Mothers Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 618
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 36
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of GPHarris
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  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. (831 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of omokoro
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark jet black in color with some extremely light hints of dark amber/red to dark brown. The beer has a three finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film over the entire surface of the beer, with a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is dominated by dark roasted malts with some lighter hints of dark semi-sweet chocolate.

T: There is a very strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some hints of the milk sugars (or lactose). I also detect some light hints of milk chocolate. The beer has a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink, enjoyable, and very sessionable. This beer could easily be drank/drunk all night long. Nice complexity to the smell and taste. (879 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Opaque brown, super dark to the point it is pitch black. Head is tan rising to maybe a fingers length, FYI the head is all about how hard you pour this beer it pours to nothing if you angle it just right.

Smell: super light chocolate, you smell it and it disappears.

Taste: Chocolate but a creamy feel to it, feel like looking for a cheesecake.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, easiest drink i have had all week.

Overall: This is a unique beer, granted I do not drink milk stouts all the time and honestly I do truly love how it is presented. It is sweet but not like soda, and liht bitterness and a whole feel to it that reminds you it should be used to compliment desserts to the best of the them. Salud! (740 characters)

Photo of wafers
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cocoa-brown to black on the pour, moderate mounts of head that disappears quickly
T: Malty, somewhat sweet, definite hints of dark chocolate, mostly light and drinkable
M: Somewhat thick, smooth, drinkable
O: Pretty good stout offering, nice balance between usual roasted taste along with a certain amount chocolate sweetness, tasty and would drink again (357 characters)

Photo of Pjev11
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  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 (666 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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... (281 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice dark brown in color with a foamy 2 fingers thick dark tan head, leaving behind great amounts of lacing

S - sweet, malty, chocolate, oatmeal

T - sweet with a dry finish, taste of toasted grains, chocolate

M - smooth at first with a thick after feel

O - i like this stout a lot, but it's not as good as joe mama's milk stout!! (337 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a nice full inch of mocha colored head. Nice looking stout.

S - Mild smelling but smells of lactose, coffee, and chocolates.

T - Wow this is good it's a very light drink but has more body than Left hands milk stout. Sugar coffee flavors and mild chocolates make this beer delicious.

M - Medium bodied not think so drink ability is good.

Overall man I should have got some more of this. About to try a left hand again to see if it's this good but a very solid milk stout that I would love to try again. (526 characters)

Photo of knowledge
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 bottle given to me by Cosmicevan. Thanks. No bottle date that I could find.

Appearance- Black with very little head ends in a small film. No lacing. 3/5

Smell- Kind of a funky (old?) coffee aroma. Bits of chocolate. Some vanilla. 3/5

Taste- Coffee and bits chocolate. Some vanilla in the end. 3/5

Mouthfeel- Starts out creamy and ends a little thin. Still, it sticks to your mouth. 3/5

Overall- Good. I don't know if this would be something I would get again and again, but I would have it from time to time. 3/5 (521 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Milk sweetness, roasted and caramel malt. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Milk and bread. Hints of chocolate. Mild overall.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an okay milk stout, but the Left Hand and Lancaster milk stouts are better in my opinion. (433 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm conducting a three-way taste test of milk stouts tonight. This is the second beer in the line up, with the others being Butternuts' Moo Thunder Stout and Left Hand's Milk Stout.

This beer had a fizzy beige head that dissipated pretty quickly, about the same as the Left Hand stout. It's pretty much all black, but when I hold it to the light a TINY amount of brown shows.

The aroma has some sort of red wine thing going on, reminiscent of Anchor Porter or the Famous Taddy Porter. Maybe I smell some lactose, but I don't think I would have detected it if I didn't know it was a milk stout.

The taste, once again, reminds me of those aforementioned porters: red wine. Earlier tonight I read a thread where the OP said he had a bad bottle of Anchor Porter and said it had a vinegar taste. The power of suggestion may have planted that taste in my mind, but I'm also tasting that. I taste a little milk chocolate on the finish, but it's overpowered by the wine-y and vinegar flavors.

This beer does have a better mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too viscous.

The taste profile makes me wonder how fresh this bottle is. With no freshness date on the bottle, I can't adjust my score to reflect any possible degradation from age. I can drink this, but I probably won't be revisiting this beer after I finish the six pack. (1,322 characters)

Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.