Blot Out The Sun
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,359
Ranked #4,729
4.14 | pDev: 9.18%
Mar 18, 2023
Nov 14, 2012
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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
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Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by SpaceCamp from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours black, thick, oily. Forms a thin espresso head, which fades quickly to leave behind a hint of lacing and a cloudy surface retention. When held up to the light, it is a dark, nutty brown color which is opaque.

S: Pungent. Nutty and earthy, yet also sweet. Chocolate and bourbon, with secondary notes of vanilla and roasted malts with a pinch of coffee. Molasses or sugar, with a hint of char as well.

T: Bourbon is more pronounced. Packs some heat. Chocolate and roasted malts, with a hint of spice. Coffee, char and oak towards the finish. There are also traces of plum.

F: Full-bodied. Coating and lasting. Light carbonation.

O: Bold, heavy stout that leans more bitter and boozy. Strong selection.
Mar 15, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Jan 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thin, fruity and obscure. Has an almosy belgian quad like aspect to the dark fruit. Finsihes very thin and smells less than anything impressive. Not a revisit by any stretch.

Strangely, strangely, strangely reminds me of Sierra nevada pale ale. It's LOADED with cascade hops and zestyling familiar.
Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.71 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The last 12 oz. bottle of my two four packs, so I suppose it’s time to review this while watching Sal Perez continue to annihilate Twins pitching. More palatable when he was on my fantasy team.

Black. Big head. The aroma is rich: chocolate, roasty malts, barrel. I like where this is headed.

Blot Out the Sun runs with a standard crowd. Lots of smokiness up front before it bleeds into a mirror image of the nose with cocoa, roast, & far too light a bourbon presence. Finish is almost ashy with a soft swerve of alcohol.

Overall? This is a perfectly serviceable, pretty good stout that could use more barrel.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had high hopes for this one, a BA Stout from Three Floyds? No brainer!
Alas, the heavy percentage of “Strange American Hops” rather made this more like Yeti (which flips none of my switches)
than DL which they are rightfully famous for.
Poured black and had a medium brown head, looks good!
The aroma isn’t bad at all, I got lots of coffee and cocoa and malts before the hops muscled in.
The taste led with bitter coffee and baking cocoa and traditions to harsh hops quickly. Not my cup of tea.
The feel was good, certainly no complaints there, but that’s an aside if you don’t appreciate the flavor.
Glad I tried it, now I know.
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by stanale from Illinois

Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by travelguy from Ohio

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by cwm51662 from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
My friend who doesn't drink sniffed it and said, "...I don't know what I'm smelling..." I have to agree, and with the advice to come with no preconceptions. I was still sniffing as I poured when the head nearly got my nose! I love the creamy feel. While others (including my friend's sniffer) didn't detect much alcohol, my taster said, "Yep, 11.4%(so it says on the bottle)". I find it very, very good. Not a bit sweet, like a piece of 84% cocoa. Kind of fruity, I guess, smell wise. I'd love to be more helpful, but it comes at me from a lot of angles I haven't had a lot of.
Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama

Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by TerryMills from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Great beer but I'm not sure it fits the style ... A bit strange but good in the same sense ... I think some age might knock the semi unpleasant edge off this one ..
Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 4 by drstalker from Illinois

Jun 27, 2021
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Reviewed by FureyXIII from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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
Rated: 4.17 by prototypic from Ohio

Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Rated: 4.18 by Dope from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Apr 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Mar 13, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by hommeside2 from Illinois

Dec 16, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by uncleotis from Illinois

Nov 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 13, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by FFFjunkie from Illinois

Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by c014572 from Illinois

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by Soul_Train from Virginia

Jan 14, 2019
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Rated: 4.08 by Oneoten from Illinois

Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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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