Blackheart Stout | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 74
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours dark brown, almost black. One inch head, with good sheets of lacing down the glass, white and foamy.

Aromas include chocolate, heavy roasted malt, and some coffee.

The taste is great- smooth and a bit buttery, with lots of dark chocolate, and smoky roasted malt. I taste some coffee grounds as well.

The beer is very dry, almost ashy. Creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. Medium bodied.

A great English stout from Middle Ages, I would've expected them to knock this style out of the park.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this stout on tap. Poured an absolute pitch black with almost no light penetration whatsoever.
A very nice two finger dark tan/mocha head, almost looked like a milkshake, that dissipated very slowly.
Aroma is a very nice soothing blend of caramel, roasted malt, malt and hints of cocoa and coffee.
The taste akin to the aroma is predominantly roasty. Hints of sweetness upfront, which are taken over completely with the roasted profile and ends with just the right amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very delicious medium bodied, dry stout. The lacing left behind on this stout is one of the best I have seen. A full 10/10 for the lacing on this stout.
I have to admit, perhaps the best ales Middle Ages brews are stouts. Highly recommended and a must try for anyone who enjoys a good, robust stout.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shrek806 for getting this to me in a trade.

A - Black beer with a huge tan head that had some good retention. Left some spots and lace on the sides.

S - Roasty, dark malts, bitter chocolate, some ash, tiny bit of smoke.

T - Nice roast, some dark chocolate, little coffee. It's very ashy, reminds me of smoking an old cigarette on the end. It's good, although I don't like the finish a ton.

M - Exceptionally smooth and creamy, mouthfeel on this one makes it really easy to get down.

O - Nice beer and easy to get down. Very creamy and smooth, and lots of taste for the ABV. Good stuff, and great for the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Mike (AgentZero). I missed this my last time through the 'cuse, so this was a nice opportunity. Served in a pint glass.

A - Giant light mocha foam that has great retention, and splotchy lace. The body is a solid near-black that is evocative of dark chocolate.

S - Initially a roasty and dry aroma, with toasted grains and baker's chocolate. As it warms up the sweetness grows a little bit, and it's joined by tobacco and diner coffee.

T - Earthy, slightly green cocoa flavor, plenty of roasted malts and coffee notes, and some espresso bitterness in the finish.

M - Creamy, medium body, with soft by moderate carbonation, and a dry roasty finish. Is there oatmeal in this?

D - It's a really easy drinking stout of which you could put back a few pints. Pretty much on point for style, with a wonderful texture that makes it go down even easier. Would love to try on cask or nitro.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is dark brown with a small, tan head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings some chocolate, smoke, and light roast.

The beer is smooth and tasty, with a subtle sweetness throughout.

The body is rather thin, with fairly low carbonation (I'll take the serving medium into consideration). The finish is smooth, and leaves lingering notes of smoke and roast.

Overall, a tasty brew and easy to drink. I would have this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler snagged by Mike when he was up north reverse carpetbagging. Thanks!

Beer unfortunately was mostly flat when I poured it into my tulip. That is a shame. I'll take Mike's word that it was well carbonated when they filled the growler, plus I saw a photo, the head was brown with large bubbles. The beer itself is dark brown to black and mostly clear.

Aroma is chocolatey and sweet with a mild roast to it.

Beer is medium to light in body and smooth in the mouth, sweet up front with a mild bitterness at the back with no aftertaste. The whole thing start to finish is pretty sweet but it is an English stout. I like it, I would have it again for sure if I saw it on draft.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chapter House in Ithaca last weekend. Served in a pint glass. Currently the #1 English Stout, and deservedly so.

Pours near black with a moderately-thick tan head. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good amount of dark chocolate along with some roasted malt and coffee. Good combination. Slight smokiness to it as well. The flavor really combines all of these elements quite well. As with all of the beers I had from them, there was a touch of diacetyl, but it fit in well with the style. Way to use that English yeast. The smoke really makes this beer. Medium body with a slightly-smokey and dry finish. Still some body to pick it back up. Really solid.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - fairly transparent dark brown, red edges. Medium white head, thinning to a ring, leaving some interesting lacing.

S - roasted malts, caramel, hints of chocolate.

T - nice roasted malts, drying rawhide. a small flavor, but quite good.

M - medium body, clean.

D - quite high. smooth, and simple.

This beer is solid, and unadorned, but everything about it is quite good.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a middle ages tasting. poured next to dragonslayer

A-dark brown. Light at least penetrates it compared to other stouts
S-very malty. Some roasted, but it isnt that strong
T-the malts really come through here. Can taste them all the waY through
M-medium body that goes down smooth.
D- not that impressive. Ok but the dragonslayer puts it to shame

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown. Very dark but not opaque. Lots of white head. Thinner then i was expecting. Smells roasty and wdonerful. Tastes very roasted with lots of crisp hints of barley coming through the roast. A little thin on the pallette but that is consistent with the style. well carbonated and definitely. Tasty beer

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Photo of CaptYellow
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as used motor oil. Held to the light, just the thinnest edge shows dark red. There were loads of carbonation when I poured it from the growler. It filled about half the glass. The head lasted for a very long time- thin but full across the top.

S: There is a strong smell of malt- sweet, roasty, maybe a very slight touch of caramel.

T: Strong flavor. Lots of malt. Any taste of hops only appears in the aftertaste. It's an agreeable taste- one that might do well in a half-and-half.

M: Medium to heavy body.

D: I drank it for hours. I can see this being a beer to keep refilling my glass with throughout a night of cards.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body of Blackheart Stout is black and opaque, which doesn't really come as a surprise considering its name. The head is dark brown in color, large, creamy, and it has great retention. The lacing is excellent, coating my glass.

The aroma is packed with dark malts and roasted malts. A little bit of both bitter chocolate and some coffee are present also.

Blackheart tastes pretty much like it smells, with a ton of dark and roasted malt providing almost all of the flavor. The bitter chocolate and coffee are in there as well, and there is just a touch of fruitiness underneath all of the malt, but the dark, roasted character of Blackheart obliterates everything else.

Blackheart has a good creamy body and a very dry finish.

Blackheart is a good stout, and it was just what I wanted for a good malt fix when I got it. If dark, charred malts are not your thing, steer clear of this one.

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Photo of tpd975
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my Buddy BeerTruth for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark black with a 1/4 finger solid head. Nice retention and excellent lace all the way down the glass.

S: Simple aromas of deep roasted malt, coffee, and hints of cocoa.

T: Very enjoyable brew. An assload of roasted malt up front. Almost comes off as being mildly smoked. Bold cold pressed coffee (no acidity at all) with nice notes of bakers chocolate.

M: Medium in body, wonderful carbonation and a fairly creamy yet slick mouthfeel.

D: Very good put down the entire growler myself in an afternoon.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler shared by number1bum at a recent gathering/tasting. Appears a deep brown color with about a finger of creamy tan head. Minimal lacing coats the glass. Notes of rich roasted grains, bitter cocoa, and a hint of coffee make up the nose. Tastes of toasted, roasted and caramelized grains, touch of milk chocolate, mocha, bitter cocoa, and the slightest hint of smoke. Tasty stuff. I'd love a growler of this all to myself. A notch below full bodied with medium carbonation - this growler has traveled well.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from a cask...What a choice.

This one pours jet black with a creamy tan head on it. Leaves good lacing all the way down the glass.

A coffee and smoky aroma hit first. In the background, the presence of chocolate or perhaps black patent malt. Just a touch of an earthy hop.

T/M-YUMMY!!!! Smooth as silk and very soft. The coffee and smoky flavors are very present but in good balance. Hops provide a good dry finish to this beer. Beer has a thick but soft feel to it like a nice squishy loaf of bread.

If you can find this one on tap, don't pass it up.

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Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Black body with crimson hues around the edges when held to the light. Small tan head the disappears quickly, leaving behind some splotchy lace on the way down the glass.

S: Relatively faint in the nose, but what I get is roasty (and toasty) malt and basic grain scents. Some roasted coffee as it warms a little.

T: Roasted grains take center stage -- there's a taste of toast and biscuits, roasted grains and a bit of coffee towards the back of the sip. Finishes with a lingering dryness and a hint of roasted coffee beans that makes for a good counterweight of dry bitterness in contrast to the grainy malt flavors. Nice flavor profile for a "lighter" stout (I put lighter in quotes because I'm used to RISes recently).

M: Decent fizziness in the mouth; I'd call this the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D: Very good. Pint disappeared pretty quickly.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Was blacker than hell with a thin tan head.

Smell was malt and coffee. Smells a bit like it's been casked.

Taste was coffee up front that mellowed a bit to dark chocolate before finishing with malt.

Mouthfeel was good. Not to much carbonation, although I wasn't impressed with the consistency, seemingly hitting pockets of flavor while other times it seems I hit a sour rough spot, interesting, and if its planned, cool.

Drinkability is good. If I had had the money to get a growler of it then I would have.

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Photo of DIM
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: As the name would suggest, this is indeed, black. No highlights, just black. It pours with a huge cascading light mocha colored head.

s: Malty, slightly sour, grain aromas of well-done coffee and cocoa dominate. There is also an earthy mildly woody smell.

t: Wow, for the first few minutes there is a big coffee flavor! That is a welcome surprise! After a while the coffee mellows a bit to blend with tastes of mild chocolate and a flavor that reminds me of sourdough bread. This one was complex and ever changing.

m: The carbonation was foamy and spot on, while the body might have been a tad watery.

d: My buddy and I had no trouble getting through this growler, in fact we both wanted more. Big thanks to BeerTruth for the chance to try this via trade. Thanks Adam! I wonder if Middle Ages will ever bottle this?

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a finger's worth of foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a an upfront sweet caramel, some butterscotch, dry coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was complex and robust. Elements of coffee, burnt grain, dark chocolate and smoke made appearances. Serious coffee flavor through the finish.

The mouthfeel was chewy and finished very dry.

Overall a very tasty and robust stout - a new favorite of mine. Many thanks to BeerTruth for this gem.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at Mahar's a while back. From notes.

A: Jet black with 2 fingers of mocha head.

S: Tons of roasted grain with some chocolate in the back. Slight woody smell as well.

T: Roast dominated this beer with some chocolate in the back. Tastes just like it smells. Gotta love that.

M: Full body with a solid cask carbonation. Coats your mouth

D: With the low ABV and wonderful taste I could have gone for another one. Very drinkable everyday stout.

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Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque, no light through even the edges, with about one finger of creamy dark-coffee colored head. Head retains a thin lace and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smell is a really nice combination of roasted malt and coffee beans. It'd be nice if it were a weee bit stronger.

This is really tasty and smooth, with roasted malt flavor all the way through, but not overdone to the point of tasting like charcoal. Coffee flavor and semi-sweet chocolate, as well, with a fruity note toward the finish and some hop bitterness that blends with the roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than ideal; it's on the lighter side of a true medium-body. It's pretty creamy and it finishes dry. It is extremely drinkable, however.

This is a really good beer, and I don't know why they don't bottle it. Definitely pick some up if you ever visit the brewery or a bar that has it on tap.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance? Black Hole darkness where not even a sliver of light escapes. Finger of chcolate milk-brown head. Looks big and heavy...and pitch black.

The aroma is a roasted/burnt malt flavor with light coffee notes. Understated but quite rich. Smells good, but not all that powerful.

The initial taste is a burst of strong coffee with burnt malt. The roasted stout flavor dominates. A sweeter second wave of dark chocolate and mild yeast. Very strong combination of flavors. The bready ringwood yeast comes out as it warms, as do all the other flavors. Really strong.

Feels thick as hell but also smooth and oily. Leaves a thick coating. Somehow thickens as it warms. It's very balanced even though it's really thick and strong. Sweet enough for ONE repeat. Feels/tastes like it has a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, like the backside of a beaver coat on a chilled Fall morning

S - Molasses, brown-sugar; very malty

T - Same as above, no surprises, good finish

M - Medium bodied, a bit light for this style; although it is an English stout so thinness is expected

D - A delicious morning snack!

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Photo of zdk9
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent example of a great style. This particular stout is an interesting combination of bitter, burned flavors along with an excellent creaminess.

A- Comes out of the tap a touch lighter than black, with tan highlights. The fingers worth of head lingers for a time and then dissapates with just a faint hint of lacing on the glass.

S- Intense roasted flavors, almost to the point of charcoal come out. It is hard to distinguish the particulars of the roastiness in the nose, but the taste will do them better justice. I wouldn't give it much hoppy presence, but there is perhaps something akin to a Western forest fire going on in this brew.

T- Roast- coffee beans, chocolate, caramel- combines with a sultry creaminess, like a strong cup of coffee with some souped-up flavored creamer.

M- The creaminess that I can taste is even more apparent here, where the beer envelopes my mouth with roasted aspects in a way unlike any other beer I've had.

D- While I currently prefer my stouts to be on the sweeter side, this one is really awsome, with a mouth feel that is great, and a flavor profile that stands strong and independent.

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Photo of crwills
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY. A very nice English stout, and a great start to the evening.

They poured it into a Brooklyn pint glass; mine looked very nice with a decent sized head, my friend's seemed a little flatter. Nice smoky, slightly planty aroma with a little bit of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is good, but a little bit on the light side -- this is my first cask stout, so maybe that's normal? Relatively dry taste for the style, with some definite smoke and licorice notes as well as grassy malts and a hint of fresh hops.

Very, very drinkable beer that I could have gone with all night if there weren't a few hundred more to choose from!

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