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: 2,091 |  Reviews: 544
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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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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