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Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palma on 12-26-2008)
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Photo of Jeffo
2.25/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from SliverX as a gift. Thanks heaps man! Been wanting to try this one forever, so I braved the big bottle myself after finishing the regular Mama's Milk.

From a 36oz white waxed swing top bottle into snifter.

APPEARANCE: A thinner, transparent brown pour yields a three finger, thinner but fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Head fades to a wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Black body and medium carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass. Head and carbonation in check, but the body could be thicker and darker for the style.

SMELL: More potent. Lactose sugar is there, with espresso notes and sweet cream. Some smoky and roasted malts and a hint of brett in there as well. A little worrying. More sour cherry notes come out as the brew sits over time.

TASTE: Touches of lactose and espresso notes up front, but more sour cherry and brett flavors come through here. Probably infected, but not too far along just yet. Aftertaste is mild but lingering and is mostly made of sour cherry, espresso and burnt coffee beans. Oddly enough, over time the sour cherry notes mellow in the flavor but become more prominent in the nose. Either way, the sweet stout and the sourness are always competing with each other.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of a harsh alcohol burn lingers as well.

OVERALL: This was a pretty lousy milk stout series here. Not a complete failure, but certainly not something worth seeking out. That said, this bottle seems to be infected, so I’d gladly give it another go if given the opportunity. There seemed to be some promise under the sour cherry notes. Anyways, this one had been on my Wants for what seemed like forever, so thanks heaps for hooking me up SliverX. Three fat and one skinny 4Life.

Jeffo, Dec 14, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Centennial, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.6/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown, a shade from black. A half finger of light tan head forms and quickly recedes. Average.

S: Mild. Some burnt coffee and a bit of lactose sweetness. A bit of roasted malts in the background.

T: Again quite mild, but significantly more appealing than the aroma. Roasted malts start off with slightly burnt coffee and lactose sweetness backing it up. No hint of ABV.

M: Thin with prickly carbonation.

O: Not bad, but I'm a bit disappointed. The aroma is subpar, but the taste is not bad. The mouthfeel is also poor.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

mwbrady12, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jk3
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

jk3, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of ipc2000
3/5  rDev -25.2%

ipc2000, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cmeroles22
3/5  rDev -25.2%

cmeroles22, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -19%

oldp0rt, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

jacob4999, May 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of pinebarons
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%

pinebarons, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of sjones5045
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.

sjones5045, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of bcostner1
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges. For a stout, definitely not pitch black like some I have had. The head is tan, a little fizzy, and dissipates quickly leaving very little nuances remaining around the edges. Wish it was thicker and hung around longer.

S: Faint to moderate coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugar. Not as much coffee as I was expecting. Underwhelming.

T: I am a little disappointed. I had hoped for more coffee and, also, more of the milk stout element. Unfortunately, I think both are underdone. Could definitely use more coffee along with more lactose sweetness. Both elements are there, but could absolutely be more robust.

M: Thin. For a stout, definitely thin. Alcohol is well hidden. Due to the thinness, it's an easy drinker for sure. It's just not as enjoyable as it could be.

Overall, this stout is decent for sure. I can't say that I wouldn't have it again but it is out of my market and I also can't say that I would go out of my way to procure more of it. Maybe I am spoiled by Terrapin's Moo Hoo and Wake N Bake and had hoped for some hybrid of these 2 in one bottle (actually, mixing 1/2 Moo Hoo with 1/2 Wake N Bake for a Wake N Moo tastes better than this to me). Nonetheless, I found this beer to be very average overall.

bcostner1, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Provided by whartontallboy.

A - Dark brown body that turned a little red on the edges. Little bit of off-white foam that left some minor lacing on the sides.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, milk, chocolate, and a "green" smell from raw cocoa nibs. I never like that smell, not sure why it is so much more prominent in some beers than others.

T - Bitter coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, green cocoa nibs (yuck), some like caramel and toffee. The flavor profile is fine, but once again the green is detracting a little bit.

M - Little bit thin for 8%, but close to medium. Moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, I've had better, but this wasn't anywhere close to being a bad beer. I think a lot of people will enjoy it more than me as I'm hypersensitive to that green stuff.

AgentZero, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave! Bottled: unk

Pours the usual dark brown on black with a fairly solid sheet of faint taupe and little if any lace. I could smell this from the desk, some cocoa, lots of coffee, sharp CO2, leather, ink, tobacco (faintly) - decent nose. Flavor is initially, well, milky with a slight bitterness. There is a really pleasant follow with some dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The coffee in this one is bitter and bites back, hardcore coffee that percolated for a good hour before chillin and hittin the enamel on the dentites. A good assertive flavor profile. The body is medium with a bit hi carb for my preference and this takes away from the vastness of the beer. Overall a nice one to have around and enjoy. Glad I was able to try it and glad to have another for the cellar.

harrymel, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of beastmammoth
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.

beastmammoth, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

thagr81us, May 31, 2012
Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

sunofneurot, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

MinorThreat, Aug 18, 2013
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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
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