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Blackheart - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 166
Gots: 111 | FT: 4
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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Photo of kegger22
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with a two finger head that faded to a collar. The aroma was citrus, not a surprise from the boys at FFF. The taste was hoppy orange and bitter at the start and finish, with malty sweet in the middle. The feel was medium bodied and oily, with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was good. If memory serves me, Blackheart reminded me of FFF's barleywine.

Photo of beerfairy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy orange copper hue. Very frothy head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Head decreases over time but leaves a nice ring. I can taste hints of pineapple, malty, slightly hoppy but not overdone. Fruity prunish pineapple smells. This is a very drinkable beer, makes me wish I had a case for the big game tommorrow.

Photo of morimech
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An English IPA at 9% ABV? Alrighty then. The pour results in a orange, slightly hazy fluid with two fingers of white head. The head has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. The claim is all English ingredients. Three Floyds must of used the English ingredients I do not like. Where are the floral and herbal hops I adore? Instead we get sickly sweet aroma and taste that is overly sweet and citric. Tangerine, pineapple, sweet malt, honey, all via for attention from the senses. Has alcohol warming in the finish. The aging on oak does add some interesting components if you can get by the sweetness. Adds a slight wood and vanilla flavor. The body is medium with a slick, oily texture. More like a barley wine than a pale ale. I did not enjoy this beer. I love English style ales but this is went into a direction I did not like.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Big Earl for providing me the opportunity to try this beer. Thanks Dan!

Nice creamy 2+ finger head that is slightly off white. Orange/Amber color with nice clarity and quite a bit of visible carbonation rushing to the surface. A few strands of lacing sticking to the glass.

Ripe Pineapple, Sweet Malt with toasted notes. As it warms you get some nutty aroma as well.

Lots of toasted malt notes out of the shoot. There are definitely the notes of oak here. Fruity sweet in the middle and then some alcohol. I get a sense of coconut and other notes here. Hazelnut? Dull hop bitterness towards the end and lingering with the sweet nutty flavors. The toasted oak does add a lot of depth here.

Medium body with lighter carbonation than the visual lets on.

Nicely drinkable. I find this nice for an Oaked IPA. I've always preferred the freshness of America IPA's vs the toasted more muted nature of English IPA's

Photo of GJ40
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottled purchased in Chicago by OnTheRoad.

Looks good with a copper color, great clarity and very little head. The aroma is a complex mix of oak, alcohol, toasted malt and nuts. The flavor is quite intense with oak and alcohol in the lead giving it a bourbon like quality. There's a solid malt contribution (but to me it's overshadowed by the oak and alcohol) and a mild bitterness. After having had a few heavily oaked IPAs, I'm not so sure I like the combination. The mouthfeel is smooth and low in carbonation. This, to me, was the beer's best quality. Overall this one didn't work for me. The oak and alcohol were just too apparent.

Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice-but-unexceptional EIPA pour. Very hazy, orange in the middle, yellow at the ends, capped with a lacy white head.

Smells wonderful! Normally when I say the malt smells of Toffee I mean that there's a rounded, caramel-like sweetness with a creamy or buttery finish that somewhat resembles toffee. This, on the other hand, smells like a Werther's Original, sweet as buttermilk. This miraculously washes against a complex english hop profile that's bitter, spicy, and dry.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. The malt is still exceptionally sweet and buttery, the hops are still big and wonderfully varied, but everything doesn't click as perfectly as they do in the aroma. Still very good, though.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off the art on the lable is sick. I love that style of tattoo art. My next ink session will be in that style. I saw this at my local store and they hadn't even got the price on the bottles so I assume this is fresh. Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange amber heavy on the orange. The head is enormous. It's a thick creamy white color. It hasn't receded at all so I will have to take a drink to talk about lacing. The aroma is hoppy but, sweet fruit shines through as well. Almost bubblegum like. The flavor is hops and toasted malt. It has a strange flavor that I can't seem to decipher. It's not a bad flavor but, I just have never had an English IPA before so it may be the style of hops. Back to the lacing. Wow! Thick lace completely covers my glass. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good yet different beer for me.

Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A leviathan or a pirate ship, seldom heard which, as we gaze at the sky through the orange haze. A cap, you see. A largish one, of white, and subsidation to wispy forgotten tomorrows, as the clouds drift along so mimbly-pimbly through the sky, awash with the hues of goldish orange, a sunset a-forming. Crows-caws rending the calm as we lie on the surface, the deck of a massive island or ship as it were, and take in the aromas of orange and sunset with the palm trees, pineapple and earth so prevalent in all of the hogwashery that becomes increasingly difficult to meander through and wrap our little skulls about. A sharp note to it, some honey and spice, an immense island-richness there, a heady and syrupish clamming up the nostril-pipes, leaves a base honey-sweet, as it were, crawling alongst all of the sharpish notesies that swing athrob the bitterish.
And the calamity of a flavour-bog, sameishness with the flopsism from the nostril-brigands, delish, one must say, clearish-like. a balance, though with the syrupish.... pastry? silliness. Syrupish as from the can of yestereve's pineapples, as one can clearly note, a thickish finish.
Not so large in the prickly-tongue, little to remind one of the bookish cotton-tongue, the syrupish wins it up from the ending.
A bit slothy, the saddens from not the havings for this much often... For delish it must be.
We lie on our backs gazing up at the clouds and seeing shapes... and enjoy.

Photo of dmfrench
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy goldenrod with a persistent, off-white, two finger head.

S: Big candy sweetness, like a barleywine. Some rotting fruits... orange. Not much hops, oddly.

T: Very sweet, with a polite, balancing hop bitterness on the back. The orange comes out in force, and alcohol is very well concealed for a 9%.

M: Very smooth indeed.

D: High for such a big beer. Watch out.

Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a the bottle into a chalice.

The pour and appearance are pretty disappointing. It pours a dark orange, that is clear with a finger white head that disappears fast. Minimal lacing. Just not a very pretty ipa.

Smells very citrusy, orange dominates but has a nice finish with hops coming in after the first big smell.

The taste is nice and smooth very orangy that lasts even through the finish. The bitter end is very sharp but quick, finishes fast.

I actually prefer this to dreadnaught, but not one of the top IPA's I've head.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Lordsloth
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with paco1029384756- thanks Frank! Bomber served into a pint glass, cellar temp.

Appearance is excellent- a clear, coppery liquid with a fine 2 finger head which stays around for a bit. Smells caramelly and sweet. Taste is a bit sweet, and I was surprised at the subtle taste of the hops in this English IPA. They're in the background- a bit bitter, but not overwhelming. Taste and mouthfeel are almost barleywine-ish. A little lighter, but the Malt taste is up front. Very dry, the beer leaves almost zero aftertaste. It's there and then gone. I would say drinkability is not that high, but I just realized this beer is going down faster than I thought.

Photo of EPseja
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bomber with some wicked artwork in my SABL glass at between cellar and fridge temp.

A - Orange-amber in color with a visible viscosity in the pour and a soap-bubbly off-white head that didn't rise too high, but had quite good staying power. Lacing is erratic but quite visible.

S - Honey butter and orange marmalade sweetness above a toasted bready malt profile. Very interesting!

T - Sweet and enticing up front, with a fruity juiciness that reminds me first of grilled peaches, and then of overripe apricots. Also get an interesting taste of mild melba toast. Warming alcohol and tartness comes in the middle, followed by a very pleasant and quite green hop bitterness that replaces any lingering sweetness with an engaging dryness. Aftertaste is toasty, but not as biscuity as I was hoping for. Overall, a very well rounded taste profile.

M - Thick and powerful entering the mouth. Velvety smooth and fluffy. Swallow is like liquid Jello in consistency. Fantastic -- reminds me of the awesome mouthfeel of Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

D - This is one seriously yummy EIPA that (thankfully) doesn't contain the signature overabundance of Amarillo hops (or any, for that matter). It's a really good recipe, and the toasted oak aging really adds a nice hit of extra flavor to help brace against the 9% ABV. One of FFF's better "rare" offerings.

Photo of mjl21
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 22 ounce bottle poured into a imperial pint glass. No bottling info or abv info is given.

A-Pours a semi-clear orangish amber that really glows in the light. Has a one finger off white head that thins out but retains a decent layer. Bubbles continually rise from the bottom of the glass. Lots of lace is left.

S-The nose never really pops enough for me. Citrus notes come out, as well as some earthy/grassy notes. Caramel malt is definitely noticeable.

T-The citrus hops are more present than in the nose. The caramel malt comes on very fast. Thw oak used to age the beer is definitely apparent on the finish. As it warms I pick up on some spicy earthy hops that can be attributed to the English hops used. The oak aftertaste gets bigger as this one warms. I found that all of the various flavors really came together after it had sat in the glass for 30 minutes.

M-Thicker bodied with crisp carbonation. It is smooth and creamy.

D-It is a big beer with a lot of complexity. I wouldn't go with more than one 22 ounce bottle in a session.

A pretty good beer overall. I know they used all English hops, yeast, and malts, but to me it was a cross between a citrusy American IPA and a spicy/earthy English IPA. The oak added a unique flavor that worked. Next time I would let the bottle sit out longer before cracking.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this is a pretty dark peach color with a low but dense head on it. The nose is sweet and fruity, and while it has plenty of hops, it's certainly no hop bomb. They're lightly floral, and accent the malt rather than overwhelm it. There's lot of malt to taste... bitterness and hop flavor are present in big amounts, but the heavy maltiness is the major flavor. Viscous fruitiness as well. Lingering malt at the close. The body is heavy, so I guess they didn't cut it with any adjuncts.

Interesting enough, but not a beer I'd care to get again, given the hefty price tag.

Photo of blackearth
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
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 adamwonak
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the third time I've had a chance to sit down and enjoy this beer. I've needed to try it a few times to give it an accurate rating because of the complexity of the flavors found in this tasty English IPA. The first time I tried it I was a little overwhelmed by the flavors I was experiencing and could not identify them. One of the unique flavors that I detect in this beer is an after taste of English Toffee. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy. It's not too carbonated, so I can get a better sense of the various flavors. As with many Three Floyds, this is a great beer, but I can only drink one or two glasses before I get overwhelmed by the flavor.

Photo of waltonc
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered from Archer Liquors. Hazy burnt orange color with bright white centimeter head This definitely isn't an American-style IPA, as I still have feeling in my tongue. Hops are more floral in character and there's a crapload of malt and sugar to back them up. A bit buttery. You can definitely taste the oak in this one. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, a little syrupy and sticky, and carbonation is medium. Overall I like this a lot. Very interesting departure typical American styles.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Archer Liquors - part of my first order from them, and this is the first one of the goodies I'm cracking. A longtime want from a favorite brewery of mine! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, attractively-hued beer, a bright orange reddish sunset amber brew, a little darker than I imagine most English IPAs are, but no matter. The head doesn't have much staying power - the one finger of light tan or (perhaps more accurately described as) off-white head fades relatively quickly, but does leave behind a persistent sheen atop the surface, a thick, soapy collar, and a great deal of stringy, leggy lacing, the effects of which are magnified after each sip - a good sign of hop content. Carbonation is of an average size and average speed, though it's rather infrequent. All in all, a good start.

Aroma: Earthy, herbal hop overtones mingle on about equal ground with apricots, oranges, and peaches, along with a faint, singeing tickle. Is it the alpha acids, or the alcohol? I'm gonna go with the former, because (having tasted this one), the alcohol seems to be so well-integrated, so well-hidden, that it doesn't really factor in to the proceedings at all. It's really impressive, actually. The underlying malt base is authentically English, biscuity, graham cracker-esque in its spiciness.

Taste: Quite tasty. Obvious East Kent Goldings are prominent and large up front - very English, very appropriate, and in this case, very nice. A spicy, earthy, herbal presence is about half of the the dominant hop presence in this one - it's faintly minty, but also faintly reminiscent of juniper. The remaining half, however, is decidedly American, if not in the actual hop usage than certainly in the presentation - heavy citrus, orange zest, peaches, and white grapefruit - the combination of which with the more traditionally-English notes (at least, as I perceive them) provides a fantastic juxtaposition, well-rounded and mutually enhancing. The backing malt bill is moderately roasted, biscuity, and moderately attenuated, the effects of which are magnified by a mineral aspect inherent in the water and the moderate to high level of piney bitterness attributable to the hops. Though I can appreciate what seems like it might be oaky, earthy, wooden notes if I concentrate significantly,

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation in a moderately thick body makes for a nice enhancement of the moderate bitterness and the spicy, juniper berry-esque hop notes. It's thick, but not nearly as sticky as it might be, on account of the relative high-attenuation of the malt bill ... or maybe it only seems that way? It events out a little as things warm and the body thickens.

Drinkability: What a great brew. It's essentially an English DIPA, a (faux-)style I've never had occasion or the opportunity to try before. I'll be damned if it feels or seems like a Double/Imperial anything, however - the alcohol on this one, though formidable on paper, is nowhere to be seen or felt. As many have mentioned, yes, the bottle artwork is grotesque, but it's in no way indicative of the contents. What's within is a well-crafted, unique, drinkable, and enjoyable brew from a great brewery. Perhaps a little tough on the wallet at $9 or $10, but I could see this as an occasional special treat, or paired with some spicy, braised meat or Mexican food of some sort. Color me impressed.

Photo of mikey711
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a bottle in a trade with Beersis81. It poured a transparent orange with a one finger head into a perfect pint glass. The head retention was not great.

Very clean smelling. vanilla, oak, caramel, orange citrus.

Malty and oak up front than transition into a strong,but pleasant bitter finish. A slight hint of chocolate is present as well. It's nice to have and English IPA as it easy to focus on American varieties.

The mouthfeel is great as all the flavors stand out on there own while also balancing each other out. One sip tickles multiple tastebud on my tongue which is great. There is not prevalent booziness to this treat.

Overall, this is my first beer ever from three floyds and I have enjoyed it greatly. I look forward to trying more in the future.

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

Pours a very nice dark copper with sweet head and nice lacing. Huge hop scent, slightly overwhelming at first; extremely floral with a vit of jerky in the nose. Huge hop flavor, too; like a tangerine jerky stick; very hoppy (EK Golding I think are the primary), needs more malt to it, but wonderful if you like hop bombs. Goes down quite smooth for a 9% brew.

Photo of jwinship83
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no freshness information poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a clear copper colored body with a long lasting bright white head. the head leaves small rings of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass after every sip.

S- small amount of caramel malts upfront, and a big blast of floral, citrus, and pine hops. a small amount of odor from the wood.

T- the oak aging comes through a lot stronger in the taste than in the smell. it leaves kind of a medicinal taste in my mouth. caramel malts upfront, and a lot of hops at the end. floral, citrus, and pine. just like in the smell. no trace of the alcohol. nice and bitter. the oaking isnt overpowering like in some barrel aged DIPAs.

M- medium bodied and very smooth. moderate level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish, like any three floyds IPA. i like this one as a seasonal. that way i know i can get it when its fresh, and i wont have the temptation to pay 12$ for a bottle of this that often. overpriced, but a good beer none the less. the most enjoyable barrel aged IPA ive had.

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

Hazy copper color with a light white head. Little lacing is left behind.

The first smell I pick up is the oak which for a brief second reminded me of whiskey with a vanilla scent. That's followed by classic English bittering hops and sweet caramel scent.

This is a full-flavored brew and the bittering hops blend well with a bready malt backbone. The wood flavor is a little much for me, but does keep it interesting.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a buttery texture. The finish is very dry and pleasant.

I started off strong on this bomber, but by the end of it I was getting a little sick of the wood taste, it was a little too much like licking furniture. Overall, a good brew though.

Photo of MillRat
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If Samuel Smith were to brew a DIPA, they could do worse than replicate this FFF effort. A slightly cloudy, coppery pint topped by a thin white head leads to a full-bodied brew perfectly balanced by a substantial hop presence in the back of the throat and the depths of the nostrils. The English hops lend a more subdued quality to this style than the left coast big-C hops typical of DIPAs. A nice dry oak flavor backs up the hops like Entwistle did for Townsend, keeping this extreme brew tamed and the taste buds clamoring for more.

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

Received a bomber as an extra through a trade with abbddull, thanks andy!!

Poured a nice copper color with a 1 finger head. Smelled of citrus hops, oak and a hint of vanilla. Very smooth on the tongue, I think it must be the oak. I find most oak aged beers to feel this way. Hops were present in the taste but I think the oak pretty much took over. No hint of 9% alcohol whatsoever. I easily put the bomber down at dinner. I liked this beer but I would have preferred more hops and less oak taste. I thought it was good but as the beer warmed the oak was too prevalent. I love FFF beers and I was happy to try this. Dreadnaught and alpha king are 2 of my all time favorites.

Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.