Blackheart | Relic Brewing Co

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co
Connecticut, United States
relicbeer.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by naproxen on 02-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
29
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
7.45%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown where no light passes even along the edges of the glass. Beige head that recedes to rim bubbles. Plenty of streaks on the glass for lace.

Rather nondescript smell, it takes some effort to get to the cream and mild chocolate nose.

The flavor is more pronounced. There's chocolate and black patent malts present creating a mocha taste. The body is below expectations (i.e. thinner) with a stronger effervescence. Long aftertaste of semisweet chocolate.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate with deeply roasted grain behind it;

T: chocolate malt for a moment, then deeply roasted grain through the finish; aftertaste is deeply roasted grain and black coffee; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mike22ne
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.
Looks good, dark brown/black with reddish hue and a nice tan head.
Smells of roasted barley and chocolate, with earthy hop presence.
Taste is good, lots of bittersweet dark chocolate with malty flavors. Some coffee and lingering bitterness.
Feels smooth and medium body, not too heavy. Dry finish.

Overall a great, tasty beer. Not knowing the style when I tried it, I might have guessed it was a black IPA due to the hops and bitterness, but the focus on malts and the balance in flavors was very nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Durge
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of braican
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tylergoov
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of RayB425
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pokal

A: Pours pitch-black with hints of deep brown. British khaki, creamy, 1 finger head that quickly fades.

S: Sort of musty and earthy, but unoffending, smell, like the inside of an older barn. Aroma of coffee grounds, raw cacao and sweet malt.

T: Slightly burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The only lasting flavor comes from the roasty flavors with bitterness that lasts just long enough. Very little in the way of hop flavors; some woody flavors are hiding around.

M: Medium to semi-light in body with moderate to high carbonation.

O: I have been on a Schwarzbier kick lately and this is one of my favorites. Its beautiful to look at, has excellent roasty flavors and has a nice clean lager profile. If you like this style, get this fresh if you can, this is a top-tier American Schwarzbier. Blackheart is a winner in my book.

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Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Devin84
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of threephase
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of enslighet01
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of StarWarsFan2185
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CTBeerhunter66
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this recently from the brewery.

A - Black - proper carbonation and a nice head

S - Malty and earthy I really enjoy the aroma of his beers in general

T - Just a great example of a malty black lager, chocolate and malt with some roast

M - enough body but still light enough to drink

O - One of my overall favs from Relic, too bad its going away for winter

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Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheLostGringo
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. poured into my Deschutes Teku glass.

A: The appearance is really nice, inky black with a solid 1 inch head and some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is basic straight forward chocolate malt, little else.

T: Mostly straight forward chocolate malt, perhaps a hint of licorice.

M: Dead on for the style, nice mouth coating but the carbonation makes it easy drinking.

O: very nice Schwarzbier and while not an extremely popular style in the U.S. I do enjoy these on occasion and this was a really good example.

Cheers!

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Photo of dpianka
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 3/12/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
glass: Mug
temperature of beer: 55.5F

Appearance: beautiful ebony, think grade A dark amber maple syrup (yum)

Smell: strong roasted malt followed by faint fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate and yes, maple syrup

Taste: strong roasted coffee nutty like a really good espresso, dark chocolate, not incredibly complex but that’s not a bad thing here. Hops were mellow but noticable. Malt was upfront and just the perfect amount of caramel sweetness

Mouthfeel: light creaminess that lent itself to counter the carbonation quite well

Overall Impression: amazing. Probably the best black lager I’ve ever tasted, ok it is the best. Light and extremely refreshing. I’ve found a place in my black heart for Relic.

Food Pairing: I’d go with cheese, either a sharp cheddar or some goat cheese with walnuts and honey. Any smoked beef or pork or BBQ would be wonderful. If you want to carry it into dessert a creme brulee or Flan would be amazing

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler purchased at Relic Brewing, Plainville, CT
Served in a pint glass.

Hazy chestnut brown in appearance. The liquid was capped by a tight, creamy, tan colored head that slowly fell to a clingy film.

The aroma really blew me away. Freshly brewed coffee was immediately noticeable. Moderately roasty. Good amount of dark chocolate. Lots of sweet caramel malt and toffee notes. Hint of vanilla.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Sweet up front with a strong caramel malt presence. French roast coffee and dark chocolate notes appeared in the center. Touch of vanilla and sweet cream. The finish was rich and roasty, yet not at all bitter or acrid. Some earthy hops came through as well. Overall, intensely flavorful and exceptionally well balanced.

The mouthfeel was creamy, plush and smooth with a a very fine and mild effervescence. The level of carbonation was a bit more appropriate in the sample of this beer that I had at the brewery.

Blackheart is an excellent beer and an outstanding rendition of the style. I love supporting local breweries, especially those willing to try their hand a not-too-common style. Definitely keep an eye out for these guys.

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Blackheart from Relic Brewing Co
4.16 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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