Blackheart - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 178
Gots: 141 | FT: 4
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: philberinghele on 03-21-2008

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
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Reviews by JLeege:
Photo of JLeege
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear golden orange color with a large frothy white head. Great head retention, and a little lace.

Smell- Floral and earthy, with distinct orange peel. A little woody, with some notes of oak and light vanilla. Smells solid.

Taste- Juicy citrus up front, turning sweet in the middle with the oaky notes popping up again, though not as much as the nose would suggest. Pretty earthy and floral towards the finish, even some peat and a little honey. Has a strange lingering aftertaste, maybe aspirin.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, and a definite alcohol bite.

Overall- This has got to be my least favorite from FFF seasonal lineup. They make much better IPAs, and I am not particularly fond of most English IPAs, and for whatever reason wood and IPAs dont really mesh for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JGam115
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange Amber, fluffed white foam. Candied mango and pineapple is strong with this one. Boozy and malt-forward. Really solid

Photo of blackearth
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in a trade for some Hopslam; thanks, Drew! Poured into a pint glass, this beer had a nice golden body with a thin white head. Aroma is of hops, sugar and vanilla. Full bodied creamy and syrupy mouthfeel. This beer is mostly sweet and overly oaky with an almost cloying finish that has very little hop bitterness. I appreciate the brewer's intent with the oak and low bitterness to make this taste more authentic as if the barrel had sailed for months, however it just wasn't my cup of tea. I don't think I'll be having this one again soon.

Photo of merlin48
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle pours into a Sam Adams tasting glass a hazed and rusty orange amber body. Small beige head has some legs and there is plenty of sticky lacing sheeting the sides of the glass.

Aroma is robust with pineapple and orange notes. Some florals tease from underneath and there is a hint of biscuity malt.

Exceptional feel! Medium body with an ideal velvety carbonation and a pleasant earthy hoppiness.

Taste opens with pineapple and blood oranges. Unbuttered toast and honey add some dimension. The hops take on an earthy bitterness midway through and some pine essence briefly appears. The citrusy sweetness recovers toward the finish but never overwhelms. Startling balance between the citrusy fruitiness and classic 3F hop bitterness. No hint of the alcohol.

Wow! Probably the best beer I've had this year. Need more.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer purchased at the brewery. No freshness info/bottling date info on the bottle. Hazed medium honey amber. Long lasting off white head and oodles of lacing bits. Soft hoppy nose.Tasty EIPA of better then average quality. Tasty stuff, lacks the depth of flavors of the all stars of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some flowers and perfume notes. The flavor is very heavy on the caramel malt, but I also get some orange citrus, grass and flowery hops. The bitterness is about medium. A very good aroma and flavor combination. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Three Floyds.

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

huge thanks to my dad for bringing this home from chicago!

22oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottled on date.

pours out a cloudy golden orange color with about 1 finger of white head, good retention and some nice lacing on the glass.

the initial aroma is of very resiny hops. also detectable is piney/ woody hops, a candied, biscuity, caramel malt, a bit of alcohol heat and just a hint of some spice, almost winter warmer like.

a nice balance. pine, grapefruit rind, resiny, woody, spicy hops balanced by a big biscuit, candied caramel malt. comes off slightly herbal/ earthy as it warms. alcohol heat definatly makes the strenth apparent. finishes with a spicy, resinous hop bitterness, again just a hint of a winter warmer like spicey oak.

a big solid, dense, sticky feel on the palate, carbonation feels just right. some really nice bitter flavors linger on the palate after each sip.

a solid IPA here, id say its more american than english, but it works for what it is, almost barleywine like. similar to other 3floyds big IPAs ive had. worth a try, but i prolly wouldnt go after it again.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erric for sending a bomber of Blackheart.

A pale golden amber with billowy white head and great lacing. A little citrus in the nose with a hint of crackery malt. The malt forward beer is countered with minty, herbal hops with a nice balmy lingering bitterness. This is a great beer, that really hides the 9% ABV very well.

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

Clouded deep honey golden orange hue, thick viscous head light off white color holds together very nicely. Great retention has it settles fine speckled patterns of lace cling to my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Aroma has citric and floral hop notes with a sweet lightly toasted malt base, and a touch of white oak notes with minimal oak on the nose. The barrel aging is so integrated in this beer, I usually hate oak aged DIPAs this is not the case here. Flavors from the oak give a nice earthy dry bitterness that lasts throughout each sip, earthy, grassy, citric hops blend so nicely with alcohol and sweet malts that bring out a honey toasted bread flavor that really keeps you wanting another sip. More toasted oak soft vanilla, juicy raisins, with warming alcohol in the finish. Medium to fuller bodied ale, brings out layers of flavor as it warms up a bit. Pretty clean hop oils flowing through not as sticky as some of these beers that have come out recently, I'm used to resinous hops. Overall damn good DIPA, English hops and malts collide with some oak aging that does the beer much justice, another great beer from Three Floyd's, no kidding?

Photo of brow1901
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Nice looking beer, bright white head with a clear light copper color. Leaves awesome lacing and has nice head retention.

S- Nothing really special. Nice fruity hop to begin followed by a more earthy hop smell. I'm guessing they used EKG and maybe fuggle hops. Nice biscuit scent from the English malts.

T- Not overly bitter, in fact it tastes more like a roasted malt bitterness. Slightly sweeter than I would prefer in an IPA. And I swear I could taste the toasted oak which I don't really appreciate.

M- The sweetness makes the beer leave a thick coating in the mouth. This brew doesn't have the nice cleansing/ scrubbing action that some other IPA's do.

D- For an IPA this beer is heavy on the tongue and the liver making on bomber plenty.

Photo of mocktm
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with some more kick-ass FFF artwork into a pint glass, no bottling date as is the usual.

Golden honey orange hue, a creamy and jagged head forms, resembling a foamy mountain, and sticks around rather well, contributing some significant amounts of lacing; a pretty abstract design of glass decoration once its all said and done.

Hops abound on the nose: pine, grapefruit and pineapple with some accompanying malty sweetness, much more so than on the the average English IPA.

This tastes like a tropical graham cracker; that is honestly the most appropriate comparison I can draw. Abundant citrus on the front that finishes with a honey sweet bread malt backbone; a lingering hop bitterness is present throughout. Rather unique and absolutely phenomenal.

Medium bodied, mild creaminess and appropriately carbonated, this drinks rather well for a 9% ABV brew.

Another beer from FFF, and yet another one I can't wait to try again. Does that place ever make a bad brew? I can't seem to find one, another stellar effort. Cheers!

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my GI tulip.

A - A lively copper orange with a trail of carbonation going upwards. Has a thick, 2 finger head on top which is the color of ivory. Really one beautiful looking beer from this one.

S - Smell is a big whiff of pine hops with hints of apricot hiding behind it. The apricots add a unique twist to the normal hops smell that I see in IPAs. There is enough malt in there to give the beer a hint of a sweet and candied smell. One heck of a nose.

T - At first the beer doesn't seem to have much hop punch as you are initially greeted with a hint of sweetness but then out of the blue, you get whammed by a hops that make you almost want to pucker. However at the end there is a hint of sweet apricot that comes up on the backend to keep the hops from becoming overbearing. They also do a great job of hiding the alcohol so that it only comes up as a warming effect after the beer goes.

MF - Light carbonation and the body is also a bit thinner than I would have liked. There is a slight stickness to it and it leaves a nice resin residue on the tongue, which leaves almost a slick feeling on the tongue.

D - Overall a quality offering from FFF that is easy to drink and well balanced. It is tasty and would definitely consider buying some more. The English IPA style also seems to be one that I don't find often enough. Good Solid Beer.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a sea of carbonation that supports a thick bubble beige head that last for much of the beer.

S- The big green herbal hops aroma as a soft woody note to it and an orange blossom hint that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The taste of fresh green hops has a slight sweetness that follows with a caramel malt flavor. The finish is a nice pungent hop flavor that is green with a faint mint quality to it. The bitterness lingers for a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

D- This big has nice big hops with some interesting qualities to them and a sweetness that really punch up the hops. This beer is so big it needed a glass of water to go with it. No it's not really thirst quenching but very tasty.

Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Orangish bronze pour. Decent head, some retention and lacing.

S: Good hop presence. Gingery, citrus, very floral. On the sweet side.

T/M: Good bitterness level, especially for an English IPA. Hops taste more grassy and tea like with a bit of citrus in there. Light grainy malts, a bit sweet. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is average.

D: Tasty and my favorite from the style.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's English (in style), yes, but it's Three Floyds and it's an IPA. So, what do we expect? Pretty much this, with a few interesting notes.

It's a hazed medium gold, translucent leaning toward opacity, with a soft but densely bubbled, tight bone-white head staying still at about one finger's height. The lacing it drops down is thick and plentiful.
Hoppy it is in the nose and on the palate, though it's been appropriately hopped it up without hopping it up like they do their American-style versions. As it is, it takes an earthier approach but with a bit of citrus, orange particularly, with a more floral bouquet as well. Interestingly, there's something very much like juniper here, too, as well as a unique, earthy sort of spiciness. It's balanced by pale malts and a sweetness more like a honey graham cracker than anything, particularly in the taste and lingering in the finish especially. Unique, this beer truly is. Some resinous pine notes also show a little more strongly in the flavor, and some paler fruity esters show up in the alcoholic warmth.
The feel is fantastic; a firm medium body shows a few layers of depth, crispness is strong yet evens out a running smoothness that never fades. It starts off on the semi-sweet side and transitions easily toward dryness as it works such that you don't notice the transition. It remains very clean all the way through the finish, which lingers just as long as it should.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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?

Photo of SomethingClever
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter bottle date of 5/4

A: hazy murky orangish amber hue with light head that settles to soapy bubbles

S: light on smell a bready biscuity nose with not much else

T: very light clean taste floral with a malty backbone very herbal tasting as well and just a slight hint of citrus

M: super light almost refreshingly so

O: This is quite a delightful beer huge change of pace from their fruity or resinous beer this is malty biscuity with floral herbal bite that is very light on the palate

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with foamy white head. Significant lace retained in the glass. The hops are aromatic:East Kent Goldings & Admiral. Coconutty taste from the start, above average mouthfeel though it burns by the end somewhat. Drinkable. Turn away the label and drink.

Photo of BigBossMan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to my State Senator for bringing this back for me from Indiana.

22oz bottle poured into a 12oz tulip

Everything I had ever had from Three Floyds has been solid, and this beer was no different. Blackheart is their May seasonal, so this beer was nearly 6 months old.

It poured clear with a good inch of thick head. The coloring is a darker amber than most IPAs. The smell wasn't quite as strong as I had hoped - hops and sugar were present. The taste, however, was in full force - so many flavors that complimented each other like a great meal. There was a complex breadiness layered with brown sugar like a sweet bread. Add to that a solid level of hops and floral citrus aroma that filled my sinuses but didn't overwhelm. There were definite levels of flavors that worked together but didn't cancel each other out. It had obvious English characteristics that were simply accentuated rather than covered up by the more American style of being hop-forward. Throughout, it was very smooth and drinkable. The high ABV sneaks up on you. Overall, it was both the most flavorful and smoothest English IPA I have ever tried - and all at 9% - hard to top. Great job again, 3F!

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems to come available in May.
Poured from 22 into pint glass

A- Clear golden-amber with light yellow head that leaves lacing as it retreats.

S - I get very ripe oranges and grapefruit.

T - Wow, like chewing on the rind of an orange. Earthy, juicy, citrus.

M - Smooth and solid mouth feel.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really like this beer. I've had several IPAs that claim to be citrusy and this one blows them away. It seriously reminds me of chewing on an orange rind. Don't expect any piney hops... this is all citrus! I'm going to grab another few bottles tomorrow.

Had another bottle 6/18 - Still love it. A 3 Floyds favorite for me.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber, scent of floral. Goes down easy, with a caramel-like hint and a pronounced hoppy bitterness. Smooth and tasty, and totally representative of a good, solid IPA. Not a groundbreaking or unique brew, but certainly solid and enjoyable.

Photo of spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
Pours a dark gold color with big white head. Fairly thick cap never goes away.
Flavor is bready, malty, definitely not an American IPA. Complexity really comes out as beer warms. Touch of grapefruit on the finish
Creamy mouth feel, which not how I usually describe an IPA.
Good stuff. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes:
22oz shared, poured into pint glass.
A: Good carbonation present. A nice copper body with a head that has good retention. Lacing is present as well.

S: A bold citrus aroma, with very little malt undertones. A bit too much like an American/west coast IPA to be an English.

T/M: Again as the nose suggests an American IPA, not those malty, earthy notes of an English IPA. Good dry, hoppy finish and overall a really great taste. Mouthfeel is crisp on the front and as the brew mellows out, it becomes a bit drier.

D: I think that if I were going for an English IPA, I would not get this one again, for the reason that it is too floral/citrus hoppy, but none the less very enjoyable.

Photo of dirtylou
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - binny's on grand

appearance: bizarre 3F artwork on the bottle - pours a pretty clear golden orange colour with very little head/retention (unusual for 3F)

smell: biscuity malts, high sweetness, levels, grapefruit citrus, lots of spice - i know the hops are there but they arent overkill on the nose

taste: ah yes, there are the hops. They come out to play in a major way with sweet ruby red grapefruit, light pine, and a high corresponding bitterness. there are sweet syrupy biscuity malts that play a major role in this beer as well. this beer has been described to me as "Muddy" but honestly i think it turned out alright. as with any 3F beer, it runs the risk of just being a 1 dimensional hopbomb. while this certainly delivers on the hops, its stays at least within site of the style boundaries

mouthfeel: sweet and highly bitter, booze felt, very spicy

drinkability: pretty good

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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