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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 886
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 232 | 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: 886
Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid outmeal stout. It has a gumball head taste to it with a nutty hint to it. It kind of has like a creamy pine flavour to it. It's hard to describe, it's very unique and is something you should pick up if you can get your hands on it

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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 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 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 do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-review, done on July 24, 2015. I'd like to re-review this one now that my palate has changed a bit and become more accustomed to stouts.

Beer was about 2 months old at the time of re-reviewing. Bomber into a tulip. Pitch black in color with about 1.5 fingers of frosty, light brown foam. Lots of cinammon, roasted malt, and brown sugar on the nose. Hints of coffee and molasses apparent, too. Medium-heavy weight and very silky smooth on the mouthfeel. Burnt oak, roasted malt, bitter coffee, and cinammon on the taste. Notes of ginger and molasses on the back end. Finishes smooth and leaves a heavy, charred bitterness on the aftertaste.

Overall, probably my favorite oatmeal stout of all time, save for FBS. I can never resist buying this beer when I see it available. Drinks like a 10%'er, and is equally as delicious. Huge, heavy body, robust flavors, and surprising drinkability make this beer a go-to for me.

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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 spacecake9
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours very dark with a tan head that settles to a cap. No lacing on mine.
S - Nice coffee roasty aroma.
T - Somewhat sweet which is to be expected. More of a roasty flavor than typical oatmeal stouts.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - I like this oatmeal stout - I've had it several times now. Low ABV makes this an easy drinker.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured pitch black in color. Formed about a finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Medium/Low head potential, decent head retention. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
S - 4.5 - Lots of malt, medium sweet chocolate, currants, raisins and prune.
T - 4 - Medium sweet malt, dark fruit and alcohol upfront, ending on a somewhat malty bitterness.
F - 4.25 - Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - Overall, a very good representation of the oatmeal stout style.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Served at room temperature. Super dark and opaque. Dark tan thin head. Carmel, toffee, chocolate aroma. Some minor citrus. Coffee, sweet, alcohol.Oddly, I get iodine. Milk mouth with slight bitterness. Enjoyable Oatmeal Stout. Would repurchase!

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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 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 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 Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black opaque, with a short tan head, with tight bubbles. Significant lacing, persistent.

S - Chocolate and a strong smell of alcohol, which given the ABV is quite surprising. A twang of roast malts.

T - An explosive rush of roasted coffee and chocolate, backed with a strong hit of hops, mostly medicinal in nature, trailing out to a black coffee bitterness that fades out slowly.

M - Slick with oats, surprisingly full given the moderate ABV. The bite of bitterness lingers, but there is not a strong build over time.

O - Very strong effort by Three Floyds, this beer is the rare 6% stout that drinks like a beer with almost twice the alcohol. It is a big, burly beast, and delivers huge stout flavor.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with mocha lacing. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a thin cap around the glass.

S - caramel, coffee, chocolate, malted milk balls.

T - Chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Creamy mouth feel, semi dry and bitter finish.

O - Really solid stout from FFF.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big flavor for an oatmeal stout, plenty of coffee, molasses, and earthy, herbal hops. Moderate stickiness suits a smooth mouthfeel with medium body. Alcohol is warm and invigorating, much more so than I would expect from 6% ABV.

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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 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 DeanMoriarty
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 22 oz bomber in a trade with DrewskiWhit. Poured into a WootStout branded short tulip glass. Bottled on date was illegible.

Appearance is black as night with a decent tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, decent lacing but nothing amazing. Smell is sweet molasses, dark chocolate with a light hop aroma and toasted notes coming through as it warms. Flavor follows suit with the nose - the hop flavor lingering throughout the roasted malt and sweetness (maybe sweetened with lactose) which is quite nice - I didn't expect such a hoppy oatmeal stout and was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel is silky smooth like a proper oatmeal stout, light bitterness from the hop lingers in this medium-bodied ale with mellow carbonation. Overall phenomenal take on an old classic style. Leave it to Three Floyds to take a classic style of old and spin it with a modern twist - nice work fellas!

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Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chose this over black-heart because of the crazy awesome label art. I love 3-F's creative designs.

A - Deep dark brown/black color. Pours thick with khaki colored creamy head with good lacing.

S - Lots of hops at the beginning which I wasn't expecting but came out pretty good. After warming the malt and roasted tones came out along and then the sweet grainy smell that goes with an oatmeal stout.

T - Tons flavor having a robust character with a malty, roasty, chocolaty, and some like toffee/caramel taste along with some hops on the back end. There is some bitterness from the roasted malt and hops but is pretty balanced with the sweetness.

M - Full mouth-feel with moderate to low carbonation. Silky feel and a nice bitterness that makes it a great beer for occasional drinking.

Overall, this oatmeal stout is different than your standard "Samuel Smith" and it is pretty delicious. It isn't as heavy as a RIS and it is a tasty brew. It has everything for the dark beer drinker who likes a little american hops in there. It's also a nice change of pace if you are used to drinking dry stouts like Guinness. I would strongly recommend this to anyone that likes darker beer.

Glass- Stein

Serving type: bottle

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