sun is a truly great beer that I can't wait to have again.

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Photo of BeerCheese
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took the bottle from the fridge and poured it into my glass. Nice black stout with a small dark brown head that didn't stick around very long. Smell of coffee, licorice and dark chocolate came through even with my cold. Light body with light carbonation - perfect for a stout. Well balanced malt and hops, with a nice hoppy finish and a little roasted malt to go along with it. A little hint of warmth after swallowing. Alcohol may be just a touch too high for a stout. Still, a very drinkable beer that I'm glad comes in a 22 oz bottle because a 12 oz bottle just wouldn't be enough.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - Pours a solid black , black as midnight, with a thin tan head.

S - Strong roasted malt (almost burnt but in a good way), black coffee, bitter hops with a hint of citrus.

T - Fresh roasted coffee (reminds me of walking past the coffee grinder at an upscale grocery store), dark chocolate, hints of citrus hops.

M - Medium bodied and creamy with light carbonation. Could be just a bit heavier.

D - One of the best stouts I have ever had. At 5.25% ABV could be an everyday drinkerif it wasn't so pricey.

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Photo of Crosling
2.89/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You really have to chew the hell out of this beer to get any sort of complex malt character and even then, there is hardly a hint of goodness. It’s outrageously hoppy in both the aroma and flavor. It’s unbalanced for me, way too hoppy and i like hoppy beers. Not enjoyable, but finishable.

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Photo of Braudog
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A big o’ Super bomber of Stout for Super Bowl Sunday! Poured into a snifter, this sucks in the light like a black hole, but has no head whatsoever. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a definite medicinal flourish. I guess 5% is relatively high for a stout, but on the first swallow I might guess this to be a higher gravity brew. This drinks with a strong java roastiness but there’s also a ethylene viscosity, while not as robust as a Baltic Porter, at least reminded me of one. This is delicious, if not a bit thin for the body in the flavor. (#2684, 2/4/2007)

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark almost black with very nice carbonation. The head to good 2 fingers chocolate and leaves nice lace.

The Smell Is oh so hopy, like it is part Dreadnaught.

The taste is real nice, Very interesting. This brew is Hopy, fresh hops to be sure but also has the malt characteristics of a classic ans great tasting dry stout.

The mouthfeel is nice slightly thinner then full body but spot on for the style.

The drinkability is great. I can hardly keep from chugging this most excellent brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black, with a nice, creamy tan, espress-tinged head.

Aroma: nice stuff in here! Licorice, spice, dark fruits, grape, raisins and plums,...quite a treat!

Taste: smooth, clean, and silky, lean-bodied, some darker fruit, slight syrup, mild molasses. Easy-drinking, classic for the style. Full flavor, though I'm a bit let down that the intriquing aroma didn't follow through in the flavor as much. It's not supposed to, and it's quite excellent for what it ought to fact, this would be a regular treat for me, if I could get it around here.

Another treat from the Floyds!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Northertimber for the trade!

I knew almost immediately that I was going to enjoy this one. When I popped the cap off I could smell roasty malt and sweetness. I poured and was treated to a beatiful obsidian body ... too bad the head was just a bare coating ... like a threadbare carpet in a cheap motel. Not that I stay in cheap motels ...

It tastes just as wonderful as I hoped it would. A bare bit of molasses here, some dark chocolate and espresso there ... finish is graced by vanilla. This is really nice.

Mouth is thick and pleasing for a stout. In all, I know these bombers are expensive (in terms of beer costs out here in the NW) but in spite of that I bet I would buy it from time to time anyway because it's really good. A definite pleaser for the stout lover.

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Photo of taez555
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark ink black body with a small dark tan/brownish head that died somewhat quickly. One of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen on a beer.

Nose is a mix of rich dark roasted milky chocolate, granite, some soft soap, peaks of alcohol, a nice subtle fruitiness, mild touches of earth, fresh roasted grain, mild fire, but just this overwhelming milk and chocolate smell. Very inviting.

Taste is medium to full bodied with lush sharp dark chocolate and extremely strong espresso bean flavor. There’s an odd sort of balance with this citrus and floral hop presence. Although much smaller and not annoying, it gives an odd sort of balance IMO. Hop bitterness is kept just right to balance the malt and never really shows itself other than it give it some backbone. The small 5% alcohol in this beer is actually rather deceiving as most beers that are this big in taste need to be closer to 10%.

A very nice offering from Three Floyds. It’s too bad I can’t get this out on the East Coast, very much a session stout.

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Photo of karengarys
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours black black black, and it leaves a nice tan head I usually don't get with my slow pour - perfect! The foam sticks to the glass as some of it runs into the drink.

I pick up mostly malts in the smell, some unsweetened chocolate.

Taste is very interesting - malts, chocolate, molasses maybe.. And then the dry hops comes around, and a woody flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is very very creamy, expanding on the tongue. It goes down wet in the back of the throat.

Finish is wet, clean, with a bit of coffee bite aftertaste.

This is a great stout. Nice and balanced. Dry as one would expect. There are hints of sweetness that top this off as a great drink.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at FFF. I had a nice tan head on top of a dark black body. The nose is full of roasted malt (coffee and grainy) with plenty of floral hops. There is a good dose of bitersweet chocolate and coffee, with some hoppiness. A real nice creamy mouthfeel with tight carbonation. It finshes fairly dry.

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Photo of malcontent
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as tar, this beauty is topped off with a foamy, luxurious tan head. Blasphemous as it sounds (from a visual standpoint at least), this puts Guinness to shame.

That great burnt malt smell with a touch of hops (and a hint of soap...eek!) are the main components. Despite the one little hiccup, still smells really good.

Like all Three Floyds brews, there are hops right there to great you. Similar to the Alpha Klaus, it works wonderfully in a style that would surprise most people. Cinnamon peeks through the peaty/smokey taste and the dry finish is spot-on.

I'm someone who was reared on Irish Dry Stouts, so when I find a good one (and this most certainly qualifies) I'm sure to drink lots. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is jet black, with extremely slight reddish tints at the edges. While I haven't had extensive experience with stouts, this is without a doubt the darkest beer I've seen (let alone actually drank). The head is dark cream colored, with almost a rust tinge throughout. Head dissipated quickly. Hops are the main scent, with underlying bases of raisin and chocolate. Taste is mostly cocoa, with undertones of raisin and berries, finishing with a stong bitter hop flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, with a slight feel of carbonation. Drinkability is good, though the richness of the stout makes it suffer a slight bit. A very tasty beer, and one I'll certainly be trying again in the future.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. I got a jet black stout under about two finger's worth of dark tan head. The head dies rather quick and leaves just a bit of lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt and chocolate, with a little bit of alcohol and hops hiding in there. Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate, some fruity hops, with an alcohol and bitter hop finish.

This stout is thick and heavy. The bomber is going to fill me up for a while I'm sure. Maybe not the best first beer of the night but I'll be ready for the New Year's Eve beers in a few hours.

A real good stout that would certainly split nice with a special someone in front of a roaring fire.

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Photo of Luchman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - thanks to MaltyGoodness

A: Midnight black color with a lovely, half inch, mocha-brown head. The head sticks around for a minute or two, then decides to trickle away, until there is just a nice thin layer of brown on the top. Looks delicious.

S: Mmmm. Smells delicious too. Unsweetened chocolate and roasted-coffee malts on the first wiffs. Grassy hops are in the mix as well.

T: Dark fruits, roasted malts and coffee are up front, then comes the chocolate and those grassy hops. Very nice and even blend between the malts and hops on this one. Its not overly hoppy, but they definitely add to the roasted mix. Ends with a subtle dry finish. Yummy.

M: It has a medium body that goes down with nothing but smoothness.

D: I wish I had more... Very drinkable. I will definitely revisit this; hopefully sooner, rather than later.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/2" tan mocha head on a black body.
S- Some coffee and roasted malts come through. Some grassy hops come out too.
T- Light coffee malts with a good helping of roasted malts also. It's a good blend between the two. Theres a nice balance between malts and hops too. Some grass hops which balance this out nicely. Leaves a dry bitterness behind.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It is very good. Easy to drink and a very well balanced beer, is complex at the same too.

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

Tasted on tap at the Three Floyds Brewery Pub in Munster, IN, 12.28.06.

Almost black in color, topped by a thin layer of brown bubbles. Very, very intense roasted aromas in the nose, almost to the point of being smokey. The taste is dry and malty, chewy and smooth. There's something unique here - perhaps the combination of dryness and smoke - that I can't exactly put my finger on. "Smoke" doesn't seem right, but it's as close as I can come up with, so I'm going with it - almost more like Liquid Smoke flavoring. Pretty darn good (though it pales in comparison to the Alpha Klaus tasted just prior to drinking it).

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro-tap on a recent visit to the brewery. Served in a pint glass.
Appears a very inviting black color with a quarter inch head. This beer looks declicious.
Smell is roasted malt and hops. I'm not a hop-head and prefer my stouts on the non-hoppy side, but the nitro tap takes care of most of this. This beer is so creamy and smooth, it's very, very good. Very good dark choco taste with a perfect amount of hops coming through in the taste. This is a very solid offering from FFF.
This is a great beer that I could drink for a very long time. The moderately low ABV makes this highly sessionable.
I'm slowly becoming a very big fan of Three Floyd's. Can't wait to try more of their stuff.

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Photo of scott
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

V.05 or Early 06
Dark with a small brownish head, no retention and very minor lacing. Small rim of alcohol seperation.
Normal scents consisting of inviting coffee roast & chocolate.
Tastes of coffee/roasted malt and less creamy than say a Guinness Extra. Very well balanced.
Thin and sharp in the mouth.
This is a very easy-to-drink dry stout, and with a "session" approachability.
Well done.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Black. That's it, just black. No head, no lace.

S: Strong smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoked malt, and fresh hops.

T: Big wallop of roasted coffee, chocolate, hops and smoke. Tartness in the finish suggests cherry or maybe lemon? I'm also picking up a slightly sweet vanilla flavor.

M: Bigger and thicker than I expected. Dry on the tongue, but, full and rounded at the same time. Low carbonation.

D: 5.25% abv = waaaay drinkable. Very satisfying roasted flavors coupled with that FFF hoppiness. An excellent stout!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz.bottle. Leaves an espresso-foam colored head of about one finger in depth, has some retention, and leaves some lacing. Body is pretty much black. Very handsome.

Smell - lapsang suchong tea ! - for those who may not know what that is - it's a Chinese black tea that is dried over a pine fire. In this beer it smells like the malt was roasted and smoked over a pine fire, very interesting...and quite good. Also, there are hints of cherries, vanilla, and some bourbon. But that pine smoke vigorously dominates.

Taste - pretty much the same as the smell. The palate is awash with lapsang suchong tea and roasted, smoky malt combined into one taste. There is also coffee, and hint of vanilla and bourbon. It has a lemony hop twang on the finish, which makes it resemble many American Porters in this regard. Finally, there is yet more of the l.s.tea with the roasted, smoky malt, both on the finish, and on the aftertaste. The l.s. tea with the roasted, smoky malt component is always present, and is the predominant taste. Very interesting, and quite good.

Mouthfeel - this runs thin to medium bodied ( again, very much like Amer. Porters, IMHO ), and is, of course, as to be expected from the intense roasted and smoky taste, semi-dry, - even all dry, at times.

Drinkability - this is very good, rather original in the roast, inspired, quite tasty, and has low enough abv ( low to me, anyway ) to make it most sessionable.

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Black Sun Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 841 ratings.
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