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 Ego
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my bud Epseja (below with cute super K avatar) for hooking a brother up, well, his brother who lives out by 3Fs hooked up his brother who hooked me up but I am not actually his brother, maybe a brother from another mother but that is another other subject... man my head hurts reading that...

with most non super dark 3F products I like to sample them ASAP as they tend to lose a touch in the hops dept if they are not fresh (see: gumballhead)

no .. grr... freshness.. grr.. date... grrr

pours nice and thick with a moderate head (one finger) of the darker tan variety... like whitney houston... nice cling on the glass, it jiggles like gelatin when I ping the glass (hey, I felt like pinging the f'n glass.. alright?). light has a hard time passing through this one. the bubbles are tight and small like a.. nah, that comment will get me in trouble.. the bubbles in the head on the surface of the beer pack tightly like guiness true.. but not as uniform, but then again this doesn't have the benefit of nitro so I am not going to slag it on that basis. there is one big bubble in the middle kind of looking at me cross.. I think it wants to make me it's bitch, but I'm not in prison.. so you know...
anyway, I am finding th lacing to be great on this, it is sticking to the top of the rim on all sides with no breaks in the bubble sheet. a good looking brew.

smoked hops. any question? I was almost expecting the usual 3Fs assault (no complaints about that, I friggin love it usually)... but no, this is more like tasting an american porter imo. there is an underlying sweetness that almost says milk stout also.. sure, the amarillo seem like they are in there but grapefruits dipped in cocoa? can it work? strange... but not off putting. granted it sounds like I am describing alot in the nose but it is not a strong nose, you really have to work to get the depth. is that good or bad? I am also getting some prune notes in there also.. along with subtle vanilla. damn, every time I sniff it I get something different, the mark of a great one.. the subtle smoke really just adds a dimension to this that is outstanding... impressive.

taste etc...
creamy mouthfeel initially and really burnt flavor is immediate. I really think thistastes like it is in the wrong category.. I have been sucking on a lot of american porters lately and this really would line up right with them. the burnt taste is upfront on the front/middle of the tongue and gives way to bitter chocolate in the finish on the back rear of the mouth, superb. the carbonation is sublime, it actually hides the fact that this is a bit thin actually, very sly. the hops add just the right amount of bitterness inbetween the burnt blast and deep chocolate notes (with hints of sweetness). the burps from this one are all hops incidentally... which I found wierd! This finishes dry with each sip really wanting you to have more... a joy in the mouth by the sip or the swig, awesome!

like wearing sweatpants to high school... sometimes you just can't get up. this beer is fantastic. not all 3Fs blow me away.. but when they do.. they just slay me. this is killer, I wish this was available locally here, fantastic. Seek this one out, I sure as hell will.

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

Another hookup from my bro in Indiana...

Served from a 22oz bomber in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature and allowed to warm over the tasting.

A - Pours with a thick glug glug from the bottle... dark cherry brown in color, producing a very nice, fluffy cocoa colored head that starts out at almost two inches, and slowly deflates to a standing 1/2 inch. As the head was forming, there was also a subtle reverse cascade, but nothing compared to that of a Guinness. Lacing is good, but sporadic.

S - With eyes closed, you'd first think you were smelling an IPA... until just a moment later when the dark roasted malt flavor enters the scene. This beer smells like the bastard stepson of Dark Lord and Dreadnaught. A curious combination indeed. Big Amarillo hops and an almost burnt malt base. Way in the background as it warms, I also get notes of latex paint.

T - I am very happy that the sweet hops in the nose shrink into the background in the taste... saving this beer from blowing the Irish Dry Stout style boundaries. In the front comes a quick sweetness underneath an almost chocolatey maltiness with a hint of must. The middle shows the taste morphing into a more mellow, standard Irish Dry Stout toastiness. In the back of the throat, the hops come into play, and the tongue begins to dry. The swallow is mildly sweet and the aftertaste leaves a pleasant hop bitterness in the back of the throat.

M - Nothing special on the way into the mouth... a bit watery and nondescript. The carbonation is quite superb, as I've found with most Three Floyds products. Only a slight tingle on the tongue and a slow welling in the mouth. The swallow is creamy and throat coating.

D - This is one very yummy beer and another solid offering from Three Floyds. It's got enough flair to be unique without straying from the style, and makes for a very satisfying treat.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark black beer with chestnut highlights as you pour. Has a big foamy light brown head. The aroma is dominated by a very fragrent hop boquet, sweet and a little floral. There is a hint of roasted malt lurking in the background with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is a quick burst of sweet grapefruit on the tip of your tongue. Followed by the roasted malt character slathering itself over the rest. The finish starts with a bittersweet chocolate note at the back of your tongue followed by the hops nailing down a nice dry finish and a nice coffee like after taste.

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Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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 lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black color with a sizeable tan head on top. Really a classic looking stout. Nice, mellow roasted aroma. Tiny traces of bittersweet chocolate and some hops thrown in. Oustanding roasted and chocolate flavors with a big ole hunk of coffee strung right thru it-mellow espresso? Good level of roasted bitterness and subtle traces of the hops. Very, very nice dry finish. Well done in that respect. Great body-for the low abv its quite the "meal". Probably the best beer I have had from 3 Floyds. A bit pricey for the bottle but outstanding none the less.

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Photo of markman
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Floyds Black Sun Stout:

Wow, a treat for the eyes and nose right out of the gate…shades of things to come? Nose is big dark chocolate and roasted malt. This eyeful of ebony is truly a thing to behold. Very complex on the pallet…a mélange of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and hops provide a singularly seamless torrent of flavors. An excellent stout…I don’t know why, but I’m a little surprised at this offering from FFF. I guess I tend to think of big aggressive beers when I think of FFF…think again, this one is flavorful and about as drinkable as they come. I’ll buy a but-load next time in the Biggest Little.


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Photo of bennetj17
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, no real head, just a touch of tan foam that disappears looking a bit flat. Smell of toasty coffee and quite strong grassy hops. Seems less like a stout and more like a hoppy pale ale in aroma. Taste has faint coffee and chocolate notes, dark and roasty, but again, strong tangy hops are overpowering the mix. Moderate bitterness. Medium body, a wee bit watery, carbonation is decent. I was expecting more enjoyment from this stout, but the mild alcohol makes it decently easy to drink nonetheless...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Onyx with a glimmer of garnet at the margins. Black Sun may be the darkest Irish dry stout in existence. Atop the beer sits a two finger cap of tight-bubbled foam that is golden sandstone in color. The minutely pocked surface isn't the least bit rocky as it falls (it's too creamy for that) and deposits a fair amount of lace as it does so.

This is what a beer of this style should smell like... period. Roasted malt leads the way, with bittersweet chocolate and coffee following willingly in its wake. The thing that sets it apart, however, is the hops... still kickin' after several months (at least) in the bottle. This brewery doesn't usually disappoint when it comes to hops, and if the nose is any guide, they haven't done so here. Perhaps I should have added 'if you're a hophead' to the first sentence of this paragraph.

Leave it to Three Floyds to brew a relatively low-ABV, relatively light-bodied stout that is so chock full of fantastic flavor that it doesn't seem possible given the laws of... hell, I don't know... alchemy? Sometimes I wonder if these guys aren't more mad genius brew wizards than simply crafters of fine ales. Their not so secret ingredient is hops, so if you think too many brewers overuse hops in an attempt to cover up... yadda, yadda, yadda... shut the hell up and drink something else.

As far as I'm concerned, Black Sun is a near perfect marriage of roasted malt and citric, pine sap-soaked hops. It isn't the completely insane, hopped-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life beer that fresh Alpha Klaus is, but it shares the same basic blueprint. This beer has a charred black malt flavor that all Irish Drys should emulate and that should be considered the new benchmark for the style.

How on earth Three Floyds is able get their beer to taste so freshly, greenly, hop leaf hoppy without losing the basic Stout, Porter, American Wheat, etc. character is a head scratcher. I don't really care, I'm just glad that they're able to pull it off and that I'm able to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Warming brings about no real improvements, but the beer was hella good to begin with.

The flavor lingers as long as possible given the fact that the beer is pretty intensely dry. Hops easily outlast everything malt-related. No surprise there. I much prefer bigger bodies on my stouts, but I've come around over the years to a grudging acceptance of the lighter bodies on Irish dry stouts. This one was surprisingly light to begin with, but has firmed up considerably in the second half of the bomber.

Black Sun Stout hits every one its marks and is, therefore, the best version of this style that I can imagine. If you don't love hops above all else, you're unlikely to feel the same. There can't be too many beers of any style that combine this amount of taste bud saturating flavor with this degree of sessionability. Three Floyds hits another one out of the park. So what else is new?

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of beermanbrian
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a noticable red tint as you pour. Tan head that drops quickly to a thin film that leaves faint trails of lacing on the glass. Smell and taste of bitter bakers chocolate. Bitterness gives a very dry finish to each sip. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel but then somehow it also taste a little thin. A nice drinkable stout that i would certainly enjoy at any chance I had.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black with a decent sized tan head that leaves some scattered webs of lacing around the glass. Big coffee notes with a strong backing of bitter hops in a similar manner of Alpha Klaus just not as much so. Roasted coffee starts off the flavor with some bitter earthy and floral hops. Light chocolate sweetness in the middle. Dry bitter roasted finish that lingers for awhile. Solid body over but I felt it would have benefited from a bit more girth. Easy drinking and a nice twist on the style as 3F so often does.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, with the requisite trippy, Three Floyd's style label. A little sticky, with dried spots of beer, this is definitely a hand-done operation.
Opaque, true black, topped with a tight nutmeg brown foam. Large bubbled, it just looks like this beer is hoppy. Great lacing and retention, sticking all over the glass. Big hoppy aroma. Citrusy and floral, blending with charred, coffee toned malt. Hints of licorice, anise and tar, mostly buried under the whopping hop nose. A little toffee (or treacle) sweetness holds things together. The flavor opens initially mild, a mild bittersweet burntness, then the hops kick in. The first sip was an eye waterer. My palate was not ready for this. More or less within the bounds of balance, but it's very surprising at first. Very burnt and charry up front, the body actually pretty light, with a pronounced coffee flavor. Some anise and licorice in the middle. Pretty clean, without much fruitiness. The hops blast through the middle and take over the finish, annihilating everything but the charry blackness of the malt and a touch of toffee sweetness. Very floral and citrusy, the kind of hops you'd expect to find in an IPA or extreme west coast pale ale. Fairly smooth on the palate, a lower carbonation level and a little oily, but finishes quite dry. Long lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.
Not at all what I expect in a stout, but exactly what I expect from Three Floyds. An insaner version of Rogue Shakespeare Stout, with punchier hops. Session stout for hopheads. Very much an India Black Ale, if there were such a thing. Since I'm drinking it, I guess there is. Forget Guinness, set me up with a couple bombers of this on St. Patty's Day. It's the good stuff. If you don't know, now you know. A little pricey at $8 a bomber in Rhode Island. Still worth it, at least for the experience.

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Photo of mynie
4.82/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a midnight (black sun) black with a nice 2 finger fluffy tan head. excellent sticking and lacing. wow! the aroma! believe it or not, you get piney, grassy hops first and then a touch of sweet chocolate and coffee. swirling just explodes more hop aroma from the head. very unexpected. first sip is hop bitter with big roasted malts to balance. roasted, chocolate covered coffee beans with caramel nut in the finish. after the last of the 22oz bottle warms to just below room temperature, i get some nice dark fruit and sharp cheeze. nice bitter aftertaste that lingers as long as you wait between sips. not as dry in the finish as other irish stouts. 3 floyds claims this has a heavy body, but i don't see it. thin drinkable mouthfeel, to style, with a nice smooth swallow. tongue coating with a resiny grit that helps resemble a dry finish. medium carbonation. drinkability is quite high. bitter aftertaste keeps you drinking and the 5.25% is nowhere to be found. an easy session or an enjoyable sipper. overall, this stout pushes the envelope for an irish dry stout. it may just barely fall within the guidelines of the style, but it's as hoppy as a good russian imperial. complex balancing malty flavors makes this my favorite irish stout to date.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, Riley's

Very pricey bottle but it's Three Floyds and its new to me, so 1 overpriced bottle cant hurt

appearance: fabulous FFF label as usual capped with the signature cap...pours a dark mahogany with a creamy chocolate brown head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves pretty much no lacing

smell: as expected, a fair amount of floral hops catch the nose right away...delicate cocoa powder, semi-sweet malt, very citric. interesting hopped out dry stout aroma

taste: follows through on the nose...loaded with citrus hop (grapefruit, sour orange) that is very dominant....underneath is a nutty dry chocolate flavour, light espresso. semi-sweet roasted malts balance it out pretty well. defined bitterness in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: bittersweet, medium body, active hops

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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 carln26
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with a thick tam head. Nice fluffy head that leaves a clumpy lace on the side of the glass. Three Floyds beers have a unique aroma. The hops come across, thick and flowery. I’ve heard they use Amarillo and Columbus hops for aroma. Many brewers could learn from these folks. The malt is there too, just a touch of chocolate and espresso, but it’s all about the hops. The flavor is nicely balanced. Milk chocolate, coffee, a little toasted malt with just a mild flowery hop flavor on the finish. It really brightens up the flavor. Nice sweetness right at the finish. Slick, smooth and rich mouth feel, very nice, very drinkable. Great beer.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought and opened room temperature. Pours large 40% dark tan head into pint glass. Aroma is surprising, very hoppy, with some roasted/chocolate notes behind that and a little alcohol but in any event a very unusual aroma for a stout. Perhaps the fact the bottle clearly states 'it's not normal' means something after all.

Hop character less pronounced but still present in the taste, mixed with deep dry roasted/chocolate notes. Hop character continues to the finish, this is unlike any well-constructed stout I have ever had. It is pleasant enough but I find myself wondering what the point is.

hop notes eventually fade from aftertaste, leaving a roasted typical stout feeling.

Further into the bottle, hop notes dominate less and some real roast begins to appear in the taste. much more balanced at this point. Not sure if this is my palate adjusting or 15 minutes of sitting in a glass in open air.

This is a very pleasant and drinkable (reasonable ABV) stout and while atypical in hop character a very pleasant creation. This is my first beer by this brewery and I will make an effort to try some more.

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Photo of Skidz
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out deep, chocolately brown and sits a desolate black in the glass with a thick, creamy brown head. Fades to a light skim with some decent lacings.

Right off the bat, dampened citrusy hops ooze out from the beer, glowing with oranges and grapefruit. Baker's chocolate and dark roasted coffee are tangled up in the mess as well.

Tastes dry and malty up front, lots of cocoa and coffee bean flavor all over. Tangy lime zest comes in from the sides. Bitterness takes over the finish, paired well with heavily roasted malts.

Very nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth all the way. Mild and soft carbonation in a medium-full body.

Honestly, I have to stop buying into this 3F's crap. Ten bucks is WAY too much for a bottle of this, I don't care how limited the production is either, it's still not worth it. And while this could be an excellent Dry Stout, it shares common ground with many of 3Fs other beers, that being a dominant citric hop character that is hard to look past. It just doesn't belong in a beer of this style.

But goddamn, it is a good tasting beer, but not a good beer for the price.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Photo of Realale
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with an extra-fine 1/4" mocha head that eventually settles to an incomplete cap.

Nose is raw hop over rich dark malt. It is a bit bready, but tends almost to cakey richness. The hoppiness is complex, green and fresh, with a decidedly American bent to it.

Full side of medium in the mouth, with the dark, rich malt wave arriving first. This is met by, and melds with intense hop flavor in the midpalate. Eventually the hops come to dominate the finish, but the balance is actually quite well done. This beer is more about power than finesse (albeit in a low gravity package), but all of the components play very nicely together. The length is quite remarkable.

Very nice, soft mouthfeel really lets the beer fill every corner of the mouth. Exceedingly drinkable. The bomber disappears so quickly, leaving behind only a smile. A beer of character and originality which provides great pleasure to this taster.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark color with a moderately tall brown head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a huge US hop burst at first followed by a chocolate and malt backing. This is definately an American Stout, not an Irish dry stout. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and hints of coffee, but it also has a lot of hop flavor. Nice mix and well balanced. The body is at the high end of moderate and the drinkability is good. Nice beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a slightly less than one finger tan head that falls to a complete film over top. No light is getting through this one at all. Nose is full in hop aroma. I get big bright citrusy American hop, with a light hint of fresh, green hop aroma. The malt give me impressions of chocolate, light caramel sweetness and a moderate coffee roastedness coming in the end. Flavor hits immediate with hop bitterness and citrusy hop flavor with a nice herbal and fresh hop character. Behind that, there is good roasted characte r giving notes of coffee and a lighter chocolate sweetness. This is definately dominated by the hops in the flavor. Feel is on the thick end of moderate with a light carbonation that helps if feel like its a thicker brew. I like it. This one is definately an American Stout to me, not a dry stout, but call it what you want. I think its very tasty. I'd like to see the hop dowgraded a bit, but that is not the style of 3F's. This is a highly enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh. Three Floyds is the king of hops. Man, give them any beer and they will pump it full of hops with such deftness and skill that it will blow you away. That said, do we really need a hoppy stout?

I'm not so sure. It smells fantastic, the hops dancing with the roast barley. A great idea, really, very impressive. It is the rest of the beer that fails to deliver. In their X-mas porter the hops reinforced and helped the porter-flavours along, while in this beer they are at war. You taste: Hops, then there is a quick break and transition to roast in a very thin body. Most unusual.

An excellent example of what you can do with hops. Wow, these guys really know their stuff. Too bad it doesn't really work in this venue.

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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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