Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 158
Gots: 111 | 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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Photo of HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Enjoyed at Clusterfork #7 in a snifter.

A: Gold with an orange hue and a frothy white head.

S: Aroma has bread and orange with a little caramel and evident oak. Hops aren't expressive.

T: Bread in the flavor as well, with a stronger than expected malt foundation and a bit of oak. Citrus is light, with notes of orange flesh and grapefruit rind. Lower moderate bitterness.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was underwhelming.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into my giant snifter...label art has changed since last year's release.

Not as bright of a body as their other big IPAs, appropriate for the English style. Big frothy and lacy white head that pools on the surface of the body with its bigness. Body is darker than their other DIPAs, also appropriate for the English style. Aroma has a lot of hops, but still a bit subdued. Hard to decide if it's right on for the style of if it's a little on the subdued side even. Well balanced aroma. Probably less hoppy in the nose than Alpha King (which is pretty dang hoppy), without that typical 3F's hop zing, but you can tell there were massive hops in the boil to balance the huge malt. Some complexity on the tongue, for sure. Mouthfeel is great, and overall I'd recommend trying this beer for a very big example of the style that hides the alcohol well, although for my part I'd rather be drinking a Dreadnaught or Artic Panzer Wolf right now for the price.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, perhaps the best label art I've seen. Cool cloaked skeleton revealing a black heart with lots of gross stuff spewing out. Awesome...

So, pours a nice copper color, a bit darker than the metal. Barely off-white head, creamy, sticky. Settles to a large collar and some splotches in the middle.

Aroma is hops, earthy spice, caramel and oak. Combine all of that and you get an orange marmalade or something out of it.

Sweet malt, caramel and oak dominate. The hops hang around the whole time, but if they weren't bitter they wouldn't stand out. Earthy and piney. But they fade with a push from the caramel and a pull from the oak. I imagine this represents the long journey from UK to India. But you won't find this in India, that's for darn sure.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dvelcich for this with a slew of 3F beers, easily one of my fav breweries so a big thanks to him.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing over clear honey orange nectar peach colored beer.

Nose has hops, some light earthy and touch herbal, chewy hops, light floral citrus, some candy hops, light sweet caramel malts.

Taste comes with some rustic hops to start, light earthy and herbal, candy hops, light hop oil and almost hop extract but not super bitter, then some light sweet malts, caramel, touch of toffee, toasty malts, hint bready and biscuit, candy flavor. Finishes a bit more bitter which seems to build as it goes, drier, light sticky feel, lots of chewy candy hops finish with a light spicy earthy hop, and a touch of warming booze comes out of the sweetness.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, dec carb, light warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice hops but not quite english, lots of nice malts and sweet sugars to balance the various hops, sweetness, and light booze, tasty and drinkable though.

Photo of JLeege
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear golden orange color with a large frothy white head. Great head retention, and a little lace.

Smell- Floral and earthy, with distinct orange peel. A little woody, with some notes of oak and light vanilla. Smells solid.

Taste- Juicy citrus up front, turning sweet in the middle with the oaky notes popping up again, though not as much as the nose would suggest. Pretty earthy and floral towards the finish, even some peat and a little honey. Has a strange lingering aftertaste, maybe aspirin.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, and a definite alcohol bite.

Overall- This has got to be my least favorite from FFF seasonal lineup. They make much better IPAs, and I am not particularly fond of most English IPAs, and for whatever reason wood and IPAs dont really mesh for me.

Photo of jsanford
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Awesome label!

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thick cap of fluffy white that leaves sheets of lacing as it recedes.
S - Pungent hop aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and pine wood backed up by a sweet toffee malt profile.
T - Follows the nose nicely with big flavors of pine resin, orange peel, grapefruit and toffee malts with a bit of pineapple and peach thrown in.
M - A bit sticky, with a moderately full mouth-feel and sharp carbonation. Alcohol isn't hidden too well, you can definitely feel the 9% ABV.
O - Pretty good, but I'd probably stick with Dreadnaught if I had access to both.

Photo of cpz28
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Better Than English IPA

A- Deep gold to faint orange, nice 1 finger head

S- Pine and oak meld perfectly, there is some marmalade and vanilla notes in there, followed by some breadiness

T-Balanced bitterness hits you first, oak and hops continue to meld well, while simultaneously competing as this rolls down your tongue. It finishes slightly bitter and some bready malt comes out at the end. The oak certainly adds some vanilla notes, which play nice with the citrus/marmalade.

M- Spot on for an IPA, perfect carbonation, not thick, easy drinking.

O- Really good beer, a different avenue for FFF, it has a lot of aroma coming off of it but not that typicall, supernatural-danky citrus kick of an FFF IPA or IPA in disguise. I look forward to it every year, though it isn't my favorite in their IPA line up.

Photo of BlastBeats
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Tap House Grill

Appearance: semi-translucent golden yellow with faint orange hues. Frothy white head perseveres well.

Smell: very earthy aromas, pine, citrus.

Taste: hops! The flavors from the toasted oak compliment the bitterness exceptionally well. Citrussy flavors gradually give way to subtle malts in the finish.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated. Hop prickliness is somewhat subdued.

Overall: Three Floyds markets this beer as an English style IPA, but it seems much more American in character. It's very good regardless!

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy orangeish-brown on pouring into my glass. Enormous head which takes a long time to dissipate, but leaves behind no lacing at all in my stein. The carbonation is fine, however.
Smells like orange peel, oak wood, pine sap, and werther's original candies.
Tastes like tangerines more than oranges, loads of citric and grassy hop profile keeping the sweet caramel malt lemony fresh! If there is an improvement to be made, it is that the oaked nature of this brew needs to be much stronger in the flavor, the oak wood is way too light in the taste compared to how much it shows in the nose.
Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, and sort of sticky thick. It could stand to be somewhat thinner than this. The ABV is well hidden and will sneak up on you when you least expect it to.

I will say, for a name like Blackheart I expected this beer to be a black IPA. Once I got over my disappointment of being wrong about that, this beer is quite the pleasant surprise.

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to mtunnell for this and several other Three Floyds beers that he sent along.

Beer pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of off white thick and creamy head. Head is maintained fairly well by ample fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, receding to half a finger, leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass. Really beautiful looking beer.

Nose is light orange with earthy and herbal hops, and a pronounced caramel malt. Some bread and biscuit malts as it warms up closer to room temperature, along with hints of the alcohol.

Caramel and bitter orange hits the tongue first, mellowing the sweetness with further earthy and slightly funky hops mid tongue. Mellow biscuit and bread malts finish with a light amount of bitter orange on the finish.

Slick and oily medium bodied beer finishing dryly. Fairly well balanced beer and easy to drink given its high ABV.

Photo of RTJakarta
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich, golden yellow with a medium off-white head. Leaves a good deal of lacing behind, which I love to see.

Smell is of strong, yet subtle piney hops. A little faint citrusy notes strewn throughout. Also a little sweet.

Sort of the like the smell, the taste is prevalent, but sort of subtle and smooth for me. Citusy hops take the lead, with some woody, caramel-y flavors in the back. Very nice, very smooth.

Medium carbonation. Really sticky. Smooth. Very enjoyable.

Overall, I think my experience with "English" IPAs was pretty minimal, so this was a very welcome surprise. An incredibly smooth, pleasant IPA. Another winner from FFF.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge frothy cotton head on the pour. Body is a light orange. Could be a little darker. Smell is hugely sweet tropical grapefruit and cotton candy. A twinge of sourness on the end of the nose. In short, it smells awesome! I can't take the glass away from my nose. Taste is very bold sweetness with the cotton candy quality carrying over. And yes there is a good amount of bitterness in the end. Lots of grapefruit and tropical notes as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and creamy. The beer is a bit hot though. Outstanding beer! Really tastes more like a really good east coast DIPA than an English one. Hop bitterness is much more amplified. Seek this one out. And as always wish I bought more than one.

Photo of iadler
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours a clear golden copper with a two finger head that slowly dissipates. Some thin lines of lacing.

S- Oak is noticeable followed by some grapefruit, orange zest, pine and floral notes. Finish with some bready and toffee malt as well as a touch of honey.

T- Subtle citrus notes including tangerine, grapefruit and lemon. Apricot and peach are present too. Some sweetness and earthiness is provided by the oak as well as some bready malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly chewy mouthfeel that finishes a tad dry and sweet. Leaves a coat of hop oil on the taste buds. The 9% is hidden fairly well, however, it did provide some warmth at the finish.

O- My favorite English IPA I've had. The oak aging provides some interesting earthiness and sweetness that isn't found in American IPA's. A nice change of pace from the hop heavy Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. Another great IPA from 3 Floyds.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of 2010 with the Grim Reaper on the label.

A- Poured with a two finger creamy off white head into my tulip glass. Really nice honey amber color, a little cloudy with a touch of carbonation. Nice lacing left around the glass as it drips away!

S- Really nice fresh cut grass hoppiness! Nice bready maltiness! Sweet, fruity, and toasty! The oak comes thru just enough while still letting the hops shine!

T- Nice bitter grassy hop punch right up front! Just a touch of burnt wood rises up and lets some of the nice sweet caramel maltiness come thru! Nice breadiness, sweet citrus, and bold bitter hops! This is really nice. I wish it had just a bit more vanilla/oakiness though.

M- Kinda heavy mouthfeel. Really sticky and warm. The sweetness sticks around nicely, but that bitter/grassy hop flavor never lets go! Just a bit of alcohol on the finish.

O- A really nice change of pace from all those super hoppy West Coast IPA's. I'm digging the way the caramel sweetness and the grassy hoppiness are playing Marco Polo together! I'd love to try this fresh sometime.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat cloudy amber/yellow body, big frothy white/yellow head.

S - lightly bitter hops, some light fruity sweetness, touch of smoked meats.

T - light, crisp, refreshing, dry smoky flavors. All in the realm of hoppy flavors. Pretty interesting stuff here.

M - fairly thick, not too heavy, a bit coarse.

O (D) - an interesting beer that is certainly outside the realm of the american IPA, at least a bit. Nice hops, interesting flavor profile. Pretty good.

Photo of codsmith
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz to tulip.

A: Amber in color with a nice thin & foamy off-white head.

S: There is a good amount of grassy dry-hopped aroma with some nice sweetness & caramel flavor coming off the top that can be attributed to the oak aging and/or caramel malt addition.

T: There is a heavy amount of fruit hop flavor, but the beer has a grassy and bitter hop ending. Even with all the hop additions there is still a good amount of malted character. There is a clean alcohol taste that is coming through. The oak character that is coming through is a little strong for this particular style

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. It sits a lot heavier than most English IPAs and other varieties of IPAs. Carbonation levels are perfect

O: More on the sweet side in the body and also not as bitter as other IPAs in aroma. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than I was expecting.

Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy goldish color with a slightly off white head that lingers quite a bit.

Smell is of a more spicy clovelike hop with some malt smell as well.

Thiick flavorful taste with a malty hoppy bitter finish. Quite different than the American IPA/DIPA that I am used to.

A very interesting beer. Makes me realize that I enjoy the more citrusy flavors of the american IPA's

Photo of RHCP313
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an imperial pint around 24 hrs after purchase from the FFF brewpub.

A: Pours a burnt orange copper. Leaves one finger of creamy pure white head that lingers. This beer WANTS to lace.

S: Wow, smells fantastic. Apricot, waxy citrus rind with some sweet malt in the back.

T: Spicy hops bite at the front, just a little hot as it coats, but smoothes out at the end. Fruity, juicy hops work in tandem with the sweetness of the malt, but the hops are star. This balance brings back the flavor of pineapple lifesavers from deep in my memory. Odd, but welcomed. Very tasty.

M: Does have some minor alcohol burn up front, but turns from spicy to creamy, and quite clean. Perfect amount of carbonation here.

O: This is a pleasure to drink. Very well balanced and it stays interesting. The pressure to finish this growler in one sitting is far from a chore.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a Father's Day gift from my wife and kids. I got a great wife!

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy light copper with a rocky off white head of about two fingers. Head drops slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy, spicy hops, hint of citrus, big malty backbone.

Flavors of candied fruit, firm citrusy bitterness, but not overwhelming or shocking. Good caramel malt supporting the hop bitterness very nicely. Finish is medium, with hard candy and lemon zest bitterness lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, malty, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Alcohol warmth is hidden very well.

Overall a very nice IPA, a little strong for an English IPA, unless they are aiming for something closer to historic versions rather than modern versions. Worth seeking out.

Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

579th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz bottle

Thanks to cadaugherty for this extra

Split with GuruDel

App- A nicer darker orange with some yellow/gold highlights. One finger of head that was pretty fast to recede. Didnt leave a whole lot in way of cling.

Smell- Fresh citrus in the glass, with a lot of peel behind it. Didn't get too much in way of grass or anything dank or damp. Nice hop note as well.

Taste- I felt this was a “nice” IPA. It really had a different touch from the American IPA's and DIPA's. It was a bit more citrus, a little malt mixed in a citrusy. Wasn't a bomb or palate wrecker either.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A little bit of a citrus residual flavors.

Drink- I like the Three Floyds stuff. This was another good offering and a welcome extra. I could drink this one again.

Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours about a half-finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, but leaves a blanket of foam. Beer ring lacing.

S: Woody malt nose, with sharp hop notes, and what I can only describe as butterscotch and a little Italian spice.

T: Earthy malt and hop. Not too sharp. Almost has a syrupy sweetness, but not really sweet. Butterscotch, raisin, and licorice.

M: Hearty, but a refreshing light body feel. The spice leaves the most lasting remnants throughout the experience.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Nice enough body, with a persistent foamy head, and a fair amount of lacing. Nose has a distinct, difficult to place (at least, for me) combination of sweet and spice components with the hop base. Interesting hop, that is not too biting, but stands out with its earthy character. Sweet and spice presents here, too. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of BrewIndy
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Dreadnaught has a serious competitor!

Poured from a bomber.

A: Normal looking IPA. Golden hue, perhaps a bit darker. Poured with a fingers worth of head that dwindled down to a small foam on top that left some great lacing on my pint glass.

S: Sugary and alcohol in the nose. It smells very sweet with strong citrusy hops. Maybe more of a lemon dipped in sugar. Such an interesting and strong aroma.

T: Awesomeness. Sweet and syrup up front. Pine needles on the finish. A huge malt flavor balances with a huge hop taste. I don't think it could have been done better with these ingredients.

M: Bitter peppery feeling while maintaining a creaminess in the cheeks and side of the tongue. A balance I love to see in an IPA and this is the perfect example of what I expect.

O: Love this beer, I think the bomber cost me $10 but I'd say that's a deal for what you're getting here. If you see this one don't pass it up!

Photo of biglobo8971
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite 3F's offering. Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. The look of it is not what I expect from an IPA. The lacing is consistent from start to finish. The smell and taste is amazing. From the hop bitterness to the malty sweetness, a very enjoyable beer. The flavor makes it easy to drink. Overall, a fantastic beer. I will continue to keep this beer at the top of my wants list.

Photo of willyc
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, in a night that I sampled the majority of the three Floyd line up (includining the legendary Dark Lord) this beer was a stand out. The newer label was cool as hell and so was the brew. A nice alburn hue with good lacing. The nose is caramel hops with a smokey oak. I do not want to negate actual English IPA's, but this American EIPA was an industry standard to me. Maybe I'm used to west coast hop brews but either way this is an amazing beer and I look foward to drinking it many more times. Good Day.

Photo of Bierlerner
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a really clear golden copper color. Thin head with some really sticky lacing. This beer was glowing though. Awesome.

S- Bready, citrusy, and sugary. Orange peel and lots of caramel. Really great floral notes as well. The hops are not very strong on this one.

T&M- Medium body of sweetness of the malts are through out. Nice caramel tones. Nice kisses of lighter fruits. A bit nutty and grassy as well. The hops aren't too strong at all, but there are always there letting you know that this is an ipa. Prickly carbonation. Very well balanced.

O- A superb IPA. I loved it. The balance in this IPA is definitely the key with not such hop forward in your face notes. Its all about the sweet pleasuring fruits lingering with the hops and meshing well together.

Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.