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Moloko - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 430
Gots: 275 | FT: 29
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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: tjthresh on 08-23-2005)
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Photo of machostacos
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from chilled bomber into tulip glass.

A: Completely opaque black with a half-inch light brown semi-soapy head. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of sweet lactose-y chocolate and deep roasted malt with a slightly Belgian quality and an intriguing aromatic tobacco component that is reminiscent of Cavendish, vanilla, and a touch of orange zest. Much more complex than I anticipated from a milk stout.

T: A perfect example of the style with a little bit extra. Sweet lactose-y chocolate (just like the nose) with a decidedly Belgian Wit-like component. Aftertaste is sweet with a very mild bitterness. The tobacco quality I mentioned earlier is evident in the finish as well. Fantastic.

M: Definitely smooth and creamy, though a touch on the watery side. Light carbonation. I generally expect milk stouts to have less body than typical stouts, but this one is definitely tilted toward the lighter end of the stout scale. A little more body would earn a perfect score.

D: This is an excellent example of the milk stout style. I had no problem killing a bomber of this, though with an 8% ABV, you need to be careful after a pint or two.

machostacos, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.6/5  rDev -13%

A - slack as pitch, tall creamy brown head that leaves no real lacing. Darker than I would expect for a milk stout.

S - heavy malts with mild chocolate. Mild bitterness after time.

T - strong malts. Chocolate and lactose. There is a tang, almost like a mild black licorice.

M - medium coating, a good amount of tingling through entire mouth.

D - I could have a few.

biglite351, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Typical absurd Three Floyds label. I have no idea what this even is...it's bright and garish. It's always fun to crack open a 3F bomber!

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Impressive color, it's very dark - looks like way-too-strong cowboy coffee. Foam's a little lazy.

It smells like sweet milk chocolate. Good chocolate aroma for a beer that has no chocolate added.

Enjoyable. Minor roast notes combine with the milk chocolate that was noted in the aroma. Twinge of earthy hop near the back, certainly not a lot, but adds a small degree of complexity. Sweet - not cloyingly so, but squarely on the sweet side.

Very slight, silky kiss of carbonation, has that oatmeal stout feel you expect.

For all their ballsy attitude, I also really enjoy the Three Floyds' take on the more subtle styles. This is one of those examples.

Patrick999, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout, 22 oz. bomber.
I know what a milk stout is, but what's a moloko, and who's the one-eyed green guy, and how about the freaky hat he's sporting? Ah, I get it, malt shovel, mash fork, barrels, in the form of a crown. Is he a new form of the Alpha King, created by a love-child of Peter Max and Jack Kirby?

Brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar, to give it all those things that I'll pretend I didn't read, so I can come up with them on my own, and act like I made it up out of my golden brains.

Let's open it, already.
Basic blackness, under a gorgeous roasty brown head, the color of cocoa, small, but lasting.

Aroma, sweet chocolate and smooth and creamy. Simple, yet supple, and lush.

Taste: there's the sweetness again, the cream and the chocolate, with silky smooth oatmeal feel rolling easily along right underneath. Great balance, ...I'd say well-rounded but I peeked at that on the label...

Medium-to-full bodied, low to non-existent bitterness, and the sweet factor discerned so early on remains restrained. Roast is balanced, sweet and dry are hand in hand. Deee-licious.

Put this in 12 oz bottles and 6-packs, Floyd Boys, this is your session stout right here.

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

Black pour with the faintest tan head that fizzles away. Smells like dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Faint dark fruit aromas. Nice bitter sweet flavors that interplay on the taste buds. Hint of alcohol also which suprises me for a milk stout. Kind of a funny finish that taste like what I'd imagine roasted Oreo cookies to taste like. Hint of a strong cheap coffee flavor. Good full mouthfeel that is both full and smooth. Easy to drink. Not the best of milk stouts but I would certainly have another.

wcudwight, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks to goodstrongbeer for this one. The pour is pitch black with a medium white head, nice lacing. The aroma is full of roasted malts, almost coffee like. The flavor is big roasted malts with a lingering coffee like finish. The beer has a full creamy mouthfeel, and nice carbonation. A very nice stout, was expecing it too be a little sweeter.

bonkers, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.18/5  rDev +1%

First of all, a big thanks to muskabeatz for sending this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a nice dark chocolate color, with just a hint of light coming through on around the edges of the glass. Over three fingers of fluffy dark mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates slowly leaving great lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy cocoa and chocolate, lactose sugar, burnt/roasted malts, and just a touch of dark fruits.

Taste - Wow, this is very impressive. Similar to the nose, and thankfully not overly sweet. A nice bitter cocoa up front that melds perfectly with the darker roasted malts. Slight coffee, milk/cream, and slight brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Nice creamy, smooth, moderate mouthfeel. Decent carbonation, and finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - A very easy beer to drink, or should I say quaff. Great beer to be drinking on this low 50's night while outside watching Inception on my laptop. Not bad...not bad at all.

SpdKilz, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Another awesome big stout from enelson in a fantastic trade awhile ago. Thanks!

22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip glass. I love the look of this bottle. Gotta be one of my favorites from FFF. This beer pours a super thick and creamy dark black with a finger-width mocha head on top. Disappears rather quickly, but the ring on the edge leaves lots of sticky lace. The nose is full of notes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and faint espresso.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Palate-coating. Subtle carbonation. Fantastic balance with the sweetness coming through with hints of vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, and finishes with a great nutty aftertaste. This is an absolute gulper. The alcohol, though well-hidden in the flavor reveals itself after a few gulps. Be careful: this drinks like a tall glass of chocolate milk. I loved it.

Onenote81, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of awalk1227
3.85/5  rDev -7%

A pleasant surprise to wind up with this bottle, consumed on 11/14/10.

Poured into my Duck-Rabbit snifter

A: Darrrrk brown with a slight light-brown cap that fades away after half a minute. Leaves a brown collar that becomes thinner as the beer warms.

S: Chocolate cake, chocolate milk, and the typical roasted nut smell of a stout. Honestly, pretty muted though. Nothing jumps out at me.

T: There is definitely a milk chocolate quality to this, and I'd say it's pretty reminiscent of the style. I think they tried to do the typical "3Floyds does it bigger" thing and made this a more aggressive beer than Left Hand or Terrapin's milk stouts. Some caramel malts are here too.

F: For 8% ABV and thinking "thick, creamy milk stout," this is a little thin for me. The carbonation is right, but a richer maltiness (not necessarily more roasty and dark) would have helped.

D: Alcohol is hidden well. I could probably drink another one of these, but I don't know that I'd buy one.

awalk1227, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev -7%

A: black w tan/brown head receding to a decent collar and spotty lacing.
S: chocolate, coffee, and barrel aged rum. More going on but I don't want to reach.
T: med/full chocolatey malt sweetness w/some roastiness and bitterness bringing it to a semisweet finish. Sugars linger like milk duds.
M: full-bodied, slick, and round.
D: not a fan of milk stouts but this wasn't hard to drink.

MrMcGibblets, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

A - Oily black, malted milk head, sudsy lace.

S - Chocolate milk, like those little cartons you got in the high school cafeteria.

T - Chocolate milk, chocolate covered raisins, dark chocolate covered cherry. This is the best Milk Stout ever.

M - Creamy and very nice.

D - This exceeded expectations by a great margin. Sip-able if you can restrain yourself from swallowing huge mouthfuls. I can't.

ktrillionaire, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan soapy head thats faded to a film and left no lacing

smells of strong chocolate some coffee some milk

taste is out of this world creamy chocolate milk with just a hint of roast and a little fruit - this is the 2nd best milk stout i have had with Depth Charge being #1

mouthfeel - medium body with ok carbonation it needed just a little more to give it a more creamy feel

drinkability is great - i ? why this is a summer beer? anywho i am glad i found a couple still in the store

jsh420, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Betmore
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a bomber purchased at Crown Liquors on 11*6*10 in downtown Indy.

Seemed to release more carbonation than most stouts upon the initial pour which became a thin tan head that quickly dissipated. The head actually made the sizzling sound that sodas do when you pour them. This beer looked borderline watery in the glass and there was no lacing whatsoever.

Great aroma of baker's chocolate, black liquorice, coffee, and hops.

The taste was awesome. Definitely one of the better stouts I've had and probably the best cream/lactos stout I've had. It's not all that complex... It's just REALLY good. Each drink invited me to take another. I got the usual chocolate malts and coffee up front with the bittering hops in the back, all the while dancing with that subtle sour lactos twang.

Despite the watery appearance, this brew had some serious mouth coating properties. There was no way to ignore the sticky sweetness and chocolate/coffee flavor that coated my mouth and lips.

So far as drinkability goes, if it wasn't for the ABV, I could drink this all day. It's a great tasting stout that doesn't assault your tastebuds with a "more is better" philosophy. Instead, this brew adopts a "balanced can be great too" attitude and it works. I highly recommend it to anyone fortunate enough to acquire it.

Betmore, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a solid black with a slight cream head that dissipates leaving some lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and creamy malts.

T: Mmm! Milk chocolate through and through. You get a malt milkshake buttery flavour in the back and just a tad of alcohol twinge in the finish.

D: Very drinkable. Its a big beer and it tastes like one, but the flavours are so well blended thats its a joy to drink. Only the ABV will keep you from pounding these.

Overall: This is a great brew. One of my favorite American Imperial stouts. Its delicious through and through. Delightfully complex flavour and an incredible heavy whipping cream mouthfeel. Do not pass this one up. Highly recommended!

JohnnyChicago, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of z3niMAGiNE
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours an opaque brownish-black with a dark tan head. Head is well retained with minimal lacing after recession.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.

Delicious stout that hides the alcohol well with it's odors/flavors while not being over the top. Sweet roasted malts and a nice chocolatey flavor. Mmm.. I just had to grab a couple chocolate cupcakes off my counter to enjoy with it.

Silkly mouthfeel makes it feel like I'm drinking creamer from a carton. I can't get over how perfectly this goes down.

The smoothness and taste make this very drinkable.

z3niMAGiNE, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of rpardon7
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass with an oil black appearance with a thick dark tan head that dissapatd to a small film that stayed for the length of the beer. Smell is of chocolate raosted malt and some dark fruit and coffee. Very complex smell. The tast is dominated by he chocolate with a sweetness of a milk stout, flavors are rounded out by small bits of coffee and roasted grain, very light on the hops and is a very smooth beer. Mouthfeel is light and creamy almost slick not heavy like the appearance. Drinkability, for being a 8% beer this beer is very nice and sweet some might be opposed to more than one but given the conditions this is a good beer.

rpardon7, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of kbanks13
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Got this in a recent BIF, thanks to klshanks for this one. This was on my wants list for a while!

Poured into a shaped pint glass pitch black with brown edges and a dense chocolate colored two finger head that was gone by the time I had put away my bottle opener, left no lacing. Smelled of coffee and milk chocolate with a little caramel. Taste was very nice. Largely cocoa and cream with vanilla and traces of brown sugar and french roast coffee. Great malt presence and just enough hops to round it out but not enough to be more than barely noticeable. If any flavor lingers on it is dark chocolate, but even that doesn't last for long. Very clean on the palate. Rich and creamy but not overly chewy. Low to medium carbonation and a definitely filmy body. If only I had access to this on a more regular basis! Smells and tastes great, has a good texture and a decent appearance but is one hell of a beer overall.

kbanks13, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark black with a two finger dark brown head with poor retention. The aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate.

Chocolate, cocoa, lactose sugar, and some dark roasted malt come through nicely. This is sweet, balanced by some of the bitterness of the roasted malt. This is a very nice Milk Stout. Not as good as Surly Four, but still quite good.

Smooth, medium bodied, and somewhat creamy. I like the taste of this beer quite a lot, and will have to buy some more next year.

hardy008, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

on tap at FFF brewpub. Great looking beer, with chocolate mouse colored head.

Incredibly smooth, no hint of burnt malts to speak of, just a very easy drinking but still very substantial stout. Great stuff.

Not a lot of detail, just trying to capture first impression.

DAllspaw, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

I'm finally gettimng to try this one after hearing lots of good things about it...

This one looks and smells spot on for the style... Pitch black with a smallish head... Loads of dark roasted malts present in the aromas as well as some sweet chocolate...

Wonderfully deliciously creamy dark chocolate and coffee notes along with the bitter hints of roasted malts... World class creaminess to this.. Perhaps its the lactose, I don't know... Its amazing though... Delicious too...

An awesome brew from FFF here... Terrific example of the style and above and beyond on the creaminess... Amazing...

Tilley4, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Dank and dark with not much head from the pour. What head I did get was milk chocolate in color. Body is jet black. Sweet milk in the nose. A bit cold maybe too much to get deep into. But the smell is pretty forward with just the sweet milk and a bit of chocolate. Very sweet rich and creamy in the taste. Has a touch of dark fruit. Taste is very good but I am just not sure it is right for me. Probably take some getting used to since it is my first milk stout. Carbonation is a bit low but I am guessing too much would be weird with this type of beer. All good but I can't see being able to drink much of this. I will have to revisit as my first beer of the night rather than after a hoppy IPA. But still very good and worth checking out.

generalnotsew, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

poured into a dfh chalice. more or less pitch black with a tan head. nose has notes of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, coffee. overall pretty good.

taste has notes of burnt sugar, slight dark fruit, coffee, bit of sweetness, caramel. not much bitterness to speak of, subtle roasted barley flavor fades off in the after taste. overall pretty solid.

mouthfeel is full bodied but not sugary sweet. milk stout isn't a style i typically lose my shit over but this is a pretty good beer. i'd buy it again if it were on tap but not sure if i'd seek out a bottle again.

wyattshotmaker, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.43/5  rDev +7%

Poured into a snifter on 10/13/10

Dark scorched brown, settling black. One finger cap of sandy brown foam. Said foam thins at a moderate rate; a few drippy streaks of lace hang about. Both retention & lace thin greatly; however, a swirl here & there helps.

I dig the aroma. Notes of milk chocolate, baker's chocolate & cocoa. This trifecta blends nicely with milky overtones, roasted dark malts & a slight hint of coffee beans. While there are implications of sweetness, there are near-burnt aromas to balance it out.

Moloko tastes just as good as it smells, if structured in a different fashion. Smooth, creamy notes of milk & cream, roasted dark malts (though they don't fully achieve the burnt territory I enjoy), milk chocolate & a mild hoppy twinge. Sweetness isn't as pronounced as I expected. It's actually rather dry.

Despite fairly prickly carbonation, this is a smooth drinking, full bodied beer. After more thought, I don't mind the carbonation as much; my personal preference aside, it suits the beer. Finishes dry with lingering roasted malts & lacto-sugar ghost.

Drinkability is very good. This is an impressive take on the style, in my opinion. It's also a well-structured & balanced beer. Keeps getting better as it warms. Recommended. I may have to track down another bottle soon.

Ryan011235, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Bomber into a FFF imperial pint glass.

Appearance- pours next to black with a two finger dark tan head. Great head retention.

Smell- sweet milk chocolate. dark roasted malts. a subtle nuttyness as well.

Taste- sweet up front, lots of lactose sugar. Finishes with a semi dry chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium body and carbonation, making this extremely drinkable. This is going down quickly!

Overall- I may be a FFF fanboy, but they did it again! With this one, they prove they dont need lots of hops to make a delicious beer. Nicely done, Again.

JLeege, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of sdawson
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Received this bottle in a great trade from livewire78. Great trader!!!

Moloko poured a thick black with a small head, which dissipated fairly quickly. The malt and alcohol in this one are immediately present to the nose, backed by mexican vanilla, maple syrup, and just a hint of red fruit. The taste is strongly nutty at first, though it opens up into a mix of bittersweet chocolate, earthy malt, and an unexpected note of dark red fruits. The mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for a stout, solid, but not heavy, and mild enough carbonation to bring out the deeper flavors while avoiding being flat or flabby. The mix of sweet chocolate and tangy red fruit keeps this one from being clingy in the least, making it quite a drinking-friendly beer, despite the occasional taste of alcohol.

sdawson, Oct 12, 2010
Moloko from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.