Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Blot Out The SunBlot Out The Sun

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

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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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 GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of kculrich
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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, and I also wrote "like swallowing a demon" (?? lol).

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

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

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Photo of SwervyEarvy
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It was an incredibly delectable stout with chocolate notes mid-palate and a caramel and slight hazelnut finish that simply blew me away. The aromas were to die for with hints of oats, marshmallow, and maple syrup making for a quite compelling wafting sensation. It appeared an opaque, rich black that while intimidating at first glance certainly lived up to its name. I may not remember much from a day of copious drinking/shagging on the beach, but I will certainly remember the three floyds blot out the sun-best imperial stout I've ever consumed. In a word: scrumptious.

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

Got a bottle of this from the brewery. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is not leaving any lace. The scent hints of chocolate and vanilla. The taste had chocolate, vanilla and hints of roast. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

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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 Jeffsta1
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown black color. Inspiring. Tan head, fine lace, not super persistent.

Smell of malt & prune, currant.

Taste fits the smell: malty sweetness , dry prunes, raisins.

Mouthfeel is moderate to moderately rich. Fine carbonation. Nice.

Finish has hints of coffee and bourbon mixed with the malt & currant. Interesting, complex, deep.

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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 HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice dark brown/black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - def some citrus, grapefruit, orange rind in there, then dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, burnt marshmallow
T- dark roasted malts burnt marshmallow, chocolate, coffee, piney grapefruit
M - medium heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is roasted malt and piney hops
O- nice beer. Drinks almost more like a black iPad than a imperial stout.

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

Drank this over two days. Impressive mocha colored head on the beer. Nice hop presence on day 1, gone by day 2. Fudge prob biggest flavor, maybe some coffee. Not exactly bitter, but definitely not sweet.

A bit pricey for me, but I had to try it, being a fan of most all things 3F. One and done

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Photo of Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head. Aroma is weird. You get deep roasted malts but there aromas competing with each other. Flavor is super roasted malts, you get hops and faint chocolate. Has a nice body and overall is a nice stout but not impressive.

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

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date 01/15/2016. A new one to me from Three Floyds. Acquired the bomber for $18.99 plus tax at the local beer store, so not exactly cheap. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a darkish brown with hues of red thrown in there. Definitely not black. Appears milky & creamy, like liquid milk chocolate in a glass. One finger of quickly dissipating khaki tan head. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma comes off as hop-forward initially: much more fresh fruity piney hop aromas coming out of this than was expected. No notes of char, roast, barley malt. Maybe because this is fresh, but it smells more along the lines of a Black IPA.

T - Taste follows the nose: hop-forward for sure. Doesn't exhibit the traditional stout roast or bitterness, even after a warming period. Tastes and feels more like a Black IPA to me. Herbal, earthy, bitter, piney, resinous.

M - Feel is the same: easy-drinking stuff. Medium-full in body, with good carbonation.

Overall, it was okay but no where near to be $20 dollars a bottle good. Was nice to try, but I will pass on this one next time.

Three Floyds Blot Out The Sun -----4/5.

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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 Jaypeajus
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very smoky fudge at first. Not a long retained head. Lacing is pretty decent. Rusty black licorice. Overall a bit disappointed. Not any outstanding flavors to me, plenty hoppy as expected from 3F

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color. 1 finger head that keeps a film around. Pretty huge hop kick in the aroma. Almost a vanilla cake too. Rubbing alcohol. Tastes like a hop addition to the boil. Little dark chocolate, little coffee. A lingering bitterness. Soy sauce. A nice slick mouthfeel. Overall, A nice stout that I wouldn't refuse in a small pour, but won't be getting a bomber of.

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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

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 Trevor11
4.98/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is another fantastic stout offering from one of the best breweries in the Midwest. It's extremely strong and dark as the name suggests. There is heavy notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Also used for their beignet chocolate sauce. Fantastic.

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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 Brutaltruth
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy imperial stout pours a deep dark black with a nice dark brown head of foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of a DIPA with juicy sticky hops, fudge, light coffee, subtle anise, strong booze and herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with rich dark cocoa and cream awash in deeply brewed coffee with a touch of char. Middle and sides show anise and strong booze with some bright notes of peaches and moderately bitter hops that fade on the back into a coffee and fudge flavor. Creamy mouth feel with medium carbonation and a medium bitter warming finish. Excellent. Unique and lively for an imperial of this strength. Another Valenstein day's brew and the last of tonight.


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Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
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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