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Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 394
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 70
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 394
Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of azdback
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. A very dark black but not all light sucking black. Highlight are a dark brown. Head is a small one finger, creamy looking and light cocoa color. Lace is minimal at this point and doesn't do much all the way through the glass.

Smell is a wonderful coffee delight. Some smoke or char and just a bit of light chocolate sweetness. Very nice.

Taste is much like the smell but tastes are a bit lighter than the nose. Roasted coffee beans are on the forefront with some light chocolate and some charred wood.

Mouth is medium to full bodied, carbonation is on the spritzy side. Body is full and the finish is long and wet. Kind of leaves your mouth thinly coated with tart lacquer.

Overall I did like this. Kind of reminded me of Wake 'n' Bake. Nice coffee stout and a must if you can get your hands on it. Thanks to pete27lax for this extra.

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Photo of Stimack
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gave this brew a try last evening at Mahar's. The brew poured to a pitch-black color with a medium to dark tan head, retention was great and lacing was distributed down the entire glass. The aroma here is coffee, reminds me of getting a good whiff of good coffee grounds from a dark roast. Through the coffee there was a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma as well as a slight nut scent. The flavors are similar to the aroma as the brew does have a predominant coffee flavor though I think the chocolate seems to come out more here. The burnt malt notes add some slight astringency that goes perfect with this brew. The astringency does not impair the creamy feel this brew has. Though this brew is at 8% it drinks almost like a sessional stout, now with this said I can imagine that some would feel that the coffee note is a little to overpowering bit it works for me. Another nice offering from Keegan.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A half inch head of brownish beige foam diminishes quickly to a partial skim and thin ring atop a thick, opaque brew that is black as Satan's heart.

The smell is essence of dark roast coffee, deep roasted grain, light notes of caramel, with hints of bitter chocolate. Not as strong or complex a fragrance as some others, but a very clean, balanced and tempting bouquet.

Despite its look, this drinks super easily, it's very creamy in the mouth as blasts of flavor explode on the palate. It starts the slightest bit sweet, immediately handing the sip to deep coffee, bitter chocolate, luscious roasty and burnt notes, and other estery and hoppy flavors just beneath the surface beyond my palate to identify and explain, but which make for a balanced and complex stout . It ends with a finish of flavor and depth. The taste becomes darker, an herbal feel works into the bitter. Simply marvelous.

At first I thought it was too low carb., but as I have worked through this bottle I realize that it is perfect for the kind of clean coffee and roasty flavors this stout showcases. Light in the mouth, creamy, bright, holds an excellent finish. Almost perfect in the mouth, like all of Tommy Keegan's beers.

Since this is listed with Imperial Stouts this beer gets a 5 for drinkability. If there was higher than 5 it would get that. I could drink this stout non stop until the Milky Way gets sucked into a black hole.

Impression: No wonder this won at Hunter this summer. A must try. Get it if you can.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown body. Mocha head that quickly disappears to a less than thin film and thin halo.
Smell: Coffee and cream.
Taste: Roast is dominant, coffee, then cream. Some lactose...
Feel: This could be better.

Overall - I'm not too impressed, but that does not mean this is not good, who am I?

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Photo of sjones5045
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY: black, slight mahogany when held up to light, with a finger of khaki head that laced very well. It smelled robustly of espresso, molasses, walnuts, and caramel; very tantalizing. The taste...holy ice coffee, batman...with a malty nuttiness at mid-palate, and finishing on a nicely dry note. Medium-bodied and more carbonated feel than expected, but the spritziness didn't detract from the overall smooth feel on the palate. Too intense and flavorful to session, but an excellent sipping stout; particularly a good match for a creamy dessert.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a completely black color with a finger of finely bubbled mocha brown colored head which dissipates rapidly and leaves absolutely zero lacing
S: nice deeply roasted coffee malts pretty much throughout with just the slightest sweet note on the tail end
T: begins with a smokey coffee note which gives way to a nice gentle sweetness which backs off rapidly the allow the coffee malts to linger on the palate comfortably long afterwards. at the very end of the sip, just before the liquid slides off the palate there is the slightest hint of alcohol but you really need to be careful to even perceive it
M: medium carbonation up front gives way to a nice silky character, leaves the mouth with a nice thin coating
O: i actually really enjoy this quite a bit more than i enjoyed the original mothers milk, there is a nice complexity here and depth but i must say that the coffee malts pretty much take center stage in both the scent and the taste, nicely drinkable and quite tastey, always happy to support an NY brewery

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Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev -0.7%

What do you do when you have one of the best Stouts around in the form of Keegan Ales' Mother's Milk Stout? You take the base recipe and add some coffee with a dash of chocolate. Thick black body with a strong head that reduces to tan lacing. Odors of chocolate and coffee abound. Full stout, barley, and coffee on the nose. MId-palate the bitters break into luscious chocolate, caramel, and banana bread. Some tart acidity on the back palate courtesy of cocoa and Kona hints. Aftertaste is a mix of good Kona coffee and fine Swiss chocolate. Wet mouth feel. Very drinkable. Smooth and consistent. 4 out of 5. Very good. Recommended.

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Photo of atr2605
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a coffee onslaught. Pours thin, lucid, dark chestnut brown with some garnet shade. Nice as a breakfast beer or after dinner drink, and it is definitely on the dry side when it comes to stouts. Aroma of espresso dominates. Really light mouthfeel and the tan head doesn't impart much creaminess. Taste is reminiscent of a foamy cappucino. Some milk notes soothes the palate mid way, but the palate is decidedly roasted and charred coffee with some tarry notes. Some nutty flavor, almonds and bitter swiss chocolate are evident, but not well-integrated. The beer just seemed incomplete despite its strong and complex flavors. I'd order again and it's worth a go.

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Photo of suspect
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, almost black, body with a thin dark brown head. The head did not last five seconds, there is no lacing of the glass. The aroma is coffee and right up front!
Taste is burnt french roast from Starbucks with a sweet malt and sourghum bread flavor. Odd slick almost mettalic aftertaste in the mouthfeel. I usualy enjoy milk stouts very much, but this one missed the mark.

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Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [3.25] Pours a very dark brown to black. The pour forms a scant 1/4 finger head that is gone pretty quickly. The bottle has no ABV or born on date (just a batch date).

S: [4.25] Very prominent coffee nose maybe followed by small amounts of vanilla. The coffee is pleasant - not overpowering.

T: [4.00] The first sip was more chocolate forward than I expected. There is milk chocolate upfront followed by a long coffee finish. There is an underlying sweetness throughout that peaks at the finish.

M: [4.00] The mouthfeel is quite creamy and rich. There is a slight drying at the finish with the bitter from the coffee but it is pleasant.

O: [4.00] This beer lacks where it doesn't count (head formation, labeling, etc.) but has it where it is needed (smell, taste, mouthfeel). This is my second Keegan Ales and they have both been well above average. I like this coffee stout and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of m1ked
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch blackness with a thin tan foamy head, looks like a large espresso. When held up to light, the edges are a burnt mahogany. Slight clinging edges. No streamers seen.

S- Potent aroma for sure. I can smell it wafting around just from the initial pour. The usual roasty, smokey, dark chocolate....with some lingering woody bitter sweet chocolate slight rummy-ness to it, some Kahlua. Smells good.

T- Starts off with that bitter sweet chocolate, fades into the woody roasty grain and then that rummy Kahlua flavor. Lingering biitersweet flavor, and a little Etoh burn. Not as advertised on the nose though.

M- Light carbonation, creamy smooth silkiness that is thinner than I would have guessed by the look.

D- I really enjoy a good stout, I haven't had an abunance of milk stouts, but I really enjoyed this one. I would seek this out again. There are some etoh giveaways to it, but overall an easy drinker.

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Photo of palma
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Joe Mama's Milk stout is basically Mother's Milk stout brewed with Muddy Cup coffee. Muddy Cup is a coffee house in Upstate NY.

On tap at Press 195 in Bayside, Queens.
Pours a deep black with a creamy looking off-white head. Lasting lace.
Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate and molasses. Hints of wood and grass.
Taste is burnt malt, coffee and a double espresso with three sugars. Low hop profile. Light caramel flavors pull through towards the end. Bitter-sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, but not thick. Almost oatmeal stout consistency. Very nice.

This is a mild sweet stout that is very easy to drink. I love a few pints of this or Mothers Milk every now and then. A great session stout and a great mod to a tasty year-round brew.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.