Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Three Floyds Black Sun Stout

Beer: Three Floyds Black Sun Stout
Brewery Location: Munster, IN
Beer Style: Irish Dry Stout
Serving Style: Nitro-Tap

I was at Three Floyds over the Christmas holiday. I just can't stay away from stouts and porters right now. I've never tried this beer before, but for only five bucks at the brewpub for a 20oz imperial pint compared to the ten dollar price tag for a bomber of this at the liquor store makes it a good deal.

I only got the last bit of cascading on the beer as it was served to me. The beer has an opaque black hue with two fingers of tan head on it. I wasn't expecting the aroma that this beer had. I was ready for the roasted barley and burnt coffee scent, but a huge blast of floral aromatics also come fairly heavy to my nose. It was packed with citrus floral scents from the dry hopping. The flavor profile is actually really nice on this. The taste loses the floral aromatics and sticks more to the dry Irish stout style. Dark bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted barley work very well on the palate. I am really enjoying the flavors on this beer, but my nose and my palate are not syncing up here and that really takes something away from the beer. The mouthfeel is big and chewy and really nice for the beer. This actually drinks very nice, but overall the scent and flavor profile do not really mingle that well.

I really enjoyed the flavors on this beer, but I just couldn't get past how the nose and the flavor profile didn't match up for me. It had great flavors of a classic dry Irish stout, but the floral sweet nose on this made it unenjoyable for me when matched with the flavor. I will most likely give this another try just to make sure it was the batch, but I won't go out of my way for it.

Here is also a picture of what is currently on tap: (sorry for the bad lighting)



joe said...

So, yeah, it's 11 degrees in Naptown, and I'm drinking Dark Lord. It's so good. It's the only beer I've ever had that I would qualify as an Epic. Anyway, I've always wanted to try the Black Sun Stout on tap. I think it's one of their better beers, and I'd drink it a lot more often if it's price point didn't suck ass. Did you try the Hyena or any of the other new offerrings from Floyds?

Matt said...

I need to break out a DL soon. According to Nick Floyd it needed to age until at least thanksgiving, so I need to give it a whirl.

I had the sportmas wit that day and it was really good. It tasted like a Duvel clone. It was a great beer, but didn't have FFF's charm on it.

matt said...

I'm bummed Three Floyds passed on stout fest!