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Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our seasonal Milk Stout aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Chocolate, coconut, and vanilla liquid awesomeness.

Added by Sean9689 on 08-06-2009

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for braving the element that was the FFF brewpub and snagging some of this on DLD. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose starts the show off right with some nice really barrel character--light bourbon plus some mild oak and vanilla coming through in the background. Really nice start. Good moderate malt presence and a nice creaminess come through as well. The flavor is nice with good notes of bourbon and the always-pleasurable Moloko base beer. Nice balance between the two components of this one. Mouthfeel is luscious and creamy. Nice finish with just a touch of booze. Very well done.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at barrel blast

A: poured a dark brown in color with maroonish brown highlights that had a thin frothy head but left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the bourbon character definitely stood out but lots of lacto milky chocolate character with vanilla roasty notes and booze for sure.

T: the bourbon flavor blended quite nice with the lacto milky chocolate notes but had great roasty character. It had vanilla accents and booze that was not over done.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a milky, sweet, bourbon, roasty, and creamy finish.

D: really enjoyed the base brew and the barrel aged was off the hook really glad to see this one at the festival. It was drinking better than I thought considering the ABV.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2009 vintage on tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Black with a small beige cap. Crimson tinge near the edges.

S: Brown sugar with evident lactose and a strong bourbon profile. Chocolate is milk and dark. Great aroma. Decadent. 

T: Smooth. Brown sugar and lactose accompany prominent bourbon and a low booze heat. Milk and dark chocolate.

M: Full body, upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: Combination of the Sweet Stout and the bourbon is great.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for grabbing this from the brewpub at DLD when I was so focused on DL I failed to see it.

A - Very dark brown beer with a small tan head on it that faded to a bit of a ring.

S - Sweet and rich smelling beer. Chocolate is not overpowered by the bourbon, rather there is some oak and barrel notes mixed in with it that are great. Milk and lactose is evident, but also just adds to the chocolate. This is a milk stout in every sense, and the bourbon only seems to add without giving it an edge.

T - Taste very much like the nose. A great bourbon and milk chocolate meld with vanilla, oak, lactose, and all the things you would want in a good milk stout. Very sweet, no real heat on it.

M - Smooth, rich, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Really great beer, particularly for the style which is something I generally don't care for. Would love to drink this again, perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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...


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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF on 8/7/09.

A - Oily black body with a slim burnt mocha head that fully receded and deposited a bit of spotty lace around the snifter. Dark, opaque and menacing.

S - Exceptionally well-balanced nose with bourbon notes, vanilla sweetness, some roasted malt character and a subtle waft of alcohol.

T - Wonderfully blended concoction of tangy bourbon, sweet vanilla, chocolate and dark roasted malts with a hint of oak in the backend. A touch of earthy hops in the finish provides some bitterness and adds depth to the flavor profile.

M - Medium to full-bodied with an oily, viscous texture and moderate carbonation. A tad bristly on the tongue but not overly so. Finishes with mild sourness and alcohol warmth on the palate with some residual sweetness.

D - FFF does it again with an amazingly flavorful and highly drinkable brew. The alcohol remained quite restrained for a bourbon barrel-aged stout. I am really glad to have been able to sample this excellent stout.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ FFF.

A - Pours black with a small tan head. Not much lacing left behind at all. A small ring of head hangs onto the glass.

S - Bourbon, dark fruit, cream, slightly sweet chocolate

T - Creamy, slightly sweet, dark fruits. A really nice blend of creamy and fruity sweetness. The bourbon is a nice touch but in no way overpowers the rest of flavors at all.

M - Medium bodied and really full in flavor. Really covers the palate well.

D. very easy to drink for the barrel aging and style.

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Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at the FFF Brewpub on 8/8/2009. Served to me in a medium sized snifter.

A= Like the regular Moloko, this stout poured a deep dark brown-black but with a smaller head. The dark tan head rose just 1/2" and quickly settled to a think cap. I was impressed that the head never completely disappeared though, seeing that this is a barrel aged beer.

S= Of course the bourbon plays a big role in the aroma, but I was still able to smell lots of sweet and roasted malts, light chocolate, some vanilla, a rich treacle scent, wood, and some alcohol. Complex and inviting!

T= Started off creamy and sweet, with caramel, milk chocolate, and molasses all making an appearance. The roasted grains added a hint of coffee and dark chocolate and just enough bitterness to take the edge off the initial sweetness. The bourbon was always there, but never really jumped all over the beer flavor. It was more of a balanced compliment (as bourbon barrel aged beers go). The middle showed some fruitiness and a subdued earthy hop profile. The finish showed a lot of alcohol but never seemed hot. Lovely aftertaste of roasted malt and boubon.

MF= Nice full body with a creamy, silky tongue-feel. Carbonation was surprisingly crisp for such a full beer, but it really worked.

D= I admit that I am a fool for the regular Moloko, and this met all my expectations. I think the nature of the base beer lends itself well to the addition of the bourbon barrel and the flavors are better than the sum of their parts. For what it is, the drinkability is quite excellent.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Moloko Milk Stout aged in barrels and poured into a snifter for my pleasure at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Molten dark chocolate, opaque and not quite black. Atop sits a head about half a finger thick, fuzzy and the color of cardboard. It fizzles at a moderate pace to a medium ring.

Dark and sweet nose. Heavy vanilla, port, grape jelly, cinnamon, hints of arise and cocoa powder. Lightly tangy.

I'm assuming this was aged in simple bourbon barrels, but there's a fruitiness in the flavor that leans more toward port than the Kentucky-based spirit. I get vanilla, oak, hints of toffee, cocoa powder and grape-laden port wine. Lighter notes of cinnamon, molasses and dark chocolate also emerge and are replaced with lingering notes of light roast coffee.

Supremely soft, velvety body. Very lightly carbonated and populated with tiny, active bubbles. Hints of alcohol in the nose. Smooth as it moves around, smooth going down.

Incredibly well-integrated flavors. There’s definitely more fruitiness than milk-stoutiness here, but the beer is crazy drinkable. I could put irresponsible amounts of this away.

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4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of Tilley4
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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...

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
2.8/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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

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4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a snifter directly from the brewpub.

A - Pours jet black with a dark dark brown head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves OK lacing. Ruby highlights at the edges.
S - Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate sweetness dominate.
T - Wow. Malty sweet chocolate, bourbon, caramel notes at first. Sugary-sweet finish. Nice balance between the chocolate, lactose and bourbon. Restrained heat.
M - Smooth, slick, creamy. Good carbonation. Not too thick or heavy.
D - High. I almost gave this a 5 but I found there was JUST a bit much sweetness as it warmed. Regardless, inches from perfect, and the balanced bourbon presence is appreciated.

Overall - One year in a bourbon barrel has done wonders for an already stellar base beer (Moloko). I've been nothing but impressed with all the FFF barrel-aged offerings, and this is no exception. This not a bourbon assault but more of a balanced harmony between beer and booze. Well done.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -

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2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.