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Mothers Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Mothers Milk StoutMothers Milk Stout

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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiredave on 03-07-2004)
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

Photo of mothman
1.8/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours ½ finger of than head. Color is near black.

Aroma: A lot of roasted malts. Lactose and creamy milk flavors. Chocolate and campfire marshmallows. Kind of burnt.

Taste: Burnt malts, roasted coffee, chocolate, creamy lactose. Not to appealing.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, roasted, and creamy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, not a very good stout. Nothing seems to work for this beer. Way to roasted and burnt tasting. I won't be able to finish much of this beer.

Photo of Jeffo
2.17/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

SliverX handed this one to me while at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo so I could put it beside my bottle of Joe Mama's. Thanks for the heads up man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown, almost black pour yields a one finger, thin looking, loose, fizzy tan head with terrible retention. Cola head fizzes down quickly to a ring and slight wisp. Black body and lots of carbonation evident for the style. A ring and slight wisp remain with unrelenting carbonation all over the place. Horrible head and almost all wrong. At least it’s dark.

SMELL: Roasted notes, lactose, cream and some latte coffee notes. Medium strength and luckily smells like a milk stout.

TASTE: Less impressive than the nose, if you can believe it. Some light roasted notes and a touch of lactose sugar, but very little else. A light hint of cream at the swallow and a bit of coffee and cream linger for a second and are gone. Extremely dry finish, though a touch of bitterness lingers. Nothing wrong with it per se, but just generally boring.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not creamy enough really, a little prickly going down as well, and finishes a touch sticky. Too light and prickly, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This was generally lousy. The only saving grace was the nose, and that’s just because at least it smelt like a milk stout. The look was atrocious and the feel disappointing at best, while the flavor was basically just flavor in name. Hopefully this was just a lousy batch and other incarnations are not this uneventful. On to the bigger brother...

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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 beanoboy7
2.36/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of PEBKAC
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was sitting in the backyard with the paper & a slice, just resting. A nice breeze flows from underneath my lawn chair, the dog at my feet, a dead mosquito on my arm. What a vein attempt(boo, hiss!).

I decide to crack open a beer, because that's what we do in these situations. Out comes Mother's Milk, another random beer leftover from a day long since forgotten. Actually, it's only a month old, I just can't remember where it's brothers & sisters went.

The beer falls into my glass slowly but surely. As it nears the top, it begins to take on mass. Eruption is imminent, but I think it can fit an ounce or two more.

After managing to pack everything into my twelve ouncer, I wait. I wait a very long time. My pizza got cold & I waited. I ate a couple zeppoles, cruised through the sports section, & still nothing.

I finally got frustrated & just shook & spun the glass till the head started to dissipate. Easily six to seven minutes in wait, I became selfish & wanted nothing more then to have a beer & settle down.

Having just dive-bombed straight in, I had to backtrack to actually smell what I was having.

Watered down milk(2%? :P) & one dimensional roast. Subdued, but still very evident. A mossy touch rounds out the whiff.

Taste was very burnt, with an ashy feel. A little tree bark &/or dirt also makes up the mixture. Dried out cake frosting gives minimal sweetness to the brew. Easy carbonation, with a mild, lingering bitterness that works its way up to your nose. A strong body, but not creamy enough to entice.

Without added sweetness, I find it very hard to balance the roasted character of this beer with my palate. Closer to a dry stout in my opinion. Nilla wafers don't play nice.

Photo of mcallister
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Well I had this on a recent trip to NYC at the Lazy Bone. I was looking forward to trying this one and was let down too say the least. I must say this beer may have been in the cooler a while because it tasted very sour. But that could have been what they were going for.

Pours nearly black with a large mocha head that shows good carbonation (probably too much for a stout) as well as great retention. Thick fluffy lacing as well.

Weak chocolate aromas with hints of vanilla and anise. Also a metalic aroma.

Weak thin mouthfeel as well. A very sour lactose flavor with hints of bitter chocolate & various dark fruits. Not a good beer. I couldn't finish this one and moved on.

Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Cigars_and_Beer
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of DIPAFAN
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of OldSock
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle with a bland blue label. Poured into my pint glass it is dark brown with red highlights on top sits a 2 finger creamy mocha head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell – Coffee and chocolate with some sweetness. There is also so mild herbal hop aroma.

Taste – Pretty astringent for a sweet stout, a bit unpleasant particularly in the aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate flavors are contributed by the malts and are the main flavors. The hops in the aroma are missing from the flavor. The flavor is lacking the sweet that it should have and it has some really unpleasant aspects.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin for a stout with too much carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Not a good sweet stout at all. Not sure if it is oxidation or something else, but there is just something about this beer that rubs me the wrong way. I normally like sweet stouts, but this one just does not stack up in anyway.

Photo of GRG1313
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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 kbutler1
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter a dark brown/black color with a tan tiny bubbled head that leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass as it settles. Dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, and leather in the nose. Reminds me of smelling a chocolate malt. Creamy light mouthfeel. The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma with a sweet start followed by bitter leather and a lingering over roasted coffee flavor.

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of CoreyClark
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of iamatreestump
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of 086InferiorWisdom
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Black and totally opaque with just over a 1/2 inch head and pretty good retention

Smell: There is a pretty heavy dose of lactose sweetness on the nose and some hidden chocolate

Taste: The taste of this beer is just copious amounts of lactose which leads to an insanely sweet flavor profile. Has some chocolate and coffee notes but they are pretty well hidden by the lactose and don't really show up until the beer warms up

Mouthfeel: Just a touch under medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: This is definitely not my favorite milk stout. I found it overly sweet but for the price it is worth a try

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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.