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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dry and surprisingly light-bodied. Malty sweetness and caramel flavors shift to distinctive dry-roasted malt notes.

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3.6
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Courtesy of Slob. <P> Aroma smells like a cross between plastic, burning rubber and vinyl. Normally I’d be worried, but the last beer I had that had that aroma was Gonzo Imperial Porter and I loved that. Deep black with a huge two finger thick mocha head. Fore is dominated by intense hops. I don’t know what kind of hops they used, but it has an almost plastic-like flavor. Very roasty in the middle with some chocolate notes, but the hops carry allt he way through to the finish. A Year ago I would have thought this was way too hoppy, but it works well in this beer....though I will say i wish i could taste a little bit more of the malt base...it’s hard when the hops linger so long through all the flavor ranges.

2.8
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Draft - odd aroma for a stout. Next to nothing but grassy hops. Nearly black body with a medium brown head. The hops fight with the chocolate/coffee malt. Far from my favorite.

3.5
Frank (4262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Black Sun’s brownish black color and dark tan head could stand up to most imperial stouts in terms of darkness. It’s nose is mostly citric American hops w/ a chocolate roast character not far in the background. As per their description this is somewhat light bodied yet still quite full flavored and not all watery. Mild carbonation w/ a crisp astringent bite from the roasted grains backed up by a lingering hoppy bitterness in the finish.

3.4
barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
heemer brought this bomber to the 2005 Christmas gatering at hey_kevin’s. a black motor oil pour with strong hoppy aroma. flavor was rather harsh with dark roasted malt, slightly burnt coffee and piney hops. not what I was expecting, some age might help this one but I doubt it.

4.1
tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Rerate from a bottle. Even better. The aromas and flavors are much better balanced. 3F should get rid of the nitro in the brewpub. Nitro pour in Dec 2005. Black as black can be with a brown nitro head. Huge hop aroma. Grass and citrus. Would be better if some or the roast came through. You can get a light dry roasted character, but the hops are the showcase. Piney, grassy. A touch sweet up front with a nice dry finish. Light body, very smooth due to the nitro. I’d say this is basicly a typical Irish stout with amped up hops.

3.4
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
from a 22 oz. bottle thanks to heemer77. sampled at hey_kevin’s christmas gathering. Dark opaque pour with a dark tan head that stuck around the edge. Piney aroma, as well as coffee, and some dark, earthy smells. Taste was mainly coffee, with some caramel and nuts too. The hoppy finish was harsh though. This needs some more balance and it would be better. Thanks Eric

2.4
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bomber. Blackish with some tan head, somewhat transparent. Why oh why must they filter and force carbonate? Nose is pure American Cascades and alcohol along with some scant mocha. Flavor is strange. The cascades are defintely a different touch, but dont really mesh well with the minimal malts in this one. Very dry. And why is the alcohol so dominant in this one? Is it really only 5.25% ABV, if so, that is not good. Needs balance.

2.7
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2005
22oz bomber from JoshuaB. Pours a thin black with a ligh tan head. Nose is light chocolate and alcohol, some mild toffee notes. Taste is thin, watery, light chocolate, more alcohol, a dry bitter off sensation. This just didnt sit well with me, but I cant put my finger on this feature that just made the beer not good. It had kind of a bland, watered down and just not fitting taste.

3.8
heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
From the bottling in late 2005. This poured with a black body topped by a peach and orange colored head. The aroma was grassy with pine and coffee. It is obviously another hopped up 3F’s brew. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick. The taste had coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There was also some tobacco. Nicely done and interesting, but certainly not close to style.

3.7
egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dry roasted malts, vanilla, some smoke, pine, grass, and citrus fruits. Smoke, hazelnuts, chocolate, and roasted malt in the taste, bitter hoppy finish. Dry finish, but thin mouthfeel.


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