MILF - Mother's Brewing Company

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MILFMILF

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 125
Gots: 59 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: Punisher on 03-17-2013

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
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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by jjdc:
Photo of jjdc
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What can you say? Aged to perfection. Hints of Virginia Slims, mom jeans...just joking. This pors a thick, purplish brown. The smell is fantastic -- dried fruit, plums and alcohol. This is huge, soft and flabby, almost barleywine territory. It just lounges on your tongue like Jabba the Hut. Lots of complexity: Cocoa powder, plums, figs, oak and some warm alcohol. Excellent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gibgink
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So many good things to say about this beer. Poured into snifter. Got about 1 inch head with aggresive pour. Very dark brown, with some light around the edges at times. Smells like rum soaked raisins. Also picked up some of the malt early on. Great taste! Dark fruits, and get a little of the rum. Flavor coats the mouth, and a pleasant warming after each sip. A bit on the sweeter side for some, but I enjoyed this immensely. At $12-15 for a 4 pack, the value of this beer is off the chart. I am dissapointed I did not get more .

Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I really liked this one here . . . one of the better barrel aged stouts I've had in a while. All these barrels may be a bit much but there is no arguing the layers of complexities it adds to this beer. Really liking the wine and rum attention. Fantastic stout . . . Good beer !

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Lots of barrel aromas. I get something like brandy or sherry and bourbon. Boozy. Very fruity. Some dark chocolate.

Taste - I taste much more stout here. Dark chocolate. The barrels are still very strong, though. A lot more whiskey here, but the fruitier barrels are still prominent. I think I taste rum and brandy.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The barrels are all over the place, but it somehow works well. Boozy and huge, but good.

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of docoman
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent BA imperial stout. received in trade can not disappointed. Definitely different barrel flavors but they go together nicely. recommend trying.

Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy looking dark brown, almost black, with a foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells pretty sweet, I can pick out brandy and wine, with some vanilla, and caramelized sugar.

It seems like this might not have needed to have been aged in 5 different barrels. I can only really pick out sherry and brandy flavors here- no rum, bourbon, or whisky. I do get a little bit of oak, but lots of sweet syrupy molasses and sugar flavors, with some vanilla. It's a lot of sweet flavors, making it better that I only had a 6 oz pour.

This is thick bodied, with a syrupy sweet mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's drinkable for a few oz but the syrupyness and the sweet flavors get to be a bit much.

This is a well-crafted BA stout, but it's a little excessive- it doesn't need to be aged in 5 different barrels, really.

Photo of HopHunter19
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great barrel aged imperial stout. Appearance is jet black with a mocha head that leaves great lacing. Smell is multiple different spirit barrels mainly port and bourbon barrel, with excellent dark base beer under. Taste is awesome. Great bourbon barrel aged stout with just a twinge of red wine there. Mouthfeel is awesome. Overall, this is a beer i'd buy any time I see it on the shelves.

Photo of TheCondor
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the name on this beer. Got a free sample from Alcohol Paul. Side poured from the bottle into a custom Deschutes/Boulevard snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep black color with a beautiful small mocha head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Amazing presentationg, of course love the name and the packaging.

Smell - Deep complex smell of so many different elements: sherry, oak, boubon, booze, sweetness, dark fruits, and manliness. A very complex nose, impressive.

Taste - Follows the nose very closely, but more intense. THe sherry is very strong in the drink, as well as the dark fruits and the oak and wood notes. This is an amazing tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - As always with stouts and porters, mouthfeel is typically my favorite part, and this is no different. Thick, rich, smooth, and boozy. Warming.

Overall - A through and through amazing beer. Highly recommended if you are into this style at all.

Photo of bnelson997
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, super complex. The nose is sweet, dark fruits and vanilla. At the front of the mouth, more sweetness from the rum, sherry, and brandy barrels but slowly gets into the warm bourbon and whiskey notes in the middle and on the back end. Slight tannic quality from the sherry as well as a "Raisinette" chocolate covered raisin note. Very complex and well put together brew.

Photo of hophead723
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a nice fresh four pack for $12...this damn well better be worth it! Poured into a pint glass, even though I would prefer a tulip for this style.

Look: Pours an absolute impenetrable black with a frothy caramel colored head. I held it right up to the light an saw nothing but deep ebony. Leaves velvety lacing like bunting around the glass.

Smell: Wow! Immediately smells strongly of alcohol and raisins, followed by brown sugar, and a vaguely caramelized sweetness. The nose is quite complex but the strength of the predominant aromas overpowers the nuances to some degree. It actually smells like the taste of rum raisin ice cream. This complexity comes from the fact that it was aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels.

Taste: Extremely potent taste of molasses, rum, raisins, oak, chocolate, and coffee. There is a lingering taste of brown sugar. The alcohol is highly detectable.

Feel: Quite smooth and thick. Coats the mouth with a sticky sweetness.

Overall: This beer is a monster. It's huge, delicious, and very satisfying. It posses the highest ABV of any beer I have reviewed on this awesome website. If you are in the mood for a stout to end all stouts, this is the one. It's like Guinness on steroids times a thousand. Enjoy. Oh, and Happy 420!

Photo of Spiff
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Starts and stays warm, deep and glorious. The pleasure of Balvenie or Oban in a smooth beer, without the bite. This one will become famous.

Photo of TheBrewViking
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Nice creamy dark small ish 1/3 finger head, light lacing, decent legs, pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose big roasty dark malt stout, some dark choc fudgey like, fluffy nougat, little creamy mild choc like, little raisin dark fruit, lots of barrel, vanilla and little toasted oak, little rum, faint whisky bourbon like, little brandy candied liquor, choc covered raisin, little port like wine barrel, mild choc covered wafer.

Taste starts sweet and rich, thick creamy lush with bitter tannic roast, big toasted malt and char at least tamed by the barrels. Dark choc fudge, thick little syrupy, chewy nougat, etc. And little tangy like roast. Then barrel, the tangy wine barrel, little port like and brandy, mild rum, more sherry, probably all adding sweetness making it tough to drink. Mild vanilla barrel, very faint whisky, and some dark fruits, sweet candied stone like fruit, raisin, plum, etc. Mild booze, mild heat and booze flavor. Finish drier but sticky sweet syrupy like, more tangy sherry and wine barrels, little barrel flavor, more fudge.

Mouth fuller bod, touch fudgey but also syrupy, carb is a bit too light, bit too syrupy, very mild booze.

Overall still great despite all the flaws.

Photo of Reed
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a quickly rising mocha colored head. Great retention and some nice lacing with each sip. Looks awesome.

S: Ok, so an imperial stout aged in...every type of barrel possible. I'll buy the sherry and rum after smelling this. But the other elements are faint. As it warms up, I definitely start to pick up more of the bourbon. Powdery cocoa, black cherry, espresso and concord grape.

T: Milk (or should I say MILF?...no, just milk) chocolate with a rich and almost tart black cherry/raisin presence. Chocolate covered raisin, baking chocolate, plum and mild coffee. The barrel elements don't really show up much for me. Maybe a bit of sherry and bourbon, but they're mild. A solid beer and a great name, but nothing game changing.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting lots of barrel here, with the sherry, wine and whiskey barrels dominating. High pitch flavor from the barrels and raisins. Roasty flavors in the background with notes of anise and sasperilla round it out.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.07/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle thanks to Kyle...blindly poured and enjoyed.

Cannot review a beer all that favorably when a split 12 oz. bottle is dumped by both drinkers . Too many cooks in the kitchen without the left hand knowing what the right is doing. Theoretically awesome while practically a dud. Hard to dump such a small pour but damned if I did. Grapey surprise but the joke's on me. Just not an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Jasonpossible
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a fan of stouts. But this one. This one right here. Ded-gummit!

Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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MILF from Mother's Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.