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

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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #88
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,374
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 6.39%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
30
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Black HeartedBlack Hearted
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.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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kemoarps from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep cola brown bordering on black. Lovely three fingers of pillowy light brown foam that lingers and sticks to the glass as it settles in on itself.

Nose is a nice clean bill of hops. Pine and a touch of citrus, and some perfumey hops in there as well. A little bit of chocolate to the 'black' portion of the black hearted. Really dig it.

Flavour is dull bitter hops up front. Dry citrus before converting to the darker coffee notes of the finish. Finish has bitter from both coffee beans and citrus.

Lovely. CDAs are such an underrepresented style. Thanks for sending this my way @FBarber!

Apr 28, 2021
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Ovaltine, really enjoyed this
L: thin black like clean motor oil and nice lasting head
S: old school hops pine dank
T: strong bitterness up front and then roasted malt on the back end
F: clean and crisp with a nice bite


O: have not had a black lager in some time but really enjoyed this like a RIS and IPA had a baby so so tasty Cheers!

Apr 02, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark cola brown, completely opaque. Interestingly as I was holding it up to the light to see if it was opaque or not, I noticed a good amount of sediment suspended in the beer. Lovely, huge 3-finger full tan colored head forms on the beer before dissipating. A lot of tan lacing coats the glass as the head recedes and as the beer is consumed. A small mound of foam remains on the top of the beer. The aroma on this is quite nice - its got some lightly roasted malts, with a certain creaminess that, the best ay I can think to describe it is to compare it to what you get from Bells double cream stout. On that canvass the hops are allowed to shine with notes of pine, citrus, and tangerine. The roastiness is kept minimal on the nose and its really the hops that shine in the spotlight.

Taste follows the nose with notes of lightly roasted malts, chocolate and cream giving way to notes of orange, tangerine, pine and sap. Again the roastiness of the malts are very mild, and therefore do not dominate the flavors. The hops are still allowed to shine and take center stage in the profile. Moderate pronounced bitterness starts on the back end and linger into the finish. I personally found this one to be a well balanced marriage of flavors, but thats just one impression. Feel is moderately bodied, but very easy drinking.

Overall this is easily the best black IPA I've had - Bell's really nailed it with this one. Not sure if its still out there (it came and went immediately around here), but if it is, this is absolutely worth trying even if the black IPA is not a style you tend to like that much.

Mar 28, 2021
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from the bottle in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Where's Joan Jett, though? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep midnight brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, roasted malts, and a twinge of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, a slight conflict between the grapefruit-y hops and the roast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is your archetypal black IPA, a straight mixture of bright hops and dark roasts. As is the case with most of these that I've tried, these elements don't necessarily blend, but rather coexist as neighbors. It's not bad, but it's not a flavor sensation I'm necessarily looking for.

Mar 06, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with significant leakage to mahogany on the edges and a substantial, frothy tan head. Gorgeous black IPA. The nose has citrus and pine hop notes (minor) and roasty cocoa notes (major). Wow.

The taste is canted toward the citrus and piney hop flavors until the very back of palate when the roasty cocoa flavor crashes the gate en masse.

The mouthfeel is full and medium bodied. If you’re looking for evidence of Bell’s prowess as a brewery, this is Exhibit A in that discussion. Delicious interpretation of Two Hearted.

Feb 21, 2021
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a large foamy tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, roasted malts and piney hops.

T- The taste is orange, grapefruit, caramel malts, roasted malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Really tasty Two Hearted variant. Drinks just like the original with a touch of roastiness in the finish.

Feb 20, 2021
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brief Review:

O: So Bell's really bringing the Two-Hearted variants lately, which is cool. I know they did brew this last February, but only released it at the tap room. So nice to see distribution finally, and super fresh as well (about 2 weeks). This is obviously the black IPA variant, and I think they did a nice job. Aroma is nice and malty, deep. Flavor leans to the stout aspect of the black IPA spectrum and isn't too hoppy, which I prefer. But that hoppy Two-Hearted base is still there and comes through. Very drinkable.

Recommendation: Don't see many Black IPAs these days, but this is a nice balanced version anchored by the classic Two-Hearted, so it's a must-try.

Feb 15, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
PKG 01/27/21
L: a thick, frothy tan head slowly fades atop a dark mahogany colored ale
S: roasted barley, dark grain, piney & citrusy hops
T: earthy pine, grapefruit zest, roasted barley, caramel
F: sticky and resinous, full body, moderate carbonation, pungent bitter pine on the dry finish
O: just as expected: excellent!!

Feb 14, 2021
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Junior from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells and tastes a bit like the original with roasted malt and smokey tones. Overly bitter for a dark beer, IMO. The extra hops just don't mix well with the roasted malt/smoke flavors. Smooth and creamy. Overall, a good beer, just not one I will be likely to revisit.

Feb 14, 2021
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/21
Consumed 2/12/21

I’m excited to try this as I love this style that has fallen out of favor somehow. It’s a pretty beer if you know the style. Love the lacing that sticks around. On the nose though, I don’t get as much as I’d like. There’s hops and a bit of smoke, but these do lack behind other IPAs and hazy IPAs in particular. On the tongue the hop bite and smoke of the style is all there and I love it. It has a nice full mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely worth picking up if you can get it.

Feb 13, 2021
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BDoty from Indiana

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 01/272021; Chugged on 02/12/2021
This was a beer I was excited to get my hands on because prior to to 2021 it was only a brewpub exclusive release. The Black IPA/Cascadian is a hard brew style to review because it has so many characteristics of West Coast IPAs but also of smoked porters. If you are in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, or Ohio and are a fan of Two Hearted, then I would recommend a purchase.
Look - Pours coal black with an inch of robust brown head, but light can pass through the thinner parts of the beer. It appears to be filtered.
Smell - Smoked malts and Centennial hops are apparent off the nose.
Taste - Extremely reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale with a smidge of darkness and robustness. I would describe it as drinking a Two Hearted after sipping on an espresso, where you have some dry notes, coffee flavor, but hops.
Feel - Goes down just as smooth as the original. The body is obviously heavier because of the dark malts, but still is fine.

Feb 13, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell’s seldom disappoints and this is no exception. Poured black, cool black though, not like a stout. The formidable head, a light brown color, left solid rings all the way down the glass.
The aroma was far hoppier than the appearance made me expect, the first clue that this was indeed an IPA.
The flavors are very good together, you can taste the original Centennial Two Hearted in there but it’s wrapped up in new hops and malts which bring out char and cocoa and citra and yum. (Technical term)
Feel was almost creamy, definitely not expected but it worked.
Picked up one of these to try but will definitely be picking up more.

Feb 12, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, off white to tan 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is subtle, honestly like two hearted with the sweeter citrus and cocoa. Taste is basically two hearted up front with a good blast of hops followed by hot chocolate, touch of coffee, and softer roast. Medium long ending with bitter hops and milk chocolate. Body is light to medium. Wonderful black IPA and perfect for a cold night. A wonderful twist on Two Hearted, rivals Stones Sublimely Self Righteous.

Feb 06, 2021
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 30 ratings