BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 856
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 221 | FT: 24
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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 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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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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