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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 145
Gots: 94 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a slightly hazy full gold with a one finger white head subsiding to a thin sheet leaving spots of lace. On the nose the combination is of oranges and a sweet malt presence. It's not bready, and not caramelly, just sort of indistinctly sweet. In the mouth it's much sweeter than the other Three Floyds DIPAs, a nice change from the hop assaults of Dreadnaught and Panzer Wolf. There is still a big orange presence, but it's not a citrus bomb. The body is nicely medium with a nice long finish of a very balanced IPA with a bit of a drying sensation at the end.

Overall, this is another fine Three Floyds DIPA. It's quite a bit different than the others, much sweeter, but still with plenty of hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:21:57 | More by EricCioe
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, apple juice in color. Initially poured with a big, pillow-like slightly dusty, white head of foam. But breaks down rather quickly though becoming fizzy and thin looking.

Lots of oranges and grapefruit in the nose. Very flowery, with aromas of toasted oak. Light caramel and toffee notes along with toasted bread and fresh oats. Which gives it a sweet, bready quality that makes me think of frosted animal crackers. There's some pine and citrus hop aromas also.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel upfront. Flavors of fresh oranges, ripe pineapple and grapefruit. Toasted bread, hints of toffee and caramel gives it a touch of sweetness. Malts dominate the palate, with toasted oak and butter. Kinda tangy throughout the beer. Flowers and green tea. Has a good hop bitterness, with pine and citrus flavors that lingers in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:30:00 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
Photo of robwestcott


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at yogis an opaque dark copper to a 12oz goblet with a wisp of a short lasting off white head

aroma of citrus, pineapple, tropical hops.

underripe pineapple, fruitcake, sweet-ish.

big bodied, toothy, creamy, subtle bitter fading fast to a malty sweet.

drinkable - one maybe two.

overall - hmmm, English IPA maybe not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 22:07:48 | More by robwestcott
Photo of buffs9


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Founders snifter.

Aroma - oranges, pineapple, and some bread or toast.

Appearance - The beer is more red than I expected, but looked beautiful, Nice full head and good lacing.

Taste - Fairly malty, but in a good way, some grapefruit notes, sort of reminds me of Gubna. It even tastes very slightly sour, but a hoppy malty treat.

MF - Medium with moderate carbonation, and a slightly resiny feeling.

Drinkability - Definitely a unique taste, but it's very smooth w/ all the malt and hoppy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:45:16 | More by buffs9
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass

A- Hazy yellow with a decent amount of head.
S- Mellow hoppiness, woody, sweet
T - Sweet hoppiness, Ripe Tropical Fruits, smooth oak finish. The oak really balances it.
M - Smooth, medium carbonation, bitterness mellowed by the oak and very buttery.

Overall: I love this beer. Great to find a IIPA with such balance. I will stock up on a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:43:16 | More by osubuckeye99
Photo of FanofHefe


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Very hazy dark yellow/light orange body with a one finger white head. Little retention or lacing.

The aroma is very heavy on caramel malt and oak immediately. Very sweet smelling. Upon further whiffage, some slight tropical fruit hop notes are in the background.

Wow, this tastes quite a bit different that the aroma would suggest. The first flavor is the hop bitterness. Not overly bitter, but tasty. The hops bring a little grapefruit, some pineapple, but more of an earthy flavor. Plenty of sweet malt in the balance and a nice oak finish.

Medium mouthfeel with the expected hop oil texture. Unusual but very nice brew. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:03:57 | More by FanofHefe
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to pint glass.

A: Poured a nice dark yellow, almost like straw, with a frothy off white 1 finger head. Wonderul retention. Nice bubbly lace ringing the entire glass.

S: The mellow hops come up right away. Not too flowery, fruity or sweet. Just a a nice dry combination of all three. I think oak really mellowed it out which I like.

T: The bitter hops really come through which was a nice difference from the smell. It transforms into a sweet oil with a woody backnote. Slight sweet heat also comes through as the glass dwindles.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Nice medium carbonation that lasts throughout the drink.

O: I enjoyed this brew for the most part, but some of the flavors fell a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 21:59:34 | More by Treebs
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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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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a golden body with a two finger head. Great retention and lacing.

S- Produces a musky, earthy, hop aroma with a bread-like malt character in the background.

T- Caramel malts up front with a lingering earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing too complex.

M- Slightly creamy and slightly watery at the same time. Could be a bit more carbonated.

D- I could put down a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:15:55 | More by Jishguy
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this with all of us during our brew session.

This beer pours a golden body with a thin coarse white head on the surface. The aromatics have lots of piny hops backed by what appears to smell like a bit of caramel. The first sips confirm what the nose has suspected. This beer has a heaping helping of piny hops, but they are not overwhelmed by the caramel malt base and visa versa. This is how I like IPA, this beer has balance. The hops provide a good strong deal of bitterness that could be offputting to those who dislike the style, but for those who enjoy hops, this is pretty darn tasty. Overall this is one of the best balanced IPAs that I've had the good fortune of putting on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:45:54 | More by Vdubb86
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didnt end up buying one Brophmonster but my buddy poured me a glass!

This brew's color is clean gold and has a fingers worth of white head. The nose has notes of vanilla, oak, resinous pine and an ample amount of booze. This has a great oak characteristic that opens up to some sweet caramel, honey and vanilla tones. The hops create a strong bitterness that is balanced with tge sweet malty offerings. Great full-bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and ends dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:01:14 | More by ChugginOil
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this on tap at FFF today. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a mild oaky taste to it with fruity undertones. I don't drink scotch, but it had the scotch taste without the burn. Bought some extra bombers to take home. Once again, FFF doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 23:37:02 | More by DangQuesadilla
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/deep yellow body, finger head, sweet lacing

S: pineapple/lemon/orange, mild pine

T: sweet citrus front, nice malt + yeast, long slow sticky bitter finish

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: Yum, the ABV is well hidden in the wonderful flavor of this brew.
Ridiculously good English IPA, well done FFF. Probably not for everyone, maybe someone new to hoppy beers or to 3 Floyds.
Honestly, I could drink this all day long.


Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 19:45:06 | More by BeerLover99
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rusty orange color with a thick, 2 finger head which leaves lacing all the way down.

S- Pine resin, caramel, wheat

T- Lots of resiney pine, residual sweetness, breadiness, following by a deep lingering bitterness.

M- Thick with medium / low carbonation.

D- This is a great brew by FFF. A little too sweet for me but I suppose it needs to be to stand up to that wall of hops. I'd repeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 05:07:26 | More by Lothore
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hurfer for the bottle. Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours orange with a thick off-white creamy head with nice lacing throughout. Nose is citrus, caramel, pine, sugared-raisin, resin. Taste is huge malt at first, big caramel and candied-nuts. Quickly cut by big bitter pine resin and lemon peel flavors. Very long bitter finish with just just a hint of malt. Palate is very thick, coating, with good carbonation, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Interesting and complex English IPA for the style!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 16:24:53 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed and reviewed: 12/16/10

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a frothy 4 finger head that dies down to about 2 fingers and thick sticky webs of curtains of lace.

Smells like an aged DIPA: sweet malts, lots of caramel, orange peel, and grapefruit. Not getting any of the oak on the nose.

The taste is really malt heavy as expected from the nose. The caramel and toffee ride strongly at the beginning, followed by some citrus zest, honey, floral and hops, honeydew melon, and maybe the faintest bit of the wood.

It's a bit disappointing that they spent time aging this on oak as I'm not really getting in the nose or taste. However, my bottle is like 6 months old at this point, so perhaps it has faded or become overpowered by the malts.

The mouthfeel is nice and airy without being too syrupy despite the nose and sweetness. The finish is bitter and just a hair away from being long.

Overall, the most original uk IPA that I've had and another bad ass brew from 3 Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 17:46:57 | More by blammasterj
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy amber-orange color with a 2 finger off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap that leaves fantastic glass lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, floral, caramel, and pineapple. Taste of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and caramel, with a delayed bitterness of citrus and grapefruit, that lingers for a while after the finish, showing a strong use of hops. Very well balanced flavors, and it definitely reminds me of the Dreadnaught DIPA from them. Medium carbonation and a medium-full body. Absolutely no notice of the alcohol content. Overall, this is outstanding, and I really hope they start to distribute back to Ohio, because everything I have had has been a great experience. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 08:17:44 | More by superspak
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a orange and very well carbonated body; pour produced a quality 2 finger foam that was white and rocky in appearance but held very well

S - Pine and orange esters come up from hops; slight malt backbone; there is also a hint of nutty, caramel smell at the edge of the glass; grass; biscuit

T - Malt hit first with some light toffee/caramel tones; but immediately switches to a grassy and pine taste from the hops and washes out on the back-end; not much of an aftertaste though it left a nice hop taste in the nasal cavity during retro-olfaction

M - The beer has a thin and light feel to it, but it carries itself with a great flavor and finishes with a dry aftertaste; even though its thin, it still carries a smooth taste that's easy to throw down the hatch

D - I find this to be a less tense version of Dreadnaught; another fantastic beer by FFF; it has the right blend of floral and hop ingredients to not only make it smell great but taste good as well; I definitely recommend this beers to others

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 06:09:57 | More by ferrari29
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a slightly hazy dark gold. My pour produced an initial half inch of tan foamy head that I could see quickly dissipate to a veil and a ring, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass.

Nose is malty with wet hay and caramel notes, some brown sugar, and a hint of tropical fruit and perfumy floral green hops.

Taste begins with a sweet caramel maltiness that provides the rich theme on which there are overlaid flowery and tropical fruit/banana notes, some toffee and milk chocolate, and floral, green hops. Ends with a dry peppery hoppy finish. Quite a ride for the palate overall from a sweet beginning to a dry bitter finish. That's what makes you want to have another sip.

Body is medium and the carbonation is diffuse, producing an enjoyably creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very flavorful beer, and overall quite enjoyable. The 9% ABV is not that noticeable, but after 2 pints, you'll be aware this is a strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:30:03 | More by Beerenauslese
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up my Mike at Three Floyds, Thanks Mike! #1 English IPA currently. Sweet.

Beer poured from a 22 ounce bottle with a freshness date into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is amber and really hazy. Forms a thin off white head of small / tiny bubbles that coats the top of the glass in a monolayer of froth. Carbonation is moderate to high. Looks OK.

This is by far the best smelling English IPA I've ever had. It's mildly sweet but really in your face with the pine and earthy hop aromas. Very excellent.

Maltier than the aroma led me to believe but still good. Beer is medium in body and leads off with some malt sweetness. It's good but a little unexpected. It kind of tastes like a big DIPA from the east. Beer only has a moderate bitterness to it, drinkability suffers due to the weight of the whole thing. I like it but I think I've had better English IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:48:02 | More by drabmuh
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with R Moe Nay

Light brown with an off white head

Smells like a barleywine. Caramel and malt sweetness. Only a minor piney hop smell.

Very sweet english ipa. Hops only present in a minorly bitter finish

Carbonation level is good. Sweet feel to it for an ipa

Alcohol is very well hidden for 9 percent. Too sweet even for an english ipa for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:20:02 | More by DNICE555
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF box (n00b 2) from Mistakebythelake - thanks much Bill.

This is sweet. Lovely pour, nice lacing, large white bubbles, thin sticky lacing. The color of the pour is shoe leather tan. Rich aroma of malt, tight hop tingle in there and a whole lot of invitation to taste.

The taste is delicate, initially a bit of bitter hops, the mouthfeel is not oily, but there is a nice amount of hops up front. The middle of this is complex as anything; sweet malt flavors mix with earthy, robust hops. There is some dirt, some carmel, some lemon rind...the list does go on.

The mouthfeel is light, not overly light and gently carbonated. As noted above, not at all oily. There is a bit of coating of the tounge with the flavor and a good bit of 'aftertaste' for lack of a better term.

If I could pick this up off the shelf, guaranteed fresh and at a reasonable price, this would be in my fridge every day of the year.


Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:22:06 | More by CooperEllis
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pour is light brown with a off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

s - very light pine hops. nose is mostly malts and caramel sweetness. reminds me of a lighter barleywine.

t - earthly hops flavor balanced wonderfully by the sweeter malt body. light bitter finish to remind you its an ipa.

m - medium body, good carbonation. kind of a dry finish.

overall - I've only had a few english ipa's, but this might be the best i've had. i really like the style as I'm not a huge hop head. if you like english ipa's, give this one a try. 9% alcohol very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:23:03 | More by levifunk
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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly brownish orange cloudy color. No head. Tiny lacy ring
around face edge. Nice darkerish fruity hop aroma, very fresh. Very delightfully sweet smell, perhaps from malt, but extremely well blended. Taste is extremely fruity. More on the peach and apricotty side. Grassy finish. Not super dry. Swish reveals the alcohol. Not very evident in the least. Pretty awesome for style. Much darker color wise and smell wise than the dreadnaught. Absolutely amazing! Some caramel notes in warmth. Very ligh fruity finish in warmth. Hides heaviness well. Recommend!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:44:13 | More by despainmakesbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-16-10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a filmy white head. Lacing is craggy bits of foam that stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell is thick, sweet hops, and that standard Three Floyd's character. Maybe a little past it's prime, the hops are more deep and complex than light and bitter.

Taste is sharp hop bitterness that I didn't expect. The sweetness comes next, heavy and boozy. The finish is dry and bitter again, with a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, goes well with the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is good, well balanced for a double IPA.

Overall, pick some up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:51:03 | More by BMoney575
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.