Blackheart - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 1,289
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 179
Gots: 151 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Three Floyds brew. I love big hoppy beers, but I think the hops in this one are overdone because of the types of hops used. Here the English hops come off harsh and too bitter in muddy sort of way, and the malt tastes a bit too thick and chewy as well. The malt and hops don't balance each other but compound the assault on the palate with no contrast in sight. Oh well, not to my taste. (403 characters)

Photo of SleepyDrunk
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- rusty orange, off-white head.

Aroma- Very earthy - malt comes out first followed by the hop characteristics one would expect from an English style beer. Toasted oak certainly comes out.

Flavor- What one would expect from an English style IPA with a little extra kick. The hop flavor is much more 'reserved' compared to many of Three Floyd's other beers, but still very hoppy given the style of beer. Oaky and earthy.

Mouthfeel- An initial bite up front that mellows out towards the end. I've never had a bad mouthfeel experience with a Three Floyds brew.

Overall- This is a solid beer, but I am a bit biased because I much prefer American style IPA's to English style. Well done for the type of beer it is, but nothing really excites me about it.

PS. Bonus points for a cool bottle design. (844 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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... (813 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip , pours a hazy golden color with a nice three finger head and tons of lacing that clings to the glass all the way through the drink

Picking up on a lot of malt in the nose with some earthy hop smells , not too bad at all

Love the way this beer feels and goes down , just about perfect for the style

A very dry tasting beer to me from the start and finish , the malt is there but not sweet at all and the hops taste very earthy , a pretty good combonation

Overall this is a pretty good beer , not sure I would go to the trouble to trade for it because I can't get three floyds here but if I could pick one up off the shelf I would (665 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy burnt orange; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are full of caramel and chocolate malts. There are also hints of orange zest, lemon zest, pine needles. The flavors seem to matchup with the nose. This beer is very malt forward and the hops take a backseat, although they are obviously there. There are hints of wood/oak. I will say that the flavors are very crisp and refreshing, despite the malts. More cocoa in the mix. Finishes pretty dry. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's very creamy and thick; full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Since everything seems lack depth, everything becomes redundant. It makes a solid sipper.

Not bad, but nothing impressive. The aromas and flavors are forgettable, in my opinion. Three Floyds nailed the appearance and mouthfeel, as usual. It's clear that the craftsmanship is there, but it just doesn't pop like most of their beers. (1,014 characters)

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

A: Hazy Golden copper with a large off white head.

S: Fresh linen and fresh pine. almost like cleaning product. very floral. pepper and fresh leaves. an underlying rye bread and yeast. Intriguing.

T: Right away you get that bready base. clove and spice flavors begin to evolve while a banana ester and sweet orange marmalade sweeten things up. That funky rye bread is still present along with a very floral earthy component. Citrus and grass round this beer out before a bitter dry finish.

M: Nice bitter finish is a perfect ending to a great carbonated medium bodied beer.

O: Different than the American IPAs that i'm used to but great none the less. A very floral earthy beer that is quite refreshing. This beer gets better every time i drink it so you better know i'm going to revisit it soon! /90 (808 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Typical Three Floyds. A beer by them that I have yet to try, snagged the last bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of off-white doughy foam for a head. Body is a light orange bronze color with some carbonation bubbles going crazy, and some fine sediment. Thin, uneven sheets of lace.

S - Smell is quite tame, compared to what I was expecting. Light pine and grapefruit hops, citrus, some warm peppery rye presence, and lots of bready biscuit malts. Bubblegum and cloves become more apparent after a while.

T - Dirty herbal bitter earthy hop presence at first, and then the English malts take over. Slight metallic / mineral tasting. Bready malts. Perhaps some cloves and other spices in there as well. Slight bubblegum taste also, perhaps from the malts.

M - Feel is bitter and resinous, and dry in the finish. A tad over carbonated, like a lot of Three Floyds beers.

Overall, a nice beer from Three Floyds, but not likely a beer I would buy again. More of a malt forward IPA than hop forward, which is sometimes a good thing, but not always. Reminds me a bit of the Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey only not quite as good. Not nearly as bitter or hoppy as I wish it was, but it is a highly drinkable, almost thirst-quenching beverage, especially at 8.50% abv. Not great, but worth a try.

Three Floyds Blackheart ---4/5. (1,441 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pretty bitter beer here. I really enjoy the Blackheart. It is kind of one of the bastards from Floyd's. There is not a huge demand for it. I don't know why? I think it is a amazing beer. Great hop notes on the nose and a strong hopped taste as I mentioned the bitter. I wouldn't pass this one up as it is very consistent every year as well. (342 characters)

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade. Stored at 34F. Poured into snifter.

A: Clear, golden amber appearance, with an inch of white head that quickly dissipated into a lacing that lasted throughout the session.

S: Grassy, lemony, light.

T: Upfront with the hops, but with a strong malty, sweet caramel backbone.

M: Thin going in, but it creates a thick after feel coating from the response to the hoppiness.

O: Great beer. Different than the typical DIPA, with a lighter, crisper more flora and lemony bite. (493 characters)

Photo of SouthSideSox24
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours light, with an orange hue.

Smell: Not an overly distinctive smell, a light aroma of malt with small hints of floral hops. Smells sweet and nutty.

Taste: First touch of the tongue yields a charred caramel flavor, with notes of pine coming through as you let the beer travel. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Similar to champagne, with an overly carbonated feel. However, this combined with the lightness of the body make each drink refreshing.

Overall: A very solid English style IPA. Worth purchasing again. (521 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, clear orangish hue. Half inch head on the pour that fades quickly. Terrific lacing

S: Biscuity malts with a lot of caramel sweetness. Then, the hops come through, smells great. After it warms those hops sink into the background and the grain/malt powers up.

T: Sweet malt bomb on the front followed by a noticeable amount of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol notes mediciny caramel/ dark fruits. as you continue. The toasted oak is there but it's light. Just a great example of this style.

M: lighter bodied and verydrinkable. It lingers on the palate with strong flavors and warm biscuit notes.
Ample carbonation

O: Enjoyable 3 Floyd's take on a classic. I thought the hops would be the big feature but I was surprised by the maltiness. This is a great beer to cap off a hard week. The warming effect is pleasant and helps make each sip of the brew more enjoyable. (879 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.

A. Amber to golden orange appearance with a slight haze. White head of two fingers.

S. Lots of malt with an odd orange marmalade smell.

T. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Some intriguing malt flavors I am not used to tasting - almost has a slight Sherry flavor - very nice nonetheless. Closes with some weedy hop bitterness but not in the usual slap-in-the-face fashion that American IPA's provide.

M. Creamy with good body. Light but adequate carbonation.

O. Unique and enjoyable take on an uncommon IPA style. For the money though I prefer FFF's standard DIPA offerings to this. (617 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #6 from my Chicago DIY care package.

Hazy light orange body, topped by a huge billowing fist of whipped white fluff.

Heavy orange and pine aroma, with a big dose of fresh bread.

Very sweet malt beginning. Plenty of juicy fruit oozes all over the mouth. Crisp bitter bite, then the bitterness lingers into the aftertaste and mingles with the fruit. Gets a bit boozy when it warms.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

A tasty English IPA, though this being Three Floyd's, it's bigger than most, or all.

Not one of the beers that make 3F legendary though. (558 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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? (1,268 characters)

Photo of sbxx
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into FFF pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, golden honey color. 3 fingers of thick foam head. Nice retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, pine, hint of caramel.

Taste - Hops up front, balanced malt body, little bit of an alcohol bite. Nice, subtle oak taste comes through on the backend. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, medium body, dry, bitter finish.

Overall - Excellent beer. The subtle oak taste was perfect and really made this beer stand out. Looking forward to having more. (531 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter with a nice hazy golden color and an inch head that dissipated and left a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit weaker than I was expecting, getting a faint citrus smell and a hint of wood. Taste is a bit floral and lot citrus, defintely getting some oak, and balanced well between the malt and hops,. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but dry, medium carbonation. Finish is definitely dry and bitter. Great offering from FFF. I’m liking this because the hops are definitely coming through but not too overpowering. (549 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Trade from BrewMane. Thanks! Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Not much aroma, maybe slight sweet citrus, toffee, soap(?). Flavor is BIG up front bitter with a sweet malty finish. Lingering honey pine taste on the palate. Alcohol warmth going down. Big slick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Unique brew here, better than the rating that is lower than it should be thanks to the aroma (there just isn’t any). Worth a try. Yikes. As this warms up it the alcohol really comes out. Like vodka or rubbing alcohol flavor. That is unfortunate. Be sure to keep it cold and it is a solid beer. (599 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a slightly above average thickness. A darker orange color for an IPA. About two fingers of head on the pour, but one finger was present the whole time. Above average carbonation. Average to above average lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter hop front jumps out of the glass. Bright citrus of mangos, tangerines, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. There is a malty presence that levels the beer out. Definitely sense the English IPA out of this one.

Taste: The front is a smooth creamy malt texture. The hops warm up the body of the beer, but not nearly with the presence I expected in the aroma. A lighter citrus flavor mixes with a spicy high alcohol content to create a really unique flavor. A warming yeast flavor lingers on the palette leaving a dry feeling behind.

Mouthfeel: The high alcohol, hops, and yeast leave a unique feeling on the palette.

Overall: Tasty, refreshing brew. The aroma and flavor keep you guessing and this beer is very drinkable on a warm summer day (like it is today). Three Floyds certainly knows what they are doing with their IPAs. (1,105 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours apricot with a thin off white head. Lacing is small, very small. 3.5

Aroma-muddled orange peel is the first note that hits me. Lemon and mango also set themselves up here well. Citrus is the main focus, but a lot less than the heavy hitting west coast stuff I'm used to. 3.75

Taste-lemon jumps out at the front of the tongue, bitter lemon and orange peel. Sweeter notes hit mid palate, brown sugar and a little pine. Crisp apricot finish. 4

Feel-pretty nice feel, light to medium bodied, ABV is higher than I would expect. 4.25

Overall-I was expecting this to be a little tones down compared to the west coast stuff, but its really a totally different animal. This is a solid offering from Three Floyd's, but for the price I don't know if I would pick it up again. 10 bucks for this bomber is a bit of a stretch. I am glad I got to try it and if you have the chance I recommend you do to. 3.75 (952 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy burnt orange. With an off white head that retains nicely. Some suspended yeast scattered throughout.

Spicy hops upfront with a nice solid malt backbone. Hop aromas are pretty mellow and allow alot of the warm malt to pull through.

Earthy Malt is present at first but fade quickly into alot of bittering hops. Some spicey earthy hop notes pull through and finishes with a little alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation is balanced with lots of oil from the hops. Gives it a nice body but keeps it drinkable through all the bitterness (569 characters)

Photo of roger617
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Spiegelau IPA glass
A: 4.25 Clear as could be. Poured with 3 fingers of head that reduced slowly and painted lacing all over the glass.
S: 3.75 Very warm and inviting, slightly burning sensation. A noticeable strong malt backbone takes 2nd role.
T: 3.75 Reverse the aroma, the malt takes lead in taste. There is an expected dominant bitterness, finishes very dry. I didn't pay attention to the ABV prior to taking notes, and the 8.5% doesn't surprise me. No necessarily good or bad, just fitting.
M: 4.0 The carbonation accentuates the malt flavor quite nicely. With a dry finish, it leaves you wanting more very quickly, which is a strange twist for 8.5%.
O: 4.0 This is one that I'm very glad I had, but I won't be seeking out again. I'm always amazed at just how clear 3F gets their brews, and this is no exception. This is a very good beer, nicely balanced in flavor. (900 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a snifter. The label text also reads "Blackbeard" if I look at right, sort of in an American Beauty / "American Reality" sorta way..

A code is printed on the bottom of the bottle; the digits could possibly be surmised as a Julian code, but I'm not really concerned with how fresh this is, as FFF disappears on the shelves within days around here..

Pours pretty, white head on an orange-ish body. The head dissipates quickly. Smell is very much of-the-wood and a bit alcoholic, the only detraction imo. There is a definite herbal/grassy undertone. Taste is rather different than the smell (and better) - juicy-fruit and tangerine, with a spicy, woody finish. The hops also have a cool, menthol feel as well. Nice and complex altogether.

Overall, this is a fine departure from the IPAs of late - I really appreciate the atypical hops in a US-brewed IPA. Would definitely enjoy this one again. (911 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds "Alpha King" branded imperial pint glass

Pours a hazy golden amber capped by a two finger bright white fluffy head. Abundant grassy English hops, hints of caramel, and toasted oak on the nose. Herbal, some floral accents, and light caramel malt. Finishes with a bit of apple peel, warm, toasty oak that combines with herbal hop bitterness and underlying hints of alcohol. Moderately carbonated medium body, that is smooth and creamy with hints of soapiness on the edges. I'm fairly surprised that I've never reviewed Blackheart, as it is among my favorites from Three Floyds. Certainly more bitter than your standard English IPA, this brew is fairly well balanced overall and the oak-aging is a plus. (749 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up just the other day on a trip to chi town. Enjoyed in a fff teku.

Brew poured a semi transparent brown orange with visible carbonation. the head was frothy and left chinck lacing. Smell ifs fairly hoppy for an English ipa, but this is fff. Smells great, citrus tropical fruit. The taste is a big toasted malt with a slap of hops. Nice and quite unique. Has a zesty almost peppery spicing in my mouth from the toasted bitter after vibe. Easy drinker. Worth checking out. (487 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

English IPA. Bottle bought at Hop Leaf in Chicago and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $20.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay cream. Good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat murky. Semitranslucent.

Sm: Clean floral hops, pale malts, and light soapy character. Bright fruit. Timid. A light to mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops, pale malts, and soapy character. Imbalanced. Somewhat mediocre for the style. I like it generally, but there's not much complexity or subtlety here. A bit too sweet. Weird tropical fruit notes turn me off to it. Not a balanced IPA by any means. I expect more from Three Floyds. No yeast character comes through. Some alcohol. Some candi sugar. Soapiness really holds this one back; it spent too long in primary.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style. Adequate carbonation. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile alright.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but unimpressive. Horribly priced - but then fuck me for buying it at a bar. I wouldn't bother with it again. ABV does come through a bit. I expected more given Three Floyds' reputation.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.