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Mothers Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

Mothers Milk StoutMothers Milk Stout

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very good

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Shiredave on 03-07-2004)
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Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Dark Brown liquid with tan head

Smell - black licorice, roasted malts, cream

Taste - black licorice, roasted malts, burnt cream

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, some sort of burnt sensation at the tail end, almost to the point of being acrid. Flavors lack balance and finesse

Overall - not very impressed with this one, flavors appear to be unbalanced and unrefined. Would consider trying this again on draft.

Price Point - $2/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:11:53 | More by keithmurray
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/19/14 notes. Had on tap at Brother Jimmy's in NYC. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of very light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cream, coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light chocolate. Nice and simple but it all works well together.

t - Tastes of cream, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, earthy notes. Taste has more cream and vanilla. Nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink, no heat.

o - Overall a simple but solid milk stout. Nothing mind blowing here but all the flavors work well together and it is easy to drink. Worth checking out if you like the style, and could see this being a good starter stout for some new craft beer drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 18:24:49 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My diet is pale ales and stouts, often layered on each other, so that's my preference.

Appearance: Energetic heads atop a classic stout appearance - pitch black. head leaves a bit of lace and some contoured levels as we consume it.

Smell: Smoke. The smokiest, wood fire stout I know, just like river road in rhinebeck ny (x river from the brewery). Wet fall hudson valley leaves, wet cliffs of earth, a bit of chocolate in the distance with train smoke and diesel. Now we're at the Rhinecliff station.

Taste: Malt and wood fire smoke, followed by hot chocolate, then the lactose, then coffee, hoppy bitter (great combination) and smoke wisp finish. Dry, tingly, satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit creamy with ample carbonation. Sexy and smooth.

Overall: Original. Most smokey. Nostalgic. Romantic. For smokers and for wood fire builders, hudson valley dwellers (or river valley dwellers) down here in the holler the smoke nestles....

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 01:29:28 | More by Act25
Photo of iliotib

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

opaque dark maroon/brown color
somewhat foamy head, adheres nicely to the class
faint coffee odor
slightly high carbonation
unsweetened chocolate aftertaste

A bit too much carbonation but a nice stout overall.

Great with sardines.

Nice ABV.

I was harsh in my initial review but upon second and third tries, this beer has grown on me. The carbonation is still a bit too much but the overall taste, including the somewhat hoppy finish, wins out.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:19:04 | More by iliotib
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nearly opaque and medium-brown in color. The tan head, which has a sandy appearance, is just one-finger thick, but somehow manages to hang in there.

Smell: Like a toasted sundae: dark malt with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel on top. Altogether, a light bouquet. A bit more roast would round things out.

Taste: A 50/50 balance of roasted malt and powdered cocoa. Seriously, it doesn't get more balanced than this! Not much more going on here, but still pretty much everything you'd expect from an everyday milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Too light for the style. Neither watery, nor slick, but a bit slippery, like cheap silk. Light carbonation certainly didn't help. Still, these factors were not problematic to the extent that they seriously detracted from the overall impression.

Overall: Not the best milk stout I've had, that's for sure. That said, the draft beers at this bar seemed to be experiencing some problems in general. Overall, this was just a little too light and sweet. It needed more roast and more body to get to where it should have been going.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 17:46:04 | More by BethanyB
Photo of BeerNewbs

New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being a city boy, Mother’s Milk made me feel like a woodsman relaxing after a long day of work. While lighter than your typical stout, Keegan Ales produced a truly smooth, perfectly balanced, dark malt with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Great option for a heavy beer without taking up room otherwise allocated for a burger at the pub.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 19:31:26 | More by BeerNewbs
Photo of Givemebeer


3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle to snifter.

A: deep dark brown, almost black. Tan head that fades.

S: lightly roasted malts some coffee some chocolate

T: soft coffee mild chocolate and a lot of sweetness. Finish returns back to coffee

M: a little thin.

O: good, but probably wouldn't get it again. To be fair, sweet stouts are not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:26:34 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of Slatetank


3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle purchased at Half Time in a can shaped glass chilled.

The color is black-opaque with thick pale cream which becomes a ring of fine beads. The smell has a malt sweetness and slight cocoa note with mild caramel accent. The feel is good, smooth malt with moderate sweetness and roasted textures with medium carbonation and low bitterness with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a nice sweet malt flavor with subtle caramel accent and light roasted taste of barley with some gentle cocoa-like elements. The sweetness in the taste is not overdone and there is a mild bitterness to keep it balanced with some light alcohol and dry taste toward the finish. This is a beer I have wanted to try and I enjoyed it - it is a good representative of the style and was very drinkable without being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 21:09:36 | More by Slatetank
Photo of MDDMD


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and a little lacing

S-cocoa, coffee, dark malt, hint of dark fruit

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, slight bitterness

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a solid milk stout with good flavor and nice creamy feel

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 01:13:13 | More by MDDMD
Photo of rixcat

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! Lighter than I expected for a stout. I would totally drink this again. real smooth and what I had hoped. Served pretty cold I would have no problem drinking this ABV 6%er on a lawnmower or while chopping wood. I want to make some lactose type of beers and explore their possibilities so I am trying the available lactose beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 16:10:13 | More by rixcat
Photo of Stevedore


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated bottle poured into a Bell's snifter and consumed today, 5/17/2013. Thanks to BarrytheBear for throwing it in as an extra.

Aroma: Thick, smokey and sweet all at once. Smoked malts are pretty dominant but there is a bittersweet background that reminds me of bitter black licorice. Fairly interesting and strong nose that doesn't particularly blow me away. (3.5)

Colour: Looks nice- pours a thick viscous cola brown body with a 1cm brown head that disappears quickly into nothingness, not even a film or collar. It does leave a very thin, fine lacing- it's like condensation but not quite. Pretty interesting looking beer and that's about it. (4)

Flavour: Decent- lots of smoke up front, some roasted malts like coffee and milk chocolate, followed by a bitter licorice aftertaste. Fairly interesting flavour profile, especially the smoke. However I don't think the bitter licorice kick at the end really does favours for this milk stout. It's got the roast malts of a stout but it's more bitter than sweet on the end. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very, very creamy and smooth experience. Thicker side of medium body, well carbonated. Aftertaste is bittersweet black licorice that lingers a while, almost a little unpleasantly so. But props to the brewer for the mouthfeel on this beer. (4)

Overall: Interesting take on the milk stout- if you like them a bit more bittersweet than lactose sweet, this is a solid brew to try. I probably wouldn't pick this one up again because I'm a guy who likes his milk stouts in the latter category. Enjoyed trying this one though! (3.5)

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 23:48:17 | More by Stevedore
Photo of mhksuccess


3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into snifter glass
not much head and pretty dark in color
at first it taste pretty good and hoping it would get better as it warms up
but it pretty much stayed the same
i would categorize as an average stout
nothing special
pretty easy drinking and worth a try but would not seek it out

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:19:44 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of IDontBelieveYou

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just love this beer. It's sensual. I want to gaze at the richness and definitive color. The appearance of the beer inspires me to write hate mail to stella and PBR. The nose is extremely telling and true to the display of flavors. Rich, sweet, milky, caramel, smooth, a respectable body while maintaining delicacy. PLEASE serve this to me in the correct glass. I swear it matters.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:41:51 | More by IDontBelieveYou
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour crests at about a finger’s worth of rich dark foam, subsides swiftly down to a consistent surface coating then finally pulls away to the glass sides, the lacing is wispy and without stickiness. The liquid is a super-clean opaque black, hints of brown to yellow at the glass bottom and rims, no visible bubbles. The nose consists mostly of roasted cocoa, sweet baked bread, anise, caramel and cola bean, trace of plum, actually comes off angular and dry so that any milkiness seems lost in the shuffle, not overly roasted but lifts well. Medium-bodied while on the firm and muscular side, not softly textured. The carbonation is light, however, it does last fully through each sip. Again, not that milky per se more crisper cocoa, mocha to coffee notes along with cola, orange peel, molasses crisp and pine. Given the higher level of roast, harder to discern clearly the hoppy bite but one suspects it is higher than usual for the category. Mix of black fruits sweeten the mid-palate. Overall, falls on the dry side so there’s no real naturally sweet length. Fairly sessionable and neutral enough to be versatile at the dinner table. Probably would benefit from slightly more sweetness and general liveliness.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:38:15 | More by farrago
Photo of GPHarris


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick light tan head into a snifter that was gone 1/3 of the way into the beer. the beer was dark black with a brownish edge to it.
s - all lactose.
t - semi-sweet chocolate, lactose, a hint of herbal hops.
m - creamy and slick.
o - good beer but really disappointed in the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 16:47:56 | More by GPHarris
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint a glass.

Pours smooth, very black, fast acting brown foam. Little remains. Light roasted nose, some dark chocolate pokes through. Milky sweet, roasting/bitter really takes a back seat. Very minor carbonation. Milky lactose finish, which becomes more cumbersome as the beer is finished. Very interesting flavor profile. But a one and done for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 13:26:13 | More by KTCamm
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black! Barely any light penetration. The body isn't very viscous. Head is a thin tan line. Barely able to completely cover the top of the beer. Leaves thin racing rings.

S-Hershey's syrupy and an ashed cigarette butt. Burnt coffee grounds. One of the least sweet Milk Stouts I have come across, Not picking up much of that telltale lactic aroma either.

T-Still getting that char and ash, but not as much. Coffee and milk chocolate. A bit more lactic. Definitely some dark fruit. A bit figgy. Light bitterness stemming from a hint of hop a bit of dark chocolate.

M-Medium bodied. Carbonation isn't soft but its noticeable. Booze well hidden.

O/D-Pretty neat. Its always a treat to enjoy a flavorful Stout that is well below 8%. A sixer of these would go down with ease. I could see myself buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:35:09 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small, creamy-looking head that dissipates leaving some spotty, sticky lacking on the glass.

Aromas begin with a large amount of roasted maltiness with a faint whiff of smoke. As it warms you get less notes of oatmeal, baker's chocolate and crushed malted milk balls.

The tastes follow the nose with ample roasted maltiness with lesser flavors of dark and chocolate milk. As it warms you get slight notes of vanilla and toasted bready maltiness. Some more dark acrid bitterness emerges to curb a bit of the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is more dry and roasted; lacking that creamy mouthfeel which I expect in this style.

Overall this was a very tasty beer but I wouldn't have known or would consider it a Milk Stout. The aromas and flavor profile was much more roasted than I expected with less sweeter notes than I expected. There was a lacking sweetness or creaminess to the mouthfeel that is needed/expected for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 20:22:33 | More by claspada
Photo of Kooz

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried it on tap at Plan B in Stamford, CT. Arrived in a standard pint glass with a bit of sweat on the sides, and a nice tan head draped over the darkest of browns. A few sips left a sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of cocoa and sweet molasses--very nice and perfect for the style.

Tastes mellow and smooth with no bitterness and a chocolaty aftertaste which is really nice.

Decent body, but a little light--seems lacking. No better than average.

Overall an excellent milk stout--I'd happily have this again, but not with a light lunch--it'd be better as an evening beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 21:19:19 | More by Kooz
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark chocolate pour sits a dense coal black in the vessel with a bubbly tawny head that lapsed rather quickly to a wishy washy covering. No lacing, no thrills.

S: Bitter chocolate-roast on the nose, medium strength, but was flat and linear complexity wise. Some dry creamer, again no thrills.

T: The flavor was chalky, thin substance wise, small burnt roastiness of coffee and chocolate. Some powdery dry creamer. Thin start, chalky powdery finish, not much substance or flavor inbetween.

M: Light mouthful, a bit watery and thin, hell its just thin and lifeless, and vanishes off the tongue with a watery feel.

O: Overall a very thin, watery example, lifeless flavor, lacks substance and passes off the tongue without hardly raising an eyebrow in between. A shade below average enjoyment, becomes mundane less then half way through a single serving.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:59:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 10 oz. nonic glass.

Appearance: Certainly opaque, but with a quickly fading head that doesn't really stick to the glass at all, which was surprising.

Smell: A nice mix of some char, a bit of melted milk chocolate, mild berries, and slightly acrid coffee.

Taste: A nice balance between the char, mild milk sweetness, and some ripe berries. Finishes slightly both bitter and sweet, with good lasting char flavors.

Mouthfeel: With the lack of retention regarding the pour, this may be way. It's not off-putting, but I feel like it should be a lot creamier, as the medium body seems a little erratic as far as carbonation goes. Could be better, but again, not too terribly off-putting.

Drinkability: Could be a good go-to come winter time. Easy drinking and balanced enough to go back again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:37:38 | More by asabreed
Photo of matttttYCE


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick, dark black color with a 1.5 finger high, creamy, dark tan head. Slight lacing and the head sticks around for a little bit.

The aroma has nice dark roasted malts, creamy coffee, light milk and bittersweet chocolates, lactose sugar, and hints of caramel.

The taste is nice, with the rich roasted malts, chocolate that is more cocoa and cocoa powder than the nose, with mocha and bitter coffee, lactose, and hints of caramel and molasses.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Creamy consistency, smooth medium carbonation, velvety light-medium body, and a subtly smooth finish.

Overall this is a pretty darn good milk stout. I'd say it's worth a try for anyone that is looking for a pretty drinkable stout. Is this top tier in its category, not quite, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:07:17 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of omokoro

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color with a slight head that quickly dissipated into nothingness. On the nose I noticed elements of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a moderate amount of piney hops. The taste is quite roasty and not as sweet I expected. What i noticed most was the taste of the roasted barley. I am not the most fond of stouts, and generally find them quite heavy. This is a stout that I can find myself ordering when I find myself in a stout mood.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 00:16:37 | More by omokoro
Photo of match1112


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark brown, but settles into a jet black body inside the glass. a thin mocha colored head quickly disappears. unfortunatly there is no lacing or retention. the nose is lactos mainly. some roasted malts in the background. taste is very sweet, like adding cream to coffee. picking up on some roasted coffee on the finish, but not much. mouthfeel is a little thin for me and carbonation could be better. rich creamy feel with some coffee bitterness on the finish. overall this is very drinkable, just not one of the top tier milk stouts out there. i would drink this again, cause it is good, just not mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 17:12:27 | More by match1112
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a creamy, dense, low profile tan head with great retention. Aromas of blended cream, coffee, and subtle chocolate. Flavors are dry, with a rich, smokey, cream backbone and some subtle, bitter coffee highlights. Very smooth and well blended, with a rich, sweet aftertaste. Smooth, creamy finish. Very well balanced, very flavorful, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 00:14:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.