Moloko | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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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Photo of rolf17
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best beer I have had from 3 floyds so far, have tried robert the bruce, alpha king, and gumball head all just ok. AAah but this for 8 bucks a 24 oz bottle (casanovas hudson wi) pretty steep for someone trying to retire in a few years, a real splurge. This beer was extremely tasty, a real fine sipper, so the 8 bucks was not a total waste like some of the other 3 floyds fare. if cheaper I would definately stock up. No head, yet bubbles are present and emerge in your mouth. Hard to describe, like liquid candy maybe , thick, sweet, dark, complex, caramel, but not syrupy. Smells like bailys irish creme, maybe good quality freshly roasted coffee in as well. Its alcohol content is about half hidden. Drink half a bottle and your head will know. When I get to the bottom of the bottle I will only have pleasant memories of this a fine strong flavorful milk stout.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inky darkness with a coffee colored foam that lasts exactly like it should. Not much carbonation viewed from the top. Not much lacing around the sides.

The smell goes through an evolution. From the initial pour there is a heavy presence of burnt grains, toffee, faint coffee grounds, and faint ethanol. I could smell a little bready malts as well.

After the fantastic head had settles to a skin and collar there are new molecules. Dark chocolate comes through strongly now with more coffee notes. It was like the main character died in mid-play and a new actor roamed forward. Truly awesome.

Flavor Profile
I actually feel like I taste chocolate milk. The burnt grains peek up but quickly run off into the murky depths to allow others to step forward. The next is milk chocolate that blends nicely with coffee.

As the finish comes about the coffee comes forward and exudes a smoky screen of defense. The campfire flavor quickly breezes away and reveals that it is actually doctored up coffee. It has been modified with dark chocolate to be mocha. The finish lingers delightfully on the back of my tongue.

Oral Sensations
It is the epitome of milk. It has that strong body that only milk truly owns. The way in which it swirls in my mouth and flows down is perfect. I have the gentle caresses of the smooth liquid roll through and make me just gush that this is pure liquid velvet.

This is that beer that as soon as you drink it, you realize you should have bought more. You realize you traded this and should have kept more for yourself. This beer is fantastic. I would drink this all night long. At seven percent, I just might.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A very dark brown/ lighter black. The light brown head is small but splotchy with not great retention.

S- Loads of cocoa up front with some smokiness and chocolate milk in there as well. I also get some melted butter aroma as well. Oddly enough, it is not too rich smelling either. Very nice.

T- Nice and chocolaty. Slightly smoky with no hint of alcohol. Very well balanced- not too sweet or rich at all.

M- Chocolate milk smooth. Like velvet.

D- Surprisingly tasty. A very easy drinking stout considering the ABV. I wish I would've gotten more of this.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blind Beer #4. Another one for my Perfect Pint. Reviewed completely blind.

A- Deep black. Its got a nice thickness to it but its not super viscous. The head is a deep khaki and never gets up to a huge size.

S- A nice rich nose of creamy milk chocolate, light coffee, and dark fruits that give it a nice sweet vinous character.

T- Ok, wow. This is a damn good one! The really nice creamy milk chocolate is perfectly mirrored by bittering coffee and roasted malts. Dark fruits and that slight vinous character give this beer wonderful depth. Im thinking this might be an Export Stout, maybe a Milk Stout. Its not enough to be an Imperial Stout I dont think, but its close.

M- Medium full body with a superb smoothness that is unlike much else out there.

D- Too drinkable, this is my favorite blind thus far.

Nice pick Jeff, I like this a lot.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Oily black, malted milk head, sudsy lace.

S - Chocolate milk, like those little cartons you got in the high school cafeteria.

T - Chocolate milk, chocolate covered raisins, dark chocolate covered cherry. This is the best Milk Stout ever.

M - Creamy and very nice.

D - This exceeded expectations by a great margin. Sip-able if you can restrain yourself from swallowing huge mouthfuls. I can't.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bottle label is fantastic. Poured a heavy dark brown with a smallish amount of tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, sweetness, mocha with a light helping of espresso.

Taste: Lactose sweetness with mild coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Nicely balanced. Finish seems incredibly clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, creamy with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is too easy to drink. With the dryish finish and perfectly balanced lactose sweetness it's dangerously good.

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Photo of LikaThaHops
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber, poured into a snifter

A- A black hole. Not a ray of light shining through this brew. It poured like coffee with a thick, two finger head that stuck around for a minute or two. I honestly couldn't tell you of any carb bubbles, because there is no seeing through it!

S- Smells of chocolate coffee, with hints of caramel. A Strong, nasal jubilee to say the least.

T- Tastes exactly like described: Coffee, chocolate, caramel. Strong on the coffee.

M- This brew feels like a silky chocolate milk drink. It coats your mouth with the sensation of a coffee, with the aftertaste of chocolate.

D- Drinkability of a session beer, with the alcohol content of a dunn out beer. I am going to the store as soon as i awake to stock up for the cold, long, Midwest winters. If you like stouts, i highly recommend this brew.


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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice black color with a thin tan head that's leaves nice lacing in the glass

S: Smells of dark fruits. Raisins berry also has a real rich molasses smell.

T: Chocolate and berries! A nice rich sweetness in there.

M: Medium bodied lightly carbonated and mildly hoppy.

D: Very good! Nice complexities going on and a well rounded beer overall.

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Photo of aasher
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the last bottle from 2009 into a DFH pint glass. It poured a slightly viscous black tar in color and had a one inch dark khaki head. It looked great. The smell was almost chocolatey sweet and had a good roasted maltiness to it. It even had a little oakyness to it. It drank a little dry and had a good balance of roastiness and sweetness. A very slight amount of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is superb. It's medium bodied and coats the mouth, exceptionally creamy and smooth. I loved this one. If not for the cost I'd drink it all the time. It's a top notch milk stout.

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Photo of Heischman
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery – Moloko Milk Stout/Three Floyds
City/State- Munster, Indiana
STYLE – Milk/Sweet Stout
ABV – 8%
IBU – 30
DATE – 17 OCT 2011
SERVING TYPE – 22oz Bomber
GLASSWARE – Pub glass
APPEARANCE – Black with a thick coco color head
AROMA- Sweet with a hint of coffee
TASTE – Nice milky taste with roasted malt but nothing over the top. Can not taste the 8% ABV, could get you in to trouble!
MOUTHFEEL – Very light on the carbonation, it looks like it would be very carbonated with a thick head, but it is very smooth.
CONCLUSION – Very drinkable, Not something I want every day as it is a heavy beer, but very tasty. Would go great with a slice of cheesecake.

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Photo of great7dividers
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moloko milk stout pours a rich ebony, topped with a light chocolate brown head. It is extremely inviting in both appearance and aroma. The smell of the roasty malts is suprisingly delicate, but easy to discern. The flavor is smooth, roasty and refreshing. And the finish is incredibly dry, especially for the amount of mid-palate flavor that lingers strong through each sip. This beer is delicious and easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Uncle Flip for the sampling. Because this is only served on tap, I will not attempt to suggest a great pairing (although the crunchy chocolate chip cookie I ate with it did go fantastically well--chocolate matching chocolate, and it really made the cookie taste buttery...but on with the review).

Color was black with bits of ruby showing through at the verrrry edges and a thin cocoa-colored head. I could not get much from smelling the beer, perhaps some sweet roastiness. But the taste was phenomenal and complex with toasted marshmallows, coconut milk, smoke, perhaps even a little dark chocolate coming through. This really is a sweet beverage. This was very easy to drink and felt nice on the palate. I would not hesitate to purchase this if it were available in bottles.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Three Floyds Brewpub and served in a nonic half pint glass.

Shiny black body and served with a one finger dark tan head. Great retention and significant lacing as the head recedes. The smell of roasted malt, notes of cocoa, and a light sweetness. Opens with light roastiness, joined by a mild hint of semi-sweet chocolate and light mild malted milk ball-like sweetness that is perfectly balanced with roasted malt. Medium to full-bodied, extremely creamy and silky smooth. In my opinion, Moloko sets a standard for milk stouts. Extremely balanced between sweetness and roastiness with a velvetly smooth presence on the palate. Just remember it certainly packs a punch with an undetectable 8% abv, higher than might be expected, especially for a milk stout. Its exceptional drinkability can make Moloko deliciously dangerous.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I usually don't bite on milk stouts. The appealing label art combined with consistent brewer drew me to this bomber. Boy was I glad I picked it up.

A: Dark brown almost opaque black. A small brown head that dissipates to a cap and laces the glass.

S: Nose is delicious. Could smell sweet roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, and dark licorice.

T: The roasted malts burst through and the taste than evolves into a chocolate/coffee taste. The finish is good balanced roasted malts. Delicious.

M: Medium/Full body. Great mouth coating.

D: Really easy milk stout to drink. One of my favorite of this selection. Another good job by the boys at FFF.

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Photo of z3niMAGiNE
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brownish-black with a dark tan head. Head is well retained with minimal lacing after recession.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.

Delicious stout that hides the alcohol well with it's odors/flavors while not being over the top. Sweet roasted malts and a nice chocolatey flavor. Mmm.. I just had to grab a couple chocolate cupcakes off my counter to enjoy with it.

Silkly mouthfeel makes it feel like I'm drinking creamer from a carton. I can't get over how perfectly this goes down.

The smoothness and taste make this very drinkable.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark black liquid out of the bottle with almost no head. Smells of sweat roasty chocolate. Solid body, not too thin or too thick, tastes almost like chocolate milk. It's like drinking dessert. One of my favorite brews from one if my favorite breweries. Great example of the style. Had this one siting in my fridge for almost 8 months and it was well worth the wait, although it is delicious fresh as well.

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Photo of southsider
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Sam Smith stout glass.

A-Poured absolutely opaque black with a rich and tight two finger cocoa head.

S-Like kahlua,chocolaty and alcoholic, with bitterness in the background.

T- Holy shit this is good! Creamy smooth but alcoholic rich dark semi sweet chocolate opening balanced by bitter background. Finishes roasty,chocolaty and alcoholic. Outstanding!

M-Moderately full but creamy,silky and smooth. Wow.

D-Drinks scary easy for 8.0 ABV. By far the most impressive milk stout I've had. Sweet but not cloying,balanced but never overtaken by the hops,great body but doesn't go overboard. A chocolate lovers delight. Why did I wait this long to try you? Arghhh!

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into an etched snifter.

A: Very dark. Not much carbonation but a slight head remains throughout. Oily in appearance.

S: Immediately after the pour, this one is very boozy on the nose. The alcohol subsides after a few minutes which was a relief. Getting coffee, chocolate and some oakey notes. This one also smells pretty sweet.

M: Rich, creamy and with a perfect finish. The carbonation is perfect and this beer leaves a pleasant oiliness on the palate.

T: Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate dominate. The lactose gives it a creamy sweetness which is very nice. Picking up some dark cherry as it warms.

O: This is an excellent beer. As I'm not too familiar with the style, I can't say how it holds up against other milk stouts. Very well balanced and is very drinkable for the complexity of this brew. You could drink an entire bottle in a session

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Photo of HosP
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber the other day. Then was informed that they hadn't released it for this year. So not sure how old this bottle was. Oh well, how bad could it be?

A: Black, and pretty thick. Not a lot of head on top but a thin creamy head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Smells like a stout. Get strong hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Very shockingly smooth. Very creamy taste with little hops taste, but more malt. With more malts, still don't get that strong alcoholic taste but a rather smooth drink that makes you want another!

M: Full body. Very creamy taste.

D: I'm not a big stout fan or drinker. It normally takes a while to get through a stout. However this one was different. Had all the characteristics of a stout, but much creamier and easier to handle. Never had a milk stout before, but after this I could easily drink this any day!

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Photo of cdflem
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber of this at Binny's South loop and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Midnight black with a chocolaty brown thin head, which actually sticks around. Looks so smooth...

S: Stong chocolate smell, with almost a caramel note to it. A little bit of Hops, which I would expect from FFF. Coffee and vanilla notes as well.

T/MF: Just awesome. Like velvet on the tongue. Creamy dark chocolate flavors, malted milk, coffee, with a little sweetness to it. Sour finish, but works well.

D: At 7% for a stout of this quality, it really could convince this IPA fan to switch over to stouts.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dead brown, nearly black. A dense but slim, cocoa hued crown envelopes the top well. The foam eventaully slips off leaving a thin ring and few small patchy areas of glaring, clear coated lace.

Appetizing aroma of a dense, creamy, rich chocolate milk shake. Quite lactic enriched in sweetness with a nice rounded heft of chocolate that brings to mind both or either tootsie rolls of chocolate cake. Pretty much what any and all milk stouts should strive to be.

Taste is one smooth, creamy, delightful, chocolatey experience. Lactic action aside, which it definately has a good amount of, the chocolate tone is very well recieved amidst its milky, oaty sweet softened, smoothed out body. Very liquencent and milky, just as it should be. Nearly un-beerlike as it has a remarkable effect within its medium statured body that is very akin to drinking a straight up chocolate milk with a side of oatmeal and a side of melted tootsie roll.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a stein.

A- Dark brown, almost black. Produced a finger sized head that was tan in color. Dissipated pretty quickly.

S- Combination of chocolate, roasted sweet malt, and some cocoa.

T- Very simple and nice. Roasted malts and chocolate hit the palate. This is balanced by the wonderful sweetness of the malt.

M- Medium bodied and ultra smooth. Very little carbonation. The lactose in this beer made a huge difference as it gave it a creamy smooth feel, instead of a watered down feel.

D- I could drink this all day. The alcohol was not detectable and the sweetness was not overpowering in any way what so ever.

Overall, I am now a big fan of milk stouts. I loved the creamy texture that this beer produced. Combine this with a gentle sweetness and it makes for one great experience.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured via 22oz. bomber ino goblet on 12/19/08. Thanks to Deuane for breaking this out (at my request)!

A - Poured an opaque black onyx body with about a finger of milky burnt tan head that diminished into a thin film of retention and left some spotty lace on the glass.

S - Aroma combines an intoxicating blend of chocolate milk, sweet caramel and marshmallow with a subtle coffee presence. Hop character is very minimal.

T - This milk stout is a delectable concoction of chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, coffee, caramel cube candy and gooey marshmallow goodness. A bit of dark roasted malt emerges, resulting in a very mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with super creamy, almost fluffy texture and soft carbonation. Extremely smooth and velvety on the palate. Body is not too heavy and not too flimsy... it's just right!

D - Excellent milk stout from FFF. Too bad they didn't serve this during milk break in grade school. I could have gotten an early start on my beer drinking "career."

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Roasted peanuts... I'm tellin' ya!"

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 4-6-10.

An inch and a half of fuzzy popping caramel brown bubbles fade quickly leaving just a skim of froth. The body pours as black and as thick as ink as it comes to rest in my Maudite glass. Nose is very chocolatey and full of roasted malts. This is a considerably attractive nose for the style very bold. With first sip I am impressed with the way this beer is so relevant, rich and well presented. Smooth silky chocolate rolls over the tongue and is quite dynamic. The sweetness to this beer is not cloying but long an complex like good Belgium chocolate. The chocolate feel really electric and dances on the tongue. Mouthfeel is softly sweet and wonderfully palatable. This is a perfectly drinkable both overall and for the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with showy dark tan head. Looks as good as all 3F beers do.

Smells like dark roast coffee, toffee and dark chocolate. Mild smoke as it warms.

Mmm...sweet milk chocolate stout. Less balanced and sweeter than it smells. A dessert beer. Caramel and milk chocolate with a roasty coating like a beer M&M. After all the sweetness I like the subtle bitter coffee grind fade.

Possibly the best compliment one can give a 3F beer is that it tastes like a 3F beer. They're that good.

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