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BackMasking - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
89
very good

478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 85 | FT: 15
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Sammy, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

nmann08, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

GRG1313, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

kylehay2004, May 15, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1%

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Gotta give some props to my man Alex for grabbing a bottle o' this whilst swinging through Munster on a trip and sharing it here with us. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of leather-tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild molasses, light graham cracker, cocoa, and a hint of leafy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, everything going according to plan until a wave of milk-chocolatey sweetness bubbles through the center, washing over all through the finish. A nice surprise, really. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively full feel. Overall, a damn solid stout, probably the best Three Floyds offering I've had in a while.

TMoney2591, Sep 02, 2014
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4.16/5  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.

emerge077, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

largadeer, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

nickfl, May 15, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +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.

MasterSki, Mar 28, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MarkyMOD, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

imperialking, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

brandoman63, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

billab914, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

ShanePB, Feb 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

scruffwhor, May 12, 2014
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BackMasking from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.