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.

Added by tjthresh on 08-23-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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%
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 jaydoc
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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