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Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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90
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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 65
Gots: 46 | FT: 6
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Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: palma on 12-26-2008

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Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 97
Reviews by offthelevel_bytheplumb:
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.8/5  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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Super smooth, wish it had a bit more carbonation. Delicious smell and taste of brown sugar, almost like a nestle toll house cookie.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of r0nyn
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Ds650rida
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beastmammoth
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Decicco's growler bar in Brewster. The milk gives this a smoothness that is really nice. I believe it also helps to hide the alcohol; this beer went down a bit too easy, and at 8%, it could be dangerous. Pours dark and rich, nice brown rice head that hung in there for a while. I finished my draught, went shopping for my dinner fixin's, and came back for a growler of the stuff...

Photo of sjones5045
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out the trader who sent me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a balloon wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk, sugar, roasted malt, coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, cream, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I only recently learned about this one a few weeks ago and was wanting to try it. I was thoroughly surprised to see it come in as an extra. The coffee aspect on this one was definitely the star of the show on both the flavor and aroma. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super dark and deep brown with garnet hue at times. Moderate tan head that clings a bit to decorate the glass. The beer itself is quite clear when you can get some light through it.

Smell is coffee first and foremost. Followed by roasted dark grains and smoke. A woody earthiness flows into a chocolate malt and dark bread backbone. A touch of toffee and burnt sugar.

Taste is much like the nose with a very full roasted coffee profile. The malt structure underneath supports, leading it into a mocha shake like experience. Without the sugar. The toffee flavor makes up for it by dropping in a hint of sweetness. Notes of vanilla and chocolate. There is a lactic sourness that adds a dimension to the palate. Gives it an Old Ale facet that really plays as it warms up. A strong hop bitterness that folds into the coffee. Finish is dry and clean with coffee and smokey roasted malt lingering. Flavor becomes broader and maltier as it warms. Concealed alcohol. Feel is crisp and finely carbonated keeping it lighter than you would expect. Still there is a satisfying weight to it. Dryness coats my tongue as it has an astringent quality.

Pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is nowhere to be found. You can go through this like a session beer and wind up in a corrupted condition if you don't pay attention.

This has the drinkability of a Dry Irish Stout but the punch of an Imperial American. Good stuff!

Photo of njmoons
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer. Was happy to pick up a bottle after having on tap a couple times.

A- Black and thick, about 1 finger foam that laced down nicely

S- Malt, coffee, carmel, roasted malt, yum

T- Roasted malt and coffee flavors dominate early, and then some carmel and fruit flavors. Nice clean finish for a big beer. All flavors in good balance which is not coo common in Imperials, not to malty and hops doing there job. The lactose sweetness is just enought to notice but not strong. Excellent stuff.

M- On the thin side of appropriate for an Imperial, which I prefer. Still plenty of body to it

D- I could drink a few and that could be dangerous

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Creetoper for this bottle and to Weebay for getting this one to me.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. The carbonation appeared fairly high for the style and the head was very light.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and bitter espresso dominate. Some roast, brown sugar and a touch of molasses in the background.

T - Big bitter espresso punch up front that gives way to sweet roasted malts and lactose sugar. Some molasses and semi-sweet chocolate notes are present as well. The finish is bitter and bull of dark roasted coffee flavour.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of JohnQVD
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at the brewery.
Pours a jet black color.
Smells of coffee for sure...roasted malts.
Taste is of smooth coffee flavor, roasty malts. Nice and balanced; not overly bitter, and full of coffee malty flavor.
This brew is not overly done; but full of flavor and personality. Really nice coffee stout. Id love to have again.
did I say coffee and malts?

Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied off white colored head that laces a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deep caramelized malts, hints of chocolate, and a sweetness probably from lactose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, nice bits of chocolate in there, a hint of brown sugar, and a very nice balances sweet flavor at the end.
M: Very fresh, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, not too heavy feeling.
D: Very drinkable especially at such a high abv, this did not feel like an imperial stout, this felt like a really good milk stout.

Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Less than a finger of light brown, frothy head. Retention isn't very good and no lacing is left. Coffee stouts will do that to you, so I cut it some slack.

4.0 S: Wonderful nose with plenty of potency. Coffee and the lactose aroma are the strongest. Supple roast, caramel, and chocolate follow. Lactose and coffee always work well!

4.0 T: Tastes like it smells. Big coffee and big lactose with roastiness, caramel, and chocolate underneath. not much else to say.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. On the lower end in terms of creaminess, which is something I cherish in beers like these. Other than that, no issues.

4.0 D: A little simplistic, but tastes great. If the mouthfeel were a bit better, this would be a gem.

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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.