RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours out as cloudy copper color with visible signs of sediment floating around in the glass. It has a good thick head and leaves a nice complement of lacing on the glass. It enters the mouth dry and sour and then proceeds over the taste buds with a nutty bitter flavor. This beer spreads smoothly through the mouth leaving a nice easy bitterness lingering in the throat. This is a good beer but one would expect a beer named after a barbarian to have a little more bite.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at 3F. Dark copper/orange with some foamy head. Nose is hops and grass. Taste is a dirty earthy note, not pleasing. Also some hops and bread. Eh.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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"Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark.
Now they learn why they fear the night." -Thulsa Doom, Conan (1982)
A fearsome brew with a hop content somewhere between Alpha King and Dreadnaught. Thick amber in color with a head that quickly faded away to nothing. Great citrus aroma, grapefruit, lemon and honey with a breadiness beneath. Flavor was all citrus bitterness with a thick malt base that is "felt" more than tasted. Ends long with bitters.
Sadly, this was not available to take home... it would be awesome to say in a slow, deep, James Earl Jones voice "Tonight, we shall drink from the Growler of DOOM."
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SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ brewery. Pours a dark gold/orange with white frothy head. Nose is lightly hoppy and strawy. Taste is alot of straw and barnyard smells. Some light hoppiness makes its move. Finishes with some bitterness and dryness.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale brown body with small beige head. Straight from the tap at Three Floyds. Hoppy nose with citrus tones.Fairly sweet elements to start, dominated by caramel and fresh baked bread. I should know.. Okie Dokie
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. A cloudy copper/orange. Has all the patented 3F citrus and pine hops in the aroma and flavor with a little bit of malt thrown in. Has a pretty good bitter end to it but doesn’t quite have the balance as some of there other pale ales.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in their brewery. The smell is of flloral hops and candy. The taste is of carmel, followed by the bitter hops. Overall a good IPA, but not their best.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Clear deep copper pour with nicely-lacing light tan head. Aroma is fresh and filled with European hoppiness and some earthy, malty caramel. Body starts bittersweet and full with a good amount of crisp malt to balance the amount of hops. A good beer, but I think Dreadnaught wins the battle.
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2010 10/7/10: Bottle. I see 3Fs is pulling some old draft-only recipes out and bottling them. I found this, along with the Moloko Milk Stout, in bombers at Chicone’s in Western Wisconsin. Both brews I had sampled years ago at the Great Taste of the Midwest, the Moloko making a huge favorable impression on me. I did not remember I had rated the Blackheart at the GTM in ’05 and I see now I didn’t really care for it. Let’s see if my opinion has changed. Very hoppy in the nose with some discernible sweetness. Murky orange body. Nice lace. Very sweet and strong flavor with faint orange rind notes. Pretty good balance with the malt sweetness a little more assertive than the hops. Clearly this is a different brew than it was 5 years ago if I remarked at that time that it wasn’t very sweet. Hugely flavorful yummy brew.
8/25/05: GTM. Wonderful, floral hoppy IPA aroma. Fresh hops as in fresh from the vine. Like it they were just freshly cut. Dark amber body. Small, off-white head. More malty than hoppy. Not all that sweet. Not really liking it that much. A little flat in flavor for an IPA. Disappointing. Ar 9, Ap 4, Fl 7, Pal 4, Ov 15.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
’05 GTML sample. Clear amber body, thin light tan head. Carmael malt aroma with a limey, zesty hop accent. Predominantly hoppy flavor - orange, zesty stem, mint. Not much malt sweetness, just a bit of white bread yeastiness. Not all that I expected.