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

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 177
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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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-30-2012 13:27:02 | More by brycevolk
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 10/29/2010. Served in a glass coffee mug.

Appearance -- Pours jet black with two fingers of sudsy khaki head. Not too shabby.

Smell -- Cafe macchiato, dark roast malt, faint toffee sweetness. The Intelligentsia coffee takes center stage for certain.

Taste -- Again, rich roast coffee is in the limelight. Tastes like the morning's first cup with a splash of cream and a dash of turbinado sugar, black patent malt, gentle oats, and baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with medium-high prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- The Floyd clan really hits the nail on the head with this coffee oatmeal stout. It leans hard on the coffee to accentuate the malt roastiness. Moreover less malt sweetness than in the usual oatmeal coffee stout. Robust, very well balanced - dare I say tempered? Not too much acrid roast/coffee grounds bitterness. One of the better coffee-centric beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 02:56:08 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Pecan

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-20-2012 08:56:08 | More by Pecan
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2013 18:30:23 | More by NooseJustice
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-17-2011 00:11:11 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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Rihup

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-07-2013 16:27:59 | More by Rihup
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-07-2013 05:02:08 | More by BUNZILLA
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-24-2012 22:45:18 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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kodt

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2013 21:50:33 | More by kodt
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illini4x4


4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-22-2012 17:56:18 | More by illini4x4
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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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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer at the three floyds event at the uchicago pub. Really great event. It pours the blackest of blacks, but there is absolutely no head on this. I was expecting a bit more especially from an oatmeal stout in terms of head. Aroma is outstanding. Great coffee mocha aromas dominate, and every once in a while a bit of citrus hoppiness pops up and says hello. The flavor is a great reflection, with overwhelming coffee and coco and roasted malts, and again, when you least expect it, that american citrus hop character makes its self known. Moutfeel was creamy, light and well carbonated. I never expected I would have a chance to try this beer, but I was really happy I did. It was definitely the highlight of the night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 03:29:44 | More by Agold
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-12-2012 15:40:36 | More by Mark000
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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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tsauce2

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken 4/13/2012

P: 8 fl oz pour into a glass jar.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Light tan head, 1/2 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Light carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Big dark roast malt profile with generous oat additions. Coffee is surprisingly light on the nose, but becomes more pronounced as the beer approaches room temp.

T: Big oat flavors along with heavy dark roast malt. Coffee was a bit lighter than expected. Light natural, lightly bitter chocolate notes. Dark roast malt and oat on the aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Dark roast malts and oats give a moderate chewy/viscous feel. Wet finish.

O: Just when I think the Floyds only know how to rock out with their hop out, they remind me that I'm an idiot by making something like this or the Mushy P. HBI is without a doubt one of the better, I'd say top 5, Oatmeal stouts I've ever had. It's my favorite style, so I'm pretty critical when it comes to oat stouts. Huge oat flavors dominate this beer. I wish I picked more coffee, but then again this beer was fantastic as is. PLEASE BOTTLE THIS BEER ALREADY!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 05:59:05 | More by tsauce2
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MordorMongo


4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2013 20:09:59 | More by MordorMongo
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-13-2012 04:39:50 | More by tripledbrew
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sammo

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-25-2012 17:07:00 | More by sammo
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EricCioe

Montana

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a FFF tap takeover at the University of Chicago Pub, 12 May 2011.

This pours totally black with little or no penetration, a two finger espresso crema head that dies down leaving nice chunky lace. On the nose there is an abundance of toasty oatmeal, roasted malt, and perhaps just a bit of lactose sugar, providing a nice counterpoint to the roasted aromas. There is also some coffee and just a hint of chocolate further back. In the mouth the oatmeal and coffee take over, there never being any doubt this is an oatmeal stout rather than coffee, but with the chocolate and coffee and maybe a little hint of lactose providing some nice backdrop to it all. The body is medium or just a touch fuller, making this a supremely easy drinking and yet full flavored oatmeal stout.

Overall, this is something I could easily drink on a regular basis and something I can recommend without hesitation to anyone who likes medium stouts, though this tastes and feels like a bigger one and drinks like a smaller one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 04:31:22 | More by EricCioe
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2013 22:21:50 | More by Pellinore1
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Three Floyds, they serve this in a Coffee Mug, LOLs and smiles all around.
Hard to view in this light and in this glassware, but it is black with a tan head,but i probally could have guessed that before ordering.
The aroma and flavors are totally strong in the coffee dept, and this is one of the few beers where its done right, they started with good coffee roasted just over the border by a great roaster(intelligensia), and made sure it didn't come out like cardboard like most coffee beers, good stuff here, top 5 coffee beer out there.
Even more impressive is that they got the full round roasted flavors packed in here with such a low ABV! and kept everything in check, it's too often that non-Imperial coffee stouts go cardboard, not the case here.
Medium body and highly drinkable,somewhat creamy but with an almost dry stout feel to it.
Bottle this. please.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 05:39:45 | More by ChadQuest
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minterro

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-27-2012 04:02:01 | More by minterro
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to spycow for the growler! Awesome stuff!

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Nice patchy lacing is left on the glass.

Mmm... so many coffee beans. The nose is amazing! Smooth, roasty, earthy coffee with vanilla and milk chocolate. I think this is the best smelling coffee stout I have ever come across. So balanced with no imperfections, excellent. Smells like a better version of a chilled espresso. I need to get some of the coffee they use.

The flavor is full of well roasted coffee, dark chocolate and the oatmeal comes through a bit. Dark malts with great coffee flavor. Tastes like there's a smooth shot of espresso in here. Nothing is burnt or metallic. A great balance between the coffee and the base beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly bitter with an excellent body for a 6% ABV stout. The oatmeal really helps to beef up the body a little bit and smooth things out.

Drinkability is exceptional. This is most likely the best coffee stout I have ever had and I think most of the tasting group I was with would agree. Great nose/flavor and only 6% ABV. This would give most imperial coffee beers a run for their money and the coffee aspect is actually better than any other imperial sized beers I've had with coffee. Way to go Three Floyds! I highly recommend seeking this out before its gone.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2010 20:51:11 | More by sisuspeed
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Lukafer

Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-22-2012 04:16:00 | More by Lukafer
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C2H5

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-29-2012 11:47:41 | More by C2H5
Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.