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Brew Review: Moloko Milk Stout

21 Sep

Brew:  Moloko Milk Stout

Brewed by: 3 Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, IN)

Style:  Milk Stout (8.0% ABV)

3 Floyds brewing has consistently had a loyal following for a variety of reasons.  However, I have not found a brew yet that really sticks me in that group as a big time follower.  I have enjoyed their beers for the most part but nothing really stands out as extraordinary from what I have tried.  Granted I haven’t gotten to try Dark Lord (with a small exception) and I haven’t really gotten a hold of their regular year-round line up offerings which might be where the really good stuff lies.  With the Moloko milk stout I am hoping I do find one of those beers that will make me a fan of 3 Floyds until the end.

The milk stout poured out a nice rich black color.  Pitch black, no light shines through.  Perfect color for the style.  Pretty much like milk, if it was black.  There is a nice light tan head that rises about 2 inches off the top of the brew but it dissipates quickly.

The aroma is sweet.  A decent ‘dry’ stout smell comes at me but with a distinct sweet smell.  It’s like you can smell the lactose milk sugar that they threw in there on top of the oats and other ingredients.  There is also some milk chocolate that peeks through in the aroma.  Not much by way of hops or bitterness.

The taste was silky smooth.  By far the most impressive part of this brew was how smooth it was.  All the golden naked oats they threw in there really did their job well and made this ale a smooth sipper.  The body of the brew was also fairly moderate, I was expecting something a little heavier but I think the way it turned out was a plus.  It wasn’t sticky and didn’t weigh you down or cloy up my mouth.   The main problem with the brew was that there wasn’t much taste to speak of.  they really hit the nail on how the beer should look and drink but they forgot to put anything in there that would make it taste good.   I can get a faint chocolate note along with a hint of lactose but that’s about it. 

Fairly disappointing, overall.  Not much in the taste department.  It looked good and smelled decent but where the beer should be good, aka the taste, it really fell flat.  I think Moo Joos from Brau Brothers or a solid porter would serve me better in the future. 

Final Grade: B-

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Brew Review: Arctic Panzer Wolf

16 May

Brew: Arctic Panzer Wolf

Brewed by: 3 Floyds Brewing (Munster, IN)

Style: Imperial IPA (9.0% ABV)

 

A brew from 3 Floyds which is a treat for those of us up in MN since Floyds does not distribute up here so I had to pick this bad boy up in Chicago on a journey down there. 3 Floyds has a decent reputation for some great brews especially its Dreadnaught IPA so sitting here with their Imperial IPA only gave me hope that they were going to come up with another home run in the IPA department.

The Panzer Wolf poured out a lot lighter than expected for an imperial IPA, usually there is lots of malts in these beasts that counteract the massive amount of hops present which lends a darker color to the brew. This one was a yellow straw-like color so not really a classic color for an average Imperial IPA. There was a loose white head that was somewhat unimpressive as well.

The aroma was fruity and floral hops all the way. There were apricots, apples and pears. Not a tropical sort of arrangement that you sometimes get in big IPA’s but a lighter fruit offering with pears and apples. Reminded me of Duvel and the apples and pears that I picked up when I tasted that brew.

The taste was Imperial for sure. Right away I could detect the booze that came with the brew. At 9.0% this isn’t a laugher and the Panzer Wolf definitely had some teeth that I encountered when I tangled with it. The bitterness was the most present of flavors in there. Pine and earthy hops dominated. It was however a very easy drinking Imperial IPA, somewhat light for the style.

An easy drinking beer that was uncharacteristic for the style but in the end there wasn’t really anything that blew me away with the beer. There wasn’t a big flavor one way or another and the hop profile was somewhat bland for being a big huge IPA. The Arctic Panzer Wolf may have a big bark but the bite is relatively tame in comparison.

 

Final Grade: B