ChadPolenz (1816) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
blomster (289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
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.
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
Pours dark brown with light cereal notes. Dry flavors drive the grain and roast nuts into a nice flavorful finish. crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
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. cubs (10634) - 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 I’m not fond of. I think it’s just that the hops are piney and sappy that I get the pinesol flavor. That being said, it isn’t that hard to drink.
redlem (1306) - 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 it’s price tag would lead you. weihenweizen (3823) - 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. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, 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. maekchu (3888) - 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. KyotoLefty (10254) - 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?