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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 148
Gots: 104 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

A. Pours a clear pale orange with a creamy thick white head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing around the glass.

S. Lots of bitter fruits: grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. A bit of malty caramel sweetness with apple and pear.

T. Caramel maltiness with the fruit flavors from the nose. A nice mild floral bitterness. Sweet, bitter, and delicious. The alcohol comes in a bit on the close.

M. Thick with a medium to high carbonation level that helps lightly brush your tongue of all the residual bitterness.

D. Damn drinkable! Great brew. I'll definitely be picking up some more of these the next time I see them. One of my favorite IPAs as of now.

09-17-2010 01:26:53 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of mikeyv35

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Date: 09/15/2010
Vintage: 2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Lucifer Snifter

This brew poured a nice golden orange color w/ a 11/2 finger pillowy white head that left heavy lacing all over the glass. The nose was very simple floral/citrus hops and hay. The taste was far more complex, caramel/toffee up front followed by some sweet mango and maybe banana clove, and a finish of mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lush. I had no problem w/ the bomber myself so pretty drinkable.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I am not a big IPA or DIPA kinda guy, but I really enjoyed this malt forward English take on the style by 3 Floyds. Pretty damn good brew that I would drink again.

09-16-2010 03:16:21 | More by mikeyv35
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed orange brown color with an off white head. Malty with some oak notes int he nose. Very minimal hops presence in the taste, more malts than anything. Medium mouthfeel. Matly upfront with some citrus rind notes in the end. Some lemon tastes as well. To me it has an odd lingering taste.

09-13-2010 18:53:54 | More by kbutler1
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District of Columbia

4.85/5  rDev +20.3%

My wife picked this one up for me when she went back to Chicago. This was one of the beers she carried 15 blocks from the train station to her brother's house. God I love her!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light bronze in color, moderate carbonation, and a small 1/3 inch head; slightly hazy but not too.

S: Yep.... this is a FFF product alright. Pine and citrus galore, without too much bitterness - this is probably a result of the wood aging. Malt, malt, hops, malt, hops!

T: I don't know how these guys do it. Observation: Judging a beer by its alcohol content detectability is part of the reviewing game: Can you detect the ABV? Is the beer balanced? These are but a few of the questions one asks when reviewing a brew that one tries to constantly answer. In the case of this brew (and just about every FFF IPA), the alcohol is definitely there .... it is just coated with candy! Caramel, sweet tarts, gummy bears, pixie stick dust, and many others attach themselves to the alcohol granules of FFF products like no other.

M: Sweeter than Dreadnaught, but once again.... candy-coated alcohol.

D: English-style IPAs are my thing, and this is the best of them. Quite simply, the best IPA I've ever tasted!

09-04-2010 14:34:24 | More by Chaney
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

2010 bottle recently purchased with new artwork. Poured into an English pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours amber orange colored and clear with a hefty three and a half finger head of foam that is quite slow to die down and leaves a quite Belgian looking head of foam across the top. Rocky, and clinging.

Smell- Fruity and clovers, like the kind we ate off the ground as kids. I would guess pilsner malts by the sweetness that stays forward on the nose, but I know it is probably 2 or 6 row malt. As it warms I get more of the English style malt character that I was expecting.

Taste- Rich, sweet, bitter, not sulfuric as some English IPA's are, heads and tails above another recently released English style Imperial IPA that was for their 14th anniversary. This leans more towards the fruity side but more like a pear than the average IPA grapefruit. Malt sweetness provides an excellent balance here.

Mouthfeel- Light alcohol burn and numbing on the lips. Creamy and smooth with medium high carbonation. Medium overall in body.

Drinkability- While having slight flavor issues that detract from the style they are claiming, this is an excellent pint that I would love to enjoy at the brewery if I were to make a tour there. I am pleased I have another bottle and will be sure to enjoy this with friends.

09-02-2010 00:48:00 | More by blakesell
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Cloudy amber in color, one finger white head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles over the course of 30 seconds or so. Some real nice lacing is left as the beer disappears.

Smell has caramel, pine, mango and orange all well balanced and in good cohesion with each other.

Tasting reveals an immediate booze, sweet citrus and pine. A warming alcohol sweetness at the end keeps you coming back.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy, slight carbonation as well.

It's a bit sweet but I could finish this bomber and probably another before getting sick of it.

08-27-2010 13:23:19 | More by STEG
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Pours a nice golden-orange hue with a finger or two of persistent ecru head, and large swaths of lace. Very good looking.

S - Buttery, toasty biscuits with a big glass of white grapefruit juice, that is what it is evoking.

T - Big floral blossom tastes, in addition to the buttery biscuits and whatnot...

M - (E)DIPA. Good. Big and rich.

D - Very interesting, though not something I'd typically crave.

08-24-2010 06:07:05 | More by ktrillionaire
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some flowers and perfume notes. The flavor is very heavy on the caramel malt, but I also get some orange citrus, grass and flowery hops. The bitterness is about medium. A very good aroma and flavor combination. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Three Floyds.

08-23-2010 05:00:43 | More by Mora2000
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

A deep golden orange color with a creamy tan head on top that sticks around the whole time and lends plenty of lacing around the glass.

The smell is awesome. It is almost a 5 for me. Sweet and citrusy with additional notes of honey, apricot and pineapple.

Plenty warm and boozy. Has a spicy and earthy hop presence. Almost a rum like heat character to it. Definitely balanced with buckwheat honey like malt. Getting a bit of the toasty oak. Really tasty.

Smooth feeling with some creaminess and a little bit of a prickly feel too. Warm and mildly dry finish. Between medium and full bodied.

This is an exceptional brew overall. A unique IPA that is of great quality. Kind of wish I would have picked up more. I am enjoying the hell out of this one.

08-23-2010 00:33:20 | More by jera1350
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

22 oz. Bomber poured into my 3F's pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish gold in color. Very small head from a easy pour, that faded quickly. Some visable carbonation in glass.

S: Some floral notes followed with malt, and some biscuity sents.

T: Wow a blast of sweet malt, with alot of hops! Followed with bready, and some caramel flavors. Also picking up small hints of toasted oak. Finishes citrusy with some lemon. Alot going on here, but it goes together very well.

M: Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Its smooth but I'm not diggin the after tatse on this one.

D: I love 3F's beer but not sure if I love the BH. I think this beer is a little to malty for me.

08-17-2010 17:32:37 | More by RTrain12


4/5  rDev -0.7%

From tasting notes:
22oz shared, poured into pint glass.
A: Good carbonation present. A nice copper body with a head that has good retention. Lacing is present as well.

S: A bold citrus aroma, with very little malt undertones. A bit too much like an American/west coast IPA to be an English.

T/M: Again as the nose suggests an American IPA, not those malty, earthy notes of an English IPA. Good dry, hoppy finish and overall a really great taste. Mouthfeel is crisp on the front and as the brew mellows out, it becomes a bit drier.

D: I think that if I were going for an English IPA, I would not get this one again, for the reason that it is too floral/citrus hoppy, but none the less very enjoyable.

08-12-2010 13:46:48 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 22oz bomber into Tulip.

A. 2 finger head. Carbonation rising from bottom. Good retention. Good lacing. Nice rich dark orange color.

S. Smell is hoppy upfront. Nice mix of piney and citrusy hops. Pretty rich caramel malt smell to balance out the hops. Just a bit of an alcohol smell.

T. Taste is good. Very nice balance of hops and malt sweetness. Has a lingering sweetness taste to it. Almost a bitter barleywine flavor going on. Lots of malt contribute to a full mouthfeel.

M. Medium/full bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D. It is my understanding that the major difference between English IPAs and American is that the English is more balanced and has a more pronounced malt flavor. That is the case with Blackheart as well, but at 9%abv I think the addtional malt that is in this beer teeters on being a barleywine. This is a easy drinking good beer.

08-10-2010 23:32:29 | More by siradmiralnelson
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2.9/5  rDev -28%

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

A: Pleasing amber with some haze and decent creamy head that doesn't last forever.

S: Grapefruit. Tangerine. Caramel. Sweet bread. Piney hops.

T: Caramel. Honey. Grapefruit. Extremely sweet, heavy, syrupy malts and an overstated, citrus-and-pine hop presence. The usual suspects. I dislike the corn-syrupy intensity of the malt sweetness, I feel that it conflicts and clashes with the hop bitterness rather than counterbalancing or contrasting.

M: Flabby, sticky and syrupy, with enough effervescence to make it tolerable.

D: Quaffable enough to me, but to the average beer drinker it would be a bit overwhelming.

Overall: This tasted so much like so many others of the IPA style that I found it forgettable. It seems like the syrupy malt/citrus-pine hop combination is becoming very common among American craft breweries that produce stronger IPA styles. What I'd like to see in this beer, as a supposedly English-inspired style, would be a leaner body; not necessarily lighter, just drier, not so excessively sugary and sticky. A drier body combined with a more earthy, herbal or spicy choice of hop flavors rather than the commonly used pine/citrus would, to me, taste closer to an English style and wouldn't eclipse the barrel aging so much. While this was an affable enough beer for someone with a taste for IPAs, the been-there-drank-that experience wasn't worth the high price to me (roughly twice that of nearly all other bombers at the store, including those of comparable style).

08-10-2010 04:10:10 | More by benjathelion
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Big thanks to BuckeyeNation for this...

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Two fingers of thick pearly-white foam settled on top of the hazy, honey-bronze body. The head receded slowly with minimal lace.

Hmm...the nose has a familiar hop character along with a not so familiar candy malt aroma. Sugary, toasted caramel with a hint of pine perhaps...

The taste is right where the nose would indicate. The first flavor is a bitter piney pop that quickly combines with a sweet center. The sugary caramel flavor takes over, creeping up the back of your tongue and finishes out the drink. The aftertaste has an oak-like booziness burn that keeps everything in balance.

The body is on the heavy side of medium, very oily and slick with moderate carbonation.

This is a very complex flavorful beer. The booze holds down the drinkability a little, but overall, a great offering and another winner from the 3F guys!

08-06-2010 21:39:29 | More by mgbickel
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

22 ouncer purchased at the brewery. No freshness info/bottling date info on the bottle. Hazed medium honey amber. Long lasting off white head and oodles of lacing bits. Soft hoppy nose.Tasty EIPA of better then average quality. Tasty stuff, lacks the depth of flavors of the all stars of the style.

08-01-2010 04:47:32 | More by Billolick
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Oh boy this is a nice one!

Blackheart spent some time intimidating me from his perch on my beer shelf. But a few weeks ago I invited Blackheart to an outdoor concert picknic and he was quite the charming ole chap. You'd think the English all have that stiff upper lip with spearmint and spice, but while he retains the accent he has a citrusy finish once he opened up. He's no light weight either; big and brawn like many of his 3F friends, but rounded with that English flavor, and finished in a barrel. This ole boy has more character than some of the 3F bretheren, and he stands toward the top of their fleet.

If you're already a friend of Dreadnaught then don't hesitate to invite Blackheart to your next party.

07-29-2010 20:03:25 | More by innersanctum
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark orange, bordering on amber. Pours with a nice one-inch white head that slowly disippates, leaving some nice splotchy lacing.

S: Nice blend of green piney and citrus hops along with a solid malt backbone - sweet caramel and bready aromas.

T: Well balanced, with a solid hop presence up front. Lots of piney resine flavors along with notes of citrus and floral. By mid taste, more sweet malty flavors are present with an interesting woody (cedar) note. Finish is slighly bitter, although still pleasant.

M: Body is big, much more like an DIPA. Slightly sticky on the tongue. Moderate carbonation.

D: While not quite an IPA, this was still very enjoyable and something I would seek out again.

07-28-2010 03:53:54 | More by oregonskibum
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Graham cracker and caramel, with a leafy hop element

Taste: Bready caramel and graham cracker, up front, with a leafy hop character developing by mid-palate; rather bitter and oaky in the taste after the swallow, but the malty sweetness persists and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Big flavor and a bit different from the typical IPA, let alone an EIPA; ultimately a bit too sweet but still well worth seeking out

07-21-2010 22:45:20 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours orange with good amount of white foam, with large amounts of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops, strong malt backing. The hop profile seems to be closer to that of an American IPA, while the malt strength is English based.

Either way, it tastes great. The bitterness from the hops is in the forefront, even the strong malt presence in the aroma isn't coming through in the taste. At this point, it seems to be leaning in the American, not English direction. Mouthfeel is medium, but not bready enough from the malts to be considered truly English. Drinkability is okay, albeit a bit strong (again, not in line with a true English IPA).

Overall, its a good beer...but an English IPA it is not.

07-19-2010 02:13:14 | More by kshankar
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a Perfect Pint...

An extremely cloudy hazy golden color with a nice thick creamy head... Very hazy and hoppy looking...

Loads of character here... The hops are extremely pungent with hints of both citrus and floral oakiness that are typical of both American and English IPAs... This seems a little more citrusy and pungent than most English IPAs but that's cool... Quite a bit of oak is present as well and have me thinking that this could easily pass as a cask English ale...

Sharp bitter hoppiness mingles with the sweet oaky maltiness of a good English IPA here... Excellent representation of the style in my opinion.... Lots of earthy hop character and what could pass as oaky cask character abound throughout here... A little sweet fruitiness as well....

I like this one quite a bit.. I really like a good English IPA if its done right and this one is... Its earthy and hoppy and bitter as hell while bringing a nice cask feel to it... Well done, 3F...

07-18-2010 02:47:06 | More by Tilley4
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

A: poured a brownish orange with orange highlights that had afinger of head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: nice floral hops strike first on the nose with some caramel malts that definitely help out on the balance with faint citrus but booze notes showed their face.

T: the caramel malts show up first with a light hop bit but has a boozy presence right after the hops. The malts are not as strong as the nose but still try to help out on the balance.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet, hoppy, and boozy finish.

D: drank quite well and was surprised at the hop and booze bite to be considered a english style IPA. Honestly its a west coast style IPA from the midwest.

07-17-2010 08:33:00 | More by Gobzilla
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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

I got this one in a recent trade, but I can't remember who sent it, so sorry. Poured into a CCB tulip.

A: Super clear burnt orange color. The pour dropped a nice 2 finger cream head that receeded and left great lace. This is one seriouly good looking beer.

A: Big caramel and pale malt. The hops are somewhat subdued, but I guess that is to be expected from the english style. Caramel, orange, and light pine, with bready malt.

T: Good, not great. Caramel and bready malts dominate the flavor. I do get notes of orange and grapefruit, with slight notes of pine sap, but the malt profile is where this one's at. Finishes rather sweet and dry with some alcohol heat.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a bit lower for me, it's the style, not this particular brew. Overall, I thought this was a good example of an English IPA, it just not my bag. Skal.

07-14-2010 19:57:27 | More by Gtreid
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to AgentZero

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Orange/darkish amber, not quite "hazy" but not crystal clear, no massive head, but about 1 finger and very tightly bubbled, off-white, settles to a nice covering foam after a minute or two, handsome, but not exceptional

S: Smells like an ipa, with definite english notes, but not entirely earthy/herbal like some, which is good, definitely has a lot of fruity hop notes in addition to that slight english earth note, it works well together, you can pick out some sweetness from the malt too, which gets more and more intense as it warms, at near room temperature it is very sweet, maybe a little too much so, hence the "good" rating and not something higher

M: Amazingly smooth, its unbelievable, just a faint hint of carbonation as you swallow to enhance the hops, has a nice medium/full body

D: High, alcohol is hidden and flavors work well, as it warms close to room temp, the alcohol notes become fairly intense, there is a definite sweet spot for this beer

Notes: I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this beer. Since it is 9% and more intense than your average and somewhat mild English IPA, does that make it a true English IPA as it was when it really was sent to India or is it simply a Imperial English IPA? Based on what I have tasted I would say its a marriage of DIPA and English IPA, however, maybe old English IPA's really were like this...if so brew more please!

07-07-2010 23:57:48 | More by dpodratsky3
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a mug.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. One finger of creamy off-white head with average retention and plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Interesting. Smells more American than English. Floral and citrus hops with focus on orange. Biscuity malts and caramel, but take a seat behind the hops. Not bad at all.

4.0 T: English comes through in the taste. Bready and biscuity malts come through big time. Caramel, toffee, and decently sweet. Hops are herbal and citrusy with lemon foremost and orange subdued.

4.5 M: Thicker medium body. Good carbonation. Lots of creaminess. Very good here.

4.0 D: English styles for the most part aren't my thing, but this was a good one. Good taste and a great mouthfeel make this one quite palatable.

07-07-2010 02:33:03 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice off white head. Not to much retention on the head, but does leave a great amount of lacing.

S- Smells just like I expected from 3F's. Quite a bit of hops going on here with some citrus, grassy and piney leading the way. Picking up some sweet honey here too. Also a great malt back bone with caramel and bready malts here.

T- Hops are a lot more dominant here than in the nose, and it's awesome. Quite a bit of tropical fruits leading the way. The malts are here but take a back seat for sure.

M- Medium in body and carbonation here.

D- This one was easy to drink for sure and creeped on me for sure. Very glad to finally have gotten a hold of a couple of these.

07-06-2010 08:36:39 | More by nrbw23
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.