Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Since the dawn of time it has been mankind's dream to blot out the sun." - C. Montgomery Burns

97 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 11-14-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
578
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
185
For Trade:
16
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Photo of teemoney
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odd beer. Hoppiest stout I've ever had, pretty much a black ipa. Pretty good, though.

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Photo of mychalg9
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An overly roasty black IPA

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Photo of loverofthecraft
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overly hopped, too astringent for a stout. Body too thin for a stout, especially for the higher gravity. More like a less flavorful black IPA.

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Photo of mdmarvich
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Totally overrated and overpriced. The finish is a complete mess.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.41/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

5 oz taster glass, from tap.

Appearance: Your typical stout - black of color, dark tan of head, with good retention.

Smell: Straight hops, nothing else. This smells much like I imagine perfume that has gone rancid smells.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma, nothing but a solid wall of acrid floral bite. I can't even conceive of any other descriptor than what I would guess taking a swig of some excessively flowery perfume right from the bottle could be like.

Mouthfeel: I got two sips in, and couldn't even register mouthfeel, so I default this category to decent.

Overall: This is a black IPA that is mislabeled as a stout. Those of you who don't share my hop sensitivity would probably find it amazing - I get a single note barrage of disgust.

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Photo of Ranz
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got in a trade.

Poured in a snifter, it is jet-black with a finger of luxurious foam. The lacing is thick and foamy. (Cascade?) Hops on the nose with roasted cocoa and Italian coffee. Huge chocolate, chewy malt, and almost spicy hop on the backend. Roasty notes follow through, too. Mouthfeel is thick with alcohol singe. This is simply amazing--the contrast of hop and cocoa isn't a contrast at all but a complex underlay. This is a new all-time favorite.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmheinz57
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of alarmclock314
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, dated 12/16/2014. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head which leaves rings of lacing on the glass. The smell is dominated by piney hops and grapefruit. More complex taste of piney/grapefruit hops, roasted malt, and cocoa. Some bitterness throughout and alcohol warming on the finish. Below average body and present carbonation. Overall, this feels more like a black IPA than an imperial stout, but it's flavorful and well-crafted nonetheless.

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Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beerhunter247
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of mmcurran
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arthurry
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rsquared59
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of juicebox
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilly
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Black, rich frothy head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.
A: Hops, pine,
T: Hops, pine, slight coffee, cocco,
M: Dry yet syrup like aftermouth, nice bitterness, alcohol. Numbs the tongue.
O: I'm trying, but this isn't a stout, more like an Imperial Black IPA. None the less not a bad beer.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mgwagman
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two on tap at the brewery. Goes down smooth tastes of chocolate, coffee, hints of toffee. Two beers got me very buzzed.

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