Beer Review: Three Floyds’ Black Sun

The winter of my dark-content is drawing to a close but I’ve got a few more stouts left in me before that happens. While bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stouts seem to be the fashion of the day I’ve discovered that my preferences are for dry Irish stouts and just about anything on a nitro tap!

Last week I had Three Floyds’ other available stout Moloko, their third stout Dark Lord I hope to have next month at Dark Lord Day. Tonight I’m drinking the second of their stouts, Black Sun, a dry Irish stout. Here’s what they had to say about this beer:

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.

Let’s find out what I think…

imageBrewery: Three Floyds
Beer: Black Sun
Style: Dry Stout
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 50
Calories: 195

Super thick toffee colored head that is barely going anywhere. That tops off an impressively black liquid that barely lets  any light through at all.

Nice and rich aroma of roasted malts with some slight hop action. I’m guessing that if I had this super fresh back in December those hops would be much more pronounced.

You get a sense of the roastedness as soon as this hits your tongue. That brings with it lots of great flavors like coffee, chocolate, and a bit of cherry. Along with this malt comes a surprising amount of hops for a stout. The hops here are all earth and pine flavors. I now hope to find another bottle of this from this year and cellar it till it’s released again next year. I imagine the hop difference will be fantastic.

My favorite thing about dry stouts is that super smooth body on the light side of medium. This manages to be dark and malty while still crisp and refreshing with plenty of carbonation. The body and mouth feel is easily the highlight of this beer for me.

Like Moloko I got this over in Indiana at the Pour House. You can still probably find a few bottles around Indiana but hopefully when it’s released again this December it’ll come to Cincinnati.

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