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MILF - Mother's Brewing Company


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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.39%

Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
You're in for a treat with this one. Brewed with cocoa nibs and raisins and then lovingly aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels, this big beer takes on flavors from the spirit and wood of each barrel. The end result is a complex and elegant companion that's right for carefree nights of privilege and excess.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: Punisher on 03-17-2013)
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4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dujayhawk for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Essentially black, opaque, with a small amount of visible carbonation and forms a thin tan head that dissipates to spotty foam fairly quickly.

S: Chocolate and vanilla, bourbon and oak, and deep roasted malts. Not overly sweet.

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and cacao, dry oak tannins with a touch of barrel char, dark fruits, sherry, and roasted malts that are rich and a little bitter. Bittersweet cacao and roasted malts accompany the bourbon into the hang.

M: Medium body, but the mouthfeel is a little on the light side for style. Not overly hot at all, especially for style. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, which lends itself in the smooth mouthfeel, but it's not at all flat.

O: This is a good beer - put together very well. It doesn't have the thick, nearly viscous, mouthfeel that the best Imperial Stouts have, but it's not distractingly lacking. I really enjoyed the barrel and bourbon flavor level - certainly present, but at a level that lets the other flavors play a part int he palate, rather than completely overpowering. I don't have the palate to separate all of the liquors that gave the barrels for this beer, and bourbon was the most easily recognized for me. Regardless, recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 15:42:42 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle

A- Pours a near black with a tan head of about a finger. Retention of a ring around the edge. Sits really still in the glass, giving the indication of hefty Impy here.

S- Nose picks up the aroma from about a foot away from the glass. Huge dose of caramel, bourbon, raisins, vanilla, molasses, and wood barrel. The tone has been set...and it means business.

T- Dark fruits lead the way before introducing me to the sugary sweet malt that is roasted and toasted goodness. Sherry and bourbon sets in late.

M- full, viscous but not overly thick and chewy. Low carb. Cloying initially, but settles in well. A bit of warmth here and there.

O- A serious stout here. Reminds me a lot of the Prairie 2013 Noir with a hint more dark fruit character. This brewery has been hit or miss for me, but this one lands squarely on the bull's-eye.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:49:04 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Rhode Island

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade!!

A- Pours a pitch black, oily body with a 2-3 finger light mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves blotchy lacing.

S- Absolutely delectable and inviting .. Strong french vanilla, oak, butterscotch, chocolate, molasses, sweet bourbon, dark fruits and sherry. This smells great.

T- Sweet vanilla beans, milk chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, oak notes upfront. Coffee and brandy notes on the finish. Roasty, charred aftertaste. Wonderful.

M- Thick, rich, creamy. Low carbonation.

This BA stout can play with the big boys. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:57:01 | More by gcamparone
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4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter for this review.

It pours pitch black, with a small khaki colored head that fades somewhat quickly.

The aroma is insane. Raisins, wood, a bit of booze... it's all here. There's a dark fruitiness to the nose, but the main focus is on the wood and liquor aromas. Oak jumps out, spicy and strong, and then the mixture of liquors used leaves you trying to figure out exactly what you're smelling. It's very appetizing, no matter what scent you decide is predominant.

The taste is simply amazing. It hits at first with a surprisingly bright fruit, much brighter than one would expect. Still raisiny, but without seeming overly sugared. That fruit melds smoothly into the chocolate, so subtly you almost don't realize it's changed. Only in the aftertaste do you really realize that it's cocoa now, not raisin. The wood and liquor flavors aren't hiding, but they aren't playing a starring role, either. Overall a great balance between the various flavors. Nothing hogs the spotlight, nothing gets overwhelmed. It warms your throat nicely at the end, without ever getting alcohol "hot".

The mouthfeel is almost dead on. At times it can seem almost thin, which is stunning in an 11% ABV brew. It's not enough to diminish the enjoyment at all, however.

Overall, this one absolutely deserved the local hype. With so many things going on, especially with the various spirit barrels in which the aging was done (run, sherry, brandy, bourbon, and whiskey), this could easily have been a muddled mess. Instead, it's one of the best brews I've ever had. One of the rare hyper-hyped beers that makes it worth the trouble of disposing of the bodies of the people I had to kill in order to get some.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:54:36 | More by jokelahoma
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4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex brew! Fresh 2014 bottle into a sniffer. Super sweet aroma with a mixture of multiple flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Warm, roasty stout flavors back the barrel assault. An absolute delight to drink! Need to try and find this off draft!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 18:45:58 | More by Reed
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MILF seems appropriate for my first review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that was acquired in Spring 2013.

A: Pours jet black with minimal carbonation into a Goose Island Tulip glass.

S: Lots of chocolate and a hint of prunes.

T: Chocolate up front, with some barrel heat and lots of complex flavors on the finish. Sherry, vanilla, raisin, and more cocoa. Lots of sugar and sweetness that is not completely balanced out by the malt.

M: Thick and creamy, with lots of sweetness and low carbonation.

O: This is really an great beer that left me wanting more. Mother's definitely has their hits and misses, but I hope they made a lot more of this one for 2014.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:15:05 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing MILF from Mother's Brewing Company out of Springfield, Missouri. Brewed with cocoa nibs and raisins, this imperial stout is aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels and then blended.

Score: 91

March 2013 vintage bottle. Served in a Dark Lord snifter and enjoyed on 10/10/13.

Appearance: Pours a shiny black color with a thin layer of dark khaki head that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Raisins, chocolate, rum, sherry and oak. Very faint notes of bourbon. The rum is the most prominent barrel character followed by the oak. Vanilla notes too. 4/5

Taste: Cold, this beer is rough around the edges, oak forward and tannic. However, as it warms up, the complexities present integrate and marry nicely. Raisin, dark fruit, rum, caramel, bourbon, oaky vanilla and a smooth booziness throughout. This beer's alcohol presence is not hidden, but it is not cringingly boozy or fusel. Cocoa flavor in the finish. On the colder side, the sherry presence is a bit sharp, but it mellows out into a nice complementary complexity as the beer warms up, reminding me a bit of Utopias. There are a lot of flavors to appreciate here courtesy of the multi-barrel aging, and they really work well together once the beer warms up. Has a lingering sweetness, but the sweetness does not layer and overwhelm. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate, slightly dry on the finish. 4/5

Overall: Tasty and complex, but the nose is not quite as well integrated as the taste and the mouthfeel could be a little bolder. Not quite the game changer "unknown stout" I was expecting a la my first encounter with Barrel Aged Abraxas at FOBAB last year, but still a good beer. Serve this one on the warmer side.

Cost: $10 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:59:33 | More by jegross2
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chris for hooking me up with this. Had no idea how great it would be.

A: 12oz bottle into a snifter. Jet black with a half inch dark colored head. Good lacing.

S: Mild bourbon, dark fruits and chocolate.

T: Seems to be a perfect balance of bourbon, dark fruits, and roasted malts. A good amount of chocolate also.

M: Full bodied with a great balance of carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and abv well hidden.

This is equal to or better than any of the best BA stouts I've had. It was not overly boozy, too carbonated, or thin in anyway. In other words, perectly balanced, a very wellcrafted beer. Makes me wish I lived in Springfield.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 13:45:49 | More by t_carterb
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed blind courtesy of KevSal as part of Blind BIF 8

A - Pours a rich dark black with a nice 1 inch tan foam that hangs around for a bit but never fully disappears. There are small mountains of lacing creating a nice scenic background around my glass.
S - Roasted malts dominate the nose, a lot of chocolate and vanilla
T - Very roasted flavor, again the chocolate dominates with vanilla rounding out at the end, its weird because there are hints of bourbon, whiskey maybe, nothing sticking right out at you but there is a very complex flavor to this beer.
M/D - Very smooth and silky. I want to make a beer that feels like this. Its so smooth and very drinkable. It reminds me of a less potent Parabola
I've had Velvet Merlin or whatever its called but I don't remember it being this good, so I think thats out the door...

The big reveal:
Mother's Brewing MILF Imperial Stout
Wow, this is a game changer. I know nothing about this brewery but if this is how they brew beers, keep it coming. well done indeed!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:06:01 | More by mikereaser
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Deep black with no light and a small beige head. Nice aroma and flavors with chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Nicely balanced with a rich creaminess and a low to moderate carbonation. This is a tasty beer with good flavors but no rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:48:15 | More by GJ40
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First of all thanks Ben for this bottle you are a stand up dude and sorry for the broken bottle of KBS in your luggage.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter, appearance is black with a half inch mocha colored head.

Smell is bourbon, roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste is bourbon and vanilla and oakyness. Chocolate and roasted malts. Warming of throat after the swallow, very smooth and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full, true to the style classic bourbon barreled stout a little hot...really nice.

I have never heard of Mothers Brewing before but they are definitely on my radar now. Thanks Ben for this little beauty

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 04:44:46 | More by TheBrewViking
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4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into what should be the right glassware

Pitch black as midnight brew with a two finger tan head , the lacing is there and stays through the glass

The smell is amazing a complex smelling stout that really has all the components you are looking for and some you are not. The booze , the smell of chocolate malt and fruit all three mixed in together

A really nice mouthfull of a beer , not too heavy but really smooth and just the right amount of carbonation

The taste of this beer is really nice , the dark malts , the booze , the fruity flavors all mix in well and the alcohol and bitterness comes in well at the end

Overall I am impressed with this beer , cant wait to age a few bottles of this and see how this taste in a year or two , if it gets any better I can only imagine

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:20:16 | More by ubenumber2
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Freddy from the Biergarten in Jenks, OK USA, cheers Freddy...

Pours jet black with a thumb of caramel colored head.nnNice viscious look to this, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit (raisins& plums) & whiskey notes, some leafy hops; not as deep a nose as I had hoped for

T: Follows the nose, plus caramel & vanilla, plus milk chocolate & dryness up front. Faint smokeyness hides beneath the lucious sweetness & dark fruit notes, oaky dryness; just such a great blend of chocolate, caramel & dark fruit. Finishes dry, sweet, with a hint of molasess, chicory, a bit of sherry & molten chocolate cake, a touch of mint & coffee

MF: Chewy with slightly prickly carbonation, nice stickyness

ABV is completely masked, superior drinkabilty for the style. I must find this, Hopefully this becomes an annual release! This beer lacks some astethics but makes up for in taste easily A bloody good Imp Stout!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:42:18 | More by russpowell
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Located MILF at Macadoodle's in Branson, MO. Thank's Rick!

The 12oz bottle has a date code on it, but I don't know how to read it and it's a little hard to read anyway, but this beer was recently released before winter was over. I always pour big beers fast since they usually don't render much foam and this one was reluctant to show her wares as well, and so lace is a no show. The quarter-inch layer of mocha-brown foam faded before I could focus my camera. Oh well. It's about as black and opaque as anything I've seen. The aroma reflects all the steps this beer went through - brewed with cocoa nibs and raisins and barrel aged in 5 different barrels including rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy, and whiskey. Very sweet and boozy with some chocolate and vanilla waves - like BCBS. Knowing what I know about big complex stouts, I allowed for some warming time in the glass. The sherry and raisins bring out a vinous tone while the cocoa nibs and dark malts bark out choco-coffee. This is all backed up by brown sugary goodness and woody vanilla notes pulled from those 5 barrels. It would be silly to say I could taste each barrel used in aging...so I won't...but it's close. Feel is about what I expect from a complex stout, but this one could be a bit fuller for all it's been through. Still, full bodied and velvety. I would prefer a little more carbonation so it lasts for most of the glass, but let's face it, that's a mighty big request. Overall this is one hell of an accomplishment from a small brewery. Reading the description I thought this beer was going to be a complete mess, but the crew at Mother's knows how to brew. Impressive to say the least. And that name..just as it implies - it's got some age on it and I wanna stick my *CENSORED* in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:44:54 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of Punisher


4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Solid appearance, nothing special. Had 1 finger head, with nice dark chocolate brown color with lighter tan head.

S- Wonderful sherry and bourbon aroma. By far the best smelling stout I have had.

T- Initially great raisin/dry wine flavor followed by slight chocolate taste. After swallowed the bourbon and sherry really overpower the palate in a great way. Over all very balanced sweet/malt finish.

M- Very light mouthful for how heavy and thick the beer is. Very surprising more along the lines of Russian stout mouthful then what I got. Does have a good boozy warming sensation but not as much as I thought with the 11%

Overall- Great beer coming from a relatively new brewery. This is tied with foggy notion as my favorite beer from Mother's. Everything I have had from this brewery is hit or miss, and this beer was hit out of the park. Looking forward to trying new things from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 20:21:21 | More by Punisher
MILF from Mother's Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.