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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Jon. Big coffee lactose aromas. Black with on inch of beige head, and it is lacey. The taste is very lactose,vanilla,some roast, chocolate and then milk finishes. Creamy mouthfeel. The sour milk offsets the lactose sweetness. Somewhat different, of course, from 3F.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: single finger tan head with nice lacing on a jet black body, no light passing through.

S: vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, and milk chocolate.

T: vanilla, cream, roasted malts up front finishing with a very well balanced sweet chocolate and coffee bitterness.

M: smooth and creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: very complex and well balanced, and each flavor is well represnted. Perfect degree of sweetness. This is an excellent mill stout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some milk chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark malt, roasted coffee bean, and some milk chocolate flavors. A very mild roast/cocoa powder bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout from Three Floyds with some awesome smells and tastes as the beer warms. I am really glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a very nice looking black color with a light brown head on top. The head had a good retention and a sticky lacing. The smell of the beer is roasted and sweet. The taste is sweet, very nice roasted malt finish with a very nice balance. The mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and slick. Overall this beer is one of my favorites from FFF. A very nice sweet milk stout, I recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the strength and roast of an American Stout but the finish of vanilla and heavy cream, Moloko hits the highlights on most all-things-Stout.

Black ink in color, the beer shows off it's roasty base with heavy char colors, total opaqness, volumous cream colored head, and great retention and lace.

Somewhat modest in aroma are the malty, roasty scents. Small on fruits, coffee, and chocolate but they all rise a bit as the beer warms.

Where the beer is slight on aroma, no threat there in taste. Powerful but balanced flavors of roast and malt (think Whopper's candies) with a swift and sharp counter of pine/resin hops for balance. The roast falls off at mid-palate and allows for the creamy/milky/vanilla flavors to usher the taste into the long chocolatey finish. For a beer that starts out so powerful, it sure shows a kinder, gentler hand in the finish.

Full and robust at the onset, the beer approaches acrid textures because of the roast and hop sharpness, but never crosses the line. As the roast trails off, the vanilla flavors are met with a smooth, silky mouthfeel that leaves its lasting impressions.

A beautiful beer from start to finish, but I'm not used to Milk Stouts displaying such Imperial or hop characteristics.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a creamy dark tan head; some lacing left around the pint glass

Smell: Milk chocolate, mocha and an overwhelming lactose element

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate, with an artificial, chemical flavor that I would ascribe to the lactose, arriving early on; very chocolatey after the swallow, with a lactose laden finish; a lot of roasty, coffee elements arrive at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Definitely a sweet stout with a lot of milk chocolate flavor

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from stfun37. Thanks!

Into a nonic, this beer pours a dark caramel color, and sits in the glass black and opaque. A finger of dark brown head forms, but settles to a ring quickly.

The nose is rich milk chocolate and coffee with cream. There's a hint of licorice beneath the chocolatey sweetness, and as it warms I get a bit of graham cracker.

Creamy sweetness permeates the palate immediately; this beer is heavy on the lactose sugar, but there's an equally big roasted malt presence to balance it out. They got the sweetness just right here, it's rich but never cloying. Flavors of chocolate caramel, burnt toast and plums appear mid-palate. The body is thick, yet this is surprisingly quaffable. It finishes sweet and roasty, burnt coffee and caramel lingering on the palate. Easy drinking for such a rich beer, this stuff is great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ 3 Floyds. Brief notes below given a subpar review environment:

8% ABV. 30 IBU. $5/half pint.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. Khaki colour. Somewhat creamy and frothy, but not as much as would be ideal. Fairly thick consistency. Leaves light lacing as it recedes, which takes about 6 minutes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Appears well carbonated. Not unique or special looking, but right on the money for a milk stout.

AROMA: Lactose sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, Caramel, a hint of roast, cream, dark fruit (raisin), fruitcake. Aptly sweet. Seems good for the style, but doesn't suggest an incredible beer by any means.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Dessert-like sweetness. Chocolate cake, chocolate malts, milk sugar, whoppers, dark malts. I don't find any roasted barley, burnt sugars, etc. Balanced and enjoyable. Well built.

Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, Unrefreshing, and Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: A nice milk stout. Very drinkable, but not up to par even with widely available classics like Left Hand's Milk Stout.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of black chocolate and light dry roasted malt with some residual sugar notes. Taste is a good mix between some black chocolate notes, subtle dry roasted malt with quite a bit of lactose being apparent. Body is full enough with good creamy texture and good carbonation. Well brewed for the style with good balance between the different flavors.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Map Room and Clark St. Ale House.

Onyx black with a brown coffee colored ring at the edge of the liquid, tan almost mocha foam. Light whiff of cocoa, pretty mild. Milk chocolate, hershey kiss type chocolate mostly, with vague underpinnings of tobacco leaf. Taste brings more of the same, lightly chocolatey bittersweetness. Slightly dry and earthy (hop?), but there isn't much residual taste on cask. Sort of thin, don't mind the lack of carb, but it feels like it needs more body to hold up. Goes down pretty easy, but it didn't hold my attention enough to have two.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a light brown, one-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, sweet caramel, malt and some subtle floral notes. THe sweet chocolatey smell was the dominant aroma.

T - As strong as the chocolate smell was, it was more subtle in the taste. I expected a milk chocolate like flavor after the aroma, but it was well balanced with caramel, roasted malt and a very ligth hop bitterness.

M - It was creamy, soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good milk stout. It was sweet but not overly sweet and relatively easy drinking despite the style and ABV.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black and opaque with a relatively-small brown head.

S: Roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate, combined with a hefty dose of the lactose.

T: Sweet, roasted malt with the milk sugars coming through in the sweetness. A little bit of chocolate comes through as well.

M: Fairly light-bodied, although I've never really enjoyed milk stouts that were too viscous.

D: Pretty good, would be nice in cooler weather, but my first sample came in the Spring.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense dark khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, roasted malt, oats, cream, and light coffee; slight alcohol noticed as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted flavors. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, oats, coffee, cream, dark bread, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, oats, coffee, cream, dark bread, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity; great roasted and sweet flavor balance; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout. Great balance and complexity of roasted and sweet flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been excited for pretty much everything I could get my hands on from 3F. Here's another new one to try thanks to heliosphann. I also love the reference to the milk bar from one of my favorite movies, A Clockwork Orange.

A: Pours very dark, starts almost brownish, but thick and syrupy, and as the pours fills the glass it just darkens to midnight in a black hole. It has a slight creamy dark head that rises to almost a finger then fades semi quickly.

N: I could smell malts and sweetness emanating from it on the pour, big time. It's got lots of dark malts, some roast and coffee, lots of oatmeal and creamy milk, chocolate milk, I think a bit of black patent malt, caramel, lush dark malts and roast, lots of sweetness, and just a hint of booze. Some molasses with caramel and adds a nice touch. It has an amazingly delicious nose, that reminds me of some of the great RIS beers.

T: I hope it's like the nose leads onto... and it is pretty close. Starts with lots of creamy oatmeal and milk, not really milk chocolate, but just a hint of cocoa. Some roasted malts stick their noses in there bringing hints of coffee too. It's somewhat sweet but not overpowering, which is better than I expected from the nose. Creamy and rich and pretty lush overall. It just about coats the mouth. A nice malty taste that adds just a touch of nutty flavors and almost cinnamon. It has a touch of booze too. I'm starting to get a bit of bitterness too, more so as it warms, some from earthy roasty malts, and I think a bit of a spicy and slightly earthy but mild hop addition.

M: Mostly thick and somewhat heavy body with thick lush creamy smooth feel, and lower carbonation.

F: Finishes still very creamy, lots of milk and coats the mouth. Again low on the chocolate, just a bit of dark chocolate, but good on some roast and dark malts, as well as some lingering caramel and a little sweetness. Dries somewhat, but just has a touch of sweetness lingering... well actually it seems to dry quite a bit. A bit of booze on the finish as well but it fades pretty quickly. A bit of bitterness on the finish too, not much, just hints.

A nice drinking stout, it kinda goes in two directions at the same time, heavy thick rich high abv stout as well as creamy smooth easy drinking milk stout. It kinda blends the two, and gets some of the better parts of both, BUT it's hard to find where I want it to go. I almost would have liked a touch less on richness, heaviness, and alcohol to make it more sessionable and an amazing drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to joe1510 for including this one in a trade a while back.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with 2 foamy fingers of chocolate brown colored head. This shrinks down pretty quickly, retaining with some fizzy bunching around the edges, leaving back some light spotty lace and brown oils. The look carries over the aroma, with tons of rich chocolate character and a dense toasty malt presence. Sweet lactic notes definitely gives this a milk chocolate pop in the nose. A light dose of spicy floral hops and citrus notes float along the back.

The taste is just about the same, with silky chocolate roast and sweet milky tones. A tingle of spicy hops firms up the back and helps balance things out a bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a silky and slicker feel up front that then spreads out into a much creamier presence towards the back of the swallow. A more sleek underlying feel carries a lot of the thick sweetness in this.

Good stuff. It's overall pretty sweet from the chocolate and lactose, but I was pleased to find just enough roasted notes and spicy hops to keep things in check. Tasty and very drinkable for a 7% Stout. Thanks again Joe!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and malty with a dominant flavor of chocolate, as you would expect, but not overly sweet. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I don't usually go for this style but this is a good stout to drink for a long time.

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

Black Forest cake with faint glimmers of sepia along the edges. I wish all double stouts were this dark and foreboding, never mind all 7.0% milk stouts. Atop the liquid sits a thick slab of coffee mousse colored foam that appears to have a similar texture. Impressive lace as well. While it lasts.

The nose is classic for the style. A wonderful aroma of roasted barley exits the pint glass, with plenty of milk/dark chocolate and a small splash of joe. An underlying American hoppiness can be appreciated as well. It smells, however, like this will be one of 3F's less lupulin loaded ales.

Moloko Plus is pretty good beer, but it doesn't seriously challenge the best of style. First of all, it doesn't taste as big or as rich as it looks and smells. A 7.0% beer from these guys is usually more of a knock-your-socks-off experience.

Flavors include melted Hershey's chocolate kisses, caramelized sugar, light molasses, a splash of buttermilk and a few shaving of grapefruit zest. MP is balanced to the extent that it's sweet, sour and bitter in roughly equal measure. As it nears room temperature, sweet takes over. <Something> is needed for the next highest flavor score, I'm just not sure what.

Simply put, the mouthfeel isn't full enough. More malt would have helped in all sorts of ways. Having said that, the beer is still glassy smooth and has the laid back carbonation that I like.

Moloko is Russian for milk. Moloko Plus was a drink in 'A Clockwork Orange' that was made of milk plus some drug. Moloko Plus was also an actual drink in England and France back in the 70s that consisted of milk plus LSD. You don't suppose that Three Floyds added... nah. My mind is no more altered than usual after half a bomber.

Floyd, Floyd and Floyd will always be one of my favorite breweries, even if they overprice their beer. Unfortunately, Moloko Plus is not one of their better efforts. If you want a kick-ass stout, my droogies, go with Black Sun or Dark... something or other. I forgot what it's called.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a dark black with a small tan head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving behind a few bubbles on top. Not much lacing at all.

S: Very sweet with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. There is a definite lactose presence. In a way it does actually remind of DL in a way, but certainly not as complex, more in its sweetness.

T: Up front there is a bit of roast, but overall it is quite chocolaty, with a nice combination of cream/milk/lactose sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy.

O: Another impressive beer from FFF. A great flavor profile with the mouthfeel to back it up.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours black as night, with a finger of mocha/brown head. Nice vicious look, some lacing & zero head retention

S: Cocoa, coffee, & faint leafy hops & a touch of dark fruit

T: Coffee, iron, & dry cocoa powder up front. Nice lactic quality as this warms, & some dark chocolate. Finishes dry, with coffee, dark chocolate & a touch of caramel & vanilla

MF: Medium bodied, oily with restrained carbonation

Pretty easy to drink, a nice one to sip on while contemplating the 08 election results

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark in color with almost no light shining through here at all. Really very big looking. Nice tan head on top settled down nicely and coated the glass well. Aroma is all coffee and chocolate, this is really all it was at first. Sweet brewed coffee and brown sugar with light hints of molasses. Very nicely done here, reminded me right off the bat of Valdez the first time I ran across it. I was anxious to dive in so I took the first sip and that was all she wrote. Huge coffee flavor, just so sweet and ridiculously smooth. Blended perfectly with a rich brown sugar and vanilla note, with smooth milk chocolate coming in to save it and giving off a wonderful creamy feel. it was like nothing I had before. Not as heavy as some others, but it did not need to be because I would have kept drinking this one all day long.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a thin tan head covering the top. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass. It didn't leave much lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and milky with a slight roastedness to it. The taste has a little more roasted grains with some coffee and chocolate then the nose suggests. There is a sweet milkyness to it that actually balances pretty well with the bitter roastedness.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. I really enjoyed this milk stout. I can't say I have a lot of experience with the style but so far this is probably the best one I have had. I can definitely see the appropriateness of the naming of this style after having this beer, since it has a lot of milky characteristics.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to nyrangerfan for sending me a bottle of this recently. Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: The pour is a deep, dark brown color (almost black) with a modest tan head.

S: This is a fairly roast and coffee forward beer with some background notes of chocolate, cream, and a slight sweetness.

T: The sweetness was nowhere near as pronounced in the flavor as I'm accustomed to with milk stouts. That said, there were still some nice coffee, roasted malt, and mild cream flavors.

M: The body is medium with a a fairly conservative level of carbonation.

D: While not as sweet as many other examples of the style, I enjoyed the roasted and coffee notes this beer provided. The more milk stouts I drink, the more I enjoy them.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Iowa Hawkeyes pilsner glass (it wasn't my choice...).

Finally found this beer and got to share it with VDubb86 and a couple other friends. It pours an opaque black-brown topped by about a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises oat flakes, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, sweet carob, and a hint of astringent in the back (though not enough to turn me off of sniffing by any real degree). The taste is somewhat similar, holding notes of bitter dark chocolate, maple syrup, molasses, oatmeal, raisins, light coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and hot cocoa. The body is a heavy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice and very tasty milk stout, quite horrorshow in every way (I couldn't resist throwing a bit o' Nadsat in there, me droogies). Get some!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes. Had at the CL cdc release and immediately thought of A Clockwork Orange.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 1 inch of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, hint of vanilla and alcohol.

t - Tastes of vanilla, roasted malts, sweet cocoa, and a hint of mocha and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a very enjoyable stout. I thought it smelt really good and was insanely easy to drink. Would like to try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: impressively black, with a beige head that fades pretty quickly, leaving little trace.

S: lactose, roasted malt, subtle coffee, chocolate

T: a simple and delicious blend of everything I mentioned in the aroma. There is no sign of alcohol. The milk aspect is right on and compliments the roasted malt very well. This is the chocolate milk of beers.

M: extremely smooth and creamy. This makes it remarkably drinkable. I would be interested to have this beer a little crisper, with perhaps slightly more carbonation. The body is thin, but not overly so.

D: Keep 'em coming. I have had this beer many times, and I'm still pleasantly surprised at how tasty it is. This beer is dangerously slammable.

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