Moloko | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

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Reviews: 550 | Ratings: 2,115
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/5/14; drank 8/10/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black liquid.

Dark tan head; thick, frothy lace.

Oats, milk chocolate, rich cream & roasted coffee nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cream, milk chocolate & oats in the flavor; a sweet, nearly cloying finish.

Good, but perhaps a couple months might reduce the sweetness for the better.

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Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Big, two finger dark brown head atop an inviting black brew. Head retention is excellent.

Roasty nose: burnt toast, black coffee, bitter chocolate. Milk and cream; a hint of vanilla. Toffee and a bit of molasses.

Slightly sharper on the palate. Bitter and roasty, especially on the back half, with tons of roasted barley leading to a slightly ashy, charred representation of toast, caramel, and coffee. A bit of sour, red grape up front.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel; medium bodied, pretty much right on for an 8% ABV brew.

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Photo of BergBeer
2.97/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Opaque black with some cola highlights. The head is espresso creama colored.
Smell: Rich dark chocolate, burnt toast edges, cold brewed coffee, milk chocolate sweetness, a vaporous alcohol, a hint of cream, dried figs, and a mild bitterness.
Taste: Dark chocolate and cherry Dr Pepper on the attack. The attack has this strange aqueous quality that reinforces the Dr Pepper flavor. This aqueous note open the gate for a clean body of milk chocolate, over creamed cold brewed coffee, and cherry notes. The finish holds all the roast with a mildly bitter burnt toast note, a light alcohol, and some hoppy pine bitterness.
Feel: Medium bodied with that strange watery middle. Mild bitterness. Medium sweetness. Medium alcohol. Prickly carbonation. The finish is off dry and sticky.

Overall: A milk stout I really didn’t enjoy. That watery soda body really threw me off. I would like some more body to this. Also, more balance to the sweetness and the roast would help too. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of bret717
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

no bottling date, but I'm assuming relatively fresh as it's released in August. Reviewed 8/22/18

Look- Pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that recedes fairly slowly leaving a 1/2 finger that sticks around

Aroma- slightly bitter dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, a hint of smoke and a little dark fruit

Taste- follows the nose closely with bitter dark roast coffee and semi-sweet milk chocolate to start, followed by that mild hint of smoke and something vaguely fruity, like sweet cherries or prunes. Really substantial flavor without being overwhelming, and with great balance between sweet and bitter

Feel- medium-bodied with medium carbonation

Overall- phenomenal milk stout w/intense coffee and chocolate notes from the malts. It's hard to believe that coffee and/or chocolate weren't added to this (at least to my knowledge, they weren't).

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Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt and lactose hints
T-The taste follows the nose with lactose and malt flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice milk stout

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/28/18: 1 pint, 6 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods 12/3/17 ($12.99) poured into very large beer stein in one pour. Slight tan head and lacing, good carbonation, pitch black beer. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma, balanced not too sweet. Strong roasted malt taste, offset by chocolate, very nice, not too sweet which I loved. Thin creamy texture, carbonation holds well, Overall excellent beer, glad I popped open today.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black with an inch of tan head.
Smell of dark chocolate and roasty malts.
Taste is sweet roasty malts and chocolate.
Medium to full bodied, creamy texture.
Overall another great FFF offering.

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Photo of amsett10
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a half inch dark brown head. As this beer warms it seems to get better taste wise but it smells boozy no matter what. Not a bad sweet stout, but not defining.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/14/17

L-The beer pours a thick dark black with one finger of dense mocha head. The head recedes to a thin ring with patchy lacing.
S- The nose is fairly muted but the typical elements of chocolate and dark roast make up the majority. There is a musty, earthy aroma which I assume is the hops.
T- The taste is a near perfect balance of chocolate and roast. The beer is so well balanced that you only get glimpses of each element as you sip.
F- Mouthfeel is medium full. Carbonation is prickly, but light overall. Not the thickest stout, but more than adequate for the style.
O- One of the best milk stouts that I've had. If I had access it would be a regular in my fridge. Recommended.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall glass. Has a beautiful opaque dark brown color with a fluffy reddish tan head, moving around the glass putting delicate lacing everywhere. Carbonation slowly rises to the top and makes the head look surreal while in motion, the lacing slowly descending upon a twirl.

I smell roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, oats, vanilla, caramel, and other floral flavors. Quite diverse.

Espresso and latte coffee are the first tastes I encountered. Other flavors include dark chocolate, char, milk, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, cream, and oats. Lovely sweet subtle vanilla and also dark fruit to balance the complex flavors and hops. Feels heavenly creamy in the mouth and while going down.

Excellent stout.

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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. It looked fantastic in the glass with an opaque dark brown color. A normal pour produced a large and fluffy tan head that gradually settled, leaving rocky foam and splotchy laces. The aroma was exactly as I expected with milk chocolate, roasty malt, and a faint floral hoppy note. No surprises on the first sip: roasted malt, chocolate, some char and toast all within a slightly sweet milky background. The hop presence was moderately bitter which kept it from being too sweet but also detracted slightly from the main flavors. A great feel, slightly heavy and silky. This was 8% but the alcohol was well-hidden. A great sipper, just a touch too bitter.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good example of a milk stout-- I was pleasantly surprised that this beer did not get overhopped like some of the 3 Floyds offerings, but all the good tastes of a stout are in here-- chocolate, coffee, sugar, and possible licorice. Very good beer, looks great in a glass too. Recommended!

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Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been on my wants list for a while and my good friend FFFJunkie sent this beer to me. I am super stoked to try this beer. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. The beer has a 2 finger medium tan head with good retention. The beer is deep brown and opaque. Some carbonation bubble are visible on the sides of the beer.

The beer has a rich roast malt, caramel, espresso, dark chocolate, a sweet note, char, earthy, touch of fruity, and some floral.

A very rich roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar/honey note, earthy, some fruity and floral notes. There is a subtle creamy milk note in this beer.

Mouthfeel of the beer is medium plus with medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

Overall: A very solid milk stout, great flavors, with a nice creaminess. So very glad I got to try this.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 650 ML bottle into 3 Floyds teku glass. It pours jet black with one finger of foamy, mocha colored head and lacing. The nose features roasted malt, lactose, and tobacco smoke. It has a pleasant taste dark, roasted malt, lactose, oats, vanilla, and nuts. This stout has a pleasant, viscous, creamy mouth feel, with light carbonation. The 8% ABV gives it a nice kick but doesn't detract from the flavor. Overall, this is simply a terrific Milk Stout. It has lots of flavor and a terrific mouth feel. This is right up there with the leaders of the style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of brown resting on top. The aroma is of lactose and sweet dark malt. I'm tasting lactose, dark licorice, and raisins. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of Hackattack
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW WOW WOW... THIS IS killer..... if you are a dark malt ,rich ,thick ,heavy sweet , yet hop fan of amazing craft creations you will love this one.........I bought this at the brewery 2 days ago. I have only seen this on site at the brewery. So a big deal to me even though they are only an hour away from us and Zombie Dust is not a problem to get here.

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Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber into faceted pint mug. An early (the earliest?) milk stout to shatter the traditional ABV limit for the style, this beer holds up well, and reveals its 8.00 ABV only with a bit of warming in the finish.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a dark brown with a tan head.
S - Smells of chocolate..
T - Tastes very roasty and chocolatey, with a nice booziness on the finish.
F - Medium body with light carbonation.
O - Very tasty stout,

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the neck, served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich black with a one finger khaki colored head. Great lacing that covers the whole glass and sticks around.

Smell: Big milk chocolate and deep roasted malt scents. There's notes of coffee and cocoa as well.

Taste: Mainly roasted malt and milk chocolate with some vanilla and roasted coffee bean all in harmony with eachother and balanced very well. The balance between the sweetness and bitternes is just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, smooth, rich and full bodied. Exactly what a stout should be all about. Average carbonation.

Overall: I love milk stouts and this is the finest example I've come across so far. On its own as a stout it's brilliant too. Definitely a must try for fans of the style or any beer lover in general.

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Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great Milk/Sweet Stout! Aroma and taste were both slightly chocolaty, but without being overly sweet. This beer has great drink-ability and in my opinion, this is one of the best beers that 3 Floyds has to offer. Also, I love the Clockwork Orange theme!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-11-20 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bomber

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger dark tan head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S - Chocolate malt shake with a shot of espresso thrown in for good measure. Also some well-roasted grain. Not real strong but appealing.

T - Yum. Rich and delicious with plenty of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and latte flavor. Finishes with a great balance of moderating roasted bitterness to balance the latte and alcohol sweetness. Dries nicely and leaves me wanting another sip.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial, smooth and fairly creamy.

O - Good stuff. Reminded me of a Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Clear snifter class
From: World of Beers in Naperville, Ill.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Sept. 16, 2016
Consumed: Sept. 16, 2016
Reviewed as: Milk/Sweet Stout
Misc.: N/A

Had this on my want list on Beer Advocate and was excited to get to try it on my first trip to the area. Decided that I was going to have two of the three big boozy beers at WOB (3 Floyd’s Moloko and Clown Shoes Billionaire), only missing out on Dark Horse’s Plead the 5th. Had high hopes as I’m a big fan of the style.

Poured a pitch black color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Excellent lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled toffee, roasty malts, caramel, mocha, chocolate milk, vanilla and Mud Slide. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted roasty malts, mocha, white chocolate, Mud Slide, slight smoky fire, toasted toffee, chocolate milk, a touch of cocoa and roasty nuts. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just a very nice milk stout. Would have it again and would like to try the barrel-aged version. (Overall - 4.00)

4.06 | 91 | A-

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Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark black with a thin tan head that disappears rather quickly. Gimme more head on my stouts!

Smell was a nice blend of roasted malts, sweet lactose and a hint of chocolate.

Taste followed that with a nice blend of flavors including roasted malts, milk chocolate, sweet lactose, and a touch of milk.

Feel was smooth and drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very good milk stout. But in bombers its not something Ill ever pick up again.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown / black beer with a mocha head that dissipates quick and therefore doesn't leave much lacing
S - dark malts, roasty marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, whole milk
T - same as smell, dark malts, roasty/burnt marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, whole milk
M - thick, alc covered, aftertaste is roasted malts, dark chocolate
O - it's good, probably wouldn't buy again given all the good stuff there is out there

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour, tan head 3/5" that doesn't hold itself too well. Aroma hit some anise notes, milder lactose.

Taste, much better, smooth, no licorice, good flow. Almost oatmeal like with its smoothness. Even though 8%, it doesn't drink like a big ass stout. Chocolate is mild, yet appropriate.

This one was enjoyable for sure, but again, the format keeps it from being a repeat purchase. If it was $10/4 pack, sure, no problem.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,115 ratings