Barrel Aged Black Sun With Cherries | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Treebs on 02-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a GI snifter

A - Dark black beer that allows no light through it. Big mocha colored head grows quickly and then settles down to a layer of rocky foam

S - Dark, roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and light oak. The cherries are big and fruity and make themselves known near the back of the nose. There is also a strong bourbon presence that is given additional sweetness from the cherry. Well balanced and good smelling beer

T - The beer is roasted up front with dark chocolate, roasted malt and a slight hop presence. The cherries come in to add a slightly odd tart presence. The beer has a strong alcoholic presence that brings in a boozy presence and there is lot of oak near the finish. The base beer seems a bit thin to stand up to the strong barrel presence.

M - Thin, body with minimal carbonation. The finish has an astringent bite due to the alcohol and the strong roasted body

O - Overall, the barrel is just too much for the base beer here and the cherries don't blend in well adding an odd tartness. I usually like FFF's BA stouts but this one wasn't working for me.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Treebs
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml waxed bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a solid black color with a some semi-clear brown highlights around the edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. No lace.

S: Semi-tart cherries with a little acetone/nail polish remover to it. Light roast with a little chocolate, but no real detection of barrel.

T: Cherries again, but more sweet than tart. The roast is present and the bourbon finally comes out a little in the taste. A little oak mixed with some dark chocolate malts.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

O: This was ok. Not really terrible, but a little thin overall. Wouldn't seek this out again.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MasterSki
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and minimal lacework. Dark brown body with some ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - Aroma is somewhat off-putting. A blend of harsh, rough oak, nail polish remover, vegetal cherry skins, and a hint of soap. Not much roast or chocolate from the base beer left here.

T - The taste is a bit of an improvement, as the acetone flavor is gone. Still, medicinal cherry, hot bourbon, and astringent oak overpower the base beer, yielding a residual bland nebulous chocolate flavor.

M - Somewhat thin, medium-light body. Dry, oaky texture, with some rough alcohol heat present as well. Perhaps not offensive for an Irish Stout, although Black Sun isn't really a typical one in the first place.

D - I loved the regular BA Black Sun, so this is a huge disappointment. Overly boozy and lacking in the awesome vanilla flavor of the non-cherry version; what barrel did they use for this? Skip it.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Barrel Aged Black Sun With Cherries from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 20 ratings