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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 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 mothman
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 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 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 dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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 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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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 ovaltine
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 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 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 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 macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dujayhawk for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Essentially black, opaque, with a small amount of visible carbonation and forms a thin tan head that dissipates to spotty foam fairly quickly.

S: Chocolate and vanilla, bourbon and oak, and deep roasted malts. Not overly sweet.

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and cacao, dry oak tannins with a touch of barrel char, dark fruits, sherry, and roasted malts that are rich and a little bitter. Bittersweet cacao and roasted malts accompany the bourbon into the hang.

M: Medium body, but the mouthfeel is a little on the light side for style. Not overly hot at all, especially for style. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, which lends itself in the smooth mouthfeel, but it's not at all flat.

O: This is a good beer - put together very well. It doesn't have the thick, nearly viscous, mouthfeel that the best Imperial Stouts have, but it's not distractingly lacking. I really enjoyed the barrel and bourbon flavor level - certainly present, but at a level that lets the other flavors play a part int he palate, rather than completely overpowering. I don't have the palate to separate all of the liquors that gave the barrels for this beer, and bourbon was the most easily recognized for me. Regardless, recommended for sure.

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

Really interesting beer. You get some sweetness from the multitude of barrels. Surprisingly little alcohol bite on this beer. The nose is quite interesting with almost black cherry hints along with chocolate and coffee. This beer tastes like a cross between a well aged boozy quad and barrel aged stout. Really fun to drink and definitely memorable. I have to imagine this is as great cellared as it is fresh.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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 lemmy187
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Pours inky black with a quick fading mocha head. Catch a lot of barrel and dark fruits in the nose. Taste is unique....the blend of barrels works perfectly. Very well balanced....alcohol is well-hidden. Medium heavy feel with little carbonation. Great stout...will definitely seek out again.

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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 CraftFan5
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed blind courtesy of KevSal as part of Blind BIF 8

A - Pours a rich dark black with a nice 1 inch tan foam that hangs around for a bit but never fully disappears. There are small mountains of lacing creating a nice scenic background around my glass.
S - Roasted malts dominate the nose, a lot of chocolate and vanilla
T - Very roasted flavor, again the chocolate dominates with vanilla rounding out at the end, its weird because there are hints of bourbon, whiskey maybe, nothing sticking right out at you but there is a very complex flavor to this beer.
M/D - Very smooth and silky. I want to make a beer that feels like this. Its so smooth and very drinkable. It reminds me of a less potent Parabola
I've had Velvet Merlin or whatever its called but I don't remember it being this good, so I think thats out the door...

The big reveal:
Mother's Brewing MILF Imperial Stout
Wow, this is a game changer. I know nothing about this brewery but if this is how they brew beers, keep it coming. well done indeed!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black, finger tan head fades to a lasting thin layer, not much lace. Mild bourbon barrel n vanilla aroma, wine notes there. Taste is sweet n boozy, woodsy with vanilla, red wine, raisins. Medium silky soft mouthfeel really stands out. Very tasty BB stout.

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MILF from Mother's Brewing Company
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