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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%


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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Troegs Hopback glass on 9/4/08. Thanks to brewslut for toting this back for me from Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Amber/orange body with a hazy tint and billowy two-finger eggshell-colored head that retained quite well and left thick, decorative lacing around the glass. This one isn't lacking carbonation.

S - Floral hops with a bit of citrus and fruitiness. I also pick up on some hints of vanilla, apricot, mild spices and a tinge of alcohol.

T - Floral (and to a lesser extent, perfumy) hops abound and mingle with a solid caramel malt base. There's a lot going on with this brew, giving it an incredibly complex flavor profile. There's a mild spiciness with hints of cinnamon, sugar and vanilla, with the latter especially shining through in the finish. Digging even deeper, I am also able to pull out dried apricots and oranges.

M - Medium body with an exquisitely smooth, creamy txture and soft carbonation. Although deploying a moderate bitterness on the tongue, the hops are countered by some residual sweetness, resulting in a fairly short bitter finish.

D - This is definitely hoppier than I was anticipating for an English-style IPA, yet it still maintained an extremely nice balance between hops and malts. It also has a very unique flavor, and I can honestly say that I never tasted a beer quite like this one, and I've had a lot of IPAs. FFF is turning into one of my favorite breweries!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 04:27:21 | More by ffejherb
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Blackheart pours up with a modest, creamy beige head that crests above the hazy, burnt orange-tawny amber body. Good lacing with solid head retention. The grassy, herbal aroma shows some late kettle hops and a huge, fruity maltiness (mango, melon, star fruit) with lots of toasted caramel and some warm toffee notes. The alcoholic complexity shows through as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off rather cloying with a big, sugary maltiness reminiscent of caramel-orange fudge with a defined toasted (biscuity/soda bread) character that carries into a dominating, but never harsh bitterness that delivers a bold, malty, slightly spicy, warming finish. This medium-full bodied DIPA is creamy, complex, and surprisingly well-balanced for a FFF production. Three Floyds Blackheart is a "demonic beast" that should be feared by wussy light beer drinkers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to BinnysKyle for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 14:51:56 | More by Beertracker
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow/ copper-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, small grapefruity/ lemon citrus, and a hint of black pepper. In the taste, pepper, lemon citrusy hops. A small bite and medium body mouthfeel, and a dry hoppy, peppery aftertaste. Nice English maltiness, and nice lemon citrusy hops. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 18:03:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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gory4d

New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not at all what I expected -- a much bigger beer, heading in barley wine direction. The color was a pleasant russet, not much of a head to speak of. The smell is grassy with some pine notes; the taste kicks that up a notch, with the oak tones coming through, as well as some apple. It's a big, viscous, yet oddly quenching mouthfull, with the alcohol well hidden but warming after a few sips. A little of this goes a long way. All in all a very nice beer, but not one I'd come back to very often.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 18:13:18 | More by gory4d
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iuhophead87

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 Ml to an oversized tulip. Although I've had this beer on draft twice, I'm just now reviewing this must have beer.

A-Pours a pale orange color with dark traces throughout the beer. The dirty orange colored foam rises to the top of the glass and maintains its frothiness for quite a while before dissipating and leaving a nice trace on the side of the glass.
S- For a Three Floyds beer this is not an over hoppy aroma. A gooey pine and woody aroma are obviously present. Behind the hops a caramel malty twang is detected.
T-Oh Yes an English IPA. A style that I love from my favorite brewery. Very malty for an IPA, but yet intriguing. Do I have an oak taste in my mouth? Here come the hops. Wow! A big beer with flavor, hops, ABV, and drinkablility.
MF- A little more syrupy than expected, but still has a burst of citrus hops and caramel to overcome the sweetness a backend-bit keeps you wanting more.
D-Very good considering the ABV. This is a well-balanced beer for 3Fs and is very consumable. IN fact, I never leave my beer-fridge without a bottle of this at all times. This beer may be enjoyed by new comers as well as the experienced beer geek. This could possible be my favorite accessible beers at this time.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 03:26:28 | More by iuhophead87
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mjryan

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What a bizzare beer. Pours a dark orange with a big, big head. Lots and lots of lace. Smell is citrusy and funky. A touch of breadiness in there as well. Flavour is indescribable, but I will try. Its like pumpkin pie spices, mixed with cedar wood and lemon zest, I think. Bitterness is very aggressive. There is also a kind of funky twang to it. I would attribute that to the oak, but who knows. I think I like this beer. I just found it really off the wall. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 19:34:28 | More by mjryan
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade with joe1510. Thanks a bunch, man! Into my Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy orange with a dense, two-finger thick off white head that occasionally bubbles not unlike a tar pit. Head has decent retention and leaves some lace as it recedes

S: English IPA? Not entirely. There's a solid dose of citrus hops with an equally prominent earthy, herbal (thyme?) note. Moderate sweetness is present and is almost like sugar syrup (in a good way). Good stuff!

T: Starts off a mix of citrus hops and sweetness that results in a taste not unlike freshly squeezed OJ. The sweetness fades leaving a hop bitterness that's definitely English in nature - earthy and herbal. Dries up on the finish leaving a light bitterness

M: Great carbonation, pleasing bitterness and dryness on the finish

D: This goes down *very* easily and is an enjoyable beer. Definitely recommended

Notes: Take Dreadnaught, cut back on bittering and aroma hops, partially substitute flavor hops and voila! Blackheart!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 01:43:45 | More by DefenCorps
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell of this beer explodes as soon as you open it. HOPS galore. It smells great. There isnt much head on this one sadly, but the color and smell make up for it. It has a great golden orange. Smells a lot like another IPA ive had ( Pliny)

The taste is very hoppy. The hops are way over the top IMO. Its pretty much all hops with a dash of booze. Its good but not very balanced.

It's not the most drinkable but its still enjoyable. maybe a little time would balance this puppy out.

Overall, a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 23:53:08 | More by iconoklaztor
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errantnight

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Joe1510! Finally getting around to reviewing some of the amazing beers you've sent me... well, drinking first, reviewing second.

A mixed bag... reminds me a lot of Hop Soulution (also from Joe).

Pours a beautiful hazy copper with creamy head, couple fingers of head into my Levitation tulip.

Aroma is delightful... sweet floral aromas mixed with peaches and some citric touch.

Taste is a somewhat lesser experience... there's a sweet cherry undercurrent to the hop presence, the bitterness is solid and balancing, and the beer isn't sweet, but there's an odd resiny candy, sweet cherry character that is more distinctive than it is off-putting... but I don't love it. This is definitely more a double English IPA and just an English IPA, and a great hop experiment.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, but dry and spritely carbonic.

Pretty, easy to drink, but I don't love the flavor. Super happy to have given this a try... and I bet a blend of this (or a blend of these hops) with an Alpha King would be out of this world delicious. Just a thought for those of you who live close enough to the source to easily procure bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:21:07 | More by errantnight
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julian

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy copper color with sufficient carbonation. head is minimal even with a vigorous pour but leaves big clear bubbles around the edges.

S: smells sweet, lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange with a nice hoppy compliment. minor hint of alcohol, barely noticeable.

T: There's a resinous floral hop flavor but the malt backbone is equally as prominent in the finish providing for a nice balance. Slightly resiny in the aftertaste though. citrus flavor not as strong in flavor as it was in the aroma. Alcohol unnoticeable.

M: moderate and expected carbonation, nice smooth finish with the maltier backbone.

D: All around not bad. I guess this was my first English IPA, and I like. I will continue to explore this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:35:26 | More by julian
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew courtesy of scubarex. Thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic. Some of the sweetest artwork ever to graze a beer bottle as well, I love it.

Pours a murky orange haze with a fluffy off-white two finger head that stays for sometime before falling to a thin layer of foam. A good amount of webbing is left behind on the sides of the glass. Smell is light pink grapefruit with a pasty malt aroma as well. Some carboard and sweet floral scents in the nose too. Overall the hops are in check, especially for 9% abv. Spicy flavors up front followed by sweet caramel malts and woody herbs. Midway a touch of bitterness emerges with a touch of booze. Aftertaste has a hint of toasted grains with a bit more citrus and grit. Medium slick body with a soft and smooth feel. The carbonation is a bit on the strong side and prickly. A bit on the strong side in terms of abv for the style, but after further reading I guess that's how the original English IPA's were brewed. A truly unique spiced up IPA. I just can't get over how graphic the label is, sweeet.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 00:17:10 | More by BeerTruth
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 650 mL bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. No date. The body was a golden amber with a light haziness. Moderate head left minimal lacing.

Smell was citrus and husky, pine sawdust. Plums.

Taste was a bit boozy. Syrup. Grapefruit rind. Vanilla. Long lingering bitterness. Dry.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Medium to low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 12:41:26 | More by Cresant
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - binny's on grand

appearance: bizarre 3F artwork on the bottle - pours a pretty clear golden orange colour with very little head/retention (unusual for 3F)

smell: biscuity malts, high sweetness, levels, grapefruit citrus, lots of spice - i know the hops are there but they arent overkill on the nose

taste: ah yes, there are the hops. They come out to play in a major way with sweet ruby red grapefruit, light pine, and a high corresponding bitterness. there are sweet syrupy biscuity malts that play a major role in this beer as well. this beer has been described to me as "Muddy" but honestly i think it turned out alright. as with any 3F beer, it runs the risk of just being a 1 dimensional hopbomb. while this certainly delivers on the hops, its stays at least within site of the style boundaries

mouthfeel: sweet and highly bitter, booze felt, very spicy

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 19:36:14 | More by dirtylou
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bbothen

California

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with some really cool artwork poured into a snifter.

Pours a pretty amber/dark orange color with a fluffy 1 finger head.

Smells sweet & fruity with nice crisp floral hop presence.

Taste is sweet & fruity predominately. Honey, orange, caramel, spice, & floral hop notes.

Medium bodied, slick, dry.

Drinkability is great. Drinks like a 6%.

Interesting. I can't ever remember tasting an IPA like this. Guess I've never had an "historical English IPA". I likey. Gimme more.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 02:40:56 | More by bbothen
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waldoiverson

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Bomber into pint glass

A - The head is offwhite and thick. It lasted for a significant amount of time and was somewhat clumpy. Good lacing that really stuck to the glass. The color is orangish brown and slightly turbid.

S - Spicy and bright with almost a cherry like odor. another reviewer found ginger on the nose and I think that is a very good description of a portion of the nose

T - slightly astringent from the alcohol...as it warmed the alcohol almost took on the after flavor of tequilla. It had a nice bitterness but not puckering

M - Smooth but not sticky. The bitterness was just enough to beg the next drink without demanding it.

D - Certainly not a session beer, but it is really a wonderfully complex construction with a bitterness that dances right up to the line of being overpowering without losing balance. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 22:35:25 | More by waldoiverson
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Biggness

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark very cxloudy amber (always a good sign) The smell is limited but what I get is nuts/citrus. I was suprised by the taste I don't think I have ever had an english IPA before. To me it seemed like an american IPA mixed with an English Pale ale (with the nut flavors). The mouth feel is very pleasant, it is nicely carbonated. this is a very dinkable beer and I wish I had my wife pick up more than 2 of these for me! Another fine brew by FFF

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:14:26 | More by Biggness
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's like I am drinking pale ale concentrate, which I suppose I am! The beer kicks off with a blast of EKGs and other English hops, as well as a nice, slightly fruity but not overwhelmingly so, English yeast presence. This initial impression is followed by a very nice drying sensation, produced (it would seem) by the alcohol as well as a nice hint of oak. I was worried about the oak presence from the description, after all, the barrels were lined with brewer's pitch back in the day to prevent that from happening. But I suppose that the seal wasn't always perfect and this mimics that quite well, as the oak is by no means overwhelming. Just a nice drying sensation at the end.

I really liked this brew. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 12:51:36 | More by shbobdb
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank You Dave at Sal's in Elmhurst getting me two bottles of this great beer.

Pours a light hazey, yet bright copper wih some cool bubbling, and no lacing. ONly a small film of bubbles greets you after the pour. Good color, but bad head and lacing for an IPA. The aroma is a straight forward orange zest, some chammomile and lots of bitter smelling bread. The taste is very sessionable for a 9% abv. Mild hops for an American, English IPA But a great malt bill. Hints of caramel, a touch of cinnamon and unrecognizable herbs. Very easy feeling palate. Great sessionablilty for such a high abv beer. Was actually very refreshing for such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 04:54:44 | More by scruffwhor
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prototypic

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to lightindarkness for the bottle. Been wanting to try this for a while.

Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy, caramel color. There's a slight orange tint to it. Head stands about a finger and a half tall and is slightly orange in color (almost creamsicle). Retention was good and a nice sheet of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is initially fruity and sweet. It's mostly mango or orange. Hops are notable, but not exactly citric or piney as is the standard in most American IPAs. There's a bit of a grainy smell to it. Malts are sweet and noticeable. They are secondary to hops, but there's plenty in there.

Taste: There's a distinct sweet, orange flavor up front. It's really the only citrus component of note. Almost a little too much orange for my taste. Hop flavor is strong and slightly bitter. But, these English IPAs do not have the arrogant, palate pounding hop flavor that I love in American IPAs. It's just a different animal. It has an interesting, slightly spciy aspect to it that's unique. Malts are sweet and perhaps balance out the bitter flavor too much. It's grainy and a little earthy. Alcohol is faintly noticeable, but that's a huge compliment for a beer this big.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and incredibly smooth. Three Floyds really has nailed feel perhaps better than any brewer out there. They consistently release beers with silky smooth, creamy feels. This one is no exception. Carbonation is very well done and gives it a crisp bite. Drinkability is probably higher than it should. I know it's 9%, one would never guess that from the smell or taste. I'll limit myself to a bomber, but if I didn't know better, I'd pound a few of these with little trouble.

Blackheart's a unique English IPA. Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of the style. I prefer the American variety much more. Though I still do, I can't help but feel like this is an English IPA on steroids. The sheer strength of it sets it apart from the masses. It also has a lot more character than its colleagues. I'm still not converted into a huge fan, but this is a good beer. Probably very good given the style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:50:43 | More by prototypic
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johanvond

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I order this beer I had no clue what style it was but I didn't care. It is my first Cask Ale! I'm now a huge supported of Real Ale.
I was handed a Reddish Amber IPA supporting a pillowy head. The creamy mellow body that cresses yet covers your mouth in a silk. The aroma was mostly pina coloda but there was so much more subtlety form the cask it was overwhelming. I had two pints but still can't pin it down. What I do know is I need more cask ale. Real Ale now.

Serving type: cask

07-07-2008 22:49:22 | More by johanvond
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 15:31:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle at the brewpub and drank it with my family in Chicago. The beer was extremely clear, copper colored, with a thin and wet-looking white foam. I think I expected the aroma to be strong amarillo hops like many of the 3F beers, but actually this had a very nice malty balance and some non-Amarillo notes. The smell was biscuity and toasty, with citrus hops (more of an apricot than a grapefruit). The taste was very nice, the biscuit in the foreground with apricots and peaches in the background. Just the right amount of bitterness in the after-taste too. Medium mouthfeel, maybe a little heavier would have been nice but might not have fit the profile.

Pretty solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 00:54:16 | More by TurdFurgison
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a bright and shiny new copper penny color with a creamy and pillowy slightly off-white head. Decent retention and a fair amount of lace left behind.

S: Initial aroma is a strong whack of that FFF fresh cut grass hop aroma. That passes and what emerges is a treasure trove of sweet caramely malts, juicy & ripe tropical fruits, and, of course, fresh grassy hops.

T: The taste is an awesome competition between a surplus of caramel malt and the aforementioned fresh cut grass hops. Also along for the ride is some toasted malt, fresh ripe tropical fruit, and a bit of a boozy alcohol flavor.

M: Thick and sweet, with an awesome bitter/hoppy profile and a kick-ass booziness that serves as sort of an exclamation point to what went on inside the glass.

D: This is a fantastic beer! I loved the interplay between the sweet malt and bitter hops. They need to make this year round!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 20:19:53 | More by GbVDave
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Crosling

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color with a bounitful head of foam. Great hop nose, pure 3 Floyds. Minty, super juicy and citrusy, also a little herbaceous as well. Flavor has a ton of character and is nearly perfect. Incredibly well balanced. Super hoppy and bitter, with a lot of juicy citrus character, a lush malt character of caramel and sugared fruits, and then on top of all that, it has well intergrated oak hints of vanilla and toasted wood. A surprise. What a well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 16:19:56 | More by Crosling
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from FFF's brewpub

Blackheart pours a clear slightly bronzed hue with a huge cap of solid white head on it, and it has lots of carbonation bubbles coming to the surface. I am greeted on the nose of this beer by plenty of caramel and toasted malt, but also by plenty of fruit like apples, peaches, and some apricot. I also get some of the notes from the oak aging, but that didn't happen until the beer had warmed up plenty and was nearly gone. The flavor profile has loads of spicy fruit starting it off with dominant flavors of apricot and tangerines upfront. The secondary flavors come in quickly, and I get tastes of caramel, oak, and the toasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth, and I noticed very little alcohol on the mouth. I wasn't really expecting that for a 9% English IPA. The drinkability is dangerously easy. I could have polished off another bomber of this beer with ease.

I really thought this was the most balanced beer I've had from FFF's, and I hope they keep making this beer. It was really a treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:05:22 | More by TheodorHerzl
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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