Friday, May 4, 2012

Three Floyds Black Sun Stout

Another beer sent to me in a trade with Joseph of
This is allegedly a dry stout from Three Floyds, but of course brewed in their own way with a lot of hops and chutzpah. Shaun hasn't been on the show in a while and when he stopped by to drop off some homebrews I asked him to review this beer with me. This is the second time we've reviewed a Three Floyds beer together.

P.S. Yes, the top of my head is cut off. And no, I didn't take any test shots before we started filming (d'oh!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (658) - Albany, New York, 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.

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.

Grade: 8/10

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