Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged MolokoBourbon Barrel Aged Moloko

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BA SCORE
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188 Ratings
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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 trippytbta
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 roadhouse
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Three Floyds into a snifter/tulip consecutively after the regular Moloko.

Poured jet black, not much of a head to speak of aside from some bubbles forming a ring. Naturally with no head, there wasn't really any lacing left behind.

Aroma was pretty much straight bourbon, quite hot on the nose. I didn't really perceive any of the wonderful vanilla and oak notes that usually come with barrel aging. The stout itself barely managed to break through the bourbon but slight notes of chocolate made it through.

Taste was again straight bourbon. This time I struggled to pick up any of the stout properties. It tasted like I was drinking bourbon on the rocks. Quite hot on the way down. It's like all the characteristics of bourbon I don't like were transferred to the beer and none of the good came with it.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth, but the hot alcohol made it a bit bracing.

I was very disappointed in this one. I normally love bourbon aged beers but this one failed greatly. I'd take the regular Moloko over this any day. Double your serving size as well.

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 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 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 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 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 beertooth
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Moloko aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.

On tap at the Brewpub served in a small goblet.

A black liquid with dark amber highlights and a thin ring of mocha bubbles sits in front of me.

The nose is a little muted. I'm getting oak and a little cocoa and bourbon.

The first sip gives me a ton of bourbon, oak, semi-sweet cocoa, malted milk balls, and a little coffee

Mouthfeel is very slick.

I enjoy this beer, but I've never been too big on barreled milk stouts. One glass is all I can do right 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 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 woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in the brewpub on DLD 2011.

A: Fully black with a nice cap of tan foam that settles into a solid ring. Ver nice indeed.

S: Very soft, very smooth. Bourbon and chocolate. Nothing else. Cool.

T: Vanilla and bourbon up front, followed by some more vanilla and oak. Pretty simple but tasty.

M: Smooth, medium body that just dissolves into soft carbonation. Luscious.

O: Very good beer, but perhaps a little one-dimensional with the barrel notes. After trying Vanilla Bean DL, this one seemed a little weak. But I guess anything would...

Cheers!

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

On tap @ the FFF Brewpub on 8/7/09. 12 oz pour served in a snifter.

Pours an absolute dense black, with a 1/2 finger of frothy milk chocolate colored head. Retains with some thickish bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving back some spotty lace and brown oils that coat the sides. The aroma starts with a shot of cola-like bourbon, that then gives way to the beefy sweetness of chocolate and milk. Dark roast adds to the fun, and I'm pleased to find that the spicy hop character of the orginal Moloko, which I like so much, is able to shine through the bourbon as well. Wood, vanilla, and warmth pull up the back of this, adding some nice complexity.

The flavors pretty much mirrors the aroma in the taste, with bourbon controlling the profile but still allowing the huge sweetness of the Milk Stout (milk chocolate, toffee, and roast) to be very much evident. Things end with a satisfying smack of vanilla, spice, and warmth. This was good but just didn't quite pack the bunch of the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharp prickle that matches the cola-like nature of the bourbon presence. There is a definite thicker feel underneath that carries all of that slick sweetness and oaky notes. The ABV is there in this, but I would definitely call it a steady sipper, as the alcohol never really got in the way.

Very nice. I'm a fan of the regular Moloko and the bourbon really messed well with the sweet nature of this. Not quite a barrel-aged monster or anything but this was a pleasant sipper to start off a great visit to the brewpub with.

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 MrHirschybar
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3rd taster at Port's Barrel Blast
2009 Vintage

A - A purple/black color with little lining head - different on angles - chocolate black from the side and purple color from above...

S - Initial strong alcohol with vanilla, light oak, bourbon and a sweet smell - molasses or brown sugar

T - Vanilla, sweet, chocolate, more heat sweet/bourbon like taste as it warms

M - Prickly carbonation, light finish, heat sneaks up in the finish and lingers a little

D - The bourbon came through on the follow/finish with minimal heat that snuck up while the vanilla and oak lingered with an obvious sweetness - brown sugar or molasses - a little too sweet to have a lot of this, though I would think the 9% ABV would catch up to you quick too. A nice dessert thought for sure as it had lots of chocolate and overly sweet notes while the barrel imparted but didn't overwhelm the bourbon -

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Had on tap at Dark Lord Day; was very excited to see it.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, cream, roasted malts, and light caramel.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, light vanilla, and light chocolate. Very good, but a bit of heat, moreso than the BA Dark Lord and BA Behemoth.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall another great barrel aged beer from FFF. Different, but on par, with the normal version. Would love to have it again sometime.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.