Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Sep 10, 2008 6:00PM

This week, we hopefully compare tasting notes. Two weeks back we wrote about a sampling of Moloko, a milk stout brewed by Three Floyds, that was happening at Smallbar in Wicker Park. Milk stouts are typically made with lactose sugar; the resultant brew is sticky sweet.

Moloko isn't your typical Three Floyds hop bomb. Actually, it's the complete opposite. Moloko is far and away the sweetest beer Three Floyds brews. Nick Floyd and company use lactose sugar and ample amounts of golden oats for added sweetness. We picked up notes of bitter chocolate and roasted barley malt, as well. Try as we might, we couldn't get any head to form from Moloko. We even gave this a long pour to facilitate some foam formation. But it's the sweetness that hooked us. The overall flavor — and light carbonation — reminded us of the flat cola Mom uses to de-glaze her pork chops.

We doubt that Smallbar has any Moloko left on draft. If you are interested in picking up a bomber bottle, Lush Wine and Spirits (who tipped us off to the Smallbar tasting) is selling them for $8.25. Moloko, Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week," also makes three stouts (to go with DarkLord and Black Sun) that Three Floyds brews well.