Mother's Milk Stout
Keegan Ales

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #812
Ranked #25,925
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Keegan Ales
New York, United States
Very Good
Mother's Milk StoutMother's Milk Stout
Notes: As the name implies, Mother’s Milk is a dark and creamy milk stout. Hints of oatmeal, chocolate and of course, milk make this brew have a remarkably smooth and silky finish, a classic example of the style.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came to me courtesy of my local/in-person trader, tone77, who is always on-time! Many thanks.

From the bottle: "The Hudson Valley's Brewery".

I felt compelled to Pop! the cap & give it a heavy-handed, aggro pour if for no other reason than to see if it would produce a pseudo-cascade, which it did. Simple things to occupy this simple mind, no doubt! My, but Mother's Milk was highly carbonated. The massive, dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head rose quickly & then refused to fall, much to my chagrin & annoyance. I wanted to get started! Grr. Ah well, it all settled out eventually, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose had a sweet chocolate presence & I could see tone77's point about a chocolate milkshake. Mouthfeel was ... not thin, but not much beyond it, either. It was definitely less than optimal for any style of Stout, however. The taste was really sweet & chocolaty, very evocative of milk chocolate, which was to be expected. I did not get much other than sweetness & chocolate where others reported a light bitterness. Oh well. I would look like the duty dummy if I dunned a Sweet Stout for simply being sweet. Finish was likewise sweet & chocolaty & more suited to being a dessert beer. There was nothing wrong with this, but it was just too sweet for my personal taste. YMMV.

Dec 26, 2017
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Maouris from New York

4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look and feel of this beer is above average and so is the taste. Sometimes it can be inconsistent in the feel relating to the carbonation. Keegan's stands by their product and will replace any beer that is unacceptable.

Dec 22, 2017
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MaryW11 from Vermont

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is deep black/brown, smell includes a bit of cloyingly sweet chocolate syrup, taste is heavy on the sweet chocolate, feel is smooth. I found this on sale locally, and took a chance; it's good, very drinkable stout. Gets a bit boring to drink perhaps because there's little 'bite' to it, so not an exceptional experience. Not hugely excited about drinking a stout called Mother's Milk, so there may be some bias due to my slight aversion to the name.

Aug 25, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. Taste is coffee, I didn't see that coming, some chocolate, moderate bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Jul 29, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Dubh Linn.
AROMA: Toast and Coffee, smells like a good breakfast beer.
LOOK: Dark Black, little to no head.
TASTE: Light Chocolate flavor, some tea. Ginger? Interesting.
FEEL: Medium Body, Light body for style.

A good beer
Word of Caution, my wife broke out in hives after having about 4 oz. of this from a bottle. Probably just a freak thing, but I know she will never have one again.


Feb 01, 2017
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Revisiting this local brew since the last time I tried it I was not quite sober.

L: 4.25 Creamy head with an opaque black body. Evident carbonation
S: 4.25 Lactate, chocolate, caramelized sugar
T: 4.25 Light roast coffee with milk and sugar. Chocolate. A slight hint of hops on the back end.
F: 3.75 A bit overwhelming for 5% ABV, but still smooth an drinkable.
O: 4.25 Haven't had this in quite awhile, might need to pick it up more regularly.

Dec 26, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a very thin cap; OK lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains; a hint of bittersweet chocolate and even less coffee in the background;

T: roasted grains with lightly bitter coffee with milk; the moderate bitterness stays through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: good, but not memorable;

Dec 23, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Batch #217 16." Poured into stout glass. It pours nearly black, with dark cola hues when held to the light, and one finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and lacing with nice retention. It smells of roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate and strong coffee. The taste juxtaposes sweet cream with burnt coffee grounds. There is also a subtle taste of baker's chocolate. It finishes surprisingly bitter. This stout is moderately bodied and fairly creamy, lightly carbonated, and the ABV of 6% gives it some substance. Overall, it is a decent milk stout but too bitter at the finish for my taste. It would be interesting to try it on nitro. Given the choice, I'd prefer Left Hand's or one of the English-brewed Milk Stouts.

Sep 25, 2016
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PhillyB from New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black, totally opaque. No head to speak of.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cream.

Taste: Same as the aroma with the addition of a slight coffee.

Feel: Slight bite of the sip, finishes creamy.

Overall: A solid stout. Would quite happily have it again.

Aug 21, 2016
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moodenba from New York

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reliable well balanced stout. The "milk" in the brand suggests a sweet stout but it is a very good medium bodied stout. It is not exceptionally bitter, and delivers a medium malty body. Initial tastings were on draft. Recently (May, 2020) I purchased a six pack. The review stands unchanged. But special mention to the Keegan key bottle cap: elegant modern cap design.

Mar 11, 2016
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mhuber from New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Very thin brown head. Surprisingly refreshing for a stout; not heavy like I expected. A good balance of maltiness and hop bitterness. Fairly low carbonation. This is a really good beer - except for the ridiculous name! :-)

Mar 08, 2016
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brap from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with lively foamy head.

I loved it. I liked the bitterness of the finish. It wasn't as sweet as some other milk stouts I have had before, which I liked. It kind of bites back, I would use the word leathery, but it's far from a masochistic experience drinking it.

Would definitely pick this up again and am interested in exploring this brewery more. It has coffee and chocolate notes as one would expect from this style.

Feb 13, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid stout. There is not much that sets it apart and makes it unique, but I would not mind having it again during the winter. Feels great on the palate, very smooth. A nice brew that is very drinkable. I appreciate the fact that it isn't drenched in coffee or chocolate for that matter. There is just enough.

Jan 10, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name more than the beer. Pours black with a half inch tan head. Smells and tastes of lactose sweetness with chocolate, malt, coffee and licorice flavors. A good stout but not great. Medium bodied for a stout, lightly carbonated, slightly watery mouth feel for the style.

Dec 31, 2015
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Nyg from New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark no head. Hint of licorice caramel and chocolate malts. Not my favorite. Pours very creamy and thick. Worth a try but there's much better milk stouts out there

Oct 10, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Speiglau stout glass.

Pitch black with cola highlights at the edges. Thin to no head.

Roasty astringent aroma.

Taste is thin and harsh with a roasty note to balance it out. Comes out with a little milk and coffee.

Oct 02, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a black color with 2 finger thick head of medium plus sized bubbles.

The aroma offers sweet licorice, roasted malt, lactose sweetness, underlying cocoa, milk chocolate, roasted malt, cream.

The flavor follows with spicy licorice, roasted malts, milk chocolate, prickly carbonation, medium minus mouthfeel, whole milk and half and half, with an awkward, leaning towards spoiled finish.

Sep 14, 2015
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a clear plastic cup.

LOOK: Pitch black with a small tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

SMELL: Chocolate, cream, coffee, milk, and brown sugar.

TASTE: Milk chocolate candy, cream and sugar, coffee, and a hint of earthy hops.

FEEL: Light, but approaching medium. Super creamy. Lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: Excellent milk stout. Sweet and light but super drinkable. Very much like Left Hand Milk Stout. I would highly recommend it to any milk stout fan!

Jun 27, 2015
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jhavs from New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint.
A= Dark and near opaque, brown to deep auburn. Head lines the outside of the glass.
S= Roasted malts, hint of sweet chocolate, mocha, cream.
T= Smoky and sweet, roasted malt, appropriate for milk stout/sweet stout, bitter finish.
M= Smooth, lite carbonation, not heavy.
O= Good milk stout, not the best, but no noticeable flaws.

May 21, 2015
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad stout here.
Deep, deep auburn russet brown. the head is smaller and fades away quickly.
The aroma sports a decent roasted smell and perhaps a suggestion of coffee.
Drinks nice but seems a bit faded. I was expecting something a bit sweeter as this is faily dry. There is some mild roast on the ending.

Apr 04, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black with a khaki colored head that trails the glass. The smell is subtle but there are hints of milk chocolate and sweet cream. The taste was nice with the sweet flavors coming through in the beginning and then having some of the coffee on the end gave the beer a nice balance that makes it so the richness isn't too overpowering.

Jan 03, 2015
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untitledeuphoria from New York

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by: Unknown, served extremely cold, on tap at E's (UWS). Drank 11.29.14. Poured into a 16oz shaker.

A: Dark as a cup of straight black Joe, with some slight browning along the curve of the glass. No head whatsoever upon receiving glass (likely from the extremely cold pour) reminiscent of flat cola. No visible carbonation. Appears light and smooth as it moves along the glass.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, mild sweet chocolate, sweet cream.

T: Coffee, milk, roasted malt, slight hint of black licorice. Very sweet, appropriate for a milk stout. Bitter coffee finish.

M: Thin and light. No trace of alcohol, light carbonation occurs after initial sip and lingers through the swallow.

O: A calm and subtle milk stout, a nice blend of coffee and sweet cream profiles. A likable example of the style. If you enjoy the style and find yourself in New York state, I would give it a shot.

Dec 13, 2014
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Ainman11 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is super, no light can be seen through it. The pour into a glass barely has any head. For as dark as it looks it doesn't have that heavy after taste dark brews have.

Nov 30, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was poured from the bottle into a generic pint glass. It showed a deep chocolate brown coloring, sporting a one finger head of chunky, similarly colored deep foam. The nose was cooling, sweet, and malt-forward, with gently roasted brown, caramel, and black chocolate malts, syrupy cloy of sweetened creamer, lactic acidity, raw chestnuts, and vanilla icing. The taste hits you in much the same fashion, with white sugary cloy of a simple syrup, browned toffee and caramel candies, softer roast on the black and chocolate malts than expected, with harsher metallics and mint leaf freshness rumbling up from far back, and through to the aftertaste. The body was medium, and the feel was creamy, frothy, and mustachable to match. Drinkability was fine, as the beer disappeared smoothly even after a heavy meal.

Overall, this was enjoyed as a group with the groomsmen-to-be from our wedding party. After enjoying a curiously calming and leisurely 2:00 AM stroll around Spanish Harlem, we found ourselves in the possession of a six pack of this guy, and although not all of the gentlemen present traditionally enjoy “dark” beers, we each were able to enjoy this one. Our guess is that it was due to the cloying, syrupy sugariness of the flavoring, but with just enough balance from the metallics, roastiness, and lactic bitterness to keep any one thing from being too offensive. The nose smelled on the sweet side, but it’s main constitution was otherwise reminiscent of a silky American porter. While most of you won’t find yourself on the far north side of Manhattan in the middle of the night, this beer served wonderfully as a nightcap, persuading even the toughest of customers.

Jun 28, 2014
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AngryPenguinBrewCo from New York

3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

a - Pours deep brown into tulip glass with virtually no head.

s - Smells of very mild coffee

t - Tastes of coffee, small amount of lactose and finishes with a licorice and mild alcohol. Simple but pleasant, low bitterness.

m - Very thin almost watery body and mouth feel with med-high carbonation which slightly hides the thinness.

o - Decent entry-level milk stout. Easy drinker at 5.7% abv, but lacks the creamy quality a milk stout would imply. It does not have an overly complex flavor profile, however its appeal is in its simplicity.

Serving type: Bottle

May 17, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 711 ratings