elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.
Pours dark brown to black with a three finger light brown head that retains exceptionally well and leaves some sheets and spots of lacing behind.
Aroma is roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, dark fruit, caramel, also a good deal of hops, particularly pine, also this candy-like note I can’t quite put my finger on.
Flavor is caramel, toffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, some citrus and pine hops, mild sweetness, decent bitterness for the style, minimal alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, creamy, a bit sticky, good carbonation.
Pretty rich and robust for a Dry Stout. Nice one. Dunno if it is worth $10/bomber for something in this style, but good none-the-less.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body; thick tan head. Dry hoppy aroma. Soft dry texture; lightly roasty, hoppy flavor.
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with nice, lingering beige head left substantial lacing. Typical stout aroma, sweet, light malt. Flavors of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Some piney hops give it a little more bitterness than an average stout giving it a good balance. It’s very creamy, pleasant mouth feel.
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 (3416) - 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 (2227) - 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 (1388) - 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 it’s a dry stout, but a swig or two into it makes that a little difficult to believe. It’s by far the hoppiest and most bitter "dry stout" I’ve 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. What’s interesting is that they fade away quickly as the beer reverts back to the opening salvo of standard stout. There’s not much in the way of roasted malts, although there is a discernible coffee-like taste, but it doesn’t 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 it’s easy to drink in big gulps. Not that it’s refreshing or as delicious as a dessert beer, just a fun, original take on an otherwise pub style brew. Three Floyds’ website indicates it’s 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 (265) - Göteborg, 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 isn´t 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 (9089) - 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 wasn’t that fresh of a bottle. Not to style but I don’t care it was delicious.