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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 ultralarry2006
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint tumbler from a 22 oz amber bomber.
Aroma at the neck was roasty, attractive.
Poured aggressively to create a slight tan head that dissipated quickly into a fine foam leaving good lacing. Go figure: no lugubriousness, only good cheer when I poured this--jet black and no oily look, either. Some stouts look like Starbucks, this looks like beer--YUM!
Taste is very well balanced. Good hop bitterness in the front, followed by fruitiness, roasty malt, and chocolatety, having a hint of coffee and finishing with a nice, dry aftertaste. Thankfully no hop aroma to distract from the richness of the malts and yeast.
Mouthfeel is excellent, silky without being oily or heavy. Medium body, having good carbonation given the visibly modest head.
As it warmed, espresso note became more prominent, flavor stayed on track--it never got too heavy, never felt flat or thick.
Drinkability is excellent. This beer can be paired with anything, doesn't dominate, but complements. Glad it was a bomber, so that I could have another pour, and glad I was sharing it with friends, because it was so good.
Sadly, I bought the last one from Ricks in Alexandria, VA, in Nov. '06 and for all I know the last bottle on the east coast. Let's hope 3FFFs can share with their friends out here again in the near future!

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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 jslot38
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber shared with friends. One of many beers on the first night of homebrewing with clabaugh and pbr85.

Appearance: Pours a black (go figure) with dark tinted tannish head. Head quickly becomes a bubbly top cover.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, coffee grounds, licorice, toffee and a touch of caramel. Very nice aroma, even in a 5.2% beer you can get a faint whif of alcohol.

Taste: Very faint notes of chocolate, coffee and earthy hops. Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up the great smell. These things happen though.

Mouthfeel: Very very oily, not much abbrasion or carbonation.

Drinkability: At 5.2% this is a good session stout. Not very abbrasive, not too much carbonation. A great smell, nothing special in the taste. Unfornately it doesn't live up to the billing on its label (not ordinary) was expecting something more. And yet, the paradox here is that its nice to see an american brewery make a nice balanced stout, one which does capture that irish dry catagory very well.

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Photo of dherling
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poure dout like darth vader's cape with no head whatsoever. The nose has lots of spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, with malt, coffee, and chocolate. A slightly syurpy mouthfeel with heavy notes of bitter chocolate and some coffee, rounded out by a tiny amount of sour cherry. Long coffee finish.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bomber to a proper pint glass, the Black Sun Stout is deep black in color. Not the darkest stout I've ever seen, but a nice color nonetheless. Thin dark brown head at the top which dissipates all too soon. The aroma is sweetish. Malted cocoa, coffee, and a not-unpleasant burnt charcoal smell. The taste complements the aroma perfectly in my opinion. Matly sweetness with a hint of vanilla, some sour cherry, coffee, and chocolate. Nice woody finish at the back of the mouth. But the mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking. It could stand to be beefed up a bit, if that makes sense. Still, it's not a bad beer. And I would be tempted to serve this with dessert for the holidays.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black color with a fluffy head of tan foam. Minor lacing in the glass.

S: Dry roasted malts and grain with a healthy note of hops, dark chocolate and cocoa. Very nice.

T: Full flavors of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, earthy grains and fresh hops. Blends well together. A touch of smoke toward the finish.

M: Thin. Moreso that other stouts of similar qualities.

D: Pretty good. The ABV is right, the flavor is there. Would make for a nice winter warmer.

Notes: Special thanks to cahage for the sampling.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Solid onyx with thin mahogany highlights. Tall, thick cocoa colored head of small bubbles piled around airy pockets and topped with chocolate milk-like froth. Calms down to a fine bubbled thin skim with stacks at the edges. A few clumps of thin lace cling to the sides. Rich aromas of cocoa, chocolate, roasted cherries, and vanilla extract with some sprucy alcohol. Light smokiness wrapped around bittersweet chocolate finishes with a bitterness of both hops and roasted malt. Sweet, dark fruit meshes with deeply roasted chocolate. The body is medium with a relatively light mouthfeel despite the low carbonation level. This oscillates all over the place, with one taste being filled with roasted bitterness, while the next is dominated with fruit. The vanilla comes through, but it is smoky, as if you held a whole bean over an open flame and it started to burn. An alcohol prickliness tickles the back of the throat. Nice and tasty, with a multitude of flavors whirling around. Not inexpensive at $8 though.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Inky black. Creamy brown head. Full lace. What's not to like??

Aroma: Dry cocoa, light coffee, milk chocolate and a little cherry.

Taste: Bitter roasted notes. Pretty dry. Coffee and dark fruits come to mind. Bitterness lingers long after, though it's not abrasive.

Mouthfeel: Light to light-medium in body. Lightly carbonated. Easy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Nice little beer. Though that's not something I usually say about FFF brews. Usually, I like them quite a bit more. Not a lot really stands out about this beer, but not a lot really hinders it either. For $8 a bomber, I definitely don't need to revisit it.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slick and black. Medium sized brown head.

Aroma is very inviting. Sweet, creamy chocolate, malted milk, roasted chocolate and piney hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Creamy milk chocolate and roasted coffee. I wish there was more, but it's quite muted. And on top of that, it's overshadowed by the (very nice) piney hops, bitter aftertaste, and dry finish. Very delicious, but a little disappointing. I like my stouts strong. I wish there had been more. What is here is perfect, though.

Mouthfeel is actually quite light & thin. Smooth, creamy, slick. Extremely smooth. Down the hatch, smooth.

Amazingly smooth. Very drinkable. Definitely on my top list of "stranded on a desert island" picks. I just wish there was a stronger flavor, and that it was cheaper.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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 alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown, with barely a hint of light through the edges. Small, dependable, glass-crawling, cocoa brown head. Nose is full of caramel, malted milk, roasted marshmallows, coffee, dark chocolate, and peaty bitterness. Complex and good. Gentle roasted bitterness greets the tip of the tongue, followed by smooth, sweet malts. Charred fruits, milk chocolate, mocha coffee. Yum. Finish is dry and bitter and chocolaty. Medium-bodied. Gentle, smooth, consistent carbonation. Very well done.

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Photo of badbeer
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 tattooedtolley
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Jet black pour with a big chocolate colored head that stuck around longer than I expected.

Smell - Noticable hops and mig roasted malt aroma.

Taste - I absolutely love how this beer has a strong hop presense. The roasted malts are there and the taste is not sweet at all. Some hints of coffee but nothing over powering in that regard. I dig the hops in here.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable.

Overall I would have to say this was one of the very best Stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark-as-night black color with an equally dark head. I tried to tease out the smell, but there was little there to get. Faint notes of dark toasted grains add a bit of sweetness to it. The taste is the best part. I had this after a day of craving a beer and this seemed to fit perfect. Definitly not too big of a mouthfeel, but a wonderfully long-lasting aftertaste that leaves you craving more. But this never seems to get old, as too many beers do. A great find.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Black Sun Stout 22oz bottle

Appearance: Pours jet black into my pint glass with a small, foamy, tan head. Head vanished quickly upon the 1st sip leaving a wispy, light foam. Sticky, tan, rings of lacing line the glass.

Smell: Not what I was expecting, but then again we are talking about Three Floyds. Piney hops abound with a subtle hint of dark roast coffee and black licorice. A slight wiff of alcohol makes and appearance as well.

Taste: Starts with piney, bitter hops that transitions a to middle full of roasted malt. Black coffee with a very subtle underlying fruity sweetness prevail. The finish is a combination of roasted malt and piney hops. Very interesting, both the roasty malts and bitter hops linger long after the finish. Rather dry in the finish, alcohol not present whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, smooth on the tongue. One you can swirl around in the mouth. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: Black Sun Stout is a very interesting dry irish stout. Big hops and roasted malt dominate. Very easy to drink and dry to the finish definitely makes you want to take another swallow. Nice and creamy in the mouth with a lingering hoppy finish. Not your typical dry irish stout by any means. Another fantastic beer from Three Floyds. Seek and enjoy. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm boy, did I enjoy this one. It's sat in my fridge about a month for a night like tonight, nice and casual with my wife. Right from its colder beginnings, I could taste and smell its quality coffee. the vanilla and caramel was a bit harder to notice until the temperature rose. Very nice lacing and head rentention, this is one classic Dry Stout. Enjoyed this 22 oz. thoroughly

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Photo of burnstar
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head which dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing on the surface and sides. Smell is roasted/burnt malt and tons of citrusy hops. Most striking about the nose is it's intesity- these are strong roasted malt and hop aromas. Nice. Big roasted malt taste quickly turns into bigtime citrus hops. This is definitely hoppier than any other stout I've had imperial or otherwise. Good, if a bit off balance. Mouthfeel is thick and nicely carbonated. Good stuff, different. Fairly drinkable

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tannish brown small head that fades quickly. Aroma is a combination of a big roastiness balanced by a sweeter sugary chocolate. There is also a little smokiness and a decent amount of tart cherry in the smell. Flavor starts with a big deep roasted malt that goes quickly past a sweetness in the middle to a powerful sour-tart sweetness. I also get a little anise-black licorice up front in the roasted maltiness. Medium in body and fairly smooth and soft on the palette, the finish has some hop bitterness with a nice dryness that brings the roasted flavor back up. Very drinkable for me, the sour-tart sweetness was on the verge of being overpowering for me, but the other aspects kept me coming back until the end.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a - almost pure black color, mocha colored head with a little retention, lacing is good

s - roasted malt, coffee, and more hops than I've ever smelled in a stout

t - lots of sweet roasted malt up front along with a healthy dose of coffee, the finish is long and bitter with a nice dose of hops

m - little carbonation, medium-to-full bodied, very dry finish

d - I could drink this all night, and with the lower abv, I could do just that

I have yet to encounter a FFF brew that I haven't loved, and this is no different.

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

So this is black but the best part is that the head is chocolate color with a med-small density of bubbles that hangs out for a good long while. The smell is nice and roast mild with some sweetness of malt and a decent touch of hops. Overall this is one of the better low alcohol Irish stouts I have had. Tasty without being too roasted, a nice heft to the body, with some actual hop flavor and a rather smooth finish. Very drinkable and I wouldn't mind having another case.

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Photo of beerphan
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber -> goblet
no date

Pours a jet black with a nice 1.5 inch mocha head. Sporadic clingy lace.

First thing i smelled was piney hops. What? Yep piney hops. The quickly gave way to sweet chocolate smells and burnt roasted malts.

Taste: Upfront sweet chocolate latte meets burnt vanilla coffee. The malts seem very sweet, which gives this beer an almost porter like quality. A smokey nutty roasted malt after taste that lingers along with some semi-dry hop residue. Bravo.

Thick, but medium to full bodied with a refreshing swallow. Not slick and too thick like some stouts.

A very drinkable stout. Kind of feels like a combo of a porter and a stout. I enjoyed it and will again. One bomber is not enough.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild hops, but let's be real, this is a malt bomb. Big, chewy thick, black with no head. Nose was very mild - really couldnt get anything out of it, which is somehwat how i found hte taste as well. A little bit of licorice and maybe some cream sensation (oatmeal perhaps?) but there is very little to this beer.

Not at all what I expect from Three Floyds. Just no character whatsoever.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a mocha head. Lasting collar but no lacing

Nose of coffee and pine hops with toffee in the background

Flavor well balanced, not too much burnt grain. Good hop finish of pine and herbs. Enough caramel to balance the more bitter flavors

Light to medium body, ample carbonation, nice dry hop finish

Quite drinkable, well executed and almost an exact duplicate of North Coast's Black Hart (which is certainly more affordable at $4.99 per sixpack at Trader Joes.)

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

This is a beauty that I love to see onyx black body with an inch thick milk chocolate colored head. Nose has strong cola like zest that includes notes of chocolate, pine and malt. A very even burnt bitter malt enters the mouth. The palate includes very pronounced hoppy feel that is very unique for such a dark stout. With this is almost a citrus feel. This is the hoppiest stout I have ever had, While still keeping the integraty of the stout. Mouthfeel is thick and dark but balanced by the hops. Drinkability is enhanced by its uniqueness.

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Black Sun Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 842 ratings
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