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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 eifster82
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Dark, opaque liquid. Good amount of foam head upon pouring into goblet, but does dissipate rather quickly.

S - surprisingly, not much there. Nothing overly complex. Cannot pinpoint.

T - Maltier than expected, but can definitely pick up oats and some sweetness.

F - Smooth. Easy to drink. I can see why this would be released in the summer.

O - A good take on a milk stout. Although if you're use to drinking imperial stouts with coffee, chocolate, oatmeal type of characteristics, this will not deliver. Still, not a bad stout.

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Photo of Nctide
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber. Slightly sweet, fruity aroma, with some pipe tobacco. It has a really pleasant and interesting smell for the style. The flavor follows the aroma closely with a nice balance and a subtle bitterness on the finish. This sounds strange but this beer feels like it has a smoky quality to it. This is an enjoyable stout although I don't see myself paying close to $10 a bottle for this again. It would be great to have this available in 6-packs instead.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter.

Produces some oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissipates over a dark brown body that appears black. 4.25

Smoky and bacon notes are immediately apparent. Bakers chocolate. Milky. 4

Smokey, roasted and chocolatey malts. Sweet caramel and chocolate syrup. Milky sweetness closes things out. 4.25

Roasty, smoky, sweet and creamy. Light bitterness on the finish. 4.25

Went in with no expectations, came out highly impressed. Ignorance is bliss.

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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 Myotus
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle (10Aug15) into a Spiegelau stout glass.
LOOK: Pours with 4 (!!!) fingers worth of brown foam that dissipates into a finger's worth after 2 and a half minutes. Black in color with An orange tint. No rising bubbles can be seen. Lacing is high, thick, and sticks to the glass.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of alcohol, bitter roasted malts, sweet coffee, sweet chocolate, and coffee creamer. This doesn't smell the best. I hope it tastes better.
TASTE: Strong flavors of sweet chocolate, coffee, and coffee creamer. Subtle bitter roasted malts and alcohol flavors enter immidieately after as initial flavors persist in strength.
FEEL: Light-bodied (I hate it!) with hints of carbonation (I love it!). Goes down ridiculously smooth. Finishes with a hint of dryness.
NOTE: As Beer warms, bitter roasted malts and alcohol flavors become more prevalent. A great milk stout and first from 3 Floyds!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the risk of sounding like a complete FanBoy - can FFF do anything wrong? I'm not a Milk Stout guy, but this is a great example of what they all should be. Pours dark with a huge head. Big malt & chocolate nose with hints of coffee. Silky smooth mouth feel. Develops some depth (rasins? hops?) around 60+ degrees.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this one!
22 oz bottle, dated August 2015, poured into a teku

A- Black with a four finger mocha head.

S- Some roasted coffee, caramel malts, bakers chocolate, some lactose, smell creamy and smooth.

T- Sweeter than the nose, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel malts, lactose, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A well done milk stout, very tasty. Meets the high standards I expect out of 3 Floyds. Worth seeking out.

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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 Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a slightly sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is chocolate, a touch of coffee. And is has a smooth sweet cream feel and taste. A very nice flavorful stout overall.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/black opaque color with a thick brown head. A moderate sweet chocolate malt aroma. Flavor is also sweet chocolate. This beer is very smooth with a great body and mouthfeel. Alcohol perfectly hidden for a moderately big beer. A great milk stout.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap enjoyed September 2, 2015 in a tulip at Cellarville on Bethel Road.

Look - Thick light tan head. Fine bubbles. Dark brown body. Black almost. Not a lot of lacing. Blotchy at best.

Smell - Hop. Raisin. Bubblegum. Coffee. Chocolate.

Taste - Tootsie roll. Chocolate. Coffee. Vanilla. Char finish.

Feel - Not watery for a milk stout. Fluffy but not too thick. Better as it warms. No bitterness on tongue.

Overall - Good stuff. Next to North High it is my benchmark milk stout. This was my first Floyds and just now rated it.

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Photo of leantom
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another winner by FFF. Here goes:

A: Pitch black. Pours a dark, creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Lots of coffee and cream. Burnt malt softened by a nice helping of lactose sugar.

T: Follows the nose. Robust chocolate, coffee followed by cream.

F: Very thick and creamy. Great.

O: Great beer.

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Photo of harrisonpainter
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this on draft today at the Copper Still in Noblesville. This just might be the Nectar of the Gods. It is ridiculously delicious in every way. That is all.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Black with a small amount of tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt and chocolate. Came through more as the beer warmed.

Taste: Better as it warmed like most stouts. Tasted like roasted chocolate milk. Not overly complex like most FFF stouts. Also, a small amount of hop kick.

Feel: Creamy but slightly thin for a stout. Carbonated perfectly.

Overall: A very enjoyable milk stout. Definitely one to share with friends.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured deep black with a very creamy, light brown head. I detect very little on the nose, either at initial pour or as time went on. Taste is wicked smooth. Milk chocolate taste with some vanilla in there. Feel is very smooth and exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of Big_V
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour in my sniffer. Brown head with some lacing. Nose is coffee and maybe some chocolate and dark fruits. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and faint coffee. So smooth, the mouth fill is perfect. Excellent milk stout. Almost one year old and held up. FFF does it again.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark as a moonless night. 3 finger mocha head. Even after the head dissipates it leaves much of the creamy mocha colored bubbles on the top layer

Smell: Primarily roasted coffee and smokiness

Taste: Much smoke. Milk Chocolate. Tiny bit of coffee. Marshmallows

Feel: Fluffy cream. Not thick by any means but what you'd expect from a nice milk stout. I'd say more thin bodied than super thick but the taste brings with it fluffy pillowly marshmallow

Overall: this is my third venture into Moloko, one being over a year ago from a bomber and one being last week on tap at 3 Floyds. Excellent milk stout that provides more body than most, a nice exploration of sweetness and roastiness and smokiness. Smoke moreso. It's a beautiful beer and for 8% is perfect. Well done

I enjoy this most fresh

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Photo of ARoman
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*transfer from old notes*
22oz bomber poured into a stemmed snifter. A combination of vanilla extract, milk chocolate, and cookie dough bring to mind chocolate chip cookies on the nose. A deeper smell brings forth a the lactose sugar, a little bit of nuttiness (pecans?), and some berry scents (blackberry and raspberry come to mind). There’s also some distinct molasses or brown sugar aromas that stand aside from the cookie combination previously noted. It has a soapy / watery-jello tan head which recedes down after not too long leaving a couple of puffs atop a deep, dark, opaque brown. It doesn’t really leave any lacing to speak of. Sweet malt is the primary taste - both roasted and creamy malts - but it’s mellow and pleasant. Initially, when it’s still a bit cool, roasted nut and woody notes hit the tongue first, but as it warms up, those flavors fade and it’s replaced with a smooth, creamy caramel and milk chocolate (kinda like a Rolo), and finishes with a pinch of cinnamon spice, maybe some molasses, and some brown sugar. The aftertaste left behind is primarily a milk chocolate mouth coat with some roasted pecan hints which sticks around for awhile.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Warmed for about 15 mins. at room temp before being poured into a Libby style stout glass. Not sure on the bottle date but I know it’s fresh (within a month or so) and consumed on 9/11/14.
Look = 4.0 Pours an opaque black a few shades off of pure black. With 1 finger of brown head composed of medium sized bubbles that fades quickly to a ring. Medium lace.
Aroma = 3.5 Overall on the weak side. Coffee notes reach me first, then tons of roasted malt and maybe some faint chocolate. Did not seem to improve much as it warmed more.
Taste = 4.0 Roasted malt up front with some coffee notes. On the finish you get some of the lactose sweetness coming in, maybe a little chocolate. There is just a slight bitter finish.
Feel = 4.75 Really smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Almost creamy but a little thin for that, with medium to high carbonation that provides just a little fizz.
Drinkability = 4.25 Great mouthfeel and solid taste contribute to it’s high drinkability score.
Overall = 4.0125 Pretty good all around milk stout. The mouthfeel is great, perfect for a milk stout. The aroma is somewhat lacking though.

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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 do_ob
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 08/05/2014. Sampled and reviewed on February 25, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours black with a beautiful 3 finger head of brown foam. Good head retention on the glass all the way through. Smells of chocolate, malt, milk, coffee, roasted nuts (hazelnut, walnut, etc.), caramel, and hints of spice. Full bodied, as you would expect with a stout. Very smooth. Taste of chocolate, toffee, malt, and tiny bit of alcohol initially. Aftertaste is sweet with a slight coffee bitterness. Quite pleasant.

Overall, a great stout. Not the best stout I've had from FFF, but a solid beer none the less. It reminded me of Blot Out the Sun, only toned down in all aspects. At 6+ months old, I would say any hoppiness this beer had has been muted. It's a delicious beer for sure. I'd like to try one fresh and see if it has any more of a presence.


Re-reviewed 09/10/2015. Bottle dated 08/10/2015.

Bomber into a Madtree snifter. Numbers updated to reflect. Pours a very dark cholate brown and settles pitch black in the glass. 2 fingers of dense, bubbly, light brown foam on top. Fades relatively quickly, though. Sweet baking spices, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and roasted malt. Some notes of milky coffee in there as well. Medium-heavy weight with a carbonated, but dense mouthfeel. Slightly bitter up front - not sure if from hops or chocolate. Right away, tons of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Becomes more bittering as it warms on the palate. More profound on the coffee side towards the back end. Finishes slightly watery, but still pleasant. A definite lactose presence is seen on the finish and aftertaste, which leaves behind sweet choclate and bitter, cream-infused coffee.

This one's a bit like one of those fancy, $8 coffees from that one place. Tastes like coffee in a way, but not really. Hints of chocolate, but not really choclatey..Either way, this one is still good. Just as good as I remember, if not better. Keeping in mind this is a milk stout, and not an imperial, this is a damn good beer.

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

650 Ml bottle
Served in a Three Floyds teku glass

It is black in appearance. No light comes through even when held to a source of light. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves virtually no lacing.

I get some sweetness from the lactose. It has an almost chocolate milk aroma.

The taste is a little more roasted malt. The sweetness is still there, but the roasted malt cuts the sweetness more in the flavor than on the nose.

It has a full, smooth mouthfeel.

It is not one of the wild and crazy Three Floyds' beers, but it is well done and a solid milk stout.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Great waft of baker’s chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, flaked oats. Big roasted malts amp up the profile. As close to a chocolate milkshake as you can get here. There is a bitterness that ensures that this stout does not go into the deep end on the sweetness scale.

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

Best milk stout I've ever had, hands down, even though I had it on a hot, sticky day in Chicago in August. I wish I could have grabbed a few more bottles of this and held onto it until winter, because if this was that good when it was hot and gross outside, I can't imagine how much I'd like it on a chilly, damp winter evening.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Opaque black color with a dark tannish brown head. The half-finger head leaves nice rings of lacing as it thins.

S- Deep roasted malts with some coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.

T- Like the nose with a stamp on the coffee and malts.

M- Kinda light for a brew with oats. Sweet finish.

O- Tasty and easy drinking. It could use more body.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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