BackMasking | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 105 | Ratings: 981
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Bottling date on bottle neck is smudged, but looks to sometime in 2011.
Black colored body, with dark brown back lit highlights. Two finger tan head, which settles back to a creamy cap. Leaves behind a thick pattern of lacing.
Aroma of creamy roasted malts, and a little char and smoke.
Taste is dark roasted malts, molasses, cream, and a little char and smoke. A little sweet, but no real bitterness past the roasted malts and smoke.
Thicker mouth feel. Decent carbonation.
This has a slightly past its prime aura, but the main aroma and taste are a smooth combination of dark chocolate, sweet cream, and smoke/char. This bottle has been sitting in my refrigerator for a long time, and finally comes up in the rotation for drinking. Quite an impressive appearance of body and lacing, and the taste holds up despite its age.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nearly pitch black, with a heavy tan head and thin lace.

Aroma: Crisp cocoa and roasty, burnt chocolate.

Taste: Strong on the cocoa tip, with more burnt chocolate, some coffee, nuts, and even some fruit underneath it all. Deep, dark stout goodness.

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Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/27/15. At the source.

The proper pint is full of coal black brew and a tiny tan froth. Smells of roasted malt from start to fininsh, and not much else. The palate is filled with dark and sweet chocolate, roasted malt, currant and plum. Has a somewhat grainy, nutty finish. Medium in body and little to no alcohol heat is noticed.

A good take on a classic style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Backmasking Stout poured an opaque black with a nice tan head that left some lacing. The scent had roast. The taste is blend dark chocolate and espresso. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a solid stout with good flavor.

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Photo of zonker17
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured form 22oz bottle to tulip. Dark brown with 1 finger thick tan head. Oats really coming through on the nose to the point of smelling like a feed store. Taste is bitter with hints of vanilla and malt. Medium heavy body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Shroombe
1.86/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I absolutely find this beer revolting. Poured from a bomber that cost 9 dollars.

The only way I can describe this beer is that it has the taste of the juice at the bottom of a bag of cheap lunch meat with an aftertaste of bologna.

I will never buy again and to be honest this was my first and last 3 floyds brew. Totally disgusted. I would have poured this crap down the drain if it didn't cost so much.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with smooth roasted oat notes and light oak notes is pretty enticing. Taste is a great mix between some roasted oat malt notes with black chocolate notes and a smooth finish with light residual sugar and light oak notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Solid beer which packs a ton of flavours.

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Photo of SmangTown
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- very dark with a brownish yellow head to it. Lacing as well.
S- smells a lot like oats and Malts. Maybe hints of some chocolate as well.
T- taste great. Lots of oatmeal & toasty taste.
F- a little carbonation but still smooth. Not as think as some stouts. Easy drinking.
Overall- good beer, taste great. Would definitely get again. Would recommend to a friend as well.

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Photo of mgwagman
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago area 22 oz bomber. Had a bad day and went to store to see if they had any Three Floyds. The day went from 70 degrees to 40 degrees in the matter of an hour or so that day. Bought the bottle thinking I would only drink a little bit before dinner. Opened the bottle started drinking it and finished it in 30 minutes. Dark coffee color, smells of coffee, oatmeal, toffee, and chocolate. Have to say that this is one of the best stouts I have ever had as I am a lover of coffee. Once finished I was nicely buzzed and didn't want dinner as I was quite full feeling I had a great full meal. One of the best I have had from them!

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Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 2 finger head without making a full pour of the beer. The head is khaki in color and is creamy with a bit of milk froth. The head dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is black and opaque with no carbonation visible. 4/5

S - The aroma is fairly sweet but also a bit grainy as well. Milk chocolate, lactate, brown sugar, toffee, and fresh made oatmeal make up the majority of the aroma. Herbal hops come out as the beer warms along with more earthy tones with the sweetness dying down over time and revealing a bit of mint. 4/5

T - Caramel, toffee, and toasted wheat bread come out right away providing a nice sweetness that is then backed up by a very earthy transition into a bit of oatmeal, roasted cereal grains, and just a bit of brown sugar. There is a hint of cold pressed coffee and lightly roasted coffee beans that come out lightly in the back third along with a transition into an earthy hop note to finish out the flavor profile. An ever so slight hint of mint accompanies the hops. Ever so slight lingering bitterness. 4.25/5

M - Light carbonation tickle up front but this transitions into a creaminess that persists throughout the sip. Full bodied. Slightly drying on the back end but this drying does not linger on the palate. 4/5

O - Well balanced between sweet and bitter with a bit more bitterness than expected based on the aroma. Mint aroma and flavor notes are a bit of a surprise but not an unpleasant surprise in the least. Fairly complex flavor profile along with a complex aroma profile. 4/5

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head that persists and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is chocolate and sweet malt with roasted notes, a bit of nuttiness and brown sugar and raisin.
Chocolate leads the way on the taste buds with raisin and brown sugar sweetness and a slight tart note.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
A bit pricey but among the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, mint, pine, light citrus, light smoke/char/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, mint, pine, light citrus, light smoke/char/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-medium herbal/pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, mint, pine, light citrus, light smoke/char/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast and hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oatmeal stout style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Definitely hoppy for the style; but not overdone, and still has a lot of great malt complexity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hardysf
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, bad price point. This is Three Floyd's take on a "regular" oatmeal stout. No BBA, no adjuncts, Not imperial, etc. Still a pricey bomber, but I saw it on the shelf, and being from Michigan I scooped it up. Maybe 11.99? Pours a thick black with a nice mocha head. Lots of roastiness comes through on the aroma. Chocolate and coffee also present. Nice flavors similar to aroma. Perfect balance of bitter and sweetness. Very drinkable. Good mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy, great use of oatmeal. I would buy this in six pack format easily. Not sure if I'd buy another 12 dollar bomber though.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with a light tan head and sweeping curtains of lacing.

Burnt sugar malt and light coffee aromas.

Flavors of coffee, caramel, fig and bitter chocolate play well together.

Dry with a medium body.

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

Poured from a 750ml into tulips:

Appearance: dark brown/black, with a fluffy mocha-colored head. Dissipates rather quickly, but leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma: got some nice full roastiness, with a little bit of spice. There is an underlying bitter note, presumably from the hop bill, which is interesting in a beer dominated by malted grain.

Taste: got a lot of the nutty, grainy flavor that comes with oatmeal as the base. It's very satisfying as a winter brew. Not overly sweet or decadent, but it does pack a fair amount of flavor. Minor notes of chocolate, but not much.

Feel: creamy and satiating. The oatmeal gives it a very full body, and the carbonation is minimal.

Overall: a nice oatmeal stout that hits most of the criteria you'd be looking for in the style. Not overly flavorful, and I always look for a more powerful aroma from a stout, but it was very good.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/3...pours very dark brown, bordering on black. Low foam, light brown/tan. Coffee oat nose, dark chocolate. Taste is a creamy rich flavorful coffee malt, loads of chocolate, soft subtle bitter. A modest carbonation backs it up and rounds it out perfectly. Eminently drinkable. Whoa.

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Photo of wdberkley
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's an oatmeal stout. Don't get this confused with an Imperial Stout. It's thinner, less complex, easier to drink than a huge RIS. Pours Dark Brown, nose of OATS, some chocolate, roasted malt. Mouth is thin, not very creamy. For the style, it is what it is.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. True to the style. Pours dark brown with off white head. Great retention and lacing. Roast/coffee/dark malt flavors really come through with a great mouthfeel

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Photo of cratez
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits in Indianapolis. Re-reviewed after letting the bottle breathe in the fridge for a day.

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, with three fingers of mocha-coloured foam and lots of webbed lacing on the tulip glass. Some faint ruby edges. A stellar looking beer.

S: Strong hop aromas of peach, papaya, mango, and melon fruit (cantaloupe, honey dew) meld with subtle notes of roasted malt, day-old coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, and an earthy-peaty smokiness. Awesome nose that, aside from the smoke, closely resembles a Black IPA.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and stone fruit upfront; slight tartness mid-palate; earthy hop finish with a moderate bitterness and warming alcohol to end. Solid if unconventional flavours.

M: Light side of medium-bodied, silky-smooth, almost juicy middle, low carbonation, balanced hop bitterness transitions to an off-dry finish with some warmth going down. Lacking in body for the style.

O: An aromatic and unique take on an oatmeal stout; unlike any example I've tried before. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavours are there and this beer smells fantastic. Worth trying.

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Photo of Bung
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's good as always, but also as always I don't understand their need to put their standard hop profile in almost EVERYTHING they do.
To me many of their stouts and porters are overpowered by an overbearing hop profile, this while not as overbearing, probably because it is 6 months old, was likely more so when released. Everything does not need to be ipa hopped, like say, an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listed as 8% on 3F website. BIG difference, I'm surprised people didn't notice this.

Peat smoke comes across smoothly with sweet chocolate as the star.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by someone Friday night, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep black color tan head. Rich sweet brown sugary roasty chocolate maltiness with just enough earthy hops to balance. great stout.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear deep brown color. Two fingers of dense frothy tan head. Retention is about average and just a hair width ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Great nose on this. Big oat component. Lactose notes like a milk stout. Roasted barley, milk chocolate, and layers of caramel.

3.5 T: Again lots of oats. Big roast with a char component. Less sweet than the nose with less chocolate. Caramel and molasses.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Really lacking in the creaminess department.

3.25 D: Started strong, but didn't impress in the taste. It's okay, but there's much better out there.

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Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black with two fingers of tan colored head.

S: Smells of roasted malts, nuts, and coffee.

T: Has a nice flavor of coffee with the toasted malts coming through, but not overwhelming.

F: Creamy, good lacing, smooth with alcohol content well hidden.

O: Very nice oatmeal stout, tasty, not overwhelmingly unique, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and mildly nutty. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, mildly vinous/fruit and a mix of slightly earthy and nutty/caramel/sweetness in the finish.

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BackMasking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 981 ratings