Moloko - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
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Gots: 326 | FT: 27
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tjthresh on 08-23-2005

8.0% ABV, 30 IBUs - This Milk Stout is brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar to give it a rounded and full-bodied mouth feel. With a deep roasted and slightly sweet maltiness. August release.
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Reviews by smuttanator:
Photo of smuttanator
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I really appreciate the clockwork orange reference with this beer. Overall this is a pretty tame, and solid, example of the style. It trends a lot towards the more burnt type stout notes, but besides that its well balanced, and shockingly normal for 3 floyds. A good beer, but not anything I would seek out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am hoping to visit the 3F's brewpub soon. In the meantime, this was my induction into their brews. I purchased a 650 ml bottle from Evanston 1st Liquors and I just couldn't wait to sample, so here goes...

A: Typical color. Dark brown, almost black. Some red mahogany highlights on the edges when held against the light. The head fizzled up like a pop. It was initially a nice 2 finger coffee tan head that dissipated quite quickly into a thin ring with some spottiness on the glass. Carbonation was visible and stuck to the lower half of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, some lactose creamy sweetness and chocolate. Some pleasing sourness. As the drink progressed and warmed, more blackcurrant smell emerged and made a great addition.

T: The start was more of the sweet creaminess. It then moved into a sweet roasted malt and from there into the coffee and bitter chocolate. As the drink progresses, you get the blackcurrant making a nice appearance before you are left with the sour milky aftertaste that drives you to want to do it all over again. It seems so simple and so well done. Not overly sweet - a very good balance. You also get a nice warmth from the alcohol - the taste of it is there but you would never guess it is 7 ABV.

M: Medium bodied. Quite deceptive because it is probably a little thin for a stout and yet the creaminess makes it feel fuller. I expected more carbonation but although there seems to be medium carbonation, it is not prickly - just perfect. A nice smooth, creamy and rounded drink.

D: The lighter nature of this drink and the delicious flavor make it a delight to drink. I am biased because I love stouts but I would be happy to drink this stuff until the cows come home. I believe Michael Jackson said that Milk Stouts were "soothing and restorative". I think that this brew is a great example of that measure.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to try this one after missing it every time its on at the brewpub. Pours into my glass a charcoal black color with dark brown edges. A half inch of light tan foam forms and falls to a ring quickly. Aromas start out with a mix of milk chocolate and lactose with a sweet tinge to it. Mild coffee meets dark malt and oats with only a touch of roast. Creamy chocolate malt comes to mind.

First sip brings a sweet dark malt upfront that brings milk chocolate and lactose with it. Hints of coffee and milk sugars midway through. There's only a mild roast here with no astringency. The oats bring a slickness on the way down. This one finishes with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather smooth. For a stout this has solid drinkability as it is not too heavy. Overall, it's an enjoyable milk stout, maybe just a touch too sweet for me though. A bomber would be more than enough and I shared this one with the girlfriend. Worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Photo of warnerry
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with two fingers of creamy brown head. Look sfanatastic.

Smell is primarily chocolate up front, with some very faint hops. Overall, smell is relatively subtle, but what is there is very nice.

Taste starts with wonderful creamy chocolate, some roasted malts, and a nice subtle hop bitterness on the finish for balance.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Not too heavy. Finishes very clean.

Overall, very creamy clean and smooth, with no apparent alcohol making drinkability very high.

Photo of jisom123
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the non-Citra hopped beers from FFF. Keep that in mind before you take a sip. This beer is the most "Normal" of the "Its Not Normal" lineup.

Smooth and delicious. You almost want to chug it. Kind of lie when you were a kid and you drank the whole damn bottle of Yahoo as soon as you took one sip.

O: Buy it if you see it.

Photo of tjthresh
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Milk chocolate and espresso aroma. Pitch black with fine brown head. Tastes like a chocolate malt. Very full bodied and sticky. Reminds me of a Irish Car Bomb. If you are not familiar, get a pint of stout, and drop a shot of Irish Cream in it, the chug. The difference is that I didn’t chug this, and it was much more enjoyable.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with mntlover. Pours deep dark brown and opaque. Light brown head quickly falls into a cap with spotty lace.

Aroma is roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

Medium full body has a prickly carbonation that seems out of place.

Taste features lots of milk chocolate, roasty dark malts, an assertive lactic presence,, a hint of coffee, and a mild hop bite. No hint of the elevated abv.

A pretty good milk stout but the carbonation seems overdone. My least favorite of all the Three Floyds stouts but still pretty decent.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and milk chocolate, exactly as I expected and very enjoyable.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of chocolate, which is the dominant flavor. There is also some roasted malt and a little sweetness from the lactose.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: There is no more beautiful beer to look at then a stout in which the bubbles cascade down like like rows of psychedelic curtains. Amen.

Smell: Just wasn't there I had a cold but I'm still being generous, I don't think it was there.

Taste: Fantastic, light chocolate balanced out with a dry dark malt starch, and just the faintest touch of an RIS type fig thing going on, with a dry finish. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Truly rich and creamy.

Drinkability: Dastardly good, very drinkable at 7% abv.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Popping the cap releases light coffee, large pitted fruit, prune and dried fruit aromas with a suspicion of bacon. Moloko pours inky black with a thin, tan head. The beer attacks the palate with dark dried fruit (dates and fig), cocoa warped around light coffee beans, grain and grainy spice, and a light sweetness all floating in a big, luscious, creamy texture that is a delight to drink. The flavors are rich, complex, layered and well balanced.

Photo of ehammond1
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Near black with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass. Perfect for the style.

A relatively sweet nose consisting of caramel and molasses, a mild roast component, a bit of dark fruit (cherry?), some stinging vinegar, and a hint of alcohol.

Initially, this is a typical, tasty, sweet stout with hints of caramel and molasses complemented by roasted and chocolate malt and a bit of dark fruit. As it warms, however, an ever-present vinegar component pushes through, making this beer less and less enjoyable as it warms.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

An interesting sweet/oat stout. Unfortunately, this one was best cold from the tap and went downhill as it warmed.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, tan head, not much for retention or head. I'm told the bottle artwork and name have something to do with that awful movie from Kubrick, Clockwork Orange. Licorice smell seemed most evident, not expected.

Taste, so smooth, not intrusive, respects your mouth, doesn't rape it the minute it gets inside. I really dig how this and Black Sun are subtle yet delicious stouts from a brewery known for a gargantuan stout. The sweetness/lactose doesn't really stand out (although I had a creme brulee last night, I don't see anything coming close to the dessert like qualities that one had). I'm guessing the lactose addition works like oatmeal, it really adds a silky smooth layer to the beer.

Chocolate is evident, yet not forceful. This is so damn easy to drink.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber serve in a weizen glass pours black with a little light on edges, with a one finger khaki head with average retention and average fluffy lacing. Smells of sweet milk cream, roasted malts, chocolate. So sweet and so smooth, milk chocolate, sweet malts, some roasted nature, bakers chocolate and a bit of slightly sour milk finish, no bitterness. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium body, my esophagus enjoyed that massage, no alcohol detected. Love it, I've enjoyed all the milk stouts I've tried so far and this one is a big standout for me along with Left Hand's milk stout.

Photo of rudylaw
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off the bat, best milk stout I've had. Left Hand... a distant, distant second.

It pours black with a tan head... doesn't remain for long.

In the nose, I smell some roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee beans.

Tastes about the same... still, it finishes a little to thin for me. I don't know, I can't really get behind this style. It's an RIS Lite. Why stop here when you can go all the way?

However, FFF does the style justice as I would like to try this on tap. SL Binny's here I come!

Photo of jeonseh
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my GI tulip glass

A - In terms of color looks a bit like coke. Has a deep, dark chocolate head that sits on top before quickly dissipating

S - Strong smells of milk chocolate with hints vanilla and caramel

T - Sweet milk at first with hints of vanilla and caramel; Hints of cocoa and milk chocolate. My favorite part of this beer is that at the end there is a slight hint of orange peel that comes out of nowhere. it adds a nice layer of complexity to the beer and makes it stand out.

MF- this is the best aspect of this beer imo. It is smooth and has great creaminess to it. It gushes over the tongue and has a nice medium body and light carbonation that fits the flavors well. It makes this beer almost luscious.

D - Overall, another solid offering from FFF. I have to say that the flavor profile stands up to the moniker of it's not normal as i haven't had that kind of experience with a milk stout before. Great MF and decent nose to it. Happy I picked up a bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dense jet black body with a bubbly coco colored head that last and last. It is a bit to dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a roasted black malt aroma with a sweet cream nose and a slight chalk quality to the finish.

T- The big softly sweet chocolate nib flavor gives was to some nice tart creamy flavors in the finish. There is an earthy chocolate note that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all

D-This beer is smooth and creamy with a big dark malt flavor that is supported by a nice tartness for balance. Very easy to drink.

Photo of pwoods
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, purchased at West Side Liquor in West Harrison, IN, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours solid black. Short head on an average pour, decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of sweetness; milky, chocolaty, heavy cream or icing. Some light roasty notes in the back. Some highly sweetened fudge.

T/M: Good sweetness that doesn't become too much. Very big on the lactose. Sweetened heavy cream or icing that doesn't feel thick or heavy. Some suggestions of coffee in the back reminds me of having a German chocolate cake with Vanilla bean ice cream and a good coffee for dessert. Body is just a touch under medium with a nice smooth creamy feel. Carbonation is controlled.

D: Tasty and decently easy to drink. Another good offering from FFF. And it was only $7 at WSL.... by fucking far the cheapest I've ever seen a FFF. Maybe a pricing error?

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My notes are from the local 12/10/10 Toledo BA gathering.

I'll say right off the bat what I hope for in a milk stout: the strength, robustness and maltiness of a great stout combined with a silky smooth body and an addition of a soft sort of creamy sweetness. For the record, this is close to perfect as far as what it ought to be.

This is a very deep, dark brown verging on black. A moderate light brown head forms on top with good retention and lacing that sticks pretty well to the glass.
The aroma is nice; not as deep or rich in character, but with plenty to it nonetheless. A bit more of the malty, roasty stout character is evident in the nose.
Here in the flavor is where it all comes together. The malt backbone is a big and strong as it should be, and this is just as robust a brew as it should be.There's a woody touch blending in with a near-perfect mix of lightly sweet and bitter flavors, and a vanilla/chocolate contrast is created. A nice creamy lactic character makes for a soft sweetness that goes very nicely with the big, bold smoky malts. There's actually a healthy dose of hops in here as well, but it's very nicely blended in so as not to detract from the character at all. Well done.
This brew is creamy smooth, as a milk stout ought to be. There could be a touch more of a velvety feel for perfection, but this one's close, especially with the full, robust body. This one really finishes smoothly as well.
There's a more commonly seen and popular milk stout out there, but this one needs to be picked up where it can be found to know what it should be.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. This beer pours dark and displays little head. Smells of alcohol, lactose. Taste is sweet, nutty and has some Irish-like maltiness. It has a decent mouthfeel; smooth and easy. The finish is clean for a stout. Overall this beer is decent.

Photo of wildcatboy
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours dark coffee color.
You can smell the chocolate and lactos. There is a touch of coffee.
Tasty creamy chocolate milk. A creamy mouth feel. Really good Milk stout. No over pronunciation of the lactos. Smooth, creamy easy drink.

This was so good I don't know if I'd want to share. I love sharing good beers but this is one I don't want to tell anyone I have so I can enjoy the entire bottle. Mmmm.... Good work 3 f's.

Photo of joeseppy
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super dark brown pour.

Nose picking up on lactic sweetness, roasted malt and pipe tobacco.

Roasted malt base, mild coffee, milk chocolate, and light bitterness.

Velvety smooth-creamy. Tastes great chilled or up to room temp..

I had several of these and really love it. I felt this to be so creamy, I experimented and made a beer float with vanilla ice cream-pretty darn tasty as more of the bitterness came through. If you like Left Hand Milk Stout (and I do), I find this to be a notch better as Moloko reveals more chocolate.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a dark black with a small tan head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving behind a few bubbles on top. Not much lacing at all.

S: Very sweet with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. There is a definite lactose presence. In a way it does actually remind of DL in a way, but certainly not as complex, more in its sweetness.

T: Up front there is a bit of roast, but overall it is quite chocolaty, with a nice combination of cream/milk/lactose sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy.

O: Another impressive beer from FFF. A great flavor profile with the mouthfeel to back it up.

Photo of Tmappin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this from joey5cents, thanks!

Poured into a cascade shaker pint glass.

A- pours a inky black with a finger of mocha head that disappeared quite quickly. Leaves a nice lacing.

S- Milk chocolate, coffee, roast... Basically what you want a milk stout to smell like. So good.

T- Roast malt, semi sweet chocolate bitterness, and a subtle sweetness that rounds out each sip. Wow this is good.

M- Medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel with a low to moderate carbonation.

O- I have wanted to try a three floyds beer for so long I never thought this day would come... And now here it is, and it is so good. This is the best commercial milk stout I have had. Hands down. If you can get it, get it.

Photo of nicnut45
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle served at 65 f.

A-As black as strong coffee maybe even darker. A nice dark tan head coats the glass as I sip.

S-A lot of different smells going on. I smell marshmallow at first followed by dark chocolate and a distict raw meat smell that I pickup up in a lot of stouts. Maybe its the roasted malts. All in all a pleasing scent.

T-This has a flat cola taste to it followed by unpleasent bitterness to me. There is a big coffee presence followed by a little bit of sweetness. I must say I dont like the bitterness of this beer. Its like very burnt toast. I wish the sweetness was kicked up a notch or the bitterness was toned down a bit to make it more balanced.

M.F.-Its not as thick as you would expect but it has a nice creaminess to it that is easy going down. I would say the carbonation is perfect.

Drink-This is a wonderfully crafted beer by 3F but as with most of there products it is a bit on the bitter side. Which lately I have grown tired of the overabundance of hops used in beer lately. A year ago I probably would have given this beer a better score. But right now I dont think I would buy this again. I must say though that this style is very similar to a bourbon barrel porter at half the costs. Similar tastes and textures going on.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour results in a big darkened tan head that doesn't last very long but looks damn good while alive. The stuff underneath pours out like oil and looks like a liquified brownie in the glass.

The smell is fairly subtle, but take a slow, deep whiff and you get a terrific hit of roasty malt, balanced with coffee tones and an almost charred meat quality.

As with the smell, the subtlety impresses most, just be patient and let Moloko reveal itself. Smooth coffee-like roasty tones are the main foundation, with an appetizing char character (this doesn't mean burnt), softer layers of bittersweet baking chocolate, and green hops pushing in but not breaking through. Plum-like dark fruity sweetness comes in a bit with warming, just enough to add some depth. Even a slight pucker develops as you sit with this awhile. Interesting.

Soft and airy yet full-bodied, incredibly smooth, works well with the delicate and more subtle nature of the tastes on the tongue.

Great beer, one to contemplate and consider, intriguing in all its subtleties. And damn, the fantastic Clockwork Orange-inspired label makes even the empty bottle a keeper.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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