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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Dry and surprisingly light-bodied. Malty sweetness and caramel flavors shift to distinctive dry-roasted malt notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1181) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (257) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours dark brown with light cereal notes. Dry flavors drive the grain and roast nuts into a nice flavorful finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (1737) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle pours a black beer with a thin tan head. Scent is coffee and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, sweet malts with an earthy bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from kabutomushi. Thank you, sir. Piney hop aroma, with some dark chocolate (like a black IPA). Pitch black with a creamy dark head. Chocolate, wood, some citrus, very nice bitter aftertaste. Medium body. A very good hoppy mild stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6465) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2012
Bomber shared by Kabutomushi. Nose of orange, lemon, big hops. A little bit of chocolate too, maybe. Black with lovely lace. Flavor is Belgian orange chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and wood. Light burn from the hops. Rich, thick body. A bit sweet. Is this really a black IPA?

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