Riley's Mothers Milk Stout | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Riley's Mothers Milk StoutRiley's Mothers Milk Stout
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Riley's Mothers Milk StoutRiley's Mothers Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-31-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by atigerlife:
Photo of atigerlife
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown creamy head that has good lasting power. Good lacing and retention. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, milk chocolate and some soy sauce.

Taste has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate milk and sweetness. Some woody/nutty flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and very smooth. Nice.

Overall, this brew is very drinkable. Goes down easy and the low ABV allows me to have several.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with no light getting through, topped by a light brown foamy head that sinks quickly. Aroma is strong and full of malt and cocoa, some raisin and a bit of hops. My mouth is actually watering as I'm smelling it. Full, rich, and creamy mouthfeel. Big, fat flavor that fills up my whole mouth. Dark, sweet malt, chocolate, fig, and some bitter coffee in the finish. A bitter hop tingle lingers, and then cocoa warms up around the inside of the cheeks and back of the tongue. This is great.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Bishops Lounge

A.Black, with a light brown head, 1 finger head.

S.Lots of coffee, chocolate, smells sweet.

T.Coffee, chocolate sweet.

M.Not as thick and rich as I would have liked, but not bad.

D.Pretty good for the style.

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Photo of bum732
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S: Roastiness, malted milk.

L: Pours a thick black, tan head, not much retention.

T: Earthy malt, not too sweet, some fruitiness before drying out with some coffee roastiness.

M: Pretty thin for the style.

Wasn't too impressed by this beer. Taste was ok, but pretty simple. It didn't help the mouthfeel was thin for a milk stout, i was hoping for more creaminess. Gets a little better as it warms, but i probably wouldn't try this again. Glad i got this for free.

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Photo of edchicma
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, chalk one up for the local brewery! Appearance was black with a fantastic head and great lacing. Smell was rich...smoky, maltly presence was very obvious. Taste...mmm.,,,,initial sweetness followed by light tingly lightly smoke flavored mid palate and a great lingering burnt malt and hop finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a slight slick then dry quality..interesting indeed! Very easy to drink....two or three would go down quite easily.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on August 3, 2010. The ABV listed on the bottle is 8.0% not 5.5% as shown in this page's description. The pour is nice and dark with about a half-inch of frothy, tan head that sticks around. The aroma is full of chocolate malts and wisps of hops. The taste also has a rich, dark chocolate maltiness, a background of floral hops, and something akin to cherry or cranberry. I thought for a sweet stout it was a bit more tart that I expected but it wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured thick black with no head or real lacing. Very dark appearance, but besides that there are no other dimensional attributes to the appearance. The smell was roasty caramel flavors mixed with milk chocolate. The taste is wicked dry, with some coffee-cream like sweetness. It is overall pretty thin in texture, making it pretty smooth to drink with little carbonation. As a dessert drink, its pretty good. Not my usual cup of tea though.

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

Pours a midnight black with just a hint of maroon in the liquid. A 1-finger medium tan head forms on teh pour leaving no lace.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and a some raisins.
Flavors of sweet milk chocolate, some lactose, some bitter coffee grinds and smoe drak fruit and resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is hyper-sweet with a dry bittering on the finish. Little less bittering than I would expect.
Drinkability is really solid. Very nice beer, Riley had a great momma.

Thanks for sharing Pete.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into shaker pint glass. A very very dark opaque black, let no light through. Very thing head that left a ring around the top. Smelled slightly sweet and brown sugary. Tasted great. Had a very slight sweetness to it, but also had flavors of milk/cream. It felt like a watery milk going down, thick enough to show body. Had a tingling on the toungue that was a little unusual. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black with no head. Very slight lacing. Aromas of chocolate, and some roasted malts. Taste of milk chocolatiness, roasted coffee. It's very creamy and yet pretty thin. Low carbonation and pretty easy to drink for a stout. Nothing about this beer wowed me at all.

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

This review was from a 12oz bottle sampled on 12/15/2004. This poured out a dark brown with about an inch of light brown head. The head dies quickly and doesn’t leave much lace. Aroma start with dark chocolate and a strong roasted malt. Notes of earthy bitter hops and coffee were also very present. The taste starts with a strong dark chocolate and a bit of cream. Roasty malts and a bit of bitter earthiness come through as well as a slight sweetness. Flavor ends with a roasted bitterness. Body is medium with a creamy feel to it. This stuff is very drinkable unfortunately I only have one bottle. Thanks to ppoitras for the chance to try such a good beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12ozer from a six-pack purchased at Spirit Haus, MA, apparently another brew from the "limited brewer's offering," as noted on the somewhat generic label.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a lively 2" light brown head on top of a dark black opaque brew. Head eventually (during the long period of time it took to calm a freaking out baby) retreated to a 1/2" layer of foam, and remained indefinitely. Lacing was excellent. Dark, sweet, malty nose, and the flavor follows those lines. The warming to nearer room temperature has certainly let all the flavors and aromas out to play. Unbelievable smoothness, a great product all around. Hope it makes it to a seasonal or something, not just a once off...

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a pint glass after chilling the beer.
The brew pours molasses brown to jet black, basically very dark! I have no light escaping the pint glass. A large fluffy brown head foams up 1 inch easily and hangs around for the sampling.
Aroma is very rich, with chocolate coffee, huge roastiness, brown sugar and general sweetness too.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth beer with some creamy texture going on, yet a bit of prickliness on the carbonation. The flavor is very tasty, with chocolate milk, roasted malt, and light coffee hits. Some sugar sweetness up front too. No hop presence that I can detect. This is one hell of a beer!!!
Very smooth and easy to drink, could be a little filling but I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Disappointing look. Nearly no head, extremely spotty lace. The color is good, albeit a little light for the style (it's a deep mahogany brown. Light can penetrate an inch.)

Creamy milk chocolate aroma. Noticeable black patent malt for burnt bitterness; overall sweet.

This is an exceptionally smooth stout. Not as sweet as the smell suggests, there is a lot of complexity here. Initially, it tastes like a dry stout, but midway through the sip, it shifts into semi-sweet chocolate. The swallow is the best part: all of the aromas burst onto the tongue, leaving a long coffee-ish aftertaste. The body is also excellent: full without being oily and carbonated with very tight bubbles.

This is a special stout, worthy of multiple purchases. Seeing that it is a limited release, I may get a case.

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Photo of currysage1
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my humble opinion this is the single best brew from the Paper City clan. Full two finger beige head, some lacing, recedes slowly, black as night with some ruby highlights.

Smell is of good coffee, roasty malts, carmelized (burnt) sugar.

Taste is wonderful good coffee presense slight chocolate, lots of malt and grain on the finish. Typical of the milk stout style it has some dry sweetness as well, but not as much as others I've tried.

Mouthfeel suffered because it could tend to be a bit thinner, good carbonation though.

Drinkability is high given the lower abv, also the creamy smoothness of it.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap- Jet black with very thin cream colored head. Little or no carbonation. Light, Sweet malty chocolate smell. Good sweet toasted flavor, extremely thin, light feel. Slight tinge of alcohol finish. Nicely flavored beer, goes down easy. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Bennettrox
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chase2634 (brent) for this one!

A - Black with an easy to pull one and a half finger head. Pours a bit thinner than expected.

S - Vanilla, coffee, a little chocolate

T - Bittersweet chocolate, oak, milk, and a feint hint of coffee

M - Thin and easy to drink. Went down very easy.

O - An enjoyable milk stout. Would rate it a small notch above the par milk stouts. Enjoyable but nothing too out of the ordinary.

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Photo of number1bum
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a pretty opaque black color with about a finger and a half of tan head. Settles to a thin, uneven lace, and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smells sweet with milk chocolate and lactose, along with a bit of coffee and a little roastiness, too.

Taste is a nice balance of sweetness and roasted malt flavor. There is some milk chocolate flavor to start, but it gives way to a nice roasty flavor, and overall I'd say it leans more toward roasty than sweet. I like it. Great balance, super easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but feels a little thin. Could use a tad more body.

This is a really easy drinking stout. Nicely balanced and very tasty. This is a sessionable stout for sure. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, some nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is malty, with some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, with some toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A little thinner than I would have expected. Black color turning to a yellow gold around the top. Once again it looks very thin and watery. Hardly any head to speak of, in fact no head to speak of. Low marks are in order here.

Smell - Coffee and a little bit of espresso bitterness. Hops seem to have been added too. Strange for a milk stout.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Extremely thin and watery in the feel. No thickness to hold it together. Does have a sweet chocolate flavor with an espresso bitterness, but there's very little creamy milk to help fit the style. Also there is a very pronounced smokiness to it, that makes my head flinch.

Drinkability - If this is mothers milk, i would be weened at an early age. No thanks mom, i'll take sunny d over this crap.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ryan & Casey's in Greenfield, MA on 6/21/08. Served in my SA Sensory Pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola (opaque and deep brown) with a soft, one-inch, khaki-colored head that lost its cohesion within about a minute before settling into a thin skim. Some watery lacing, but poor adhesion. Scent of cocoa and lactose on a malt backbone. Flavors consistent with nose as well as a mild roasted coffee character (somewhat charred, but not overpoweringly so) and a slight hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhere between light- and medium-bodied with a mild effervescence throughout the mouth. Very drinkable; alcohol is almost undetectable. Excellent regional offering.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is a deep, opaque charred brown, covered by a finger's worth of dense foam, the color of walnut flesh. The head settles into a thick film over the brew, lasting through the pint, leaving scattered blobs of lace clinging to the glass. Great retention, a swirl regenerating the head back to a thick coating.
The aroma is deeply roasty, with an excellent charred roastiness. Loads of coffee, chicory, and cocoa beans. A bit of a fuzzy fig and prune fruitiness, with a soft earthy, nutty quality. The lactose softens the experience, allowing the scents to blend together into a cohesive whole.
The flavor starts with a solid burnt roastiness, dark roasted coffee and cocoa immediately apparent. The lactose is right up front, adding a mild, sweetening edge to the bittersweet malt. Huge coffee flavor throughout, a bit of prune, fig and black cherry coming through the middle, almost coming together with the lactose to create a yogurt feel. The majority of the bitterness is derived from the malt, finishing with a bittersweet cocoa and coffee bean intensity. The milk sweetness does little to soften the finish, which is just fine with me. A bit of nuttiness in the very end, somewhat like almond, with a touch of vanilla bean. A lingering coffee bitterness, with a lingering lactic milkiness on top of the tongue. Medium bodied, with mild, english feeling carbonation. A smooth, silky mouthfeel, helped by the lactose.
Another winner in Paper City's Brewer's Offering series. Damn this stuff is great. I wish I could find a six pack. I'd go through cases of this stuff. A stout lover's milk stout. Easily one of the most intense milk stouts I've tasted. Please make this again, and send it down to CT.

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to JoeCeez for hooking this up in a trade. Unfortunately this severing is only about 8oz poured from the bubble wrap envelope thanks to my dogs knocking it out of my hand when I got home and breaking the bottle. On to the review.

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is of roasted malt thats a little sweet and coffee

T - Is good but not as strong as it smells sweet malt with coffee flavors

M - This beer is creamy smooth but a little watery with light carbonation to it

D - This is a good stout if the body was thickened up a little it would be a great stout none the less its a good easy to drink beer thats worth trying even from an envelope

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Photo of OldSock
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – I’ve been looking for this one for awhile, I even accidentally bought the Mother’s Milk Stout from Keegan. 12 oz bottle from Luke’s. Straight up black beer with a one finger brown head. The head falls to a thin covering rather quickly, but it leaves nice sheets of lacing.

Smell – Standard stout, mostly coffee and chocolate. However, it’s not dry or bitter, it is very much a sweet stout. There is a faint earthy hop presence underneath.

Taste – Bittersweet chocolate with some coffee. The roasted malt bitterness lingers only momentarily after the swallow. Slight hop flavor, but it is deep under the roast. Great balance for a style that is often too sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel – This has a terrific smooth mouthfeel with medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – A great in-between stout, too sweet to be a regular stout, too bitter to be a true sweet/milk stout. Probably the best sweet stout I have had, but still nothing to blow me away, just a terrific session beer. I will definitely be getting some more of this.

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Riley's Mothers Milk Stout from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 43 ratings