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MILF | Mother's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1.24/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible. A 5 because it looked good. 1's on everything else. Maybe it's because I'm poor white trash but this stuff is just awful. I enjoy a good stout but geeze. First sip tasted like whiskey so bad I poured it out. Drank a few Erdinger Weisbeers and tried it again. It's just unbearable to me. Good luck everyone.

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Photo of Kdubzz
2.92/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A beer is only as good as it tastes, and this one tastes purely like Milk Duds. It is so overly caramely sweet, almost zero hint of roatiness, chocolate, coffee, or anything else that marks the style. No hops, no roasted malt; just sickly sweet. One of the worst imperial stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.07/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle thanks to Kyle...blindly poured and enjoyed.

Cannot review a beer all that favorably when a split 12 oz. bottle is dumped by both drinkers . Too many cooks in the kitchen without the left hand knowing what the right is doing. Theoretically awesome while practically a dud. Hard to dump such a small pour but damned if I did. Grapey surprise but the joke's on me. Just not an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Blakkr with vanilla lacing no legs. No gumming up the glass when swirled around, pretty thin.

S- Barrel-soaked raisins; dark fruits like figs and plums, etc. Mild yeasty malt backbone.

T- Raisins are def noticeable. I am not a big fan of raisins in brew, but it is still enjoyable. Some chocolate in the background

M- Thin for BA stout, some carb follows down throat but not too much. Not really smooth, not really creamy.

O- I was meh

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Photo of Jonny41
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cherry stood out along with sweet fruit notes, reminder of port or sherry
rich flavors reminds me of carmel apple?
lots going on here almost too much... a great beer for sure but glad I shared this bottle, a little goes a long way.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Lots of barrel aromas. I get something like brandy or sherry and bourbon. Boozy. Very fruity. Some dark chocolate.

Taste - I taste much more stout here. Dark chocolate. The barrels are still very strong, though. A lot more whiskey here, but the fruitier barrels are still prominent. I think I taste rum and brandy.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The barrels are all over the place, but it somehow works well. Boozy and huge, but good.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a quickly rising mocha colored head. Great retention and some nice lacing with each sip. Looks awesome.

S: Ok, so an imperial stout aged in...every type of barrel possible. I'll buy the sherry and rum after smelling this. But the other elements are faint. As it warms up, I definitely start to pick up more of the bourbon. Powdery cocoa, black cherry, espresso and concord grape.

T: Milk (or should I say MILF?...no, just milk) chocolate with a rich and almost tart black cherry/raisin presence. Chocolate covered raisin, baking chocolate, plum and mild coffee. The barrel elements don't really show up much for me. Maybe a bit of sherry and bourbon, but they're mild. A solid beer and a great name, but nothing game changing.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Deep black with no light and a small beige head. Nice aroma and flavors with chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Nicely balanced with a rich creaminess and a low to moderate carbonation. This is a tasty beer with good flavors but no rough edges.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy looking dark brown, almost black, with a foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells pretty sweet, I can pick out brandy and wine, with some vanilla, and caramelized sugar.

It seems like this might not have needed to have been aged in 5 different barrels. I can only really pick out sherry and brandy flavors here- no rum, bourbon, or whisky. I do get a little bit of oak, but lots of sweet syrupy molasses and sugar flavors, with some vanilla. It's a lot of sweet flavors, making it better that I only had a 6 oz pour.

This is thick bodied, with a syrupy sweet mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's drinkable for a few oz but the syrupyness and the sweet flavors get to be a bit much.

This is a well-crafted BA stout, but it's a little excessive- it doesn't need to be aged in 5 different barrels, really.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting lots of barrel here, with the sherry, wine and whiskey barrels dominating. High pitch flavor from the barrels and raisins. Roasty flavors in the background with notes of anise and sasperilla round it out.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark chocolate color. Aroma is all over the place between all the barrel flavors. Flavor is really nice, very smooth with a roasted malt profile and booziness with a bit of a warm mouth. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of hophead723
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a nice fresh four pack for $12...this damn well better be worth it! Poured into a pint glass, even though I would prefer a tulip for this style.

Look: Pours an absolute impenetrable black with a frothy caramel colored head. I held it right up to the light an saw nothing but deep ebony. Leaves velvety lacing like bunting around the glass.

Smell: Wow! Immediately smells strongly of alcohol and raisins, followed by brown sugar, and a vaguely caramelized sweetness. The nose is quite complex but the strength of the predominant aromas overpower the nuances to some degree. It actually smells like the taste of rum raisin ice cream. This complexity comes from the fact that it was aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels.

Taste: Extremely potent taste of molasses, rum, raisins, oak, chocolate, and coffee. There is a lingering taste of brown sugar. The alcohol is highly detectable.

Feel: Quite smooth and thick. Coats the mouth with a sticky sweetness.

Overall: This beer is a monster. It's huge, delicious, and very satisfying. It posses the highest ABV of any beer I have reviewed on this awesome website. If you are in the mood for a stout to end all stouts, this is the one. It's like Guinness on steroids times a thousand. Enjoy. Oh, and Happy 420!

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Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing MILF from Mother's Brewing Company out of Springfield, Missouri. Brewed with cocoa nibs and raisins, this imperial stout is aged in rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels and then blended.

Score: 91

March 2013 vintage bottle. Served in a Dark Lord snifter and enjoyed on 10/10/13.

Appearance: Pours a shiny black color with a thin layer of dark khaki head that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Raisins, chocolate, rum, sherry and oak. Very faint notes of bourbon. The rum is the most prominent barrel character followed by the oak. Vanilla notes too. 4/5

Taste: Cold, this beer is rough around the edges, oak forward and tannic. However, as it warms up, the complexities present integrate and marry nicely. Raisin, dark fruit, rum, caramel, bourbon, oaky vanilla and a smooth booziness throughout. This beer's alcohol presence is not hidden, but it is not cringingly boozy or fusel. Cocoa flavor in the finish. On the colder side, the sherry presence is a bit sharp, but it mellows out into a nice complementary complexity as the beer warms up, reminding me a bit of Utopias. There are a lot of flavors to appreciate here courtesy of the multi-barrel aging, and they really work well together once the beer warms up. Has a lingering sweetness, but the sweetness does not layer and overwhelm. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate, slightly dry on the finish. 4/5

Overall: Tasty and complex, but the nose is not quite as well integrated as the taste and the mouthfeel could be a little bolder. Not quite the game changer "unknown stout" I was expecting a la my first encounter with Barrel Aged Abraxas at FOBAB last year, but still a good beer. Serve this one on the warmer side.

Cost: $10 for a four pack.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Located MILF at Macadoodle's in Branson, MO. Thank's Rick!

The 12oz bottle has a date code on it, but I don't know how to read it and it's a little hard to read anyway, but this beer was recently released before winter was over. I always pour big beers fast since they usually don't render much foam and this one was reluctant to show her wares as well, and so lace is a no show. The quarter-inch layer of mocha-brown foam faded before I could focus my camera. Oh well. It's about as black and opaque as anything I've seen. The aroma reflects all the steps this beer went through - brewed with cocoa nibs and raisins and barrel aged in 5 different barrels including rum, sherry, bourbon, brandy, and whiskey. Very sweet and boozy with some chocolate and vanilla waves - like BCBS. Knowing what I know about big complex stouts, I allowed for some warming time in the glass. The sherry and raisins bring out a vinous tone while the cocoa nibs and dark malts bark out choco-coffee. This is all backed up by brown sugary goodness and woody vanilla notes pulled from those 5 barrels. It would be silly to say I could taste each barrel used in aging...so I won't...but it's close. Feel is about what I expect from a complex stout, but this one could be a bit fuller for all it's been through. Still, full bodied and velvety. I would prefer a little more carbonation so it lasts for most of the glass, but let's face it, that's a mighty big request. Overall this is one hell of an accomplishment from a small brewery. Reading the description I thought this beer was going to be a complete mess, but the crew at Mother's knows how to brew. Impressive to say the least. And that name..just as it implies - it's got some age on it and I wanna stick my *CENSORED* in it.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, super complex. The nose is sweet, dark fruits and vanilla. At the front of the mouth, more sweetness from the rum, sherry, and brandy barrels but slowly gets into the warm bourbon and whiskey notes in the middle and on the back end. Slight tannic quality from the sherry as well as a "Raisinette" chocolate covered raisin note. Very complex and well put together brew.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot going on here; yet this is a well blended smooth beer that I enjoyed. All the flavors listed are present. I notice the raisins and Sherry more in the taste than the other flavors. Smells more of rum & Sherry combined.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Freddy from the Biergarten in Jenks, OK USA, cheers Freddy...

Pours jet black with a thumb of caramel colored head.nnNice viscious look to this, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit (raisins& plums) & whiskey notes, some leafy hops; not as deep a nose as I had hoped for

T: Follows the nose, plus caramel & vanilla, plus milk chocolate & dryness up front. Faint smokeyness hides beneath the lucious sweetness & dark fruit notes, oaky dryness; just such a great blend of chocolate, caramel & dark fruit. Finishes dry, sweet, with a hint of molasess, chicory, a bit of sherry & molten chocolate cake, a touch of mint & coffee

MF: Chewy with slightly prickly carbonation, nice stickyness

ABV is completely masked, superior drinkabilty for the style. I must find this, Hopefully this becomes an annual release! This beer lacks some astethics but makes up for in taste easily A bloody good Imp Stout!

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Photo of maximum12
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bunuelian for handing me this beer unprovoked. 12 oz. bottle consumed in a St. Cloud hotel room. Though after seeing the workers washing eight million sheets & towels right across the hallway, I’ll never complain about my job again.

The pour is black with a persistent lid. Aroma is a bit puzzling as it comes on like a toy hammer. Mild sweetness, vague booziness, but even after 15 minutes, not much. Eh.

I can only imagine what IT trip-wires I’ll set off during my next “ISO: MILF” posting from my work computer. The lack of smell explodes into a MILF-bang in my mouth. Boom! Huge barrel notes, mostly rum with a backdrop of sherry, & enough booziness to half-numb my agile tongue. Light spicing (rye whiskey or brandy?), brown sugar, sweet raisin, black licorice, numb throat. Wood finally shows & lingers, along with the 80 proof & slight smile. Sharp, full, & ridiculously drinkable. I could do this all night.

Four and a half penises straight up. Excellent beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I really liked this one here . . . one of the better barrel aged stouts I've had in a while. All these barrels may be a bit much but there is no arguing the layers of complexities it adds to this beer. Really liking the wine and rum attention. Fantastic stout . . . Good beer !

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade as an extra and then dumped into a 12 oz tulip
Look - Opaque black with a mocha-colored head of about 3/4" that persisted for about 30 seconds. Moderate amount of lace.
Smell- WOW! This smells amazing. You immediately get a blend of the different spirit barrels: bourbon, brandy, sherry and rum. That's followed by a second wiff of wooden charred barrel and sweet milk chocolate. Surpisingly, the alcohol is not very present.
Taste- A good mix of the spirits with some nuttiness (maybe walnuts), the chocolate, vanilla. Just a really nice sip. Some dark fruits come in as well and really contribute to the taste. Raisins being the dominant one. A bit of booze on the sip, but that is expected with the 11% abv.
Feel - heavy side of medium and a bit chewy. Sweet but not quite cloying. Goes down with a bit of an aftertaste
Overall - This is a review of a beer already had. It's amazing how the pallet changes over time because this time the score is a bit higher, but well-deserved. This is a really good barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the name on this beer. Got a free sample from Alcohol Paul. Side poured from the bottle into a custom Deschutes/Boulevard snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep black color with a beautiful small mocha head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Amazing presentationg, of course love the name and the packaging.

Smell - Deep complex smell of so many different elements: sherry, oak, boubon, booze, sweetness, dark fruits, and manliness. A very complex nose, impressive.

Taste - Follows the nose very closely, but more intense. THe sherry is very strong in the drink, as well as the dark fruits and the oak and wood notes. This is an amazing tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - As always with stouts and porters, mouthfeel is typically my favorite part, and this is no different. Thick, rich, smooth, and boozy. Warming.

Overall - A through and through amazing beer. Highly recommended if you are into this style at all.

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with brown edges. Small tan head. Molasses, burnt brown sugar, chocolate. Lots of rich roasted malt flavor. Sweet with some nice booze kick. Some vanilla and coffee. Sherry, bourbon barrel sweetness. It’s a bit muddled but there’s a lot of nice stuff going on. Mild oak. Long roasty, sweet finish. Low-ish carbonation. The alcohol heat is warm and nice. Very good imperial stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Nice creamy dark small ish 1/3 finger head, light lacing, decent legs, pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose big roasty dark malt stout, some dark choc fudgey like, fluffy nougat, little creamy mild choc like, little raisin dark fruit, lots of barrel, vanilla and little toasted oak, little rum, faint whisky bourbon like, little brandy candied liquor, choc covered raisin, little port like wine barrel, mild choc covered wafer.

Taste starts sweet and rich, thick creamy lush with bitter tannic roast, big toasted malt and char at least tamed by the barrels. Dark choc fudge, thick little syrupy, chewy nougat, etc. And little tangy like roast. Then barrel, the tangy wine barrel, little port like and brandy, mild rum, more sherry, probably all adding sweetness making it tough to drink. Mild vanilla barrel, very faint whisky, and some dark fruits, sweet candied stone like fruit, raisin, plum, etc. Mild booze, mild heat and booze flavor. Finish drier but sticky sweet syrupy like, more tangy sherry and wine barrels, little barrel flavor, more fudge.

Mouth fuller bod, touch fudgey but also syrupy, carb is a bit too light, bit too syrupy, very mild booze.

Overall still great despite all the flaws.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle

A- Pours a near black with a tan head of about a finger. Retention of a ring around the edge. Sits really still in the glass, giving the indication of hefty Impy here.

S- Nose picks up the aroma from about a foot away from the glass. Huge dose of caramel, bourbon, raisins, vanilla, molasses, and wood barrel. The tone has been set...and it means business.

T- Dark fruits lead the way before introducing me to the sugary sweet malt that is roasted and toasted goodness. Sherry and bourbon sets in late.

M- full, viscous but not overly thick and chewy. Low carb. Cloying initially, but settles in well. A bit of warmth here and there.

O- A serious stout here. Reminds me a lot of the Prairie 2013 Noir with a hint more dark fruit character. This brewery has been hit or miss for me, but this one lands squarely on the bull's-eye.

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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown nearly black with nice thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps. 4.25

S - Aromas are super complex. Loads of sherry, rum, port wine, brandy, bourbon and whiskey. Again, super complex and rich. The barrels here are awesome with great chocolate as well. Wow 4.75

T - Taste is nice chocolate, rather sweet malts and dark fruit, almost chalky chocolate. Lots of port and brandy and sherry, loads of sweetness. Light dark chocolate, the bourbon and whiskey are a bit more subdued, alcohol is hidden quite well. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel is a little sticky and heavy, the sweetness becomes a bit much. 3.75

O - Overall this beer was really interesting and good, the nose is phenomenal with great barrel notes. The taste while good never lives up to it. 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

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