Mothers Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Mothers Milk StoutMothers Milk Stout

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 105 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Shiredave on 03-07-2004

As the name implies, Mother’s Milk is a dark and creamy milk stout. Hints of oatmeal, chocolate and of course, milk make this brew have a remarkably smooth and silky finish, a classic example of the style.
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Reviews by UncleFlip:
Photo of UncleFlip
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LauraAndrew for this one...

Nice black liquid (cola/ruby edges when held to light) is topped by large tan head, looser than most sotut heads. Eventually, it settles to two fingers.

Smell is dark molasses and smoke, with a bit of hops mixed in near the end.

Flavour starts of heary and roasty, and quickly gets smoky. Just a hint of sweetness and coconut here.

Carbonation seems high for a stout, and body seems low.

Drinkable? Yes. However, there are some shortcomings here, and I've had much better stouts in my time. DOn;t get me wrong- it's solid, and I wouldn't turn it down. Actually a pretty decent brew.

Be well

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black, roasty and coffee aroma. Full, roast and coffee satisfying drink. Milk, some chocolate in finish. And I do not order coffee any longer. Very good stout in all respects. Thanks to the recommendation of the owner of Cable Beverages. And I recommend in turn.
Had again 4.3 years later and still very good.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first time i get to try keegan ales here we go got to pick this one up from over at bierkraft in park slope great store lots of bottles

my sample poured great with a nice mocha colored head on an opaque black beer not a real big head on this sucker but nice form and density

smelled of burnt raisins and hops some real nice grass notes in there not a real intimidating beer more of a nice gentle sweet beer

tastes awesome this one is super balanced between the rich caramel sweetness and then there is an acidic touch at the end with the coffee and just enough of a hop flavor to make it right

good creamy mouthfeel my favorite aspect of this beer

overall a really solid beer highly recommended great local brew

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

From a growler that had been sitting on a shelf at Rt. 59 Liquors for awhile, but not Too long!. Pours very dark, almost black, lifting a thin, tiny bubble, tan head. Also leaves a tell tale sign of quality brew, a fine, wispy coating of lace. Nose is cocoa, and burnt grain. Medium bodied, with notes of lactose, chocolate, coffee and a slight dry sweetness in the finish. Tasty, drinkable sweet stout. Survives/lasts for awhile in a growler.

Photo of Homebrew35
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an enormous 6 finger head. Over carb'ed. Smells of sweet malts, touch if alcohol, some coffe, some roasted barley. Tastes of coffee, roasty, some cream. Finishes dry and roasty, touch of lingering bitterness. Thin bodied, light mouthfeel. Not what I was expecting. $1.89 a single.

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

Pours the usual pitch black with a moderately sized beige head. Decent lacing. Smells nicely coffee with a hint of chocolate. Moderate malt profile with the roast being slightly subdued. Hints of bittersweet chocolate permeate and the cafe isn't hard to find. Not a harsh bone in it's body. Smoothed out nicely by the milk. Great session stout.

Photo of BadBadger
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant treat: a very nice milk stout. This poured a dark color but not black. A tan head arises but doesn't last long. However, a quick swirl will bring it back to life in a hurray. The smell is pleasantly sweet. The taste is very nice-sweet but not overwhelming. The only negative about this beer is that it seems some what thin but not distractingly so. Certainly worth trying. Enjoy!

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC. Listed as 3.0% ABV at the bar.

Pours one shade from black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and sweet dark malts, in that order. Unlike most other milk stouts the roastiness sticks around even as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front are backed up by decent amounts of unsweetened chocolate and much lighter amounts of roasted coffee. Midway through the sip the malt flavors sweeten a bit and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few of these at such a low ABV.

Overall this is by far the lowest ABV Milk Stout I've come across and it's also one of the best. It's definitely got more of an edge than others in the style but it's very much worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark black opaque body with a thin creamy tan head. There is no sign of carbonation at all.

S- The aroma is very clean with a roasted smooth black malt note and a very soft earthy cream note that comes through when it warms a bit. The faint hint of greenness and black malt bitterness concludes the finish after the beer has warmed a bit.

T- This beer has a chocolate roasted malt flavor with a bit of a chalk note to it and a creamy burnt tartness to the finish. There is a soft bitterness of black malt at the finish but no lingering bitterness at all. The last few sips show a very faint smokiness which is nice and I would have really liked that in the dark malt flavor all through the beer.

M- This beer has a creamy slightly silky medium mouthfeel, with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This is a nice smooth stout with a decent flavor but it is missing a bit of bitterness to balance the malt flavors. If it could turn up the volume just a bit it would add a lot more interest to this beer.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

a - Pours deep brown into tulip glass with virtually no head.

s - Smells of very mild coffee

t - Tastes of coffee, small amount of lactose and finishes with a licorice and mild alcohol. Simple but pleasant, low bitterness.

m - Very thin almost watery body and mouth feel with med-high carbonation which slightly hides the thinness.

o - Decent entry-level milk stout. Easy drinker at 5.7% abv, but lacks the creamy quality a milk stout would imply. It does not have an overly complex flavor profile, however its appeal is in its simplicity.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of lumberjerk
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Inch of dark brown head. Impenetrable blackness. Delightful to behold.

Aroma: Strongly of coffee. Slightly milky and vanilla.

Taste: If something can taste dark, this does. Bitterness of coffee. Milky finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy finish. Not terribly heavy for a stout. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty damn easy. Only 6%, so these could drink slow and for a while.

Overall, very nice. A very good representation of the style. Full flavored and quite delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown that resolves into a completely opaque blackness in the glass. Smallish sized dark tan head that recedes quickly and leaves some loose, spotty lacing. Good looking stout. Smell is mostly sweet malts with a fair bit of chocolate and a tiny bit of vanilla nuance at the end. Quite appealing.

Toasted sweet malts are the order of the day tastewise. Notes of chocolate and vanilla also permeate the tongue, neither being overly cloying. Maybe a slight bit of a lactose kick in the middle, with a finish that's slightly bitter. Aftertaste is almost non-existent with just a tiny bit of lingering bitterness and alcohol is undetectable. Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, with a fair bit of carbonation and some mild acidic astringency. At times it felt like I was drinking some flat soda. Quite drying too.

Drinkability is quite good. Not the best milk stout I've ever had, but it's definitely easy to drink and tasty enough to merit a revisit. A good brew with which to sit back and close out the night.

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body. Frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention. Average lacing. Nose: brown sugar, cocoa, very subtle fruit, baker's chocolate, background roastiness, coffee. Medium-light bodied and creamy smooth with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. Flavor: nicely balanced! Some cereal-like malt, subtle dark chocolate, a drip of coffee, a hint of fruit (papaya, melon). Bitterness is restrained. Finishes dry but not raspy, with lingering notes of burnt sugar, dark cocoa, coffee. Quaffable!

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Euro Market in Astoria. No surprise, pours pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of milk chocolate, light roast, and lactose. The flavor and feel, however, is a drier with less cocoa. There are hints of mocha and brown barley. The body is medium, a normal thickness, and that sort of sums up the beer. It's a normal milk stout. It's clean, and hits the right notes for an American milk stout (I find the British ones to be sweeter). Not surprising, it reminds me of Left Hand's milk stout.

Photo of mjtski
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard of this beer some time ago when a friend was explaining lactic brewing.

Finally tried it!

A: Nice and dark with a moderate head of darker tan.

S: Smells of toased malt with notes of coffee and chocolate.

T: Tastes as amazing as it smells but at times there was a bit too much infighting between the smokey malt and creamy notes and bitterness for me to fully appreciate everything. Still wonderful.

M: Mouthfeel I rated moderately good as I prefer a nice thick and creamy feel, and at times I felt this to be ever so slightly thin.

D: Great all around beer and I'm positive there's another six pack in my future.

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a clear plastic cup.

LOOK: Pitch black with a small tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

SMELL: Chocolate, cream, coffee, milk, and brown sugar.

TASTE: Milk chocolate candy, cream and sugar, coffee, and a hint of earthy hops.

FEEL: Light, but approaching medium. Super creamy. Lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: Excellent milk stout. Sweet and light but super drinkable. Very much like Left Hand Milk Stout. I would highly recommend it to any milk stout fan!

Photo of BigIrishman
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a light caramel head that disappears quickly but leaves decent lace.

Smell: Malty backbone which you would expect from a milk stout, but there is a bit of a sweet caramel sweetness that lingers.

Taste: Plenty of vanilla-caramel sweets come through initially and finish with a nice bitter malty finish, excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp in terms of stouts, overall above average for a milk stout.

Drinkability: No abv on the bottle, but hopefully it's not too high because I have no problem drinking three or four of these.

Notes: This is an excellent sessionable (hopefully considering no list abv) stout that I can always fall back on when it's cold outside.

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

Should be a bittersweet milk stout if ever a thing existed. Nice head and super dark opaque brown. Some lace here and there. Sweet mocha and molasses nose. Bits of dark roasted grains. Brown bread as it warms up. Taste is a great balance coffee and latte' like milkiness. Some light malted grains and dark sweet rolls.
Touch of dark chocolate. Very straightforward and dry finish is earth and and more earth. Clean and dry with faint latte' notes. Bit of mild molasses. Feel is crisp and mildly creamy as it is kinda light and easy drinkin'. A quaffing milk stout and a nice brew overall.

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance...dark, dark brown...nice head...great lacing. Smell is malt and coffee and inviting. . Taste is and smoke elements. Mouthfeel is creamy with a dry finish...excellent. Very easy to drink...creamy and smooth

Photo of GRG1313
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with a thin medium dark tan head. Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grain, a hint of bourbon in the nose.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee with hint of maybe chocolate.

Flavors are of simply roasted grain, simple black coffee/espresso and some hop bitterness.

Finish is bitter coffee character all around but with a nice bitter finish. There is nothing bad about this stout, there is just nothing really very good about it.

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and thick with a big tan head. Burnt malts on the nose with scents including licorice, bitter coffee, and black chocolate with a phenolic presence. Smells are okay until an big whiff of alcohol strikes the nostrils. Big, chewy, creamy mouthfeel. All im really getting taste wise is some bitter coffee and black chocolate up front with a barely detectable hop presence which manages to balance things out nicely. Finishes clean and dry with a slightly milky taste.

Okay but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of waddellc2
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i dont want to review a

Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
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