Bourbon Barrel Aged Moloko
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Aged MolokoBourbon Barrel Aged Moloko
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #73
Ranked #2,496
4.18 | pDev: 18.42%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Bourbon Barrel Aged MolokoBourbon Barrel Aged Moloko
Notes: Our seasonal Milk Stout aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Chocolate, coconut, and vanilla liquid awesomeness.
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 230
Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Three Floyd's Kiosk

Silver Wax 2018

Moloko, the barrel aged edition, is a dark, dense libation. It's black on the pour but if held directly to the light splinters of cola brown can be spotted.The foam is foamy...and dark, like milk chocolate. It sticks around for a minute or two but fizzles down a whispy head shortly thereafter. It looks big and bold and boozy, as it should.

Whew! This one aged well. Big barrel characteristics get it started, but in a unique way. The oak and caramel together take the form of walnut, pith and flesh. Walnut is first to hit the nose with spicy oak and gobs of caramel following. An undercurrent of vanilla wraps up the barrel aspect, this all hugs a sturdy roast. The roast is fairly deep with a cocoa nib and black coffee backing. A splash of cream. Worn leather. Sophistication.

Walnut and spicy oak get this bastard on a roll. The roast is softer than the nose led on but still brings a touch of bitterness.The oak pushes through the finish but is met in the middle by dark caramel. A touch of lactose sweetness in the middle evens out that roast. Cocoa nibs, caramel, coffee grounds, and softly boozy bourbon bring about that sweet heat. This is damn fine.

The body has some weight off the bat, a few ticks shy of full. The bubbles are light, not providing much push, and the weight slowly decreases to a few ticks over moderate by swallow time. The barrel brings about some tannins that can be felt on the gums and sides of the tongue while that, the alcohol, and the roastiness bring about a drying finish. This stuff is pretty dangerous in the drinkability category.

Bourbon Barrel Moloko is mighty fine. Nice presentation, cool label. The Floyd's pulled the soul out of the barrel they used and it shows in this beer. Delicious barrel characteristics around an already impressive beer. Tons of depth and complexity with balancing counterpoints.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice looking black color, the smell of the beer is a little sweet, some roastiness in there and a touch of some barrel aging. The taste of the beer is pretty good too, sweet with some boozy heat in there. The feel of the beer is silky smooth which is very nice. Overall it was something I had always wanted to try and finally got the chance at EBF.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 483 of 1432.

2014 vintage; drank 5/27/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a can.

Brown/black appearance.

Dark tan head; minimal lace.

Oatmeal, sherry, cherry & mild cinnamon notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cherry, oatmeal & mild nail polish flavors up front; mild cinnamon notes on the finish. Fairly muted for a beer like this; not great but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer of all time! Just perfect in every way. It was so good that I compare every milk stout to this gem to see if I would like something better. So far after a crap load of milk stouts. This stands at number one on my list.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich, malty, spiced, maltose, woody, semi sweet bourbon notes.
Oak barrel, boozy cognac nose.
Black and opaque, with a tan lace. Full body. sticky mouth-feel with alcohol kick.

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Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, blue wax from the 2014 release, poured into a Three Floyds gold DLD mini snifter. Enjoyed on 2.28.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, cola brown edges with a finger or so of khaki head, moderate retention and minimal lace. The aroma is big on the barrel, really oak forward with potent whiskey, stone fruits, light spice, bittersweet chocolate, rich grain and a bit of vanilla. Really big on the barrel, not hot per se, but definitely barrel forward. The flavors echo that sentiment, oak barrel, bourbon, toffee, rich chocolate, stone fruits, some roast and char, licorice and a bit of vanilla. The body is a bit thin, plenty of carbonation though it still feels smooth and easy and finishes nicely, with a gentle warming sensation.

Verdict: A decent barrel treatment of Moloko, perhaps less carbonation would help, but this is still tasty. It has a decent complexity to it and and a fairly nice balance, just needs some more oomph.

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Photo of 30MinutesSouth
2.69/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a totally fair review as this was one of the infected bottles released this year. For the record FFF made good with a gift card at the kiosk for the cost of the bottle.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well, was worried it might be infected with all the posts about it being so. My bottle seemed fine. Maybe a hint of sourness, but I might have been picking up on that due to thinking it would be there. The beer itself is only ok. Sweet smooth taste. Some bourbon notes. Totally not worth $35 a bottle. This beer should easily only cost $10. Yes it was good, but not that good.

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Photo of patklupe
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can not say that it was infected; however, that is about the most glowing praise I can give this beer. The body was thin. The taste was sweet, with a strange flavor I could not pin down. Perhaps my expectations of what a Barrel Aged Beer from Three Floyds should be were set too high. Unfortunately, it was the most expensive bottle of beer I purchased this year. I should have bought a case of Zombie Dust instead.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. This was not infected.

A: Medium brown with a tan one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing. Pretty.

S: Oak-y, bourbon-y with hints of vanilla. Some lactose in the background.

T: Slides down easy with robust, sweet and smokey traits. The bourbon barrels really give it a different feel from regular Moloko. Bourbon notes dominate, but in a very relaxed way, not overpowering. Cherries slide in with vanilla and oak. Getting a bit of semi-sweet chocolate in the mix, too. So sultry and decadent.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Like drinking a bourbon and lactose. A smooth milkshake. Glad to have walked in on this superior tasting.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BA Moloko 2016
- Tons of barrel up front. Shake type mouth feel (not thick and sweet, but almost light and thick at same time). Vanilla and coco. ~4.5 overall

BA Moloko 2014
- 4.1 overall

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), unknown vintage, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of trippytbta
1/5  rDev -76.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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Photo of jeonseh
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF

A - Dark brown with a small mocha head. Has a nice viscosity to it that makes it look slightly syrupy

S - Notes of honey, oak and maraschino cherry waft up from it. There is a slight hint if coffee and roasted malt as well. You get a slight whiff of the bourbon and from the sweeter cherry aspects, I'm curious as to if this was aged in Makers or another wheated bourbon barrel. The barrel aspects are very prevalent and seem to add a lot and are the main feature of the nose.

T - At first, I get an almost mead like honey. There is Maraschino cheery and a slight orange peel that keeps it from being too sweet. The alcohol comes through in the middle to give it a kick and after that there are most bourbon flavors with vanilla, oak, and bananas foster coming through. The finish is very bourbony as well and makes me feel like I just had a sip of a dram.

MF - Lightly carbonated to give it a nice smooth feeling and leaves a slight tingle in the tongue. There is a slight stickiness that sits on the lips and reflects the beers sweeter aspects. The barrel kicks in a slight warming that radiates within your mouth. 4.5

O - This is a completely different beer than regular Moloko as the barrel take over the regular flavors. You get strong influence in the nose, flavor, and mouthfeel. I like this but not as much as Ronaldo.

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Photo of phisigben
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the 2012 Indiana Micro-brewers winter fest. I usually don't like reviewing beers at festivals but this was the first beer I had that day and I got back in line and got a 2nd pour.

It pours like used motor oil and has just a little bit of dark mocha colored head. Right up front bourbon smell hits you in the nose a nice chard oak smell followed up by some chocolate and sweetness from the malt. Just like the nose the bourbon is up front but no alcohol taste that I usually find with beers that are BA and the predominate flavor is the bourbon. I also get chocolate, vanilla, and sweetness from the lactose sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to Moloko and Moloko has a bit of a thin mouthfeel anyways. Over all this is an great beer I wish I could drink it more often.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery...

Arrives an evil midnight black... Still as death in the snifter...

Huge aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and tinges of booze... This smells terrific. Holy smokes....a lovely blend of aromas mingle together here... Off the damn hook...

Loads of chocolate, bourbon, oak and deep roasted malts present in the flavors and have me wishing they would bottle this... Its like the regular Moloko on steroids which is a good thing... The bourbon is prevalent but not overpowering... The creaminess of this brew is amazing...

An unbelievable treat to get to try this... A truly awesome beer...

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4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at FFF poured into a snifter

Appearance : black in color with a tinge of dark red color on the edge of the glass. Small dark tan had that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring clinging to glass

Smell : Smells like a chared out oak bourbon barrel. Huge nose on this beer 1 of the best smelling bourbon barrel aged beers I've had

Taste : A taste is divine. This is 1 of 3 floyds best beers 3 floyds makes that I have to date. Reminds me of a chocolate cherry with whiskey in center.

Mouthfeel : full body with little carbonation Not to thick and not to sticky

Overall : I really enjoyed this beer and when I see it available I rush to 3 floyds to enjoy a least a couple glasses of it. It's a real treat and I think I enjoy it as12oz much as Dark Lord

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ the 3 Floyds brewpub.

Pours a solid onyx black that lets almost zero light in. Dark brown edges sit underneath a paper thin collection of tan bubbles. Sticky lacing.

The nose is sweet bourbon madness. Vanilla is nicely paired with oak and has a powerful booziness to it. Some chocolate and a touch of coconut come to mind as well.

The taste is also bourbon infused with ample vanilla, cocoa, oak, and a slight bit of flaked oat from the original brew. Dark cherries bring a nice sweetness to the table. Very smooth and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is creamy, a lil heavy, and smooth. There is a very enjoyable, silk-like texture to it.

Overall, this is just fantastic all around. Great bourbon flavor while preserving all the stout qualities.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.

This looks like a stout, but with deep plum purple and black cherry hues hiding in there. The legs an edges show dark red, and it looks very nice. Two fingers of dark tan head (the color of wet sand on a Lake Michigan beach) stayed around through several sips before leaving a small ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing.

Smells like oaky bourbon. Some dark fruits come through with black cherry notes. The nose and flavor have really forsaken the base beer-- but all is not lost. This is very nice on the nose and on the palate. The FFF boys have steadily improved in their barrel aging program, and this beer is testament to that fact. The bourbon flavor is intense, but well integrated. Lots of oaky and char notes with plenty bourbon and vanilla. The base beer is hardly noticeable, but some vague malty sweetness does shine through.
The body is perfect; nice and full (for a milkstout), with enough carbonation to help it feel creamy.

Overall, this is quite nice. I wish the beers like this would be bottled... But I can live with sneaking away to sample them on tap.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a tulip.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Black body that reveals some dark brown coloration at the fringes.

S - Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, toasted coconut. Doesn't smell like the the base beer all that much, as the lactose character doesn't come out very much. I'm curious what sort of barrels were used, as this doesn't have that distinct Woodford aroma I get from many Three Floyds barrel-aged offerings. As it warms up there is a lot of dry oakiness that emerges.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon in the finish, more smoke and oak than I expected from the aroma and less malt sweetness. Mild warming alcohol, but nothing unexpected for the listed ABV.

M - Lower carbonation, medium creamy body, and a lightly tannic finish.

D - Not my favorite Three Floyds barrel-aged offering, but still quite enjoyable and easy to drink. I prefer the various Conquistadors to this Moloko variant, but I prefer this to Ronaldo.

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Photo of Kshock
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black with a decent mocha head on it. Has a good presentation.

S-light chocolate and roast on the nose. good smell, just mild.

T- Very creamy coffee and chocolate flavors. This is an awesome blend of flavors, everything has its purppose without out/over doing it.

M- Very creamy like a cask beer. This beer shines in this area, truly awesome soft mouth feel.

O- Love this beer, wish i could drink it more.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in the brewpub on DLD 2011.

A: Fully black with a nice cap of tan foam that settles into a solid ring. Ver nice indeed.

S: Very soft, very smooth. Bourbon and chocolate. Nothing else. Cool.

T: Vanilla and bourbon up front, followed by some more vanilla and oak. Pretty simple but tasty.

M: Smooth, medium body that just dissolves into soft carbonation. Luscious.

O: Very good beer, but perhaps a little one-dimensional with the barrel notes. After trying Vanilla Bean DL, this one seemed a little weak. But I guess anything would...


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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for braving the element that was the FFF brewpub and snagging some of this on DLD. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose starts the show off right with some nice really barrel character--light bourbon plus some mild oak and vanilla coming through in the background. Really nice start. Good moderate malt presence and a nice creaminess come through as well. The flavor is nice with good notes of bourbon and the always-pleasurable Moloko base beer. Nice balance between the two components of this one. Mouthfeel is luscious and creamy. Nice finish with just a touch of booze. Very well done.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Had on tap at Dark Lord Day; was very excited to see it.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an inch of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, cream, roasted malts, and light caramel.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, light vanilla, and light chocolate. Very good, but a bit of heat, moreso than the BA Dark Lord and BA Behemoth.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall another great barrel aged beer from FFF. Different, but on par, with the normal version. Would love to have it again sometime.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for grabbing this from the brewpub at DLD when I was so focused on DL I failed to see it.

A - Very dark brown beer with a small tan head on it that faded to a bit of a ring.

S - Sweet and rich smelling beer. Chocolate is not overpowered by the bourbon, rather there is some oak and barrel notes mixed in with it that are great. Milk and lactose is evident, but also just adds to the chocolate. This is a milk stout in every sense, and the bourbon only seems to add without giving it an edge.

T - Taste very much like the nose. A great bourbon and milk chocolate meld with vanilla, oak, lactose, and all the things you would want in a good milk stout. Very sweet, no real heat on it.

M - Smooth, rich, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Really great beer, particularly for the style which is something I generally don't care for. Would love to drink this again, perfect dessert beer.

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