Blackheart Stout | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by MichaelStoutBeard:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured from the tap an opaque black no light showing thru at all with a creamy mocha colored one finger head.Aromas of milk chocolate mixed with dark roast coffee and a lingering earthiness,a great combination of flavors going on starts out with some bitter chocolate notes intertwined with a big dark roast coffee presence melding into a really dry earthy finish.A very nice stout has alot of flavors from beginning to end,highly recommended.

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Photo of sponberg
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: From a growler, in pint glass. Head the color of a chocolate milkshake, and persistent to boot. Just as opaque as Rogue Shakespeare.

Aroma: Strong roasted malt with some caramel waaay in the background. Starts out with a round, roasted flavor, with some hints of alcohol and a background fruitiness from the Ringwood yeast. An oiliness and chocolateyness appears mid-swallow, and lingers. Finishes with a dryness that I didn't expect at first - similar to a black coffee. Just bitter enough throughout to balance. Every taste bud in your mouth gets a lovely parting gift from this stout.

An extremely flavorful and complex stout - one of MA's better efforts, and that's saying a lot.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A good stout with medium-full buttery mouthfeel. Nice roasted and chocolate malt flavour as opposed to bitter and coffee. Very drinkable. Brewer was coy whether added cocoa. Recommended for stout fans. Points for colour and fresh roastiness, bit of crossover to scotch style.
Had on cask two years later and didn't work that day.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fresh cask at The Blue Tusk

Pitch black with a short tan head. Aroma left a little be desired on cask. Generally on tap there are a great, rich dark roasted coffee smell. I'll have to review again next time I have a growler. Anyways, taste was dry and a bit bitter with heavy black grains and a hint of mocha. While I've had trouble finishing a growler of this before. My imperial pint of the cask disappeared on no time. Give it a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a cap of a little white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Some stringy yet messy lace. The aroma had a good amount of dark chocolate with some roasted malt and coffee. Slight smokiness. The flavor takes the previously mentioned aromas to blend nicely. Some dark fruits come in to excite my tastebuds. A touch of breadiness. Quick semi-sweet aftertaste with a crisp sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about medium bodied with a fair sessionable sort of smooth feel rolling all around. Low carbonation, but I didn’t mind. ABV felt fine. Overall, a pretty nice sweet stout worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at David Copperfields in NYC, my fourth beer of the day, so I needed to make it something that would come through. This was a good choice. It poured black as night, with an inch of thick brown stuff on the top that constituted the head. I think I could have floated a dime on the top.

This stout smelled like a porter. That is a compliment. In many ways it tasted more like a porter too. Very flavorful, the end taste is dry, as is the beginning. But in the middle, you get sweetness. Finishes great, nice and dry.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orfeu for the growler!

Poured a jet black, with a huge cream colored head, that took a long while to settle down. Lace made the glass opaque, this was definatly fresh! Smell was of rosted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was great. Roasted coffee and malts, very nice, slight hop is the back, and the taste lingered, deep dark chocolate with, a bit of caramel, very nicely done. The mouthfeel was almost perfect for a stout. Thick, nicely carbonated, smooth delivery and just great. I could really drink this all the time, too bad its 2000 miles away! Great great brew!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this real cask conditioned ale at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY, which is an authentic English style pub staffed with university students from England. When I ordered this beer, the keg manager told me that he was really impressed with this stout and said I wouldn’t be disappointed with my selection. He was correct, the Black heart Stout was excellent! I recently tasted Middle Age’s Duke of Winship (a Porter/Scotch Ale) which also tasted excellent, but found their Tripel and Winter Warmer offerings average. Middle Ages Brewing Co seems to have a real knack for stouts and porters.

Appearance: Deep opaque black, dark tan foamy head that dropped to about ¼ of an inch and stayed there unti lthe beer was totally consumed.

Smell: Roasted malts and espresso.

Taste: The beer was served at a slightly warmer temperature (45-50 degrees) as one would expect it to be in England. The strong roasted malt flavors came through with subtle tastes of espresso and dark chocolate. The beer was moderately bitter. All the flavors came together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of zdk9
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 wailingwench
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased growler at brewery. Tours on Sat at 1:30.

Eye Candy: Thick tan head which made my girlfriend think that I was drinking some sort of chocolate shake. She's a pale ale gal, but she finished off my growler. Black, black, black.

The Nose Knows: The black and chocolate malts really come through. Amazing roasted smell balanced with the chocolate.

Tongueland: Thick, yet smooth. Bitter chocolate dominated at first with an intermixing of sweetness. Finished slightly bitter and dry. Flavor really came through as BHS warmed and coffee flavor ended.

Bender factor: Finished this growler last out of 4 others. Save the best for last, right? I figured that it would be a perfect way for me to end the evening. After drinking a Pale, an IPA, and an Imperial IPA, BHS was refreshing.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an imperial pint of this on cask at Mahar's in Albany. Pint was pulled with expertise, as they are definately guru's at this bar. This beer sat jet black in the glass with a generous fluffy, dense, light brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and sweet malt rose from the pint. Flavors were very reminiscent of the smells. Roasty and bitter up front and soon rounded out with chocolate and sweet malt. This was a substantial beer with a nice medium to medium-full body. Higher than average alcohol, but many flavors mingled together to form an amazing concoction. A nice drinking beer for the cold weather season, and excellent on cask!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of williamherbert
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Blackheart Stout from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 75 ratings