Black Hearted
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Black IPA
Ranked #33
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,121
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 7.41%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
58
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 06, 2022
Added:
Jan 29, 2020
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  6
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: This Black IPA holds no ire towards love lost, it thrives on it. Remember your ex, take a few sips, and then go back to enjoying your day. They’re someone else’s problem now anyway.
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
PKG 12/21/2021 but kept in fridge since April when I purchased it in the Box of Hearts. Poured a ruddy black color with a 2 finger high tan head that dissipated slowly and left moderate amounts of fine lacing. Malt aromas is forward with muted hints of pine needles & citrus from the Centennial (?) hops. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a mildly bitter finish that lingers. Medium bodied with a smooth feel, mild carbonation, (head lasted to the end), and bitter sweet finish. A truly enjoyable experience but am partial the black IPA, Scottish ales & maltier brews that are well balanced. Bell's doesn't disappoint here.
Oct 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Name: Black Hearted
Brewery: Bell'sBrewing
Location: Kalamazoo Michigan
Style: Black IPA
Date: 12/21/2021
I have wanted to try this beer for over three years. I was gifted this by a friend of mine in Michigan. After discovering the packaging date, I am concerned the contents within are compromised. The temperature is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour created a frothy and creamy one-fingered tan head. The color charts around SRM 24 ruby red with dark amber hues. Zero clarity exists. The appearance of the beer is above average.
I'm not smelling much of a hop aroma, but I noticed the dark roasted malts. Nosing the glass, I detect char, campfire, floral, pine needles, resin, grapefruit, dark toasted bread, and herbal. After a few whiffs, I notice a slight malty sweetness.
My suspicion is confirmed age has tempered the hops. I taste dark roasted malts, char, honey, floral, pine needles, grapefruit, herbal, floral esters, crackers, rye, and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is astringent and finishes long. The body is medium and medium carbonation.
The hops could have been fuller and more bitter if this was a fresher bottle. Alas, I am pleased with what I have tasted now. I will try to find a newer bottle and compare notes.
Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is black, head is tan and presents 1 finger thick, head dissipates to solid top with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light roast, light chocolate, earth/pine/herbal/lighter grass/some citrus for the hops.

Taste is light roast/light chocolate, pine/earth/grass/citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness; lingering roast/chocolate sweetness with pleasant bitterness.

Overall a well executed example of the style - wish they would make this year round in wide distribution.
Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I’m loving this beer.
Pours as dark as its name, with a cocoa tinged cap. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of French roast on the nose. Sip follows, with that piney grapefruit upfront and some lasting roastiness on the end.
Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Getting close to the six month shelf life this beer pours a deep dark black with just 1 1/4 inch of froth pitch black no escaping light. Smells of mild roast mostly hops kind of timid kind of thinking its beyond it's prime. Good news is its still tasty! Slight bittering hops almost fruity level of roast not very grainy. Body is super smooth velvety probably one of the easiest black IPA's I ever drank!

Overall don't let the 6 months shelf life discourage you this beer is still drinking fire! I might go back for a few more!
Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by MynamesRickJames from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Bottled 12/21/21. Been waiting a minute to try this style.

L: stout. Black body light khaki head that becomes a ring. Good lacing.

S: Pepsi and ipa? Can’t get much it’s probably too cold.

T: they mixed a well balanced ipa with a roasty vanilla porter and it worked. Age got to it a bit but I can look past that.

F: a good execution of both the ipa and porter, just a bit off balanced. Would probably be better fresh.

O: it only comes in the variety pack, so hopefully at some point they make black hearted more available. Really cool beer and style I’ll definitely return for cool rainy summer nights.
May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2022
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Rated by foundersasap from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Best black IPA out there, in your face hop bitterness, roasted malts, piney, wish this was avail year round, it would be in my fridge
May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Apr 29, 2022
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Delicious black IPA! Perfect combo of roasted malt and hops!
Apr 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by sisterofba from Maryland

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Lelampp from Ohio

Apr 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a bready roasted malt smell mixed with molasses and chocolate. Along with these smells comes a good showing of pine and some caramel.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted and toasted malt and coffee flavor that is paired with some light dark cocoa tastes. Upfront there is a pine and light grapefruit hop, both of which grow stronger as the taste advances. I opposition to the transitions in the hop, some molasses and brown sugar tastes present upfront, fade some as the taste advances. At the end the pine and cocoa surge in intensity, leaving one with a nice roasty and dark piney taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. Overall, a good feel for keeping it easy drinking, but still accentuating the taste rather well.
Overall – A nice black IPA with good flavor and a great drinkability.
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Part of the Bell's Box of Hearts mix-pack - $17.99 at Lucky's Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very (very) dark brown body with just under an inch of beige foam. Meager lacing.

Smell: Blackened breadcrust, ground chicory with wisps of springtime pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Earthy, roasty with a background charred toastiness and little hint of clean smoke and piquant rye spiciness. Restrained pine aerosol spray, lightly pithy grapefruit. Small hint of bitter chocolate powder. Holds fairly dry and a bit bitter through the lightly smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid, likable.
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s an inch of densely packed, tightly knit brown on top. Moderate, soapy lacing. The aroma is of pine. I’m tasting pine, dark malt, and a light smokiness. The mouth is a bit dense and dry.
Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Exceptional dark colored body, nearly black; thick, fat head, light khaki in color; small patches of foam stick to the glass. Fine aroma; lightly dark grains with a touch of peppery spiciness; star anise. Wonderful dark malt flavor; bitter chocolate and chicory; moderate hop bitterness leanings towards the stronger side of things; spicy, peppery. Medium-heavy mouthfeel; semi-sweet with some mild alcohol heat in the background.

A nice, well-rounded black India pale ale, sporting great looks and a fantastic flavor.

Pouring temperature: 47 °F; bottling data: 01/07/2022
Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pitch black pour with soapy bright creme lacing.

S - Light roast malt with citrus.

T - Light cocoa roast and some light resiny citrus and light lingering chocolate roast.

M - Medium body.

O - I'm not totally excited about this one but it draws me in and I can't explain it!
Mar 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Tiernan from Texas

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

2.64/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12 oz bottle, packaged 1/6/22. Pours dark brown with a huge rocky light tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet perfumey cola malt with some roasty pine.

The flavor is very sweet cola malt with some roast and floral piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, overly sweet and perfumey.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Almost black pour, decent khaki head, some lacing. Snot locker gets some roast and hops, Taste buds get a hint of chicory and some pine. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I'll stick with original!
Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Excellent head production; good retention, but minimal lacing. Beer is beautifully balanced aesthetically, with an ebony black body and tan foam.

Nose isn't overly revealing. There's a bit of rye-like spice, citrus and pine from the hops, and licorice and light char from the malts.

Crisp and lively, with an IPA's drinkability, but bordering on a hoppy stout in terms of flavor. The roasted malt is prominent, and while the citrus and pine hops add a lovely bite around the gums, they're largely complementary. Hops may have faded (3 month old bottle), but it's aged superbly, with no sense of staleness whatsoever.

This is a very solid example of a Black IPA / CDA. It's not the most explosive or expressive take, but like its older brother Two Hearted, it makes up for that in clean execution, balance, and impressive drinkability.
Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by prototypic from Ohio

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by heysuz from Indiana

Mar 20, 2022
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
BOTTLE:

B- / WORTHY
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by kuhndog from New York

Mar 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottled, opened 3-13-22. 3 finger beige head on a dark brown body. Excellent retention and sticky lacing. Coffee roast, grapefruit, and an aroma that presents as mint / eucalyptus. Bitter roasty malt and hops, some citrus and coffee intertwine. Medium body and carbonation with a big pop of bitterness. Lengthy and flavorful finish, very good drinkability. Very Good to Outstanding.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark. Tan foam. Dank aroma. Very interesting. Loads of dank hops up front. Dark roasted malt finish. Odd but seems to blend well together. Definitely unique.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by jkh15 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is really interesting. Hops are really forward and the dark malt comes through a little later. Really fun beer. Tastes like someone dumped a butt load of hops into a stout.
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 12oz bottle dated 1/7/22 into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with about three fingers of light brown head. Incredible retention and lacing.

Smell isn't super strong but getting smoky and roasty notes. Smells a little like bacon or other smoked meat. Also some coffee and baker's chocolate in there.

Getting all the nose in the taste. Bitter baker's chocolate, smoke and light coffee. This doesn't cross over into stout territory.

Very dry mouthfeel. Medium to full-bodied. Nice bitter baker's chocolate aftertaste. Maybe slightly higher carbonation than what I'd like.

Not a style I have a ton of experience with, but this seems like it checks all the boxes. Walking the line between stout and IPA. Great beer.
Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Mar 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Mar 09, 2022
Black Hearted from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 100 ratings