Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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 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 Beer-Revelry
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass

A - 4.75 - Pours black in color. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating, dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, low head retention. Spotty lacing.
S - 3 - Is this a black IPA? I could have sworn the label said "imperial stout". Slight touch of malts and chocolate, loaded with hops, peach, orange and grapefruit.
T - 2.75 - Not bad at all, but not a stout. This drinks to me like an imperial black IPA should. Its got a decent amount of malt and chocolate, but the hops stand out and are aggressive.
F - 4 - Medium/Full bodied mouthfeel.
O - 3.75 - A decently tasty brew, but not what was advertised nor what I was in the mood for when I opened it. This does NOT drink like a stout, it drinks like a black IPA!

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Photo of RickS95
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extreme darkness, only a dark brown around the edges. Thick. Had this on tap so I can't comment on the head.

The smell is odd. It's a very mild smell but the only thing that stands out is licorice. Somewhat floral.

Tastes better than it smells. Lots of roasted grains with a smokey scent. Licorice is prevalent but not overwhelming. Slight floral taste.

Very hoppy and bitterish for the style, kind of like a black IPA. High ABV is subtle. Thick but not all that creamy. Slight bittering finish.

Overall it's not as good as I thought it would be, but still good. Tastes more pale ale-like than an RIS.

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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 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 smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled Dec 16th 2014.

Murky walnut brown, with maybe just a finger tall of thin bubbled mocha to tan colored head right off the pour. Body is quite thick and somewhat cloudy, maybe some red highlights poking out, but then leaves with an oily slightly filmy top and good sized bubbled collar.

Aroma is hop heavy. Fruity hints of grapefruit zest and some tropical fruit like notes as well. Hint of citrus oil everywhere. Lots of classic stout aromas though are completely masked by this and totally buried. Just a little bit of roast grain character comes out slightly. Hints mostly to lots of mushy fruit quality, but a very inviting aroma.

Hop oils on first sip coat everywhere, with controlled and large bitterness. Mid palate fills with lots of grapefruit and zest flavors. Mild sensing roast and char on the finish but really buried, and also quite a bit of a wet body. Hop angles won't seem to let go on the brew in the palate. Peppery, citrus lime even a bit, but virtually no sense of stout roast, char, coffee, chocolate or other classic characters. Body is surprisingly weak on the palate and washes with hardly any thickness for a stout.

This definitely comes off as more of a black IPA than anything, and really seems to be missing much of the dark roast character on top of it. A big one note brew unfortunately, but also missing a lot of other qualities to make me want to return.

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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 BarrytheBear
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

tap....agree with others that say this veers hard towards a black IPA and isn't much of a stout. Loads of hops that really overwhelm much of what potentially lies beneath. A fun try, with some nice hop flavors, but not much else going on.

That said, the BA Blot I had awhile back was a surprising stunner of a beer.

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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 simplejj81
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's good but not at all special enough to be worth $15 for a bomber. As expected with 97 ibu it is a bit more hops than I want in an imperial stout for me.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had the thinner, hopped, burnt licorice feel of a Black IPA rather than the thick viscous depth of an imperial stout. I'll have to rate it as a black IPA, in which case it was good, but not spectacular. Nowhere near an imperial stout.

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

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled in December, consumed in late March.
Look = 4.5 Pours black into opaque in the glass with 3 fingers of thick, frothy brown head with great retention and lace.
Aroma = 3.75 The hops hit me first, citrus and fruity notes but these seem to fade away quickly. It kind of takes on a musty ashtray aroma, with some coffee notes, but overall it’s pretty weak.
Taste = 3.75 More malt forward then the aroma starts out; a strong roasted malt backbone highlighted with citrus notes. Mild bitterness on finish.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation; the feel is smooth but fizzy.
Drinkability = 3.75 Big Imperial black IPA and/or stout; a little too roasty to be easy drinking.
Overall = 3.9 Not overly impressed; it could be that I sat on it too long. Wanted to get more of that hoppy goodness in there; more black IPA than stout.

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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 khargro2
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into large snifter. Strange artwork on this one, but I rarely pass up a 3 Floyds beer that I haven't tried.

Look: Pitch black with light tan head that you would expect from a stout with coffee

Smell: Not what I expected. Not at all stout-like. Almost like a black IPA, but not as pleasant. That being said...very hoppy, slightly smoky. The nose grows on you, but still not reminiscent of a stout. Possibly smoky like bacon.

Taste: Dark like a stout, but first thing that hits my tongue is hops. Possibly lime or citrus. Mostly hops, borders between black ipa and stout. Reminiscent of Alpha Klaus.

Feel: Very lacy mouthfeel that lingers. Still not seeing the coffee, roasty-ness of a stout that I enjoy. Hard to place, but overall enjoyable.

Overall: I don't mind it. It made for a good nightcap, but very boozy. I feel like it is off from the style, but very hoppy like most 3 Floyds beers

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Photo of jegross2
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Blot Out The Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. My presumption is that this is a barrel treatment of their Irish Dry Stout, Black Sun. This beer is aptly named after the infamous Simpsons story arc "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"
Score: 88

Tap pour served in a 10 oz glass at the Three Floyds Brewery and enjoyed on 12/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Deep brown color. Served with thin layer of khaki tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, above average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells like a brown sugar infused IPA. Piney hops, brown sugar, and non-descript tropical citrus. There is a faint hint of bourbon, but not much barrel characteristic present at all. 4/5

Taste: Are we sure this is a stout and not a black IPA? malty brown sugar and grassy, tropical citrus hops. Very hoppy. Hint of cocoa. No booziness. Mildly sweet. Virtually no barrel characteristic present. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Sticky, malty and hoppy. 3.5/5

Overall: Outside of their variants for Moloko and Dark Lord, I have been very disappointed by Three Floyds' barrel program.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth going out of your way to try. This beer is overpriced for what it is, and for what you can get (even at a bar, even in Chicago) for $8, in my opinion.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $8 for a 10 oz glass.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, date stamped 12/16/2014
A - black body, tan head
S - juicy hop aroma with dark chocolate and roasted barley and actually a bit piny
T - roasted barley, dark chocolate, big juicy hops
M - full body but seems a bit lighter, quite creamy, finishes sharp with some pine hanging on past the finish
O - this was a year old but drank like it was a fresh black DIPA. The hops are bold and unfortunately take away from it being a stout. Great flavors nonetheless but not what I expected here.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a little hoppy for am imperial stout for me. Considering it is a 3 Floyds stout, it really isn't overdone at all in that regard, but there is still plenty to go around. Still a ton of roasted flavor though. I would say the balance actually still favors the malts by a hair. A very good cough, black ipa, cough, stout.

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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 larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick jet black with a very sturdy finger and a half of light khaki foam.

Huge orange and piney hop aroma with chocolate and roasted malt adding some balance.

Chocolate, orange, light roast coffee, and earthy hop resin.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, roasty, slightly chewy, sticky.

Overall, this is a super-hopped impy stout that'll please any hop head and stout fan.

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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 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 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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Photo of kkleu357
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark black body. Very floral aroma with some sweet roasted chocolate smell. Tastes to me more like an imperial black IPA. The hops seem more present than the coffee and chocolate taste; however, still can easily pick up the sweet tastes. It’s very good, but a little to hoppy for my liking.

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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 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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