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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 550 | Ratings: 2,114
Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -8.7%
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 +4.8%
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 +8.2%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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 brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: Blackish brown. Very little head. A bit of tan foam on top. Decent lacing.

S: Anise and chocolate come in strongly with a bit of vanilla in the background.

T: Zing! what a pop! Chocolate, anise, vanilla and leather. Chocolate milk and lactose swirl around on my tongue. I could drink this like a Yoo Hoo. The 8% didn't really faze me.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: An outstanding milk stout. But then, it's from 3 Floyds. Swing by the Korova Milk Bar with your droogies and quench your pie holes.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color that lets in no light whatsoever and that has a nice dark tan/light brown head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch thick when first poured. head settles to a good solid 1/5 inch thick with good retention. Quite excellent lacing here too. Aromas of roasted malt and caramel sweetness that gives way to grains and oats and cocoa and chocolate notes. Has flavors of nice, roasted sweet malt, caramel, grainy and oat like cocoa/chocolate, milk sugar, and a slight hint of black coffee bitterness. Rounded out with a slight touch of hop bitterness on the back end of the tongue. Has a slightly crisp, but mostly smooth, creamy, and frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Goes down very smoothly and the mouthfeel certainly has quite milk like quality indeed! Very easy to drink in all the right and good ways for a beer with an 8% ABV, as the 8% ABV is well masked indeed. Quite excellent all around here!


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Photo of schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this sitting around in my fridge for a month or two and now was a good time to share it. What a disappointment, and I felt lousy after drinking it.

This brew is a like a big mix up of stout and milk that just doesn't work for me - it has way too much milk characteristics. It looks fairly typical and has a reasonably interesting aroma, but the taste is the first tip that maybe you should leave this alone.

It has a serious milk taste and aftertaste, like someone mixed in some half and half (not quite cream). The after-feel is uncomfortable. I woke up in the night regretting drinking a big glass of this.

Note to self - don't buy this again and avoid big glasses of milk stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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 kscaldef
3/5  rDev -27.4%

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 SomethingClever
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

A: dark black look light tan head not much head to speak of

S: a little smoky some roast

T: Smoky not really that great a little thin semi sweet because it's a milk stout

M: thin it's just ok doesn't blow you away

O: not bad at a milk stout but not worth the huge price tag just go get another milk stout

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler

This fine milk stout giving homage to A clockwork Orange pours a thick black with a nice brown
layer of foam that dies down to a thin ring and great lacing. Nose of sweet chocolate, strong
espresso, and deeply roasted goodness. Flavors are up front chocolate and sweet milk sugars
giving rise to a pleasant bitterness with a coffee like aftertaste. Tons of flavor. Smooth
mouthfeel from the addition of oats, this is one to make stout lovers rejoice.
IF you have a chance to have this one on tap I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT.

Cheers, minus the ultra-violence, of course.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

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 WreckedPalate
4/5  rDev -3.1%

I don't even like sweet stouts but this was awesome. Toasty, roasty, creamy and sweet. Just enough hop bite to balance and a tad bit of alcohol heat to add character without discrediting this work of art. I love this stuff, I will be buying more. Perfect camp fire beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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 WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottled in a 22oz. bomber 8/5. Enjoyed out of coffee mug for breakfast on 8/31.

A hard pour results in a foamy head that disappears quickly, leaving a thin, espresso brown film on top with an accompanying ring around the mug.

Not a necessarily strong aroma. Subtle roasted malts/oatmeal, chocolate milk,and a little bit of coffee.

Taste is very true to a milk stout, and much better than the smell would indicate. Chocolate, creamer, sugar, oats, very subtle coffee flavor. Very, very silky smooth. The velvety/creamy texture reminds me very much of a Left Hand Milk Stout. The finish makes you go right back for another taste.

No ABV on bottle, but listed at 8% here. I would swear it to be 4-5. One of my favorite in this style for sure. Just wish it was in 12oz bottles or Lagunitas priced bombers. Paid $12 for this one.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 bottle found and swooped up at Jenifer Street Market in Madison, Wisconsin.

Appearance: Pitch black with a finger of fine brown bubbles. Nice lacing. Looks very good in the glass. (4.25/5)

Smell: True to the style. Yep, smells pretty much like chocolate milk and quality roasted coffee. Nothing out of the ordinary, but absolutely outstanding for the style. (4.25/5)

Taste/feel: 8%? Yeah right. I don't get that anywhere. The feel is ridiculous. It has a slight prickliness initially that reminds me of a porter, but then there's a super awesome milk stout silkiness the rest of the way. Insanely tasty stuff. Great blend of chocolate and coffee with a pretty much perfect balance of chocolate and coffee notes. Aftertaste is pretty light, surprisingly, and begs for you to take a second sip. Then a third. Then a fourth... before you know it, the stuff's gone. (4.25/5, 4.5/5)

So this is probably my favorite milk stout. If not (according to my rating), it's close to it. This beer isn't a "sipper" by definition, but you're gonna want to enjoy each and every sip of this beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip glass

A- Dark pour letting in very little light. Carmel brown head - 1 finger settling into just a ring as it is enjoyed.

S - Sweetness and roasted malt

T- Sweet milk stout. Nice balance of the malts and milk sugars.

M- Nice and smooth. Very fine carbination that works to push that sweetness into the roof of your mouth.

O - This is a very enjoyable milk stout for its drinkability. Not always the easiest to find (like all 3 Floyds) but I pick up 1 or 2 whenever I see them.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- solid black with a 1.5 finger light brown head that never wants to leave. Soapy lacing and a still murky look as it settles in the glass. Exactly how this style should look.

S- Roasted oats, bark, and soft notes of chocolate. More lifeless than I expect out of a milk stout.

T- I big step up from the nose. A healthy does of roasted malts, caramelized sugars, and milk chocolate. Incredibly smooth.

M- The copious amounts of oats and lactose make for a creamy, chewy feel. Coats oh so nicely.

O- Other than my disappointment in the nose, this bad boy was done right. Drinks really well for the style, straight forward flavor profile, and smooth as can be.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BWED
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tumbler.

A- Black with a well retained brown head. Good lacing, as well.

S- Chocolate, some roasted malt, and sweetened milk. Very sweet in aroma.

T- Very sweet, chocolate milk-like. No bitterness at all.

M- Very thick, creamy, smooth. A nice sweet finish.

O- Really sweet and creamy. Easy to drink. One of the sweetest milk stouts I've had.

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Photo of wildcatboy
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours dark coffee color.
You can smell the chocolate and lactos. There is a touch of coffee.
Tasty creamy chocolate milk. A creamy mouth feel. Really good Milk stout. No over pronunciation of the lactos. Smooth, creamy easy drink.

This was so good I don't know if I'd want to share. I love sharing good beers but this is one I don't want to tell anyone I have so I can enjoy the entire bottle. Mmmm.... Good work 3 f's.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee black with a huge and creamy 3 finger dark tan head which slowly dissipates into a 1/4 finger layer on top of the beer. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Classic milk stout nose featuring lactose sugar, roasted malt and semisweet chocolate. The nose is a little weaker than I would have liked.

Taste: Medium roasted malt and milk chocolate up front followed by a touch of coffee and molasses in the middle before ending with dark chocolate and a hint of bitter hops. Aftertaste is semisweet chocolate with a touch of lactose sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. No need to consider sharing a bomber unless you're feeling generous.

Overall: A very good milk stout overall. Give it a try if you get the chance.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,114 ratings