HighWine (858) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at 3 Floyd’s. Aroma of coffee and citrus hop aroma. Taste is similar with a weird kerosene flavor on the end. The kerosene taste fades as your palate adjusts to the hoppiness. Easy drinking but boozy finish.
rxeight (483) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at pub. Very dark, small tan head. Like many other beers from 3 floyds this thing has more hops crammed in than I thought possible. Strong hop aroma, strong hop taste. This clams to be an imperial stout, but it is a lotmore of the black IPA variety. Best way to describe this is a better version of black sun with a whole lot more hops. Very good.
TheAlum (4359) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter pour on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). A RIS of the hoppy variety. Pours a deep blackish hue, dark and thicker, opaque body with some legs on the swirl. Some dark brownish glow further into the beer. Frothy tannish head dies to a ring and laces small. Aromas show a melange of black malts, toasty and cararmel elements, kiss of roast but a touch more toards fruit and some dark plum. Firm citrusy and resiny hopping shows up. Grapefruit, florals, and grass. Pine, more grapefruit, and fruity hops. Initial mirrors this, firm fuller body gives a faster rip towards an overwhelming citrusy and fruity hop melange, blast of good bitterness. Rich bitterness, gumball, and grapefruit. Orange and florals, bubblegum. Middle shows some thicker dark malts, black, caramel, gentle roast and dark fruit that melds into a large fruity hop feel. Grapefruit, Amarillo hops, and florals. Backend remains bitter and hop centered, some toast, faint dash of cocoa as thickness dies off a bit. Richly hopped stout, firm thicker body, but a boatload of flavor and bittering hops rue the day here. Fun and a change of pace from their usual RIS. Aroma really gets better as it wamrs.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 BA version of the Black Sun stout. Beautiful ebony pour with fluffy tan head. The nose is big bourbon and roasted malts. Coffee, chocolate, burnt grain, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Big (really big!) hop profile as well...which helps cut through the sweetness. Does not much resemble the dry stout base beer at all...Can I possibly have misunderstood the barman? Very drinkable and satisfying, with an exceptionally creamy texture. texture is somewhat thin for the style and somewhat resembles a hoppy black IPA or maybe even a porter. A real treat, whatever the hell it was supposed to be.
Of course, I obviously DID misunderstand the barman...This is a completely new Imperial stout, completely unrelated to any previous recipe and not barrel-aged a lick. Still enjoyed it greatly!