Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU

Added by philberinghele on 03-21-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with foamy white head. Significant lace retained in the glass. The hops are aromatic:East Kent Goldings & Admiral. Coconutty taste from the start, above average mouthfeel though it burns by the end somewhat. Drinkable. Turn away the label and drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick off white single finger head with nice lacing on a hazy golden copper body. Aroma is malt heavy with breads, tart citrus, candied orange and pine resin. The flavor is basically the same and follows very well with the exact same experience. Although good I don't really understand what makes this one English. It may use English hops but it basically came out as a malt forward AIPA from my experience. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking copper color. The head was a light cream color with a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a good balance of grainy sweet malts along with the dry hop aromas too. The taste of the beer has a good amount of English malt flavors with a sharp hoppy finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty typical, drinkable, medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall this beer was really nice in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of biscuit and caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the malts are a little stronger than the hops, the latter of which contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Slight bits of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackheart is anything but black. It's rather an appealing Double IPA brewed in the English style. Though not typical for the style at all.

The beer pours with a bright and glowing copper/orange color and shows lively carbonation through the glass. An airy and froathy white heabd form above the snifter and retains well. The foam laces very well in its retraction and with each sip.

Fruity, spicy, and citrusy aromas leap out first, followed by malts of sweet breads and caramels. Any oak or toast character is very light and most likely missed if the lable didn't say so. The aromas display a certain sturdiness yet brightness.

Crisp and characterful malts give a lot of graham cracker, biscuity, and sweet bread flavor without the sugary taste that usually accompanies such beers. Sharp and aggressive hop flavors of pine resins, spices, fresh-cut grasses, and citrus gradually grow in intensity and eventually dominate the beer as the malts retract into the finish. Fruity esters weave in and out of the hoppy citrus note and give a bridge from the malts to hops. Alcohol flavor is light and take on a fruity acetone note.

Sweeter and more full up front but the malts quickly transition to a well attenuated dry maltiness. The growing dryness is aided by the hop dryness and that of the 9% alcohol. Crisp and clean in the finish- rare for English Ales.

This is a great English IPA but the hop character takes on an unexpected citrus note (from Columbus hops?), creating an interesting interplay with the very English-like esters. Still, the toasted oak contributes little.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Graham cracker and caramel, with a leafy hop element

Taste: Bready caramel and graham cracker, up front, with a leafy hop character developing by mid-palate; rather bitter and oaky in the taste after the swallow, but the malty sweetness persists and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Big flavor and a bit different from the typical IPA, let alone an EIPA; ultimately a bit too sweet but still well worth seeking out

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

English IPA. Bottle bought at Hop Leaf in Chicago and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $20.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay cream. Good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat murky. Semitranslucent.

Sm: Clean floral hops, pale malts, and light soapy character. Bright fruit. Timid. A light to mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops, pale malts, and soapy character. Imbalanced. Somewhat mediocre for the style. I like it generally, but there's not much complexity or subtlety here. A bit too sweet. Weird tropical fruit notes turn me off to it. Not a balanced IPA by any means. I expect more from Three Floyds. No yeast character comes through. Some alcohol. Some candi sugar. Soapiness really holds this one back; it spent too long in primary.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style. Adequate carbonation. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile alright.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but unimpressive. Horribly priced - but then fuck me for buying it at a bar. I wouldn't bother with it again. ABV does come through a bit. I expected more given Three Floyds' reputation.


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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this several times in the past year, i'm finally getting around to reviewing it. This made it's debut at the brewpub, then Night of the Living Ales on cask, and later on in bottles. The cask version was my favorite, and one of the fest highlights. When the bottles first came out, I thought the oak was too astringent and needed time to mellow. This bottle is likely 6+ months old.

Murky orange with some light breaking through the haze. Creamy surface of offwhite foam, a small bit of lacing at the edges of the tulip glass. Buttery caramel aroma, some sweetness and hidden oak also in the nose. Sweet caramel, orange peel, and dried apricot flavors, light oak in the dry bitter aftertaste. Savory feel, showing age slightly, but definitely integrated with the oak.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/bronze with a nice white head and some lacing as it goes down. The hops and the oak completely dominate the nose, in a good way. The taste is a little bit of a disappointment after the nose, with the hops and the oak not blending quite enough--in fact, even though this is an IPA, I'm almost tempted to commit the cardinal sin and age this one for a while to see what develops. The mouthfeel is thick for the style but well within range. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by what I feel might be a little too much oak for what it is right now.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spicy/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering

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

Thanks to dvelcich for this with a slew of 3F beers, easily one of my fav breweries so a big thanks to him.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing over clear honey orange nectar peach colored beer.

Nose has hops, some light earthy and touch herbal, chewy hops, light floral citrus, some candy hops, light sweet caramel malts.

Taste comes with some rustic hops to start, light earthy and herbal, candy hops, light hop oil and almost hop extract but not super bitter, then some light sweet malts, caramel, touch of toffee, toasty malts, hint bready and biscuit, candy flavor. Finishes a bit more bitter which seems to build as it goes, drier, light sticky feel, lots of chewy candy hops finish with a light spicy earthy hop, and a touch of warming booze comes out of the sweetness.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, dec carb, light warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice hops but not quite english, lots of nice malts and sweet sugars to balance the various hops, sweetness, and light booze, tasty and drinkable though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden copper with several fingers of foamy, dirty-white head. This shrinks down into a thin and creamy retention, with a big flareup, that leaves a strong latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is strong with earthy hops and oak notes, and just a splash of vanilla in the nose as well. I'm also picking up a thick breadiness to the bouquet, along with a stiff waft of heat.

The hop profile in the taste is mellow and earthy with a bitterness that stick around for a good bit with notes of lingering spice and oak. A beefy and thick mix of tangy bread and citrus add some balancing sweetness to this (along with some light vanilla notes). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation up front that then melds into some thicker warmth towards the back. For being a 9% beer, the ABV was nicely held in check. There is sone definite heft and light heat in the feel but it overall wasn't bad.

I haven't had too many chances to try one of these "authentic" English Style IPAs (complete with oak aging and a higher ABV), so this was a welcome chance to try one. After tasting this, I'd be interested in seeking out some more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus, pale hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus to start. A complimentary pale hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very nice representation of style while taking that style to the next level which isn't often done with an EIPA and even less often done well. This is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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

Appearance: Pours a damn near opaque copper body with a small, wispy white head.

Smell: Relatively light, biscuit malts in the aroma with notes of fresh oak, plenty of spicy hops, and a cup of peach and apricot puree.

Taste: Overall, a dry, biscuity malt profile with just a brief bit of sugar sweetness. Tastes of apricot and peach. Some floral and oak hints. Spicy hops with a medium-high bitterness. Splash of sweetened fruit juices on the otherwise bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly different from all other English IPA's I've encountered, but it's good, and isn't that what counts, really?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed."

--Henrik Ibsen

Barely blurry apricot that explodes with bright tangerine highlights when backlit. A thick chunk of pale orange foam occupies the glass from the bottom edge of the nonic bulge to a point just above the rim. As it slowly deflates, the glass becomes festooned with an eye pleasing array of finely patterned lace.

Even though Three Floyds has included their usual truckload of hops, I'm not gobsmacked by the nose; primarily because I don't enjoy English hops (East Kent Goldings and Admiral in this case) as much as American hops. Fruit dominates, especially oranges. The amazing thing is that almost no alcohol is noted.

Before upending the pint glass, I'm intrigued by the concept of Blackheart. The brewers have endeavored to recreate a traditional, oceangoing English IPA, right down to the nothing but English ingredients, the oak barrel aging and the generous ABV. If I know these guys, they have also filtered it through an America Big Beer lens. Here goes...

Initial impression: the beer needs more hops. There's a ton of pale malt that sweetens things considerably. Bitterness is often cumulative in beer this big, so I'll reserve final judgment until more of the bomber has been drained. This ain't Dreadnaught... nor should it be.

English DIPA seems like the most accurate style classification, but the line in the sand has to be drawn somewhere. More than 200 styles doesn't do anyone any good. It's hard to believe that historical IPAs were this full and malty sweet. I would never have been able to pick out the oak on my own. Now that I know it's in there... sure, why not?

Sugar syrup-soaked orchard fruit still reigns supreme. Let's add apricots and peaches to the still-dominant oranges. Even though this isn't transcendent beer, I'm glad the Floyds didn't use American hops. Not only wouldn't it have been historically accurate, but they need something in their stable that's different. The alcohol is gently warming and lightly tongue tingly. Otherwise, it's nowhere to be found.

It was obvious that the body/mouthfeel would be outstanding after the look and sound of the pour. Beer entered the glass with a whispered hush that promised crushed velvet smoothness and winter weight silkiness. And that is exactly what it delivers.

Blackheart's label has to be one of Three Floyds most grotesque... in a good way. This is delicious beer that doesn't quite have the magnificent mojo that most of their lineup has. I'm having a fantastic time with the bomber, but given the $9.99 price tag, I'd rather buy sixers of Alpha King or Gumballhead.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a pale amber color with a thin white head covering the top. It had pretty good head retention and left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty and slightly sweet with some spicy citrus from the hops. Taste is malty with both toffee and caramel present. There is also some bitter and citrus flavors from the hops. There is more malt flavors then I expected, but it's a very good maltiness. it has a moderate bitterness that helps balance it out as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty drinkable, especially for 9%. It's not your typical IPA for sure, it has a lot of barleywine characteristics so it might not be for everyone. Very tasty though if you like those flavors, a pretty good beer all around.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from infextation

Pours an effervescent amber/honey with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Through the roof head retention & lacing

S: Floral & herbal hops & a touch of marmalade

T: Biscuitty malt, caramel, herbal & leafy hops up front. Leafy hops surface as this warms along with toffee, then grapefruit & lemons intertwining with the toffee & a bit of apricot & tangerine. Finishes semi-dry, fruitty with leafy & floral hops, plus a big smack of citrus

MF: Medium bodied/chewy with low carbonation & superb balance, plus just a whisper of booze

Drinks too easy would never believe this was 9.0% ABV, plus nails the style to the 98th percentile as far as my mind's eye was getting shipped to British troops, back in the day. Great effort from FFF!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

tried this one before the artic panzer and was quite impressed with it for sure. poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish that was remarkably clean and drinkable.

overall i really liked this one. i ha no clue how strong it was which made it even better. drinks like a champ and went over quite well.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to August for procuring this -enjoyed from a tulip the bomber shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is medium amber with thick haze and substantial head with good retention and fine bead with lace that sticks with wispy pattern. The smell has slight caramel odor with light fruity yeast and mild herbal hop aroma with subtle alcohol in the initial smell with a light woody aspect. The feel has a great balance with moderately full carbonation and semi-spicy hop with bitter middle and light sweetness with dry quality in the finish with mild alcohol in the background.

The taste is very good with a nice balance of malt with herbal hops with a peppery quality and wood in the taste with light caramel element and slight oaky quality with gentle hint of stone fruit and tangy yeast flavor with dry toasted malt character that blends well with the wood treatment and yeast with a slight alcohol flavor in the dry hoppy finish with a good amount of wood as it warms. Overall this is a good Engllish style with wood aging I was not sure what to expect but very good with respect shown for the original style with a good woody/hoppy combination and moderately low alcohol in the flavor I was pleasantly surprised but this is a good Hop forward beer from 3 floyds as usual.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Believe it was Matt who sent this one. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a nice creamy white head.

S: Some nice citrus hops to the nose and plenty of bready malts. Slightly sweet overall, but some floral and slightly piney hops. More and more orange as it sits in the glass.

T: Oranges dominate the flavor, too. Big pine flavor on the finish which provides a nice bitterness and a slight woodiness. Some bready malt gives this beer its sweetness, but the sweetness is not overdone.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: One of my preferred interpretations of an English IPA, even though it's not really all that "English". Still a nice beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours an orange amber color, with little carbonation and a little bit of white head.

s - Smells of sweet malts, fruit hops, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of oak, floral and fruity hops, and sweet malts. Has a little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good beer. Enjoyed the floral and fruity hops. Would like to try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Another brewday beer, 'cause it's just not a brewday without sampling others' final products. This one pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises a heap o' pine, mint, grapefruit rind, and a very light hint of caramel hiding in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but the pine is nicely muted a bit, and some dark toffee moves in to balance things out much better than the caramel in the nose ever could. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly creamy feel. Overall, a great EIPA. If the pine in the nose weren't so sharp, I'd bet this would be downright outstanding. Still pretty enjoyable, regardless, though.

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

Shared at my tasting May 29, 2010 c/o Jonathan.

Blackheart is yellow in color with a fair head and ok lacing. Heavy aromas of oak dominate the nose. The beer is tangy, hoppy, and easily identifiable as being in the English style. Again, oak is very present throughout the taste. The beer has a decent feel. Although it was decent, a small pour was plenty for me. This isn't a beer I would want to consume in quantity.

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

Clouded deep honey golden orange hue, thick viscous head light off white color holds together very nicely. Great retention has it settles fine speckled patterns of lace cling to my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Aroma has citric and floral hop notes with a sweet lightly toasted malt base, and a touch of white oak notes with minimal oak on the nose. The barrel aging is so integrated in this beer, I usually hate oak aged DIPAs this is not the case here. Flavors from the oak give a nice earthy dry bitterness that lasts throughout each sip, earthy, grassy, citric hops blend so nicely with alcohol and sweet malts that bring out a honey toasted bread flavor that really keeps you wanting another sip. More toasted oak soft vanilla, juicy raisins, with warming alcohol in the finish. Medium to fuller bodied ale, brings out layers of flavor as it warms up a bit. Pretty clean hop oils flowing through not as sticky as some of these beers that have come out recently, I'm used to resinous hops. Overall damn good DIPA, English hops and malts collide with some oak aging that does the beer much justice, another great beer from Three Floyd's, no kidding?

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

Clear orange body, with a thick white head. Light retention but solid lacing. Citrus is front and center in the nose with a sweet, bready malt. Light grassiness and some English yeast. Lots of tropical fruits in terms of flavour, some English bready malt character. Drying and quite bitter as the hops fade away. Medium full feel, great, juicy hopping with a medium low carbonation. Although some EIPA character comes through, this is substantially "American" in almost every aspect. Really good stuff.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,346 ratings.
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