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Mothers Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

Mothers Milk StoutMothers Milk Stout

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiredave on 03-07-2004)
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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 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 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 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 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 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
Photo of Pjev11

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stout in NYC. Looks as you would expect an oatmeal stout to be. Very dark with a small brownish head. Lacing along the sides as I go through it.

Nice dark taste with that expected oatmeal after taste.

A pretty solid oatmeal stout but not the best I've ever had. A little too carbonated for my likes but something I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 23:20:00 | More by Pjev11
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured into pint glass.
Thick black; nice white foam.
Roasted malty aromas, with similar flavor. Roasted malty; slight coffee as well.
Good stout. Not amazing, but really nice and smooth drinkable stout. Worth a try if you want a good stout for the masses...

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:33:07 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank on tap, perfectly poured into a proper stout glass.

A-deep and dark brown/black color with a mocha cream head that thins out and leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S-sweet roasted malts and coffee and chocolate.

T-roasted malt sweetness and coffee dominate the flavor of this pungent stout. A dry finish helps the flavor linger.

M-thin and watery, no sign of any body that the lactose additives are supposed to provide.

O-looks and tastes very good. I like stout and I'll go back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 12:38:52 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of knowledge

New York

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had three pints of this incredibly odd but delicious dark coca cola colored brew.

The head is of a soapy and creamy froth that dwindles in a minute or two.

Taste is the main selling point, you can relate this brew to a sweeter version of Guinness, yet not as filling.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. The brew itself drinks like Milk, so be forewarned. Definitely good for the winter months season, and is a worthy find indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 00:54:37 | More by knowledge
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 07:11:39 | More by jtierney89
Photo of nickfl


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The foam fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - dark malt and caramel with some nutty toffee.

T - dark, sweet caramel up front with some bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, black bread in the middle and a finish full of chocolate, caramel and a hint of smoky coffee.

M - moderately thick, slightly oily body, and a sweet finish.

D - dark and mild with a nice combination of dark sugar and roasted malt.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 02:03:05 | More by nickfl
Photo of woosterbill


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: The body is black but does allow some light to come through, illuminating it with deep persimmon glints; above is a thin cap of fine light-brown foam that sticks around admirably and leaves tons of lace. Excellent.

S: Sweet lactose, light chocolate, and some almost spicy cocoa powder aromas. Pretty nice.

T: Follows the nose: milky-sweet at first, followed by some chocolate malt and a bit of spice. Bittersweet finish. Enjoyable, but unremarkable.

M: Extremely lively, somewhat prickly. So carbonated I can’t even tell what kind of body it might have. Medium?

O: Solid milk stout; I won’t be ordering it again, but I’m not sorry I got it. Definitely worth a shot if you like the style.


Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:10:19 | More by woosterbill
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

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

Black body far as I can tell in a well lit bar. Brown head that fades quickly leaving some noticeable lacing.

Big time roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate. It smells quite sweet and delicious.

Silky smooth, fills the mouth, creamy head with just a hint of carbonation. One of the nicest feeling stouts.

Caramel, dark fruits, cocoa and coffee. Sweet roastiness that mixes well. The aroma is a little better than the taste.

This is a nice stout. Feels great, smells great but the taste seems a little weaker than the aroma. This is a all around wonderful brew and should be tried if given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 05:34:43 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a classic stout appearance - pitch black though the head quickly descends to a ringlet leaving just a few wisps of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate with a touch of coffee and a hint of smoke

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with the lactose really building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the touch of coffee and hint of smoke make an appearance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation

Overall: A well-brewed straightforward example of the style

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 21:31:33 | More by brentk56
Photo of damndirtyape


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the LaGuardia Airport (Slip Mahoney's Bar & Grill). Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Review from notes.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some dark ruby red highlights at the edges. Tan head that died down to a thin film across the top. Some lacing noted, but it died down rather fast.

Smell: Chocolate, toasted malt, burnt sugar, and a tiny hint of smoke every now and then.

Taste: Sweet bittersweet chocolate, roasted and toasted malt in the middle, definitely some hint of milk in there as well. Some oatmeal thrown in there as well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, creamy and smooth.

Overall / Drinkabiilty: It's a bit like having a thin chocolate milkshake with a burger, which is what I had with this beer. Tasty, smooth, what else do you want. I could easily have more than one (and did in this case). My friend who was having one as well commented that this would be great with breakfast, and I agree. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 13:45:33 | More by damndirtyape
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery...long lasting, fluffy head on a black beer. Very roasty nose. Flavor is all coffee and roastiness with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the background. Nicely milky in both taste and mouthfeel. Somewhat thin, in a good way, nice carbonation, not cloying. Very drinkable!

Excellent stout I've had a few times at other places since my initial tasting. Not an enormous booze monster, so it won't be a favorite of some, but I enjoyed this beer's subtler aspects and ease of drinkablility. Curious about how it translates to the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 22:08:19 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Beerquester


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to get to taste this beer directly from a tap at the brewery while passing by on a recent trip to the Catskills.

This beer pours to produce a tan creamy head which is relatively long lasting. The color is dark black with ruby highlights. I pick up roasty/chocolatey notes in the aroma.

The flavor profile starts with an almost perfect chocolate/coffee flavor which progresses next into the milky notes (from the lactose) that winds in to a smooth, clean landing.

Having a moderate body, this beer is a great example of the style, and is softly carbonated as it should be.

Honestly, this is one of the best milk stouts i have ever had and would love to have some Left Hand to compare it side by side. A very drinkable beer year round.

Tommy Keegan hit this one right on the money!

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 21:06:06 | More by Beerquester
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at the Ginger Man, served in an imperial pint glass, 20oz.

Pours relatively black, some ruby highlights at the edges. Finger and change of light brown head, mild retention and decent lacing. Nose has some chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and some roastiness. Taste has more roast and big coffee flavours, bitterness is derived from this. Milk chocolate and caramel sweetness too. Lighter medium body and a bit thin at times. Decent sweetness with a creamy feel. Enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 17:28:35 | More by liamt07
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Stout NYC in New York City.

A: Black with cola-like edges under a two-finger head of creamy foam which retains fairly well and leaves a bit of clingy, soap-like lacing.

S: Roasted black malt, licorice, a bit of anise and sweet, toffee like aromas. A slight herbal, grassy hop aroma rises from the brew.

T: Bittersweet, roasted malt flavor up front with a sweet, dark cocoa nib sweetness around mid-palate. Some mild, coffee flavors flash towards the finish with some grassy, spicy herbal hops before washing down sweet and a tad slick.

M: Rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with a slightly creamy feel and well-balanced carbonation. There's a bit of a resin, but this stout is smooth enough.

D: A pretty nice, well-balanced, yet slightly sweetened stout that sits at a sturdy 6% ABV. Rich, bold flavors with the balance and creaminess of a fine milk stout. I'd be very interested in getting a bottle sample or even better, a nitro-tap pour.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:00:45 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of lumberjerk

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 03:06:53 | More by lumberjerk
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Brick House in Patchogue, NY. Served in a pint.

Look: dark brown body with a thin head that looks like coffee with milk in it. There's a bit of retention on the head but there's no lace.

Smell: lots of coffee but that's pretty much all I get.

Taste: follows the nose. Lots of coffee in this one, a bit of roasted malt, but not a whole lot. I can't detect anything that would indicate that this would be a milk stout.

Feel: medium bodied, a bit creamy, moderate carbonation, not really bitter and no alcohol warmth.

Drink: would make for a decent session brew.

Overall, decent but nothing exceptional or memorable about this beer. Might make for a good sessionable stout but its hard to know because I can't seem to find the ABV anywhere. I wouldn't really go out of my way for this. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 14:14:53 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mother's milk has a dark brown body with a good-sized, very frothy brown head. The head has some great retention, and it manages to leave some good lacing behind also.

The aroma has general sweetness, roasted notes, a bit of coffee and some chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma. As far as milk stouts go, Mother's Milk is certainly drier and much less sweet than most others that I have tried. Roasted malts add a lot of flavor, followed by coffee, some light sweetness and bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the carbonation adds just a hint of creaminess to the feel, which is nice.

Mother's Milk is pretty good. The flavor profile seems to be a cross between a milk stout and just a normal, roasted, single American Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 15:07:57 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of sweethome


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stout NYC in Manhattan before a Rangers game.

Dark brooding appearance. Rather dark brown head, some nice lacing

Sweet and creamy entry. Nice roast malt charachter. So easy drinking. Paired pefectly with an appetizer sampling we did. The creamy lactose charachter comes through. Chocolate bar, milk chocolate and just enough roast to satisfy. Just enough hops to clean out the palate.

Very satisfying beer on tap. In a rare move for me, I orderd a second versus venturing on to the next beer. Just so easy to drink and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 18:29:09 | More by sweethome
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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.