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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Reviews: 531 | Ratings: 2,035
Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, solid black body. Almost no highlights. Dark khaki merle head with low retention and lace.

S - Soy umami, malted milk balls, caramel, milk chocolate, toast.

T - Hot chocolate froth, cream, oatmeal, condensed milk, earthy umami.

M - Creamy and thick body, but surprisingly light on the palate. Nice carbonation.

O - A great example of a milk stout; one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle with no bottle date *shakes fist at FFF*. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with transparency at the edges. No real head. Collar and an island of foam meandering about.

Smell - Buckets of lactose. Chocolate roasted malt. Just a touch of hop. Way too much lactose.

Taste - Lactose and lots of chocolate. Then more lactose. It's all lactose. A touch of bitter roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Really sweet. Not boozy. Not bitter. A little overcarbonated.

Overall - I don't love lactose stouts and this is way over the top. Too much carbonation too.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a short, off white head with decent retention

S - roasted malts, burnt sugar, faint coffee

T - roasted malts, lactose, burnt sugar, coffee, mild bitterness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This has a great flavor profile, tremendous balance, and great drinkability. It's rich, smooth, and complex. This is a great milk stout that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Moloko Stout is another extremely solid offering from 3F! The beer poured an opaque black with thin ecru head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries roast and hints of chocolate and espresso. The taste is much like the scent....roasty with touches of milk chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is full in body and very creamy...LUV IT! Overall this is one heck of a solid stout. VERY NICE!!!

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours black with a large brown head that slowly settles to a lasting thin head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of rich chocolate, lactose and espresso beans.

The taste is of rich milk chocolate with some sour lactose and a hint of roasted espresso balancing the sweetness. Some alcohol warmth shows in a gentle way in a semi-sweet, long finish.

It is full-bodied. The oat gives a silky smooth texture to it.

A big, rich, wonderful milk stout!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout, 22 oz. bomber.
I know what a milk stout is, but what's a moloko, and who's the one-eyed green guy, and how about the freaky hat he's sporting? Ah, I get it, malt shovel, mash fork, barrels, in the form of a crown. Is he a new form of the Alpha King, created by a love-child of Peter Max and Jack Kirby?

Brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar, to give it all those things that I'll pretend I didn't read, so I can come up with them on my own, and act like I made it up out of my golden brains.

Let's open it, already.
Basic blackness, under a gorgeous roasty brown head, the color of cocoa, small, but lasting.

Aroma, sweet chocolate and smooth and creamy. Simple, yet supple, and lush.

Taste: there's the sweetness again, the cream and the chocolate, with silky smooth oatmeal feel rolling easily along right underneath. Great balance, ...I'd say well-rounded but I peeked at that on the label...

Medium-to-full bodied, low to non-existent bitterness, and the sweet factor discerned so early on remains restrained. Roast is balanced, sweet and dry are hand in hand. Deee-licious.

Put this in 12 oz bottles and 6-packs, Floyd Boys, this is your session stout right here.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Three Floyds imperial 12 ounce glass because I am able to. Beer is black with almost no head. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and chocolaty. Smells good.

Beer is creamy and medium bodied. Sweet on the lead off and almost no bitterness at the end. the mid-palate region is chocolaty and more sweet. I liked it, I would have it again.

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

22oz bomber courtesy of bauermj thanks again for this treat

A: poured a super dark opaque brown with a thin tan head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: really nice coffee and roasted malt aromas dominating the nose with chocolate accents and some definite sweet lactose and faint booze notes.

T: great creamy chocolate punch alongside the roastiness of the malts and lactose that adds a slight sweet side to the dark beer. There is also faint coffee and booze flavors sa well.

M: full body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet creamy finish.

D: haven't had too many milk stout but I have to say it was very drinkable and everything I had hoped for. Another great offering from FFF I'm glad I got to try it cause I had been chasing it for a couple months now.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a thick black color, some carbonation, small fizzy tan head, which dissapates quickly, and leaves some sticky lacing. The nose is big and malty, lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is a malt bomb, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffe, with some coffee tones. Medium body, very chewy. Drinkable, this is an outstanding brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and milk chocolate, exactly as I expected and very enjoyable.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of chocolate, which is the dominant flavor. There is also some roasted malt and a little sweetness from the lactose.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black body with a large brown head.

The aroma has dark coffee and chocolate cake and roastiness along with a lactose sweetness.

The flavor follows with milk chocolate sweetness along with roasty malt. There's a bit of a pine on the end that shows the hops.

The highlight is this creamy mouthfeel that the beer has.

A well made milk stout and the best I've had so far.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to Ding for bringing this bottle back for me from Indiana. I like a good milk stout and there aren't that many of them around. Pours black with a decent head initially that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweet and like burnt sugar- like a good burnt sugar caramel from spain. Smooth and lactic in taste with a nice hint of roastiness and quite a bit of nuttiness. Nice, and not as sweet as some and roastier than most. Absolutely silky in the mouth, with a touch of mouthcoating lactic acid. Very nice.

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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 Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Lone Hill,

A: Pours black with a small off-white head, average retention and lacing.

S: Creamed coffee, sugar, molasses.

T: Heavy cream and light vanilla, mixed with mocha coffee and milk chocolate. It really tastes like a milk chocolate bar, good stuff.

M: Smooth, though it does have a thinness at points. Overall not bad.

D: A nice milk stout from FFF, really goes after that lactose character, I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade a while back, finally getting around to cracking it.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark dark brown nearly black hue with a good one and a half finger mocha head that fades quickly to leave a thin quarter inch blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of creamy milk notes, light chocolate, very faint anise notes along with vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Light smokey notes, faint lactose, chocolate, faint vanilla and anise, alcohol is hidden well though there is a faint unpleasant taste on the finish, almost a little metallic.

M - Mouthfeel is decent and the alcohol was hidden well. Fairly nice.

O - Overall, this beer was good enough. The finish left a little to be desired though.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a thick, two fingered toffee colored head and settles down leaving a blanket of thick cream across the top.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, cream, and some coffee beans.

T - Dark roasted chocolate, slightly charred coffee, cream, roasted caramel, and light char. The cream gives a nice sweet side but the roasted malt balances things out very nicely. Finishes with a dark roasted chocolate and cream coating in the mouth.

M - Creamy, heavy medium body, silky carbonation on the tongue, and sticky.

O - I usually haven't enjoyed milk stouts in the past because the ones I've had were too sweet. FFF's strikes a really nice balance to offset the sweetness.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of tan foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

The smell has otes of caramel malt, chocolate, roasted malt, and light coffee. Good nose.

The taste is big and bold. Lots of roasted malt & chocolate greet my tastebuds with a nice infusion of bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate. Yummy.

Very high on the medium mouthfeel scale, it's lightly carbonated and finishes semi sweet and has a good fairly long lasting aftertaste. Easy drinking and very smooth on the palate, I like this style a lot when done right.. this is another goodie from Three Floyds!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour, tan head 3/5" that doesn't hold itself too well. Aroma hit some anise notes, milder lactose.

Taste, much better, smooth, no licorice, good flow. Almost oatmeal like with its smoothness. Even though 8%, it doesn't drink like a big ass stout. Chocolate is mild, yet appropriate.

This one was enjoyable for sure, but again, the format keeps it from being a repeat purchase. If it was $10/4 pack, sure, no problem.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dense jet black body with a bubbly coco colored head that last and last. It is a bit to dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a roasted black malt aroma with a sweet cream nose and a slight chalk quality to the finish.

T- The big softly sweet chocolate nib flavor gives was to some nice tart creamy flavors in the finish. There is an earthy chocolate note that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all

D-This beer is smooth and creamy with a big dark malt flavor that is supported by a nice tartness for balance. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Got a weird smokiness off of this beer. Still a fine, if average, beer, but surprising to find that in a milk stout with no mention of smoked malt or other adjuncts.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Popping the cap releases light coffee, large pitted fruit, prune and dried fruit aromas with a suspicion of bacon. Moloko pours inky black with a thin, tan head. The beer attacks the palate with dark dried fruit (dates and fig), cocoa warped around light coffee beans, grain and grainy spice, and a light sweetness all floating in a big, luscious, creamy texture that is a delight to drink. The flavors are rich, complex, layered and well balanced.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to IrishHockey for this brew. Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a densely opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that has good retention before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large, bubbly patch of surface foam. Thin but resilient lacing leaves a solid ring around the glass.

S- Lots of coffee and milk chocolate in the nose that's in the middle of the spectrum as far as roast goes. Faint alcohol aroma shows itself after some short, sharp sniffs.

T- Luscious milk chocolate and smooth dark roast character. Caramel and burnt sugar come to mind. The flavors are straightforward and blend perfectly. Light note of coffee.

M- The complexity comes in with the creamy mouthfeel that's bold and stands up with the robust body. Slick and not overly chewy

O- Just as outstanding as I was expecting. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch A Clockwork Orange to celebrate cuz that's how I do.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

650ml bottle dated 8/5/2014. Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass 9/1/2014.

A- Dark mocha brown body which is nearly black. Comes with a huge, fluffy three finger mocha head that retains for a long, long time; leaving thick smears of lacing that persist in rings as the beer goes down. [4.25]

S- Tons and tons of roast malt character. Charred malt, a bit of smoke, roasted grains, milk chocolate and cocoa. This is unmistakably a big stout. [4.25]

F- Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, bitter cocoa, black espresso, and a slight bit of smoke. Lactose sweetness is strong on the backend, sort of like condensed milk; very pleasant in comparison to the chocolate and roast up front. Hence, there is both significant sweet and bitter components to this beer, with a ton of stout character to this. This is more than a solid milk stout, this is probably one of the better beers that Three Floyds puts out on a regular basis. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, silky smooth and so easy to drink. I would have pegged this at a 5% ABV stout, but apparently it's 8%. Who knew? I'm a fan of the condensed milk sweet finish that cleans my palate off after the assault of roast malt and cocoa bitterness up front. [4.25]

O- This puts the "milk" in milk stout. This is what I've always wanted from all the milk stouts I've tried- a clean combination of sweet and bitter. This one is sweet on the back-end to balance out the bitter roastiness and dark malt presence up front; I look forward to the finish more than anything else. Very good stout that is eminently drinkable. One of Three Floyds' best seasonals. [4.25]

Final score: 4.25

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoky and tar-like in aroma, with a touch of chocolate. Citrus underlies a lightly roasted malt and chocolate base in flavor, with a hint of lactose sweetness.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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