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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Reviews: 531 | Ratings: 2,035
Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thin tannish head. Aroma is surprisingly dry with, roast, chocolate, nutty and lactose. The Flavor boasts plenty of chocolate malt, lactose and a fair amount of hops (it is 3 Floyds!). Finishes more sweet and somewhat long. Medium to full body, creamy texture.

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Photo of Goliath
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque with a thin layer of mocha colored head on top. Decent retention but no real lacing.

The aroma is delicious. Big chocolate notes with a touch of coffee. Slightly roasty as well.

The taste is quite good. A little roastier than I expected, but big chocolate notes, with a slight bit of coffee. Certainly is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but seemingly slightly watery. Finely carbonated, near nonexistent on the tongue.

Drinkability is high. It's very tasty, and well made IMO. Easy to consume, and a pleasure to do so.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a first for me; this is really the first Three Floyd's beer that I would characterize as disappointing. Mouthfeel was seemed almost greasy or oily in my mouth, and the flavor seemed a a mix of too-sweet sweetness and some nice milky creamy flavor.

It poured black with not very much off-white head. Aroma was intensely roasty and definitely predicted the sweetness that I described above in the flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit strange.

OK...I found this beer interesting, but compared to my first experiences with Gumallhead, Alpha King, and Dreadnought, which were downright eurphoric...well let's just say it wasn't the same.

I bought this 22oz bottle at Big Red Liquor in Bloomington, IN.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours like a dark cola, sets up even darker, with no light getting through. A brief cover of dark mocha looks good but doesn't last long. Holds a thin collar and puts up a few stray dots of lace.

Aroma - syrupy chocolate, a mild roasted grain, and some chocolate milk powder. Diminishes quickly but holds the chocolate aroma well.

Taste - even opening of grain, lightly roasted, sweetness, and diluted chocolate. The swallow shows a little more roast than at the beginning, and the dark chocolate flavors are more expressive. A faint touch of bitterness or char, nor really sure which. A nice little balancing bit there. Finishes with a touch of molasses maybe, something sweet and a touch vinous.

Mouthfeel - thinner than I'd hoped, and the bubbly carbonation pulls this to the lighter, crisper side more than I'd prefer.

Drinkability - the abv is totally hidden. I could drink another bomber without much problem, but I think I'd tend to seek a milk stout with a creamier, fuller body.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: There is no more beautiful beer to look at then a stout in which the bubbles cascade down like like rows of psychedelic curtains. Amen.

Smell: Just wasn't there I had a cold but I'm still being generous, I don't think it was there.

Taste: Fantastic, light chocolate balanced out with a dry dark malt starch, and just the faintest touch of an RIS type fig thing going on, with a dry finish. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Truly rich and creamy.

Drinkability: Dastardly good, very drinkable at 7% abv.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle at Southwest Liquors in Chicago last week for $6.99. The beer is dark brown and opaque, and a vigorous pour gave 2 fingers of tan foam that lasted maybe 2-3 minutes. The smell is roasty, chocolaty and sweet, maybe I can imagine some lactate (probably not there). The taste is sweet, very chocolaty and roasty, delicious. Worth the time it takes to find this, a very good interpretation by 3F, with no overkill hops. Not that more hops would be bad.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 12-10-08

Pours thick and super dark, almost black. No head, super thin rings of tan lacing.

Smell is malty, almost sour, with tons of chocolate, smoke, and roastiness.

Taste is pleasant malt, a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate, and a surprising amount of coffee and smoke bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, but good. Lightens things up a bit.

Drinkability is very good, strong malty flavors but nothing too sweet or bitter.

Overall, a very good milk stout, and worth picking up.

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Photo of antilogic
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a recent trade!

An interesting take on a stout. The sweetness is surprising but works well for the beer. It's not as thick as the dark opaqueness suggests and is surprisingly drinkable at 7%. Definitely get notes of chocolate and malt. Creamy and medium body.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Forest cake with faint glimmers of sepia along the edges. I wish all double stouts were this dark and foreboding, never mind all 7.0% milk stouts. Atop the liquid sits a thick slab of coffee mousse colored foam that appears to have a similar texture. Impressive lace as well. While it lasts.

The nose is classic for the style. A wonderful aroma of roasted barley exits the pint glass, with plenty of milk/dark chocolate and a small splash of joe. An underlying American hoppiness can be appreciated as well. It smells, however, like this will be one of 3F's less lupulin loaded ales.

Moloko Plus is pretty good beer, but it doesn't seriously challenge the best of style. First of all, it doesn't taste as big or as rich as it looks and smells. A 7.0% beer from these guys is usually more of a knock-your-socks-off experience.

Flavors include melted Hershey's chocolate kisses, caramelized sugar, light molasses, a splash of buttermilk and a few shaving of grapefruit zest. MP is balanced to the extent that it's sweet, sour and bitter in roughly equal measure. As it nears room temperature, sweet takes over. <Something> is needed for the next highest flavor score, I'm just not sure what.

Simply put, the mouthfeel isn't full enough. More malt would have helped in all sorts of ways. Having said that, the beer is still glassy smooth and has the laid back carbonation that I like.

Moloko is Russian for milk. Moloko Plus was a drink in 'A Clockwork Orange' that was made of milk plus some drug. Moloko Plus was also an actual drink in England and France back in the 70s that consisted of milk plus LSD. You don't suppose that Three Floyds added... nah. My mind is no more altered than usual after half a bomber.

Floyd, Floyd and Floyd will always be one of my favorite breweries, even if they overprice their beer. Unfortunately, Moloko Plus is not one of their better efforts. If you want a kick-ass stout, my droogies, go with Black Sun or Dark... something or other. I forgot what it's called.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a creamy dark tan head; some lacing left around the pint glass

Smell: Milk chocolate, mocha and an overwhelming lactose element

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate, with an artificial, chemical flavor that I would ascribe to the lactose, arriving early on; very chocolatey after the swallow, with a lactose laden finish; a lot of roasty, coffee elements arrive at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Definitely a sweet stout with a lot of milk chocolate flavor

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

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

Many thanks to DavidEddie for the opportunity to consider this one!!!! Whoo hoo!!

Pours the color of motor oil with a HUGE foamy dark brown head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is aggressive and really rich and chocolaty suggesting a very heavy mouthfeel. Full bodied, the mouth is fabulously creamy. Its going down way too fast and easy...and i'm splitting this one with my son. The flavor is chocolaty and malty. It coats like my favorite Double Stouts. My previous samples of style must have used lactose because i had more of a sense of heated milk that you make for hot cocoa. Not so much with this one. The sweet chocolate is the big player with this one. At 7% ABV i could drink these all night long!! Especially since my understanding is that this is the 'diet version'...yeah right! There are some serious quality ingredient at work inside. Another fine FFF product! Highly recommended.

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Photo of goodspeed94
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a recent trip to Lone Hill Liquors.

A: Pouring out of the bottle, the head forms looking something like one of those glass balls with lightning inside that focuses on your finger when you touch it. Finishes with a moderate tan head that just won't completely quit. Black.

S: Expected, but this honestly smells like a chocolate milk shake, so much so that even the texture comes through on the nose. Small notes of coffee, roasted. Delicious.

T: Little thinner than a chocolate milk shake, like one that has melted a bit, but not much different. Very tasty. Haven't had many milk stouts so may be a little biased. Smooth, frothy, rich, well done.

M: Not as thick as it implies, easy on the mouth, no alcohol bite (only 7%), goes down smooth.

D: This would be really nice on a warm, summer day, even on the beach it goes down that nice. Great flavor profile, complete.

This is a style I need to explore further. Great introduction, and quite a find out here in California. Stan is the man.

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Photo of jas0n50
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black and opaque in color; thin tan head that dissipates quickly

S: Rich malty, nutty aroma with chocolate and coffee

T: mild and sweet, milky and chocolately

M: heavy, creamy mouthfeel that sticks to your palate

D: very filling and satisfying beer, probably wouldn't want to drink more than one or two of these at a time.

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Photo of sleazo
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little bit of the old Moloko Plus.

A_A vigourous pour produces a jet black liquid with a two finger cafe auy lait coloured head. The retention is moderate and lacing is non existant.

S_Thick roasted aromas pour out, coffee and milk chocolate. Mildly sweet as well.

T_An initial sweeteness is followe dby a deep rich roasted flavour explosion of coffee, chocolate and a cream like sweetness. Some charred wood permeates this as well a slight vegetal bitterness from the hops. This manages to take something relatively sweet into a nicely bitter territory.

M_Light bodied for a stout with a very tight and mildly aggressive carbonation. It lightens up the whole affair and makes it more refreshing than would otherwise be thought.

D_This grew on me as I drank it. What starts out as a bit empty manages to build on itself. Kind of a mix between an American Stout, Milk Stout and American Porter.

Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with ruby highlights when held to light and a thin creamy tan head that disapears quickly.

S - Cocoa, sweet milk chocolate, hints of lactose and tobacco leaf. Very faint aroma that you have to search for.

T - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, milky with some lactic qualities and a touch of tobacco.

M - Creamy and smooth with medium body and light carbonation.

D - Not as good as I remember it at the brewpub in years past before they released bottles.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and malty with a dominant flavor of chocolate, as you would expect, but not overly sweet. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I don't usually go for this style but this is a good stout to drink for a long time.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint

Obtained this on a recent trip to the brewery.

Held up to the light, this guy is the darkest shade of chestnut brown known to man. A fluffy coffee-cream colored head rose a solid two fingers and rescinded rather slowly. Good trails of lace. A pretty beer.

A predominantly sweet nose rounded out by roasted malt, baker's chocolate, dark fruit, lactose sugar, and a hint of charcoal.

Bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasted/burnt malt and a sweet lactose sugar flavor hits you off the bat. Dark fruits, espresso and a touch of grassy hops.

The lactose adds a creamy, smooth body to this beer. Perfectly carbonated and full bodied.

I found this to be very easy to drink. The alcohol is practically unnoticed and I really enjoyed the flavor profile. I had to make a conscious effort to slow down.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A very dark brown/ lighter black. The light brown head is small but splotchy with not great retention.

S- Loads of cocoa up front with some smokiness and chocolate milk in there as well. I also get some melted butter aroma as well. Oddly enough, it is not too rich smelling either. Very nice.

T- Nice and chocolaty. Slightly smoky with no hint of alcohol. Very well balanced- not too sweet or rich at all.

M- Chocolate milk smooth. Like velvet.

D- Surprisingly tasty. A very easy drinking stout considering the ABV. I wish I would've gotten more of this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of tan foam. Lots of sticky lacing.

The smell has otes of caramel malt, chocolate, roasted malt, and light coffee. Good nose.

The taste is big and bold. Lots of roasted malt & chocolate greet my tastebuds with a nice infusion of bitterness from the coffee and dark chocolate. Yummy.

Very high on the medium mouthfeel scale, it's lightly carbonated and finishes semi sweet and has a good fairly long lasting aftertaste. Easy drinking and very smooth on the palate, I like this style a lot when done right.. this is another goodie from Three Floyds!

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Photo of hrockefeller
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Have been looking forward to trying this, and wonder how 3F will interpret a milk stout. Pours pitch black with a 2 finger dark tan head, which quickly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing. This is a little low on alcohol compared to their typical big brews so I expected the head to last longer for the style. Overall, though, I am quite happy with the purchase. Smells a little like a boozy milkshake made with chocolate syrup. Taste is like the smell, only with more roasty notes and little alcohol flavor. Still a bit of a sipper, and a pleasure to drink on a cold November night. Once again, well done, Three Floyds.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off the bat, best milk stout I've had. Left Hand... a distant, distant second.

It pours black with a tan head... doesn't remain for long.

In the nose, I smell some roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee beans.

Tastes about the same... still, it finishes a little to thin for me. I don't know, I can't really get behind this style. It's an RIS Lite. Why stop here when you can go all the way?

However, FFF does the style justice as I would like to try this on tap. SL Binny's here I come!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Head recedes fairly quick into a layer of bubbles on top and just a touch of spotty lacing here and there.

S- Roasted malts, darker fruits, chocolate, sweet sugars and just a touch of coffee.

T- Pretty sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and finishes a little dry.

M- About right on for what I expected. Silky, creamy and smooth.

D- Easy to drink.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a stein.

A- Dark brown, almost black. Produced a finger sized head that was tan in color. Dissipated pretty quickly.

S- Combination of chocolate, roasted sweet malt, and some cocoa.

T- Very simple and nice. Roasted malts and chocolate hit the palate. This is balanced by the wonderful sweetness of the malt.

M- Medium bodied and ultra smooth. Very little carbonation. The lactose in this beer made a huge difference as it gave it a creamy smooth feel, instead of a watered down feel.

D- I could drink this all day. The alcohol was not detectable and the sweetness was not overpowering in any way what so ever.

Overall, I am now a big fan of milk stouts. I loved the creamy texture that this beer produced. Combine this with a gentle sweetness and it makes for one great experience.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 7% ABV. Pours very close to pitch black. Tan head trickles down to a thin layer rather quickly. Not much lace left on the sides.

Lots of chocolate in the nose, almost like chocolate syrup. Cream, and caramel as well.

Nice amount of chocolate, cream, cocoa, and caramel. Some sweetness, but seems to be just the right amount.

Medium body, low carbonation. Good balance. Alcohol is very well hidden. Easy to drink, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Slynger
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Moloko pours a jet black with a cap of lightly creamy light mocha color.

Aroma is creamy, dark chocolaty, and darkly roasted.

Flavor brings about the same stuff, but in different rankings. The most prominent feature is the tart cream. Chocolate and unsweetened cocoa combine with a light amount of darkly roasted malts with hints of coffee to fill in the rest.

It is extremely smooth and creamy, feel is very nice.

Not one of my favorites from tripFloyds. A bit too much of a tart cream flavor. A big subtraction to some otherwise nice qualities.

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Moloko from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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