BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 817
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | FT: 22
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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Photo of PHBoiler
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a finger width brown coffee head. The nose emits a little roast but not a lot of other things pop out. The taste is a straight forward oatmeal stout. It has that sort of funk from the oat that oatmeal stouts are known for. It's got a nice roast that rounds all the flavor together. Most of all it is full flavored while clocking in at a sessionable ABV. (370 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Very viscous brown turns pitch black in the glass. A large tan head that lingers. Massively roasty and touches of cocoa on the nose. Very roasty, with milk chocolate. Roasty and dry like coffee. lots of vanilla. A perfectly balanced bitterness. Easy drinking. Doesn't drink like a beer as strong as it is. One of the best non aged stouts. (371 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds pub glass. The pour is very dark (black for all intents and purposes) and sports 2.5 fingers of fluffy mocha-colored head which dissipates very slowly down to a clumpy lacing. I get some roasted grainy notes on the nose with light coffee and cream. It's slightly sweet and a little earthy.

Medium body and mild, well-balanced flavor. There are plenty of roasty notes, some sweetness from the malt, and a smooth feel from the oats. After a bready opening comes a quick whiff of coffee-and-cream bitterness and sweetness, then a little sarsaparilla on the finish. Very smooth, easy-drinking, and true to the style.

Why is this getting lukewarm reviews? I can only guess it's because (A) people have come to expect "extreme" beers from Three Floyds and this one is not extreme or (B) this is a rather expensive bottle of what is basically a standard representation of the style. I have to rate it below "excellent" for reason (B) (yes, I take price into consideration when I review a beer). It's not as good as Anderson Valley's Barney Flats or Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and it's considerably more expensive. That doesn't compute (even if the bottle does have some nice, paganistic "death metal" artwork). Nice beer, but overpriced and for fans of the the style only. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black in color letting little to no light through. Head is about one and a half fingers and has really great retention.

Smell has lots of chocolate malt forward there is also a light tartness but i can't figure out what it's from.slight creamy aroma from the oat.

Taste follows the nose lots of chocolate malt is forward with a very faint char that works well with the very mild tart flavor. More light char and smokey flavors on the backend along with some mild oat flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderately thick body is cut nicely with a mild charred bitterness. Very light carbonation keeps this a nice sipping beer. (631 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Opulent darkness, but enough light betrays a brown blood color. Rich burnt tan head.

Smell-
Toasted oats, pepper, and just a hop bitter twist that goes with hop laden stouts.

Taste-
Anyone remember that Coke Black product that was a mixture of coke and coffee? If you don't I am not surprised, that would be an indicator of how popular it was. Long story short, it reminds me of that. So mix coffee and coke together (not as bad as you would think), or just drink this.

Mouthfeel-
Creamy like an oatmeal stout should, but the bubbles thin it out a bit.

Overall-
The cover art and my love for Three Floyds made me buy it, but I wouldn't seek it out again. (670 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 drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - black with a great lasting tan head and sticky lacing
Smell - rich dark chocolate with a little carmel and coffee
Taste - very similar to the smell with a little sweetness
Feel - full bodied, creamy smooth
Overall - incredible complex oatmeal stout (255 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 MostlyNorwegian
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I couldn't pass this one bottle up; cos it had an inkjet computer label print out for both the label and its upc.
Good joke, and brilliant riff on backmasking. But, regardless of that super bonus bottle. The price point on Three Floyds bomber program has gotten out of control. $13.50 for a bomber of an under 7%?
Anyhoo. The beer itself wasn't too bad. Solid looker. Up front there's a smooth mix of chocolate with a bit of vanilla. Rather sweet, and pleasant. A slight pine tinge comes through from the hops. Kind of a side journey from the initial impression and it finds itself going nearly citrus. Not sure what that's about. It lacked legs going back, and its price point insures that it will be a one and done for my drinking rounds. (742 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A bomber purchased from FFF and poured in a FFF teku glass.

A) Pour isn't as thick as expected, dark brown, almost cola colored purple hue. There is a thin brown color head that fades immediately.

S) FFF ale yeast, oat, black patent malt, wintergreen.

T) wow not what I expected, wintergreen. It Must be the hops. I get FFF yeast aftertaste. Not good for an oatmeal stout.

M) Medium carbonation.

O) Not worth it. It tastes like mouthwash. I'll try again on tap if it comes around. (490 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 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)

Photo of sully11277
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours out midnight black a very light brown head that barely hangs around.

S- There is not a whole lot there. It is sweet, cocoa, slight roast, and a little hop notes.

T- Upfront you get a very strong sweetness with a nice cocoa taste. Then at the end you get the roast and you can taste the oatmeal a little bit. The hops come in with a little bitter just enough.

M- Thick with a light carbonation. This beer coats your mouth you taste it for awhile after you had a sip of it.

O- It is a good beer nothing that blows me away but if I was at 3 floyd's or saw it in a store I would pick it up again. (613 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 MarriedAtGI
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Black. One finger of think tan foam. Red-orange edges show after head dissipates.

S: High quality dark chocolate and a hint of coffee and a very faint floral hop aroma

T: More chocolate. Absolutely delicious!

M: Velvety smooth. Carbonation stays out of the way but is present enough not to leave the beer flat

O: This is a fantastic stout. Wish I could get more of it. (375 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on 12/22/13, unknown bottling date, poured into a modified pint glass, shared and drank 12/25/13 over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - dark brown-black coloration, no clarity (cannot read or see through), yellow-brown rocky head on initial pour settles into a half-finger head, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of rich coffee roast and dark chocolate all up in there; no hop aroma; no off-flavors

T: 17/20 - on first taste, really rich chocolate and coffee notes admixed with oatmeal; in the middle of the mouth, the malt flavors develop and accentuate carried by the oatmeal; finishes dry with little aftertaste; little alcohol; no gross flaws

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied, little alcohol presence; appropriate carbonation for style

O: 8/10 - torn between an 8 and a 9 but eventually settled on a 8 because, even though it's tasty and flavorful, it's not overly memorable for an oatmeal stout; nevertheless, for $10/bottle purchased at the brewery, I'd recommend it

TOTAL - 42/50 (1,013 characters)

Photo of ChiTownPackFan
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark/Black pour as to be expected with a 1.5" cappuccino head. Lacing all the way down the glass as I drink it.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt sugars, light alcohol.

T - Right on with the nose. Rich roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate balanced by the perfect level of sweetness. Low level of hops presence that helps in balancing the sweetness and giving it a great lingering affect on the palate. The slightest taste of root beer like flavors in the finish. Amazing!

M - Medium to full viscosity on the beer but the perfect carbonation gives this beer a rich and creamy mouthfeel on the tongue.

O - This beer did not disappoint. From appearance to finish it was an amazing example of the style. Mouthfeel just kept getting better as I drank this and the alcohol level was just enough to warm my stomach by the end of the glass but not enough that it interfered with the flavors.

Three Floyd's is right where they should be on this one - nailed it! (967 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 jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at FFF

A - Dark chocolate brown body with a nice chocolate one finger head

S - Milk chocolate, roasted malt, and hopped up with pine

T - Reminds me of a sweeter, thicker alpha klaus. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, slighty smokey and has a slight bitter pine hops. Finish is dark chocolate with light pine that lingers on.

MF - Light yet creamy body that you'd expect from an oatmeal stout

O - Imagine a sweeter oatmeal stout version of alpha klaus and you have backmasking. It has the chocolate and roasted malt that you'd expect from an oatmeal stout while also having a good hop presence that you'd expect from FFF (627 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with a tan head of about an inch. dissipates rather quickly. some nice lacing going on.

S: roasted malt, especially oats. Like a chocolate oatmeal. Definitely some chocolate and bold coffee notes. Very nice, not overpowering

T: Dry roasted oats, coffee, a bit of chocolate, very smooth

M: Medium body, drinkable.

O: A solid oatmeal stout. Definitely check this one out. (392 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at FFF. Served in a imperial nonic pint.

A: Pours a solid black color with some dark brown highlights on the edges. A solid tan head with nice retention forms on the pour. It leaves some sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Espresso, chocolate and toasted oats up front. Creamy milk chocolate comes out as the beers warms up a bit.

T: Oats and a lot of dry roast. Milk chocolate, bitter bakers chocolate and a little espresso. There is a lingering, dry-roasted bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. ABV is spot on and it's highly drinkable.

O: Very nice oatmeal stout overall. Enjoyed the notes of espresso immensely. (673 characters)

Photo of Docrock
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FFF served in an Imperial pint glass:

A- very dark with a nice creamy light brown head. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving just a thin film on top, almost no lacing whatsoever

S - light coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate

T - more coffee than on the nose and a little bit of the chocolate, both lingering for a few minutes. I am not picking up anything else at all.

M - a little thinner than I expected but probably about right for the ABV. Carbonation is also on the light side.

O - a decent beer, not catching the oatmeal part of this one. Served pretty chilled for what I normally would drink at Stout at, it was around 40 F. But seeing as it was served at the Brewpub, I figure they would serve it at its best temperature. (755 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had at the brewpub in tap 1/11/13
Served in a pint glass

I'll be honest, this was probably my fourth or fifth beer of the night, but it was tasty! Got chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee in the taste and smell. This is by far the best stout I've had from 3 Floyd's. Next time I'll try and be a bit more sober for a proper review, but this was a awesome brew. If your at the brewpub get a pint and enjoy it! (408 characters)

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.