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BackMasking - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
89
very good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
noun- A recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-27-2012)
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A bomber purchased from FFF and poured in a FFF teku glass.

A) Pour isn't as thick as expected, dark brown, almost cola colored purple hue. There is a thin brown color head that fades immediately.

S) FFF ale yeast, oat, black patent malt, wintergreen.

T) wow not what I expected, wintergreen. It Must be the hops. I get FFF yeast aftertaste. Not good for an oatmeal stout.

M) Medium carbonation.

O) Not worth it. It tastes like mouthwash. I'll try again on tap if it comes around.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 16:09:16 | More by NewGlarusFan
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.84/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From: Three Floyds Brewpub, Munster, IN
Date: Bottled 2013-12-03
Glass: Founders snifter

Disappointing beer with a very cool label. Backmasking is a mildly flavorful, very sweet stout: that sweetness is necessary to conceal what is, at the end, a fairly harsh acridity from the roasted malts used. The oats are not noticeable at all, aside from a mild perception in mouthfeel, despite the "oatmeal stout" caption on the packaging. While I was drinking this, I found myself thinking that either I received a bad bottle direct from the brewery (unlikely) or this is just not a very good recipe. Both are unacceptable when paying $10 for 22oz of beer, making this a beer I'd avoid purchasing up again.

Pours a voluminous >3cm tall head of dark tan foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting several minutes, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a collection of very small islands of residual lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with a dense matrix of dots and lines clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer's body is dark brown to black, with light bringing out no change. Carbonation visible at the top of the beer, not through the opaque body, being somewhat moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is surprisingly mild and sweet, with a ghostly-there backdrop of cocoa, vanilla, marshmallow, and slight woodsy and pine scents.

Overall flavor is of very sweet (almost saccharine) vanilla, cocoa, and charred toast with mild pine and woodsy hop characters; a bit of ethanol rounds things out. Front of palate is sweet charred toast, cocoa, vanilla, pine and woodsy hops. Mid-palate of mildly sweet, smoothed-over charred toast, light powdered cocoa and vanilla, mild bitterness, pine-like hops, and hints of ethanol. Back of palate features strong sweetness, light cocoa and charred toast, woodsy hop characters, mild bitterness, and hints of ethanol. Aftertaste of somewhat harsh and acrid charred toast and cocoa, vanilla, mild bitterness.

Beer is medium in body, with carbnation of medium intensity, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that's a bit too foam-intense for the style, which never allows the smoothness from the oats to be particularly noticeable. Ethanol is surprisingly obvious as a modest burn on the palate and back of throat, warmth in the nostrils. Closes quite dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:06:05 | More by falloutsnow
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Copernicandream

Michigan

3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 3 months aged 22oz bottle.

A: Pours a dark deep brown with very minimal purple amber tones to light. Initially a creamy coffee colored head of medium consistency.

S: Initial is malty cocoa powder. Cocoa is really the most overpowering tone. Some subtle pumpkin-like esters mixed with coffee tones.

T: Early and extremely sweet malts mix with a vinegar like backbone and spice cake. Cocoa, lactose, and burnt malt combine to form some sort of mildy sour chocolate concentrate. The acetic acid really becomes apparent on the late palate. There are some subtle squash/pumpkin esters i attribute to the yeast. After taste, is pure cocoa powder.

M: Acidic, wet and thin. High moderate level of carbonation makes the chocolate flavor explode on the tongue. Low moderate warming from the alcohol. A little astringent and too acidic. The level of carbonation brings the pH a little to low and makes it somewhat vinegar-like. Was looking for more oatmeal protein to coat the mouth.

O: Not what I was expecting from an "Oatmeal Stout." The base was much too thin and the sweet and sour melancholy left me thinking I was drinking a sour. The cocoa tones are unique and strong, like huffing a box of pure coca, but the overall taste and balance were a little lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:55:40 | More by Copernicandream
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Docrock

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FFF served in an Imperial pint glass:

A- very dark with a nice creamy light brown head. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving just a thin film on top, almost no lacing whatsoever

S - light coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate

T - more coffee than on the nose and a little bit of the chocolate, both lingering for a few minutes. I am not picking up anything else at all.

M - a little thinner than I expected but probably about right for the ABV. Carbonation is also on the light side.

O - a decent beer, not catching the oatmeal part of this one. Served pretty chilled for what I normally would drink at Stout at, it was around 40 F. But seeing as it was served at the Brewpub, I figure they would serve it at its best temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 21:12:06 | More by Docrock
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sully11277

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours out midnight black a very light brown head that barely hangs around.

S- There is not a whole lot there. It is sweet, cocoa, slight roast, and a little hop notes.

T- Upfront you get a very strong sweetness with a nice cocoa taste. Then at the end you get the roast and you can taste the oatmeal a little bit. The hops come in with a little bitter just enough.

M- Thick with a light carbonation. This beer coats your mouth you taste it for awhile after you had a sip of it.

O- It is a good beer nothing that blows me away but if I was at 3 floyd's or saw it in a store I would pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 19:41:48 | More by sully11277
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MostlyNorwegian

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I couldn't pass this one bottle up; cos it had an inkjet computer label print out for both the label and its upc.
Good joke, and brilliant riff on backmasking. But, regardless of that super bonus bottle. The price point on Three Floyds bomber program has gotten out of control. $13.50 for a bomber of an under 7%?
Anyhoo. The beer itself wasn't too bad. Solid looker. Up front there's a smooth mix of chocolate with a bit of vanilla. Rather sweet, and pleasant. A slight pine tinge comes through from the hops. Kind of a side journey from the initial impression and it finds itself going nearly citrus. Not sure what that's about. It lacked legs going back, and its price point insures that it will be a one and done for my drinking rounds.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 12:21:49 | More by MostlyNorwegian
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds pub glass. The pour is very dark (black for all intents and purposes) and sports 2.5 fingers of fluffy mocha-colored head which dissipates very slowly down to a clumpy lacing. I get some roasted grainy notes on the nose with light coffee and cream. It's slightly sweet and a little earthy.

Medium body and mild, well-balanced flavor. There are plenty of roasty notes, some sweetness from the malt, and a smooth feel from the oats. After a bready opening comes a quick whiff of coffee-and-cream bitterness and sweetness, then a little sarsaparilla on the finish. Very smooth, easy-drinking, and true to the style.

Why is this getting lukewarm reviews? I can only guess it's because (A) people have come to expect "extreme" beers from Three Floyds and this one is not extreme or (B) this is a rather expensive bottle of what is basically a standard representation of the style. I have to rate it below "excellent" for reason (B) (yes, I take price into consideration when I review a beer). It's not as good as Anderson Valley's Barney Flats or Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and it's considerably more expensive. That doesn't compute (even if the bottle does have some nice, paganistic "death metal" artwork). Nice beer, but overpriced and for fans of the the style only.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 17:13:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review taken early late Feb, 2014.

22 oz(1 pint, 6 oz) brown bomber FFF shaped bottle with black and red artwork upon the label. I'm usually a big fan of FFF labels, but this one is just a bit weird and didn't quite do it for me like some other their other labels. But what's inside is what counts. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - deep black color with a hint of ruby red rounding the bottom corners when held to the light. Massive brown colored head on the pour settles to a creamy ring of lace leaving some nice stick.

S - dark roasted malt, oats, and bittersweet chocolate make up the aroma. Hints of cocoa, chocolate milk, candied sugar and roasted grain as this warms.

T - this is a somewhat sweet oatmeal stout. It seriously pushes toward the Moloko ball park in flavor. Big splash of milk chocolate and lactose like sugars or something acting like lactose sugars anyway. Oats are present but fade to a more toasted grain with each passing minute this sits. A bit of smoke and hop spice allow for a nice balanced flavor with the dark malts flowing along nicely. Surprising hint of alcohol Booz in the finish.

M - nice medium body and pretty good texture. Thickness isn't out of this world but it works with its size. Creamy feel and drinks very well.

O - okay I'm not totally satisfied with Backmasking. Sure, I think FFF make world class stuff, but come on.. You make me look at some ignorant Satanic label that I just don't understand, charge me 12.99 and give me a 5.9% oatmeal stout with a better ale in Rich Life coming the same day for the same price. Kicking myself I didn't buy a 3rd Rich life and left this sitting. Sure, its a good oatmeal stout, but I just don't get the release.. Not alongside something like Live a rich life. But hey, what do I know? If you are looking for a FFF oatmeal stout then grab it. It's a good stout, I just didn't find it great.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:33:39 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Rope

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Opulent darkness, but enough light betrays a brown blood color. Rich burnt tan head.

Smell-
Toasted oats, pepper, and just a hop bitter twist that goes with hop laden stouts.

Taste-
Anyone remember that Coke Black product that was a mixture of coke and coffee? If you don't I am not surprised, that would be an indicator of how popular it was. Long story short, it reminds me of that. So mix coffee and coke together (not as bad as you would think), or just drink this.

Mouthfeel-
Creamy like an oatmeal stout should, but the bubbles thin it out a bit.

Overall-
The cover art and my love for Three Floyds made me buy it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:27:47 | More by Rope
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i like how different this is, maybe i wouldnt pick it out as having oatmeal right away if i was blinded on it, there is more bitterness and less body and residual sugar than i am used to in the style, but like three floyds always does, this has a twist that works quite well. its jet black, obsidian, impenetrable to light, but not overly bubbly with just a quarter inch of surprisingly light khaki fizz. the nose is bitter, bakers chocolate and simply dark dark barley, roasted to a near char, which gives an interesting aroma. the flavor is bitter from start to finish too, and i never really get what the oatmeal does to this. normally it mellows with body and creamy texture, as well as sweetens up the overall experience just a tad, but thats all absent here and the beer drinks a little runny as a result. carbonation is there though, i just find myself looking for a little more body, or something to counter balance the bitterness after the swallow, but they never come. overall a very impressive offering, just different enough to be memorable, but i would not put it anywhere near the best from this brewery. still, always a treat to drink their stuff, and i admire how this one is just black as coal, apologetically. it finishes with just a hint of that permanent marker scent their collaboration with brewdog did, but its unremarkably mild in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:24:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply rooted in the traditions of London brewing, Th fraree Floyds gains inspiration and gumption when brewing a beer of their darker and more balanced side. Their Oatmeal Stout is roasty but smooth. Sweet but dry. -and then citrusy and racy... Ok, maybe an American influence is setting in...

The beer's ominous black body is highly masculine and dark- both in appearance and in spirit. Yet its look simply simmers in the glass, swirling with bone-white creme that settles after initially forming a thick blanket. Its lace is broken and spotty as the light carbonation prohibits its exuberance.

Its aromas are heavily toasted, chocolaty, and java-like. Even as its cream and toffee scents arise, they all seem singed or burnt but in the most savory of ways. Woodish tones amount, as earthen nutty flavors pronounce as the beer's scent is of mother's milk before that first sip.

But no mother's milk here- only toffee, heavy toast, dark-roast coffee and bitter chocolate frame the beer's initial taste. An earthy follow of nutty coffee blends, chicory, burnt bread and smoldering embers offer up something that's heavily charred but also something that's milkshake-like to temper any acrid roast. Finishing with burnt pine cones, vanilla and mint, its taste is sublime but also mildly abrasive

BackMasking's taste turns creamy as the mouthfeel sets in- creamy-dry on the early palate, the beer's slim extra sweetness simply balance the roasted elements of char. But the middle is both malty-dry and smoothned with heavy cream.

Trailing with a sense of campfire and ash, the beer's minerally finish speaks more to the tradition of brewing than it does to tomorrow thereof. But it's a delightful beer, especially when you don't have to think about it too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 07:07:40 | More by BEERchitect
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a finger width brown coffee head. The nose emits a little roast but not a lot of other things pop out. The taste is a straight forward oatmeal stout. It has that sort of funk from the oat that oatmeal stouts are known for. It's got a nice roast that rounds all the flavor together. Most of all it is full flavored while clocking in at a sessionable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 15:36:38 | More by PHBoiler
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bomber into a shaker.

dark black pour with a big foamy and very lasting beige head. the head lasted until i finished the beer actually. smell and taste were both much sweeter than expected... you got the oats for sure but it was also quite hoppy. i kind of dug it but wasnt expecting it to be as sweet as it was. body was medium and carbonation was the same.

overall too sweet..but kind of good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:16:15 | More by Axnjxn
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black in color letting little to no light through. Head is about one and a half fingers and has really great retention.

Smell has lots of chocolate malt forward there is also a light tartness but i can't figure out what it's from.slight creamy aroma from the oat.

Taste follows the nose lots of chocolate malt is forward with a very faint char that works well with the very mild tart flavor. More light char and smokey flavors on the backend along with some mild oat flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderately thick body is cut nicely with a mild charred bitterness. Very light carbonation keeps this a nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:39:26 | More by Fcolle2
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with a tan head of about an inch. dissipates rather quickly. some nice lacing going on.

S: roasted malt, especially oats. Like a chocolate oatmeal. Definitely some chocolate and bold coffee notes. Very nice, not overpowering

T: Dry roasted oats, coffee, a bit of chocolate, very smooth

M: Medium body, drinkable.

O: A solid oatmeal stout. Definitely check this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 18:25:31 | More by mjohnson17
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Generous two fingers of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Dark brown body that's a tiny bit lighter at the fringes of the glass.

S - Lots of biscuit and brown malt sweetness, milk chocolate, coffee cake, caramel, roasted malts and light smoke.

T - The taste is a little bit roastier, with more dark chocolate, coffee, char, and roast. A bit more dry stout here, while the aroma was more evocative of a London porter. There's some cherry fruitiness, but this is very much about the roast.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower, English-style, carbonation. Not as creamy as I was expecting from an oatmeal stout.

D - A solid stout that I'd happily drink again. I liked the aroma a bit more than the flavor in the balance between sweetness and roast, but the taste is thankfully quite restrained in char too. Nate and I had no problem sharing a pint of this one, and it's a nice dark option with an otherwise hop-heavy tap list.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 23:32:32 | More by MasterSki
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joe1510

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$10
Three Floyd's Brewpub

Backmasking is as black as the river Styx. Inky and menacing. Tiny carbonation bubbles creep to the surface in lockstep keeping the chocolate milk head at sharp attention. The foam is frothy and seems to be everlasting. Frothy lace clings briefly to the glass before sinking back to the depths.

The nose is stuffed full of mouthwatering deliciousness. Powdery cocoa, moist tobacco leaves, and a hint of Hershey's syrup flavored chocolate milk all weave in and out of the light roast. Macerated berries show themselves with some warmth while a tendril of smoke and a ghostly pine hoppiness make for abnormal depth.

Dusty cocoa and moist tobacco again kick things off. The middle sweetens up briefly with the exact chocolate milk I mentioned in the nose before quickly bittering up with a moderate roast. Mild tootsie roll sweetness rises on the rear again before moderate roast and mild bitterness take over and linger.

The weight runs between medium and heavy on the spectrum while the oat adds incredible silkiness. A clean, drying booze runs up the nose but dries the mouthfeel before a mild to moderate roast and hop bitterness lingers after the swallow cleaning up any residual sweetness.

Three Floyd's can brew. An oatmeal stout from those guys? Fucking delicious! This beer has lactic sweetness, roast, balancing hop bitterness, and huge depth with a velvety mouthfeel you want to crawl into. I'll be drinking this when I see it from now on.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:58:50 | More by joe1510
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.9.14
Bottled 12/02/13

A - Pours a dark brown with an average tan head that fades slowly.

S - Very roasted and dark chocolate, oatmeal.

T - Nice oatmeal and roasted malth, then a sharp chocolate - tasty.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Average all around, but they nailed the chocolate flavor in it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 05:32:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Florida9

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a moderate-sized, creamy, dark tan colored head that slowly fades to a thick surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is pretty good. lots of roasted malts. Creamy. Chocolate.

T: Taste is similar. Straight up roasted malts with notes of chocolate and a faint hint of char. Moderately sweet. Some lighter cola notes.

M: Full bodied, but not heavy. Lower carbonation. Smooth. Mild bitterness.

O: A rather nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:50:50 | More by Florida9
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Treebs

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 14:12:43 | More by Treebs
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emerge077

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 03:49:45 | More by emerge077
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 04:24:07 | More by jeonseh
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.3/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 04:23:56 | More by MNishCT77
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:02:43 | More by TwelveOunces
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ChiTownPackFan

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 00:16:25 | More by ChiTownPackFan
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BackMasking from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.