Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by benjathelion:
2.9/5 rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a brandy snifter.
A: Pleasing amber with some haze and decent creamy head that doesn't last forever.
S: Grapefruit. Tangerine. Caramel. Sweet bread. Piney hops.
T: Caramel. Honey. Grapefruit. Extremely sweet, heavy, syrupy malts and an overstated, citrus-and-pine hop presence. The usual suspects. I dislike the corn-syrupy intensity of the malt sweetness, I feel that it conflicts and clashes with the hop bitterness rather than counterbalancing or contrasting.
M: Flabby, sticky and syrupy, with enough effervescence to make it tolerable.
D: Quaffable enough to me, but to the average beer drinker it would be a bit overwhelming.
Overall: This tasted so much like so many others of the IPA style that I found it forgettable. It seems like the syrupy malt/citrus-pine hop combination is becoming very common among American craft breweries that produce stronger IPA styles. What I'd like to see in this beer, as a supposedly English-inspired style, would be a leaner body; not necessarily lighter, just drier, not so excessively sugary and sticky. A drier body combined with a more earthy, herbal or spicy choice of hop flavors rather than the commonly used pine/citrus would, to me, taste closer to an English style and wouldn't eclipse the barrel aging so much. While this was an affable enough beer for someone with a taste for IPAs, the been-there-drank-that experience wasn't worth the high price to me (roughly twice that of nearly all other bombers at the store, including those of comparable style).
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2010 04:10:10 | More by benjathelion
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3.89/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark and hazy orange body with a solid cap of off white foam. Two fingers of froth seems to last forever, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.
I get quite a bit of malt on the forefront with oaked complexity. Honey, toast, molasses and smoky caramel. Hops are a orange citrus and pine that meld with the sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is noticeable as is the wood and earthy oak.
Caramel and honey sweetness that nestles into a fruity mix of red, pitted and vinous fruit. Dipping into barleywine territory with more wood and earth from the oak in the finish. Malt rises in the end leaving a cereal grain sweetness. Hops are a muddled orange citrus and oak but provide substantial bitterness to clean up the layered malt.
The thick malt leads to a medium-heavy body and muted carbonation. Some might like the smoothness of it but I feel the hops could've used more bubbles. Alcohol is very present while there is enough drying to keep the beer rather clean and dry.
Borderline English Barelywine with high bitterness and moderate complexity, just not enough to push it to the upper echelon of IPA or maltier styles.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 22:50:45 | More by rawfish
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.