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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

707 Ratings
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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 27
Gots: 140 | FT: 19
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: 707 | Reviews: 74
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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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1.25/5  rDev -68.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of tykechandler
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Tastes like bubblelicious. Not my thing.

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2.49/5  rDev -37.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of chippo33
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

taste of grapes in this stout - maybe it was a bad bottle?

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2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
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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2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
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, tofee, 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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of myuncle
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

so so for an oatmeal stout.

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3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.