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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 835
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 32
Gots: 216 | FT: 23
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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 835
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. (262 characters)

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. (618 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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! (245 characters)

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. (402 characters)

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. (358 characters)

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. (310 characters)

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. (714 characters)

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. (274 characters)

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. (228 characters)

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. (743 characters)

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. (362 characters)

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! (900 characters)

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 (1,220 characters)

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. (402 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 6/7/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 2+ finger head
S: Oat, smoke, roasted malt, caramel/toffee; overall very dark and complex
T: Oat, smoke, roasted malt, a touch bitter... also a slightly empty midpalate though a fairly long finish balances it out
O: Solid but I think more hops would add a nice addition that's currently lacking (366 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
2.49/5  rDev -37%
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 Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with dark tan head. Head is very fine, with sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma: Strong coffee aroma with vanilla bean. Some milk chocolate in there as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet, full, creamy vanilla on the tongue. Vanilla is earthy, like a vanilla bean. Finishes with dry, roasted coffee bitterness. Hints of caramel, caramelized sugar, and brown sugar are present throughout as well. There is just enough sweet, sugary character here to bridge the gap between the vanilla bean and the coffee bitterness. The oatmeal used lends its characteristic creamy texture to the brew.

Final Word: Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys stouts or coffee! This brew was creamy, full flavored, well balanced and nuanced, and all of the flavors felt very true to the ingredient. The vanilla tasted like vanilla bean and not vanilla extract, and the coffee had the richness of real, fresh brewed, whole bean coffee. The caramel flavors brought the creamy texture, sweet vanilla, and bitter coffee together in perfect harmony, as if you were drinking a high quality cappuccino. Again, highly recommended! (1,116 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 3/27/14 poured into tulip glass
A - Dark black as if trapping all light. A tall tan head slowly gives way to a light layer with lacing on the glass.
S - Malty! Nice rosted malts and a bit of boozieness. Coffee
T - Slight coffee notes. Sweet and malty with maybe a little hop charactaristcs on the end
M - This is more of an American oatmel stout... thinner and less smooth than it's English brother. The oats don't set it up for the full body you typically expect.
O - Pretty good American version of the Oatmeal Stout. I prefer the English version with a fuller body and silkier mouth feel. (609 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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. (368 characters)

Photo of Bills453
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark in color. Black. Cocoa colored foamy head.

Smell - Smelling bready yeast. Small hint of chocolate.

Taste - How you would expect a stout to taste. Chocolately, a bit of bitterness at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth.

Overall - a great stout offering from 3 Floyd's (309 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very cool looking pour.. almost looked like nitro. Pouring it into an english pint glass the light mocha / tan colored head almost seemed to shoot down into the glass rather then rise to the top. It built about 4 fingers tall and didn't settle for a few minutes. Nice lacing. Near black color, just a few rays of light shine through revealing the brownish hue.

S: Subtle aroma overall. Picking up a fruity spicey english type hop aroma, think pears and green apple, lemon zest. with some piney notes and spice (very unexpected but nice). Lots of interesting esters, I believe from the yeast used. Light bready and toasty notes.

T: Moderate amount of hop flavor (for the style) without much bitterness. The same pine and spicey-fruity hop flavors coming through. Milk chocolate and a root beer/molasses character. Light caramel and bready sweetness.

M: Nice creamy slick texture to this beer. Mild carbonation levels with no astringency. Medium to lower bodied.

O: A creamy, chocolatey, smooth drinking stout with a significant hop character. This one isn't going to win any awards but it sure goes down nice. The hop character was a little unexpected and I want to try this after it has a few months on it. Luckily I bought a second bottle at DLD. (1,256 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger light mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, oats, cocoa powder some chocolate and hints of coffee, very pleasant nose.

T- Bittersweet chocolate, oats, some coffee, roasted malts, some smoke, surprising hints of citrus hops, very well balanced, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- This is a great Oatmeal Stout, very smooth and very enjoyable. Very happy to try this beer and would love to have this again! (500 characters)

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. (409 characters)

BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.