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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mynie
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Cat pee and coffee: a winning combination.

Looks--there's two kids next to me right now talking about how the fact that all your feelings come from nerves are proof that god is a materiality. There's progressive metal blasting. The guy who poured me this beer has a goatee tattooed onto his face.

The Floyds is weird. You think you're gonna show up during off hours and just sneak a quick one for the road and it turns into a big drunk ordeal.

But right now, this--this has the distinct taste of cat pee. It's a particular form of high-acide hoppiness I've noted before but never has it been more prominent. And never, shamefully, has it been so tasty.

The stout nodes a bit tart but the cat pee sees them through. The body is a little thin but the cat pee sees it through.

I need to be arrested.

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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 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 Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Three Floyds on Christmas Eve.

Served in a snifter.

A: Despite the extreme noirness pertaining to the color (or lack thereof) of the brew, this had a rather MASSIVE mocha head. Totally not used to that in Imperial Stouts. Looked dangerous.

S: Hoppy and fruity as hell! Was this supposed to be an Imperial Black IPA? Pineapple, grapefruit, mangos, and others from the tropics all wrapped up in a roasted, dark raw cacao, blanket.

T: Seriously, I can't believe I tasted pineapple first in an Imperial Stout. That's most definitely a first! Sure, it also had a roasty, chocolatey, malt bill as well, but the pine and grapefruit could not be ignored. Was this supposed to be an Imperial version of "Black Sun?"

M: Char bitterness on the end to let us know that this was supposed to be a stout, fruity, organic sweetness, low carbonation, and with ridiculous lacing.

O: I will NEVER forget that I tried this beer for as long as I live. Did I mention that it was also awesomely delicious?

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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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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 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 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 TheBrewo
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew was enjoyed on our second trip to Three Floyds’ establishment in Munster, Indiana. It was served on draught into a generic and blunted half-sized chalice. The pour showed the deepest chocolate brown coloring, with a supporting head of burnt chicory bubbles that stood the width of half a finger. The latter retained moderately, etching thin pencil designs of lacing around the glasses. No haze or sediment was appreciated, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma boasted the juiciest green grassy, grapefruity, and dripping nectary hoppiness. This was met by a warm stouty base of massive coffee malt bitters and burnt chocolate malt dustiness, sweet bubblegum esters, smoked brown grain, cigarette ash, chlorine chemical bite, ginger root and chive freshness, burnt cinnamon and pumpernickel toast, distant pumpkin spice, and light plastic phenols. The taste to follow was a powerhouse of cloying milk and dark chocolate syrups and malt bite, thick black molasses, burnt black, chocolate, and coffee maltiness, equally as sweet nectary and tropical pineapple, mango, and citric fruity hoppiness, marijuana brownie butter and batter, cardboard and Styrofoam, fiery booze, pencil tip woodiness, big bubblegum esters, liquid caramel, coppery metallics, burnt Creme brûlée sugars, muddy mineral, and cocoa-powdered truffles. The body was full and chewy, leaving the mouth entirely coated with massively foamy cream and froth. Slurp and smack were appropriate. Carbonation felt light but contributory. Otherwise, the mouth met astringency that dusted into powdered chalkiness the more you sat on it. Drinkability was fantastic for this beer’s given IBUs and abv.

Overall, pegged at 97 IBUs, this is one approachable and heavily sweetened beer. There is so much chocolate through the mouth that gets layered and layered upon by waves of nectary and tropical fruity hoppiness. The more you drink it the more you realized that this is less of a separation, and more of an interwoven, integral union. And what a union it is!! That level of hoppiness is just so hard to come by, especially for your bigger stouts; really for your darker beers in general, we suppose. We’re talking IPA-quality hoppiness. Think Young’s Double Chocolate meets something like Lagunitas Sucks, but in the most world-class way, with the densest forest of the most top-quality ingredients available. It certainly approaches the level of hoppiness one would find these days in your black ales/black IPAs, but with an insanely thick and hearty malt spine. This is our first stout from Three Floyds, and it honestly blew us away with its hop bombing for days. This is a fantastic, savory beer, and is truly unlike anything we’ve encountered before.

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

On-tap at Three Floyds, served in a tulip:

A - Cocoa colored 1" head with good retention, lacing was meadium to heavy. A nice cap and collar . The Color is very dark with maybe a hint of raspberry at the sides. Obvious by the name of the beer, light does not pass through this one.

S - Moderate hops, chocolate and a bit ofcaramel. There is no obvious alcohol on the nose. it is an interesting blend of the hops and chocolate.

T - Tastes just like it smells, maybe a bit more of the citrus character of the hops comes through. I get no sense of the alchol but there is a trace of smokiness on the finish that I really enjoyed.

M - Carbonation was moderate, a nice thick brew.

O - Really enjoyable, I could see having one of these while sitting by a fire. This is one that is on the edge of being a sipper. If they bottle this, I'll rack a few. If not, I will get it again next time I go to the Brewpub.

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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 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 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 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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