badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Poured deep black color with a brown head that left excellant lacing. Smell is incredible, piney hops come right through, paired with some roastiness and cocoa. I wouldn’t normally expect so much hoppyness in a dry stout, but it paired wonderfully. Taste of coffee and cocoa paired with a wonderful piney hoppyness. Mouthfeel had medium carbonation and medium body, very dry finish. I love this, and even with the steep price tag, I will and did pick up more. Definitely worth trying.
This review is from multiple bottles from 2005. This past years version did not seem to be as good. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 3, 2006
For my 500th rating I celebrated by journeying to Dayton to visit Belmont Party supply. I
had to go there to secure a special brew to commemorate the landmark rating: Three
Floyds Black Sun Stout. To be perfectly honest, I originally wanted to rate the Dark Lord
for my 500th, but since they didn’t have it, the Black Sun would have to be substituted. I
guess I’ll have to reserve the Dark Lord for rating 666. I’m proud to say that not only did
I leave the store with the Black Sun, but I liberated an additional 85 bottles, and a growler
to be sampled at a later time. OK back to the Black Sun. As usual from this master
brewer, the spicy nose is heavy on grapefruit; just the way I like it. In addition, notes of
flowers and brown sugar abound. Usually when rating, we speak of a brews complexity
as it relates to taste. This brew might have the most complex nose I’ve encountered to
date. The brew pours black. The sweet casual cascade meanders slowly into a fluffy
rocky brown head that leaves hunks of lace on my glass. The retention is fair. Espresso,
lots and lots of espresso. The brew has a roasted, acidic and mighty mighty bitter taste
with tons of character - then again, what else would you expect from the Floyds Three?
The finish is perfect bittersweet, perfect. Espresso and beer, the best of both worlds. The
thick, chewy and soft palate is like music to my mouth. What a rewarding experience. mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Deep dark blackness like an overused metaphor involving a troubled soul. Opaqueness breaks only at the very bottom of the glass, only when held against a lamp. Sorry--I got tough standards when it comes to stout pours. No five for you!
The scent, however, is stout dry stout perfection. HOPS. Roasted malt. Dear god this is bittersweet tastiness all perfectly cooked and melted down.
Taste transfers over. Yummy yum yum. Big warm hops welcome you in, very dry, backed up by almost-as-strong dry, roasted bitter stout malts. These give way to a very smoky middle, but it’s a unique smoke. Not meaty or chessy. It tastes like stout grains being smoked. Wonderful. All this ends on an inexplicably sweet malt finish.
This is one of my very favorite beers. Grab this if you can find it. It makes life worth living. dhxl11 (2) - - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
great easy drinking stout, perfect mouth feel, packed full of malty deliciousness BeerMonkey (11) - Lansing, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Beautiful dark stout. It has a smooth, silky palate and light astringent aftertaste. I can't get enough of it when it's on tap.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2006
excellant stout sweet and smooth as silk with a little hop to it just right good job guys again pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Beautiful inly black with dark tan head to top it off. Nose was like coffee and chocolate. Nice sweet roasty flavor with very slight bitterness on the finish, almost perfect. QHopjunky (8) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2008 does not count
I love this beer. One of the most complex lighter stouts i have had...More hop aroma and flavor than any other light stout i have had, also hints of fruit, especially cherries...my only real knock is that is a little thin and has lower ABV, but that is really nitpicking TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Huge aromas, huge flavors, huge bitterness. This isn’t your traditional Irish or dry stout. This beer is just jam packed with character. Black Sun pours to an ink black color, with a nice tan head, that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very zesty and aromatic, with a big punch of piney/citrus hops, paired with aromas of chocolate, cocca powder, and roast. The palate is firm with lots of big chocolate malt flavors, paired with flavors of pine tar, and hints of coffee. Black Sun finishes with big dark chocolate, and coffee flavors, then ends with a big smack of piney/citrus hop bitterness that lingers. Wow. Fantastic stout, with huge aromas, flavors and character. A great American twist on an Irish classic. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vin and Sean on the night of the launch of PhillyCraft. Pours a deep, black-coffee brown with zero head. Aroma of espresso beans, chocolate, licorice, graham crackers, and roasted malts. Medium bodied with a cool, dry palate. Smooth, extra airy and dry finish, This is a remakable stout. The espresso and chcolate flavors mingle perfectly with the underlying dryness. Drinks almost like room temperature coffee. Very good.