Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
593
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
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70
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183
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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 johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe thanks for the opportunity.
Rich chocolate and roast with a huge earthy citrus hop presence. Great beer.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of imbibehour
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 krome
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 5 oz snifter from draft at The Vine on January 27, 2017.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of SadMachine
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

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 Cynic-ale
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Sweffin
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 593 ratings.
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