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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 148
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:54:08 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-03-2013 00:19:24 | More by t0rin0
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 23:06:06 | More by Thorpe429
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 15:31:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 22:45:20 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 16:15:43 | More by mikesgroove
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 14:40:26 | More by BEERchitect
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 06:26:54 | More by womencantsail
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-10-2013 05:54:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-28-2012 00:41:25 | More by kjkinsey
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 22:24:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-28-2012 21:26:11 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-10-2013 05:34:48 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev -1%
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-13-2011 22:56:36 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-11-2013 06:16:23 | More by GRG1313
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 03:33:21 | More by Knapp85
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3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:20:04 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 04:38:36 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-11-2013 03:09:11 | More by nickfl
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Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:36:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackheart English IPA

Hazed, bronze/amber hue, nice white foam cap, leaving lace.
Lovely hoppy nose: apples and peach, cherries and herbs, grassy.

Crisp and spicy on the palate, nice blast of hops up front, fading, but never quitting. Plentiful fruit and spice, zesty, zippy, but never too much so.
Medium bodied. Warm, wet, and tasty as heck.

American IPAs long ago surpassed English IPAs in my list of favorite styles. A beer like Blackheart reminds me of why I liked them in the first place.

much thanks to BuckeyeNation!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 04:24:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from the new batch at Binny's LV. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - One finger of late-rising off-white foam that settles to a nice cap and lingers for a while, with some sticky lacing coating the sides of the glass. Slightly hazed apricot color with lots of suspended solids and the occasional bubble lazily floating upwards. I would have liked a little more head volume, but otherwise pretty attractive.

S - Lots of candied citrus hoppiness with plenty of orange and tropical hints. Well balanced with caramel and bready malts, as well as some mild nuttiness. There's also a moderate amount of oakiness that seems to come out more as the brew warms. The elements seem pretty harmonious, although I can see it getting out of balance as it ages (a significant problem, seeing as there are still bottles from last year out there). Still, a fresh bottle smells terrific.

T - The flavor has a lot more of the oak and vanilla flavors imparted from the wood chips. These flavors seem to slap around both the citrus hoppiness and the honey and caramel malts a little bit. The aftertaste is very woody and only features a hint of hop bitterness. Apparently the '09 batch is far more oaky than usual, but I have no baseline of comparison not having had the '08 version - my biggest point of comparison is OA Arrogant Bastard, and this is significantly oakier. Somewhat unbalanced, and unlikely to improve as the hops fade over time.

M - Carbonation is moderate, only a slight carbonation tingle which actually complements the oak flavors. Medium viscosity and nice residual stickiness. It's not the smoothest brew, which is a little disappointing for an "English" IPA (I have visions of cask beer).

D - The oak is very fatiguing. I'm looking at the half-full bomber and wondering what I've gotten myself into. It's delicious enough to finish, but the high ABV and oakiness make this something to avoid for sessions.

I think Three Floyds needs to moderate the oak presence in this as well as their barrel-aged beers. If anything, they become less complex, harsher, and less drinkable (see OA Dark Lord and OA Behemoth). So much of the depth of flavor is just obliterated. I know the Floyds are all about extremes, but perhaps tasteful restraint is becoming the new counter-culture.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:27:28 | More by MasterSki
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:18:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from infextation

Pours an effervescent amber/honey with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Through the roof head retention & lacing

S: Floral & herbal hops & a touch of marmalade

T: Biscuitty malt, caramel, herbal & leafy hops up front. Leafy hops surface as this warms along with toffee, then grapefruit & lemons intertwining with the toffee & a bit of apricot & tangerine. Finishes semi-dry, fruitty with leafy & floral hops, plus a big smack of citrus

MF: Medium bodied/chewy with low carbonation & superb balance, plus just a whisper of booze

Drinks too easy would never believe this was 9.0% ABV, plus nails the style to the 98th percentile as far as my mind's eye was getting shipped to British troops, back in the day. Great effort from FFF!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 05:05:49 | More by russpowell
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Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.