Blot Out The Sun
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,029
ABV:
10.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,620
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
643
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  68
Gots
  187
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: "Since the dawn of time it has been mankind's dream to blot out the sun." - C. Montgomery Burns

97 IBU
Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 643 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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FureyXIII from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this beer in a four pack. I’m a genuine old time fan of 3Floyd’s. Didn’t notice the barrel age, but the flavor had a butteriness too it, that threw me off.

It’s a strong beer, drank 4 realized it was 0435 and I was still blasting punk rock from the 80’s.

It’s robust for an Imperial Stout, I did catch the unusual hint of Hop, but it definitely could have used more chocolate. I can honestly not really compare it to any of their older or recent brews. It stands somewhere between if Black Sun had a 3way with Dark Lord and Foch.

Jan 19, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into my trusty duvel tulip snifter. Minimal head disappeared immediately. Somewhat hoppy on the nose, strange for an imperial stout. Dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruit on the finish.

Aug 31, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one was a little disappointing - I feel that’s always the case when the great 3 Floyds turns out a beer I feel didn’t even earn a 4 average rating. 12/3/19 date printed on bottle. Pours a deep dark rich brown color with just a little tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, caramel, vanilla, bread, some weaker mocha chocolate and more faint coffee aromas. Tastes similarly, fairly balanced and flavorful but I wish there were more depth and complexity. Almost reminded me of a regular stout. Smooth mild slightly thicker mouthfeel which was very welcome. Not my favorite stout from this brewery.

Feb 16, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Three Floyds teku glass
2016

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of deep mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

The first aromas are plum and chocolate. I also get roasted malt and cocoa.

The taste follows the smell. I get chocolate, plum, cocoa with hints of alcohol.

Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel and warming sensation from the alcohol.

It is smooth and good. It really cuts the chill of a cold January night.

Jan 11, 2019
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At first disappointing for not tasting like a normal stout, it grows on you for its complexity. Try this without preconceptions and it is enjoyable. Pours dark with good lacing. Taste is complicated. Noticeable hops, some alcohol warming. A bit floral. Notes of almost chocolate and nutty malts. Faint coffee and fig. Stout comes through on finish. Intellectually I like what is going on here. While not immediately tasty, it doesn’t taste bad either. And it is drinkable. More bitter than sweet. Keep going back for more. Mouthfeel is moderate, and carbonation is good; swishing it around it developed a good feel. Overall it’s a bit confusing. It’s like a high abv black ipa stout concoction. And I like it.

Dec 30, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: bold, complex, roasted, smokey, malt, molasses, tobacco, bittersweet dark chocolate, dark fruit like raisins, some boozy notes. Same with the nose. Black/brown hue, semi opaque, tall tan foam head with broken ring of lace. Full but not heavy body. Intense stout. 97 IBUs

Sep 13, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, allowing no light through. Tan head dissipates to thin layer, copious lacing on glass
Nose is roasty- coffee, dark chocolate, a fair amount of hops on the back end and slight astringency.
Taste is tootsie rolls, coffee, some subtle notes remind me of nuts and dark fruit. No heat detected considering the abv.
Mouthfeel is big, oily, and thick, finishing with some light carbonation. I like this aspect alot.
Overall, solid imperial stout. Thick, smooth, roasty.

Apr 23, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a name like this, I go into it with the expectation that the beer will be pitch black enough to 'blot out the sun." Dope Simpsons reference.

Pours in fact, dark enough to blot out the sun. Virtually indistinguishable from another giant stout Three Floyd's makes. Brown head, 2/3". Aroma of roasted malt. Like, crushed and burned.

Taste is a very well hopped, heavy bitterness, hefty malt roasted imperial stout. Its chewy and lacks the dark fruit bitterness of a Russian Imperial Stout. While no coffee is added, the heavy amount of roasted malt will give off some coffee like tastes. Same with the unsweetened ashy chocolate malt. Seems like this one is cranked up to 11 in terms of the amount of chewy roasted malt and possibly Chinook hops giving it a heavy amount of tree like bitterness. Does a lot of things very well, shouldn't be a surprise they do good making the alcohol not seem too hot underneath all that malt.

Mar 13, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blot out the Sun? Maybe in appearance. Dark and thick to the eye. But that is where the dream ends. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, more like a black ale even. Stout is hoppy and floral. Again maybe could argue more for if in the black ale style or even a west coast styled RIS, but this is a double stout, and for me falls flat. Even smell seems confused of what it wants to be, some of everything, but nothing fighting through strong enough to be the star.

Mar 12, 2018
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BergBeer from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque cola black with a thick mocha head. No activity visible.

Smell: Piney hops, sweet coffee, don’t dark chocolate, a nutty note, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Piney and floral hops dominates the attack. This fades to a body of chocolate malt, marble bread, sweet fake flavored coffee, and more piney hops.

Feel: Smooth given the ABV. Quenching body with a semi dry finish. Solid carbonation. A mild booze.

Overall: Very reminiscent of a Black ipa which is a shame for a beer named blot out the sun. I was expecting a big thick oily stout. Well brewed but I’m just put off by it. Alright.

Feb 28, 2018
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber Dated March 6, 2017.
Pours pitch black with khaki head a good finger and retains.
Aromas of dark malt and cotton candy. Getting coffee too. and whiskey.
Taste is fantastic; rich malt, coffee, whiskey, chocolate (dark, bitter).
I am definitely getting the bitter hops in the flavor too. A bit prickly.
Nice mouthfeel, not cloying, but good body.
Overall, I'll enjoy sipping this one for awhile. Lots of flavor with a punch and nice hops too.

Feb 23, 2018
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clear tall glass. Has an eerie black look and lovely creamy tan/beige head. Moderate carbonation, slow rising bubbles.

Smells of a very prominent roasted dark malt, along with coffee beans, dark chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, cream, and lovely piney and earthy hops, additionally floral notes. Other faint smells include smoke and tobacco.

Tastes of a nice smokey roasted malt, supplemented by rich coffee, dark chocolate, biscuit, roasted nuts, and a nice white bread. Nice sweetness with good flavors of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, faint licorice, and milk chocolate, along with other floral flavors. The earthy hops are strong and complementing to the overall composition. Has a cappuccino or some sort of strong roasted coffee aftertaste. Feels smooth, but not entirely creamy smooth. But altogether, sits heavenly on the palette.

Overall a very awesome more than bitter stout.

Feb 04, 2018
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try a stout from Three Floyds as I love everything else I've had from them. But his one kid of missed the mark for me. I mean it was still solid as it was dark inky black in the glass. But the smell and taste were just ok and the mouthfeel was a little disappointing. My review may be swayed because I had a Vlad by Hailstorm earlier in the day and absolutely loved it and this kind of paled in comparison. It's still solid but not spectacular.

Jan 14, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz draft pour into a snifterloudy boasts a thick dark brown elixer capped by a 1/8in cream colored cap that disippates to an edge-hugging ring of tiny bubbles and leaves transient lacing with legs.

Aroma is stone fruit, roasted barley, caramel, chocolate, leather, blah, blah...
Flavors match with more emphasis on the roasted barley malt and caramel popcorn.....? Where did that come from?

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and finishes clean.

Overall a solid double from a solid brewer.

Jan 07, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Savages Ale house. I’ve had this before. Never reviewed it.

Poured from draft into a snifter glass, this beer is pitch black. Has a ring of khaki colored crown around the glass with an island of bubbles in the middle. (Rating it better, because when I had it last and enjoyed it out of a bottle it was a wonderful, full finger, dense and creamy crown)

The smell is a surprising citrus wonder land. Very small hints of roastiness. Pretty wild that it smells like an ipa.

The taste comes in with more roast and caramel than the nose provided. Citrus is still huge. Grapefruit. Wow. But completely balanced.

Mouthfeel is sticky.

This is just really really good. Most well balanced hoppy dark beer I’ve ever had. The most impressive thing about this to me is the lack of a burnt/resin presence that I usually get in hoppy dark beers. It’s conpletely nonexistent in this, making it much smoother and clean.

Dec 09, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color and there's definitely no light breaching this dark brew. There's a quarter inch of creamy brown resting on top. The nose is a blend of bitter dark roasted barley and aggressive piney hops. I'm tasting a blend of intensely bitter piney hops and bitter, dark roasted barley. I'm also getting a light, smokey note. The mouth seems oddly lightly chewy and sticky for the ABV. It's more like an imperial west coast black IPA than an imperial stout, but I dig it either way.

Jun 11, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The head slowly builds to around a finger, more brown than dark tan, even surface with good density, wide streaks that cling to the glass. The liquid is as can be expected impenetrable pure black, can’t even really see any bubbles break the surface. Heavy roast to the nose, coffee and mesquite grill smoke, then smells like German chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream, pine and citrus puncture the sweetness, ends with an herbaceous snap, no distinct fruit scents. Full-bodied, tangy mouth entry with active, prickly carbonation. The hoppy bite here upfront then fades in favor of caramel, butterscotch, creamed coffee, black licorice and cola bean. Scone and pie crust up next with pecan to hazelnut notes. Some plum to prune and date flavors, overall it is not as sweet as expected. The booziness hollows out the finish some and adds some burn as it goes down the chute. Muscularity keeps it bound up at times rather than flowing. That said, displays energy and punch and just off center enough to hold your interest. A bomber is the right size for one person’s consumption.

Jun 09, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, and caramel with yeast. Solid hop presence with some earthy hints of pine and grass. Sweet scent of burnt molasses and brown sugar. Subtle hints of dark fruit and tobacco. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. Dark roasted malt with some notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, nuts, and caramel along with yeast. Bigger hop presence than typical for the style with some nice earthy notes of pine and grass. Sweet notes of burnt molasses and brown sugar. Undertones of dark fruit and tobacco. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich and bitter. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good Imperial Stout. Hoppier than typical for the style but it is still very much an Imperial Stout with some nice charred malt notes.

Apr 23, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'14 vintage. This definitely aged very well.

This one pours a very dark black, with a surprisingly long lasting mocha colored head, and lots of lacing.

Immediately on the palate, even 3 years-ish after bottling, it still smells pretty hoppy, with burnt pine, leafy tobacco, and citrus, along with brown sugar, nutty coffee, and cola.

When cold, hoppiness is the main thing I get out of this, a burnt scorched hoppiness, like some sort of heavily-hopped coffee beverage. But as it warms, tons of cool little complexities. I get some dark brown sugar, a herbal sweetness that reminds me of sarsaparilla or cola, vanilla, figs, and dark bitter chocolate. It's still hoppy, like a delicious malty pine tree, but it definitely dissipates as the beer warms and opens up.

This is medium bodied, creamy and fairly silky, with a good level of carbonation.

This was superb. The best stout I've had from FFF.

Mar 09, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 5 oz snifter from draft at The Vine on January 27, 2017. Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on February 6, 2018.

Jan 27, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

A- pours her black with a creamy khaki head that leaves great lacing

S- roster malt, chocolate, prune, piney hops

T- toasty chocolate and coffee up front, fig and prune, piney hops, syrupy finish with a longer of chocolate and char

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- nice stout with dark fruit notes, I typically prefer less hippy though

Jan 15, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle, dated 12/06/16, at basement floor temperature. Served in a tulip.

Pours garnet-black with aforementioned garnet highlights and two-plus fingers of soft, lush mocha head. Retention is excellent, finally settling back to a fine film amidst an archipelago of bubbly islets and solid, clinging sheets of lace.

The nose is faint. I think I'm getting oats and cherries here, like kirsch, and maybe some barrel, but I'm working very hard at it.

Tastes of mildly sweet roasted malt with cherries, blueberry, mocha, tannins and leather jacket. Finishes sweetly boozy with pancake syrup and some sticky citrus.

Feel is smooth and syrupy, medium bodied, with good carbonation and lingering booziness in the sinuses and gullet.

Overall, a decent, uncomplicated impy stout, although a little sweet and fruity for my tastes. If I had it to do over, I probably should have left it in the basement for another year. Still, at 10.4% abv, it sure as hell got the job done.

Dec 31, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. An opaque brown-black color with a generous khaki head. The foam stayed with me throughout and settled slowly into a nice cap. The nose was primarily chocolate and oatmeal, but there was also a mild cherry tartness and a bit of char. I tasted the cherry up front and I have to day that I noticed a mild phenolic plastic flavor with a hot finish. Nice chocolate and coffee notes. The phenols threw me and I did not enjoy this one. Medium bodied with a creamy feel.

Dec 20, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fall 2014 vintage; drank 12/11/14 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown hue.

Tan head; strong lace.

Orange citrus & mild mocha nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

This tastes like an above-average black IPA; orange citrus & roasted dark coffee flavors, melded well. Nice.

Dec 19, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well hammered in at this point.

3 Floyds Blot Out The Sun pours a color reminiscent of utter death. Just black blotty rotty char.

Aromas of Bourbon, sweet plums, sticky syrup.

Flavor is insanely strong. Bourbon, fig, roast malt.

Feel is thinner than I'd like, but pretty hot and burning.

Overall, a better than decent Imperial Stout. I'd have it again.

Nov 07, 2016
Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 643 ratings