Moloko | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk 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 OlieIPA
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my lovely are my thoughts...

A: As dark as the Halloween night I enjoyed it on. Enticing brownish/tan head. Not much lacing and appeared to be thinner then expected.

S: I got a lot of sweet, chocolate and roasty character.

T: Really roasty and as Aimstatus suggested, a toasty hazelnut flavor. Not as sweet as the smell indicated.

M: Full-body...good.

D: Good!!!

Overall: A really good beer...not super great, but one I would definitely purshase again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with jcjwebster, Thanks Jeff!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a light brown head that eventually thinned out to a ring.

S - roasted malty sweetness with hints of chocolate.

T - sweet roasted taste, notes of chocolate and a bitter espresso coffee-like taste right before the dry finish.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - easy to drink.

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Photo of brdc
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks brewczar for this sample.

Black body, coca colored head, very good retention, some lacing.
Roasted malt aroma, cocoa, coffee beans. Medium body, a tendency towards a sweet taste, but not as sweet as I prefer my milk stouts. Lacks some depth and complexity.
Decent, but not special.

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Photo of malcontent
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Inky, oozing liquid that has the weirdest carbonation; the bubbles glug to the top as if from a tar pit and then circulate from the glass' center to the exterior...huh. Head is minimal but with beautiful tan hue.

It's a hazelnut, dark chocolate candy bar in my nose. Well, that's something I like.

Ah, the lactic love. Milk sugar comes through right away with a lovely roasted/chocolaty interplay that carries through to the creamy finish. Yup, this is a fitting homage to A Clockwork Orange, as this is Milk Bar-quality stuff. While not as creamy as Bell's (unmatched) stab at the style, this certainly is a worthy addition to an all-too-small category of brewing.

The only real downfall for this beer is that it's far too thin and lacking in carbonation for something packing this much flavor. Otherwise, this is a damned tasty brew and one I will certainly purchase again, especially at a reasonable (for 3F's) price.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, scooped a couple at City Wide in South Bend

opened during a wild slate of nfl action, just before the giants-steelers game

appearance: nice label, poured into a brooklyn pint glass...dark mahogany body with a creamy chocolate head and nice retention

smell: nothing too potent - dry and a bit roasty, notes of sweet roasty chocolate

taste: creamy and roasty, sweet chocolate, roasted malt, light bitterness level, milky. A good, but overhyped milk stout in my opinion - just doesnt really stand out

mouthfeel: creamy, medium bodied

drinkability: good

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Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black but a few shades short. Poured with very little head and a thin bubbley ring resides around the edge of my snifter.

Good aromas of lactose, cream, dark chocolate, black fruits, roasted barley, and some bits of caramel. The epitomy of a milk stout nose.

One of the better milk stout I remember drinking. Nice roastiness, heavy cream, dark chocolate, fugde, creamy mouthfeel, black fruits on the finish. Good mouthfeel and great drinkibility. Drinks nothing like 7%

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Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am hoping to visit the 3F's brewpub soon. In the meantime, this was my induction into their brews. I purchased a 650 ml bottle from Evanston 1st Liquors and I just couldn't wait to sample, so here goes...

A: Typical color. Dark brown, almost black. Some red mahogany highlights on the edges when held against the light. The head fizzled up like a pop. It was initially a nice 2 finger coffee tan head that dissipated quite quickly into a thin ring with some spottiness on the glass. Carbonation was visible and stuck to the lower half of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, some lactose creamy sweetness and chocolate. Some pleasing sourness. As the drink progressed and warmed, more blackcurrant smell emerged and made a great addition.

T: The start was more of the sweet creaminess. It then moved into a sweet roasted malt and from there into the coffee and bitter chocolate. As the drink progresses, you get the blackcurrant making a nice appearance before you are left with the sour milky aftertaste that drives you to want to do it all over again. It seems so simple and so well done. Not overly sweet - a very good balance. You also get a nice warmth from the alcohol - the taste of it is there but you would never guess it is 7 ABV.

M: Medium bodied. Quite deceptive because it is probably a little thin for a stout and yet the creaminess makes it feel fuller. I expected more carbonation but although there seems to be medium carbonation, it is not prickly - just perfect. A nice smooth, creamy and rounded drink.

D: The lighter nature of this drink and the delicious flavor make it a delight to drink. I am biased because I love stouts but I would be happy to drink this stuff until the cows come home. I believe Michael Jackson said that Milk Stouts were "soothing and restorative". I think that this brew is a great example of that measure.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a highly anticipated beer for me... I've been waiting months to see this in bottle format. I made a road trip with pwoods and purchased this the day it was delivered at West Side Liquors in West Harrison, IN.

A: I poured this joker into an Imperial pint glass. This one poured a deep root beer, almost black with a slight 1/8" dark chocolate tan head. The head didn't hang around long, leaving the spiraled traces of suds on top. Very nice...

S: I found aromas of rich, sweet roasted malts, some coffee, a hint of faint dark fruits, milky creaminess and alcohol. It's nice to see that 3F's didn't turn this one into a hop bomb, as they are known to do with their other beers... Very nice.

T/M: Moderately thick and creamy milk sweetness mixed with robust, roasted malts, all well-balanced. After the drink warmed and I got closer to the bottom of the bottle, more interesting flavors including faint blackberries hit my taste buds. The finish was pleasant with just a tinge of warming, almost bourbon-like alcohol. Velvety on my tongue with ample carbonation for it's style.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable during the colder months of the year. Yet another great offering from Three Floyds!

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this bomber into small snifters at the Penn State Michigan game last weekend in Happy Valley.

A - Nice black pour with a quickly receding head.

S/T - A nice creamy sensation to the nose and palate. I would best describe this as a good stout to introduce to people who have told you that they don't like stouts. Not a big beer by any stretch and a beer that features a nice milk taste without anything overpowering. I did not find it very sweet which is a good thing in my book, again, a nice blend of milk with some chocolate undertones as well.

M - A little thin but that was to be expected here.

D - I did not find it too sweet so that helped drinkability and the 7% is certainly nowhere to be found. I think that we could have certainly had more.

All in all, a nice offering from the guys at FFF's. I will definitely have this one again and again. I liked it.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into nonic

A: poured almost black with nice chocolate milk style head (lots of both fine and big bubbles) that dissipated pretty quickly

S:bit of sourness, with toasted malts playing second fiddle

t: sweet, mandarin orange flavors with earthy toastiness all with a bit of sweet sourness from the lactose

m: smooth with a bit of tang on the end

D: a bomber of this will be no problem, however, a bit sweet for more than that

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Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark colored black beer with a small tan head. Nose of chocolate, roast, sugar and mocha, complex. As with almost all 3 Floyds beers, they nailed it. Was expecting a hoppy, out of balance beer, but it's a complex, well balanced beer with lots of malt depth. Creamy, with dessert-like malts. Very nice ale.

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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/12/08. Thanks to Brady (aka ThomasHardy on BA) for the bottle.

Opaque dark brown, bordering on black. No highlights. Almost no head after just a couple of minutes; only a thing ring of foam to make some lacing.

Aroma is roasty chocolate and coffee with a lactic character.

Tastes almost like a fresh roasted coffee with milk. Not particularly bitter. Slightly sweet. Didn't detect any hop character.

Smooth in the mouth with a slight parch.

Easy to drink, but a touch cloying after a while.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks one more time Paul. Alana and I might have to do this again just for the beer.

Reviewed from notes from my mindbogglingly awesome beer infused pre-wedding party on 10/10/08.

a: Thick pitch black body and a thin head.

s: Sweet creamy milk chocolate.

t: Like a chocolate milk shake for adults.

m: Feels like a glass of chocolate milk.

d: Flows down like a glass of chocolate milk. A boring un-original review? Perhaps. But seriously, this is how it looks, smells, tastes and feels. I promise.

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Photo of beerad666
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 22oz brown bottle I purchased from Whole Foods in Chicago into an 16-ounce pint glass.

It pours an almost pitch black color with a bit of a head that quickly vanishes. The smell is somewhat roasty with hints of coffee but the sweet chocolate smell stands out a little more for me. But a solid smell that just makes you want to dive in. At the first sip the sweetness comes through but with a smooth finish. I was expecting it to be much thicker then it was which made it very easy to drink.

Maybe a little sweeter then I usually like but definitely something I'll be drinking again and recommending to others.

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Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this stout from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A= This one poured a deep dark brown-black with a slight 1/8" dark chocolate tan head. The head quickly dropped to nothing.

S= I found aromas of sweet roasty malts, faint dark fruit, cocoa, and alcohol (when swirled).

T= This milk stout was just what I think the style should be. The creamy sweetness and the roastiness play with each other throughout each sip. The subdued but complex flavors of berries, dark chocolate, and cocoa danced around the edges of m y tastebuds. Finish was smooth with just a tinge of warming alcohol.

MF= I found this beer to be rich and creamy, yet not as silky as it was on tap (see my other review). Appropriately heavy body, creamy, smooth, and coated my tongue like a velvet glove. Carbonation was soft and mild.

D= Though I know that this is bigger than a run of the mill milk stout, yet I still consider this my new standard for the style. Its drinkability is dangerously high!!!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this one in his many travels.
Pours a murky black with a nice rocky off white head.
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Slightly sweet with some caramel.
Taste is coffee up front, smooth and sweet. The sweetness comes out as it warms up a bit and the coffee note fades. Lightly carbonated and very easy to sip. A fine example of a milk stout, the coffee and chocolate blend very well.

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Photo of abfraser
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black, with a smallish brown head

S: Nice. Roasted malt, dark brown sugar, coffee.

T/M: Sweet dark alcoholic chocolate milk. Only medium-bodied, with a pleasant oat and roasted coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.

D: Very drinkable given the lighter body relative to other stouts and a somewhat manageable abv. Wish this stuff was easier to get for a West Coast guy (then again, wish all Three Floyds was)

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Photo of pwoods
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, purchased at West Side Liquor in West Harrison, IN, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours solid black. Short head on an average pour, decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of sweetness; milky, chocolaty, heavy cream or icing. Some light roasty notes in the back. Some highly sweetened fudge.

T/M: Good sweetness that doesn't become too much. Very big on the lactose. Sweetened heavy cream or icing that doesn't feel thick or heavy. Some suggestions of coffee in the back reminds me of having a German chocolate cake with Vanilla bean ice cream and a good coffee for dessert. Body is just a touch under medium with a nice smooth creamy feel. Carbonation is controlled.

D: Tasty and decently easy to drink. Another good offering from FFF. And it was only $7 at WSL.... by fucking far the cheapest I've ever seen a FFF. Maybe a pricing error?

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received from joe1510 and SNQfan. Thanks, guys! Into my 16oz snifter

A: An aggressive pour results in a black beer with a thick, dark brown head that's pretty darned dense. The head recedes to a dark disk surprisingly quickly

S: Heavily roasted malts, black coffee, cream and some dark chocolate. Mild sweetness. Pretty solid!

T: Yum. Yum. Starts off with a good amount of chocolate and cream with a dash of coffee, much like good milkshake, just not as creamy. There's a hint of fruitiness that goes quite well with the sweetness too. The finish is mildly bitter with dark chocolate notes.

M: On the palate, this beer is wonderful - soft and slick with a medium body that's enhanced by the lower level of carbonation. The finish is great too - gently bitter and very very pleasing

D: This is very easy to drink, this bomber should go in no time.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in pitch black under a small tan head that doesn't hand around very long and leaves only a hint of lacing.

S: Smell is a combination of malted milk balls and coffee. Milk chocolate sweetness is present from the outset with a good roasted malt character as well.

T: The sweetness really takes over in the taste with huge milk chocolate and lactose sugars dominating throughout. There is a bit of roasted malt backbone before a slight bitterness that lingers through the finish, probably from the hops.

M: Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with low carbonation. Creates a dessert-like sweetness on the palate.

D: This is a great sweet stout from 3F but getting through the whole bottle really takes some effort due to the huge heavy sweetness. Still, very tasty.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown in color with a bit of a brown head. Smell is roasty, with some coffee notes. There is a really good roasted coffee and chocolate flavor in the mouth. This is unlike any other sweet/milk stout I've ever had. I'm not usually into sweet/milk stouts, but this one is great. Very creamy and full on the mouthfeel. This is a very good beer, and it isn't overhopped in the typical FFF way. Very well done FFF, very well done.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black with just some light brown accents when held up to the light. A very thin brown head appeared only for a few seconds before it dissipated into nothing. The nose on this beer hits pretty well upfront with roasted grain, vanilla, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The flavor profile starts with the lactose sweetness on first sip and quickly balanced out by the chocolate/coffee-like malt. As the beer warmed I got just a touch of dark fruit in the background. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy with plenty of sweetness after the swallow as well. The drinkability at only 7% is really nice, and would be a good entry point for people that may not like stouts. I personally really enjoyed this stout.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
West Lakeview

Moloko dumps into a pint glass midnight black and actually swallows up the surrounding light. Even when this beer is backlit there's no sign of light through the body. The head grew to two creamy fingers of mocha colored foam before fading to a thin cap and solid collar. There's a spot or two of lace left here and there but not much.

There's a healthy dose of smooth roasty malts in the nose. The roastiness leads the way front to back but a deeper whiff brings out some dark ripe berriness with blackberries being the main culprit. There's enough lactic sugar sweetness to balance out the roast qualities. Slight booze spiciness and tobacco leaf float through ghost-like to add depth. The aroma on this beer pulls me right in.

Wow, this is a mighty fine milk stout! The roastiness jumps out big and although it fades slightly plays a big role in the flavor of this beer without ever becoming acrid. The lactic sugar plays a big role as well balancing out the smooth roastiness and when combined with the berriness reminds me of blackberries in cream. High cocoa content dark chocolate seems to coat the tongue and a couple drops of espresso mix in there as well. This is an excellent milk stout!

Moloko wraps its velvety self around your tongue and massages it all the way through. The body is dense but incredibly smooth with a mellow carbonation. There's a hint of heat on the finish. I couldn't ask for more then what the body of Moloko already offers.

This beer goes down entirely too fast. The alcohol ringing in at a higher then usual, for the style, 7% will catch up to you if you drink this as fast as you'd like.

This is the best milk stout I've had to date. To be totally honest I expected a quality beer but nothing like this. I picked up a couple of these for trades and only one for myself. I'll be off to the store tomorrow to remedy that problem. Pick this up if you see it!

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,101 ratings