Blot Out The Sun | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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

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578
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4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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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 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 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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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 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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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

A- Black body, thin tan head
S- Hops... a bit like a DIPA
T- Roasted malt up front, pine hop bitter on back, but not overly bitter
M- Full

O- Overly hopped stout? Yeah, it works... and works well.

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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 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 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 DeanMoriarty
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with awdturboiv. Bottle date: 08/01/2014. Poured into a crystal tumbler glass. Pours dark black, fat tan head with crazy retention, coating my glass with thick lace. Aroma is floral spicy hops right off the bat, sweet toasted malt, black liquorish, tropical fruit and coffee. Flavor is bitter up front - coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malt, burnt toast and sappy hops, booze and berries on the finish. Mouthfeel is big and effervescent, hops linger on the palate. Super odd, yet tasty, Imperial Stout - not shocking when you consider the brewers. I imagine this would age quite nicely.

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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 Treebs
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap FFF. Served in a 10 oz. goblet.

A: Pours an obsidian black color with a fluffy tan head forming on the pour. Recedes to a thin ring and leaves little splotches of lace.

S: Citrus hoppiness with some noticeable booze and some chocolate. Light roast as well.

T: Roasty malts with some sweet booze. Milk chocolate with a minimal citrus hop backing. Some black licorice as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a little chew to it. Smooth, roasty and sweet finish.

O: A very nice and big stout. Boozy, tons of chocolate and roast. One of the better stouts from FFF.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy Imperial Stout? I label this as a CDA or Imperial Black IPA
Smells of roasted malts and dry hops. Finishes fairly thin and dry.
Overall not what I was expecting. Haven't had Alpha Klaus in awhile but seems to remind me of that beer. Another hoppy beer from Floyds.

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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 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 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 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 -Rick
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

for an imperial stout, I found this beer to be very hoppy. If I did not know better, I would classify this as a black IPA. Slight coffee hints, but covered by hops, this is a pretty cool beer.

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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 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 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 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 alarmclock314
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, dated 12/16/2014. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head which leaves rings of lacing on the glass. The smell is dominated by piney hops and grapefruit. More complex taste of piney/grapefruit hops, roasted malt, and cocoa. Some bitterness throughout and alcohol warming on the finish. Below average body and present carbonation. Overall, this feels more like a black IPA than an imperial stout, but it's flavorful and well-crafted nonetheless.

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Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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