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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 860
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.66%
Wants: 32
Gots: 224 | FT: 25
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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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of IrishHockey
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +17%

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.

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Photo of ChiTownPackFan
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Backmasking pours a sinister black but it's aroma is quite the opposite with vanilla bean sweetness. Creamy milk chocolate, with a slightly bitter finish and a smooth mouthfeel makes this particularly enjoyable, however I had to deduct just a little from the overall score as it doesn't strike me as being representative of an Oatmeal Stout - according to my palate it is more of a sweet stout, but it IS certainly a very tasty one. Love the label aesthetic - reminds me of Swedish Death Metal album covers!

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black with two fingers of tan colored head.

S: Smells of roasted malts, nuts, and coffee.

T: Has a nice flavor of coffee with the toasted malts coming through, but not overwhelming.

F: Creamy, good lacing, smooth with alcohol content well hidden.

O: Very nice oatmeal stout, tasty, not overwhelmingly unique, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of kbwalters
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a Libby stout glass. Fresh.
Look = 3.5 Pours a deep brown/black with 1/4th finger of brown head. Fades to brown highlights. Lace is lacking, little to none.
Aroma = 4.0 Roasted, toasted malt, chocolate, grainy oatmeal smell. Some hops too with a hint of alcohol as it warms.
Taste = 4.5 Roasted malt leads the way. Chocolate, coffee and oatmeal notes followed by a mild bitterness from roasted malts and hops. Kind of a cookie taste, sweet and oatmeal. A roasted malt aftertaste lingers.
Feel = 4.5 Medium to full bodied, smooth with high carbonation. Fizzy yet still smooth.
Drinkability = 4.0 Really tasty and smooth, low ABV (5.9%) makes for a pretty drinkable and interesting oatmeal stout.
Overall = 4.175 Very interesting and complex oatmeal stout. Feel and taste lead the way, smooth, sweet but balanced with a nice hop profile. Great balance.

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Photo of larryi86
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-review, done on July 24, 2015. I'd like to re-review this one now that my palate has changed a bit and become more accustomed to stouts.

Beer was about 2 months old at the time of re-reviewing. Bomber into a tulip. Pitch black in color with about 1.5 fingers of frosty, light brown foam. Lots of cinammon, roasted malt, and brown sugar on the nose. Hints of coffee and molasses apparent, too. Medium-heavy weight and very silky smooth on the mouthfeel. Burnt oak, roasted malt, bitter coffee, and cinammon on the taste. Notes of ginger and molasses on the back end. Finishes smooth and leaves a heavy, charred bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, probably my favorite oatmeal stout of all time, save for FBS. I can never resist buying this beer when I see it available. Drinks like a 10%'er, and is equally as delicious. Huge, heavy body, robust flavors, and surprising drinkability make this beer a go-to for me.

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Photo of JanieClaudia
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark brown body. Thick tan head without aggressive pour. Bubbles very fine then expanded. Lacing.

Smell - Roast malt and chocolate. Coffee.

Taste - Follows the smell. Bitter finish.

Feel - Not overly carbonated. Creamy. Light to medium even as a stout. There is not overwhelming alcohol.

Overall - Slightly bitter stout with creamy feel. It is not bad, but not amazing.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of RickS95
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark as night, light simply can't overcome the darkness, even around the edges. The head is a finger thick and a dark tan color, bordering on light brown. The head is creamy in consistency by lacks great retention. Lacing is moderate as well.

The smell is unaggessive at best, possibly because the beer is a bit cold. Only the faintest of chocolate smells is deciphered...milk chocolate at that. Smells like sweetness is forthcoming.

Chocolate malts cover the palate. Alcohol is muted, as is any resemblance of hops.

Super creamy, smooth. Lowish ABV and IBUs makes this beer super easy to drink. Medium bodied, sweet, and only slightly bitter, it's any but a dry finish as your tongue remains canvassed until the next sip.

Only complaint is the low ABV at 5.9%. Aside from that, it's another good offering from 3F.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with dark tan head. Head is very fine, with sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma: Strong coffee aroma with vanilla bean. Some milk chocolate in there as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet, full, creamy vanilla on the tongue. Vanilla is earthy, like a vanilla bean. Finishes with dry, roasted coffee bitterness. Hints of caramel, caramelized sugar, and brown sugar are present throughout as well. There is just enough sweet, sugary character here to bridge the gap between the vanilla bean and the coffee bitterness. The oatmeal used lends its characteristic creamy texture to the brew.

Final Word: Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys stouts or coffee! This brew was creamy, full flavored, well balanced and nuanced, and all of the flavors felt very true to the ingredient. The vanilla tasted like vanilla bean and not vanilla extract, and the coffee had the richness of real, fresh brewed, whole bean coffee. The caramel flavors brought the creamy texture, sweet vanilla, and bitter coffee together in perfect harmony, as if you were drinking a high quality cappuccino. Again, highly recommended!

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.