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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU

(Beer added by: philberinghele on 03-21-2008)
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pkalix

California

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very creamy white pour, golden liquid with little carbonation. looks awesome! must be good... there is a small gnat sitting on the edge! I don't imagine he'll take much away from this 22oz bottle, though.
funky honey aroma, not much else. honey, but decent brew aroma....
taste is funky too! bitter hops up front to accompany the funky smell. then some biscuit-y malt and lots of malt sweetness... funky pale bitterness... british? maybe. a little different? for sure. would I buy again? no. but is it worth a try? definitely!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:08:59 | More by pkalix
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magictacosinus

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Todd. Purchased at a store in Fort Wayne, Indiana in late August. Stored in my fridge until today. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Let's pray that it's held up well at this point.

Pours a lightened amber pale color - exactly the kind you expect from this brewery after having so many of their offerings. Contains a modest but good off-white creamy, one inch tall head that coats the top, yet doesn't leave too much lacing in its wake. No residue sticks to the glass, and it overall looks pretty unimposing. On the other hand, what struck me the most about it at this point was the enormous presence of sediment in the glass. Lots of floaties at first, but a secondary pour closer to the dregs produced some massive globs of malty or yeasty sediment at the bottom. Pretty gnarly, especially for a brewery that usually wins in terms of presenting clean, well atoned beers.

If this was ever an IPA prior to opening, I fail to see how it ever tasted like fresh. This is a premier English IPA in style, but the aroma indicates some aspects otherwise. Notes of pine, citrus, and pineapple meld with honey. Tons of honey, in fact. I realize that is a sign of an older beer, but it's not like it's bad for what it is - only slightly one-dimensional. There's many signs that there was any oak churned through this beer, but the slightly vanilla, butterscotch forward notes might indicate its presence. There's not much else going on here - only sweetness, faded citrus, and a honey, tropical yeast stew in its wake.

The aroma seemed to promise a honey bomb, and, by golly, did I get a honey bomb. Tons of caramelized honey notes immediately reach the palate, followed by toffee, butterscotch, and (finally) a bit of orange peel, pine, and pineapple to ease out the flavor a little bit. As this is an English IPA, it's on the maltier side, but if I've learned anything about FFF beers thus far, they're not the best at producing malt-forward beers (in spite of their usually incredible work in producing solid malt backbones for their hop experiments). This falls into the pit of their decent yet failed experiments this late in the game, and I'd imagine this would be much better fresh on tap. Nevertheless, despite its faded hop qualities, it's quite thick and juicy to drink, and has the same qualities as a decent Chardonnay that's gone through some malolactic fermentation. FFF have never produced a bad feeling beer, to be honest (except for, maybe, DL).

A solid offering, but really not worth the $13 price tag, as far as I'm concerned. This does not hold up well and I can't really see where the oak plays a part in adding on to the beer, to be honest. I realize that it's a "historical" experiment but these guys already make great enough beers to convince us that a lot of their experiments are as unique as they perhaps truly are. (However, I ALWAYS welcome experimentation in brewing.) Nevertheless, I would gladly revisit this in a fresher condition - it's comforting to drink and has a unique malt profile that shines above the hops. Worth trying if you want a FFF fix for something new.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 06:55:02 | More by magictacosinus
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick off white single finger head with nice lacing on a hazy golden copper body. Aroma is malt heavy with breads, tart citrus, candied orange and pine resin. The flavor is basically the same and follows very well with the exact same experience. Although good I don't really understand what makes this one English. It may use English hops but it basically came out as a malt forward AIPA from my experience. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:01:21 | More by kylehay2004
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Three Floyds brew. I love big hoppy beers, but I think the hops in this one are overdone because of the types of hops used. Here the English hops come off harsh and too bitter in muddy sort of way, and the malt tastes a bit too thick and chewy as well. The malt and hops don't balance each other but compound the assault on the palate with no contrast in sight. Oh well, not to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 02:06:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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SleepyDrunk

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- rusty orange, off-white head.

Aroma- Very earthy - malt comes out first followed by the hop characteristics one would expect from an English style beer. Toasted oak certainly comes out.

Flavor- What one would expect from an English style IPA with a little extra kick. The hop flavor is much more 'reserved' compared to many of Three Floyd's other beers, but still very hoppy given the style of beer. Oaky and earthy.

Mouthfeel- An initial bite up front that mellows out towards the end. I've never had a bad mouthfeel experience with a Three Floyds brew.

Overall- This is a solid beer, but I am a bit biased because I much prefer American style IPA's to English style. Well done for the type of beer it is, but nothing really excites me about it.

PS. Bonus points for a cool bottle design.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:14:33 | More by SleepyDrunk
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint glass; translucent orange-yellow with a moderate tight fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaving fine delicate lacing when it does.
Smell is earthy herbal hops, some spicy rye-like notes, clean malt.
Taste is big, but fairly one-dimensional; big wallop of crisp pale malt with some rye kick behind it, moving into hellishly bitter herbal hops with a hint of pine. Hints of oak and citrus, subdued beneath it all. Hops seem to differ from sip to sip; first they're barely present, and then suddenly they have me looking incredulously at that 78 IBU listed in the notes. Alcohol is a noticeable heat sometimes, other times it's invisible.
Mouthfeel is clean, dry and perfectly carbonated.
Overall, this is quite bitter for an English IPA in my opinion. Not that that's a bad thing...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:16:12 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip , pours a hazy golden color with a nice three finger head and tons of lacing that clings to the glass all the way through the drink

Picking up on a lot of malt in the nose with some earthy hop smells , not too bad at all

Love the way this beer feels and goes down , just about perfect for the style

A very dry tasting beer to me from the start and finish , the malt is there but not sweet at all and the hops taste very earthy , a pretty good combonation

Overall this is a pretty good beer , not sure I would go to the trouble to trade for it because I can't get three floyds here but if I could pick one up off the shelf I would

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 13:32:54 | More by ubenumber2
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BB1313

Ohio

3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy burnt orange; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are full of caramel and chocolate malts. There are also hints of orange zest, lemon zest, pine needles. The flavors seem to matchup with the nose. This beer is very malt forward and the hops take a backseat, although they are obviously there. There are hints of wood/oak. I will say that the flavors are very crisp and refreshing, despite the malts. More cocoa in the mix. Finishes pretty dry. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's very creamy and thick; full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Since everything seems lack depth, everything becomes redundant. It makes a solid sipper.

Not bad, but nothing impressive. The aromas and flavors are forgettable, in my opinion. Three Floyds nailed the appearance and mouthfeel, as usual. It's clear that the craftsmanship is there, but it just doesn't pop like most of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 19:50:15 | More by BB1313
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schwemjw

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy Golden copper with a large off white head.

S: Fresh linen and fresh pine. almost like cleaning product. very floral. pepper and fresh leaves. an underlying rye bread and yeast. Intriguing.

T: Right away you get that bready base. clove and spice flavors begin to evolve while a banana ester and sweet orange marmalade sweeten things up. That funky rye bread is still present along with a very floral earthy component. Citrus and grass round this beer out before a bitter dry finish.

M: Nice bitter finish is a perfect ending to a great carbonated medium bodied beer.

O: Different than the American IPAs that i'm used to but great none the less. A very floral earthy beer that is quite refreshing. This beer gets better every time i drink it so you better know i'm going to revisit it soon! /90

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 17:46:48 | More by schwemjw
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Typical Three Floyds. A beer by them that I have yet to try, snagged the last bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of off-white doughy foam for a head. Body is a light orange bronze color with some carbonation bubbles going crazy, and some fine sediment. Thin, uneven sheets of lace.

S - Smell is quite tame, compared to what I was expecting. Light pine and grapefruit hops, citrus, some warm peppery rye presence, and lots of bready biscuit malts. Bubblegum and cloves become more apparent after a while.

T - Dirty herbal bitter earthy hop presence at first, and then the English malts take over. Slight metallic / mineral tasting. Bready malts. Perhaps some cloves and other spices in there as well. Slight bubblegum taste also, perhaps from the malts.

M - Feel is bitter and resinous, and dry in the finish. A tad over carbonated, like a lot of Three Floyds beers.

Overall, a nice beer from Three Floyds, but not likely a beer I would buy again. More of a malt forward IPA than hop forward, which is sometimes a good thing, but not always. Reminds me a bit of the Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey only not quite as good. Not nearly as bitter or hoppy as I wish it was, but it is a highly drinkable, almost thirst-quenching beverage, especially at 8.50% abv. Not great, but worth a try.

Three Floyds Blackheart ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 04:20:55 | More by mfnmbvp
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pretty bitter beer here. I really enjoy the Blackheart. It is kind of one of the bastards from Floyd's. There is not a huge demand for it. I don't know why? I think it is a amazing beer. Great hop notes on the nose and a strong hopped taste as I mentioned the bitter. I wouldn't pass this one up as it is very consistent every year as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 03:39:57 | More by vinny21bal
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade. Stored at 34F. Poured into snifter.

A: Clear, golden amber appearance, with an inch of white head that quickly dissipated into a lacing that lasted throughout the session.

S: Grassy, lemony, light.

T: Upfront with the hops, but with a strong malty, sweet caramel backbone.

M: Thin going in, but it creates a thick after feel coating from the response to the hoppiness.

O: Great beer. Different than the typical DIPA, with a lighter, crisper more flora and lemony bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 17:53:04 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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SouthSideSox24

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours light, with an orange hue.

Smell: Not an overly distinctive smell, a light aroma of malt with small hints of floral hops. Smells sweet and nutty.

Taste: First touch of the tongue yields a charred caramel flavor, with notes of pine coming through as you let the beer travel. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Similar to champagne, with an overly carbonated feel. However, this combined with the lightness of the body make each drink refreshing.

Overall: A very solid English style IPA. Worth purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:29:51 | More by SouthSideSox24
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, clear orangish hue. Half inch head on the pour that fades quickly. Terrific lacing

S: Biscuity malts with a lot of caramel sweetness. Then, the hops come through, smells great. After it warms those hops sink into the background and the grain/malt powers up.

T: Sweet malt bomb on the front followed by a noticeable amount of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol notes mediciny caramel/ dark fruits. as you continue. The toasted oak is there but it's light. Just a great example of this style.

M: lighter bodied and verydrinkable. It lingers on the palate with strong flavors and warm biscuit notes.
Ample carbonation

O: Enjoyable 3 Floyd's take on a classic. I thought the hops would be the big feature but I was surprised by the maltiness. This is a great beer to cap off a hard week. The warming effect is pleasant and helps make each sip of the brew more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:34:28 | More by MacQ32
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.

A. Amber to golden orange appearance with a slight haze. White head of two fingers.

S. Lots of malt with an odd orange marmalade smell.

T. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Some intriguing malt flavors I am not used to tasting - almost has a slight Sherry flavor - very nice nonetheless. Closes with some weedy hop bitterness but not in the usual slap-in-the-face fashion that American IPA's provide.

M. Creamy with good body. Light but adequate carbonation.

O. Unique and enjoyable take on an uncommon IPA style. For the money though I prefer FFF's standard DIPA offerings to this.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:38:24 | More by bound4er
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #6 from my Chicago DIY care package.

Hazy light orange body, topped by a huge billowing fist of whipped white fluff.

Heavy orange and pine aroma, with a big dose of fresh bread.

Very sweet malt beginning. Plenty of juicy fruit oozes all over the mouth. Crisp bitter bite, then the bitterness lingers into the aftertaste and mingles with the fruit. Gets a bit boozy when it warms.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

A tasty English IPA, though this being Three Floyd's, it's bigger than most, or all.

Not one of the beers that make 3F legendary though.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 22:42:09 | More by RonfromJersey
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TheSixthRing

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, leading to a fair, soft looking layer of microbubbles across the surface.
Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - The oak smacks the nose with it's predominant presence. Orange and spice; almost like coriander. Moderate pineapple and subtle grapefuit. Faint vanilla. One of the more unique and interesting aromas I've come across.

Taste - Yep, it's all there. The oak hits upfront and through to the finish. Pineapple notes are also upfront, while grapefruit peel hits near the back end. Moderate vanilla mid-taste and toward the finish. Buttered biscuit. Toasted oak notes hit deeper as the beer warms. Finishes with a woody, citrusy balance that's nothing short of awesome.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with immaculate smoothness.

Overall - Not only is this a unique brew, it's also really amazing! So many levels working in beautiful harmony together. Fitting I reviewed this on July 1st, because there is something that's very 'Christmas in July' about this beer. Wish I'd have traded for more of these! Everything I've imagined in an oak-aged beer. Can we have more of these please, and less 'boozy/bourbon' oak aged brews?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:41:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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sbxx

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into FFF pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, golden honey color. 3 fingers of thick foam head. Nice retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, pine, hint of caramel.

Taste - Hops up front, balanced malt body, little bit of an alcohol bite. Nice, subtle oak taste comes through on the backend. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, medium body, dry, bitter finish.

Overall - Excellent beer. The subtle oak taste was perfect and really made this beer stand out. Looking forward to having more.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:26:38 | More by sbxx
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter with a nice hazy golden color and an inch head that dissipated and left a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit weaker than I was expecting, getting a faint citrus smell and a hint of wood. Taste is a bit floral and lot citrus, defintely getting some oak, and balanced well between the malt and hops,. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but dry, medium carbonation. Finish is definitely dry and bitter. Great offering from FFF. I’m liking this because the hops are definitely coming through but not too overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:55:50 | More by maxcoinage
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Trade from BrewMane. Thanks! Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Not much aroma, maybe slight sweet citrus, toffee, soap(?). Flavor is BIG up front bitter with a sweet malty finish. Lingering honey pine taste on the palate. Alcohol warmth going down. Big slick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Unique brew here, better than the rating that is lower than it should be thanks to the aroma (there just isn’t any). Worth a try. Yikes. As this warms up it the alcohol really comes out. Like vodka or rubbing alcohol flavor. That is unfortunate. Be sure to keep it cold and it is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:53:06 | More by BMMillsy
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a slightly above average thickness. A darker orange color for an IPA. About two fingers of head on the pour, but one finger was present the whole time. Above average carbonation. Average to above average lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter hop front jumps out of the glass. Bright citrus of mangos, tangerines, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. There is a malty presence that levels the beer out. Definitely sense the English IPA out of this one.

Taste: The front is a smooth creamy malt texture. The hops warm up the body of the beer, but not nearly with the presence I expected in the aroma. A lighter citrus flavor mixes with a spicy high alcohol content to create a really unique flavor. A warming yeast flavor lingers on the palette leaving a dry feeling behind.

Mouthfeel: The high alcohol, hops, and yeast leave a unique feeling on the palette.

Overall: Tasty, refreshing brew. The aroma and flavor keep you guessing and this beer is very drinkable on a warm summer day (like it is today). Three Floyds certainly knows what they are doing with their IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:26:00 | More by KFBR392
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screamking

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours apricot with a thin off white head. Lacing is small, very small. 3.5

Aroma-muddled orange peel is the first note that hits me. Lemon and mango also set themselves up here well. Citrus is the main focus, but a lot less than the heavy hitting west coast stuff I'm used to. 3.75

Taste-lemon jumps out at the front of the tongue, bitter lemon and orange peel. Sweeter notes hit mid palate, brown sugar and a little pine. Crisp apricot finish. 4

Feel-pretty nice feel, light to medium bodied, ABV is higher than I would expect. 4.25

Overall-I was expecting this to be a little tones down compared to the west coast stuff, but its really a totally different animal. This is a solid offering from Three Floyd's, but for the price I don't know if I would pick it up again. 10 bucks for this bomber is a bit of a stretch. I am glad I got to try it and if you have the chance I recommend you do to. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:10:25 | More by screamking
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy burnt orange. With an off white head that retains nicely. Some suspended yeast scattered throughout.

Spicy hops upfront with a nice solid malt backbone. Hop aromas are pretty mellow and allow alot of the warm malt to pull through.

Earthy Malt is present at first but fade quickly into alot of bittering hops. Some spicey earthy hop notes pull through and finishes with a little alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation is balanced with lots of oil from the hops. Gives it a nice body but keeps it drinkable through all the bitterness

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:04:16 | More by Fcolle2
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roger617

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Spiegelau IPA glass
A: 4.25 Clear as could be. Poured with 3 fingers of head that reduced slowly and painted lacing all over the glass.
S: 3.75 Very warm and inviting, slightly burning sensation. A noticeable strong malt backbone takes 2nd role.
T: 3.75 Reverse the aroma, the malt takes lead in taste. There is an expected dominant bitterness, finishes very dry. I didn't pay attention to the ABV prior to taking notes, and the 8.5% doesn't surprise me. No necessarily good or bad, just fitting.
M: 4.0 The carbonation accentuates the malt flavor quite nicely. With a dry finish, it leaves you wanting more very quickly, which is a strange twist for 8.5%.
O: 4.0 This is one that I'm very glad I had, but I won't be seeking out again. I'm always amazed at just how clear 3F gets their brews, and this is no exception. This is a very good beer, nicely balanced in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 00:57:28 | More by roger617
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a snifter. The label text also reads "Blackbeard" if I look at right, sort of in an American Beauty / "American Reality" sorta way..

A code is printed on the bottom of the bottle; the digits could possibly be surmised as a Julian code, but I'm not really concerned with how fresh this is, as FFF disappears on the shelves within days around here..

Pours pretty, white head on an orange-ish body. The head dissipates quickly. Smell is very much of-the-wood and a bit alcoholic, the only detraction imo. There is a definite herbal/grassy undertone. Taste is rather different than the smell (and better) - juicy-fruit and tangerine, with a spicy, woody finish. The hops also have a cool, menthol feel as well. Nice and complex altogether.

Overall, this is a fine departure from the IPAs of late - I really appreciate the atypical hops in a US-brewed IPA. Would definitely enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:36:32 | More by sixerofelixir
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Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.