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Moloko - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 434
Gots: 297 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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 bertram
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery - poured dark, almost black with a thin tan head. Smooth, not-too-thick mouthfeel with good carbonation and sweet tastes of malt and chocolate.

So good I took a growler home, and have been enjoying with grilled steaks this week.

A great milk stout.

bertram, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a good few minutes to a thick, even coating. The body is a rich near black that shows no traces of color when held to light. Decent lacing attempts to stick to the glass sides but seems unable to hold tight enough.

Dark roasted malts strike your nostrils with bold coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Notes of licorice, cherries, brown sugar, and chocolate syrup gives the nose a very sweet quality. A little booze is noticeable in the background.

Dark, sweet malts start each sip with a slight tartness. Cherry and fig notes come in as the beer is swallowed. Dark chocolate and coffee beans come in later as an aftertaste that really rounds out the taste.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this is a very smooth-drinking beer. The body is coating and just a tad sticky. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does well to give this beer a nicely creamy mouthfeel.

output01x, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ~ Pours glossy black with tan head that dissipates into a little cap.

S ~ Sweet malts, Roasted Malts, Dark fruits...bit of chocolate syrup.

T ~ Right off the bat I taste Chocolate Mousse! More Malts blended with Melted Iced Cream, blackberry compote, powdered sugar. Many 'desert' flavors. There's a hint of Café au lait as well. Dry hops on the tounge that are very crisp in contrast to the sweet body.

M ~ Sweet & very sticky mid-palette, but very dry on the back end. This helped enormously.

D ~ With the amount of malt & ABV, this is Practically an Imperial Stout. While very good, I probably won't revisit. Recommend trying once.

chocosushi, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Kayn169. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Moloko pours a stout black, with a viscous tan crown of foam perched three fingers high atop the beer. It just sits there for a minute and looks like a chunk of caramel colored cake. There's a pretty nice ring of lace that shows where the beer hit its high point, but lacing is a bit spotty below that. The nose takes a minute to really start to shine through, but when it does it smells like what I'd imagine a good, strong coffee does after it's been cut with some cream and sugar. The flavor carries that same general idea. There's a sugary, creamy edge to the coffee flavor, too much so in fact. It's almost as if vanilla is the primary flavor here, and coffee is just a supporting player, when it should be the other way around. The body is superbly creamy, with a nice low level of carbonation that stays out of the way. The result is a very smooth mouthfeel that makes this beer almost like drinking a dessert. I don't know there's just a touch too much lactose, or it's something else, but Moloko is a pretty good milk stout that could be great if a bit more roasty flavors come through.

axeman9182, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of MasterNyx
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just opened one of these. This beer's name is a reference to the Stanley Kubrick movie *A Clockwork Orange.* I didn't expect to see one today, let alone buy two. It's a very drinkable, complex. Moloko is a rare commodity. They got their new shipment this week (the first two cases in six months) and half the total stock is already gone. If they have any next week I'm buying more. :D

MasterNyx, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to adamb0719 for this bottle! Of course no freshness info from FFF. Enjoyed on 08/26/11.

A - Pours a very dark black with some dark brown around the very edge. A small brown head forms and recedes quickly but can be provoked again with a whirl of the glass. Leaves no lacing.

S - Dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet lactose sugar and some milk chocolate as well. A little more bitter than I was expecting.

T - Rich dark chocolate and some dark fruits are present first. Cherries, plums, figs. Toward the back end, the lactose sugar comes through along with some milk chocolate. Finishes with some roasted malt flavor and some coffee as well.

M - Mouthfeel is very good. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation. Where it should be for a milk stout.

O - Overall, this is an excellent milk stout. Not quite as good as Moo Hoo but I really enjoyed this one.

Janderson91, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Deep black body with a one-finger mocha head. Very little lacing, but the dark body looks good.

I really like this aroma: dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and a bit of earthy hops. Enough coffee coming through to make you notice. Nice set up.

The flavor does not disappoint. Nice roasted malt flavor is followed by a sweet, dark chocolate flavor. A bit of maple, coffee, and light hoppiness follows.

A bit thin in the mouthfeel detracts a bit. Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew.

FanofHefe, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer made it to my want list ... probably from searches for sweet beers lacking hop bitterness. It certainly fit those requirements. I taste a simple sweetness which I actually don't care for ... it's like sugar cubes were diluted into the beer prior to bottling. I also taste a roasted flavor, but that's about it. I was expecting some other flavors sneaking in to provide some complexity ... nope ... too bad.

Vierenner, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Jaycase
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark in color with light tan head

s: chocolatey roasted malts most immediately. Bit of a sweet maple syrup presence too.

t: Smooth malt sweetness. Sweetness retains its presence throughout. Some chocolate in there as well.

m: medium light body with decent carbonation

o: I haven't had many milk stouts but this is a nice offering from FFF. Sweetness was not overwhelming which was good. I'd like to try this on tap next time.

Jaycase, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice dark liquid. looks a bit thin. sloshes around in the glass. Super firm mocha head with large crisp round bubbles.

s: smells of coffee and dark chocolate. toasted malt followed by a zesty dark fruit finish.

t: rich creamy chocolate followed by burnt malt. Sweet and oaky flavors in the mid with a mocha/hop bitterness. As this warms, the finish comes in with an orange zest and tart dark cherry complexity that I love. My favorite part about this is the close on the taste.

m: medium-light body. Rich carbonation and coats the palette well. taste lingers here as does a slight stickiness.

o: solid sweet stout. plenty of flavors. Nothing too out of the norm, but this is a solid brew and they really did a great job blending all the flavors and closing on a dark fruit note.

Preismj, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF.
served in a "penta-glass." (basically a tumbler with a 5 pointed bottom)

Dark opaque brown with a tan head. Nice lacing left behind-- looks like the film left behind after you let your kids blow bubbles with store bought solution.
Smells sweet-- roasted malts, chocolate malts, a touch of caramel, sugary sweetness, and sweet oats.
The taste is just as to be expected with all the notes of the nose.

The body feels a hair thin, but not hurting too much. Good carbonation.

Overall-- this is quite nice, but my opinion of it has changed a little for the worse since my bottle review. Maybe there is a batch variation... Maybe my palate has changed. In either case, I likethis beer, but not as much as I thought I did.

AleWatcher, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of TheTot
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Dark color with a nice light brown head. Smells of chocolate and dark fruits, smell is surprisingly ale like but heavier. Initial taste is light and crisp with a hint of coffee. To me the mouth feel is not as good as I had hoped with a milk stout, I think it has to much of a carbonation kick and not as creamy. As for the final taste the finish is very good with a lingering taste of chocolate and coffee that is very smooth. Minimal lacing on the glass as I drink.

TheTot, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  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.

mdaschaf, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of my IL connection SpdKilz, thanks for this amazing throw in! Many beer karmas for you in the after life.

Alesmith Belgian Horny Devil glass, medium violence on the pour.

A: lofty 3 finger brownie bubble foam rises as if its in the oven. The body looks like it's at the intersection of cola and chocolate syrups. Dark as expected, but definitely has a very milky multi-layered film that sits where the head used to be.

S: Milk chocolate, softer chocolates like tootsie rolls, and some campfire that's been recently put out by some whole milk. Carob chips mixes with lacto-friendly scents for an odd bittering to the dairy. Some oaky woodiness has some fine chocolate powders caked onto it's exterior. Interesting, not what I expected. Maybe even the slightest grassy hop note.

T: Dark bakers chocolate in evaporated milk, left to steep before adding some handfuls of oak chips and carob chunks. The carob melts first for a very funky tree-bark hot fudge beverage. Some oats come through for a mealy breakfast note that is sprinkled like a dessert topping onto the already established flavors. The taste is interesting but really dominated by a bitter I-just-brushed-my-teeth like experience to drinking this milk stout. I can't tell if it's the carob notes or a mixing of the oats and chocolate; but it's strange. Not bad, just strange. An awkward condiment linger of mustard.

M: Surprisingly well carbonated with the bubbles popping like sprinkles on the first bite of a doughnut. A medium-full milky feeling mouth that has a light astringency. Not so much of a medicinal like dryness, but the way it coincides with the bittering carobs comes off a bit dissonant; the combo of this mouth and flavor synthesizes for a tri-tone note.

O: This really isn't bad, but man if there isn't some really strange flavors to be had in here. I really can't shake the I-just-brushed-my-teeth flavor after I thought of it. This really tastes like I am trying to drink an oatmeal stout after brushing with some toothpaste. Some strange almost chemical dryness that only slightly suggests milk fat or sugars. Some nice carob and chocolate notes that mix well, but the carob wins out where it might be better for the chocolate to. The way the carob lingers accentuates a light hop note. This combines with some dryness makes for a strange mustard-like linger. I don't know what to say, the flavors aren't bad, but where it takes me is questionable. Good but not, decent but miss-able. Easy to drink, but hard to buy.

Cavery, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of phishisphunk
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into my Dogfish Head snifter after being chilled down too long in the freezer.

A: Moloko pours dark, but not pitch black. Its mildly translucent with deep amber hues. A beautiful khaki colored head presents itself with an array of bubbles. The head doesn't last too long and recedes to a thin veil over the beer. Thin, scant lacing remains along the edge of the glass.

N: Rolled oats, bakers chocolate, sweet malt greet the boutique. As the beer approaches room temp I'm noticing a hint of smoke. Everything is well balanced.

T: Initial tastes include dark chocolate, mid-palate is greeted by rolled oats, with a sweet and mildly smokey finish.

M: Carbonation is moderate, but the mouthfeel is creamy on the finish, but a bit thin as well.

D: For an 8% ABV, Moloko is easy drinking. Nothing feels out of place and everything is well balanced. An above average milk stout, and one that I look forward to every year, especially as the weather changes. Will definitely pick up more as I am able.

As a final note, people love to love or love to hate FFF. This beer stands out as a testament to their craftsmanship to the style. It's spot on. If you like milk stouts, you will find this appealing and well crafted.


phishisphunk, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial pint glass.
No bottle date. 2010 vintage.

Aroma: Fruity grape, black cherry, dark chocolate, maplsyrup, and hot cocoa mix.

Appearance: Dark black, opaque espresso body. Thin 1/2 finger light brown head vanishes quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Flavor: Black, roasted chocolate malt. Fruity, winey port. Maple syrup sweetness, followed by some smokiness at the end. Enough hop bitterness to provide some balance, as well as a slightly bitter finish. Any hop aroma or flavor is easily overwhelmed by the rich malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full, chewy, and thick. Medium CO2--actually somewhat more than anticipated, but not an issue.

Overall: A delicious, rich sweet stout through the first half of the bottle, but it admittedly gets a bit cloying toward the end. No problems whatsoever in finishing the bottle, though. I highly recommend trying this one, even if you might have to split it with someone else!

mdvatab, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011, poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Almost black with a fizzy mocha head. Reminds me of pop with a ton of carbonation sticking to the side of the glass. Head fizzles with a little lacing, but the head retains around the glass.

S - Smell is of roasted malts with some bitter chocolate. Little one dimensional, but nice aroma.

T - A nice full roasted malt taste with that chocolate adding richness. A slight hop lingers in the back adding some bitterness. The aftertaste disappears quickly. Most flavor found in the front.

M - Very carbonated, but quite light for a stout. Doesn't really sit heavy and the carbonation makes the beer feel quite lively. Makes this easy drinking.

O - A good stout especially when wanting some dark flavors in the summer months, but don't want to deal with heavy mouthfeel and taste. So in that regard, this beer is perfect for that. So overall, that's what I enjoyed the most. A couple of more flavors integrated in to add some complexity would be about my only gripe.

Scrumtralecent, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on-tap a 3 Floyds on sunday afternoon. Reviewed from notes.

bartender poured beer into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a creamy brown head. Sticky lace noted on tulip glass.

Smell: Roasty and malty. Coffee and some dark chocolates or bakers cocoa.

Taste: Deep and roasty malt profile thats just awesome! Coffee and some sweetness imparted from both malts and lactose. Mild oaty taste too. Really tasty!

Mouthfeel: Thick and velvety. Higher end of medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: fantastic milk stout by 3F! Yum

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barfwin for sharing a bottle with me.

Appearance: Coal black with a thin tan head.

Aroma: Strong coffee and espresso scent with lots of caramel and roasted malt.

Taste: Chocolate milk and espresso with a roasty and light citrus finish. This brew makes me think of a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks with more espresso and a little orange.

Mouthfeel: Rich, medium to thick body with very little carbonation.

Overall: While I typically enjoy milk stouts, I especially enjoy Moloko. The roasted malt and slight hop finish balance this ale into a very drinkable milk stout.

cosmonick, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to kenm2118 for this bottle! Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours black with milk chocolate colored head. Major milk-stout lacing and on a violent pour you can definitely end up with 3+ finger head.

S: Not what I was expecting. A lot more RIS character than I anticipated- Roasted wood, malts, hickory, chocolate and a touch of lactose in the finish.

T: Basically much like the nose with more milk-chocolate feel to the chocolate and a touch stronger lactose in the finish. It's good, but not really what I expected. I was hoping for a really powerfully sweet Mokah like experience, but instead it kind of comes off like a generic decent RIS with some milk chocolate added to the recipe.

M: The weakest part of the beer in my opinion. I always look for creaminess in milk stouts but this one came off as thin, even for a single stout, and the carbonation was more prickly than creamy. It does leave a little creaminess in the residue, but that's about it. Not a trainwreck, but definitely doesn't stand up to its reputation.

O: I would love to revisit this beer on tap, but until then I figure I won't be seeking out this beer again. My quest for fantastic milk stouts goes on, and leaves moloko behind.

Klym, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with minimal mocha head

smell: chocolate, roast, sweet, malts

taste: sweet, chocolate, roast, lactose

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: good beer. shocked that the abv was so high on it. glad I finally got to try it was on the wants list for a long time.

The cpj

THECPJ, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Dhren1979
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed: August 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 22 oz bomber poured into a sniffer.

A: Pours the color of a dark Americano (coffee) with walnut colored foamy head. Head rentention is strong.

S: Roasted cocoa and other roasted malts (barely?). This is quickly followed by a sweet sugary lactose aroma.

T: Roasted malts and a nutty flavor that I did not detect in the aroma. Sweet lactose finishes off this taste! Love it!

M: So silky smooth! Not surprising that the texture reminds me of chocolate milk.

O: Great example of the style! I am so glad I have another bottle in the fridge to consume! Would love to get this year-round! If you see it...buy it!

Dhren1979, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of GlassFreeek
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had fresh from the tap at the Brewpub. Poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Very rich dark dark brown in color w/ a mocha colored head, very nice looking stout. Very pleasing to the eye in the tulip.

S: Smells very strongly of coffee, chocolate and heavily roasted malts. You can smell the sweetness in there and I can't get COFFEE out of my mind when smelling this, espresso to be exact. Very high quality smell.

T: One of the best stouts I've ever had on tap. It was very tasty and incredibly complex for me. I got roasted malts, espresso, mocha, milk chocolate, caramel, and a little hint of hoppiness that balanced everything out. Nice sweetness that stays with you after each sip, makes this a delight to drink and would never get old.

M: HAs some carbonation in there, little more so than most milk stouts, but I tend to prefer this. It makes it more drinkable, and for ME it gives it a creamier fuller mouthfeel. Love it, great concept.

Overall I will be drinking this almost religiously when I'm in a mood for a sweet stout, or a stout in general. I have a few 22oz bombers that I will be sampling in the near future when not drinking it fresh on tap. Great offering from FFF.

GlassFreeek, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

mentaltraveller, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some Moloko!

This one pours a very dark brown that has a reddish tint while flowing from the bottle. It settles pretty black with an inch of mocha colored head bubbly lacing is spread throughout the glass. The nose is incredibly roasty with chocolate and oats. Some coffee aromas linger as well. The taste is much the same. Very roasty and full of sweet milk chocoalte. Coffee resonates throughout. Very pleasant flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a stout but its super drinkable because of it. Overall, super stoked to have tried this and ill be grabbing more next time I see it.

ChugginOil, Aug 09, 2011
Moloko from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.