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 Drazzamatazz
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black as expected, but little to no head even with a downward pour. Some lacing from the ring of head around the beer.

S: Cocoa powder, chocolate milk, molasses and brown sugar. Sweet yet slightly sour in a fruity sort of way. Vague mineral notes.

T: Definite lactose presence, nice toasted malts, some expected chocolate hues. Again though, a presence of mineral tones with a twang of sourness in the finish. Hops may be any variety or any amount, but you don't notice them at all here.

M: Really sticky but a lot thinner than I was hoping, medium body at best. Carbonation is hidden at first then becomes noticeable.

D: The aroma didn't do much for me in this case, and while the flavor was enjoyable it wasn't as complex as I like my stouts. Alcohol is noticeably present in the finish as well, which I found strange since this has been sitting in my cellar for a few months already. I definitely enjoyed it for what it is, an easy drinking stout, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to get some again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours like a dark cola, sets up even darker, with no light getting through. A brief cover of dark mocha looks good but doesn't last long. Holds a thin collar and puts up a few stray dots of lace.

Aroma - syrupy chocolate, a mild roasted grain, and some chocolate milk powder. Diminishes quickly but holds the chocolate aroma well.

Taste - even opening of grain, lightly roasted, sweetness, and diluted chocolate. The swallow shows a little more roast than at the beginning, and the dark chocolate flavors are more expressive. A faint touch of bitterness or char, nor really sure which. A nice little balancing bit there. Finishes with a touch of molasses maybe, something sweet and a touch vinous.

Mouthfeel - thinner than I'd hoped, and the bubbly carbonation pulls this to the lighter, crisper side more than I'd prefer.

Drinkability - the abv is totally hidden. I could drink another bomber without much problem, but I think I'd tend to seek a milk stout with a creamier, fuller body.

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Photo of dmb2890
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in snifter picked up from Big Red liquors Bloomington, IN. I have had this on tap multiple times and bottled various times as well. Thick head about two finger with a light brown foam. Black medium body. The roasted malt is what stands out for me in the taste. Also have tastes of chocolate milk and nuts. The aroma gives the chocolate, lactose and possibly a nutty flavor. A lot thinner taste than I though the lactose help balance the roasted malts to give a nice balance. Solid beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A fairly solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a two-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head that sits on top of a very black colored beer. The darkness is complete as this beer does not pass light even when held up directly to the light. The aroma is dominated by roasted grain character; aromas of French roast coffee beans, well toasted barley husk, blackened whole grain bread, crushed well browned (not quite burnt) crackers and some sweet, burnt caramel notes. Though amply roast focused, the nose keeps from being overly harsh.

This is quite sweet, the lactose really comes through quite strongly; it is a simple sweetness that is a touch too strong for the rest of the beer. Underneath the sweetness is an ample roasted malt character that provides both a touch of burnt acidity as well as a roast-grain bitterness. There is quite a bit of toasted, browned grain character to this beer as well, with notes of browned whole grain crackers and an almost burnt bread crust note. Concentrated, yet smooth, flavors of black coffee are found towards the finish. The body somehow seems lighter than it really is, I think this is a product of the lactose influence somehow as this beer does have some viscosity to it.

Somehow this beer is a bit simplistic. I expect a greater malt complexity in both the flavor and the aroma; in the case of the flavor that lactose seems to drown out a lot of notes that might otherwise be noticeable. Not bad, but a bit bland.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Near black with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass. Perfect for the style.

A relatively sweet nose consisting of caramel and molasses, a mild roast component, a bit of dark fruit (cherry?), some stinging vinegar, and a hint of alcohol.

Initially, this is a typical, tasty, sweet stout with hints of caramel and molasses complemented by roasted and chocolate malt and a bit of dark fruit. As it warms, however, an ever-present vinegar component pushes through, making this beer less and less enjoyable as it warms.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

An interesting sweet/oat stout. Unfortunately, this one was best cold from the tap and went downhill as it warmed.

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Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into an Imperial pint glass. Label is brightly colored and cartoonish like so many others from Three Floyds and depicts a green man wearing a crown with a chalice, a grain stirring implement, and a barrel. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark brown head. This settles to a thin, almost complete cap of foam with no lacing, just a ring around the glass. The beer itself is an extremely dark brown and opaque except for around the edges.

Smell: Strong roastiness with undertones of bitter coffee and chocolate. Distinct lactose sweetness.

Taste: Chocolate sweetness upfront followed by a distinct and long lasting creamy sweetness. Finishes with a tangy bite and lingering chocolate and slight alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Nice flavor overall, but a tad too sweet without and accompanying bitterness to balance it out. No matter, as I can't get Three Floyds in Ohio right now anyway.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark opaque brown color with a small fleating tan head and some lacing. Smells somewhat of roasted nuts and smoke but mostly it was lactose and half & half that I got. Taste went the same way. A bit of a smokyness to it and a nutty base but it was just so strong in the lactose. Quite sweet, too sweet really. And I agree with Hobo, lots of vanilla seemed to be in here. Reminiscent of Mackeson but not quite as good from what I remember of Mackeson. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this and I would love to try it again. This was a Milk Stout to the extreme and I credit the brewers but I don't know if doing some styles to the extreme always works.

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Photo of Cavery
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of my IL connection SpdKilz, thanks for this amazing throw in! Many beer karmas for you in the after life.

Alesmith Belgian Horny Devil glass, medium violence on the pour.

A: lofty 3 finger brownie bubble foam rises as if its in the oven. The body looks like it's at the intersection of cola and chocolate syrups. Dark as expected, but definitely has a very milky multi-layered film that sits where the head used to be.

S: Milk chocolate, softer chocolates like tootsie rolls, and some campfire that's been recently put out by some whole milk. Carob chips mixes with lacto-friendly scents for an odd bittering to the dairy. Some oaky woodiness has some fine chocolate powders caked onto it's exterior. Interesting, not what I expected. Maybe even the slightest grassy hop note.

T: Dark bakers chocolate in evaporated milk, left to steep before adding some handfuls of oak chips and carob chunks. The carob melts first for a very funky tree-bark hot fudge beverage. Some oats come through for a mealy breakfast note that is sprinkled like a dessert topping onto the already established flavors. The taste is interesting but really dominated by a bitter I-just-brushed-my-teeth like experience to drinking this milk stout. I can't tell if it's the carob notes or a mixing of the oats and chocolate; but it's strange. Not bad, just strange. An awkward condiment linger of mustard.

M: Surprisingly well carbonated with the bubbles popping like sprinkles on the first bite of a doughnut. A medium-full milky feeling mouth that has a light astringency. Not so much of a medicinal like dryness, but the way it coincides with the bittering carobs comes off a bit dissonant; the combo of this mouth and flavor synthesizes for a tri-tone note.

O: This really isn't bad, but man if there isn't some really strange flavors to be had in here. I really can't shake the I-just-brushed-my-teeth flavor after I thought of it. This really tastes like I am trying to drink an oatmeal stout after brushing with some toothpaste. Some strange almost chemical dryness that only slightly suggests milk fat or sugars. Some nice carob and chocolate notes that mix well, but the carob wins out where it might be better for the chocolate to. The way the carob lingers accentuates a light hop note. This combines with some dryness makes for a strange mustard-like linger. I don't know what to say, the flavors aren't bad, but where it takes me is questionable. Good but not, decent but miss-able. Easy to drink, but hard to buy.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with very little head. Some mahogany head on the edges of the glass is about it.

S: Sweet, smokey and coco coming through. Really surprised by the smoke aroma.

T: Sweet smooth milk chocolate, roasted malt that is heavy on the taste. Sweet smokey coco cream.

M: Thick, medium bodied with very little carbonation. Sweet finish, but not sticky/coating which I expected.

O: Pretty solid sweet stout. Really surprised by the smokeyness with this one, could almost be a smoke beer. I was expecting a southern teir type beer, and it doesn't do that. It's not the thick excellent imperial stout of ST, instead you get a smokey sweet thinner stout. Good for what it is.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with the faintest tan head that fizzles away. Smells like dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Faint dark fruit aromas. Nice bitter sweet flavors that interplay on the taste buds. Hint of alcohol also which suprises me for a milk stout. Kind of a funny finish that taste like what I'd imagine roasted Oreo cookies to taste like. Hint of a strong cheap coffee flavor. Good full mouthfeel that is both full and smooth. Easy to drink. Not the best of milk stouts but I would certainly have another.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this sitting around in my fridge for a month or two and now was a good time to share it. What a disappointment, and I felt lousy after drinking it.

This brew is a like a big mix up of stout and milk that just doesn't work for me - it has way too much milk characteristics. It looks fairly typical and has a reasonably interesting aroma, but the taste is the first tip that maybe you should leave this alone.

It has a serious milk taste and aftertaste, like someone mixed in some half and half (not quite cream). The after-feel is uncomfortable. I woke up in the night regretting drinking a big glass of this.

Note to self - don't buy this again and avoid big glasses of milk stout.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

FFF Moloko is a pretty decent beer, but not one of their stand-outs. Has a subdued imperial-stout taste; nutty, roasty, grainy (in a good way). Not bad at all, I could drink this all day.. all morning, anyway. I enjoyed the fact that the fermentation allowed for the production of ethanol, which when consumed along with the rest of the beer's constituents, intoxicated me.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with the wife while bellied up to the bar at the Three Floyd's brewpub, watching bad silent Japanese movies projected on the wall.

Dark. Smelt of lactose & malt & chocolate.

I have to admit not being wild about people tossing lactose into my beer, but this was less sweet than most of the genre. Chocolate was predominant, with bits of coffee, roasted malt, then came the sweetness that was instantly parlayed into submission by a handful of hoppiness scattered at the end. Maybe that's the magic?

Smooth & easy-drinking, a very good beer in a style that isn't one of my favorites. Very nice.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep rich brown. Almost black until held to direct light. Head is a darkish khaki. Drops to a small creamy cap and collar. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Deeply roasted. Some cocoa. Lactose sugar in abundance, but nicely countered by the bitter roasted character. Some hints of char and old coffee. Slightly burnt with some.caramel sweetness. Milk chocolate sweetness. Some backing oats.

Taste: Nice balance of lactose sweetness. Milky chocolate with some bitter cocoa. Hints of old coffee. Deeply roasted. Some char and smoke. Slightly burnt. Sweet cocoa powder. Nice balance between the milky sweetness and bitter cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish. Some creaminess.

Overall: Decent but not truly memorable.

Solidly balanced, but missing something novel. Doesn't really live up to the Three Floyds pedigree. A solid benchmark.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off the bat, best milk stout I've had. Left Hand... a distant, distant second.

It pours black with a tan head... doesn't remain for long.

In the nose, I smell some roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee beans.

Tastes about the same... still, it finishes a little to thin for me. I don't know, I can't really get behind this style. It's an RIS Lite. Why stop here when you can go all the way?

However, FFF does the style justice as I would like to try this on tap. SL Binny's here I come!

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours midnight brown, blocking all light. Nice tan head forms and then quickly leaves.

The smell is faint, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas but you reallly have to sniff for them.

The taste is thanfully more pronounced, the coffe and chocolate hinted at in the nose is confirmed and substantiated on the tongue. Very nice blent of bitter and sweet, the roasted malt character compliments the mocha flavors and also serve to accentuate the dark fruit notes.

Goes down quite smooth.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottle dating code.

A= Pours a deep dark black color with a small fizzy head reminiscent of that of a coca cola. Falls fast to a ring around the glass and no lacing is evident.

S= Smells like a sweet chocolaty stout. A decent amount of roast and coffee in it as well.

T= The taste is sweet lactose sugar and a nice roast level on it that compliments the sweetness perfectly. Other than that there isn't a whole lot that is outrageous or amazing. Basically a really well made milk stout.

M= Nice carbonation that holds nicely to the tongue.

O= As I mentioned. A really well made milk stout. Works nicely and is really well made. No complaints with it yet not the most amazing beer I've ever had. Works nicely together.

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Photo of biglite351
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - slack as pitch, tall creamy brown head that leaves no real lacing. Darker than I would expect for a milk stout.

S - heavy malts with mild chocolate. Mild bitterness after time.

T - strong malts. Chocolate and lactose. There is a tang, almost like a mild black licorice.

M - medium coating, a good amount of tingling through entire mouth.

D - I could have a few.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Blackish brown with a thin tan head that quickly dies to a ring.

Real roasty toasty almost soy sauce nose.

Taste is toasted sesame, chocolate, nuts, with a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black body with a very small beige head.

S- very roasty with a bit of sweet chocolate.

T- dark and roasty. a bit of sourness on at the end.

M- full bodied and creamy. very smooth

D- not my favorite three floyds beer, but something i enjoyed. glad i was able to pick this one up. wouldnt want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of TheStove
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Fountainhead for 3 Floyds - Victory Night.

Poured into a snifter a first with huge head that slowly fades away. Smells deep rich and creamy.

During the drink toasty malts dominate a first, giving way to very light and sweet coffee flavors before the whole thing gives way to a sweetness and milk like flavor. In the fact whole finish of the sip is milkiness from flavor to mouthfeel. There is an apparent residue on the tongue like I've just had a good ol' glass of 2%. As a result I didn't find it to be very rich and it definitely did not drink like an 8% abv.

Great for a milk stout.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to try this one after missing it every time its on at the brewpub. Pours into my glass a charcoal black color with dark brown edges. A half inch of light tan foam forms and falls to a ring quickly. Aromas start out with a mix of milk chocolate and lactose with a sweet tinge to it. Mild coffee meets dark malt and oats with only a touch of roast. Creamy chocolate malt comes to mind.

First sip brings a sweet dark malt upfront that brings milk chocolate and lactose with it. Hints of coffee and milk sugars midway through. There's only a mild roast here with no astringency. The oats bring a slickness on the way down. This one finishes with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather smooth. For a stout this has solid drinkability as it is not too heavy. Overall, it's an enjoyable milk stout, maybe just a touch too sweet for me though. A bomber would be more than enough and I shared this one with the girlfriend. Worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a brownish head. Aromas of plum, chocolate, and plenty sweet dark malts. Taste is chocolatey with plum, raisin, and sugary lactose. More dark fruits than I was expecting, but it doesn't really go with the sweetness for me. Medium in body, but not as thick as I would like. Decent enough milk stout, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of bret27
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: little roast, sweet, malty, like a chocolate milkshake

A: Very black w/brown minimal head

T: Very sweet, little roast, malty

M: kind of slimy

D: Way to sweet to drink a lot of.

Overall: Along w/the drinkability factor, the super sweetness is also paired w/thickness and roastiness which seems too strong for style. This beer just doesn't quite come together for me.

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3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with ruby highlights when held to light and a thin creamy tan head that disapears quickly.

S - Cocoa, sweet milk chocolate, hints of lactose and tobacco leaf. Very faint aroma that you have to search for.

T - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, milky with some lactic qualities and a touch of tobacco.

M - Creamy and smooth with medium body and light carbonation.

D - Not as good as I remember it at the brewpub in years past before they released bottles.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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