MILF (Mother's Imperial Liquid Fantasy)
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MILF (Mother's Imperial Liquid Fantasy)MILF (Mother's Imperial Liquid Fantasy)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #254
Ranked #1,009
4.3 | pDev: 8.84%
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
MILF (Mother's Imperial Liquid Fantasy)MILF (Mother's Imperial Liquid Fantasy)
Notes: Formerly known as Materfamilias

From the brewhouse to the barrels, your Mother’s remains at the service of this exquisite imperial stout. Roasted malt brings rich flavors of chocolate and dried fruit. In the aging process, the beer’s interaction with the wood of bourbon, rye whiskey, rum, and brandy barrels dictates the composition of the final blend. Materfamilias cannot be rushed. It cannot be forced. It brooks no compromise. The result is a stout of such complexity and nuance that you, too, will recognize the authority of your Materfamilias.
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half finger of khaki foam. What head is there bubbles away quickly, leaving an oil-slick of obsidian black beer in the glass. It sits still. Aroma is a huge, containing notes of raisins, plum, fig, chocolate, toffee, and hearty roasty and toasty malts. It's rich, but with a biting malt finish that keeps the balance in check. Flavor profile follows the nose, hitting notes of raisin, fig, plum, chocolate, toffee, and a squeeze of molasses. Roasty and toasty malts firm a strong base, seeing the beer through the finish. There are hits of booze at the mid point, increasing their volume and heat towards the finish. Mouth feel carries a still effervescence with a chewy, thick consistency. Overall, a hearty, boozy stout offering up rich notes without flavor additives.

Reviewed from notes.

Dec 03, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 release. I received a bottle from @jdell15 in a BIF Poured into a tulip glass also provided by @jdell15. It pours a deep, dark walnut color - almost black, with a thin, medium-mocha colored head that dissipated rapidly leaving minimal lacing. The nose is really fragrant: chocolate, coffee, molasses, leather, tobacco smoke, earthy char, and a strong dose of rye whiskey. It reminds me of an old barn (in a really good way!). This is nice! The bourbon, rye, and molasses are up front, along with raisins, anise, and sherry; they're unmistakable but mellow. There is a strong taste of coffee with a high level of acidity. I suspect the chocolate was stronger when first bottled. There's a smoky, woody quality to the flavor. The mouth feel is moderately thick with a low level of carbonation, and I can feel the warming effect of the 11% ABV. Overall, MILF is a wonderful barrel-aged Imperial Stout with tremendous flavor. I'm grateful to have had the chance to try it.

Nov 15, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to FBarber for throwing this extra as part of a trade.
Pours a mostly black color with hints of ruby. A modest mocha head soon dissipates and leaves behind light lacing.
The aroma opens up with nutty malts and chocolate malts that foreshadow sweetness to come. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa powder, and roasted malts.
The taste opens sweetly and lightly boozy with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark caramel. Big full flavored and sticky sweet cereal grains, honey and nutty malts add to the complexity. A roasty flavor, espresso like, also begins to develop, along with black toasted malts, bright hops flavors; add balance and some bitterness. There are also notes of dark fruit, raisins, plum and cherries. Although the alcohol flavor is overall well masked, it adds some nice spicy notes as the drink develops.
Full bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth. A light alcohol spice leads to a warming finish. Easy to drink for the high ABV.
This was perfect for a winter night. I really enjoyed this one and hope to have it again someday.

Jan 01, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick pouring, and pours pitch black. The head is 2 finger, tan, frothy, and long lasting. Some nice lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose is nice. Rich with licorice, and some chocolate. Got a rich barrel aroma.
Taste - Smooth up front with the chocolate and licorice mixed in with some vanilla and raisin. On the backside is a warm, boozy flavor.
The body is decent. The beer has a nice warm boozy feel that kicks in on the backside.
Damn solid and delicious beer.

Oct 17, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Really rich barrel character going on here. The bourbon holds all the other together, with the brandy and sherry coming through on the finish, where as the rum is in the front. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, raisins, figs, and a sweet coffee drink. Very enjoyable, though admittedly all over the place in the finish.

Oct 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice dark brown color close to black with an eggshell white foamy head. Some concave lace.
The aroma had a nice boozy whiskey to bourbon sweet woody edge mixing with dark and milk chocolate. Some light notes of dark fruits on the back end.
The flavor takes a sticky sweet meshing of the prior notes and and adds a light vanilla wafers to woody sweetness. Light woody spicy edge coincides underneath. Nice sticky aftertaste of milk chocolate, bourbon/whiskey sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Definitely has some heat as it's impounding my tongue. Nice sweet chocolatey finish with some booziness.
Overall, I probably should have held on to this longer. Still, it's a pretty nice one. I'd have again. Thanks Russ.

Sep 25, 2018
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FrauTotenkinder from Missouri

4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark chocolate pour. Retains carbonation. Smells like boozy chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate bourbon stout without too much sweetness. Richness and alcohol content makes for a nice after dinner drink like a cognac.

Jul 01, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark black pour with chestnut highlights and 1/2 finger of beige-brown head.

Aroma of banana, raisin, burnt caramel, peanut brittle, and milk chocolate.

Flavor is huge. Tons of raisin, prune, caramel, roast malts, coffee, and hot fudge mixed with the complexity of merlot, brandy, bourbon, and belgian yeast. Light roast astringency lingering.

Feel is really viscous and heavy bodied, with tons of stickiness and light yet sparking carbonation, with a nicely roasty and hot finish. Slickness remains on the palate like an oil of sorts.

Overall, this beer is fantastic. I'm so glad I bought a 4 pack and will continue to enjoy this for months to come!!!

Jun 26, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no chance for light to seep through. There's a fingernail of creamy brown around the rim. I smell raisins, rum, figs, and bourbon. I'm tasting the rum, bourbon, and brandy. The mouth is very thick, dense, and chewy.

May 20, 2018
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/5/16

The pour didn’t produce much head, but there was a bit of khaki foam. Decent amount of viscosity.

It smells like rum raisin, chocolate, and fairly sweet with some red fruits, and bourbon. Faint tobacco and char in the background.

For all the barrels mentioned, the brandy dominates. It’s a sweet apple brandy flavor. There is some strong molasses, raisin bread, cocoa powder, bourbon and oak. A decent amount of coffee grounds like bitterness in the end and a dry finish where some sherry wine comes through.

An outstanding beer. Maybe a tad sweet/rich overall, but I would buy this one if I saw it.

May 06, 2018
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BigEZ_VZ from Louisiana

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer last after drinking a flight of other stouts with very low expectations until St. Louis Hop Shop owner Ryan stated it was one of his favs. Pours a dark heavy brown with little head, smells of the barrels it was aged in - all of them together, wonderful. Taste - deeeelishous and not at all like your drinking 11% ABV. I'm now curious to try other Mother's brews and will caution you to drink this one slooooowwwly - Very, very good!

Mar 28, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black color, ruby tinged around the edges. Almost non-existent mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving just a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma is a lovely array of chocolate malts, milk chocolate, light dark fruit notes, a touch of booze, raisins, oak and red wine. I feel like every sniff brings with it new aromas. Sometimes you get the red wine dark fruit notes, then you get rum soaked raisins, and then you get the chocolate malts. Quite a pleasing aroma.

Taste has notes of dark chocolate covered cherries, red wine, rich roasted malts, oak, vanilla, spiced rum and raisins. The flavor is as complex as the nose would imply, but is far more blended than the nose. You don't get snapshots of the various parts, but rather a well blended run of the various components. Somehow, this beer set doing too much and actually works well.

Feel is somewhat tannic - quite dry with an ever so slight acidity - clearly from the sherry/wine barrels. Lively carbonation provides a slight tingle. Light to medium bodied for the style. Makes this beer remarkably drinkable and less of a sipper, but I think I'd like a tad more body.

Overall this was quite a remarkable beer. Outstanding blending of diverse elements to make a great barrel aged beer. I'll need to revisit this one in the future.

Mar 26, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/5/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, sherry, rum, brandy, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, smoke, coffee, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, raisin, and spirit barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, sherry, rum, brandy, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, smoke, coffee, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and spirit/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, molasses, dark fruit, cherry, sherry, rum, brandy, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light coconut/smoke, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, raisin, and spirit barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and spirit/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Mild carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is is fantastic. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Minimal warming alcohol for 11%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, raisin, and spirit barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Super rich and complex, with perfect balance and integration of the barrels. Never overwhelming on fruitiness, even with the added raisins in the base beer. Loved this just as much as the single barrel brandy. Very similar with some additional underlying spirit complexities from the mixed barrels. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 24, 2018
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super complex BA imperial stout that blends multiple barrels better than any beer I've had. I get tons of dark fruit red wine sweet chocolate and vanilla. the different barrels are really well balanced so non are particularly strong, but together the make a super unique boozy sweet complex beer. Pick this one up if you get the chance it's a great one.

Jan 02, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny black with a thick, creamy tan blanket that thins out but leaves a thick collar behind.

Smell started sharp and unwieldy, a little indecipherable, but quickly mellows to an insanely complex mix of aromas. Maple. Notes of deeply roasted malt and coffee. Red wine and red grape. Molasses. Chocolate almond bar. Cinnamon raisin bread. I mean, really?!

Taste, too, is very complex, starting off with a bit of a sharp, wine-like element that smooths into red licorice, while luscious, deeply roasted malt translating to chocolate and peanut competes for the fore, and neither wins out. Cinnamon raisin bread also comes out on the palate, with caramel nougat arising at its warmest.

MILF has a nice, moderate body and froth with a semi-dry finish. Surprisingly, oak doesn't take a starring role, and is not even giving me a presence in the background. It's not cloying, not sticky--all this insanity actually comes together and works as a grown-up, well-made stout.

Sep 21, 2017
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: sweet booziness, oaky woody. Milk chocolate covered raisins. Dark cherry, plum, vanilla, dusted coco powder. This smells really really good!

Taste: right upfront you get that dusted cocoa powder and dark cherry. In the mid plate you get big raisin a little plum. Milk chocolate covered raisins a little bit of booze starts to creep in and goes into the finish. The beer finishes with a nice sweet vanilla and a mix of big oaky woody barrel notes.

Feel: Medium body. It's on the thin side for a barrel aged Stout. Smooth and velvety on the tongue. A little alcohol burn when the beer is going down but not off putting by any means.

Overall: I'm glad I got to try this it's really good. Nice barrel character. It's complex. If I had this in my area I would definitely pick up more. 95/100

Jul 10, 2017
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Choppr from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is great! When I smelled it in the bottle it had a strong smoked smell, but that might have been the fire pit I was sitting around. After pouring it in the glass, it totally exploded on the nose. Tobacco, coconut, cherry, vanilla, toasted marshmallow... Pure awesome. I split this bottle with a friend and was sorry I did after talking the last sip...

Jul 08, 2017
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Mdaniel723 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan head. Smells of malt and chocolate. Taste follows smell with malty chocolate taste. Fairly good coating mouthfeel. Have some in the cellar right now.

Jul 03, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A gusher, but not infected; pours fudge brown with a thin tan head that fades to a ringlet; splotchy lacing

Smell: Dark fruit, raisins, caramel, fudge and a variety of barrel aromatics, with brandy, sherry and rum prominent

Taste: Fudge and dark fruit forward, with a distinctive raisin element; through the middle, the caramel barrel tones emerge, with a slightly boozy blend of brandy, run and a hint of sherry

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A really interesting beer, more like an old ale than a stout; not sure all five barrels can be detected but I enjoyed the experience

Thanks, jmueller216, for the opportunity

May 27, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received from @THSdrummer for NBS BIF #5.
Bottle dated 12/23/16 at 42 degrees. Allowed to warm to 57 – 61 degrees. Served in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – initially cherry, by the end light bourbon.
Head – small (Maximum < two cm, semi-aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, gone within two minutes leaving only a thin one mm partial ring.
Lacing – none.
Body – black, opaque.
Flavor – The cocoa becomes evident as it warms in my mouth, then brandy and raisins, followed by whisky and alcohol heat. Complex and interesting. My tongue’s getting numb. Ends almost cloyingly sweet.
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation.

Definitely an interesting brew. Maybe a little too sweet for the style or my taste, but well worth picking up if you can find it. Probably best shared on a cold winter day after shoveling a ton of snow.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25.

Apr 02, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

MILF pours a thick, chocolatey dark-brown color that approaches black. Has a finger of somewhat-soupy tan head that hangs around for a good while and leaves decent lacing.

Big, complex aroma of raisins, bourbon, red wine, sherry, vanilla and chocolate. Can't say I can pick out every individual barrel here, but you really can notice a bunch of them.

The taste is a little less pronounced, with the barrels really blending together here. The raisins do stick out, though, and there's a slight nuttiness to the chocolate. Mild warming alcohol on the backend -- not too hot, just about perfect. Red wine character does linger in the aftertaste.

Smooth tasting, a little on the thin side, with nice carbonation coming through to aerate each sip.

With just over two years on this bottle (it's got a 2/24/15 bottle stamp), this is tasting delicious.

Mar 19, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MILF has a very thin, tan head, an extremely dark brown appearance, with tiny bubbles streams, visible at the top sides of the snifter glass, with lighter brown at the top and bottom, as the sun shines through it. Aroma is of sharp, bourbon barrel, cocoa, and dark bread. Taste is of rich, chocolate, brown bread, raisin, and chocolate mousse. Mouthfeel is high medium, and MILF finishes medium dry.


Feb 09, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to russpowell for this bottle.

A - Dark and pitch black opaque pour with a thin dark toffee colored lacing ring, carbonation is at a minimal. Very, very viscous and sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet dark roasted chocolate, cream, cherries, a little bit of peet and smoke, delicate vanilla, some booziness from the alcohol but overall it's well hidden for a beer of this ABV level. As the beer opened up the smokiness subsided.

T - Layers of flavor. Cherries, oak, bourbon, dark roasted milk chocolate, and red grapes. Most impressive - everything is very well blended across the board with not one thing/nuance overpowering the other.

M - Alcohol warming on the way down. Rich, big and full bodied, velvety (almost borderline syrupy), very dry on the finish.

O - Layers of complex goodness. Recommended!

Feb 08, 2017
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BeernOnThe4thOfJuly from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, with essentially no head. Nose is cola, vanilla and blueberries. With warmth, wood and red wine become dominant. Flavor starts with wood and wine, with bourbon undertones. Dark fruits, as well. Sweet throughout. I think I get a tiny bit of diacetyl now and again, but it's not off-putting. Just enough coffee at the end to keep it from cloying. Very nice, lingering alcohol burn.

Feb 03, 2017
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jwright77 from Arkansas

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I look forward to the MILF release every year. Coming in at 11%, it's completely drinkable (or sippable) and velvety smooth. Flavor profile is an explosion in your mouth....chocolate, sweet molasses, dried fruit and vanilla with notes of oak and rum on the back end. Definitely worth waiting for.

Feb 02, 2017
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