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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: 32
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 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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by someone Friday night, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep black color tan head. Rich sweet brown sugary roasty chocolate maltiness with just enough earthy hops to balance. great stout.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +17%

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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 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 Domvan
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Outside of Dark lord, their darker beers just don't do it for me. This one has a nice body and good amount of roastiness. Overall it was a pretty good beer

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 jzlyo
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and mildly nutty. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, mildly vinous/fruit and a mix of slightly earthy and nutty/caramel/sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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