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Moloko - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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523 Reviews
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Reviews: 523
Hads: 1,929
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 467
Gots: 387 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
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: 523 | Hads: 1,929
Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a short, off white head with decent retention

S - roasted malts, burnt sugar, faint coffee

T - roasted malts, lactose, burnt sugar, coffee, mild bitterness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This has a great flavor profile, tremendous balance, and great drinkability. It's rich, smooth, and complex. This is a great milk stout that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: impressively black, with a beige head that fades pretty quickly, leaving little trace.

S: lactose, roasted malt, subtle coffee, chocolate

T: a simple and delicious blend of everything I mentioned in the aroma. There is no sign of alcohol. The milk aspect is right on and compliments the roasted malt very well. This is the chocolate milk of beers.

M: extremely smooth and creamy. This makes it remarkably drinkable. I would be interested to have this beer a little crisper, with perhaps slightly more carbonation. The body is thin, but not overly so.

D: Keep 'em coming. I have had this beer many times, and I'm still pleasantly surprised at how tasty it is. This beer is dangerously slammable.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a thin tan head covering the top. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass. It didn't leave much lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and milky with a slight roastedness to it. The taste has a little more roasted grains with some coffee and chocolate then the nose suggests. There is a sweet milkyness to it that actually balances pretty well with the bitter roastedness.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. I really enjoyed this milk stout. I can't say I have a lot of experience with the style but so far this is probably the best one I have had. I can definitely see the appropriateness of the naming of this style after having this beer, since it has a lot of milky characteristics.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle with no bottle date *shakes fist at FFF*. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with transparency at the edges. No real head. Collar and an island of foam meandering about.

Smell - Buckets of lactose. Chocolate roasted malt. Just a touch of hop. Way too much lactose.

Taste - Lactose and lots of chocolate. Then more lactose. It's all lactose. A touch of bitter roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Really sweet. Not boozy. Not bitter. A little overcarbonated.

Overall - I don't love lactose stouts and this is way over the top. Too much carbonation too.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A fairly solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a two-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head that sits on top of a very black colored beer. The darkness is complete as this beer does not pass light even when held up directly to the light. The aroma is dominated by roasted grain character; aromas of French roast coffee beans, well toasted barley husk, blackened whole grain bread, crushed well browned (not quite burnt) crackers and some sweet, burnt caramel notes. Though amply roast focused, the nose keeps from being overly harsh.

This is quite sweet, the lactose really comes through quite strongly; it is a simple sweetness that is a touch too strong for the rest of the beer. Underneath the sweetness is an ample roasted malt character that provides both a touch of burnt acidity as well as a roast-grain bitterness. There is quite a bit of toasted, browned grain character to this beer as well, with notes of browned whole grain crackers and an almost burnt bread crust note. Concentrated, yet smooth, flavors of black coffee are found towards the finish. The body somehow seems lighter than it really is, I think this is a product of the lactose influence somehow as this beer does have some viscosity to it.

Somehow this beer is a bit simplistic. I expect a greater malt complexity in both the flavor and the aroma; in the case of the flavor that lactose seems to drown out a lot of notes that might otherwise be noticeable. Not bad, but a bit bland.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Lone Hill,

A: Pours black with a small off-white head, average retention and lacing.

S: Creamed coffee, sugar, molasses.

T: Heavy cream and light vanilla, mixed with mocha coffee and milk chocolate. It really tastes like a milk chocolate bar, good stuff.

M: Smooth, though it does have a thinness at points. Overall not bad.

D: A nice milk stout from FFF, really goes after that lactose character, I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to Ding for bringing this bottle back for me from Indiana. I like a good milk stout and there aren't that many of them around. Pours black with a decent head initially that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweet and like burnt sugar- like a good burnt sugar caramel from spain. Smooth and lactic in taste with a nice hint of roastiness and quite a bit of nuttiness. Nice, and not as sweet as some and roastier than most. Absolutely silky in the mouth, with a touch of mouthcoating lactic acid. Very nice.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of bauermj thanks again for this treat

A: poured a super dark opaque brown with a thin tan head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: really nice coffee and roasted malt aromas dominating the nose with chocolate accents and some definite sweet lactose and faint booze notes.

T: great creamy chocolate punch alongside the roastiness of the malts and lactose that adds a slight sweet side to the dark beer. There is also faint coffee and booze flavors sa well.

M: full body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet creamy finish.

D: haven't had too many milk stout but I have to say it was very drinkable and everything I had hoped for. Another great offering from FFF I'm glad I got to try it cause I had been chasing it for a couple months now.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a thick black color, some carbonation, small fizzy tan head, which dissapates quickly, and leaves some sticky lacing. The nose is big and malty, lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is a malt bomb, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffe, with some coffee tones. Medium body, very chewy. Drinkable, this is an outstanding brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Moloko Stout is another extremely solid offering from 3F! The beer poured an opaque black with thin ecru head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries roast and hints of chocolate and espresso. The taste is much like the scent....roasty with touches of milk chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is full in body and very creamy...LUV IT! Overall this is one heck of a solid stout. VERY NICE!!!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, solid black body. Almost no highlights. Dark khaki merle head with low retention and lace.

S - Soy umami, malted milk balls, caramel, milk chocolate, toast.

T - Hot chocolate froth, cream, oatmeal, condensed milk, earthy umami.

M - Creamy and thick body, but surprisingly light on the palate. Nice carbonation.

O - A great example of a milk stout; one of the best I've had.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -27%

Got a weird smokiness off of this beer. Still a fine, if average, beer, but surprising to find that in a milk stout with no mention of smoked malt or other adjuncts.

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Photo of aasher
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the last bottle from 2009 into a DFH pint glass. It poured a slightly viscous black tar in color and had a one inch dark khaki head. It looked great. The smell was almost chocolatey sweet and had a good roasted maltiness to it. It even had a little oakyness to it. It drank a little dry and had a good balance of roastiness and sweetness. A very slight amount of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is superb. It's medium bodied and coats the mouth, exceptionally creamy and smooth. I loved this one. If not for the cost I'd drink it all the time. It's a top notch milk stout.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds on well, with good lasting lace. Aroma is roasty rich dark grains. Taste is sweet dark malts upfront, some lactic sugar in the middle, and closes with an aftertaste that combines it all. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of tan foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

The smell has otes of caramel malt, chocolate, roasted malt, and light coffee. Good nose.

The taste is big and bold. Lots of roasted malt & chocolate greet my tastebuds with a nice infusion of bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate. Yummy.

Very high on the medium mouthfeel scale, it's lightly carbonated and finishes semi sweet and has a good fairly long lasting aftertaste. Easy drinking and very smooth on the palate, I like this style a lot when done right.. this is another goodie from Three Floyds!

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade a while back, finally getting around to cracking it.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark dark brown nearly black hue with a good one and a half finger mocha head that fades quickly to leave a thin quarter inch blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of creamy milk notes, light chocolate, very faint anise notes along with vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Light smokey notes, faint lactose, chocolate, faint vanilla and anise, alcohol is hidden well though there is a faint unpleasant taste on the finish, almost a little metallic.

M - Mouthfeel is decent and the alcohol was hidden well. Fairly nice.

O - Overall, this beer was good enough. The finish left a little to be desired though.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky black body. Bubble brown head. Nice rings of lace as I drink. Roast and chocolate on the nose. Really nice flavor. There's a nice note of lactose sweetness on the palate that I didn't get on the nose. Also nice chocolate and roast characteristics. Lightly carbonated and light-medium to medium in body. This one is going down way too easy. I guess it's about 7 % a/v, wihich is a little jacked up for a milk stout, but I don't get any alcohol notes in this either. Good stuff.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my 3F pint for its first use. Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a huge, explosive dark tan head. The head is very fizzy and recedes fairly quickly, but never completly fades.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, and slight toffee.

T - Coffee, chocolate, and some carmel finish.

D - Lots of carbonation. Not as thick or oily as many stouts.

O - Not what I was expecting for some reason, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, I guess it's about a year old since I think this brew is usually released sometime in August. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and some cream. The aroma is very sweet. The taste is pretty sweet too, the beer tastes like milk chocolate, lactose, roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a very good brew, the age sure hasn't hurt it at all. I'd definitely buy this again the next time I find it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me in a imperial pint glass. A decent sized brown head goes well with an almost oily liquid that is MOLOKO. With the right
color sceme of black with a few sienna highlights (thanks Crayola).
Smell was a dry, milky, vannilin zucker. Flavor was a good dry cream, but no acidity. Something I've unfavorably noticed in some cream stouts. Very smooth roasted malts silky swimming down my gullet.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.