Three Floyds “Moloko”
Moloko is a seasonal Milk Stout only released in August. Moloko is Russian for milk. Aromas are malty with notes of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal, and maple syrup.
The palate unloads a big body of caramel sweetness resembling Whoppers malted milk balls. Smooth milk chocolate fills up the middle register like a chocolate milkshake. A dull roast approaches, creating a bitter twist that tastes like coffee with vanilla syrup. As the sweetness shifts more toward brown sugar, finer complexities emerge from the rear with a fruity element akin to raisins. Hops impart a weak hint of earth and tobacco on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel delivers a medium-weight, silky body that flows viscous over soft carbonation . Sure, the alcohol may appear a tad hefty on paper, but you’d hardly know it were there at all!
Overall, I think this is an outstanding Milk Stout that leaves me with a positive first introduction. Three Floyds have been known to break the rules, so you see, there are some ‘Imperial’ factors which set this apart from the standard Milk Stout. For one, the hops play a slightly more robust role than is average, plus that 8% ABV is quite hefty. In the end, agreeable balance holds everything together, so that sweetness conquers bitterness, then whispers a soft sour note goodbye. There’s no doubting this is good, but it’s pushing style parameters. Maybe that’s why I like it so much? I recommend it!