Commercial description: 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.
The stout poured as dark as brown can be without being black, with a creamy, pillowy milk chocolate head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice spiderweb of lacing behind.
The aroma is moderately roasty, bittersweet chocolate and piney hops. There is a touch of vanilla but is shoved out of the way by pine and citrus hops. None of the aromas over power any others; they all just seem to work perfectly.
The taste itself is complex. There are more flavors in it than I can count. Coffee and bakers chocolate up front. There is also citrus and a dried fruit flavor —some currants, figs and/or sweet raisins— as well as a hint of pine. It is a malt bomb at its core, but it also has a strong smoky flavor–and then there is the finish. There is a touch of vanilla and molasses. The hops are much more subdued and it really works. There is enough hop presence to keep you satisfied but not enough to kill your taste buds and make the beer flavorless.
Body is medium, beer is slightly bitter from the hops. The carbonation level seems appropriate, perhaps a bit prickly for the style.
OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)
Overall, a rather interesting take on an Irish Dry Stout Quite hoppy, which was nice, but kept the rich & creamy taste of a stronger stout. Leave it to FFF to throw a curve ball and hit it out of the park.
FINAL SCORE (45/50)