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

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a clear, honey-amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite crystal malt influenced (caramel, and some toasted pale malt notes) and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of hop character left here. My second pour of this beer has me noticing a touch of herbal hop aromatics though.

This beer is full bodied, with an almost sticky heft to it. There is a definite bitter hop presence here that doesn't quite cut through the malt. Herbal hop flavors (notes of lemon balm, pine and a touch of hemp) linger throughout the flavor profile intertwined with the bitterness. The finish has a nice malt character to it that makes me think of toasted pale malt and a cracker / biscuit like note. The malt character definitely contributes lots of caramelized notes, a certain bread-crust like character as well as a chewy note that is not quite toffee like. As the beer warms a touch of marmalade hop character becomes noticeable as does a touch of booze in he finish. There is a definite, sweet-citrus touch of hop character here.

From a fresh IPA perspective, this is not at its hoppy best, but this has aged pretty gracefully and is still perfectly inline with the Three Floyds interpretation of a Double IPA (big malt along with the hop focus).

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

Bottle. Pours a cloudy, murky dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of raisin and sweet malt. Flavor of raisin, malt, lots of oak and piney woodsy notes, toasted malt, and a touch of citrus. It grew on me as I continued to drink. This might be an old bottle, there's no way to know, but I really enjoyed it.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of kirok1999
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a nice rising white head that leaves nice sticky lace.
A very funky, grassy smell with some sweetness.
Tastes very dark with some black liquorice and rye. Very interesting combination of flavors. Smooth and silky and very easy to sip.
Thanks to mcallister for sharing.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus & light malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium complex toasted flavor with a medium smooth hoppy citrus finish of moderate duration.

Intersting beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated to an even skim. Thick rings of lace on the glass.

S: Strong piney and floral hops plus an earthy spicey (yeast?) flavor. Light sweet malts follow. Bitter bite at the end.

T: Big hops for ssure, but also big caramel malts for a nice balance. Nice bitter finish cleans it up. the 9% ABV is well hidden.

M: Full side of medium body. Moderate carbonation so its smooth and creamy.

D: Very drinkable, more than many for the style. This may be the first one I've had that said abouit being an "English" IPA on the bottle. It was a very good beer and I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my 1000th beer! Although I have not rated Nearly that many here on BA, most of those were done before I started using the BA method of reviewing. Fitting it is a Three Floyds brew as they are one of my most loved breweries.

A big bubble rocky two inch head is light tan in color and leaves a bit of doted lace. Body is a orange amber glass like body. Nose has a musky sweet hop character including tones of citrus peel, pine, paprika and resin like marmalade. Enters the mouth with that same citrus based resiny feel with first sip. It then turns to a mineral based piney feel on the back of the tongue and that hangs on the the buds strong. A mixture of musky malt , dry spices and orange peel make up an odd mouthfeel. Drinkability is hampered by this a bit for me.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is agreat copper with a tinge of red, the head is nice, but doesn't stay for long.
Aroma is malty as a EIPA should be, but there is a nice hop aroma there, but American hops, I can't hold that against them, I prefer them anyway.
Taste is hoppier than a typical EIPA, but it is three floyds and I expected that, toffee and caramel malts dominate, with a great citrus and floral bouquet of hops.
feel is nice and smooth, and this is a very drinkable beer, but at 9%, I am not sure how many I should have.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. bottle received in trade. Thanks Phil.

Medium sized lacy cream colored head. Lightly carbonated. Bright clear orange amber color. Smells quite juicy, fruity, with some toffee and cigar tobacco. Starts quite malty sweet but with a good hop balance. Alcohol is prominently present throughout. Lasting bitter finish with a sweet sticky toffee finish. Would drink again if I could get it.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my GI tulip.

A - A lively copper orange with a trail of carbonation going upwards. Has a thick, 2 finger head on top which is the color of ivory. Really one beautiful looking beer from this one.

S - Smell is a big whiff of pine hops with hints of apricot hiding behind it. The apricots add a unique twist to the normal hops smell that I see in IPAs. There is enough malt in there to give the beer a hint of a sweet and candied smell. One heck of a nose.

T - At first the beer doesn't seem to have much hop punch as you are initially greeted with a hint of sweetness but then out of the blue, you get whammed by a hops that make you almost want to pucker. However at the end there is a hint of sweet apricot that comes up on the backend to keep the hops from becoming overbearing. They also do a great job of hiding the alcohol so that it only comes up as a warming effect after the beer goes.

MF - Light carbonation and the body is also a bit thinner than I would have liked. There is a slight stickness to it and it leaves a nice resin residue on the tongue, which leaves almost a slick feeling on the tongue.

D - Overall a quality offering from FFF that is easy to drink and well balanced. It is tasty and would definitely consider buying some more. The English IPA style also seems to be one that I don't find often enough. Good Solid Beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Brett for bringing this one back for me. Stored in my fridge since he gave it to me.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a crystal clear orangey red with a big 2 inch head that quickly disappeared and leaving, surprisingly, no lacing. I imagine this bottle is a little old, but you wouldn't expect so from the nose. It's a full frontal attack to the nose. It's straight grassy hops, with a little spiciness coming from some noble hops and really raw oak. Wow, the flavor reminds me of hop-laced ethanol. Up front, its big hops, on the tail it's straight booze. You would think that this beer would have somewhat of a malty flavor, just because of how much alcohol is in it but nope, I don't taste any malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is a tad thin for how big this beer is. Wow, with as hoppy as this beer is with a bit of age, I can't imagine how it was really fresh.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tattorso for this one!

Pours hazed orange with an off-white head that immediately disappears to a thin wisp of a patch, leaving very little lacing.

The smell is of tropical fruitiness - in an English hop way with heavy bready, caramel maltiness and some oak/vanilla. Raw.

The taste is of caramel, oak/vanilla with herbal/citric/floral bitterness.

It has a creamy, full body.

There is an alcohol presence, not unsurprising for abv level, yet very drinkable. Something of an English IPA on steroids with vanilla/oak notes. Interesting.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled dec 27/08.

pours hazy deep reddish orange with a small dense white head. the head drops pretty fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. vanilla and raw oak. touch of alcohol. maybe a bit of bourbon. nice citrus - grapefruit, orange, bit of tangerine. biscuit and multi-grain bread. hint of pine. bit of other fruity character.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. light alcohol. vanilla and raw oak. biscuit and multi-grain bread. some grapefruit and pine. touch of orange peel and tangerine. bit earthy too.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balance. i like the addition of the oak in this one. even though the hops have a bit of an american slant, the oak and the great malty base seems to pull it back towards the english side. good stuff.

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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 MrMcGibblets
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a clear glowing orange/copper into a tulip with a creamy head and nice lacing. nose was woody, minty, floral, and earthy with biscuity/cracker-like malts. some alcohol noted. sweet malts are overtaken by the minty/sprucey hop bitterness. long, spicy, minty/sprucey finish with some warming alcohol. medium to full in body with prickly carbonation. maybe i'm spoiled by american dipa's but this was not one of my favorite 3F's offerings.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy light copper under a big white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Smells of citrus hops and a bit of spiciness, all wrapped around a definite toasted malt backbone.

T: Citrus hops are apparent as well as the alcohol. Bit of a syrup like sweetness to it. Bitterness is moderate. A little off balance for my taste.

M/D: Body is medium, a bit viscous and carbonation is low. Drinkability is OK. For an English IPA I expected a much tamer brew, but what I got was a nice surprise. The lack of balance is the only real critic I can make. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a few months old and should have been consumed a bit fresher, but it's still great.

A - Pours a nice autumn/fall orange with light brown undertones. Pretty solid two finger head, bright white in color. Gobs of sticky lacing cling to the glass

S - Spicy and earthy. Some piney and floral hops, but nothing like FFF's typical hoppy nose. Loads of sweet, lighter malts follow. Overall, I'd call it pungent.

T - Nice balance between hops and malts, with the hops winning out in the end. Spicy, earthy hops. Sweet caramel backbone. Some orange and apricot notes. No hint of the 9% ABV.

M - Light to moderate carbonation. Medium to medium-full body. Very smooth and creamy.

D - What can I say? I love FFF, and this is a good one. Not as hoppy as the other FFF brews, as it's an English IPA. Great beer overall.

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Photo of weeare138
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small, white head that quickly fades out into a small collar. Very little spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, hoppy, citrus, spice, and orange.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, and bitter bits of hops streaking along the palate like a ripe hybrid of a spicy orange waiting to be plucked.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, hoppy, balanced, semi dry finish.

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Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Orangish bronze pour. Decent head, some retention and lacing.

S: Good hop presence. Gingery, citrus, very floral. On the sweet side.

T/M: Good bitterness level, especially for an English IPA. Hops taste more grassy and tea like with a bit of citrus in there. Light grainy malts, a bit sweet. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is average.

D: Tasty and my favorite from the style.

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Photo of jraycee
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed, bronze/amber huewith a nice white head that leaves light lacing.
Smells hoppy with fruit, grains, and grass.
Taste is big with a similar malt to FFF's Dreadnaught, but hops are much different. Like a huge monster lurking under a wet blanket. Fruits and grassiness with some spices.
Mouthfeel is right down the middle. Not too light and nice carbonation.
I would drink this again if it wasn't so hard for me to get, and i wasn't such a big fan of American IPAs lately. A tasty treat, and a great reminder of where the style started.

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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 rhinos00
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy, light orange. Very little white head that dissipated quickly.

S- Malt and hops. There was a nice distinct sweetness that I think was there because this beer was aged for at least 7 months.

T- Nice and balanced. Malt presence was there, and so was the hops. I was surprised that the hops still held up after a little bit of age on them.

M- Medium bodied. Some carbonation. Went down really smooth.

D- Given that this was not as fresh as possible, it was a pretty good beer. I could not even taste the 9% abv whatsoever.

Overall a solid brew. Dreadnaught is still my favorite FFF beer (still have to try DL...waiting for a special occasion) by far.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tuo for this bomber!

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a big, thick, cream colored head. Nice chunky, sticky lacing. Looks good.

Smells of green herbal/floral hops, toffee malts, and wood. That wood is surprising, but I enjoy it.

The flavor combines all of the aromas very nicely. Earthy hops, woody/whiskey flavors, and a bit of sweet malts. There's a hint of citrus and a touch of mint at the finish. Nice!

Medium body with creamy carbonation. The 9% abv is nowhere to be found in the smell or taste. Great job with that. I could drink these until I was feeling that 9% and maybe then some. Very tasty beer. Good job, 3F!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to lightindarkness for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy with some malts, bourbon/whiskey, slight oak, with some citrus. The taste is very nice, really different, hoppy, with some malts, oaky, with some bourbon/whiskey notes, sweet, with some citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, like I said this is a different English IPA, also never had a English IPA at 9% ABV. Glad to have a chance to check this badboy out, Thanks Christian.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a sea of carbonation that supports a thick bubble beige head that last for much of the beer.

S- The big green herbal hops aroma as a soft woody note to it and an orange blossom hint that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The taste of fresh green hops has a slight sweetness that follows with a caramel malt flavor. The finish is a nice pungent hop flavor that is green with a faint mint quality to it. The bitterness lingers for a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

D- This big has nice big hops with some interesting qualities to them and a sweetness that really punch up the hops. This beer is so big it needed a glass of water to go with it. No it's not really thirst quenching but very tasty.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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