3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #108
Ranked #2,863
4.14 | pDev: 9.9%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: 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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unclekeith from Alaska

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

248 / 250 BA Beers of Fame

2017 bottle - poured into a tulip, lovely 2-fingered khaki head fading quickly to a small collar, Jet black. Huge roast on the nose, no trace of hops, no overly bitter, easy to drink. Creamy mouth feel. Some minimal vinous alcohol. Really well executed.

Apr 01, 2021
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csheridan from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint pub glass. Pours almost black, with a slight tan head that fades quickly, slight lacing. Smell is a tiny bit of chocolate and some malt, but oddly not strong at all. Taste is smooth and sweet, mild chocolate and roasted malt, maybe a touch of vanilla. For an 8%, doesn't have an alcohol burn at all, feels very smooth, dry finish that fades quickly.

May 01, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice milk stout tried on tap at 3 Floyds. Pours nice black opaque color with a little film of off-white head and just a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, toasted nuttiness, caramel, vanilla, malt and toast. Taste follows the nose, not quite as sweet as I was expecting but well balanced and very easy to drink. Higher ABV was extremely well hidden. Smooth mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. A nice offering.

Jan 09, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black with a short lived tan head. No lacing.

S: Muted smells of cocoa nibs, sweetness, and roasted malts.

T: Low bitterness, and otherwise an amplified take on the aroma.

F: Full-bodied and oaty smooth.

O: A good and not overly sweet milk stout.

Jan 03, 2020
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trek7000 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really thin for a milk stout, especially with an 8.0% ABV. Smell is what I expected. Tastes like a typical stout but with a weird, fruity, bitter finish. It's like some magical Willy Wonka beer that starts at watery milk stout but somehow turns into an IPA in your mouth. Which would probably be a good thing if I liked IPAs...

Dec 14, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a tulip stout glass. No date on bottle but since I just picked it up recently in the new release section of the local beer store (Belmont Party Supply), I'm going to assume a 2019 bottling.

Appearance: Pitch black with a dark tan head. Persistent thin head/ring with some fine strands of lacing.

Smell: A little bit of roasted malt with a metallic note. A bit unusual.

Taste: Roasted malt blending with a distinct lactose sweetness that has hints of vanilla as well. Maybe even a bit of marshmallow as well. The finish has some aspects of plum and a lingering bitterness for balance. Maybe some cherry at the finish as well. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and creamy. Just right carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: While not much aroma, this beer is really something else in taste and mouthfeel. Rich and sweet - nicely drinkable by itself after dinner as a dessert, but I wish I had some cake to pair this with. Quite delightful and something I will have to pick up again.

Nov 24, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Thanks to Ken for giving me a bottle to try! Somehow, I have only drank this beer once - at a beer tasting at Ken's in 2009 or 2010. Thick pitch black pour with a foamy light brown head. Roasty aroma with oats, dark chocolate, and lactose. Rich blend of flavors: dark chocolate, oats, roasted barley, char/ash, sweet lactose, and mild earthy hops. Full creamy & smooth body, pleasant carbonation, balanced finish with char lingering. Just as good as I remember - the only thing I wasn't crazy over was the amount of char flavor; it made it oddly bitter as it lingered on the palate.

Nov 24, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 8/27/19, so 2 months old.

Classic look, black body with a coffee with a dash of cream head. This persists in some form throughout leaving some nice lacing.

Roasty, some apple core, and a faint soy aroma. Uh-oh.

Thankfully, the soy doesn't come through on the taste. It's slightly sweet. There is a roasted malt presence, but it's not overdone. A little smoky. Nice warmth from the abv. Good balance, and a nice tasting milk stout.

Mouth manages to be both full, and toward the end, a little watery. Finish is a warm, faintly sweet roast.

Overall, aside from the faint soy on the nose, this was a pretty enjoyable beer. Happy to have another 5 in the fridge.

Nov 01, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK - dark dark / black - started with a 2 finger head that was a dark khaki color - head retention was not the best
SMELL - some coffee and chocolate - some burnt wood and heavily toasted bread - slight caramel and herbal hops
TASTE - wow - a huge blast of charred wood and burnt toast - some hop bitterness I believe - some chocolate and brown sugar come in next - sweetens up a bit to offset the bitter charred grains just before rushing back to campfire and heavily toasted marshmallows (I actually get a dark roasted / burnt marshmallow flavor in there!!) Very complex - not as much sweetness as I thought for a milk stout but just enough to not be too heavy on the bitter black malt side
FEEL - nice and thick! - very much a full bodied beer - slippery/oily - could have used a bit more carbonation as it tended to trail off after 5-6 minutes
OVERALL - this is a great beer from 3F - I live in Colorado and this year they brought out some of their beers for GABF week and I grabbed as many as I could - I may go back and see if any more of these are lingering out there - very flavorful and complex - very happy

Oct 05, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 8/27/19 (one month ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours dense black with no light penetration and abundant mocha colored head. The head recedes slowly to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild with coffee, roasted malt and lactose. The taste is semisweet caramel, chocolate and coffee all mixed up with a fairly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. No trace of the 8% ABV listed on the website. Nothing cloying or overly sweet. Overall, very good. A nice, flavorful take on the style.

Sep 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

May 19, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Oct 14, 2018
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BergBeer from Hawaii

2.97/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Sep 10, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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).

Aug 25, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Aug 19, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jun 29, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

May 11, 2018
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amsett10 from Indiana

3.89/5  rDev -6%
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.

Feb 07, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 15, 2018
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jan 08, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jan 07, 2018
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Dec 10, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Dec 04, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Dec 02, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Nov 04, 2017
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