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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Ratings: 2,083 |  Reviews: 543
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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Photo of notafood
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, black as night with a beige two fingered head Can't tell how carbonated by looking at the glass, but from the pour seems to be virtually non-fizzy. Some decent lacing from the head.

Chocolate coffee, and malts - a slight booziness that I might be confusing for raisin? Sweet and earthy.

Coffee and a bitter chocolate flavor, alcohol burn up front, a creamy smooth finish. Very malty, and really not as sweet as I would have guessed.

Thinner than I would have expected, still a little sticky. Pretty light feel for a moderately complex flavored stout. I anticipate drinking a few of these this winter.

Easy to drink, and like most stouts not too bubbly so it goes down kinda quick, definitely not a beer you need a fork and knife for.. Good balanced flavor for whats popular these days (coffee, chocolate, milk, oats). I really dig this one - not a session beer but a great to session with. I didn't expect much from this with the c'est super cool label (and I love the Three-Floyds labels) but this one turned out to be pretty good stuff.

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

Received in trade from bergands. Thanks dude, looking forward to this one!

A: Cola black with a nice showing of chocolate colored head that quickly disappears leaving only a thin ring of form around the edges. Looks to be slightly thick in body from the pour. Lacing is almost non existent. Also, someone else mentioned the label pisses them off...I really like it. Three Floyds art is always top notch.

S: Aroma is a combination of roasted oat and malts, molasses, coffee and a rich milk chocolate sweetness.

T: Very sweet for a stout, lots of milk chocolate flavor in this one. The roasted, coffee like flavors are slightly subdued. Bitterness is very low here. For the style this is an excellent example. I dig.

M: Feel is slightly watery, not as thick as I had expected. Carbonation is pretty low also making this a smooth and easy drink.

D: Great! A bit sweet (but personally not a bad thing for me), but other than that, this is definitely not a chore to drink. It's great tasting and goes down easy.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent 1 finger head with a dark brown color and decent retention that lasts 1/2 way down the glass.

Smell is of dark malts and an incredible amount of milk. There is a touch of caramel and toffee underneath as well.

Taste is very sweet. Milk chocolate sweetness. I can't stress the amount of milk in this beer. It really dominates and rounds out the beer. This beer is milky first with a chocolateyness undertone. Hop bitterness is faint and just provides a floral balance.

The milk makes the mouthfeel very creamy. However, the milkyness does cling to the palate a lot and I probably won't be able to review any more after this beer. This beer is very drinkable if you like milk stouts. The milk is very much there.

Thanks to David Eddie for the sample.

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Photo of tiger88
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey hey, this is a good beer! Pours a good, deep black and yields almost no head. Smells of subtle chocolate and roasted malt. One whiff and you know this is a well balanced brew. This tastes excellent. Nice, sweet chocolaty tongue with just a hint of bitterness. mouthfeel is a little light but leaves no aftertaste and is very well rounded. Easily drinkable. It's so nice to share with a friend....if you can!

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Photo of bassmantin
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the best milk stout I have ever had. In fact, I was not a fan of milk stouts until I had the Moloko Plus. It starts with a great creamy taste that coats your mouth and makes you feel warm inside.

What this beer has that most other milk stouts don't have is a strong finish. It's not watery at all, so the nice creamy taste you get up front lasts throughout the aftertaste and you not left hanging.

Overall, great malt character and excellent finish.

On a sad note, I believe this beer is replacing the Alpha Kong, which was one of my favorite beers, despite the price. The Moloko had big shoes to fill, and although it did not fill them, it is still a respectable effort.

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Photo of younger35
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #300

Picked up a bottle of this from Binnys in Buffalo Grove. I'm not the hugest fan of Milk Stouts so we'll see about this one. Maybe the ugliest bottle I've ever seen. Three Floyds labels are usually really cool but this one bugs the shit out of me. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a velvety smooth black that couldn't possibly be any blacker. Nice soft sandy brown half finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving a thick feathery collar and some lacing about ¼ inch above the collar.
Smell- Loads of lightly sweet milk chocolate with hints of bitter baker's chocolate at times. Lighty creamy with hints of dark roasted coffee. Plenty of highly kilned malts are more than plentiful. A tinge of citrus hops cuts through all the earthy grains to remind you this is FFF.
Taste- Those kilned malts kick my throat immediately with a big rush of roasted goodness. The sweetness is very subtle but it's present mostly in the form of milk chocolate and vanilla soy. Some light berries add a bit of contrasting bitterness but this isn't as hoppy as I was expecting. Leaves a lingering vanilla nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy with a heavy whipping cream like feel with very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Well usually when I review a beer about ½ to ¾ of my beer is gone when I finish my review. My entire first glass is gone and about ½ of my second is as well. So I'm going to say drinkability is pretty good. I'm glad this brew isn't overly sweet and it drinks nicely. Another winner from 3 Floyds!

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Photo of cdflem
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber of this at Binny's South loop and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Midnight black with a chocolaty brown thin head, which actually sticks around. Looks so smooth...

S: Stong chocolate smell, with almost a caramel note to it. A little bit of Hops, which I would expect from FFF. Coffee and vanilla notes as well.

T/MF: Just awesome. Like velvet on the tongue. Creamy dark chocolate flavors, malted milk, coffee, with a little sweetness to it. Sour finish, but works well.

D: At 7% for a stout of this quality, it really could convince this IPA fan to switch over to stouts.

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Photo of waltonc
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from my reliable supplier of fine midwestern beers, Randy at Archer Liquors.

Appearance: pitch black body with brown/tan head. After the fizz subsides there's still significant bubbleage swirling around in my glass.

Smell: creamy, chocolaty, roasted notes.

T/M: Mmmm, delicious. The mouthfeel is dead on for the style - significant carbonation and medium body perfectly compliment the smooth, creamy, sweet, vanilla, coffee taste. Thank goodness I'm not getting any of the sour notes others have remarked upon.

Drinkability: Highly downable. I will be sad when I finish this bottle, and wishing that Three Floyds would expand its distribution.

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

This was the 1st beer tonight of the 2nd week of West coast vs. Midwest Beers.

Split a bomber and poured into Bell's pint glasses with madorb in the comfort of my livingroom.

Now, I've had this beer on nitro, cask, and out of the bottle. I liked the nitro best, the cask was interesting and it's still great out of the bottle. Since we had it out of the bottle tonight I will review it as such.

A rough pour leaves a finger of chocolate milk colored head that dies down quickly. This beer is black with brown highlights.

The smell is amazing. Think chocolate milk, coconut, and mellow roasted malts.

The taste is right there. Lush and delicious. I taste chocolate, coffee, and malted milk. Maybe a little coconut or cocoa butter. Creamy, tempting mouthfeel. I never want this beer to end. Dangerously drinkable for a 7%abv or any beer for that matter.

Another great brew from Three Floyds.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet balck and topped with a half inch, mocha colored head that faded into nothing for some reason. I cleaned the glass too.

S: Sweet, rather toasted chocolate and mild coffee bean.

T/MF: Smooth, but with a decent amount of carbonation to keep things lively and interesting. Good roasty malt bill, milky chocolate, smooth and creamy like it aught to be. It is really, really weird to drink a FFF and not be bombarded with hops.

D: I think I was just a bit let down by this beer. I went in expecting something different than what came out in the end. Not bad, just a bit one dimensional in my opinion.

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

A: REal black with very thin offwhite head that fades quickly and leaves the slightest amount of bubbles down the side of the glass.

S: Lot's of chocolate roaste malts and some coffee with a nice dose of vanilla milkiness. Some breadiness and a light amount of hop ctirus spice

T/M: Medium bodied and silky smooth, goes down really easy. tastes like a chocolate and espresso pudding. as it warms some slight cherry and butterscoth notes come out on the finish. Almost no perception of the alochol.

Drink: You could knock back wuite a bit of these which is a nice feat for a 7% stout.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Remember A Clockwork Orange?? Anyone want a Moloko? Heh...heh...
From the Russian word for "milk".
New release that I've been anxiously looking forward to. A 22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A ~ My tall, vigorous pour unleashed a thick, opaque, murky, motor oil colored liquid with a characteristic dense, frothy milk chocolate colored stout head.
As the head compressed to a 1/4" it left a beaded, oily textured film on the sides of the glass. Sure looks like a Stout!

S ~ Sweet roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, fresh cherries? & a little smoke. There's a sweet & sour thing happening with little evidence of hops in the aroma.

T ~ Bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa, dark roast coffee, chocolate covered cherries, sweet creamy malts,whole grain bread. There's an underlying "natural" sweetness (lactose??) Not too sweet. Slightly tart with the oats filling out the edges with a mildly sour, smokey finish. No bitterness to speak of....a little bit of that sweetness clings to the lips.

M ~ Creamy, smooth, full bodied. A silky, pudding like texture with medium carbonation.

D ~ Well balanced. Very pleasant & approachable. If Stouts or more specifically Milk Stouts are your preference this is a must try. An interesting detour from Three Floyds trademark hop profiles. I'm gonna pick up a few more before they're gone.

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

Had this from the brewery. Wow what a great treat. I really enjoyed this brew! It had a sweetness thats not often found in bottled milk stouts. I really liked the cocoa, mild coffee and malts. MMM!

I will get this as often as I can! I love it.

Overall, a great milk stout to get. I wonder if the bottles even compare?

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Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black body with a very small beige head.

S- very roasty with a bit of sweet chocolate.

T- dark and roasty. a bit of sourness on at the end.

M- full bodied and creamy. very smooth

D- not my favorite three floyds beer, but something i enjoyed. glad i was able to pick this one up. wouldnt want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with plenty of carbonation, but a thin head leading into a thick chunky ring of lacing.

Scent of coffee, roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, and vanilla. Not very complex or all that deep, but it matches the beer very well, not being too strong and having an excellent balance.

Taste of raisins, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of coffee. Aftertaste of roasted malts clings to the mouth finishing dry.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, I like it.

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Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of four beers I enjoyed while at 3 Floyd's,

A: A beautiful nitro pour. Tons of bubbles that built a head that any brewer would be proud of. Once settled down it's dark as night with a nice 2 finger espresso head that lasts and lasts. Lacing, yeah there is lacing. Sheet after sheet from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Nice malty sweetness. Milk chocolate, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. What a stout.

T: Wow wonderful milk stout. They should bottle this one. Starts with a nice malty chocolate taste. Milk chocolate baby. This is overtaken by coffee, and a hit of sweetened toffee. Finishes with a hint of bitterness which reminds me of espresso... Knowing this is a 3 Floyd's brew you know this is hops coming out.

M: Soooo creamy. Man this is stout heaven.

D: This one came in an imperial pint, but I wish they could put it in a bomber, hell I would drink this one by the growler.

Overall: I love a good milk stout and this is just that. Big on taste and aroma. It goes down so smooth, that you are begging for another. This is a 3 Floyd's masterpiece. Man do I love their brews.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub, on the nitro-tap. This stout poured a dark brown color with a thick, creamy tan head that lasted forever. The aroma of this stout was very faint roasted malts with some milk chocolate. The flavor was of soft milk chocolate and mild roasted chocolate malts. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a creamy, nitro carbonation. This stout had excellent balance, and the heavier alcohol was very well hidden behind the other flavors. Another excellent beer from Three Floyds!

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Photo of letsgopens
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub, this milk stout pours black with some small ruby highlight and a thick milky head. Nice lace.

The aroma has some dim cocoa initially and some nice creamy mocha. An earthy bitter character in the nose.

The flavor is much more complex than many milk stouts I've had. Mild and creamy with a distinct thickness of roasted malt. A nice nuttiness, some earthy cocoa, and light coffee. Again one of the most flavorful examples of the style that I've had.

Big creamy mouthfeel with a thickness on the palate that is very appetizing and decadent. Low carbonation creates some of the heaviness. Really pleasing.

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