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Hell's Black Intelligencer - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 179
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An oatmeal stout brewed with Intelligentsia coffee. "Richard yet lives, Hell's Black Intelligencer" - Queen Margaret, Richard III

28 IBU

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 10-25-2010)
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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

1/5  rDev -77.3%

12-29-2011 03:21:34 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -54.6%

05-21-2012 18:17:46 | More by SickNukes
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ctrevino

Indiana

3/5  rDev -32%

03-08-2012 01:52:54 | More by ctrevino
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FullObs

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

04-16-2012 00:35:44 | More by FullObs
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Split with airohead2001.

A: Black in color with a 1 finger mocha colored head that doesn't leave much lacing, but as decent retension. A crown and swirl of bubbles remained for the duration of the drink.

S: Roasted coffee beans, coffee, espresso, and cappuccino. Other than that, not much on the nose. However, these smells come through very strongly.

T: Well if they were trying to set a record for the most coffee flavor in a beer, I think they succeeded. This literally tastes like it is 80% coffee with only some roastiness of a porter (although even this is easily confused with roasted coffee beans). There is nothing other than coffee and roast in the flavor.

M: Unremarkable. The carbonation and viscosity were fine. The aftertaste was unsurprisingly coffee.

D: I'm really glad I had someone to split the growler with. The coffee flavor is just to intense for me to want a lot of this. Overall, a one-dimensional beer.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2010 03:55:41 | More by glazeman
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airohead2001

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for heading out to FFF for this one. This is a brew I've wanted to try for quite some time now.

As far as looks go, this beer doesn't look much different than any other coffee stout - dark brown/black with a tiny head that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing and no head retention. In terms of smell, it is pure coffee with a tiny hint of fig and burnt roasts. The taste is similar to the smell, but clearly dominated by by the coffee. Overall, this is a drinkable beer, but there isn't a whole lot going on other than the coffee.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2010 03:53:21 | More by airohead2001
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robertdoesbeer

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

11-24-2012 00:11:25 | More by robertdoesbeer
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birdsellam

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

02-16-2012 00:37:17 | More by birdsellam
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mawacki

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

04-20-2012 15:36:55 | More by mawacki
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jb3304

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

01-20-2014 01:00:06 | More by jb3304
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-04-2011 22:22:28 | More by barnzy78
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Franz4

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back by a friend of mine on Sunday evening, drinking it 2 days later on Tuesday evening.

A- opaque, no light gets through this beer at all. Light tan head with heavy lacing throughout.

S- Smelled of coffee grinds and seemed very green, earthy.

T- Strong coffee presence, add a touch of hazelnut to it as well, although not overpowering at all.

M- Medium bodied with some average carbonation.

D- A nice beer that I'm glad I was able to try. Above average definitely, but if you add to the fact that it's difficult to acquire in this area, I'd say there are better beers to be had at FFF

Serving type: growler

12-08-2010 04:43:31 | More by Franz4
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FFF

A - Dark brown with a nice one finger frothy milk chocolate head. Looks rather thick

S - smells of toffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal and a hint of roasted espresso. A nice, complex nose.

T - Espresso is the main flavor I note at first. There is a roasted oatmeal smoothness to it with hints of dark chocolate. He finish is bitter espresso with a nice roasted malt finish. Overall, I found the flavor to be a bit lacking compared to the note.

MF - light body with light carbonation. I wish this was a bit thicker as I think it feels light for the rest of the beer and prevents the flavor from really shining

O - Another good offering from FFF. This has a great nose and looks great but the mouthfeel and lighter flavors really let's this one down and prevents it from being a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 22:17:29 | More by jeonseh
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Skull40

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FFF. Served in a glass mug. No more plastic cups during the brewpub renovations.

Nice blackness to it with a thick, creamy, oatmealy head.

It smells and tastes of mostly coffee and dark chocolate. The taste includes a nice malty backbone and a very slight toffee flavor.

The mouth feel was thinner than I expected.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer. I wouldn't say that it was great, but certainly worthy of a try. The low abv makes for a more sessionable stout. It would have been more enjoyable if the flavors that already exist were just more powerful.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 20:16:35 | More by Skull40
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dlello2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-11-2012 16:21:58 | More by dlello2
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15%

09-12-2013 02:55:14 | More by CityofBals
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sullenbee

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -15%

04-17-2012 21:27:24 | More by sullenbee
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF a while back. Review from notes.

A - Pours black, a fingers-worth of mocha-color head, some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - This one is a coffee bomb, obviously. Lots of roast, dark chocolate, coffee beans. A lot of coffee and not much else, which I don't mind, but it would be nice to have a little more complexity.

T - TONS of coffee, roast, expresso, dark chocolate. It's just a one-dimensional coffee-bomb. While I love coffee and stouts, it's just really boring to me.

M - A little too light for a stout, smooth, creamy finish.

D - It's good, but I'll take a Beer Geek Brunch Weasel over this any day of the week and three times on Sunday. Good, not great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 04:11:09 | More by Sean9689
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JasonFromLA

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-21-2013 19:06:33 | More by JasonFromLA
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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

05-11-2012 17:16:02 | More by danp14
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2013 05:13:53 | More by jegross2
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-15-2011 16:17:01 | More by sgoro
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-25-2013 12:02:40 | More by aasher
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zachary80

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-30-2012 02:06:52 | More by zachary80
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Grinnerman

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-12-2012 01:57:26 | More by Grinnerman
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Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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