Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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71
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512
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4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Photo of madelfonatree
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First was from a bottle. Second is from a tap enjoyed December 17 at Daily Growler in a tester.

Look - Jet black. Not as thick on head but was not agressive with pour. Tan head color. Lacing is not retained.
Tap look - Close to black. Light tan head. Head settles to a ring. Lacing is there.

Smell - Black IPA mixed with stout. Hoppy. Orange. Grapefruit. Dank. Chocolate. Coffee. Alcohol. Very complex and perfect.
Tap smell - Chocolate. Raisin. Hop. Bubblegum.

Taste - Alcohol, pine, and bitter up front. Chocolate and caramel finish.
Tap taste - Happy to almost smokey. Chocolate. Raisin. Toffee.

Feel - Not too creamy, not too watery. Carbonation does not explode.
Tap feel - Smooth. Slight alcohol. I wouldn't call this dry. Sits just fine.

Overall - I am glad I picked up a bottle of this after having it as my last beer at Dark Lord Day 2015. I am much more coherent this time around. It is a great stout!
Tap overall - First sip said smokey. Last sip said hoppy. Good unnormal stout either way.

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

A - Opaque black, with a hint of red. Light tan head, with legs. Lacing is mild.

S - Bright hop of citrus and roasted malts. A slight hint of alcohol burn.

T - A lovely coupling of hop citrus pith and chocolatey malts. A nice middle fills with roast flavors. The close is mildly bitter but constrained.

M - A full coating, bright carbonation, dry close, and easy return.

O - It may be called a stout, but this is a beer better understood as a black IPA, or a cascadian black ale. Full and bright with lovely flavors, I'd drink this regularly. It is even and balanced, despite its hop forwardness, with nice roast elements and a malty sweetness to counter the bitter notes.

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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 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 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 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 drdiesel9483
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - deep dark with a dark tan head
Smell - smells kind of like a black ipa so it has a hop smell but with lots of toasty malts
Taste - hop forward with a great toasty malt backbone and some booziness
Feel - medium body with medium lite carbonation
Overall - on the verge of a black ipa but it's so good!

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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 do_ob
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/16/2014 (I think..was partially worn off), sampled and reviewed on February 16, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. I really need to go shopping for some glassware.

Pours..pretty much black. Looks beautiful and tops off with a nice 1.5" light brown head of foam. Good retention throughout. Smell is dark fruit, raspberries, cranberries, cherries, maybe some pineapple, and notes of hops here and there. Upon tasting, strong hints of dark fruit and chocolate. A bit malty and incredibly enjoyable. Slightly heavy on the palate but not quite as much as other stouts. Very smooth from beginning to end. I sense a bit of bread or dough as the aftertaste sets in, but still strong hints of sweetness and fruit.

This is the first beer from FFF that I've had the privilege of trying and it honestly blew me away. Probably the best beer I've ever tried, period. Simply delicious. I was lucky enough to grab the last one from the store tonight and I'll be getting more every chance I get.
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After a year I was finally able to track another bottle of this down. Thanks Sturgeon83!
I've wanted to re-review this for so long now. Here we go.

Bottled 1-15-16. Revisited on 3-12-16. Numbers adjusted.

Poured vertically into a New Belgium snifter. Medium/dark brown in color on the pour and settles pitch black in the glass. A big, frothy, khaki-colord head sits on top; looks like a solid sheet of butterscotch pudding sitting there. Just a beautiful beer in the glass. Great nose as well, albeit it smells much more like a IIPA than a stout. Citrus, grapefruit, tart cherries, raspberries, bold dark chocolate, expresso, and hints of spice. Smells wonderful, but far from what you'd consider traditional for the style. Very interesting taste. I didn't remember this beer being this hoppy, but it's not a bad thing. Anyone familiar with da Floyds knows to expect a buttload of hops. Anyhow, lots of dark fruit, bitter hops, caramel, tobacco, and a touch of sweet grapefruit or mango on the finish. Yeah..black IPA right here. Whoof. Pretty good feel. Big and heavy, a little chewy, but not syrupy at all.

I'm really at a loss here. Part of me wants to give this an amazing rating for being unique, but at the same time I feel like I should rate to style. At any juncture, THIS IS A GOOD BEER, but likely a far cry from any Imperial Stout you've had before. This beer isn't the best stout I've had, but it is the best Black IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk's Pub (Chicago) - Draft - Very nice dark pour, taste was fruity and a bit sweet, but not overpowering. Nice a smooth to drink, the hops were strong and tasted excellent. Beer was thick and felt really good in my mouth, almost like syrup. An overall excellent beer, so act fast, time is running out, and grab a few bottles or pours when you have a chance. If you like strong thick beer with a great taste, you'll want to order this offering.

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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 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 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 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 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 IvarTheBoneless
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best stout that I've ever had from a bottle. Expensive at $19 a bomber, but if you like stouts, and you believe $19 for a beer is acceptable (I'm not sure I do, someone else bought the bottle I got to try), then drink this beer.

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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 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 trooperp
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like bittersweet roasty chocolate.. Bitter grapefruit and tropical fruits slam on to your tongue VERY quickly.. Hops are prominent here and dominant the chocolate.. Not thick.. Very similar to a black IPA, but much more complex and creative! DELICIOUS!

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Photo of Austin32
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really great hop infused stout. I would expect a chocolaty malt flavor to clash with a strong crisp hop flavor but they combine very nicely. Definitely worth a purchase.

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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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