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Mothers Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Mothers Milk StoutMothers Milk Stout

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very good

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 03:53:55 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-17-2012 03:02:46 | More by t0rin0
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate, and some lactose aromas. Taste is of roasted dark malt, burnt sugar, and some slight cocoa flavors. There is a roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation for a stout with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout with an emphasis on roast aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:05:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-30-2013 18:37:56 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are only visible at the edges when the glass is held up to a bright light). It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that slowly faded away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, although the roasted malt flavors seem to be a little stronger and there are some hints of lactose. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is a beer that is very easy to drink and sessionable; I could keep on drinking these all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 15:40:16 | More by metter98
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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
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I vaguely remember having this one a long time ago, so was very happy to be able to try it again. Served from a small growler into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/02/2010.

The pour was decent, dark brown in color with a small, very quick head of light tan that left no lacing and hardly anything on top. This was worrisome for me at first as I was afraid it may have been a bit flat, but it was just the look that appeared a bit off. Aroma of deep roasted malts, light smoke and nice chocolate notes start to come through right away. Smooth, even and as it warm relatively unchanged. Light vanilla in here now as I take the first sip. A bit slick, I was expecting a bit fuller feel to it, but the taste still came across nicely. Smokey with nice notes of peat and burnt sugar mixing with a light chocolate and creamy lactose flavor. Nicely done. Each sip seem to get more and more smokey, which was a nice touch and the finish was just dry enough and left just enough sweetness on the tongue to leave me very pleased.

Overall a nice little session ale. Not sure what was up with the look on this one, but would drink it again.

Serving type: growler

04-04-2010 01:06:34 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-30-2013 00:16:26 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

10-24-2013 16:47:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, creamy-looking head.

Smell: Roasted malts with a faint whiff of smoke. Notes of oatmeal, chocolate milk, and crushed malted milk balls.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with flavors of dark chocolate and chocolate milk. Hint of vanilla and oats. Light roasty bitterness to curb a bit of the sweetness. Chocolate malt drink finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, satisfying milk stout experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 06:00:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-10-2013 19:59:50 | More by spycow
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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 06:13:21 | More by GRG1313
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-15-2012 20:02:57 | More by JAHMUR
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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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 13:28:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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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
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with no head after a minute. Nose is mostly roasted character. Flavor is sweet with a roasted tone that borders on being "burnt". Feel is heavy on the bubble hitting the tongue and the liquid feel is pretty decently thick also. Drinkable, yes. A fairly smooth and even milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:33:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very malty and is mostly of creamy dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced for a stout, but the malty flavors of chocolate and coffee still dominate with a mild background of hops and dark fruit. The after-taste is bitter-sweet mostly from the dark chocolate flavor.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not as filling as most beers in the style, if you’re looking to drink a lot of a darker beer then this is the beer that you’ll want. If I find myself in the mood to drink a stout for a whole evening, this would be the beer I would pick. Unfortunately, however, it’s not available near me, so I again extend thanks to plaid75 for sending it my way.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 04:19:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Provided as an extra in a trade with ironbike1. Thanks. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is dark, read black, and forms a nice large brownish head made up of tiny bubbles. This head has some staying power but falls away after several minutes leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is difficult to tell since this is a black beer.

Aroma is simultaneously sweet and roasty. The roast character is definitely present but the sweetness is there as well. It does not smell as strong as I would expect.

This is a good beer. It is smooth and refreshing, drinkability high. It is slightly thinner in the mouth than I expected but not a huge deal. No aftertaste at all. The flavor is a nice balance between front palate sweetness and back palate bitterness from the roast. There is no hop character in this beer as far as I can tell. Definitely worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 18:01:00 | More by drabmuh
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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
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New York

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

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a slightly sweet, toasted scent that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts. It is a bit grainy and dry. The taste is good also. It has a malty flavor rich in chocolate, patent, and roasted malts. It isn't as sweet as most milk stouts, but it goes down with ease anyway. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking stout. It's not the best sweet stout I've had, but it's a quality brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2004 01:42:15 | More by WesWes
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a small layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. 3.5

Smell: You can definitely tell this is a milk stout. Sweetness is dominant over the roast with a hint of honey. 4

Taste: I'm enjoying this a lot. The roast is quite smooth and the sweetness reminds me of honey. Not picking up as much lactose here as I did in the smell. Slight bitterness to the finish. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and very smooth. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is mildly dry. 4

Overall: Really happy I got this as an extra in a trade. Would have another.4

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:05:57 | More by oline73
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at The Ginger Man, NYC:

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly drops to a lasting cover. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of roasty, some ash, chocolate, coffee with nutty notes and a touch of lactose.

The taste is of sweet chocolate, iced coffee, with some lactose and roast in the finish. Not quite as sweet as is typical of the style.

It has a silky smooth medium body.

Nicely balanced, very smooth. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 10:58:42 | More by jwc215
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Near black color, but light does get through.

Burnt malt aroma. It has the essence of brown beans, perhaps there's an element of molasses to it, but I detect no sweetness.

Thin for the style with a high level of carbonation. The flavor has a combination of toasted bread and burnt coffee. There's a shot of bittering hop at the swallow, but the aftertaste is mostly black patent malt flavors. Not really sweet or creamy, but it's tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:49:40 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep black in color with a 1" tan head. Some decent lacing coats the glass through the drink.

Smell: overall very sweet and candy-like, with some roasted tones.

Taste: roasted malts, molasses, mild bitter chocolate, and soft espresso tones. Very little bitterness and overall quite dry.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth and dry at the start and finish. The sweetness and roasted tones last long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: an easy drinking stout, where several can be quaffed. Worth giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 13:05:47 | More by Gavage
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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.