Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales
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Reviews by Shiredave:
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Hand drawn from one of the few casks filled for Mahars in Albany, this is the beer that won Best Beer in NY at last spring's TAPNY Festival and Competition. This small batch, keg only beer was key to Keegans winning both the Matthew Vassar and FX Matt Memorial Cups for Best Brewery in The Hudson Valley and NYS for 2009 respectively at TAPNY.
This poured a slightly murky, opaque deep brown with a full and persistant 1/2 inch head of lightly toasted marshmallow looking foam.
The aroma is all brown sugar and coffee - a house brewed coffee reduction added during fermentation. Notes of coco and vanilla with roasted dark grains - hops are there but overwhelmed by the smokey coffe and chocolate notes - light fruity ester hints in the background.
The flavor is a deep, full bodied stout - sweetish up front with strong roasted grain bite and mildly bitter coffee. Brown sugar and malt come forward mid way - cellar temp from the cask iis perfect for this beer as it is only 8% and the alcohol is neatly masked by the rich body and intense roasted coffee flavors.
Body is medium -full - semi heavy on the tongue with a velvety texture from the milk sugar and oats.
Finish is mildly warm and bitter both from boil hops and coffee - lingering brown sugar notes cling to the walls of your mouth.
A bit strong on coffee character - the malt and brown sugar comes thru more as these kegs aged as I had some from a 3 month old keg at the brewery and it had mellowed and balanced out very nicely.
- cant wait for the next batch!
10-10-2009 17:41:09 | More by Shiredave
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +6%
This pours a deep brown with a touch of ruby on the edges where the light will pass. The tan head of compact bubbles slowly settles to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge.
This smells of roasted and a mild coffee with a fig aroma a touch of sweetness.
There is a great balance of roast, coffee and lactic sweetness on the first sip with dark fruit and chocolate flavors developing shortly afterwards. There is little in the way of hops flavor but a moderate bitterness. The sweetness, though restrained as it is, does overtake the bitterness of the hops and roasted grains in the finish.
This has a nice weight on the palate being medium-full bodied with a light carbonation and some creaminess.
This a wonderfully balanced beer with a good roast and coffee notes and some bitterness balanced by a pleasant sweetness. I particularly liked that this has a lower amount of sweetness than my prior, cloying experiences with this style.
07-07-2012 22:23:16 | More by MadScientist
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
From a 32 ounce bottle/growler filled at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours the anticipated black, carbonation seems to be on the low side, but a more agressive pour reveals a tiny bubble film and then nice looking fine sheets of lacing. The nose on this one is of dark coffee grinds and sweet dark malts. Full on coffee infused stout. Yum. Dark grains, burnt grains, coffee, espresso, you get the idea. Nice stuff and gotta love fresh beer from an up and coming local NY state brewery. Go get some and enjoy, especially you stout lovers
06-07-2009 01:00:51 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Acquired via trade
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.
10-28-2012 01:46:37 | More by ehammond1
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Pours a dark black with a 2 finger khaki head. A little light gets through the bottom of the glass and comes through a deep ruby. Head sticks around for a minute or two before turning to a film. Minimal lacing.
S: Smell of black coffee with notes of alcohol. Some chocolate makes an appearance as well. Certainly that milk stout aroma with some brown sugar too.
T: Good roasty coffee taste with a creme like quality. On the sweet side of the spectrum. Mild chocolate in the taste but it focuses on the coffee.
M: Very smooth, creamy body fairly light for a stout. Quite drinkable if your a fan of coffee.
Overall I am quite happy I got to try this bee. Big fan of milk stouts and coffee flavored stouts. This takes the best of both worlds and combines them for a great finished product.
05-01-2012 00:17:07 | More by CloudStrife
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
On-tap at Andy's Corner Pub in Bogota, NJ. Served in a pint glass, with a hard pretzel as well.
Fantastically black and opaque, with a sizable frothy head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of sticky lacing. The pour was pretty viscous-looking and a few swirls of the glass confirm that this is a big brew. There is a ton of dark chocolate in the nose, the good kind that you use for baking brownies, which is always a good smell to have in an imperial stout. Roasted barley adds a distinctive component to the aroma and serves well to complement the chocolate as well as the most prevalent smell, which is the coffee. After taking a few deep whiffs, I can almost smell the ground arabica beans. This is a good sign.
The taste is more of the same, with coffee featured front and center. There's a definite sweetness to it as well, with just a little bit of lactose flavoring coming through. No hop bitterness at all. Alcohol is only slightly prevalent as the beer leaves the tongue. A dark cocoa essence coats the palate in the aftertaste. Really quite good. Mouthfeel is the only thing that seems a bit off compared to the rest of the beer. Given the heavy pour, I was expecting a bit more oomph to the body, but it's on the thin side of medium. Nothing to deduct full marks for, but something that could definitely have been improved. Still above average.
I've had Keegan's regular milk stout and whatever they did to it to make it into this tasty concoction is most certainly welcome. Equal parts chocolate and coffee, this is certainly a brew for stout lovers. Definitely the best offering I've had from Keegan's and I am very happy I was able to have this on tap.
09-20-2011 00:52:57 | More by r0nyn
3.6/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
08-29-2013 23:49:10 | More by Ds650rida
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Pours black, with a coffee colored foamy head.
S - Smells of coffee and toffee, but does seem a little overdone. A bit too much coffee that it takes from the other profiles in this beer.
T - Tastes of raosted malt, plenty of coffee, and some chocolatey finish. Very nice.
M - Heavy beer, but is certianly not a chore to finish.
O - I like this one. A solid imp stout from Keegan and a good way to get your coffee fix with beer.
04-10-2011 00:54:37 | More by socon67
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured into a Blue Point Snifter
A: Poured opaque black with a half finger reddish caramel course head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing at best.
S: Overwhelming roasted coffee with subtle hints of vanilla and milk chocolate towards the end
T: Opens sweet and malty and develops into a roasted coffee character rather subtley. This flavor starts to dissipate at the end and gives way to vanilla and milk chocolate which ends slightly alcoholic and with a bit of bite
M: Medium bodied and rather silky and goes down easily. I wouldn't say this is viscous but it does leave significant aftertaste and with a certain feeling in the mouth.
D: A very drinkable RIS that really goes down rather easily and is quite enjoyable. Definitely recommended and honestly, I was pleasantly and humbly surprised.
09-17-2009 23:33:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
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