DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not quite what I was expecting from an Irish stout but was pleasantly surprised. Quite hoppy, which was nice, but kept the rich & creamy tast of a stronger stout. Again, lots going on here for a 6.5% Irish Stout. would gladly drink again.
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown/black with a huge mocha head. Aroma is roasty with nice spicy/tea like hop notes...a bit of citrus. Flavor has some burnt notes and cocoa...lots of nice hoppiness...spicy, citrusy...roasty. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty and bitter with great hop flavors. An awesome hoppy/roasty stout!
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Marheb. Black with a generous light mocha head that fades quietly but can return quickly with a gentle swirling...somehow relaxing to watch and repeat...odd I know. Some cocoa, light roasted malts, bit of vanilla and coffee, along with toffee. High carbonation, moderate body, slightly bitter with a slight sweet tinge as the beer finishes (slight fig) however as it dries out on the palate it becomes more bitter again, lots of chocolate and a bit more coffee. This is a really nice drinkable stout - like the lower alcohol and the great taste - if I could ge this on a regular basis, maybe in a 12oz bottle, I would probably put this into the regular rotation.
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I received a 22oz bottle in a trade with a friend (thanks, Joe!). I split it with a friend. We each poured it into imperial pint glasses.
Appearance: Opaque, seemingly black body (actually very dark ruby red). Forms a very large, fluffy, tightly compacted, dark tan head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Piney, resiny hops are definitely the most prominent aroma. A subtle, typical stout scent is underlying, though.
Taste: Three Floyds is a brewery known for experimenting with styles and Black Sun Stout is definitely not your average beer. Supposedly itís a dry stout, but a swig or two into it makes that a little difficult to believe. Itís by far the hoppiest and most bitter "dry stout" Iíve ever encountered. Sweet black licorice up front with a fairly generic, and rather mild stout palate. It changes on a dime as all the piney hops come rushing in with a strong burst of sappy, resiny, earthiness. Whatís interesting is that they fade away quickly as the beer reverts back to the opening salvo of standard stout. Thereís not much in the way of roasted malts, although there is a discernible coffee-like taste, but it doesnít last long. The beer finishes fairly clean, although the hops do add up by the end. Overall, a very interesting tasting experience. Not one that blew my mind, but it did give my taste buds something to talk about.
Drinkability: While this beer may be too complex and robust to truly be considered a dry stout, it definitely has the drinkability of one. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with a low amount of carbonation. It goes down very smooth - so smooth in fact that itís easy to drink in big gulps. Not that itís refreshing or as delicious as a dessert beer, just a fun, original take on an otherwise pub style brew. Three Floydsí website indicates itís 6.5% ABV, but that seems a little high as it has the weight of something slightly smaller. I could see the average drinker enjoying multiple servings of this without being overwhelmed or bored.
blomster (259) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from preismj, thanks! Great looking pour, black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate in the background. Taste is light smoke, roastiness, meat, chocolate, coffee grind. Pretty light bodied, but with a long lasting finish, actually ends a bit sweet. A great beer, full flavored, surprised that the ABV isnīt higher. Would drink a lot of this if I had the chance.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with light cereal notes. Dry flavors drive the grain and roast nuts into a nice flavorful finish.
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It smelled and tasted like fresh wort and it wasnít that fresh of a bottle. Not to style but I donít care it was delicious.
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of drfabulous. Thanks Jeff! Pours a hazy, dark brown appearance with a fluffy, deep brown head. Roasty dark malty, slight pinesol/cleanser, organic aroma. Burnt, roasty, dark chocolate malty flavor again with a piney, cleanser-like flavor and a bit of fruitiness. Some nice elements like some roasty espresso, but I am totally getting a cleanser flavor that Iím not fond of. I think itís just that the hops are piney and sappy that I get the pinesol flavor. That being said, it isnít that hard to drink.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown color with a medium tannish head. First aroma had a distinct west coast aroma but upon resting the traditional 3F aroma comes out along with coffee notes, a burning alcohol feeling as it warms. Taste is mild coffee along with a lingering pine note. A medium to thin body helped by the frothy head that lingers. Gains some momentum as you drink it but not as impressive as itís price tag would lead you.
weihenweizen (1874) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated bomber poured into a shaker. Pours black with small dark brown hightlights and fluffy creamy big light brown head. Little lacing, medium creamy body, little carbonation, and light bitter hop aroma. Taste is roasted malt, some coffee, and finish is bitter dry hops. Best dry stout I have had.