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Black Sun Stout by Three Floyds Brewing LLC
Irish Dry Stout
5.25 % ABV

Review by GUBR on 02/06/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
30 3 4 2 4 2 2012
I was really looking forward to this beer and perhaps that was the problem . I found it to be very unbalanced and pretty much undrinkable . Had 3 sips and decided to pour the rest out . It may have been a flawed bottle . For all the richness that it looked , I found almost no malty qualities that you would expect . It seemed overly hopped . Don't get me wrong I love hops , a lot . It wasn't the kind of hop finish I like though it was if it was brewed entirely with bittering hops and over done . Anyway , I hope it was a flawed bottle and the other one I have teastes better . It may need some aging .

Price: $12.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/17/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
Black with a slimming yet dense, lush tanned foam. Thin sheeting lace covers nearly every inch the head touches.

Sweet oily aroma of orange oils, pine tar, blackened stuff, and slight peppery spice.

Taste is round, big, and bold with a big jump of flavor on the buds with charred roasted malt tone mixed, almost balanced, but not quite, with a orangey pine oil. Slimming bite and bitterness. Semi tangy, mostly charred-like, peppy, lip smacking, smokey dryness really sticks it right on the palate and doesn't move from there. Finish is a mix of complex notions with blackened, charred, smokey, ashy things with a sliver of coffee and oily wood and orange.

Feel is sooo nice...quite big and everlasting in body. Richly set in lasting and well rounded big roasty/charred malts and tone with a semi plush tang underneath it. The hops really make for a unique experience as they add both an extra dimension of flavor and finish within the tone of charred malts. There's an oily side to it that stays just to the back and around the sides, letting the blackened stuff stay up front and heavy on the tongue. Complex as hell; I tell ya what...

An exceptional stout. A mind over matter...of drinking the hell out of the bomber type of brew that exhumes itself from the depths of obscured stout sessioning. What the hell I'm I talking about? Just drink it. You'll be impressed; and if you're not, more for me ...ya simpleton.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 12/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2009
22oz Bomber

Received this in a trade from my RB Secret Santa, thanks Melvin. An aggressive pour brought about a fingers worth of tan creamy head that settled to a thick crown. The body is black with no light coming through at any point. The head leaves behind patchy lacing here and there.

Although the aroma is fairly simple it's no less appetizing. There's a light roastiness with a mild nuttiness and mild lactic creaminess. There's also some dark fruit, as it warms, adding a sweetness that compliments the roastiness nicely. There a hint of the nuttiness throughout but it's faint.

Black Sun is medium bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation which at certain times feels a little too prickly.

This is a beer I could enjoy all night. There is huge flavor present from a more standard abv stout. The abv really helps the drinkability.

Black Sun is yet another good beer from Three Floyds. I've always passed this beer up because the price tag is pretty hefty considering the abv. I'm glad I got to give it a shot. Although the price tag is high I would pick a bottle of this up occasionally.

This is a solid stout from Three Floyds. The aroma translates pretty well into the flavor. Light roastiness is the canvas with a splash of lactic creaminess here and dark fruit there. The dark fruit shows up on the backend.

Reviewed: 1/20/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
First and foremost, I must give props to the BA who generously sent this to me - TATTORSO - the one and only.
Lets do this.

A moderate pour reveals a cola color to this - nice amber highlights finding their way to a dark and ominous black. Almost two full fingers of creamer-colored-coffee head comes into form, hangs with me a bit, and slowly begins it's decent... leaving some strands of lacing in it's wake. A gentle swirl reconfirms the once present cap.

Aroma is interesting. Nice mellow tones of roasty goodness - touch of wood smoke here. A certain sweet, dark fruity-ness, perhaps black cherry, and just a hint of golden raisin... believe it or not, some citrusy notes pull through here - light notes of freshly squeezed oranges!? Quite sweet now, more along the lines of butterscotch/caramel, vanilla and licorice - not too strong, very pleasant actually. Towards the end there is a most certain bitter hop element - just enough to add some balance.
Overall, what I expected for an Dry Irish Stout from 3F.

The tastes kicks it up a few notches...
Copious amounts of roasted, bitter malts agressively greet the tongue. Hints at bitter chocolate and day old black coffee come next, quickly followed by a sweeter tone comprised of dark fruits -figs, anise, perhaps some raisin. Vanilla and caramel is very noticeable. The thing that stand out most is the bitterness, which carries predominately through this tasting, clear into the finish accompanied by strong notes of wood smoke as well.

Moderate in body, smooth, airy yet slick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Quite dry. Carbonation starts with a nice "zing", then mellows to a level one would expect to be more appropriate for the style.

Extremely drinkable. A monster of a IDS... what else would you expect from 3F? For all it's exuberance, this beer has a lot to offer - and pulls it all together with a balance that just enhances the whole experience.
I completely dig this beer, and truly wish Jeff would send this on a weekly basis.
You never know, dreams can come true...
Thanks Jeff!
Highly Recommended!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-13-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for the trade.

Pours like an eclipse with a good finger of sand colored foam. The head takes a few minutes to settle down to a thin layer. Minimal lacing after sips.

Aroma is quite hoppy for a stout; I detect some citrus and pine hop aromas with some hints of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste is similar to aroma with some pine and citrus flavors followed by coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and a bit of a smoky flavor. There’s also a hint of woodsy licorice in the finish; it reminds me slightly of Kalamazoo Stout. I actually like this stout very much, one of the best dry stouts I’ve had so far.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 4 9 0
A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black opaque body. Starts with a quarter inch cocoa colored head that is now just a ring around the glass on the surface.

S - Big chocolate notes. Mild chocolate and a touch of chocolate syrup. Lightly roasted malt. Light coffee and vanilla.

T - Much like the odor. Starts with chocolate, and loads of it. Sweet chocolate syrup, followed by some hot chocolate flavors. Works into vanilla. Finish is fine roast coffee. Slight coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable stout that seems to highlight the marriage of chocolate and coffee. Another nice brew from FFF.

Served In: Pint Glass

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