I haven’t sampled a Stout in a while and I have been craving one for about the past 2 weeks, so I’m eager to see how this one tastes.
From the website, 3floyds.com, I stumbled upon this description of the Moloko Stout.
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.
Not much of a description there, so we are just going to have to give it a pour and interpret this ourselves.
This beer comes in a 22 oz. bottle and has an ABV of 8.0%.
The brew poured a very, very dark brown/black color with zero highlights coming through. A smooth, tan, creamy head was derived that was of very nice size, yet only had average lacing. A bit of lacing did cling to the sides, but not near what I was hoping for. The crown settled to a smooth, creamy, filmy sheen across the top.
With the aroma, the first smell I found was a milk chocolate note. Nice. Dried cocoa powder along with a creamy fragrance and a touch of hops came through nicely, which coincided well with a tone of faint roasted coffee bean. It was rich and sweet, however it wasn’t astringent or overly robust. A caress of dark raisin started to develop after the beer had time to settle and adjust to temperature.
The taste brought out a very welcome and expected bittersweet chocolate with whole milk tones. Some hop bitterness was accounted for along with expressions of a chalky, cocoa powder. Only the mildest hints of coffee were found. Maybe even getting some oats or nuttiness in there also. Some dark fruit, similar to the smell, in the form of dark, chocolate covered raisins. They weren’t a forerunner in the taste, but they added an intricacy that was pleasant and fitting. I started to get the most minute taste of alcohol as it warmed to room temperature. Overall, it was toasty, roasty and complex. It’s balanced very, very well and tastes very, very good!!!
The mouthfeel was medium, slick, creamy, smooth as silk, velvety, dry and chewy. It left a nice bit of flavor behind on the palate, yet I would have liked a little bit more. It was still solid and worthwhile though. Only a touch of warmth was felt from the alcohol and no lingering burn lasted to distract me.
This beer is really good and super easy to drink. The Moloko is very flavorful, has a good aroma, looks splendid and fits the style very well in my opinion. Nice doses of chocolate and creamy milk in both the taste and the fragrance. That’s what I was looking forward to with this brew. Plenty of savor to make me want to turn it up and gulp. It’s not too filling or heavy and, for all practical purposes, could be had as dessert all by itself. Definitely pick this up if you are a Sweet Stout fan. It’s worth it.
Hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend.
What are you guys drinking tonight?
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Score: 4.25 out of 5