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Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

Joe Mama's Milk StoutJoe Mama's Milk Stout

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: palma on 12-26-2008)
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Photo of jlux21

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was very impressed by this beer.
didn't know the brand or the line, but ordered at a restaurant that had it on tap. Very much get a Coffee with heavy cream taste and smell. Looks the way a stout should smells and taste great. I would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 15:00:33 | More by jlux21
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb


3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an english pint. Pours black with a finger length tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap. I could smell coffee the second I opened the bottle, which leads to roasty coffee just dominating the nose. Dark chocolate is detected though as well. Taste opens up a bit more sweetness to it up front, but the coffee flavors are very strong after that. Coffee flavors also linger for a short while. Drinks very easy for 8%.

Overall: Very good stout, but the coffee was a bit too much to separate itself into the elite category.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:57:37 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Photo of Goldfish19

New York

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours dark brown with a thin, soapy head that fades quickly; lacing is minimal. Smells very similar to the Founders Breakfast Stout that I had just the night before. If you haven't guessed it yet, there's an abundance of coffee infused into this beer. It's as if I just stuck my nose inside a can of Folgers Mountain Blend.

There is a bitter taste upfront, but it smooths itself out towards the end. It's just a smidge on the thin side for an 8% stout, but I'm not complaining. I wouldn't call this a session beer, however, it is pretty damn close. Although, at 8% (which is masked quite well) I could only see myself getting through about 3-4 of these before the room started to spin!

Note: I had the privilege of having this fresh from a growler sometime ago, and I remember it tasting far superior to the offering I am having tonight. Either way, this is a solid milk stout and is one I have no problem recommending.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:44:35 | More by Goldfish19
Photo of Stevedore


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously extra'd by Rob. Opened up with a buddy today, 9/5/2013. Poured into a 12oz water glass (since that's all my friend had). Review #192

All I can say is that this is the most carbonated beer I've ever opened up. I literally poured one ounce into my glass and it foamed up all the way to the top. Massive, massive mocha head with insane retention. It was ridiculous how carbonated this was. We had to wait probably a solid 4-5 minutes in between before we could pour more beer in there.. and by the time it all settled down, it was already halftime for the football game. Otherwise once things settled down, it revealed a dark brown, nearly black body. Thick collar, decent lacing. It was cool, but that overcarbonation messed things up.

Smells like cold pressed coffee with milk creamer. Straight up, mixed in with some dark chocolate. Delicious!

And of course the taste is a fairly typical coffee milk stout but excellent flavour profile. The sweet lactose and milk chocolate balances out the black cold-pressed coffee bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy and smooth. Body is thinner full bodied, and very well carbonated. Finish is mostly the lactose and milk chocolate sweetness, and finishes quite dry.

Very good milk stout, carbonation issues aside. It makes for a painful wait while waiting for the head to die down. But the smell, flavour profile and mouthfeel helps make up for some of that. Recommend trying if you like coffee and milk and stouts all in one package.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:03:47 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Ds650rida

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this on sale for $1.50 at my local beverage shop so i figured i'd give it a whirl.
No date on bottle, poured into pint glass.
A: very dark brown, almost black. Thick, bubbly, tan head disipates in about 30 seconds. Leaves heavy lacing that quickly sinks back down the glass.

S: strong coffee, if anyone remembers pepsi kona, it smells just like it. A bit of chocolate at the end.

T: black coffee and chocolate, cant sense much else. After eating a chocolate chip cookie the coffee is much more pronounced (duh).

M: milky texture, mouthfeel is thick, feels like i just took a big gulp of black coffee. For me this is not pleasant.

O: First off, I'm a bit biased as I'm not the type to enjoy coffee/breakfast stouts. I can usually drink half a bottle before giving up. Also it is not exactly the time of year to be drinking such a heavy beer. If I were to ever be in the mood to pick up such a beer i would sooner choose founders dcbs or javahead. But at $1.50 i cant really complain.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:49:10 | More by Ds650rida
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Thick brown body, good sized head but the retention is pretty average and not too much lacing left.

Smell: Bets part. Cocoa powder with a mix of chocolate milkshake, creamy and milky.

Taste: Not as developed as the aroma. Chocolaty, hints of oatmeal, sweet milky chocolate but lacks fullness that aroma had.

Mouthfeel: Real smooth, not heat, medium-low carbonation, bit of an edge in the tail end.

Overall: A decent imperial stout but would have liked more pronounced milk stout characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 13:42:31 | More by papat444
Photo of bleggs


3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bangall Whaling Company, Standfordville NY. $5 a pint.

A: Dark black/brown, with a thin creamy-brown head quickly dissipating, some carbonation.
S: Lightly coffee, sweetness.
T: A standard milk stout with an delightfully unintrusive coffee flavor, lightly boozy.
M: Thinnish, barely carbonated, a little coffee bitterness.
O: Really all that anyone could ask for to accompany dinner. Impressively balanced coffee and milk flavors - neither are overwhelming, as in some of the higher rated milk or coffee stouts, but neither are under-balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 01:55:04 | More by bleggs
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown to black body, ruby highlights when backlit. Big five finger head of medium dark foam. Minimal lacing.

Cafe au lait aroma.

Plenty of coffee, but not a dark roast.

Rich full mouthfeel, not oily or syrupy.

A very tasty mix of milk, coffee, and imperial stout. Recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:23:21 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of suspect

New York

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Founders Snifter.

A: Bottle cap pops off and the foam immediately starts to creep tot the top. Normal pour leads to a big thick mocha foam colored head that fills to the top of the snifter then fades. Then I pour again. Then wait, then pour again. Finally it's good to go. The foam does not move once it reaches one finger.

S: Big nose full of coffee, toasted chocolate malts, hop bitterness and some lactose sweetness that I expected to hit first but came later. ABV is present and accounted for in the nose for certain.

T: Very nice toasted malt fronted flavor with some milk sweet on the back end of the taste. Not bitter, smooth flavors, complex mix of hop/malt/milk sweetness. No sign of yeast or the big 8% abv for a milk stout. I like.

M: An 8% ABV stout should not be overcarbonated. This one is. Once that passes, it's not bad.

O: A solid beer. A good milk stout that seems out of its category.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 01:57:22 | More by suspect
Photo of JohnQVD

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thick raft of foam that holds for a long time and leaves a trail of foam on the glass. Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. The taste doesn't quite fulfill the chocolate promise, though the coffee remains strong. Hop bitterness and a slight roasted quality rounds it out, with a mineral aftertaste. The hops are more prominent than I'm used to in the style. Mouthfeel is medium, with prominent carbonation. The alcohol is present, but not overly so.

Overall, this is good and I would certainly drink it again, but I would prefer some slight tweaks that would really put it over the top, most notably in the carbonation. It settles down once you get into the glass, but it's still more than I would like. Those who like more carbonated stouts would probably rate this a bit higher.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 19:58:18 | More by JohnQVD
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark as expected with an immedate smell of coffee. The first sip I immediately thought it was a bit thin and watery. The coffee is overwhelming and doesn't seem to blend well with the stout. Almost seems like I'm drinking a thinner stout that someone randomly poured a couple shots of coffee into. It's really not horrible but it's in a very tough class as there are some really well rounded coffee stouts out there. Worth a try but I won't be revisiting this one again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:10:48 | More by sjones5045
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour barely yields a thin coating across the surface, dark brown and quick to dissolve, the lacing is wispy but does stick very well. The liquid is an extremely dark brown to black color, possesses a light orange tint around the rims. The nose subtly builds into a crescendo of coffee, cocoa and general toastiness, light dark fruits mixed into the above average hoppiness, never gets as milky as you think it might, stays streamlined and focused, more roast than sweetness which helps it penetrate deeper. Medium-bodied, nowhere near heavy, here the carbonation puts some spring in its step. Not sugary sweet, undercurrent of butterscotch and molasses while the emphasis remains on roasted coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla bean. You get some mixed white citrus, more than any herbal leafiness or earthiness. Seems to go much more for drinkability than overt complexity and, if so, succeeds. Mild cherry to even apricot fruit. Dryness welcome and keeps it refreshing. Quite enjoyable and free of the bombast one finds often with brews like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:10:49 | More by farrago
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Black on the pour with lighter shades of brown. Long lasting pillowy tan head. A slip of lacing blankets the whole glass.

S: French roast, malted milk balls, fudge, chocolate syrup, brownies. Earthy and woody underneath. Very tight estery berry scent clenched in the middle of it all.

T: Fudge, brownie batter, chocolate syrup. Juicy berry esters are more prominent than the nose would suggest. Roasted coffee beans dominate the mid-palate. Mildly acidic. Subtle earthy hops. Cola. Drawn out finish of woody and earthy roasted malts with a kiss of smoke and a touch of sugary lacto sweetness.

M: On the heftier side of medium bodied. Very creamy and well-rounded. Mild seltzery carbonation supports just enough. Somewhat astringent. Smooth.

O: This one comes as advertised: a well-made milk stout with coffee added. Nothing mind-blowing, but a solid enough beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 04:30:43 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks Gary (RedNeckBeerz)! I had a tiny taste at ORf, but I dont recall it.

I think I poured it too cold, because it has like no carbonation at first. Im sure that will change with time.

The smell, is well sweet cream and coffee. Lots of maltose up front, with a sweet caramel/vanilla smell reminiscent of Victory at Sea, just smaller. Light hint of medium roast coffee adds a nice balance. Roast and malt kind of get lost in the aftermath here. Kind of like a light ST stout.

Holy crap the taste is dominated by acidic, astringent coffee (picture the sharp bite of decent espresso with the body of regular coffee). Super roasted (almost toasted) malt comes in, but with a decent body. Thin for an 8% base stout; if it wasnt for the maltose, this thing would be a freaking black ale or porter.

I want more body,and that nice vanilla/caramel presence, but all I get is an upfront stout. I think it has an identity crisis, and need to pick either milk stout or American Stout, honestly.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:05:27 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours black with a thick foamy tan head with outstanding retention and leaves a nice froth
S-roasted coffee and milk chocolate
T-roasted malt and coffee up front, followed by a mocha flavor on the finish and leaving sweet chocolate on the palate
M-medium-full bodied and creamy
O-very solid imperial stout that is well balanced and extremely flavorful

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:27:36 | More by atr2605
Photo of Durge


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brown-black color with a minor head that quickly slips to a simple light tan ring that leaves a fair lace. The aroma offers a thick butterscotch malt with sweet charcoal that finishes with an ashy fireplace goodness. Kind of different and impressively solid. The flavor brings much the same with burnt malt and vague milk chocolate with just a hint of sweet grass hop. This stuff is solidly medium bodied with a fairly aqueous feel and very subtle carbonation. I really like this as a basic stout with a decided flavor that delivers nicely!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 06:13:11 | More by Durge
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - I can tell it's a deep shade of black due to the 1/4 inch of mocha colored head. Nice lacing that sticks on all sides of the glass.

S - A fairly nice bouquet of coffee, lactose sugars, and some bakers chocolate. Smells rather nice like a coffee forward stout.

T - I am kind of taken back since I didn't really get much coffee, some bittering hops, bittersweet dark chocolate, lactose sugars, and finally in the finish clinging to the palate some coffee roasty bitterness.

M - Best part of the beer it is velvety and smooth with a medium chewy body. Very easy to drink stout.

Overall I guess my expectations were met it's more of a milk stout ran through coffee grounds and it is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:31:39 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of andrewjraab


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real nice pitch black pour with foamy dark brown head. Smells delish: coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, malt. Full bodied and rich malty but it's silky smooth. Like velvet. Clean finish with a warming twang of alcohol. This is solid stout and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:55:58 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of beastmammoth

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had heard a lot about this one and Keegan in general. A pretty big disappointment actually. Amazing dark roast coffee aroma, but a simple light milk stouty taste and the real problem is the body. Weak and thin and a bit highly carbonated. There are good flavors added but the beer which they rest on is meek.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 01:16:36 | More by beastmammoth
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. It is pure black. Quite lovely. It has a small dark tan brown head that dissipates quickly and it doesn't leave any lacing.

S. It has a nice burnt scent. Some chocolate malt undertone.

T. It has a nice toffee malt taste. The chocolate scent carries in the taste. It is burnt. The chocolate gives it a bit of a tart taste. Some hop bite. A good sweetness in the aftertaste.

M. Crisp with a carbonated tingle.

O. This is extremely flavorful. Well balanced and a true contender to the left hand milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:31:31 | More by Amalak
Photo of mojo437


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

snagged this from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Poured nice, thick bodied, one finger head that died quiiick. The coffee smells rather strong, which enhances the rest of the body of the beer. This beer is the kind of beer someone would drink on a Sunday morning after brunch with their girlfriend, maybe pour a little whisky in it, talk about their friends who don't talk to them anymore. Maybe the boy looks at his phone too much, smells the beer again and thinks about ordering the coffee. Mouthfeel could be a bit more memorable for an imperial, a little too far on the milk side. This is the kind of beer I would consider getting again if I were slightly drunk and did not feel like drinking the mother's milk. It also makes me want to drink coffee, same with that couple at brunch. They will not break up. They will stay together forever. Kind of like this beer with the coffee thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:18:17 | More by mojo437
Photo of ehammond1

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

Black throughout and fairly substantial and thick in body with a small dark brown head; this leaves dots of bubbles down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

Initially a very mild aroma, consisting of roast and coffee. Simple, but good. After warming, very nice coffee notes emerge. The aroma gets better and better as it closes on room temperature. Very nice.

The flavor too is straightforward, simple, but tasty. Mild chocolate, moderate roast, some coffee, and a bit of lactose sweetness. As the beer warms, complementary sweetness grows, adding a delightful element to this otherwise straightforward stout.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Only place this beer lacks.

Straightforward, but tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:46:37 | More by ehammond1
Photo of yamar68


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cosmicevan for surprising me with one of these!

Damn near pitch black with an edge of coffee clarity, swelling two fingers of mocha head that sinks down to a thin, retaining collar that laces well.

Cold-press, fresh cream, milk chocolate, fudge, the sweeter notes are kept in check by bitter chocolate qualities, smells like a true breakfast stout.

The coffee is a bit faded, semisweet chocolate, cocoa beans, fresh cream, espresso bitterness, roasty, too thin though... the feel is a bit watery actually.

Tasty stuff, thanks Evan.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:32:03 | More by yamar68
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with hints of dark brown at the edges when held up to the light and some very light visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dense tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans with just a slight hint of freshly brewed coffee. There is also a moderate amount of lactose/milk stout sweetness to the smell as well.

T: Strong flavors of coffee - freshly brewed - along with some lighter hints of milk chocolate. There is the typical sweetness of a milk stout from the lactose.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer, similar to the other stout I have had from this brewery but with a slightly heavier body and the addition of coffee to the flavor profile - I personally really enjoy a stout with either coffee added or strong coffee flavors so I will likely try this one another time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 18:31:11 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and lactose in the nose.
T: There are strong flavors of lactose in the beer along with some notes of coffee and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes very much like a milk stout but feels a little heaver compared to others and has complimentary flavors of coffee beans.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 17:06:18 | More by metter98
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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.