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 shbobdb
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and opaque black, little bit of red on the edges, big brown head, nice lace and good retention. Smell is pine, chocolate/coffee, caramel, vanilla, and more pine/coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla/toffee, up front, with a big molasses and pine hit in the finish, bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. A nice and experience, this stout is "not normal."

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Photo of mikeys01
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unionmade for this bottle. Starting off, the label atwork is quite amusing, both imaginative and a bit freaky at the same time. Commencing to the pour, this dark star poured out a thick chocolatey brown color with a dark and bubbly thick head.

Aroma is both roasty and resinously hoppy, with some strong dark roasted coffee and a bit of charred wood. Taste is burnt and bitter at first, and hoppy as can be, per the 3F style. More complexity emerges though the middle and once your taste buds enjoy some chiropractic realignment. Subtle smokiness weaves its way in along with deep dark chocolate and roasted malt highlights. Nice full body and mouthfeel on this one.

Finish robs the tongue of moisture with a final bitter attack, leaving you gaping for more and wondering where the truckload of roasted hops that just ran over you went. Nice work 3F, I’d like to try this one on draft.

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Photo of budsboy
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black, thick tan rocky head that lasts and lasts. Very nice.

All piney hops and roasty malt aromas. Maybe a hint of vanilla or dark fruit, but just a whisp.

Mostly a roasted pine cone hop flavor, plus coffee, dark roasted malts. Low alcohol is a nice change from the bigger brews I've had lately. Hints of dark fruits dance around the edges. Blends well.

Just a bit thin, even for the style, but fairly smooth. Most likely a different beer altogether on draft.

Touch hoppy for my taste. A bit like a roasted IPA, and very much like Flying Dog's Gonzo Porter, if you've had it. Still, a fine and well-crafted brew, and one that will age well.

Thanks to Mr. Hustlemuscle for the bottle.

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

From a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- Pours a half finger nut-brown head with a foamy retention. Color is a mix of squid ink, liquid home baked brownies, and my soul. VERY DARK. Something this black doesn't allow lacing to leave a trace.

Smell- When still chilled it has about 70% American hops, 15% roasted mlats, and 15% smoked malts. When a little warmer. Its more like 40% hops and the rest DARK chocolate cheesecake.

Taste- The hoppiest tasting Dry stout I've ever had ;). Now thats Hoppy. This beer tastes like waiting in line at Starbucks for my order of triple shot espresso, the only reason I EVER go to Starbucks. Imagine that coffee jockey making a triple shot of espresso mixed with a shot of fresh hops. Except as the beer warms, that espresso malt flavor gets a bit creamier. Also hints of cigar smoke, burnt steak, and fanny may chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Pretty oily, but at the same time, velvety. This beer that looks like squid ink, goes down much better than a triple shot of espresso straight. This beer gives the palate a very soothing feeling.

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After it was originally on nitro tap, I was able to drink it on straight up tap. The head was much fainter than the nitro version, but the flavors were the same essentially. The only thing I enjoyed about it was the flavors were slightly more pronounced with the thick foam accompanying it that you get on nitro. Alas, this beer is gone now and I will have to find a new favorite Brewpub beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in my opinion, this is the first great, flavorful, simple session beer that the floyds have produced. many might argue for gumballhead, but for me, the hops there stick out too brashly.

black sun, on the other hand, makes a fine, smile-inducing beverage. black as the name suggests, full of off-white webby lacing. nice roasty stout nose without any excessive smoke or weird chalk. hops are there when i smell, citrusy and complimentary without knocking my senses for a loop.

what a perfect combination of beer characteristics here.. low abv allows me to take big mouthfulls and dive headfirst into the flavor explosion. bitter, roasted malts create a subtle smoky, charred wood effect with a muted bitterness in the end boosted by the hops. the hops are there, and moreso than in your normal stout. however, the combination of such blossomingly fruity hops and mild stout ingredients makes way for a sort-of 'black pale ale'.. a couple steps of dryness beyond the alpha klaus (but similar too!)

i could go on and on, but i'd rather drink. don't take my analysis too scientifically.. this is a 22oz meant for one. one drinker, one sitting, one simple satisfaction of good tasty beer.

thanks, big thanks, to unionmade for securing me a bottle of this nectar.

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

22oz bottle into an American pint glass:

Appearance: Inky black color, head dissipates quickly. Leaves a thick lacing of foam all the way down the glass.

Smell: Floral hops. Lots of hops. A little chocolate & vanilla in the background. Mostly overwelming citrus floral hops.

Taste: One of the hoppier stouts I've ever had. Not incredibly bitter, just lots of piney floral and citrus hop flavors. A little chocolate and coffee, but I was struggling to get past the hops to find all the complex flavors that the label talks about.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I expected from the inky blackness of it. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Interesting and good beer. I'd drink more of it, but a boatfull of hops doesn't make for the complex beer described on the label. Good, but a disappointment compared to some of the other 3 Floyds beers I've had.

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

So I was in one of the better beer stores around town and I see that a case of Three Floyds hadn't been put on the shelves yet, and the guy who owns the store said something like "yeah we got their dark sun stout." I got excited hoping that he meant to say Dark Lord, but alas, found this in the box instead. No matter, at this price from this brewery, it must be something at least close to the Dark Lord. I was surprised when I looked it up at home to see that I payed 10 bucks for a 5.2 percent dry stout. Ahh well. Anyway, 22 oz. bottle with an awesome label and a blurb about the beer that could easily be typed into this website as a review. As I pour the beer, it looks fairly viscous and settles into the glass a black with ruby tinges, and a half-inch of yellow/brown head that leaves some lacing. It smells like fruity hops at first, followed by chocolate, coffee, and notes of vanilla. The flavor follows suit with additional notes of roasted malts, raisins and other fruits, and leafy/green/citric hops. The body isn't as thick as the label implies - I'd say it's medium bordering on thick, but still feels nice. I didn't really believe it to be a dry stout until the end, as the American hops remind me of an American stout, but I'm sure there's an Irish back there somewhere. Overall it's a quality beer, but way too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of Wildman
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured as black as midnight and formed a huge foamy dark tan head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. No light will penetrate this murky mess. The aroma is light, with elements of malt, hops and some burnt oats to it. The flavor was of burnt malts, hops and some burnt coffee. The body is light, but what you would expect of the style with a nice creaminess to it.

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

Inky black with faint ruby highlights at the edges. The dense brown head left sheets of fine bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass and showed good retention. Initially, there was an intense piney hop aroma that I could pick up from across the table. After this subsided a bit, dark malts were more evident - some roast and chocolate with a burnt edge. Bitterness was balanced with the malt and seemed to grow as the beer warmed. There was a pleasant dry roastiness, almost a mild coffee flavour, that played well against the piney hops. Grapefruit appeared for a moment towards the finish. Hops really made up the majority of the flavour profile. Fine carbonation contributed to a round body and silky texture. Another interesting offering from 3F. Thanks Viggo!

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

Many thanks to Jredner for this sample, thanks Joe!!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
As with all Three Floyds beers, this label rocks!!!! An evil looking black sun, with a devilish grin.

Appearance: Dark, inky black color, small, thin tan head that disappears quickly. Some delicate lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark roasted malts, with a hints of chocolate and coffee. A slight piney, hoppy, smell.

Taste: Starts with dry roasted malts and chocolate. Finshes dry with a nice amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth and seems to glide down the throat, leaving a slightly dry feeling.

Drinkability: Great session beer, low abv, and not filling. A delicious treat on a cold winters night. Another fine offering from Three Floyds thats highly recommended.

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Photo of stevegamburg
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Three Floyds. Being a lover of stouts, I had to try the Black Sun.

Here's what I think (keep in mind that I am not knocking this stuff, it just wasn't what I expected):
Overall, it is a very good brew. However, I was a bit disappointed by the amount of hoppiness. I am used to and expect a creamy, dark roasted, chocolatey flavor when drinking stout, not big hops.

I am not going to get into the details on this one. Just remember that if you are looking for a traditionally flavored stout, stay away from this one.
If not, give this one a try.

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

Appearance: Dark black opaque. Tannish head with good retention.

Aroma: Roasty burnt hard core aromas. Coffee roasted smells. Malty cake aromas soaked in a coffee roasted blend.

Taste: The flavors are hard core focused on roastiness. The finish contains some lingering bitterness, much in the form of coffee, or roastyness.. The mouthfeel is solid, if a bit slick. The balance here is abnormally different than most Three Floyd's beers. I detect much less hop flavors here than in their other beers. This one seems well suited for session drinking.

Notes: This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Very tasty and suited for session style drinking. I would love to see this one added to Three Floyd's year round products!

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Photo of aleyeast
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, it's not an irish dry, more likely to be called an American Dry Stout. served in a stone imperial stout goblet out of 22oz bottle

color is black, small tan head
aroma is big hops followed by roast, lovely smell
taste is caramel on the end, aromatic hops are ever present, roast in background
mouthfeel is very drinkable and addictive

I like this beer, but I like most of their beers

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never saw this stuff before today, and just had to try it. I've liked just about everything I've tried in the past from Three Floyds. But this stuff wasn't at all what was advertised on the bottle. It says there is coffee and cocoa, cherries and so on. Bullsh1t, all I can say for sure is that there were lots of hops involved. The trademark hops they use in Alpha Klaus. In fact I'd swear this stuff WAS Alpha Klaus if I didn't see the bottle.

Very disappointed, I paid $8.99 for the bottle and I want my money back.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the 3F's BP. A large tan head sat on top of a black body. Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate malts dominate followed closely by some American citrus hops. Good lacing follow the body down the glass. Chocolate and coffee and roasted malts are in the lead with a balance of more hop bite. A nice roasted after-taste in the finish along with some hops. Drinkability is great but I kinda wish it actually had less carbonation. Keep in mind that this is now OFF nitro so its not as creamy as some other reviews in the past couple of weeks.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber.

Pours a deep black with a cocoa head that fizzles. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell those citrusy hops, which I think are mostly Cascade. Underneath is a roated malt base with some hints of coffee. Smells delicious, although not a traditional Irish dry stout.

Taste is much more malt driven than the aroma. Nice roasted malt tase upfront withe some nice espresso highlights. The hops take over with a nice cascade citrusy flavor with a nice bitter bite. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Body seems a little thin.

Another easily drinkable brew from 3F. I dunno how you even put a style label on this beer, it's no Irish dry stout but it's damn good.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at 3 floyds

good looking stout. balck, some lacing, 1/8 inch head maintained throughout the drinking period. Slight odor of grapefruit in amongst the expected maltiness. Bitter malt flavor, some chocolate (like baking chocolate). fairly smooth mouthfeel, nothing amazing but drinkable for sure.

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

This beer was poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured an inky blackness. The head was a slightly creamed coffee coloration. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: A melange of coffee, piney hops, vanilla, anise and chocolate.

Taste: The taste is strange but I like it. The taste delivers as above with dark fruityness raisons and cherries. Lots of piney hoppyness on the front of the taste. The taste is balanced in a odd sort of way.

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied. A very odd tasting balanced beer.

Drinkability: Dam this beer is good. Very well balanced between malty goodness and piney hops. I want some more.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/21/06- Received via mail order with Archer's Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. No freshness info, but from the most recent batch. Poured into a type of snifter.

Appearance- Deep dark black in color. No light getting through this puppy. Milk chocolate brown full inch head. Nice streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Kinda new to this style, but smelled like charcoal and cigarette ashes. Lots of super dark malt, but mostly ashes combined with some super bitter hop scent.

Taste- Taste pretty much like the smell. Not really cigarette ashes, but kind of charcoal flavored. Maybe a touch smokey. Dark flavored burnt malt mixed with tobacco leaf hops if there is such a thing. Different, for sure.

Mouthfeel- Drying, bitter mouthfeel. Medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Wasn't sure I was going to like it after the smell, but I guess it's what it's supposed to smell like, so I can't complain or down rate it because of that. Tasty and for sure interesting. Would buy again.

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Photo of jakester
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an inky jet black with a 1/2 finger head of brown foam. The head falls to tiny spots and a ring, with minimal lacing.

The aroma is really different. Strong chocolate and coffee yes, but strong vanilla as well. Dark dried fruits, (really dark). Hop aroma is very piney/floral. Not real sure this is going to work.

Flavor is coffee and chocolate, with strong vanilla. Hop flavor is very piney. I have never tasted a beer like this. Hop bitterness is high. Dark fruits like prunes, raisins and cherries. There is an odd flavor here I'm not sure I like. Aftertaste is black coffee and pine needles.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very soft carbonation, bordering on watery. Coffee and hop combination are slightly puckering. Dark malts and hops feel oily on the tongue. Finish dries out nicely.

I usually love everything from 3 F's, but this just doesn't work for me. I think this choice of chocolate, coffee, and piney flavoring hops isn't a good combination. Something is really odd in this beer. I probably would not get it again.

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

The beer poured into the glass pitch black with just a hint of a ruby highlight. The head was brown, frothy and medium built but with a suitable frame to coat the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was grassy with a strong resinous hop presence that was as if the beer had been recently dry hopped. The aroma contained a bit of oaky vanilla as well. Also present was a nice caramel aspect coupled with chocolate and coffee.

The flavor was bold and grassy with a strong and resinous hop bittering that was agressive and asserted it's presence. The flavor was dominated by the hops but behind them resided a presence of caramel and chocolate along with a dose of roasty coffee flavor. The flavor had a decent fruity character and a nice toastiness.

The finish was dry with grassy hops, coffee and chocolate long into the aftertaste. The body was just full, and not viscous. This beer is definitely made for folks who enjoy a good kick in the pants with hops. The bittering was quite high, but that made the finish dry and the beer quite easy to consume. A hoppy stout for sure!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness indication. Pours dark muddy brown, fine and slight dark tan head, leaves very fine lacing. Milk chocolate nose, lots of chocolate, coffee, burnt grains, some smoke, dried fruits. Tasty, thick, complex and gooey stuff. Grainy hops late. Lucious, silky and smooth mouthfeel. Yum

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a black with a light brown hue and a huge brown head. Lots of scattered lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of dark malts but more importantly...the hops! Lots of minty, sugury, orange, and pine goodness. So much so that I can't stop smelling it. This is the most hopped up stouts that I've ever had.
Taste is of that delicious piney hop with some of that dark, sugary malt coming through.
Mouthfeel is bitter sweet with those hops again lingering with some roasty malts and hops bottling it out to the bitter(literaly) end.
Drinkability is good. Nice stout that I can't wait to get into again.

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