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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 888
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 233 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 888
Photo of HeartofMiami
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. True to the style. Pours dark brown with off white head. Great retention and lacing. Roast/coffee/dark malt flavors really come through with a great mouthfeel

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Photo of cratez
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits in Indianapolis. Re-reviewed after letting the bottle breathe in the fridge for a day.

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, with three fingers of mocha-coloured foam and lots of webbed lacing on the tulip glass. Some faint ruby edges. A stellar looking beer.

S: Strong hop aromas of peach, papaya, mango, and melon fruit (cantaloupe, honey dew) meld with subtle notes of roasted malt, day-old coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, and an earthy-peaty smokiness. Awesome nose that, aside from the smoke, closely resembles a Black IPA.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and stone fruit upfront; slight tartness mid-palate; earthy hop finish with a moderate bitterness and warming alcohol to end. Solid if unconventional flavours.

M: Light side of medium-bodied, silky-smooth, almost juicy middle, low carbonation, balanced hop bitterness transitions to an off-dry finish with some warmth going down. Lacking in body for the style.

O: An aromatic and unique take on an oatmeal stout; unlike any example I've tried before. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavours are there and this beer smells fantastic. Worth trying.

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Photo of Bung
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's good as always, but also as always I don't understand their need to put their standard hop profile in almost EVERYTHING they do.
To me many of their stouts and porters are overpowered by an overbearing hop profile, this while not as overbearing, probably because it is 6 months old, was likely more so when released. Everything does not need to be ipa hopped, like say, an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listed as 8% on 3F website. BIG difference, I'm surprised people didn't notice this.

Peat smoke comes across smoothly with sweet chocolate as the star.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by someone Friday night, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep black color tan head. Rich sweet brown sugary roasty chocolate maltiness with just enough earthy hops to balance. great stout.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear deep brown color. Two fingers of dense frothy tan head. Retention is about average and just a hair width ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Great nose on this. Big oat component. Lactose notes like a milk stout. Roasted barley, milk chocolate, and layers of caramel.

3.5 T: Again lots of oats. Big roast with a char component. Less sweet than the nose with less chocolate. Caramel and molasses.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Really lacking in the creaminess department.

3.25 D: Started strong, but didn't impress in the taste. It's okay, but there's much better out there.

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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 jzlyo
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and mildly nutty. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, mildly vinous/fruit and a mix of slightly earthy and nutty/caramel/sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of creamy but quickly-dissipating head. Nose of spicy wood, roasted maltiness, and lesser notes of anise and marzipan. Tastes of dark chocolate with light sweetness and brown sugar. Tasty but not a standout; I could see myself drinking this regularly if it was sold in 12-oz 6-packs at 6-pack prices, but it will be in the rotation less often as a bomber.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ARTWORK: Love me some pagan rituals. There could be a sacrifice of some kind, animal or otherwise, but in lieu of that the centerfold black vinyl lets my imagination run wild with all kinds of sacred noises it might be expelling. Robed goat, rotting corpse acolyte, and shrouded henchmen are all well placed and sufficiently reverent. 4.5/5

A: Constellations of lace, black yet clear body, slight sludge appearance.

S & T: Oh no. It smells piney and minty. Sure, there is chocolate and roasted malt behind it, but why all the hops? Luckily, flavor mostly drops this pine refreshment, only showing it on the finish, with oat and chocolate making up the majority of it. Soap. Still, it could be a little bolder, and less pine.

F: Thin, for a stout. The carbonation reaches my tongue mostly unadulterated. Especially for an oatmeal stout, I wish this was thicker.

O: Artwork won here. It's a good beer, but has its issues. No catastrophic flaws, but neither my cup of tea nor in decent accordance with the style.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing exceptional when it comes to this beer, just a straight up chocolate flavored stout executed in a very simple style, delivering on taste and feel in a very simple format.

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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 Domvan
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Outside of Dark lord, their darker beers just don't do it for me. This one has a nice body and good amount of roastiness. Overall it was a pretty good beer

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate malts along some hints of roast and licorice, the latter of which becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as smooth as some of the other oatmeal stouts that I've had, but it really packs in a lot of chocolatey flavors.

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 bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 04/03/2015. No ABV on the label, but 3 Floyd's website right now says this is 8% ABV. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, oats, chocolate, and some vanilla. The brew tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, oats, dark bread, burnt/charred malt, vanilla, coffee and some dark fruitiness. There's also a nice bitter/charred/roasty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's pretty easy to drink. I thought this was good, I should have bought another bottle of this when I saw it! $12.99 a bomber.

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Photo of RossiDaMan
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A solid oatmeal stout from 3F. Deep coffee brown in color with a 2 finger head that left a nice tan lacing on the tumbler. Burnt coffee in aroma which carried over to the flavor that closed with a bit of sweetness and molasses. Medium mouthful that wasn't overly carbonated. Overall a B to B+ offering.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what to expect as I have become to think of hoppy beers when thinking of 3 Floyds. 22 oz bottle dated 04-17-15.

Decent pour-looks good. Smells of oats, deep burnt malts and cocoa powder with a touch of anise. Taste similar to the nose. One of the most bitter oatmeal stouts I ever had. I could see some not liking this but the uniqueness is appealing to me. Jesus this leaves a long charred bitter aftertaste and somehow it just works.

Not the best of the style but super unique- would have again.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Three Floyds BackMasking

Look 7/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 86/100

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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 gmossii
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an oatmeal stout and that about sums up the review. It is not a bad stout nor is it a very good one. It has a very heavy toasted malt flavor but nothing to really balance that near overpowering flavor. It has decent color and scent but nothing justifies its large price tag. For what I paid for the bottle, there are a dozen better choices. The best thing this ale has going for it is it's heavy metal esque label which seems like it was ripped from an album cover.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dry cocoa powder, caramel malt and a large dose of coffee meets the lips as it finishes with some charred marshmallow, roasted nut and Graham cracker.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz Bomber
Bottled on March 16th, 2015
Reviewed on April 25th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a very dark brown body, similar to coffee. A bit of light broke through the edges of the glass and produced a handsome mahogany glow. A towering light brown head formed, well over an inch in height. A nice layer of bubbles and froth capped off the body after the head collapsed. A decent amount of soapy lacing was left behind.

Nice roasted tone overall. Nutty and grainy toasted malts stood out the most. Lighter layers of chocolate, toffee. Subtle note of mocha. Traceable zip of herbal hops.

Dense hit of toasted malts up front. Sweeter notes followed: Chocolate, toffee, and a bit of vanilla. The hops flared up toward the finish, giving notes of charred pine. Full bodied, though it definitely leaned toward the medium side of the spectrum. Moderate/low carbonation. Smooth drinker.

If you look past the hoppy finish, this is a classic oatmeal stout. Considering the dense roasted malts, this is a very drinkable 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 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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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.