3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #10
Ranked #894
4.3 | pDev: 7.44%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: Big Wig, No Wig or Comb Over. Wigsplitter is an oatmeal stout brewed with freshly ground espresso. It's for those of us who like a little beer with their coffee or a little bit of coffee with their beer
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3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Has a strange tinny aroma and flavor. Something is not right with the coffee used here. Expected much better considering the BA score. Solid look and mouthfeel.

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morimech from Minnesota, Apr 11, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 03-02-20 (3 weeks ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at just above fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours jet black with no light penetration and abundant mocha colored head. The head recedes slowly leaving a complete lacing. The aroma is lightly creamed & sugared strong cold brew coffee. The taste is bittersweet coffee & chocolate with some dark roasted malt and earthy hop flavor. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent. This is a very well made beer with much more than a single coffee note. Worth trying.

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jkblr from Indiana, Mar 24, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/2/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small dark khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of coffee along with some vanilla cream. Hints of chocolate. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More coffee leading the way. More vanilla cream blending well with the coffee. More hints of chocolate. Mild hints of caramel in the mix. Low sweetness and bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean and dry. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, crisp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice coffee stout. Nice coffee aromas and flavors. The coffee definitely shines. It also stays true to the oatmeal stout style. It's very clean and even refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I really like it.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Mar 24, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin dark tan coating across the surface, no stick to the lacing. Expected black and opaque liquid. The nose comes across with a stronger focus on cocoa, milk chocolate than coffee roast, accompanied by caramel and coconut flakes, not much of a fruit presence, vague waft if hoppiness at the end. Medium-bodied, not as thick as expected, crisp carbonation. As in the nose, reminiscent of a German chocolate cake with coconut and caramel mixed into a chocolate base, marshmallow too. The coffee is ever present without a lot of bitterness, roast. Slight uptick in citrus and plum, cherry fruit, nothing major. Some cereal presence but wouldn’t call it all that grainy. Semi-abrupt finish, more tingle than flavor at the end, does create a good aromatic lift.

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farrago from New Jersey, Jan 04, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black with barely any head. What little foam there is appears a deep mocha color and leaves no lacing.

It has a rich coffee aroma along with some roasted malt.

It has a huge coffee flavor. The finish is black coffee and roasted malt.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

I always enjoy drinking a good coffee stout. This is no exception.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is coffee and kind of mocha/chocolate mousse. The flavor is chocolate//dark chocolate/chocolate mousse, dark malts and a big acidic/slightly sweet/tart finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Aug 30, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don’t like coffee as a stand-alone drink. Let’s get that out of the way. Maybe had 5 cups in my life.

I absolutely LOVE coffee in beer. Let’s also get that out of the way.

This is probably my favorite coffee beer. From the black pour with the rich, frothy tan head to the waves of milk chocolate and coffee on the nose, to the interplay between the coffee (very forward) and milk chocolate notes on the tastes, just a perfectly balanced stout.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Jul 31, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice and black little head. Smell is not very strong. Taste is much better, not very strong but it’s not barrel aged so make sense. Good stout otherwise. Overall 4.3 seems a little generous.

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3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, fluffy beige cap that fades quickly into a thin wash. Aroma has bold espresso upfront, mocha chocolate underneath with just a hint of roasted malt. Espresso is present on the palate but feels less robust than on the nose - more like an Americano than a rich espresso. Some of those supporting notes are a little weaker as well, though you get whispers of chocolate & dark malt. Body is thin but velvety, pretty normal for an Oatmeal stout though I do prefer more weight personally. Good but not outstanding.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jun 27, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly an outstanding oatmeal stout from a famous brewery that’s new to me. Sampled this one on tap at 3 Floyds. Looks great, nice deep dark black color with motor oil opacity, a little film of tan head and spotty lingering lacing that eventually faded. Excellent aromas of medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The taste is just outstanding - stronger coffee and milk chocolate, roasted nuttiness, caramel, vanilla, raisin, brown sugar and malt. Out of this world! Best oatmeal stout I’ve ever had. Higher ABV is dangerously well-hidden. Smooth, luscious, slightly sticky and creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. A truly outstanding beer and I would buy this in a 6-pack in a heartbeat. Well done!

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jun 24, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4/26/19

Pours a dense jet black body with a slight, frothy beige head; slowly recedes, eventually developing a lasting foamy collar and plentiful, if thin, lacing to wall the glass.

Aroma opens with a milky caramel/mocha note and hints of strawberry cream before transitioning fully to roasty, semi-bitter espresso tinged with hazelnut, vanilla bean, and cacao nib tones.

Taste brings huge espresso notes coursing through the profile, with a vanilla cream sweetness and dark cacao nibs following in tow; subdued but concentrated and intense malty char on the finish.

Mouthfeel of a lighter-bodied stout that can turn thin at times, but is boosted frequently by an even, fluffy carbonation; gritty char moves along smoothly through the finish with a light bitterness and drying tone; very easy on the palate, but an overarching thinness takes away from the body.

A coffee stout with intense character but lacking in the body necessary to bring it to the next level; in spite of the thinness, it's full of flavor and easy to enjoy as a whole.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jun 07, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overpriced bomber, my first in years, regrettable impulse buy. I'm surprised to see 3 Floyd's back on PA's crowded shelves after an extended hiatus.

Nice but mild espresso notes, less noticeable in the nose. Not much else going on, this comes across to me simultaneously as watered down beer and watered down espresso. The body is thin as well.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Jun 02, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


22oz bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, healthy beige head. good retention.
AROMA: great coffee;
TASTE: is roasty barley, coffee, cocoa.
FEEL: great creamy feel.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, May 23, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date not known but bomber poured into a tulip. Looks is just pour stout black tan head .Smell is like an coffee s’mores a little coconut / marshmallow like sweetness with a hint of coffee (sure it faded to age). Taste is some rasin fruit cake notes and the back end roasted malt and hint of coffee (good cup of diner coffee). Mouthfeel is thinner scale .
Nice beer to drink but sure it was better fresh vs aged

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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts, Mar 23, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber at Binny's while visiting Downtown Chicago on 5-11-18 for $12.99. Bottled on 3-13-18; consumed 9-17-18.

Beer poured black with a beautiful long lasting tan head.

Nose is wonderful, fresh coffee abounds!

Taste is coffee forward and mocha over chocolate malts and oatmeal balanced nicely by decent hopping to keeping the sweetness just in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth from the oatmeal infused base.

Overall this beer is a nice surprise, very delicious! A bit pricey but a nice indulgence!

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arizcards from Arizona, Sep 17, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- jet black, creamy khaki head, reduces to a ring

S- bold fresh espresso mixes with mocha cream, vanilla icing, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses & chocolate cake

T- dark chocolate and roasted Malt up front are followed by a big it of herbal and earthy espresso that comes across very fresh. Mid-palate brings out some brown sugar, vanilla whipping cream & raisin. The finish gives more herbal espresso with a chocolate linger

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- fresh coffee and chocolate with high drinkability

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Sep 12, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/22/15; drank 8/16/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark tan head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Chocolate syrup & freshly brewed espresso notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup flavor up front; roasted coffee bean & cream notes on the finish.

A rich, sweet stout; not very complex but a nice dessert treat.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jun 06, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds Wigsplitter Oatmeal Stout, 7.7% ABV. Pours black with a nice brown head. Nose is chocolate and coffee, taste follows, chocolate is quite strong, slightly sweet, not much bitterness. Outstanding smooth mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, May 20, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really tasty coffee forward brew that has a nice slightly sweet finish. Highly crushable. I had to slow myself down a bit as it was going down too easily. Glad I got a chance to try this. Recommended if you come across it.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. Smells of roasty espresso. Tastes like iced mocha. Feels smooth and silky. I loved this beer before I even knew what "stouts" were. A great one.

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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Love the coffee and oats on the nose. This beer is uncompromising on its base flavors of coffee, malt, oats, and dark chocolate. Everything else in its midst is destroyed, and in that is something delicious. You have this you know what you are getting into.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 08, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of dark khaki head. Head retention is okay with a few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is roasty and slightly smokey. Coffee is present and heavy, with a dark, bitter, and oily make-up. Flavor profile is dark coffee, almost like a cup of black coffee, with roasty, toasty, bitter qualities. It has a hint of dark chocolate as well. Mouth feel is smooth, but looses the velvety feel to a slightly fizzy finish. Overall, a coffee stout that delivers an epic dose of coffee. Many coffee beers claim to be a cup of black coffee in beer form, but this beer is just that. For those seeking an equal balance between the stout and coffee, this is not a good option. For those seeking a beer with a focal point finally tuned in on black, oily coffee, look no further.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 13, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, bottled on 10/17/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge nutty dark roast espresso, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, fudge, toasted oats, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of smoke, charcoal, fruit, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, espresso, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big nutty dark roast espresso, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, fudge, toasted oats, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of smoke, charcoal, fruit, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/woody hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty espresso, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, fudge, toasted oats, dark/brown bread, light smoke/charcoal, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, espresso, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy, bready, silky, and lightly velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild chalky roast, hop stickiness, and dryness. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is a fantastic coffee oatmeal stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, espresso, and light earthy hop flavors; extremely smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Far less hoppy than I expected for Three Floyds. Extremely rich/intense nutty/fruity coffee with awesome balanced oatmeal stout malt complexity. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Nov 04, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this yesterday at 3F's brewery in a bomber to go. Bottled the day before....fresh fresh. Serious coffee taste...WOW!... very strong expresso flavor....you will love this if you are a coffee fan. I am not a coffee drinker but this is a really tasty beer.

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Hackattack from Indiana, Oct 20, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark black, with a small white head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells a little green peppery on the nose, unfortunately, but there is some nice chocolate, a little bit of smoke, and caramel.

Luckily the coffee flavor is delicious and not green peppery. It's smooth, a bit roasty, very caramelly, and a little bit smokey. There's a bit of hoppy bitterness, and vanilla cream too.

This is pretty creamy, and a little bit thin, with a good level of carbonation.

If this was a bit thicker and chewier, it would be great. The coffee flavor on this is very nice.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Oct 01, 2017
Wigsplitter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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