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Brewed by:
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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Reviews:
71
Ratings:
512
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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66
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173
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 512
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mjohnson17
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ FFF brewpub.
Serving Type: 10oz goblet

A: Black, near opaque color with minimal head. Nice alcohol legs and some slight lacing

S: Hops, nice citrus hops. A bit of booze, some good caramel & toffee roast notes. A great smelling hoppy stout.

T: This one is mostly malts, nice roasted malts. Chocolate, toffee, slightly sweet. Barely any hops as I was expecting from the nose on this one. Very slight on the booze notes, dangerously drinkable

M: Medium mouthfeel. Coats the mouth nicely with roasted malts with a hint of booze.

O: A great stout. Deceptively drinkable, i could drink this all day, then be plastered. The nose is wonderful but the taste doesn't follow the nose, which is good IMO. One of the best beers I've tasted from FFF this year.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%

Picked up brew pub.
A: poured into snifter, amazing +2 finger chocolate mousse foam head, dark chocolate body, some carbonation, stringy lacing
S: chocolate, burnt sugar, pumpkin spice, oak, boozy, vanilla, pine hop resin
M: medium body, thick and chewy, resin coats the tongue.
T: chocolate, malt, oak, burnt sugar, boozy, vanilla, hop resin, roasted malt, hints of tobacco, some pepper
O: fantastic brew, complex flavors, tasty treat!

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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 dmgeng
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I saw Imperial Stout on a 3-F's label I almost lost it!

A - Deep and dark brown color,basically black but not as stark black as Sublimely. Pours thick with khaki head with nice lacing.

S - Tons of hops at the beginning with some nice roasted, chocolaty tones in the back. After warming the malt and roasted character becomes more noticeable but still dominated by the fresh hop fragrance. Herbal, citrus, and pine are the most distinguishing characteristics.

T - Lots of delicious flavor with the citrus hops really shinning through. Seems like simcoe hops with the pine, herbal, and citrus flavor really pounding it in there There is the roasty, malt sweetness to help but the hops are the showcase. It is over the top hoppy but with the warming richness of the stout you know that this is a 3-F's creation. Lots of hop bitterness and a little from the roasted malt but it has a little salvation from just the sheer flavor impact of the hops and stout.

M - Heavy mouth-feel with perfect carbonation. Not a total oil slick but not a light feeling beer and a nice bitterness.

Overall, a very delicious beer. It is definitely an Imperial Black IPA and not a normal Imperial Stout but I really love hoppy stouts. I tried to get this beer as close to 52 degrees (cellar) that I could and I was rewarded with a big complex beer that is hop forward and flavor-FULL. There is plenty of hops, bitterness, and that robust stout character makes it worth every penny. It is less citrusy and more full bodied than Stone's Sublimely Self-righteous but with the overall impact and size you can't go wrong with this one.

Glass- Snifter

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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 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 Ranz
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got in a trade.

Poured in a snifter, it is jet-black with a finger of luxurious foam. The lacing is thick and foamy. (Cascade?) Hops on the nose with roasted cocoa and Italian coffee. Huge chocolate, chewy malt, and almost spicy hop on the backend. Roasty notes follow through, too. Mouthfeel is thick with alcohol singe. This is simply amazing--the contrast of hop and cocoa isn't a contrast at all but a complex underlay. This is a new all-time favorite.

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