Friday, November 9, 2012

Three Floyds Black Sun Stout - Gus #16

Friday's brew is one brought to us by Three Floyds Brewing out of Munster, Indiana.  I really don't see much from them unless it's through a trade.  Thanks JC!  They don't have a wide distribution.  But, most of their stuff is raved about.  Almost every beer nerd has heard of the Dark Lord Stout.  Well this review is not on Dark Lord, as I haven't gotten my hands on it..... yet.  But it is on another stout of theirs.  A style of stout that really doesn't get much attention in the craft beer world.  At least I don't see that much of it around.  This is the review for Three Floyds Black Sun Stout.

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Information from the website:
About the Beer:
Style:  Irish Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  6.5%
IBUs:  50

"Black Sun has a nose of coffee, roasted malts and piney hops.  This medium bodied stout has a broad depth of maltiness and a clean dry finish.  December release."

I poured this brew into a 10oz snifter glass.  Kind of a middle of the road pour.  Not aggressive or conservative really.

Appearance:  Pours a very dark brown almost black in appearance.  A cola-esque brown tint around the edges and bottom of the glass when held up to the light.  The pour yielded a khaki head of about a finger that dissipated to a thing layer just on top of the brew.  Tons of lacing on the glass.  Minimal alcohol legs if any at all.  The appearance is just what I would look for in a dry stout like this.  If I could get my home brew dry stout to look this way I would be very happy.

Aroma:  At first smell you actually pick up a good bit of hop presence.  Some of that bitterness mixed with a hint of pine.  Then there is a roasted coffee aroma.  It's like a very nice coffee blend.  Slight bit of malty sweetness but mostly the roasted notes stands out.  Digging in there is a slight hint of caramel but definitely piney notes from the hops.  Really nice to get the hops mixed in well with the malts.  After a few sniffs there is a dark chocolate hint to it.

Taste:  Lighter body than I expected on this, in a good way.  Also very dry on the finish.  Good hop bitterness up front followed by the roasted coffee notes.  Mid palate there is a good caramel backbone that gives way to that dry finish.  Aftertaste is more of that roasted coffee flavor.  Extremely smooth drinker.  Hints of some toffee and dark chocolate notes but, those are very subtle after the hops and sweetness of the caramel start to fade off your palate.  Good clean aftertaste.  It doesn't stick around too long at all.

Verdict:  I really enjoyed this brew.  I'm a fan of dry stouts.  Something that is easy to sit around and sip on with friends or even with a meal.  I think this would go great with some sort of stew. Or maybe you could go Irish with it and have it with some bangers and mash.  Yup, I just made myself hungry.  Rather low ABV, compared to what a lot of brews are now days, at 6.5%.  This is a seasonal bottle from Three Floyds.  Hoping I can score some more of it and have throughout the winter.  I'm going to give this brew an A.  Just really clean and well done for this seemingly over looked style.  Not a lot of breweries putting out Irish dry stouts.

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