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Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 374
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 68
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: palma on 12-26-2008

Big Brother to our Mother’s Milk. It starts with our Mother’s Milk recipe, we then add copious amounts of brown sugar to add body and increase the alcohol content. Then, after primary fermentation, we infuse a cold coffee extract from our friends down the street, Monkey Joe’s Roasting Co.
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Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of travMI13
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my quarterly beer club. No bottling date. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, velvety black with some reddish hues. A couple fingers of tan head sit on top of the body. Very good head retention.

S: Smells of rich coffee with vanilla cream and hints of chocolate. The coffee dominates the nose and pulls me in. This is incredibly inviting.

T: The coffee and vanilla cream dominate up front. The chocolate comes in on the back end. Really digging how well the flavors blend together with this one.

M: Rich, velvety, and creamy. I love that about this beer. For an imperial stout, the body is incredibly thin, so I have to grade it as such. However, for a milk stout, it is right in line. Make no mistake about it: I love the mouthfeel of this. It's one of my favorite things about this brew.

O: This is a very worthwhile brew. I had never heard of Keegan Ales before, but they did an excellent job with Joe Mama's Milk Stout. Would definitely buy this again if it was available to me. The only thing keeping me from seeking it out in the future is my access to other great coffee stouts. That being said, I would never turn this down. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a deep brown- nearly black color with a big billowy light brown head. The head at a moderate pace at first, but then left a persistent ½ finger head on the brew. This faded very slowly to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – Sweet aroma of milk are quite heavy in this brew. There are some lighter aromas of roasted malt and some very light chocolate notes.

Taste – A nice cocoa flavor greets the tongue and stays present throughout the taste. The initial taste has flavors of vanilla sweetness mixed within. Towards the middle the sweetness intensifies, but instead of vanilla in flavor, a milky sweetness of lactose comes to the tongue. Mixed with the cocoa it brings a milk chocolate flavor to the brew. At the very end the milk chocolate is meet with some light coffee and a moderate alcohol flavor which leave a very pleasant flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. While a little bit more creaminess would have done the flavors more justice the mouthfeel is good none the less.

Overall – A good drinking mild stout with some great flavors. One to sit back with on a nice cooler evening and sip on with pleasure. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review written from notes
Purchased a growler of this on multiple locations from local bottle shops
Appearance-Dark brown in color with very small head.
Smell-Milk chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar aromas
Taste-The coffee mixes wells with sweet milk- chocolate. You can taste the extras: coffee & brown sugar that Keegan Ales put into this compared to the base of Mother's Milk and it pays off.
Mouthfeel-Full mouthfeel. The sugar and coffee lingers.
Overall-Reading the description of this beer as the big brother to Mother's Milk is pretty apt. This beer could be the Joe DiMaggio to Dominic or Peyton to Eli. I hope that this beer becomes more readily available in a 4-pack or bottles smaller than the monster-size 1 qt 1.8 fl oz. Thanks to the folks at Keegans for making an amazing beer and glad I live in NY where I can easily obtain it. (846 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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? (378 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.26/5  rDev -44.2%
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. (1,908 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great thanks to cam and great apologies to Troy

A - Dark body bit of light In edges big tan head

S - sweet lactose, roasted coffee and dark malts

T - a bit extreme in sweetness but otherwise rather nice roasted and coffee taste

M - mOderately thin but slow. A tOuch dry.

O - a nice stout for sure. Glad I got to try it. Looking fOrwqrd to trying it fresher (361 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a leaky growler :(
But thank goodness seems to be fine!!

Pours a dark dark brown. Almost black. Lots of off-white head. Nice cling on the glass.
Smells rich and chocolatey. Lots of roastiness on the nose.
Tastes a bit bitter from the roastiness. Lots of dark chocolate and some nice milk sweetness. A bit thin but overall pretty enjoyable. The coffee isn't quite what I'd like it to be (398 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Black with cola highlights. An off-white head sits low with a light dusting. Relatively poor retention and lace.

S – Vanilla, coffee, almond, caramel, malted milkballs, and smooth milk chocolate.

T – Soft coffee serves as the foundation for sweet milk chocolate, a spiky bitter roast, and a rich malty backend.

M – Medium-light body is smooth with a tingle of bitter roast.

O – A solid imperial milk stout. Doesn’t quite knock the coffee out of the park though. (482 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,674 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery, passing a quiet afternoon in delightful fashion.

Totally black beer with a nice fluffy head that quickly settles down to a thin band on top. Nicely creamy lacing clings to the glass.

The smell is all coffee and so is the taste. Very freshly brewed black coffee aroma and flavor with a nicely roasty malt backbone. Bittersweet chocolate lurks in the background.

Thin in a good way, just like Mother's Milk. Highly drinkable and very little in the way of noticeable alcohol. Until you drink too much of it!

If you're a coffee fan this one is for you. Doesn't have a thick or heavy mouthfeel or body at all so you may not dig it if you like the bigger thicker stouts. (704 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes - On tap at the Copper Mine Pub 8/11/11

Appearance: Pours the deepest brown to borderline black with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: roast malt, roasted barley, and a small lactose presence.

Taste: same as the nose with a moderately acrid quality.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: goes down easy but the flavor profile isn't too captivating. (416 characters)

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had gotten a growler fill from the Mohawk House.

A - Pours a pitch black with coffee highlights around the edges. Dark tan head that bubbles and fizzles out to leave some small lacing around the glass.

S - Coffee as expected along with lactose, dark chocolate, some rasted maltyness comes through as well.

T - Chocolate coffee flavor throughout, some roasted malts, milky lactose flavor. I can pick up some roasted cherries and fig flavors. Pretty much a solid milk coffee stout. The flavors balace out nicly.

M - Medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation. The sticky lactose leaves a sweet flavor in the mouth.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and would love to have it again. (687 characters)

Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark and hazy black body with a decent, though thin, mocha head. Good lacing down the pint glass.

S: An intoxicating coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate as well.

T: The coffee is still plentiful, but it's complemented very well by milk chocolate. Vanilla there too, as well as some possible cinnamon and nutmeg. Coffee is Americano, not espresso.

M: Good, but not very full as a big stout can be. Light.

D: Nice and pleasant, especially for the coffee lover. (459 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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... (404 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L swingtop generously provided by Ethan (whartontallboy).

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a thick ring and a few wisps on top, leaving minimal lace. Dark brown body with some ruby hints at the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee, lactose sugar, cocoa nibs that have a faint "green" aroma to them, some roast malt in the periphery.

T - Taste is a little less interesting - mostly roasted malt and chocolate, with light coffee and lactose.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-thin body that seems lighter than the listed 8%. Clean, lightly dry finish.

D - It's a solid imperial milk stout that is more rare than it is delicious. I liked it more than Super Kitty if that's any consolation. (691 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lazy Boy Saloon with Jlynn.

I'd never heard of Keegan until my man (the bartender/owner) recommended this one to me.

A Black as night with a small brown head. Looks like a dark creamy milkshake.

S Caramel malt, coffee, and chocolate. I can def smell the lactose. Smells awesome.

T Coffee hooks up the biterness, chocolate and loctose come in for the smooth creaminess, caramel malts kick in at the end for the cherry on top. This stuff tastes awesome.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a pleasant lightness to it.

Insanely drinkable. 8 percent??? Double stout??? I plowed through this like a 5 percent session beer. This was soo tasty. What a pleasant surprise. (685 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of cosmo4u
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler filled from the brewery

Joe-Mama's poured a pitch black color with a finger width tan head. The aroma has some light roasted malt, but is dominated by coffee beans.

The body is smooth with a fairly low amount of carbonation. There is a huge blast of coffee up front before dying out slightly and allowing the creamy texture, and flavors of roasted malts to show through. The finish is short with a light bitterness.

This beer is worth the trip to St. James Street in Kingston (501 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had on tap, in standard "pint" glass.

appears black, with a bit of tan head.

as a friend aptly put, "it smells like chocolate covered espresso beans". couldn't say it better my self. the taste followed, with the standard Milk Stout taste, but amped up with the strong coffee flavor.

mouthfeel was nice and smooth, but I think the flavors are just a bit too strong to make this beer high on "drinkability". a good beer, but one is enough for the night. definitely worth it though. (485 characters)

Photo of kevinv
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many many thanks to cavedave for sending a 64oz growler of fresh Joe Mama's Milk Stout my way. This is my first taste of Keegan Ales.

Poured from the growler into my New Belgium goblet.

A - Pours a midnight black with a quarter to half inch mocha colored head that quickly fades to a thin rim on the surface of this beauty. Only the slightest mahogany hues accent the outer edges of the beer in the glass. Moderate creamy lacing is left behind.

S - I did have the score set at 3.5 when I first poured this beer, but the wonderful coffee and chocolate aromas really begin to shine as the beer warms. The nose is overpowered by deep dark bitter chocolate and a fresh espresso coffee. I'm a big coffee lover, so this one is right on par. Big roasty malts provide a strong backbone.

T - Phenomenal flavors. The bitter coffee is king. Great tastes of bold and strong dark roasted coffee. This is balanced by a bittersweet chocolate. Again, as the beer warms, it becomes more and more complex. The finish has a hint of caramel/toffee notes. I'm pretty sure there's no alcohol in this beer. Absolutely wonderful.

M - A bit thin, but still a good amount of body behind it. The carbonation is perfect as it is, low/medium. The finish his a lingering creaminess.

D - This is 8% ABV?!?! Wow, I wouldn't have guessed it. This beer is super drinkable and is well deserving of the 5.0 that I scored it.

Overall, I'm really glad that I got to try this. Honestly, this beer was off the map to me and I hadn't heard of it until cavedave mentioned it. This is one local beer that can easily hang with the big boys. Track it down while it lasts. (1,636 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black with just a hint of brown with a nice finger of creamy tan-brown head. The head had had okay retention and reduced down to a ring leaving some lacing.

S - Strong combination of roasted sweet carmel malts and some nice coffee aroma. Very rich smelling. Bit of sweetness from chocolate and lactose also mixed in.

T - Starts off with a sweet building roasted flavor with some nice coffee flavors mixed in and just a touch of bitterness. The coffee really explodes in the middle along with some chocolate flavor in the background. The finish continues with the nice roasted sweet carmel malts and coffee, and adds some lactose flavors which all linger very nicely. Very well balanced.

M - Medium-light bodied with a bit of carbonation. Feels just a tad thin but very smooth and crisp. The lactose creates a creamy feeling also.

D - Very drinkable. The 8% abv in not noticeable here. Very smooth and balanced all around. The sweetness is pretty much perfect, and stays in check and balanced throughout. (1,029 characters)

Photo of capra12
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo poured into a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours deep mahogany with a 1/2 finger head with weblike lacing.

Smell: I get a dark and cold roasted coffee bean with some candied malts.

Taste: It opens with dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a hint of over roasted coffee. The chocolate malts really come through on this as I get an intensifying roasted malt profile that last to the very end. Throughout this brew I get a lactose in the background which compliments the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly drying leaving that coffee dryness on the palate.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to the java seekers who love stouts, a pure mesh between the two. (753 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle no. 230 out of 500.

Appearance-Pours a very dark chestnut brown, almost black, you can only really tell its brown when you hold it up to the light and a few red highlights shine through giving enough contrast. Gives off a few fingers of splendidly creamy light-tannish cocoa head that bubbles away down to half a finger, leaves equally creamy lacing that just seeps down. I have a feeling I'm going to be using the word 'creamy' a lot in the review; this beer looks appetizing in the glass, that's for sure.

Aroma-Coffee upfront, but it's a milky-creamy kind of coffee aroma rather than an intensely dark roast; like a coffee with plenty of creme and sugar. I can detect the brown sugar used as well as a light undercurrent of caramel malt but this is a coffee and creme show in terms of aroma.

Taste-Creamy, creamy milky-coffee with a smidgeon of darkly roasted malts are at the forefront accompanied by an undercurrent of brown sugar, nicely bitter-sweet and oh so creamy.

Mouthfeel-Medium-plush and very creamy 'again' in texture, goes down slick and smoothe as silk.

Drinkability-This beer is smoothe and goes down very easy, most drinkable stout at this ABV I've had yet. (1,188 characters)

Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.