Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
71
Ratings:
512
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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66
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 512
Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly hoppy stout... The beer reminds me of Alpha Klaus but a little thicker... Roasted chocolate malts mingle with a piney hop assaullt that won't quit...

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Black with a moderate amount of tan head. Good retention and eventually resolves to just some bubbles around the edge.

Smells of bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, and some berries from the hops.

It has a mildly hopped up approach in the flavor. Berries, chocolate, and coffee. There's also some piney notes in there.

Very smooth, heavy body. It drinks easy for 10+%. Low carbonation that lends to the smooth mouthfeel.

A very good hoppy stout. The hops weren't overdone and added nice depth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Expounding upon the recent collaborations that resulted in "Blakkr", its exactly that flavor that spurred Three Floyds brewers to take it deeper into the stout world.

"Blot Out The Sun" pours with a shade off of black, making it more "blur out the sun" as peaks of crimson and garnet peak through the center. With a frothy and thick head forming, the bursting scent of burnt pine cone, singed citrus peel and roasted marshmallow extends seamlessly into taste.

Lavish espresso, cocoa, roasting walnut, and burnt sugars lay a milky underlay upon the tongue. Soon after the bitter chocolates, walnut and whipping cream flavor carry a smoky and charred element before the hops grip the palate with its acidic touch. White grapefruit, bitter orange and spruce all make a mark on the beer's taste with the finish looming.

Full both on flavor and on texture, the boisterous taste trends roasty, dryish and somewhat acrid. Its immense alcohol projects through the dry and toasty taste and is abrasive against the mouth, even though the burnt sweetness of milk and orange trickle onward in aftertaste.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1.5 finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of cocoa, some bitter coffee & hops
T: Matches the nose- bitter cocoa, coffee & malts
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat bitter & definitely some alcohol showing
O: Bold with a nice mix of the hops FFF is known for with the nice structure a stout deserves. Overall a well made and tasty beer

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Photo of darktronica
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bitter dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, plus bitter hops, but with some sweetness in the middle to balance it out. Dry finish with some subtle hints of spice and Belgian-style esters. Very much in keeping with 3 Floyds' typical profile.

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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 tedvr
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick dark with a medium caramel head. Smells of hops and burnt coffee. Has a huge hops taste with burnt coffee, there is a hint of tobacco and licorice in the background. Somewhat syrupy with mild carbonation. Not sure I like all the hops in a stout, makes it more like a black IPA than a stout.

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Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap FFF. Served in a 10 oz. goblet.

A: Pours an obsidian black color with a fluffy tan head forming on the pour. Recedes to a thin ring and leaves little splotches of lace.

S: Citrus hoppiness with some noticeable booze and some chocolate. Light roast as well.

T: Roasty malts with some sweet booze. Milk chocolate with a minimal citrus hop backing. Some black licorice as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a little chew to it. Smooth, roasty and sweet finish.

O: A very nice and big stout. Boozy, tons of chocolate and roast. One of the better stouts from FFF.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Big Star. Served in a hybrid pint-pils sort of glass.

A - Mocha foam with good retention eventually settles to a thick cap and collar, leaving behind thin fingers of lacing. Near-black with a hint of ruby transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - This is one ridiculously hoppy stout, verging on Black IPA levels. It's also really sweet; I'm curious if there's some type of sugar added to this? Very little roast, with hefty doses of milk chocolate and caramel. The hop aroma is the signature citrus and floral combo that graces many 3 Floyds offerings. No obvious alcohol here.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tons of citrus hop flavor mixed in with sugar malts and milk chocolate flavors. There's a touch of smoke in the finish, but this is very much a hop and sugar bomb; the balance is more evocative of Imperial Black IPA than Imperial Stout (although the feel is more of the latter). Again, alcohol is totally concealed.

M - Viscous and chewy, with low carbonation, and a mouth-coating sticky finish. Minimal alcohol warmth. Just a really big and decadent; perhaps almost overly so.

D - I easily crushed the glass, and I could have had a few if it weren't for the slightly obscene $10 price tag. The hop profile really reminded me of Black Sun, so I'm wondering if this is an Imperial version of some sort. Some of my friends disliked this beer, but I thought it was really enjoyable.

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

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with awdturboiv. Bottle date: 08/01/2014. Poured into a crystal tumbler glass. Pours dark black, fat tan head with crazy retention, coating my glass with thick lace. Aroma is floral spicy hops right off the bat, sweet toasted malt, black liquorish, tropical fruit and coffee. Flavor is bitter up front - coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malt, burnt toast and sappy hops, booze and berries on the finish. Mouthfeel is big and effervescent, hops linger on the palate. Super odd, yet tasty, Imperial Stout - not shocking when you consider the brewers. I imagine this would age quite nicely.

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Photo of -Rick
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for an imperial stout, I found this beer to be very hoppy. If I did not know better, I would classify this as a black IPA. Slight coffee hints, but covered by hops, this is a pretty cool beer.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My second beer at the Three Floyds tap takeover at Tap On Main. Pure black 3000 mile used motor oil darkness of a beer. Head is just a skim as it is delivered from the tap. Nose is full of charred wood and roasted malts. Taste is really where I want to spend some time on. This is such a different beast from their other very well known Imperial Stout that will not be named here. The anise bounces off the alcohol content with almost electric force. Dark fruits mix with burnt black strap molasses. A pleasant and appropriate hop character comes in on the back side of the palate. This hop character stays dark and carries a wonderful flavor ride as the beer warms and you continue to drink. It is really consistent throughout the palate. This is a very good Imperial stout that is a nice change of pace for Three Floyds.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with ample, viscous tan foam. Excellent lacing. The nose actually gives you hops first, with a little pine and earthiness. Then the chocolate, roast, and coffee smells of a stout follow. The taste has roasted malts and chocolate with the earthy, piney hoppiness still present. Body is full with moderate carbonation, a bitter, balanced finish. A really nice, slightly hopped up, bitter stout.

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Photo of Jhfinn
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this was a black IPA it would be the best I've ever had but it's a Imperial Stout. Only reason I rated it this high is because it's a fantastic tasting beer but far from the best Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BigGold
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber into snifter. Except for a short-lived head, absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. "Sometimes you've just got to blot out the sun," to paraphrase the bottle and C. Montgomery Burns.

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Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very resiny, roasty, and citrusy grapefruit aroma. Flavor is on the sweeter side, resin and dank cannabis dominant, finishing fairly bitter, with grapefruit running throughout. Tastes like eating a pot-filled grapefruit that's dusted in confectioners sugar and cocoa powder. And pine. A fistful of pine.

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Photo of Houser
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bit too hoppy for such a big stout but tasty nonetheless. this should come as no surprise since basically everything from three floyds seems to depend on hops (not an insult either).

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, floral, grass, light dark fruit, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, pine, floral, grass, light dark fruit, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great hoppy imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PintSizedLover
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Pours a dark muddy brown, with a nice 2 finger mocha colored head that settles in a lingering ring with lacing that recedes down the glass. AR: Smells of piney hops and dark toasted raisin bread. Nice amount of booziness as it warms. TA: Drinks more like a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark than a stout. Black IPA in a stouts leisure suit. Loads of brown sugar, orange peel and dark bread. Raisins and hint of tobacco lead into a herbaceous drying hop bite. MF: Moderate carbonation leaves a sticky syrupy hoppy film that coats the mouth. OV: Glad I had it. Not sure I would seek it out on purpose in the future, but would drink it if it were present and unattended.

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Photo of pwlong19
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good sweet, no sour stout. More complexity at the bottom of the pour from a bomber. Chocolate, nutty, earthy apricot with more sweetness at the end. Smell is earthy, but my nose is not my strength.

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Photo of sirhc3034
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very different for an imperial stout. To the eye and on the pour it very much is a stout but the nose screams black IPA. There is a stout quality to the mouthfeel and taste but a bitterness on the backend that is more characteristic of an IPA. Overall a very cool spin on the stout style

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Photo of snaotheus
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016-03-04
22oz bottle from @mr-jj served in a large tulip. Bottled on 1-15-16, 1934-1937.

Pours black with a small light brown head and a small number of carbonation streamers along the edges. Looks like an imperial stout. Smell is mildly chocolatey, moderately yeast, with a healthy coffee roast aroma. More chocolate.

Taste is chocolate sweet, roasty bitter. Moderate dark fruit presence. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is just on the border of chewy. Overall, really good beer.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Yes, I get it. Blot out the Sun. This could do it. It's dark. The head is browner than I expected given the reviews I've read on here. Pitch black, mocha head. Beautiful.

N - Ok, now I get it. It smells like a Black IPA. Roasty notes with some hop action. Dark fruits with some dank bitterness. Complex without being overpowering.

T - Weird. Up front I get lots of fruit: raisins, plums, maybe over-ripe peaches. Definitely get that Black Ale description. But the finish is all imperial stout. Very roasty - in fact, I'd say one of the roastier stouts I've had, like a Marshal Zhukov or a Serpent's Stout. A very interesting beer.

M - I don't get the thickness of a big stout, which is ok! I get some coating and a slight velvety-ness. Very fine.

O - An extremely complex and interesting beer. Is it what I want in an imperial stout? No. Is it well crafted? Absolutely.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub.

Pours damn near black with a fingers worth of tan head. Lots of legs.

The nose is very hoppy and has some malt and cocoa nibs as a backbone. Some caramel and coffee notes also linger after the hop takeover.

The flavor is very well integrated with hops up front and sweet malt finishing the flavor. Some citrus and pineapple fruit notes are sharp upfront. There is chocolate, roasted malt and coffee at the finish.

The mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation. Smooth and silky.

Overall, I loved this because of the great balance of hops and stout characteristics.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks great, excellent carbonation, lasting
Huge hop smell, sickening
Chocolatey hops, good but off-putting from all the piney-ness going on
Great mouth feel, velvety
If you like American-style stouts, this is excellent!

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