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

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198 Ratings
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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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

barnzy78, Dec 04, 2011
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 jeonseh
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.

jeonseh, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Skull40
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.

Skull40, Apr 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

dlello2, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of sullenbee
3.75/5  rDev -15%

sullenbee, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
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.

Sean9689, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of JasonFromLA
4/5  rDev -9.3%

JasonFromLA, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev -9.3%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -9.3%

jegross2, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -9.3%

sgoro, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -9.3%

aasher, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -9.3%

zachary80, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Grinnerman
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Grinnerman, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of onefmatt
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It is black, pitch black. Head is a creamy, milk chocolate, brown.

S: Smells like coffee...almost dominates the other smells but roasted malts are present, some chocolate. Intelligencia makes great coffee and this stuff smells like fresh pot of it.

T: Tastes like it smells...big coffee taste, but works well with the malt character to deliver a nice flavor. Not surprising considering it is a Floyds beer. Everything is big in their arsenal.

M: Nice body for a stout, not too heavy, and is pretty smooth.

D: Definitely tasty, no booziness to it, as I mentioned it goes down smooth.

onefmatt, Jan 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

dschuster03, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

TotallyHosed, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Bakker
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Bakker, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color without much of a head. Nose is loaded with fresh coffee aromas with some chocolate notes. Taste is Pretty much coffee from the start to finish - tons of fresh coffee mixed in with chocolates. Somewhat one-dimensional, but pretty delicious altogether. Mouth has a little bit of carbonation through the middle and smoothes it out. Overall, this is a really nice coffee beer but a good drinking beer.

birchstick, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
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.

ChadQuest, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yes, very excited to see this back on the brewpub's tap list. 8 oz. served in a plastic cup on March 25th, 2012 during the FFF Deconstruction.

A - Exactly as remembered. Very deep black/brown coloring, probably the darkest FFF beer I've seen besides DL. One-finger, dark khaki head. Average retention and lacing.

S - Strong roasted espresso and coffee beans. Oatmeal flakes, almost a light lactose, a twinge of honey and vanilla as it warms.

T - Not quite an iced coffee in beer form, but it's about as huge on the espresso front as you could hope for. Very little sweetness throughout the drink. Lots of roasted malts morph into a bitter coffee finish at the back end.

M - High carbonation, not smooth. Surprisingly dry finish.

D - Effortless to drink this one and helps remedy my hatred for Chicago traffic at 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Revisiting would be a no-brainer, though it doesn't seem quite as robust in the coffee notes as I recall.

Auracom, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of beesy
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap tap - seved in a short mug glass.

A - deep brown, almost black with a two finger medium brown head. Leaved a fair amount of lacing.

S - wow - lots of coffee. Some roasty, acrid notes apparent, but the coffee overwhelms all.

T - the intense coffee flavor as one would expect from the nose. Very drying on the palate - almost like a irish ale yeast dryness, but more intense. No hops detectable - the coffee overwhelms all.

M - just enough body to hold on to all the flavor - any thinner and I would say fail,

D - somewhat low for me. I'm not a coffee drinker, but do enjoy coffee/espresso stouts, I just like them with a little more reserved flavor.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. I do like my coffee stouts a little less coffee forward, but this well made in the FFF style.

beesy, Apr 26, 2012
Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.