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BackMasking - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 856
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 222 | FT: 24
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 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 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

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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.

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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!

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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 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 Copernicandream
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 3 months aged 22oz bottle.

A: Pours a dark deep brown with very minimal purple amber tones to light. Initially a creamy coffee colored head of medium consistency.

S: Initial is malty cocoa powder. Cocoa is really the most overpowering tone. Some subtle pumpkin-like esters mixed with coffee tones.

T: Early and extremely sweet malts mix with a vinegar like backbone and spice cake. Cocoa, lactose, and burnt malt combine to form some sort of mildy sour chocolate concentrate. The acetic acid really becomes apparent on the late palate. There are some subtle squash/pumpkin esters i attribute to the yeast. After taste, is pure cocoa powder.

M: Acidic, wet and thin. High moderate level of carbonation makes the chocolate flavor explode on the tongue. Low moderate warming from the alcohol. A little astringent and too acidic. The level of carbonation brings the pH a little to low and makes it somewhat vinegar-like. Was looking for more oatmeal protein to coat the mouth.

O: Not what I was expecting from an "Oatmeal Stout." The base was much too thin and the sweet and sour melancholy left me thinking I was drinking a sour. The cocoa tones are unique and strong, like huffing a box of pure coca, but the overall taste and balance were a little lacking.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review taken early late Feb, 2014.

22 oz(1 pint, 6 oz) brown bomber FFF shaped bottle with black and red artwork upon the label. I'm usually a big fan of FFF labels, but this one is just a bit weird and didn't quite do it for me like some other their other labels. But what's inside is what counts. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - deep black color with a hint of ruby red rounding the bottom corners when held to the light. Massive brown colored head on the pour settles to a creamy ring of lace leaving some nice stick.

S - dark roasted malt, oats, and bittersweet chocolate make up the aroma. Hints of cocoa, chocolate milk, candied sugar and roasted grain as this warms.

T - this is a somewhat sweet oatmeal stout. It seriously pushes toward the Moloko ball park in flavor. Big splash of milk chocolate and lactose like sugars or something acting like lactose sugars anyway. Oats are present but fade to a more toasted grain with each passing minute this sits. A bit of smoke and hop spice allow for a nice balanced flavor with the dark malts flowing along nicely. Surprising hint of alcohol Booz in the finish.

M - nice medium body and pretty good texture. Thickness isn't out of this world but it works with its size. Creamy feel and drinks very well.

O - okay I'm not totally satisfied with Backmasking. Sure, I think FFF make world class stuff, but come on.. You make me look at some ignorant Satanic label that I just don't understand, charge me 12.99 and give me a 5.9% oatmeal stout with a better ale in Rich Life coming the same day for the same price. Kicking myself I didn't buy a 3rd Rich life and left this sitting. Sure, its a good oatmeal stout, but I just don't get the release.. Not alongside something like Live a rich life. But hey, what do I know? If you are looking for a FFF oatmeal stout then grab it. It's a good stout, I just didn't find it great.

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Three Floyd's Brewpub

Backmasking is as black as the river Styx. Inky and menacing. Tiny carbonation bubbles creep to the surface in lockstep keeping the chocolate milk head at sharp attention. The foam is frothy and seems to be everlasting. Frothy lace clings briefly to the glass before sinking back to the depths.

The nose is stuffed full of mouthwatering deliciousness. Powdery cocoa, moist tobacco leaves, and a hint of Hershey's syrup flavored chocolate milk all weave in and out of the light roast. Macerated berries show themselves with some warmth while a tendril of smoke and a ghostly pine hoppiness make for abnormal depth.

Dusty cocoa and moist tobacco again kick things off. The middle sweetens up briefly with the exact chocolate milk I mentioned in the nose before quickly bittering up with a moderate roast. Mild tootsie roll sweetness rises on the rear again before moderate roast and mild bitterness take over and linger.

The weight runs between medium and heavy on the spectrum while the oat adds incredible silkiness. A clean, drying booze runs up the nose but dries the mouthfeel before a mild to moderate roast and hop bitterness lingers after the swallow cleaning up any residual sweetness.

Three Floyd's can brew. An oatmeal stout from those guys? Fucking delicious! This beer has lactic sweetness, roast, balancing hop bitterness, and huge depth with a velvety mouthfeel you want to crawl into. I'll be drinking this when I see it from now on.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Rope
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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.

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

The cover art and my love for Three Floyds made me buy it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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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 drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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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 MostlyNorwegian
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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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 falloutsnow
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of sully11277
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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 MarriedAtGI
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.