Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged MolokoBourbon Barrel Aged Moloko

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 173
Gots: 22 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sean9689 on 08-06-2009

Our seasonal Milk Stout aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Chocolate, coconut, and vanilla liquid awesomeness.
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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 44
Photo of Jeffrey2310
1.12/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected. Four more words now

Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, blue wax from the 2014 release, poured into a Three Floyds gold DLD mini snifter. Enjoyed on 2.28.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, cola brown edges with a finger or so of khaki head, moderate retention and minimal lace. The aroma is big on the barrel, really oak forward with potent whiskey, stone fruits, light spice, bittersweet chocolate, rich grain and a bit of vanilla. Really big on the barrel, not hot per se, but definitely barrel forward. The flavors echo that sentiment, oak barrel, bourbon, toffee, rich chocolate, stone fruits, some roast and char, licorice and a bit of vanilla. The body is a bit thin, plenty of carbonation though it still feels smooth and easy and finishes nicely, with a gentle warming sensation.

Verdict: A decent barrel treatment of Moloko, perhaps less carbonation would help, but this is still tasty. It has a decent complexity to it and and a fairly nice balance, just needs some more oomph.

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
2.69/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a totally fair review as this was one of the infected bottles released this year. For the record FFF made good with a gift card at the kiosk for the cost of the bottle.

Photo of TBlightning
1.65/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sour and infected, no bourbon flavor.

Photo of kkleu357
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well, was worried it might be infected with all the posts about it being so. My bottle seemed fine. Maybe a hint of sourness, but I might have been picking up on that due to thinking it would be there. The beer itself is only ok. Sweet smooth taste. Some bourbon notes. Totally not worth $35 a bottle. This beer should easily only cost $10. Yes it was good, but not that good.

Photo of Hallertau
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Infected Sour cherry taste. Thin body.

Photo of MLDucky
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight green apple taste, no barrel notes. Maybe I should have drank it fresh

Photo of Kurmaraja
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells of green apples and a touch of nail polish. Body is thin, prickly. No bourbon notes, no lactose creaminess. Infected.

2014 bottle.

Photo of patklupe
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can not say that it was infected; however, that is about the most glowing praise I can give this beer. The body was thin. The taste was sweet, with a strange flavor I could not pin down. Perhaps my expectations of what a Barrel Aged Beer from Three Floyds should be were set too high. Unfortunately, it was the most expensive bottle of beer I purchased this year. I should have bought a case of Zombie Dust instead.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. This was not infected.

A: Medium brown with a tan one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing. Pretty.

S: Oak-y, bourbon-y with hints of vanilla. Some lactose in the background.

T: Slides down easy with robust, sweet and smokey traits. The bourbon barrels really give it a different feel from regular Moloko. Bourbon notes dominate, but in a very relaxed way, not overpowering. Cherries slide in with vanilla and oak. Getting a bit of semi-sweet chocolate in the mix, too. So sultry and decadent.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Like drinking a bourbon and lactose. A smooth milkshake. Glad to have walked in on this superior tasting.

Photo of Flabbyjandro
2.2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Flavor was def off and appears to have signs of tart infection. Not horrible, but not the way the style should taste especially at a $35 price tag.

Photo of tbart75
1.2/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected!!!!! So bad! Do not try this one!!

Photo of Leiting
1.45/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Big waste of money. Infected. Apparently someone needs to go back to basics before releasing garbage like this.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), unknown vintage, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

Photo of rhartogsq
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected. Disappointed in this. Ugh

Photo of trippytbta
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Photo of st9647v3
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a huge disappointment

Photo of jeonseh
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF

A - Dark brown with a small mocha head. Has a nice viscosity to it that makes it look slightly syrupy

S - Notes of honey, oak and maraschino cherry waft up from it. There is a slight hint if coffee and roasted malt as well. You get a slight whiff of the bourbon and from the sweeter cherry aspects, I'm curious as to if this was aged in Makers or another wheated bourbon barrel. The barrel aspects are very prevalent and seem to add a lot and are the main feature of the nose.

T - At first, I get an almost mead like honey. There is Maraschino cheery and a slight orange peel that keeps it from being too sweet. The alcohol comes through in the middle to give it a kick and after that there are most bourbon flavors with vanilla, oak, and bananas foster coming through. The finish is very bourbony as well and makes me feel like I just had a sip of a dram.

MF - Lightly carbonated to give it a nice smooth feeling and leaves a slight tingle in the tongue. There is a slight stickiness that sits on the lips and reflects the beers sweeter aspects. The barrel kicks in a slight warming that radiates within your mouth. 4.5

O - This is a completely different beer than regular Moloko as the barrel take over the regular flavors. You get strong influence in the nose, flavor, and mouthfeel. I like this but not as much as Ronaldo.

Photo of phisigben
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the 2012 Indiana Micro-brewers winter fest. I usually don't like reviewing beers at festivals but this was the first beer I had that day and I got back in line and got a 2nd pour.

It pours like used motor oil and has just a little bit of dark mocha colored head. Right up front bourbon smell hits you in the nose a nice chard oak smell followed up by some chocolate and sweetness from the malt. Just like the nose the bourbon is up front but no alcohol taste that I usually find with beers that are BA and the predominate flavor is the bourbon. I also get chocolate, vanilla, and sweetness from the lactose sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to Moloko and Moloko has a bit of a thin mouthfeel anyways. Over all this is an great beer I wish I could drink it more often.

Photo of Tilley4
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery...

Arrives an evil midnight black... Still as death in the snifter...

Huge aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and tinges of booze... This smells terrific. Holy smokes....a lovely blend of aromas mingle together here... Off the damn hook...

Loads of chocolate, bourbon, oak and deep roasted malts present in the flavors and have me wishing they would bottle this... Its like the regular Moloko on steroids which is a good thing... The bourbon is prevalent but not overpowering... The creaminess of this brew is amazing...

An unbelievable treat to get to try this... A truly awesome beer...

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at FFF poured into a snifter

Appearance : black in color with a tinge of dark red color on the edge of the glass. Small dark tan had that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring clinging to glass

Smell : Smells like a chared out oak bourbon barrel. Huge nose on this beer 1 of the best smelling bourbon barrel aged beers I've had

Taste : A taste is divine. This is 1 of 3 floyds best beers 3 floyds makes that I have to date. Reminds me of a chocolate cherry with whiskey in center.

Mouthfeel : full body with little carbonation Not to thick and not to sticky

Overall : I really enjoyed this beer and when I see it available I rush to 3 floyds to enjoy a least a couple glasses of it. It's a real treat and I think I enjoy it as12oz much as Dark Lord

Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ the 3 Floyds brewpub.

Pours a solid onyx black that lets almost zero light in. Dark brown edges sit underneath a paper thin collection of tan bubbles. Sticky lacing.

The nose is sweet bourbon madness. Vanilla is nicely paired with oak and has a powerful booziness to it. Some chocolate and a touch of coconut come to mind as well.

The taste is also bourbon infused with ample vanilla, cocoa, oak, and a slight bit of flaked oat from the original brew. Dark cherries bring a nice sweetness to the table. Very smooth and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is creamy, a lil heavy, and smooth. There is a very enjoyable, silk-like texture to it.

Overall, this is just fantastic all around. Great bourbon flavor while preserving all the stout qualities.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.

This looks like a stout, but with deep plum purple and black cherry hues hiding in there. The legs an edges show dark red, and it looks very nice. Two fingers of dark tan head (the color of wet sand on a Lake Michigan beach) stayed around through several sips before leaving a small ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing.

Smells like oaky bourbon. Some dark fruits come through with black cherry notes. The nose and flavor have really forsaken the base beer-- but all is not lost. This is very nice on the nose and on the palate. The FFF boys have steadily improved in their barrel aging program, and this beer is testament to that fact. The bourbon flavor is intense, but well integrated. Lots of oaky and char notes with plenty bourbon and vanilla. The base beer is hardly noticeable, but some vague malty sweetness does shine through.
The body is perfect; nice and full (for a milkstout), with enough carbonation to help it feel creamy.

Overall, this is quite nice. I wish the beers like this would be bottled... But I can live with sneaking away to sample them on tap.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Black body that reveals some dark brown coloration at the fringes.

S - Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, toasted coconut. Doesn't smell like the the base beer all that much, as the lactose character doesn't come out very much. I'm curious what sort of barrels were used, as this doesn't have that distinct Woodford aroma I get from many Three Floyds barrel-aged offerings. As it warms up there is a lot of dry oakiness that emerges.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon in the finish, more smoke and oak than I expected from the aroma and less malt sweetness. Mild warming alcohol, but nothing unexpected for the listed ABV.

M - Lower carbonation, medium creamy body, and a lightly tannic finish.

D - Not my favorite Three Floyds barrel-aged offering, but still quite enjoyable and easy to drink. I prefer the various Conquistadors to this Moloko variant, but I prefer this to Ronaldo.

Photo of Kshock
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black with a decent mocha head on it. Has a good presentation.

S-light chocolate and roast on the nose. good smell, just mild.

T- Very creamy coffee and chocolate flavors. This is an awesome blend of flavors, everything has its purppose without out/over doing it.

M- Very creamy like a cask beer. This beer shines in this area, truly awesome soft mouth feel.

O- Love this beer, wish i could drink it more.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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