Blackheart Stout - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 29
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured from the tap an opaque black no light showing thru at all with a creamy mocha colored one finger head.Aromas of milk chocolate mixed with dark roast coffee and a lingering earthiness,a great combination of flavors going on starts out with some bitter chocolate notes intertwined with a big dark roast coffee presence melding into a really dry earthy finish.A very nice stout has alot of flavors from beginning to end,highly recommended.

Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: From a growler, in pint glass. Head the color of a chocolate milkshake, and persistent to boot. Just as opaque as Rogue Shakespeare.

Aroma: Strong roasted malt with some caramel waaay in the background. Starts out with a round, roasted flavor, with some hints of alcohol and a background fruitiness from the Ringwood yeast. An oiliness and chocolateyness appears mid-swallow, and lingers. Finishes with a dryness that I didn't expect at first - similar to a black coffee. Just bitter enough throughout to balance. Every taste bud in your mouth gets a lovely parting gift from this stout.

An extremely flavorful and complex stout - one of MA's better efforts, and that's saying a lot.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good stout with medium-full buttery mouthfeel. Nice roasted and chocolate malt flavour as opposed to bitter and coffee. Very drinkable. Brewer was coy whether added cocoa. Recommended for stout fans. Points for colour and fresh roastiness, bit of crossover to scotch style.
Had on cask two years later and didn't work that day.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fresh cask at The Blue Tusk

Pitch black with a short tan head. Aroma left a little be desired on cask. Generally on tap there are a great, rich dark roasted coffee smell. I'll have to review again next time I have a growler. Anyways, taste was dry and a bit bitter with heavy black grains and a hint of mocha. While I've had trouble finishing a growler of this before. My imperial pint of the cask disappeared on no time. Give it a try.

Photo of TheJudge
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at David Copperfields in NYC, my fourth beer of the day, so I needed to make it something that would come through. This was a good choice. It poured black as night, with an inch of thick brown stuff on the top that constituted the head. I think I could have floated a dime on the top.

This stout smelled like a porter. That is a compliment. In many ways it tasted more like a porter too. Very flavorful, the end taste is dry, as is the beginning. But in the middle, you get sweetness. Finishes great, nice and dry.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours dark brown, almost black. One inch head, with good sheets of lacing down the glass, white and foamy.

Aromas include chocolate, heavy roasted malt, and some coffee.

The taste is great- smooth and a bit buttery, with lots of dark chocolate, and smoky roasted malt. I taste some coffee grounds as well.

The beer is very dry, almost ashy. Creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. Medium bodied.

A great English stout from Middle Ages, I would've expected them to knock this style out of the park.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orfeu for the growler!

Poured a jet black, with a huge cream colored head, that took a long while to settle down. Lace made the glass opaque, this was definatly fresh! Smell was of rosted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was great. Roasted coffee and malts, very nice, slight hop is the back, and the taste lingered, deep dark chocolate with, a bit of caramel, very nicely done. The mouthfeel was almost perfect for a stout. Thick, nicely carbonated, smooth delivery and just great. I could really drink this all the time, too bad its 2000 miles away! Great great brew!

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a finger's worth of foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a an upfront sweet caramel, some butterscotch, dry coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was complex and robust. Elements of coffee, burnt grain, dark chocolate and smoke made appearances. Serious coffee flavor through the finish.

The mouthfeel was chewy and finished very dry.

Overall a very tasty and robust stout - a new favorite of mine. Many thanks to BeerTruth for this gem.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this real cask conditioned ale at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY, which is an authentic English style pub staffed with university students from England. When I ordered this beer, the keg manager told me that he was really impressed with this stout and said I wouldn’t be disappointed with my selection. He was correct, the Black heart Stout was excellent! I recently tasted Middle Age’s Duke of Winship (a Porter/Scotch Ale) which also tasted excellent, but found their Tripel and Winter Warmer offerings average. Middle Ages Brewing Co seems to have a real knack for stouts and porters.

Appearance: Deep opaque black, dark tan foamy head that dropped to about ¼ of an inch and stayed there unti lthe beer was totally consumed.

Smell: Roasted malts and espresso.

Taste: The beer was served at a slightly warmer temperature (45-50 degrees) as one would expect it to be in England. The strong roasted malt flavors came through with subtle tastes of espresso and dark chocolate. The beer was moderately bitter. All the flavors came together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of zdk9
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent example of a great style. This particular stout is an interesting combination of bitter, burned flavors along with an excellent creaminess.

A- Comes out of the tap a touch lighter than black, with tan highlights. The fingers worth of head lingers for a time and then dissapates with just a faint hint of lacing on the glass.

S- Intense roasted flavors, almost to the point of charcoal come out. It is hard to distinguish the particulars of the roastiness in the nose, but the taste will do them better justice. I wouldn't give it much hoppy presence, but there is perhaps something akin to a Western forest fire going on in this brew.

T- Roast- coffee beans, chocolate, caramel- combines with a sultry creaminess, like a strong cup of coffee with some souped-up flavored creamer.

M- The creaminess that I can taste is even more apparent here, where the beer envelopes my mouth with roasted aspects in a way unlike any other beer I've had.

D- While I currently prefer my stouts to be on the sweeter side, this one is really awsome, with a mouth feel that is great, and a flavor profile that stands strong and independent.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chapter House in Ithaca last weekend. Served in a pint glass. Currently the #1 English Stout, and deservedly so.

Pours near black with a moderately-thick tan head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good amount of dark chocolate along with some roasted malt and coffee. Good combination. Slight smokiness to it as well. The flavor really combines all of these elements quite well. As with all of the beers I had from them, there was a touch of diacetyl, but it fit in well with the style. Way to use that English yeast. The smoke really makes this beer. Medium body with a slightly-smokey and dry finish. Still some body to pick it back up. Really solid.

Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shrek806 for getting this to me in a trade.

A - Black beer with a huge tan head that had some good retention. Left some spots and lace on the sides.

S - Roasty, dark malts, bitter chocolate, some ash, tiny bit of smoke.

T - Nice roast, some dark chocolate, little coffee. It's very ashy, reminds me of smoking an old cigarette on the end. It's good, although I don't like the finish a ton.

M - Exceptionally smooth and creamy, mouthfeel on this one makes it really easy to get down.

O - Nice beer and easy to get down. Very creamy and smooth, and lots of taste for the ABV. Good stuff, and great for the style.

Photo of wailingwench
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased growler at brewery. Tours on Sat at 1:30.

Eye Candy: Thick tan head which made my girlfriend think that I was drinking some sort of chocolate shake. She's a pale ale gal, but she finished off my growler. Black, black, black.

The Nose Knows: The black and chocolate malts really come through. Amazing roasted smell balanced with the chocolate.

Tongueland: Thick, yet smooth. Bitter chocolate dominated at first with an intermixing of sweetness. Finished slightly bitter and dry. Flavor really came through as BHS warmed and coffee flavor ended.

Bender factor: Finished this growler last out of 4 others. Save the best for last, right? I figured that it would be a perfect way for me to end the evening. After drinking a Pale, an IPA, and an Imperial IPA, BHS was refreshing.

Photo of kkosmoski
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an imperial pint of this on cask at Mahar's in Albany. Pint was pulled with expertise, as they are definately guru's at this bar. This beer sat jet black in the glass with a generous fluffy, dense, light brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and sweet malt rose from the pint. Flavors were very reminiscent of the smells. Roasty and bitter up front and soon rounded out with chocolate and sweet malt. This was a substantial beer with a nice medium to medium-full body. Higher than average alcohol, but many flavors mingled together to form an amazing concoction. A nice drinking beer for the cold weather season, and excellent on cask!

Photo of williamherbert
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance? Black Hole darkness where not even a sliver of light escapes. Finger of chcolate milk-brown head. Looks big and heavy...and pitch black.

The aroma is a roasted/burnt malt flavor with light coffee notes. Understated but quite rich. Smells good, but not all that powerful.

The initial taste is a burst of strong coffee with burnt malt. The roasted stout flavor dominates. A sweeter second wave of dark chocolate and mild yeast. Very strong combination of flavors. The bready ringwood yeast comes out as it warms, as do all the other flavors. Really strong.

Feels thick as hell but also smooth and oily. Leaves a thick coating. Somehow thickens as it warms. It's very balanced even though it's really thick and strong. Sweet enough for ONE repeat. Feels/tastes like it has a lot of alcohol.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask conditioned stout aged with Jack Daniels oak barrels. Dark opaque black colored beer. Fine bubbled, dark khaki colored head that left a sheet of lace as the beer dissapeared. Aroma of chocolate malt, dark roasted malt, and a barely noticeable whiskey undertone. The mouthfeel was awesome, so soft and smooth, just coated your tongue with flavor. A bit of chocolate malt in the flavor along with a bit of the oak aged vanilla undertone and just a pinch of dry bitterness. I think this beer would have been awesome from a cask without the barrel aging, but it does add a bit to the beers complexity. This beer was just incredible, i should have given it a 10 for drinkability. So much going on in the aroma and flavor, none of which jumped out, but all where solidly intermixing. This beer was just incredible, i should have given it a 10 for drinkability.

Photo of CaptYellow
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as used motor oil. Held to the light, just the thinnest edge shows dark red. There were loads of carbonation when I poured it from the growler. It filled about half the glass. The head lasted for a very long time- thin but full across the top.

S: There is a strong smell of malt- sweet, roasty, maybe a very slight touch of caramel.

T: Strong flavor. Lots of malt. Any taste of hops only appears in the aftertaste. It's an agreeable taste- one that might do well in a half-and-half.

M: Medium to heavy body.

D: I drank it for hours. I can see this being a beer to keep refilling my glass with throughout a night of cards.

Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with thick dark brown head that lasts. The aroma is good. It has a rich "black" malt scent with roasted barley helping round out the aroma. It has that trademark Ringwood yeast fruitiness, but it barely shows up. The taste is good. This is a real dark brew with lots of emphasis on the black malts. It goes down smooth, but finishes dry and with a roasted barley flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine stout, but it may be a bit too dark for some.

Photo of bobstockwell
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped at the Middle Ages Brewery on my way to Middleport NY.
Once I found it I squeezed into a very small crowded sampling/refill
area. Was it worth it?...YES. The servers were very generous with samples...this was my third choice and it was best by far. Black, almost oily....light tan head...aromas of dark chocolate and burnt coffee....hints of same in flavor...very smooth tasting. I got a growler at the brewery, but couldn't find it in bottles at the couple of stores I stopped in Buffalo. I would recommend this beer highly.It's very similar to Anchor Porter in both taste and mouthfeel. An excellant session beer for a chilly night...filling, tasty, but not too much of an alcohol load.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Was blacker than hell with a thin tan head.

Smell was malt and coffee. Smells a bit like it's been casked.

Taste was coffee up front that mellowed a bit to dark chocolate before finishing with malt.

Mouthfeel was good. Not to much carbonation, although I wasn't impressed with the consistency, seemingly hitting pockets of flavor while other times it seems I hit a sour rough spot, interesting, and if its planned, cool.

Drinkability is good. If I had had the money to get a growler of it then I would have.

Photo of crwills
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY. A very nice English stout, and a great start to the evening.

They poured it into a Brooklyn pint glass; mine looked very nice with a decent sized head, my friend's seemed a little flatter. Nice smoky, slightly planty aroma with a little bit of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is good, but a little bit on the light side -- this is my first cask stout, so maybe that's normal? Relatively dry taste for the style, with some definite smoke and licorice notes as well as grassy malts and a hint of fresh hops.

Very, very drinkable beer that I could have gone with all night if there weren't a few hundred more to choose from!

Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque, no light through even the edges, with about one finger of creamy dark-coffee colored head. Head retains a thin lace and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smell is a really nice combination of roasted malt and coffee beans. It'd be nice if it were a weee bit stronger.

This is really tasty and smooth, with roasted malt flavor all the way through, but not overdone to the point of tasting like charcoal. Coffee flavor and semi-sweet chocolate, as well, with a fruity note toward the finish and some hop bitterness that blends with the roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than ideal; it's on the lighter side of a true medium-body. It's pretty creamy and it finishes dry. It is extremely drinkable, however.

This is a really good beer, and I don't know why they don't bottle it. Definitely pick some up if you ever visit the brewery or a bar that has it on tap.

Photo of orfeu
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler from Pizza Plant Walker Center. Pours cold-brewed-toddy black with a thick, dense, and fluffy cloud of espresso-crema-khaki-mocha foam. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, soft black earth, caramel, and a trace of spicy English hops. Hops are much more up front in the taste: spicy, indeed, but earthy, too. Caramel and chocoloate carry through the middle. Dark roasted coffee buzz at the finish. Earthy composted pine needle aftertaste -- somewhat metallic, as well. There is a bit of a sourish black patent malt flavor as well, much like if Anchor Porter was more "English" in flavor and really went whole-hog into stout territory. Velvety mouthfeel, medium-to-full-bodied, dry and just a tad sharp at the finish. This is what a session stout looks, smells, tastes, and drinks like. I don't think this one is bottled, but it ought to be, just so more folks can recognize how great it really is. Splendid offering from MA -- definitely one of their best.

Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in Syracuse on buisness this past week. Stopped by Middle Ages. Pourde from growler into my new Middle Ages nonic

A-Black, nearly opaque, very little light gets through. I love the look of the multy sized bubble (big ones nestled mong the tighter small ones) dark tan, nearly brown head of about 1.5 inches.

S-roasted barley, toasted malt, carmel malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, some nice green hops come through as well

T-Tasted much like it smells. Chocolate and coffee are dominate with charcoal in the mix as well. Very complex, I am impressed.

M-nice creamy mouthfeel, really nice gentle carbonation considering it is on CO2.

D-really good, this could be a session, would rank higher if the ABV was lower.

Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a dusky black, with no light passing, and showing rising traces of carbonation. A finger of light tan head ebbed slowly to islets of fine foam, and whiffs of lacing adorned the glass.

The aroma delivered first the bite of deeply roasted malt, with notes of baking chocolate and dark caramel. A sherry-like note slipped through, along with a background of earthy fruit.

Upon sipping, the bitter-sweet duet of dark chocolate and sloe fruit come forward. The ghost of a bite reminiscent of soy quickly evolved into a spirit-ish sherry character, along with the softer caress of toffee. Mild currents of buttery yeast lie quietly below the surface. The finish opens with a mild almost grassy hop presence, then is taken over by a lingering the lingering bitterness of well-cooked malt. Balanced and well-blended, it was pleasing to drink.

A bit short of medium bodied, the feel came across as rather thin, and it did little to hold tight and leave any real memories of itself. The bitterness that did linger was more flavor than sensation.

A previous Middle Ages dark offering had been found a bit wanting, so I was a touch leery, but there was no need to be. The aroma gave fleeting evidence of what was to come, and it didn't disappoint. It has a dark, earthy stout flavor without laying waste to the palate with too-acrid bitterness or titanic ABV, just as the style should. The rather sparse mouth-presence was the sole misdeed, keeping the beer's assets from being appreciated longer. That said, what I did experience was enjoyable, and I'd have no reservations about coming back this way again, because it is smooth and quite drinkable.

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Blackheart Stout from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.