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Joe Mama's Milk Stout - Keegan Ales

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Joe Mama's Milk StoutJoe Mama's Milk Stout

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 64
Gots: 43 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Terrapin; Rhinebeck, NY.

Came poured with little head. Black. Big espresso hit with burnt sugar and black currant to follow. Thin feel to start opens up to creamy. Good sustain.

Distinct from Mother's Milk, and a drinkable example of type.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a good compromise between an imperial stout and a milk stout. At 8% alcohol by volume it's not so strong that you're gonna get trashed but it has a great malt and aroma that comes with high gravity stouts. Additionally, the coffee/malty aroma and flavor are outstanding. This is one i'll have numerous times again.

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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.

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 KevMo84
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep and murky black. No light making it through this one. Light tan head fades quickly, but leaves significant lacing. Smells of roasted malt with bits of coffee. The coffee really starts to come through as it warms along with slight toffee and perhaps a bit of cocoa. Again, before warming the coffee is a bit subdued but really comes forward as it warms. Bitter chocolate and toffee come through as well. Hides the ABV well. Nicely carbonated and creamy. Smooth on the palate. Overall a very nice imperial coffee stout. I actually prefer it to standard FBS. At the price, this one is tough to beat. A beer that I'm proud to call a local.

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a recent trip to eastern NY I picked up a bottle @ a "local" beer store, K & E discount beverages.
The beer pours a deep black with light tan head. There's very little lacing and the loosly formed head dissipates before the beer has even finished pouring from the bottle. The beer's nose is a little disappointing with a subtle sweetness, no spice/hops, and a touch of roasty, black coffee. It's not particularly aromatic, but improves with time. The taste is a toasted marshmallow mixed with a slight caramel/toffee followed by a bold milk stout, lactose aftertaste. The coffee is almost completely hidden, although there is an acidic bite in the beer's finish that leads me to believe otherwise. No detectable alcohol, but still it's definitely a sipping beer. I would have preferred a lot more body.
Overall, I had high hopes for this beer and feel a bit let down. There are other, more easily available coffee stouts that I'd prefer to drink in the future.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown to black body, ruby highlights when backlit. Big five finger head of medium dark foam. Minimal lacing.

Cafe au lait aroma.

Plenty of coffee, but not a dark roast.

Rich full mouthfeel, not oily or syrupy.

A very tasty mix of milk, coffee, and imperial stout. Recommend a try.

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of duff247
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously extra'd by Rob. Opened up with a buddy today, 9/5/2013. Poured into a 12oz water glass (since that's all my friend had). Review #192

All I can say is that this is the most carbonated beer I've ever opened up. I literally poured one ounce into my glass and it foamed up all the way to the top. Massive, massive mocha head with insane retention. It was ridiculous how carbonated this was. We had to wait probably a solid 4-5 minutes in between before we could pour more beer in there.. and by the time it all settled down, it was already halftime for the football game. Otherwise once things settled down, it revealed a dark brown, nearly black body. Thick collar, decent lacing. It was cool, but that overcarbonation messed things up.

Smells like cold pressed coffee with milk creamer. Straight up, mixed in with some dark chocolate. Delicious!

And of course the taste is a fairly typical coffee milk stout but excellent flavour profile. The sweet lactose and milk chocolate balances out the black cold-pressed coffee bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy and smooth. Body is thinner full bodied, and very well carbonated. Finish is mostly the lactose and milk chocolate sweetness, and finishes quite dry.

Very good milk stout, carbonation issues aside. It makes for a painful wait while waiting for the head to die down. But the smell, flavour profile and mouthfeel helps make up for some of that. Recommend trying if you like coffee and milk and stouts all in one package.

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.