Backside Stout
Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Stout - American
Ranked #882
Ranked #41,833
3.61 | pDev: 11.36%
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Backside StoutBackside Stout
Notes: The Stout has an extremely complex malt and oat flavor; sweet with chocolate and roast overtones. The addition of a healthy amount of brewer's oats is detectable in the smooth, silky, finish.
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beergoot from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Black body; thin, creamy light tan head. Very faint smell comprised of roasted grain and cocoa. The taste initially comes across like old, stale milk chocolate with a bitter, nearly acrid bite that is only offset by a relatively rich sweetness; it improves with some time in the glass. Heavy body; slick and oily, very luxurious on the palate; tons of residual sugar smoothness.

There was no canning date on the can, and the label stated the contents were nitrogenated. Well, I'm not a fan of nitro beers (they tend to mute the taste) and other than the thin yet creamy head, there isn't much to the appearance or aroma. The flavor starts out oddly but eventually turns into a fairly pleasing sugary sweet chocolate flavor. An okay oatmeal stout.

Apr 25, 2020
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aspidoscelis from New Mexico

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Watery, kind of limp. Apart from that, this seems like it could be a good middle-of-the-road stout. As it is there's just not enough to it. You take a swig, you expect it to be a nice strong, thick, full-flavored stout and it just isn't. It kind of meets you halfway.

Jun 07, 2019
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dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout, smells like a stout, tastes like a stout. Good enough for me. This is a nice oatmeal stout, not too heavy, but you get the oatmeal flavor throughout, with maybe a bit of vanilla. I didn't get too much maltiness or dryness, which to me indicates a good balance. I'd get this one again.

Jan 14, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, vanilla. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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SideBar from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap it is an deep dark black pour. It has a great chocolate /oatmeal finish. The brew is very easy to drink with flavor that gets better and better with every sip. One of the better Stouts that I have tried this season/
Very impressed!

Oct 21, 2010
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webbcreative from Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = Poured black, with light tan head, that quickly dissipated into a thing ring around the beer, and left extremely little lacing.

Aroma = Roasted Barley, coffee smell with just a hint of chocolate.

Taste = pretty dry upfront, but continually gets sweeter as the swallow progresses, and finishes pretty sweet, with the roasty, coffee flavors making an apperance in the middle and also lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel = thin-medium

Overall = Good stout, not great, but this is a really good easy drinking, sessionable stout. Paired really nicely with the double smoked cheddar cheese I had.

Nov 29, 2009
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a DFH off-centered pint glass. Side label states best if consumed by "May" with no year indicated, although it only goes up to '07.

Backside Stout pours a deep, brown pitch color--nearly opaque--with traces of mahogany at the edge. A decently retained cap of tan foam recedes to a thin veil and ring of tiny bubbles. Fairly standard American Stout aroma, but a bit fruitier, with notes of raspberry and plum chiming in before softer chocolate and toffee undertones take hold.

Flavor is decidedly more chocolatey and roasted than the aroma, with notes of black coffee, dark berries, and Baker's chocolate all having a go at the palate. Finishes strongly with earthen hops and roasted barley. Mouthfeel detects a medium body with a good carbonation level and a near-creamy consistency; unfortunately, it gets more watery and thin as the beer warms. Still, this is an all around solid stout, and although the bigger, badder boys of the RIS/Dbl Stout world will easily outshine this Steamworks offering, this brew makes a case for subtlety.

May 25, 2009
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 14 Apr 2008.

Porus with a small brown head. Medium carbonation. Dark black in color with slight red highlights. Smells roasty, chocolatey, coffee and pumpernickel bread. Starts with a fair amount of roasty malt but somewhat watery. Some green bananas, roastiness throughout. Finishes with a bit of acetone. Light body. Ethanol is slightly warming.

The intial wateriness is a bit offputting.

Mar 03, 2009
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flexabull from California

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark flat black color with a decent tan head.

Aromas are of dark sugars, roasted malts, and cream.

Beer has a nice dark roasted malt character. Some light coffee, cream, dark bitter chocolate, and a kind of oat like flavor. Finish is a bit sweet, with some pine like hops on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, about right, thick, but not overpowering.

Drinkability is good. All in all, a very solid, tasty, and easy drinking stout.

Feb 13, 2009
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Rayek from Colorado

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap as part of Stout Month at the Vine St Pub in Denver, CO.

A: Coffee black with a small tan head. Head retention is marginal and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Burnt malt with a hint of espresso and dark fruit.

T: Pretty standard stout fare. Very coffee like upfront, with a pronounced charcoal burnt bitterness. Slightly acidic in the finish.

M: Medium light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: This one really didn't do that much for me. Certainly drinkable, just not that exciting.

Feb 10, 2009
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tmoneyba from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

A - Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy roasted malt and raisin flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - Good drinkable stout that met my expectations.

Jan 09, 2009
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Zorro from California

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Essentially a black colored beer with a good brown head.

Smell is sweet with chocolate and vanilla strongly represented. Faint carrot stick and patent malt aromas. Notably this has no coffee aroma.

The taste starts out a little sweet and a little chocolate4 with a bit of smoke and charred carbon in the taste. There is a coffee aftertaste here but mostly this is chocolate and char.

Mouthfeel is good.

This kind of straddles the Milk Stout and just plain stout categories. Most certainly this is a beer worth trying should you come across it some time.

Jan 02, 2009
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewery this beer was a black but not quite opaque color with a thin tan head. Scattered lacing and ok retention. The aroma was roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. The flavors were dominated by roasted malt which gave it a dry character. In addition there were the standard coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes along with some earthiness. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy but it felt under-carbonated and the body was too light for a Stout. Yes, you could have a couple due to this lightness but I just wasn't so impressed by the flavors that I would recommend it.

Dec 05, 2008
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours up black as nizzight with a small bubbly brown head. the nose is dark roasty malts and chocolate. tastes of dark malts, subtle chocolate, good fresh hop balance, nice roasty flavor. medium to light bodied, low carbo, sweet finish. too thin bodied though.

Sep 03, 2008
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briman from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Virtually opaque with just a hint of ruby around the edges. About a quarter inch dark brown head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Flavor has a decent roasted element, with some dark chocolate and a bit of an oatmeal character coming out in the aftertaste. Dry, almost chalky finish.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slick but thin mouthfeel, and right on the edge of being watery. Doesn't have that trademark silky smooth character you would expect from the oats. Balance seems ok. Overall a reasonable stout, certainly sessionable, but not memorable.

Jul 24, 2008
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this one.

This beer pours a dark black with a dark cola around the edges. The head is a dirty tan film.

Smells of watery dark fruits rounded off by dry whiffs of cocoa and old coffee.

Tastes quite juice-like with a touch of prunes and thin caramel followed by a dry coffee and cocoa finish. Not too bad, but a little on the thin side.

Feels light with a slight viscosity that traps in little pinpricks of carbonation.

An easy drinking take on the style.

Jun 27, 2008
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MrHungryMonkey from Texas

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initial Notes:
The cap popped right off in a way-too-easy fashion. Looks okay, smells okay.... here goes:

The more prominent aroma I catch in the glass reminds me of... canned dog food (or at least the kind my apparently lucky dog eats). Also darkly roasted malt - chocolate/dark bread/coffee. Mild hop twang. Mild fruit.

Jet black, almost seems like it would be dark brown if it weren't so black. Mild head dies just as fast as I pour it.

Dark roasted malt hits me first, followed by dry, leafy, grassy, bitter hop flavors. Some malt toastiness and mild dry nuttiness. Tart apple and a touch of alcohol. Finish bitterness grows; can't tell yet if it is more hoppy or roasted. Bit of powderiness sets in and the finishes turns more sour than bitter for a moment. More apple-like fruit tones that have a light, buttery influence. Bitterness grows, and is of the over-extracted hop kind.

Final Notes:
About the cap: I guess it just wasn't sealed very well. I thought about scrapping this review altogether, but I studied the cap and it shows no signs of abuse or damage. The seal was maintained (at least to some degree) because there is (some) carbonation and the flavor doesn't taste off (aside from that dog food smell it still has... I'm sure that's just protein or something...).

The Verdict:
Just an average Stout at best. This makes 3 out of 4 less than good beers I've had from Steamworks. The last, Third Eye PA was really good. This, though, is a sadly disappointing beer. I'd definitely stop by and try them in person next time I'm around Durango and am able to but this is the last bottle of Steamworks I buy unless I hear that they've tightened their recipes, brewing process, or quality control.

I'll check back from time to time to see how this beer's doing. If my review is significantly below others' (suggesting that my bottle was tainted) I will definitely delete my review (and just maybe consider buying another, maybe).

Jun 13, 2008
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smellsofstout from Arizona

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in snifter: Dark nutty color. with a tart organic aroma with slight note of chocolate. Roasted malts and oat taste with a smokey yet smooth finish. palate is pretty thin for a stout but still good consistancy. nothing spectacular but definitely a good brew.

May 30, 2008
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ATPete from New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired through a trade. Best by May....May.

A- Backside pours a very dark red/black with some reddish/amber highlights. Small brown head forms for a few seconds, very opaque, no visible carbonation.

S- Chocolate, very bold malt character, sweet coffee, some baked apples and spice.

T- Prominently malty, some good mellow fruit notes, coffee and a dash of hops make their appearance. Overall pretty bland and uninteresting.

M/D- Medium mouthfeel, not as meaty as i care for in a stout. Very drinkable however, im not sure of the ABV but this one didnt come off as a strong beer. I sure did get a headache from it though...

May 30, 2008
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drxandy from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to mhewes!

Dated till may ??

Poured from 22oz to flare pint, pours a ruby chocolate brown, opaque, creamy tan head that fades quick

smells of chocolate malts, yet like a dry irish stout, roasty

tastes of roasty smokey malts, appley, chocolate, oats, smooth and drinkable, texture is inbetween being a heavy stout and a thinner, kind of interesting

mouthfeel is thinner than expected from the oats, smooth with nice texture

May 27, 2008
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HardTarget from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Backside Stout

Aroma: Nice roasted malt and chocolate notes, bit of earthy hop.

Appearance: Deep black glass holds a frothy dark tan head that lasts and laces.

Flavor: The roasted malts are close to the edge of dry and burnt, but the beer has enough residual sweetness to back it all up. I like the dark chocolate notes, but the hop selection seems earthy and British. I'm guessing Fuggles, which is a hop I don't care for and doesn't do much for me here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy enough, but not silky smooth like I'd expect given the oats advertised.

Overall Impression: A fair stout and pretty easy drinking. Not a fan of the hop profile though, you might be. Worth a shot

May 27, 2008
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jbphoto88 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle with a best by date of May... just May? No year. Initially a bad sign and I have to admit it makes me a little wary during that first sip. Color is very dark and there is a creamy head that is the color of brown grocery bags with a decent retention.

Smell is weak. There is a malty oat smell with a light cocoa nose. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste is mostly sweet and malty. There is a dry dark chocolaty flavor that is slightly chalky. Despite the initial gritty mouthfeel the beer gives way to a nice silky smoothness. Almost milky in its feel and flavor. Not much bitterness to speak of but there is a nice hop flavor in the background.

Low carbonation adds to the smooth feel and to the ease of drinking. A smooth refreshing stout that has some nice complexity. Not a looker but a drinker.

May 18, 2008
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roblowther from Texas

2.24/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

At the brewpub. Black with very minimal tan head and a hint of lace. The smell is roasted, smoky, and cocoa. Not that impressed, really. The taste is creamy up front, then smoky, then very very smoky. Wow. It's like nicobrau. The mouthfeel is creamy with decent carbonation. The drinkability is bad. Unless you chain smoke. Then it gives you a nice liquid smoke break between cigarettes. These guys have much better options, stick with those.

Mar 22, 2008
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omnigrits from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z bottle into a 20oz Guinness glass (in two hits, obviously).

I had to pour this very aggressively to get any kind of head, which was tan-coloured and subsided within less than a minute to a scant ring of bubbles around the glass. Virtually no lacing.

It's got a very, very powerful nose despite losing the head so quickly. Mostly coffee and sweetish malt. The sweetness doesn't come out in the flavour though, which pleases my palate greatly. I'm no fan of sweet stouts. Hints of chocolate, and maybe even fine cigar smoke. No hops evident in the finish, but I know that they're there, cunningly hidden. Steamworks' website says 6% abv, which sounds about right. Overall a very nice stout. I had the first half while cooking and the second half with the results - lightly fried beef liver, fried onions, mashed spuds, peas and liver gravy - which it complimented perfectly. If I can't have a meal like that with a beer like this in heaven, I ain't a-goin'.

Mar 04, 2008
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BadRockBeer from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type Sampled: 22fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Pitch Black with dark ruby hue. ¼ finger mocha head faded almost immediately after the pour.

Smell: Bitter black patent malt, coffee, burnt chocolate

Taste: Again I taste burnt coffee and chocolate right up fount, slightly sweet. Finishes dry with a very pleasant milk chocolate aftertaste. Hops are very subdued, I con not even guess at the type.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium in body, I found this to be sort of a turn off as I like my stout to be somewhat chewy. Carbonation kind of lacks.

Drinkability: Fair, I found this to be a pretty tasty stout, however it lacks body and head retention. I do have to say that I obtained this brew from the local brewery rep. after I had a bad bottle of their beer. Steamworks customer service is A+.

Apr 01, 2007
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