BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 31
Gots: 193 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-27-2012

noun – A recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward onto a track that is meant to be played forward. An oatmeal stout.

32 IBU
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Ratings: 797 | Reviews: 91
Photo of MillerMan16
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beat oatmel stout that I have had.

Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Black. One finger of think tan foam. Red-orange edges show after head dissipates.

S: High quality dark chocolate and a hint of coffee and a very faint floral hop aroma

T: More chocolate. Absolutely delicious!

M: Velvety smooth. Carbonation stays out of the way but is present enough not to leave the beer flat

O: This is a fantastic stout. Wish I could get more of it.

Photo of IrishHockey
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had at the brewpub in tap 1/11/13
Served in a pint glass

I'll be honest, this was probably my fourth or fifth beer of the night, but it was tasty! Got chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee in the taste and smell. This is by far the best stout I've had from 3 Floyd's. Next time I'll try and be a bit more sober for a proper review, but this was a awesome brew. If your at the brewpub get a pint and enjoy it!

Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%

Has a light coffee nose sweetened with dark sugars and seasoned with a hint of cinnamon and a whiff of chocolate.
It pours dark brilliant brown with a fluffy 1” tan cap.
The attack begins with chocolate, coffee, and big spicy grain flavors. Although malt driven, very well rounded.
A creamy, silky smooth chewy body has a touch of slickness and oiliness.

Photo of ChiTownPackFan
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark/Black pour as to be expected with a 1.5" cappuccino head. Lacing all the way down the glass as I drink it.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt sugars, light alcohol.

T - Right on with the nose. Rich roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate balanced by the perfect level of sweetness. Low level of hops presence that helps in balancing the sweetness and giving it a great lingering affect on the palate. The slightest taste of root beer like flavors in the finish. Amazing!

M - Medium to full viscosity on the beer but the perfect carbonation gives this beer a rich and creamy mouthfeel on the tongue.

O - This beer did not disappoint. From appearance to finish it was an amazing example of the style. Mouthfeel just kept getting better as I drank this and the alcohol level was just enough to warm my stomach by the end of the glass but not enough that it interfered with the flavors.

Three Floyd's is right where they should be on this one - nailed it!

Photo of nayelurena
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing complex flavor. Nutty, vanilla, sweet but bitter at the same time. Unbelievable!

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Very viscous brown turns pitch black in the glass. A large tan head that lingers. Massively roasty and touches of cocoa on the nose. Very roasty, with milk chocolate. Roasty and dry like coffee. lots of vanilla. A perfectly balanced bitterness. Easy drinking. Doesn't drink like a beer as strong as it is. One of the best non aged stouts.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black opaque, with a short tan head, with tight bubbles. Significant lacing, persistent.

S - Chocolate and a strong smell of alcohol, which given the ABV is quite surprising. A twang of roast malts.

T - An explosive rush of roasted coffee and chocolate, backed with a strong hit of hops, mostly medicinal in nature, trailing out to a black coffee bitterness that fades out slowly.

M - Slick with oats, surprisingly full given the moderate ABV. The bite of bitterness lingers, but there is not a strong build over time.

O - Very strong effort by Three Floyds, this beer is the rare 6% stout that drinks like a beer with almost twice the alcohol. It is a big, burly beast, and delivers huge stout flavor.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on 12/22/13, unknown bottling date, poured into a modified pint glass, shared and drank 12/25/13 over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - dark brown-black coloration, no clarity (cannot read or see through), yellow-brown rocky head on initial pour settles into a half-finger head, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of rich coffee roast and dark chocolate all up in there; no hop aroma; no off-flavors

T: 17/20 - on first taste, really rich chocolate and coffee notes admixed with oatmeal; in the middle of the mouth, the malt flavors develop and accentuate carried by the oatmeal; finishes dry with little aftertaste; little alcohol; no gross flaws

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied, little alcohol presence; appropriate carbonation for style

O: 8/10 - torn between an 8 and a 9 but eventually settled on a 8 because, even though it's tasty and flavorful, it's not overly memorable for an oatmeal stout; nevertheless, for $10/bottle purchased at the brewery, I'd recommend it

TOTAL - 42/50

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - black with a great lasting tan head and sticky lacing
Smell - rich dark chocolate with a little carmel and coffee
Taste - very similar to the smell with a little sweetness
Feel - full bodied, creamy smooth
Overall - incredible complex oatmeal stout

Photo of tapperm
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a bottle and as a nitro. Was really good as a nitro but think I might save a bottle and try it after I age it a year.

Photo of larryi86
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger light mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, oats, cocoa powder some chocolate and hints of coffee, very pleasant nose.

T- Bittersweet chocolate, oats, some coffee, roasted malts, some smoke, surprising hints of citrus hops, very well balanced, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- This is a great Oatmeal Stout, very smooth and very enjoyable. Very happy to try this beer and would love to have this again!

Photo of PPIV
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Great oatmeal stout!!! Holds up to a lot of other oatmeal stouts. Great finish on this one.

Photo of JanieClaudia
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Though I am not typically a fan of stouts, this one was solid. Not as thick as I expected, which was refreshing. Happy I tried it, but it didn't change my mind about stouts.

Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at FFF

A - Dark chocolate brown body with a nice chocolate one finger head

S - Milk chocolate, roasted malt, and hopped up with pine

T - Reminds me of a sweeter, thicker alpha klaus. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, slighty smokey and has a slight bitter pine hops. Finish is dark chocolate with light pine that lingers on.

MF - Light yet creamy body that you'd expect from an oatmeal stout

O - Imagine a sweeter oatmeal stout version of alpha klaus and you have backmasking. It has the chocolate and roasted malt that you'd expect from an oatmeal stout while also having a good hop presence that you'd expect from FFF

Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chose this over black-heart because of the crazy awesome label art. I love 3-F's creative designs.

A - Deep dark brown/black color. Pours thick with khaki colored creamy head with good lacing.

S - Lots of hops at the beginning which I wasn't expecting but came out pretty good. After warming the malt and roasted tones came out along and then the sweet grainy smell that goes with an oatmeal stout.

T - Tons flavor having a robust character with a malty, roasty, chocolaty, and some like toffee/caramel taste along with some hops on the back end. There is some bitterness from the roasted malt and hops but is pretty balanced with the sweetness.

M - Full mouth-feel with moderate to low carbonation. Silky feel and a nice bitterness that makes it a great beer for occasional drinking.

Overall, this oatmeal stout is different than your standard "Samuel Smith" and it is pretty delicious. It isn't as heavy as a RIS and it is a tasty brew. It has everything for the dark beer drinker who likes a little american hops in there. It's also a nice change of pace if you are used to drinking dry stouts like Guinness. I would strongly recommend this to anyone that likes darker beer.

Glass- Stein

Serving type: bottle

Photo of KevChiTown
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To me it's a pretty strange oatmeal stout. Weird fruit notes that I really enjoy, just can't pin them down. Unlike anything I've had from 3Fs.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Studio 35 Columbus. Nice change of pace beer in between all the other hoppy pales from 3Floyds.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured pitch black in color. Formed about a finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Medium/Low head potential, decent head retention. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
S - 4.5 - Lots of malt, medium sweet chocolate, currants, raisins and prune.
T - 4 - Medium sweet malt, dark fruit and alcohol upfront, ending on a somewhat malty bitterness.
F - 4.25 - Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - Overall, a very good representation of the oatmeal stout style.

Photo of alexrufio666
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unexpectedly hoppy for an oatmeal stout

Photo of Treebs
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at FFF. Served in a imperial nonic pint.

A: Pours a solid black color with some dark brown highlights on the edges. A solid tan head with nice retention forms on the pour. It leaves some sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Espresso, chocolate and toasted oats up front. Creamy milk chocolate comes out as the beers warms up a bit.

T: Oats and a lot of dry roast. Milk chocolate, bitter bakers chocolate and a little espresso. There is a lingering, dry-roasted bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. ABV is spot on and it's highly drinkable.

O: Very nice oatmeal stout overall. Enjoyed the notes of espresso immensely.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 22 oz bomber in a trade with DrewskiWhit. Poured into a WootStout branded short tulip glass. Bottled on date was illegible.

Appearance is black as night with a decent tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, decent lacing but nothing amazing. Smell is sweet molasses, dark chocolate with a light hop aroma and toasted notes coming through as it warms. Flavor follows suit with the nose - the hop flavor lingering throughout the roasted malt and sweetness (maybe sweetened with lactose) which is quite nice - I didn't expect such a hoppy oatmeal stout and was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel is silky smooth like a proper oatmeal stout, light bitterness from the hop lingers in this medium-bodied ale with mellow carbonation. Overall phenomenal take on an old classic style. Leave it to Three Floyds to take a classic style of old and spin it with a modern twist - nice work fellas!

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft in a mini nonic glass. "Imperial sweet stout" on the list.
Jet black with a head of reverse cascading foam, dark chocolate mocha variety.
Concentric rings of drippy death metal lacing.

Deep chocolate and sweet vanilla aromas, vanilla more in the smell than taste.

Nice balance of mellow bitter roast and sweet chocolate notes in the taste. Supple and medium bodied, easy to drink, with a substantial presence. Some malt complexity rounds it out, lingering mocha flavors in the aftertaste.

Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 6/7/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 2+ finger head
S: Oat, smoke, roasted malt, caramel/toffee; overall very dark and complex
T: Oat, smoke, roasted malt, a touch bitter... also a slightly empty midpalate though a fairly long finish balances it out
O: Solid but I think more hops would add a nice addition that's currently lacking

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 3/27/14 poured into tulip glass
A - Dark black as if trapping all light. A tall tan head slowly gives way to a light layer with lacing on the glass.
S - Malty! Nice rosted malts and a bit of boozieness. Coffee
T - Slight coffee notes. Sweet and malty with maybe a little hop charactaristcs on the end
M - This is more of an American oatmel stout... thinner and less smooth than it's English brother. The oats don't set it up for the full body you typically expect.
O - Pretty good American version of the Oatmeal Stout. I prefer the English version with a fuller body and silkier mouth feel.

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