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Blackheart - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 169
Gots: 111 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,222 | Reviews: 354
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/bronze with a nice white head and some lacing as it goes down. The hops and the oak completely dominate the nose, in a good way. The taste is a little bit of a disappointment after the nose, with the hops and the oak not blending quite enough--in fact, even though this is an IPA, I'm almost tempted to commit the cardinal sin and age this one for a while to see what develops. The mouthfeel is thick for the style but well within range. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by what I feel might be a little too much oak for what it is right now.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Graham cracker and caramel, with a leafy hop element

Taste: Bready caramel and graham cracker, up front, with a leafy hop character developing by mid-palate; rather bitter and oaky in the taste after the swallow, but the malty sweetness persists and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Big flavor and a bit different from the typical IPA, let alone an EIPA; ultimately a bit too sweet but still well worth seeking out

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Blackheart is anything but black. It's rather an appealing Double IPA brewed in the English style. Though not typical for the style at all.

The beer pours with a bright and glowing copper/orange color and shows lively carbonation through the glass. An airy and froathy white heabd form above the snifter and retains well. The foam laces very well in its retraction and with each sip.

Fruity, spicy, and citrusy aromas leap out first, followed by malts of sweet breads and caramels. Any oak or toast character is very light and most likely missed if the lable didn't say so. The aromas display a certain sturdiness yet brightness.

Crisp and characterful malts give a lot of graham cracker, biscuity, and sweet bread flavor without the sugary taste that usually accompanies such beers. Sharp and aggressive hop flavors of pine resins, spices, fresh-cut grasses, and citrus gradually grow in intensity and eventually dominate the beer as the malts retract into the finish. Fruity esters weave in and out of the hoppy citrus note and give a bridge from the malts to hops. Alcohol flavor is light and take on a fruity acetone note.

Sweeter and more full up front but the malts quickly transition to a well attenuated dry maltiness. The growing dryness is aided by the hop dryness and that of the 9% alcohol. Crisp and clean in the finish- rare for English Ales.

This is a great English IPA but the hop character takes on an unexpected citrus note (from Columbus hops?), creating an interesting interplay with the very English-like esters. Still, the toasted oak contributes little.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking copper color. The head was a light cream color with a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a good balance of grainy sweet malts along with the dry hop aromas too. The taste of the beer has a good amount of English malt flavors with a sharp hoppy finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty typical, drinkable, medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall this beer was really nice in my opinion.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed."

--Henrik Ibsen

Barely blurry apricot that explodes with bright tangerine highlights when backlit. A thick chunk of pale orange foam occupies the glass from the bottom edge of the nonic bulge to a point just above the rim. As it slowly deflates, the glass becomes festooned with an eye pleasing array of finely patterned lace.

Even though Three Floyds has included their usual truckload of hops, I'm not gobsmacked by the nose; primarily because I don't enjoy English hops (East Kent Goldings and Admiral in this case) as much as American hops. Fruit dominates, especially oranges. The amazing thing is that almost no alcohol is noted.

Before upending the pint glass, I'm intrigued by the concept of Blackheart. The brewers have endeavored to recreate a traditional, oceangoing English IPA, right down to the nothing but English ingredients, the oak barrel aging and the generous ABV. If I know these guys, they have also filtered it through an America Big Beer lens. Here goes...

Initial impression: the beer needs more hops. There's a ton of pale malt that sweetens things considerably. Bitterness is often cumulative in beer this big, so I'll reserve final judgment until more of the bomber has been drained. This ain't Dreadnaught... nor should it be.

English DIPA seems like the most accurate style classification, but the line in the sand has to be drawn somewhere. More than 200 styles doesn't do anyone any good. It's hard to believe that historical IPAs were this full and malty sweet. I would never have been able to pick out the oak on my own. Now that I know it's in there... sure, why not?

Sugar syrup-soaked orchard fruit still reigns supreme. Let's add apricots and peaches to the still-dominant oranges. Even though this isn't transcendent beer, I'm glad the Floyds didn't use American hops. Not only wouldn't it have been historically accurate, but they need something in their stable that's different. The alcohol is gently warming and lightly tongue tingly. Otherwise, it's nowhere to be found.

It was obvious that the body/mouthfeel would be outstanding after the look and sound of the pour. Beer entered the glass with a whispered hush that promised crushed velvet smoothness and winter weight silkiness. And that is exactly what it delivers.

Blackheart's label has to be one of Three Floyds most grotesque... in a good way. This is delicious beer that doesn't quite have the magnificent mojo that most of their lineup has. I'm having a fantastic time with the bomber, but given the $9.99 price tag, I'd rather buy sixers of Alpha King or Gumballhead.

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

tried this one before the artic panzer and was quite impressed with it for sure. poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish that was remarkably clean and drinkable.

overall i really liked this one. i ha no clue how strong it was which made it even better. drinks like a champ and went over quite well.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Believe it was Matt who sent this one. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a nice creamy white head.

S: Some nice citrus hops to the nose and plenty of bready malts. Slightly sweet overall, but some floral and slightly piney hops. More and more orange as it sits in the glass.

T: Oranges dominate the flavor, too. Big pine flavor on the finish which provides a nice bitterness and a slight woodiness. Some bready malt gives this beer its sweetness, but the sweetness is not overdone.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: One of my preferred interpretations of an English IPA, even though it's not really all that "English". Still a nice beer.

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a damn near opaque copper body with a small, wispy white head.

Smell: Relatively light, biscuit malts in the aroma with notes of fresh oak, plenty of spicy hops, and a cup of peach and apricot puree.

Taste: Overall, a dry, biscuity malt profile with just a brief bit of sugar sweetness. Tastes of apricot and peach. Some floral and oak hints. Spicy hops with a medium-high bitterness. Splash of sweetened fruit juices on the otherwise bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly different from all other English IPA's I've encountered, but it's good, and isn't that what counts, really?

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this several times in the past year, i'm finally getting around to reviewing it. This made it's debut at the brewpub, then Night of the Living Ales on cask, and later on in bottles. The cask version was my favorite, and one of the fest highlights. When the bottles first came out, I thought the oak was too astringent and needed time to mellow. This bottle is likely 6+ months old.

Murky orange with some light breaking through the haze. Creamy surface of offwhite foam, a small bit of lacing at the edges of the tulip glass. Buttery caramel aroma, some sweetness and hidden oak also in the nose. Sweet caramel, orange peel, and dried apricot flavors, light oak in the dry bitter aftertaste. Savory feel, showing age slightly, but definitely integrated with the oak.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Another brewday beer, 'cause it's just not a brewday without sampling others' final products. This one pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises a heap o' pine, mint, grapefruit rind, and a very light hint of caramel hiding in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but the pine is nicely muted a bit, and some dark toffee moves in to balance things out much better than the caramel in the nose ever could. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly creamy feel. Overall, a great EIPA. If the pine in the nose weren't so sharp, I'd bet this would be downright outstanding. Still pretty enjoyable, regardless, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus, pale hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus to start. A complimentary pale hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very nice representation of style while taking that style to the next level which isn't often done with an EIPA and even less often done well. This is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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