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Mother's Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

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3.8/5
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690 Ratings
Mother's Milk StoutMother's Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States
keeganales.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Shiredave on 03-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,508
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
690
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 690 |  Reviews: 235
Reviews by UncleFlip:
Photo of UncleFlip
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LauraAndrew for this one...

Nice black liquid (cola/ruby edges when held to light) is topped by large tan head, looser than most sotut heads. Eventually, it settles to two fingers.

Smell is dark molasses and smoke, with a bit of hops mixed in near the end.

Flavour starts of heary and roasty, and quickly gets smoky. Just a hint of sweetness and coconut here.

Carbonation seems high for a stout, and body seems low.

Drinkable? Yes. However, there are some shortcomings here, and I've had much better stouts in my time. DOn;t get me wrong- it's solid, and I wouldn't turn it down. Actually a pretty decent brew.

Be well
-UF

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black, roasty and coffee aroma. Full, roast and coffee satisfying drink. Milk, some chocolate in finish. And I do not order coffee any longer. Very good stout in all respects. Thanks to the recommendation of the owner of Cable Beverages. And I recommend in turn.
Had again 4.3 years later and still very good.

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Photo of PhillyB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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;

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of renegadeburger
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first time i get to try keegan ales here we go got to pick this one up from over at bierkraft in park slope great store lots of bottles

my sample poured great with a nice mocha colored head on an opaque black beer not a real big head on this sucker but nice form and density

smelled of burnt raisins and hops some real nice grass notes in there not a real intimidating beer more of a nice gentle sweet beer

tastes awesome this one is super balanced between the rich caramel sweetness and then there is an acidic touch at the end with the coffee and just enough of a hop flavor to make it right

good creamy mouthfeel my favorite aspect of this beer

overall a really solid beer highly recommended great local brew

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler that had been sitting on a shelf at Rt. 59 Liquors for awhile, but not Too long!. Pours very dark, almost black, lifting a thin, tiny bubble, tan head. Also leaves a tell tale sign of quality brew, a fine, wispy coating of lace. Nose is cocoa, and burnt grain. Medium bodied, with notes of lactose, chocolate, coffee and a slight dry sweetness in the finish. Tasty, drinkable sweet stout. Survives/lasts for awhile in a growler.

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Photo of Homebrew35
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an enormous 6 finger head. Over carb'ed. Smells of sweet malts, touch if alcohol, some coffe, some roasted barley. Tastes of coffee, roasty, some cream. Finishes dry and roasty, touch of lingering bitterness. Thin bodied, light mouthfeel. Not what I was expecting. $1.89 a single.

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Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Lgrec8
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yankeeheel
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual pitch black with a moderately sized beige head. Decent lacing. Smells nicely coffee with a hint of chocolate. Moderate malt profile with the roast being slightly subdued. Hints of bittersweet chocolate permeate and the cafe isn't hard to find. Not a harsh bone in it's body. Smoothed out nicely by the milk. Great session stout.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant treat: a very nice milk stout. This poured a dark color but not black. A tan head arises but doesn't last long. However, a quick swirl will bring it back to life in a hurray. The smell is pleasantly sweet. The taste is very nice-sweet but not overwhelming. The only negative about this beer is that it seems some what thin but not distractingly so. Certainly worth trying. Enjoy!

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Photo of RunnerHigh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC. Listed as 3.0% ABV at the bar.

Pours one shade from black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and sweet dark malts, in that order. Unlike most other milk stouts the roastiness sticks around even as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front are backed up by decent amounts of unsweetened chocolate and much lighter amounts of roasted coffee. Midway through the sip the malt flavors sweeten a bit and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few of these at such a low ABV.

Overall this is by far the lowest ABV Milk Stout I've come across and it's also one of the best. It's definitely got more of an edge than others in the style but it's very much worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark black opaque body with a thin creamy tan head. There is no sign of carbonation at all.

S- The aroma is very clean with a roasted smooth black malt note and a very soft earthy cream note that comes through when it warms a bit. The faint hint of greenness and black malt bitterness concludes the finish after the beer has warmed a bit.

T- This beer has a chocolate roasted malt flavor with a bit of a chalk note to it and a creamy burnt tartness to the finish. There is a soft bitterness of black malt at the finish but no lingering bitterness at all. The last few sips show a very faint smokiness which is nice and I would have really liked that in the dark malt flavor all through the beer.

M- This beer has a creamy slightly silky medium mouthfeel, with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This is a nice smooth stout with a decent flavor but it is missing a bit of bitterness to balance the malt flavors. If it could turn up the volume just a bit it would add a lot more interest to this beer.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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

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Mother's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 690 ratings
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