BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 818
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 32
Gots: 209 | FT: 22
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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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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. (362 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (688 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
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. (1,366 characters)

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. (1,765 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (496 characters)

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. (743 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Big dark walnut brown, nearly black, opaque as all night hints at some deep purple like colors a bit on the edge too. Head is creamy and frothy big, grabbing easily four fingers and cascading nicely down the glass. Clumps and chunks rule the roost with some good light mocha brown color, and big swiss cheese appearances. Real big, and aggressive but not out of control.

Real nice hints of milky chocolate, a little bit of leafy mint hop it seems which is kind of unusual, and chewy cookie like malt qualities. Hints of a thick brew to come perhaps but just a real solid aroma.

Palate comes real nice and simple. Deep great roasting qualities with milky milk chocolate tones in the mid palate. Dense controlled finish, and good chocolate sweetness even more so on the finish. Hints of some light leaf and tea like bitterness just a hint, mixing perfectly with a good creamy mouthfeel. Mild sense of fruity tones, but not really distinct or peaking out amongst some hop tolerable astringency. A small twinge of acrid sourness just hits a little though after some time, but luckily not huge or too of putting.

Overall a good solid oatmeal stout for sure with some decent qualities. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.07/5  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. (344 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

Pours dark black, with a off-white foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate, intense roast, smoke, and some espresso.

This is a quite dark and burnt tasting oatmeal stout, and like. Roasted, almost burnt malt, smoke, a bit of ash, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate all play together, and shine pretty brightly considering the 5.9% ABV. Three Floyds packs a lot of flavor in here for the lower ABV.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy, grainy mouthfeel, and a medium level of carbonation.

This is a pretty nice oatmeal stout, definitely enjoyed it. (618 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%

Has a light coffee nose sweetened with dark sugars and seasoned with a hint of cinnamon and a whiff of chocolate.
It pours dark brilliant brown with a fluffy 1” tan cap.
The attack begins with chocolate, coffee, and big spicy grain flavors. Although malt driven, very well rounded.
A creamy, silky smooth chewy body has a touch of slickness and oiliness. (358 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, clear brown when pouring, one finger brown head.

S-A lot of roasted malt good deal of oats as well. But there should be more chocolate.

T-Mainly roasted malt and oats. The finish is bland and the only flavors are roast and oats.

M-Light, rather watery with no carbonation.

O-A boring finish combined with being slightly watery was a let down. (368 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-04 in Clarksville, IN from a bottle.

A - Dark brown with a light brown 1-finger firm head with good lace.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, touch of coffee, sweet mocha.

T - Sweet Ovaltine in milk while eating a graham cracker at first, and then char and dark chocolate tastes come into play. Finishes with a touch of sourness, medicinal spice, more chocolate bitterness and a satisfyingly dry finish.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Smooth like chocolate milk.

O - Never had a beer quite like this. Enjoyed it. (546 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (150 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
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. (401 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/25/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new stout to me from Three Floyds, this one a bit lower on the alcohol than anticipated. More awesome satanic bottle art. Expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a wonderful fluffy frothy 4 finger wide mocha head on top of a mostly opaque black body with some hints of brown showing around the edges. Excellenct head retention and some very nice sticky lacing. Looks delicious.

S - The aroma is kind of subtle, strange, yet interesting. I'm getting some light floral / herbal notes initially, and not a whole lot of roastiness. More of a lighter milk chocolate / creamy sort of aroma. Maybe a very mild piney hop presence in there also.

T - The chocolate bitterness is amped up on the taste, but is still tame. Lightly leathery / smokey / char. Creamy, milky, and chocolatey. Good light roast / floral / herbal elements going on. I'm not entirely sure I would guess this was an oatmeal stout without knowing beforehand, though. Mild tart dark fruit presence is noted on the end - cherry / fig / date / plum / apple / pear.

M - The feel is delicious, smooth, frothy, and creamy. The oatmeal adds a lovely texture to the beer. Light & powdery cocoa sort of bitterness. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, especially considering I feel Three Floyds ups the carb way too high normally.

Overall, I say it is a delicious stout from Three Floyds, and I am more than pleasantly surprised. One of the more memorable offerings I've had from these guys in recent times. Smooth, creamy, delicious, and drinkable. Recommended.

Three Floyds Backmasking ---4/5. (1,678 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,491 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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. (310 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
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. (2,478 characters)

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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