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 RonfromJersey
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #6 from my Chicago DIY care package.

Hazy light orange body, topped by a huge billowing fist of whipped white fluff.

Heavy orange and pine aroma, with a big dose of fresh bread.

Very sweet malt beginning. Plenty of juicy fruit oozes all over the mouth. Crisp bitter bite, then the bitterness lingers into the aftertaste and mingles with the fruit. Gets a bit boozy when it warms.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

A tasty English IPA, though this being Three Floyd's, it's bigger than most, or all.

Not one of the beers that make 3F legendary though.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, leading to a fair, soft looking layer of microbubbles across the surface.
Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - The oak smacks the nose with it's predominant presence. Orange and spice; almost like coriander. Moderate pineapple and subtle grapefuit. Faint vanilla. One of the more unique and interesting aromas I've come across.

Taste - Yep, it's all there. The oak hits upfront and through to the finish. Pineapple notes are also upfront, while grapefruit peel hits near the back end. Moderate vanilla mid-taste and toward the finish. Buttered biscuit. Toasted oak notes hit deeper as the beer warms. Finishes with a woody, citrusy balance that's nothing short of awesome.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with immaculate smoothness.

Overall - Not only is this a unique brew, it's also really amazing! So many levels working in beautiful harmony together. Fitting I reviewed this on July 1st, because there is something that's very 'Christmas in July' about this beer. Wish I'd have traded for more of these! Everything I've imagined in an oak-aged beer. Can we have more of these please, and less 'boozy/bourbon' oak aged brews?

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Photo of sbxx
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into FFF pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, golden honey color. 3 fingers of thick foam head. Nice retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, pine, hint of caramel.

Taste - Hops up front, balanced malt body, little bit of an alcohol bite. Nice, subtle oak taste comes through on the backend. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, medium body, dry, bitter finish.

Overall - Excellent beer. The subtle oak taste was perfect and really made this beer stand out. Looking forward to having more.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter with a nice hazy golden color and an inch head that dissipated and left a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit weaker than I was expecting, getting a faint citrus smell and a hint of wood. Taste is a bit floral and lot citrus, defintely getting some oak, and balanced well between the malt and hops,. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but dry, medium carbonation. Finish is definitely dry and bitter. Great offering from FFF. I’m liking this because the hops are definitely coming through but not too overpowering.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Trade from BrewMane. Thanks! Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Not much aroma, maybe slight sweet citrus, toffee, soap(?). Flavor is BIG up front bitter with a sweet malty finish. Lingering honey pine taste on the palate. Alcohol warmth going down. Big slick mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. Unique brew here, better than the rating that is lower than it should be thanks to the aroma (there just isn’t any). Worth a try. Yikes. As this warms up it the alcohol really comes out. Like vodka or rubbing alcohol flavor. That is unfortunate. Be sure to keep it cold and it is a solid beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a slightly above average thickness. A darker orange color for an IPA. About two fingers of head on the pour, but one finger was present the whole time. Above average carbonation. Average to above average lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bitter hop front jumps out of the glass. Bright citrus of mangos, tangerines, grapefruit, and mandarin oranges. There is a malty presence that levels the beer out. Definitely sense the English IPA out of this one.

Taste: The front is a smooth creamy malt texture. The hops warm up the body of the beer, but not nearly with the presence I expected in the aroma. A lighter citrus flavor mixes with a spicy high alcohol content to create a really unique flavor. A warming yeast flavor lingers on the palette leaving a dry feeling behind.

Mouthfeel: The high alcohol, hops, and yeast leave a unique feeling on the palette.

Overall: Tasty, refreshing brew. The aroma and flavor keep you guessing and this beer is very drinkable on a warm summer day (like it is today). Three Floyds certainly knows what they are doing with their IPAs.

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Photo of screamking
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours apricot with a thin off white head. Lacing is small, very small. 3.5

Aroma-muddled orange peel is the first note that hits me. Lemon and mango also set themselves up here well. Citrus is the main focus, but a lot less than the heavy hitting west coast stuff I'm used to. 3.75

Taste-lemon jumps out at the front of the tongue, bitter lemon and orange peel. Sweeter notes hit mid palate, brown sugar and a little pine. Crisp apricot finish. 4

Feel-pretty nice feel, light to medium bodied, ABV is higher than I would expect. 4.25

Overall-I was expecting this to be a little tones down compared to the west coast stuff, but its really a totally different animal. This is a solid offering from Three Floyd's, but for the price I don't know if I would pick it up again. 10 bucks for this bomber is a bit of a stretch. I am glad I got to try it and if you have the chance I recommend you do to. 3.75

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy burnt orange. With an off white head that retains nicely. Some suspended yeast scattered throughout.

Spicy hops upfront with a nice solid malt backbone. Hop aromas are pretty mellow and allow alot of the warm malt to pull through.

Earthy Malt is present at first but fade quickly into alot of bittering hops. Some spicey earthy hop notes pull through and finishes with a little alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation is balanced with lots of oil from the hops. Gives it a nice body but keeps it drinkable through all the bitterness

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Photo of roger617
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Spiegelau IPA glass
A: 4.25 Clear as could be. Poured with 3 fingers of head that reduced slowly and painted lacing all over the glass.
S: 3.75 Very warm and inviting, slightly burning sensation. A noticeable strong malt backbone takes 2nd role.
T: 3.75 Reverse the aroma, the malt takes lead in taste. There is an expected dominant bitterness, finishes very dry. I didn't pay attention to the ABV prior to taking notes, and the 8.5% doesn't surprise me. No necessarily good or bad, just fitting.
M: 4.0 The carbonation accentuates the malt flavor quite nicely. With a dry finish, it leaves you wanting more very quickly, which is a strange twist for 8.5%.
O: 4.0 This is one that I'm very glad I had, but I won't be seeking out again. I'm always amazed at just how clear 3F gets their brews, and this is no exception. This is a very good beer, nicely balanced in flavor.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a snifter. The label text also reads "Blackbeard" if I look at right, sort of in an American Beauty / "American Reality" sorta way..

A code is printed on the bottom of the bottle; the digits could possibly be surmised as a Julian code, but I'm not really concerned with how fresh this is, as FFF disappears on the shelves within days around here..

Pours pretty, white head on an orange-ish body. The head dissipates quickly. Smell is very much of-the-wood and a bit alcoholic, the only detraction imo. There is a definite herbal/grassy undertone. Taste is rather different than the smell (and better) - juicy-fruit and tangerine, with a spicy, woody finish. The hops also have a cool, menthol feel as well. Nice and complex altogether.

Overall, this is a fine departure from the IPAs of late - I really appreciate the atypical hops in a US-brewed IPA. Would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds "Alpha King" branded imperial pint glass

Pours a hazy golden amber capped by a two finger bright white fluffy head. Abundant grassy English hops, hints of caramel, and toasted oak on the nose. Herbal, some floral accents, and light caramel malt. Finishes with a bit of apple peel, warm, toasty oak that combines with herbal hop bitterness and underlying hints of alcohol. Moderately carbonated medium body, that is smooth and creamy with hints of soapiness on the edges. I'm fairly surprised that I've never reviewed Blackheart, as it is among my favorites from Three Floyds. Certainly more bitter than your standard English IPA, this brew is fairly well balanced overall and the oak-aging is a plus.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up just the other day on a trip to chi town. Enjoyed in a fff teku.

Brew poured a semi transparent brown orange with visible carbonation. the head was frothy and left chinck lacing. Smell ifs fairly hoppy for an English ipa, but this is fff. Smells great, citrus tropical fruit. The taste is a big toasted malt with a slap of hops. Nice and quite unique. Has a zesty almost peppery spicing in my mouth from the toasted bitter after vibe. Easy drinker. Worth checking 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 rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Semi clear amber, not much carbonation, two finger sticky head.

S-Malt, grass, oak, bread and toast.

T-Grass, bread, toast, good deal of oak, mild bitterness, and some lemon.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-English IPAs do not really do it for me, this was still a good one. The oak was a nice addition.

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

22 oz Bomber
Pours a nice murky brown/golden color.
Head is abundant, thick and really a great looking beer.
Smells of orange, the FFF dosage of hops as usual, lots of citrus, and the smoky notes come through ever so slightly in the finish. Pine, citrus, bready malts .Well balanced
The smoke come through more in the flavor. Upfront a nice roasty bready smoky flavor, finishes with citrus notes.Orange, lightly sweet, tons of pine.
Actually a little heavy on the sweetness, but a good EIPA nonetheless

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

22oz bottle from The Beer Trappe in Louisville, Kty.

Pours hazy, dark copper with an inch-plus of beige foam. A partial skim coat and tattered lacing for the duration of the glass.

Earthy, spicy hops with oaky notes, ripe malt, and a minerally meatiness start the nose. Hints of roasted nuts, burnt biscuits, and some toffee follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, minerally mouthfeel.

Plump, juicy malt laced with gypsum leads off the palate. Piney, spicy, earthy hops step forward along with an oaky dryness and toasted grains.

Finishes malt-forward with plenty of earth-rubbed pine, a mild bitterness, and a hint of butterscotch.

Another great beer from FFF.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info but it was a May release and my friend bought at the brewery so it's good. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with good carb streams. It had about a finger of head that slowly settled to a good collar and covering film. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was the expected English aromatic hops but also a lot more sweet, caramel malt than I expected. No alcohol present. The taste again had a good English hop bite but had too much of the sweet malt for my taste. Needed some more hop to malt balance. Definitely drinkable but just didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation and a very sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great beer for me. Just too sweet as it overshadows the hops. Not avail here - got from Hoss, many thanks! Rotation: glad I tried it but one was enough.

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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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Photo of southeastmat
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, clear orangish hue. Half inch head on the pour that fades quickly. Terrific lacing on this brew.

S: Biscuity malts with a lot of caramel sweetness. Then, there are hops. A great smelling brew. After it warms those hops sink into the background and the grain/malt powers up.

T: Sweet malt bomb on the front followed by a noticeable amount of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol notes as you continue. The toasted oak is there but it's light. Just a great example of this style.

M: Thick for me but drinkable. It lingers on the palate with strong flavors and warm biscuit notes.

O: Enjoyable 3 Floyd's take on a classic. I thought the hops would be the big feature but I was surprised by the maltiness. This is a great beer to cap off a hard week. The warming effect is pleasant and helps make each sip of the brew more enjoyable.

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

pour was a golden orange, fairly clear, light thick white head.

floral and hoppy with a load of sweetness. hints of sweet candy malt

very malt friendly, candied and sweet through out. light complexity of floral and bittering hops.

thick and chewy with a very strong resin and oily feeling

good, but very caramel sweet malt heavy, so cloying at times. however still decent.

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

Translucent golden, good intial head, some lacing.

Bready, with floral and earthy hops.

Bread, apricot, floral notes, black pepper, grapefruit. Quite flavorful.

Medium-thick, smooth mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

Well done IPA in the english style. Yet to have a bad beer from 3F.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Poured in to FFF teku glass.

A - Translucent medium orange colour with a big golden glow along the bottom. One finger of egg shell head.

S - Big caramel malt sweetness up front with a floral hop aroma and a fairly prominent bitterness evident. Not getting the oak in the nose.

T - A huge bitterness up front that gives way to a big sweet caramel and bready malt backbone. There's a touch of oak in the background that is a nice compliment to the overall flavour profile. The hops add some floral and herbal notes to the beer but the sweet malt backbone adds much more in terms of flavour.

M - Medium body. Thick and chew with lots of resinous hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes during inet downtime(late may 2012).

Bomber style bottle that reads 1 pint 6 oz. Some incredible artwork on this label. This is pure FFF style. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden copperish orange in color. They all come to mind when I look at this ale. Some Cloudiness within the body, but still a hazy clarity. Frothy head that is cloudy white in color. Provides a good amount of stick on the way down and stays around a good while. Heads is loaded with a mix of all different sizes of bubbles.

S - all English ingredients. English caramel malt for the most part with an oak aged aroma. Grapefruit and citrusy orange like hop notes with pine chasing in the background. Aroma has an earthy character.

T - a bunch of Fruitiness and malt flavors. Grapefruit, oranges, and some dark fruits up front. Dark malt and an Oaked flavor with some light sweet caramel and a very faint chocolate note. Citrus notes of lemons creep in amongst the malt. Even a little bit of pineapple creeps up from nowhere. Hoppiness doesn't really take full notice til the finish with a little booziness and bitterness at the back.

M - Smooth medium bodied. Very thick and flavorsome in the mouth. A nice sticky coating in the mouth. Alcohol isn't potent and makes the brew very easy to drink.

O - boy oh boy, what a treat. Not your normal ipa loaded with hops and bitterness. But a thick in the mouth gem with a ton of flavor. Its a delicious masterpiece and offers the ipa fan a change in direction in a world class manner. It's a fantastic English style ipa Using wonderful English yeast, hops and malt. Flavors are a bit different, but the uses of malt along with mellow hops are on the same base and just plain splendid. Blackheart continues a big line of awesome beers the guys at Three Floyds have to offer. Nothing but world class here. This is a straight up flavor filled enjoyment of an ale. I'll buy this every year. A must try. As are all FFF brews.

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

a beautiful looking bottle label. poured a clean amber with a perfect 2 fingers of off white heat. great retention, greater lacing. smells of cascade hops.. more of a west coast smell than an english ipa. getting a hint of sweet caramel underneath the pine smell. tastes malty sweet and slightly bready up front. then you get a bitter blast of hops towards the finish giving you a piney/citrusy grapefruit taste. medium body with a nice creamy feel, moderate carbonation and a nice warmth from the alcohol content. this is a solid ipa, regardless of not really sticking to the tradition english ipa. i think they should consider making this one year round.. stands up strongly next to arctic panzer wolf.

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

An English style IPA from Three Floyds!

Pours out a copper color with a lot of carbonation and a thick 3 fingers worth of head.

The aroma has a lot of citrus, grapefruit and piney hop notes along with a sweetness and bready maltiness.

The taste starts off with a decent amount of grapefruit and citrus flavors along with hints of piney notes and then it's balanced slightly by the bready malt notes. There is some caramel sweetness as well and it's not very bitter. The mouthfeel is almost chewy and creamy.

Very balanced and neither the hops nor the malt takes over, but I would have liked it to be a bit more intense with the hops and the bitterness.

Overall a refreshing and delicious beer.

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