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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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 thebigredone
2.49/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This bad review is likely due to a tap line not getting cleaned, or a bad keg, or something along those lines.

Pours a normal color, but the smell is like a weird Belgian/Hefeweissen mix with a pink gumball smell dominating the nose.

Taste is similar - no char, no chocolate, no coffee - just overly sweet gumballs.

Overall, not at all enjoyable. Would love to have this as it is supposed to taste.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark, black stout, nice 2 fingers of head. Pouring it light comes through the liquid pretty well. Overall a medium to light color for an imperial but at 5.9% we'll call it medium.

Coffee, toffee, vanilla, citrus hop notes, and a bit of light chocolate. There might even be a hint of mint.

Served at about 55 degrees perhaps too warm but I can't get past the citrus hop finish. Yes there's some chocolate, and roasted malt. I can see some mint at the finish. But I really am mostly tasting the bitter citrus which hits about a half second after the beer hits the tongue and lasts till the end. Oats? Nope. Milk? Maybe some lactose but I suspect it's from something else.

Somewhat dry and a bit acidic. This one goes down pretty easy.

This is one of the many times I really wish BA still let you rank based on the serving type. Are more people having this one on tap or bottle? Is it better in one form or the other?

Anyway this isn't a bad beer. Very unique and it fits with three floyds style of making unique beers. I'm not a fan, but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Copernicandream
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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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 SackBlabbath
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer, but for 5.9% it leaves something to be desired. I've had beers twice as strong and twice as smooth. The mouthfeel is a bit rough for a stout. Tastes good but its not anything incredible. Artwork is by far the coolest i've ever seen.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Very slight transparency. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Smells very sweet, almost like marshmallows. Chocolate.

Taste - Has that same marshmallow sweetness, but much roastier. More oatmeal. Deep roast and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Almost too sweet, but roasty enough to justify the sugars.

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Photo of Docrock
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of sully11277
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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 ohiobeer29
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a reallyl stout oatmeal stout hoppy at first but give it a few mins and its perfect haven't been too impressed with 3 floyd's offerings but this was solid

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Photo of Austin32
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the look and smell, which were excellent, I expected a stronger fuller flavor from this. It was a good beer but I didn't get the thickness or body I expected from an oatmeal stout, especially one from FFF.

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Photo of Bills453
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark in color. Black. Cocoa colored foamy head.

Smell - Smelling bready yeast. Small hint of chocolate.

Taste - How you would expect a stout to taste. Chocolately, a bit of bitterness at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth.

Overall - a great stout offering from 3 Floyd's

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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 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 Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man!

Dark brown with an inch or so of soapy beige head. Aromas of vanilla, roast, chocolate. Vanilla bean/ extract character. Sweet vanilla & chocolate blend. Distant oatmeal, but vanilla just stands out. Tasty, yet imbalanced. Ok.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Dark reddish brown. Very little head.

Bitter baking chocolate and coffee aromas are front and center. Earthy and piney hops.

More of the same in the flavor with added sweetness. Roasty and only mildly hopped.

Medium body. Smooth and low carbonation.

It's ok. An easy drinker but the flavors don't pop.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

From a bottle, pours black as night with a fluffy tan head.

Smell is lots of roast, oats, caramel, malt, a little sweet molasses, some piney hops. The taste up front is bitter dark chocolate, a little vanilla, caramel, more dry oats. Lots of lactose, that makes me think this taste like chocolate milk with a little spice on the finish.

Interesting to try.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque onyx, with a gray-brown head.

Aroma is roasty and chocolatey with oats and coffee adding intrigue.

Flavor is a mixed bag of coffee and chocolate, with marshmallows hitting mid palate. The finish is fairly acrid/tart and lightly bitter.

Body is moderate, with lower carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

The sour/acrid note is offputting, and it's a bit hot, but nice malt character.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a hoppy quality up front with light cocoa, and chocolate , some bitterness, licorice, and is slightly thing. A very Three Floyds type of beer with the intense hoppiness, it has some balance, but still not too much going on.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.