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

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Ratings: 198
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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Photo of beerhan
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drink lots and lots of black coffee. This beer is more or less just coffee. It smells like coffee and tastes like it but goes down even smoother. No need to get into the details except that it is jet black, lightly carbonated and incredibly drinkable. Really wish they would bottle this and send it to ohio.

beerhan, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
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.

sisuspeed, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of glazeman
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.

glazeman, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
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.

airohead2001, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of sportscrazed2
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown to black with a low to medium head.
Aroma: Smells like a very concentrated coffee.
Taste: Tastes very much like coffee. Might be slightly more acidic than coffee but overall this beer tastes so much like coffee that if Starbucks told me this was iced coffee I might believe them.
Conclusion: If you like iced coffee that is very rhich in flavor you will love this beer. I could drink this all day long. Just be careful you might not realize how much you drink and end up completely drunk

sportscrazed2, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Franz4
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

Franz4, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 oz glasses being poured at the brewpub. Served in a translucent glass coffee cup. I love that.

Looks like a dark stout or porter. Not much of a head, since the coffee cup doesn't allow that, and it's more of a very dark red than a black.

Smells like a wonderful blend of dark coffee and west coast finishing hops. Very, very dry. Perfect! More brewers need to realize that there's a different between coffee stouts and mocha stouts, and that while chocolately beers can be nice, they're not the only way to go, and that there's something grand about a dark, bitter coffee beer.

Tastes great, but a slightly thin body prevents everything from tying together perfectly. It's straightforward and delicious: black coffee up front, dry American hops in the back, big, huge bitterness all throughout.

mynie, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of curly31989
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Adam for dropping this by while in town. What can I say, intelligencia coffee and FFF are a match made in heaven.

This poured dark black, with a small brown head. As the beer warmed up, the coffee aroma became very prevalent mixed with oatmeal and chocolate notes. The smell reminded me of a mocha.

This beer has wonderful flavor. The coffee is very strong but smooth, full bodied, with very low bitterness and acidity. There's a good amount of chocolate to back up the coffee flavor.

The mouth feel was slightly lacking for me. It came off a little too dry for my liking, but smoothed out as the beer warmed up.

If you can stop by FFF, you must try this one before its gone!

curly31989, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 3f brewpub in Munster IN.

This was served on a coffee mug/glass! Just the perfect glassware for this beer.

Pours a pitch black color with a mocha tan head that has nice retention.

Aroma is of tons of coffee, some malts and dark chocolate. Awesome.

Taste starts with a faint malt sweetness and a coffee explosion that is very overpowering. Finishes with a creamy chocolate note. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Body is medium/ high with high carbonation.

This beer is right there with the Founders Breakfast Stout as the best coffee beers available.

paulozanello, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pours courtesy of CaseyK - thanks again!

A - Black, not much head, good lacing

S - Pungent fresh roasted coffee - smells fantastic; a touch of oat

T - Rush of coffee to the dome --> roasted malts and oats --> bitter chocolate and espresso beans on the finish

M - Thin, even for an oatmeal stout, but decently carbonated

D - If you like coffee, this is very drinkable.

This is a fantastic beer. It's not complex (in terms of # of flavors), but the coffee notes are second to none. I am jealous of you who live close to 3Fs right about now...

klikger, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to enjoy this beer at Romans' during the FFF Poppa skull event. Served in a tulip.

A: Pitch black with about a finger of mocha hued head. Nice coating of lace. Good retenttion.

S: Wow! Coffeee all day long in the nose. A nice smooth coffee with hardly any bitter or harshness. Maybe just a touch of cocoa but it's fighting to be noticed.

T: The flavor has just as much coffee as the nose with a bit more chocolate. Simply wonderfully smooth. No bitterness at all. Other than those two flavors I can't pick anything else out. I'm not complaining.

M: Medium body smooth and velvety carbonation.

D: Overall I could drink this all day. With the sessionable ABV and super smooth flavors this one hits the spot for sure. One of the best coffee forward oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

beerwolf77, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Betmore
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*poured from a growler into a pint glass*

Hell's Black Intelligencer poured jet black with a one finger tan head that dissipated within a minute or two. There was fair to moderate lacing.

The aroma of this beer is pure roasted coffee with just a hint of chocolate. If I didn't know better, I'd swear I had a glass of cool coffee. And while this beer is lumped into the Oatmeal Stout catagory, I can't help but grade it as a sub catagory of Coffee Stout. Is it basically one dimensional? Yes. But that dimension is AMAZING. I want this stuff for breakfast.

The taste? Well, it goes right along with the aroma. It tastes like really good coffee, but better. Thats really the only way I know to describe it. If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. I want this stuff in my thermos at work.

Mouthfeel is just about right for this style, in my opinion. The carbonation doesn't linger. Its got the body of creamy hot chocolate but with the taste of A+ coffee. I want this stuff for dessert after dinner.

Drinkability? I could sip this stuff all day. The ABV isn't out of control like a lot of the other stouts. It was a pleasure to experience.

Betmore, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of cadaugherty
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ 3 floyds in a coffee mug, Growler brought to Darkness Day, and again on tap @ Small Bar Division in a snifter.

Appearance- Dark as black coffee with a lighter colored head than I expected. Holds head for a little while then melts into a thin ring and leaves very nice lacing.

Aroma- COFFEE! Seriously this smells like the espresso I brew every morning (Black Cat from Intelligentsia). If you like espresso/coffee then you will like this.

Taste- Chocolate coffee, rich malt flavor that really comes through. A bit of hops on the back for nice complementary flavor with the coffee up front.

Mouthfeel- Perhaps a bit thinner and more attenuated than would be great for a stout. This is the only flaw I can really say this beer has.

Drinkability- Partly due to the thinner mouthfeel this is a very drinkable stout. Overall I could comfortably have 2 of these and not need a break in between.

Honestly I would drink this in the morning before I would drink Beer Geek Breakfast. This is a Coffee stout that takes coffee seriously.

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of sliverX
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler to glass, pitch black nice one finger mocha head faded down to a film and ring around the edge of the glass. Left decent lacing.
Smells like a fresh cup of dark roasted coffee, would expect no less.
Tastes like a cup of coffee, I'm thinking I may need to pick up some of the coffee from Intellegencia or whatever it is. Pick up a nice herbal/medicinal hoppiness that fits perfectly... Hmmm maybe float a couple hop cones in the morning joe..
Mouthfeel is medium to start but finishes light perfectly suits the brew
Drinkability damn... a 1/2 gallon won't just cut it, especially since my girlfriend (who is in no way a craft drinker) keeps taking my glass and trying to play keep away... I'll share
She was intrigued enough to ask where the brewery was so she could get more... I think when we make it to Chicago at some point we'll make a detour...

sliverX, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice black color with a small ring of tiny bubbles. Its pretty thin, but does leave some slightly syrupy traces around the glass as you swirl.

Aroma is a massive wave of dark roast coffee, with the flavor following almost identically, except there are a few slight notes of chocolate with the coffee flavors.

As I mentioned it is on the lighter bodied side of things, but also very very smooth and easy to drink. Really is remarkable how much it tastes like pure iced coffee. TRULY a fantastic beer if you're into these sorts of flavors... cannot wait until I get to try it again!

And here I thought coffee bender was going to be the closest beer to an iced coffee I'd ever try....

thetomG, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of nkersten
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Chris at Halloween tasting, thanks! Pours a opaque hazy coffee brown/black with a small mocha head that disappears fast. Smell is pure espresso with a slightly sweet milk and chocolate malt in the background. Big coffee flavors up front, slightly sweet with lots of coffee grounds following and some bitterness. Somehow it is not overpowering for a coffee stout. Mouthfeel is heavy with mild carbonation, coating and creamy. This is one tasty coffee stout, hopefully they will decide to make it again.

nkersten, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Dan8181

pours a deep cola black with a creamy head. light retention.

lots of coffee, lots... lights sweet roasted malt.

coffee, lots of it. tastes like a cold espresso. light sweet roasted body backs up what is a coffee bomb. light citrus hops towards and through the finish.

moderate body with a light carbonation.

as a fan boy of intelligentsia coffee, i was eager to try this. did not let down. awesome coffee bomb.

hooliganlife, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler provided by Chris...A few days old so I'm not going to comment on the carbonation but its a nice light black beer...The aroma and taste are both really good and immediately you can pull on the Intelligenstia coffee and the notes and remind me of BCS coffee. Roasted coffee, creamy, a little vanilla. The taste is more of the same flavors, but its exceedily good and so damn smooth to drink. This is a beer I need to go out and try fresh and I would highly recommend this.

jrallen34, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Supplied by spycow at our recent tasting.

A - Nice late foam rose on this one after a fairly normal pour out of the growler. Nice one finger brown head, surprising as the growler was a couple days old. Good black color, with some brown on the edges.

S - A very bitter coffee smell, really reminds me of a dark espresso served warm. Quite the coffee beer, not a ton of stout characteristics about it.

T - This was quite the shock, a great tasting beer, somehow managed to capture the essence of warm coffee in it while being cold. The stout characteristics are tasted mostly in the depth of the beer, as it doesn't taste like overcarbonated and watered down coffee, as the oatmeal stout base is strong enough to support the rich coffee flavor.

M - It was a little flat, although I'm not sure more carbonation would have been better on this fresh.

D - Highly drinkable for something with such strong coffee. I drank several glasses of this and loved it, phenomenal beer.

AgentZero, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black, thick, persistent light brown head and full lacing.
S: good dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate mostly.
T: really well-balanced between the light/medium sweet dark bready/chocolatey/coffee malts and the roastiness (but not overly so) and smooth bitterness. kinda like a perfectly sweetened(for me-not too much) espresso.
M: well-carbonated but still rich and smooth. medium body.
D: nice that there is so much flavor in a 6% stout-drinks much bigger than it is. listed at 28 IBU. please bottle this-better than moloko, black sun, or alpha klaus.

MrMcGibblets, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
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.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a coffee mug.

A - Poured with a finger of foam that settles to a light film and a thick ring of bubbles, leaving behind great lace sheets. Black body that reveals no hint of color.

S - Coffee, some cream and sugar. Not sure what else I can say here?

T - Coffee, some vanilla, and a hint of malt backbone. It's good coffee too - not at all harsh or astringent.

M - Some zesty and slightly harsh carbonation, but a smooth medium oatmeal stout body rounds things out.

D - This is very drinkable for a coffee beer. It isn't overly bitter or palate destroying like some of its brethren, and there's no alcohol to be found. One-dimensional, but who cares?

MasterSki, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An Oatmeal Stout brewed with Intelligensia Coffee-- 28 IBU, 6% ABV.

Served in a coffee mug.

This beer is dark. Very dark... Amber hues come out and shine brightly. A decent cap of tam bubbles sit, reluctant to go quietly into the mid-day.

Smell is huuuge coffee-- almost espresso. Bitter chocolate and some sweet careless malts.

Taste falls in line with nose-- a sweet malt base leads into notes of bitter cocoa and espresso-like fresh ground coffee. Very tasty, very big coffee-- easily the strongest coffee flavor I've ever found in a coffee stout. Just delicious. I hope this is being treated as a research and development idea and this beer gets received well-enough to warrant future batches.

Body is medium-full with plenty of carbonation. This comes across just the slightest bit slick, like iced coffee.

This thing is incredible. I could sip this all day. Fantastic.

AleWatcher, Oct 25, 2010
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Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.