MILF | Mother's Brewing Company

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Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
You're in for a treat with this one. Brewed with cocoa nibs and raisins and then lovingly aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels, this big beer takes on flavors from the spirit and wood of each barrel. The end result is a complex and elegant companion that's right for carefree nights of privilege and excess.

50 IBU

Added by Punisher on 03-17-2013

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter for this review.

It pours pitch black, with a small khaki colored head that fades somewhat quickly.

The aroma is insane. Raisins, wood, a bit of booze... it's all here. There's a dark fruitiness to the nose, but the main focus is on the wood and liquor aromas. Oak jumps out, spicy and strong, and then the mixture of liquors used leaves you trying to figure out exactly what you're smelling. It's very appetizing, no matter what scent you decide is predominant.

The taste is simply amazing. It hits at first with a surprisingly bright fruit, much brighter than one would expect. Still raisiny, but without seeming overly sugared. That fruit melds smoothly into the chocolate, so subtly you almost don't realize it's changed. Only in the aftertaste do you really realize that it's cocoa now, not raisin. The wood and liquor flavors aren't hiding, but they aren't playing a starring role, either. Overall a great balance between the various flavors. Nothing hogs the spotlight, nothing gets overwhelmed. It warms your throat nicely at the end, without ever getting alcohol "hot".

The mouthfeel is almost dead on. At times it can seem almost thin, which is stunning in an 11% ABV brew. It's not enough to diminish the enjoyment at all, however.

Overall, this one absolutely deserved the local hype. With so many things going on, especially with the various spirit barrels in which the aging was done (run, sherry, brandy, bourbon, and whiskey), this could easily have been a muddled mess. Instead, it's one of the best brews I've ever had. One of the rare hyper-hyped beers that makes it worth the trouble of disposing of the bodies of the people I had to kill in order to get some.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into what should be the right glassware

Pitch black as midnight brew with a two finger tan head , the lacing is there and stays through the glass

The smell is amazing a complex smelling stout that really has all the components you are looking for and some you are not. The booze , the smell of chocolate malt and fruit all three mixed in together

A really nice mouthfull of a beer , not too heavy but really smooth and just the right amount of carbonation

The taste of this beer is really nice , the dark malts , the booze , the fruity flavors all mix in well and the alcohol and bitterness comes in well at the end

Overall I am impressed with this beer , cant wait to age a few bottles of this and see how this taste in a year or two , if it gets any better I can only imagine

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Photo of gibgink
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So many good things to say about this beer. Poured into snifter. Got about 1 inch head with aggresive pour. Very dark brown, with some light around the edges at times. Smells like rum soaked raisins. Also picked up some of the malt early on. Great taste! Dark fruits, and get a little of the rum. Flavor coats the mouth, and a pleasant warming after each sip. A bit on the sweeter side for some, but I enjoyed this immensely. At $12-15 for a 4 pack, the value of this beer is off the chart. I am dissapointed I did not get more .

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Photo of Punisher
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Solid appearance, nothing special. Had 1 finger head, with nice dark chocolate brown color with lighter tan head.

S- Wonderful sherry and bourbon aroma. By far the best smelling stout I have had.

T- Initially great raisin/dry wine flavor followed by slight chocolate taste. After swallowed the bourbon and sherry really overpower the palate in a great way. Over all very balanced sweet/malt finish.

M- Very light mouthful for how heavy and thick the beer is. Very surprising more along the lines of Russian stout mouthful then what I got. Does have a good boozy warming sensation but not as much as I thought with the 11%

Overall- Great beer coming from a relatively new brewery. This is tied with foggy notion as my favorite beer from Mother's. Everything I have had from this brewery is hit or miss, and this beer was hit out of the park. Looking forward to trying new things from these guys.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is jet black with a mocha head that leaves great lacing.
Smell is multiple different spirit barrels mainly port and bourbon barrel, with excellent dark base beer under - vanilla, coconut, caramel, bourbon, red wine, oak, dark malts, charred marshmallow, slight smoke.
Taste is awesome. Great bourbon barrel aged stout with just a twinge of red wine there. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, bourbon, brandy, red wine, dark fruits, dark malts, burnt marshmallow, dark chocolate, cocoa
Mouthfeel is awesome. Heavy and thick, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is all the same goodness leftover from the taste
Overall, this is a beer i'd buy any time I see it on the shelves. It's insanely well balanced, and in my book it rivals bcbs.

Review for Milf Single Barrel Brandy Barrel Aged
A - 4.5 - nice dark brown/black beer with a big mocha head that sticks well and leaves nice lacing
S - 4.75 - big.vanilla, coconut, caramel, oak barrel, brandy, little bit of green apple
T - 4.75 - vanilla, coconut, caramel, oak, brandy, dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, tiny bit of smoke, tiny bit of green apple, overall it's just as complex as the "regular" Milf but the reg is slightly smoother
M - 4.75 - nice heavy, thick ba stout. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste is oak, vanilla, caramel, slight brandy, dark impy stout.
O - 4.75 - not surprising that this gets the same score as the regular milf, it's different but no less complex and no less good, glad I got to try it

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Photo of Reed
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex brew! Fresh 2014 bottle into a sniffer. Super sweet aroma with a mixture of multiple flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol. Warm, roasty stout flavors back the barrel assault. An absolute delight to drink! Need to try and find this off draft!

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Photo of SixpackSlim
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into a tulip glass.
Holy crap batman this beer has a lot going on. Run out now and find this beer. It's a must try. No surprise very complex and it's no wonder being aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels. I ran out to my local beer hub and bought all I could beer its gone. Run don't walk ...

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - 4.5 - poured into a tulip glass. Dark rich body with thin khaki head
S - 4.25 - BOOZIE, super intense
T - 5 - rich dark chocolate the way through. Slight hint of malty bourbon and vanilla. Delicious.
F - 4.75 - super smooth beer. No carbonation. Very light coat. Goes down extremely easy. So good
O - 4.75 - terrific beer. Pretty black body. Delicious beer. The first Stout I've had where the chocolate is this intense. So good. And then this beer goes down so easy, crazy smooth which is really impressive with it being 11%. I'll defiantly be looking for more of these. Cheers!

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Photo of docoman
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent BA imperial stout. received in trade can not disappointed. Definitely different barrel flavors but they go together nicely. recommend trying.

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Photo of jjdc
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What can you say? Aged to perfection. Hints of Virginia Slims, mom jeans...just joking. This pors a thick, purplish brown. The smell is fantastic -- dried fruit, plums and alcohol. This is huge, soft and flabby, almost barleywine territory. It just lounges on your tongue like Jabba the Hut. Lots of complexity: Cocoa powder, plums, figs, oak and some warm alcohol. Excellent.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade!!

A- Pours a pitch black, oily body with a 2-3 finger light mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves blotchy lacing.

S- Absolutely delectable and inviting .. Strong french vanilla, oak, butterscotch, chocolate, molasses, sweet bourbon, dark fruits and sherry. This smells great.

T- Sweet vanilla beans, milk chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, oak notes upfront. Coffee and brandy notes on the finish. Roasty, charred aftertaste. Wonderful.

M- Thick, rich, creamy. Low carbonation.

This BA stout can play with the big boys. Seek it out.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours black and super thick, no head
S: chocolate and tons of barrel notes. Rum, brandy and bourbon. Wow, lots of aromas to pick up. Smells great
T: yum! This is fantastic. Wasn't expecting this. The separate barrel notes compliment each other rather than detract from each other. Overall it's a sweet stout, not bitter at all.
F: thicker than it looks, very smooth and creamy. Very nice feel.
O: surpassed my expectations. This is a great beer!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown going to black. Opaque in the glass. Small khaki colored head which dissipates quickly. Fine sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is sweet and sticky. Raisin, fig, ripe plum, roasted malt, and molasses. Subdued chocolate, oak, vanilla and a mish mash of liquors. I get the bourbon and port the most. Complex and intoxicating.

Taste follows the aroma. Sweet and mildly boozy. Raisin and fig first. Molasses, bourbon and oak barrel notes. Vanilla, plum, cocoa, and semi-sweet chocolate. Undertones of rum, port, and sherry from the various barrels used for aging.

Rich, sweet medium-thick mouth feel. Approaches syrupy but stays on the good side of it. Minimal carbonation. Oily and lingering. A bit dry on the aftertaste.

This is rich, complex beer which is quite unique due to the multiples barrel types used for aging. A bit boozy but not off-putting. A first rate stout and a definite must try.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jet black with a small dark tan course head. no lacing

sweet boozy smell

Molasses, little booze, sweet very pleasant taste. not much alcohol taste. a little fruity

sooth, not much carbonation. a little thin

very delicious. i got as a trade extra but i would definitely buy it again

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.


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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a black color with hints of brown climbing up the glass when you swirl, with a medium brown head.

The aroma offers raisins, juicy figs, dried dates, fruit cake, waves of barrel character with rum, brandy, whiskey, big caramel sweetness, hints of roast.

The flavor follows a sharp hint of alcohol and barrel character, with brandy and rum coming through. Onto dark fruit with raisins, and plums, with some toffee and caramel sweetness. The beer moves onto a medium roast quality.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus. It reminds me of a a roast forward red wine, in terms of the robust fruit quality, oak, and silk mouthfeel.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Post Tisha B'av libation. Good idea? We'll see. 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a half-finger mocha head. Head didn't stick around much, but the lacing is tremendous.

N - Whoa. A lot going on here. Up front I get a blast of roast and a moderate amount of vanilla. Then I get the brandy and bourbon coming in on the sides. No raisins or chocolate so far. Let's try.

T - Mmmm. Very tasty. Very very tasty. Definitely getting the raisin here. Lots of chocolate. Honestly, I'm not getting too much from the barrels, but to continue with my honest streak, it just don't matter. This is a decadent treat.

M - It's thick, but not a ton of coating. And it just disappears on the finish. Mouthfeel could use a bit more work, but I don't have too much to complain about.

O - Wish I didn't trade away my other 2 of these. Oh well. This is just outstanding.

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Photo of GeeL
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the name. Who wouldn't want to try a MILF? I feel like I'm married to a MILF, but I'll still try one anyway...
Got this as part of a trade. 12-oz glass into a tulip glass.

L: Pours thick, creates a slight head that dissipated. Swirling created some thick legs. This beer has substance, for sure.
S: Raisins. Dark fruit like dried cherries. But mostly raisins. Sweet like molasses. Smells like a dessert I had once but can't place what it was or where I was. It drew me in. I like dried dark fruit and raisins. Even if you don't, you should still try this beer.
T: My first sip was "woah", there's a lot going on and I wasn't expecting the complexity I got. Holy moly, this one needs some time. I knew this beer was one for sipping. I got all kinds of flavors: caramelized dark cherries, raisins, molasses, a bourbon-y taste/feel to the beer. A hint of anise. Sweet. Initially not very balanced, but it came together over time. Maybe it had to warm a little bit or I had to become accustomed. Or, likely, both.
F: thick. So thick the flavor lingers for a loooong time. Expect to spend some time with this beer.
O: I don't know if I'd run out to get another one, but if it was a decent price and I was in the mood to splurge, I just might get two. One for now and one to sit on a while.

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Photo of tcblack4d
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chris for hooking me up with this. Had no idea how great it would be.

A: 12oz bottle into a snifter. Jet black with a half inch dark colored head. Good lacing.

S: Mild bourbon, dark fruits and chocolate.

T: Seems to be a perfect balance of bourbon, dark fruits, and roasted malts. A good amount of chocolate also.

M: Full bodied with a great balance of carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and abv well hidden.

This is equal to or better than any of the best BA stouts I've had. It was not overly boozy, too carbonated, or thin in anyway. In other words, perectly balanced, a very wellcrafted beer. Makes me wish I lived in Springfield.

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Photo of zeff80
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled so oaky! Bourbon, chocolate, coffee and toffee aromas. This is a slow sipper. Big boozy flavors with hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and sweet toffee.

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black color.

So much barrel flavor. Sherry and brandy flavors stick out a lot. Nice oak with bourbon and vanilla notes. Raisins and cocoa. Chocolate and dark fruits.

Full bodied. Well done.

The barrels are so unique and add so much flavor. Rum and cognac really show in the finish.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: black as coal, 1+ fingers of tan head.

Smell: lotsa booze - whiskey, sherry, some sweetness, dark malts.

Taste: the sweetness is right up front, then the booze kicks in, some chocolate and cocoa maybe? Exquisite.

Feel: creamy delightfulness, the booze doesn't thin this out at all.

Overall: this is a world class Imperial Stout. My first beer from these guys, I'll be a repeat imbiber.

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Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MILF seems appropriate for my first review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that was acquired in Spring 2013.

A: Pours jet black with minimal carbonation into a Goose Island Tulip glass.

S: Lots of chocolate and a hint of prunes.

T: Chocolate up front, with some barrel heat and lots of complex flavors on the finish. Sherry, vanilla, raisin, and more cocoa. Lots of sugar and sweetness that is not completely balanced out by the malt.

M: Thick and creamy, with lots of sweetness and low carbonation.

O: This is really an great beer that left me wanting more. Mother's definitely has their hits and misses, but I hope they made a lot more of this one for 2014.

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Photo of -Rick
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: blackish with a tan head
S: chocolate, raisins, vanilla, sweet fruits, dates??
T: so much going on here. Some booze, raisins, slight chocolate and vanilla
F: creamy with not much carbonation, a bit of boozy heat
O: quite the complex beer. A little hot on the booze, this was a 2015. Would love to try a older version. Great beer

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Photo of JRed
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in body with light khaki head that fades. Aroma of cocoa, whiskey, some earth, wood, booze, raisins. Tastes of cocoa, big on raisins and prunes, booze, whiskey barrel, light prune notes linger in the aftertaste. Heavy bodied with light carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing.

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