Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 InfragilisBrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jsmercer
3/5  rDev -26.1%

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GRBLUE12
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of imbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Nutwood
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TimRoss41
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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 BRD14
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Joel12
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,348 ratings.
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