Mothers Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

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Mothers Milk StoutMothers Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of ironbike1
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Stout is a great example of the Milk stout style. Having had it both from tap & bottle it has a unique smooth flavor. This is a stout I can drink a couple of in a sitting.

Mouthfeel is sweet yet not over powering
Smell is roasted nuts and chocolates
pours black with a nice tan head that slowly fades.

Truly my favorite Stout to reach for on any given night.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant surprise! Never tried any Keegan Ales, made by a nearby brewer.

Poured almost jet black, with a nice coffee-colored head with good retention. Nose was surprisingly bright for a stout, with hoppy notes along with milk chocolate and leather

Mouth feel was a little thin for a stout, but not watery. Taste was outstanding; much cleaner and lighter than most stouts; this to me is a perfect "summer stout" with a nice amount of hops that makes it exceptionally balanced. Finishes with a little bit of a "sour" milk taste--not in a bad way, but like the slight sourness you get with hershey's milk chocolate (it would probably make an excellent pairing).

Drinkability is excellent--I will buy this beer again and again. It may not be a classic example of a milk stout, but it is an absolutely delicious beer.

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Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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! :-)

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Photo of Beerquester
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to get to taste this beer directly from a tap at the brewery while passing by on a recent trip to the Catskills.

This beer pours to produce a tan creamy head which is relatively long lasting. The color is dark black with ruby highlights. I pick up roasty/chocolatey notes in the aroma.

The flavor profile starts with an almost perfect chocolate/coffee flavor which progresses next into the milky notes (from the lactose) that winds in to a smooth, clean landing.

Having a moderate body, this beer is a great example of the style, and is softly carbonated as it should be.

Honestly, this is one of the best milk stouts i have ever had and would love to have some Left Hand to compare it side by side. A very drinkable beer year round.

Tommy Keegan hit this one right on the money!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another well crafted sweet stout, eminently enjoyable taste. Hits the mark for right balance of sweetness to dryness. Has an almost mocha head that holds nicely. A milk chocolate impression on the taste buds. Another selection I would add to my Braukeller!

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Photo of IDontBelieveYou
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just love this beer. It's sensual. I want to gaze at the richness and definitive color. The appearance of the beer inspires me to write hate mail to stella and PBR. The nose is extremely telling and true to the display of flavors. Rich, sweet, milky, caramel, smooth, a respectable body while maintaining delicacy. PLEASE serve this to me in the correct glass. I swear it matters.

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Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.
A: 1 finger of light tan head upon moderate pour. Liquid is just the lighter side of black, I can see red along the bottom edge. I would like it to be a darker color. Good head retention.
S: Chocolate malt, faint floral hoppiness. I'd like a bit more diversity of smells in this beer.
T: Semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal, some roasted notes, a tiny hoppiness at the end.
M: Super smooth, silky. Ideal
D: Very high! A good session beer.

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Photo of Imbiber1028
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this one--wasn't sure how milky it was going to be, but thankfully it wasn't :-) Appearance is a dark color with a dark tan head.

Big flavor, again not overpoweringly milky with a hint of coffee, a good amount of chocolate and some sweetness...some brown sugar...

Very drinkable stout with great flavor.

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Photo of cavedave
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, easy, black, with thick tan head an inch high that subsides to leave skeleton arms of tan lace. What an appearance!

Smell is a light aroma of chocolate, coffee, deeply burnt notes of lusciousness, and hints of bready malt and floral/bitter hops.

Ah, the flavor! So light, yet so full of all the delicious stout flavors, darkest malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, other mysterious notes that add complexity, ghosts of sweetness. It's a stout, but it drinks like a pale ale, light in the mouth, and wildly complex. The finish is dry and light and alive with flavor.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation, thickness, resinousness, clarity of flavor, all as perfect as a stout could deliver. Each sip finishes long, but clears out for the next.

Drinkability is astonishing. This is a session stout, if such a thing is possible. Full of flavor, deep and dank, yet refreshing and immensely satisfying.

I've only good things to say about this local brewer. This brew is his masterpiece.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2"+ dark tan head over the barely translucent reddish dark brown brew. Pillowy head shrinks ever so slowly, with prevalent chunky lace. Aroma is thick with dark malty sweetness. Taste is richly sweet at the onset, wisps of smoke in the middle, and lightly lactic close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is superb. Find. Buy. Enjoy.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown to near black colour with a creamy tan head that hangs around for a while before giving way to a mid-sized lace that leaves sporadic spots on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sugary with good doses of chocolate and cocoa, a bit of earthiness and some roasted malt.

The flavour is more of the same with the chocolate notes blending more so with roasted malt notes for a sweet yet somewhat rugged feel at the same time. There's an ever so slight hint of coffee here that's not noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice creamy smoothness to it.

This is a solidly good, very tasty brew. It's easy drinking and just enjoyable all around. Wish I could get it around here as it'd be in my fridge fairly often. Recommended with ease.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is dark beer! This Mother's Milk Stout is so dark, it is almost black. comes with a very nice aroma. Malty, molasses-like sweetness that also contains a subtle combination of coffee and chocolate. Very interesting!

Mother's Milk created a big tight head in my glass that was brown in color, (darker than Guinness if you are familiar with that) and it also left some heavy lacing on the glass.

The taste, to me, was exactly like the smell. It had a roasty kind of taste with subtle chocolate/coffee hybrid flavors infused. As might be expected, this beer was just a little bit sweet. As previously mentioned, this beer has a really thick body, and a noticeably heavy mouthfeel. Its smooth, and leaves a nice aftertaste, but it gets a little sticky afterward, which just encourages a follow-up swig!

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Photo of PorterStout
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this brew on tap, growlers to-go, and from the bottle. It has been consistently very good.Good color, very good taste. Deep robust, slightly roasted connotations.I would like to rate the "after taste" as well as very good.I would not say this beer is very complex. Simple and delicious.

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Photo of walleye
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to weeare138 for this wonderful beer. poured a black with dark mahogany hues at its edges, with a tan head that left some lacing. aroma chocolate, malts, molasses, sweet, just smells like this will be full body in the mouth. aroma choclate milk, malt got just a hint of oatmeal as it warmed and it does have a nice full mouthfeel. very good.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shippos for this one. Pours a dark color with a medium head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a blend of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and some hops. The flavor is very smooth and creamy. Lots of chocolate flavors with a finishing bitter. Very nice beer here.

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Photo of knowledge
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had three pints of this incredibly odd but delicious dark coca cola colored brew.

The head is of a soapy and creamy froth that dwindles in a minute or two.

Taste is the main selling point, you can relate this brew to a sweeter version of Guinness, yet not as filling.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. The brew itself drinks like Milk, so be forewarned. Definitely good for the winter months season, and is a worthy find indeed.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Black color with a 1 finger tan head. The head has really uniform bubbles, which I always like. the head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a trace of lingering tan on top.

S: Coffee, caramel and Campfire. I call it the 3 C's and it is nice.

T: Coffee and a slight sweetness of caramel

M: Slightly more tingly and carbonated that I expected. Not bad - just not as smooth as I expected

O: Really solid. Not my favorite ever - but quite nice and good tasting. I really like the coffee forward flavor.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shippos and clvand0 for bringing this beer to my glass. It pours a black color with a dark cream colored head of 2 fingers that falls quickly to thickly coat the beer. The nose is nice, with a chocolate and coffee malty tone going on, but with a piney hop in there that plays very well with the cofee tones. The flavor is damn nice. The coffee is subdued, coming through only on the end of the finish. The chocolate is very rich and creamy throught. The feel is the downfall of this beer. Is just a bit more than moderate. I would like to have a thicker body. There is a smooth creamyness about it, though, so I guess that is a redeemer a bit. This is one of the better milk stouts I have had. I say a big YES to this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very malty and is mostly of creamy dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced for a stout, but the malty flavors of chocolate and coffee still dominate with a mild background of hops and dark fruit. The after-taste is bitter-sweet mostly from the dark chocolate flavor.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not as filling as most beers in the style, if you’re looking to drink a lot of a darker beer then this is the beer that you’ll want. If I find myself in the mood to drink a stout for a whole evening, this would be the beer I would pick. Unfortunately, however, it’s not available near me, so I again extend thanks to plaid75 for sending it my way.

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Photo of mjtski
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard of this beer some time ago when a friend was explaining lactic brewing.

Finally tried it!

A: Nice and dark with a moderate head of darker tan.

S: Smells of toased malt with notes of coffee and chocolate.

T: Tastes as amazing as it smells but at times there was a bit too much infighting between the smokey malt and creamy notes and bitterness for me to fully appreciate everything. Still wonderful.

M: Mouthfeel I rated moderately good as I prefer a nice thick and creamy feel, and at times I felt this to be ever so slightly thin.

D: Great all around beer and I'm positive there's another six pack in my future.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at The Ginger Man, NYC:

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly drops to a lasting cover. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of roasty, some ash, chocolate, coffee with nutty notes and a touch of lactose.

The taste is of sweet chocolate, iced coffee, with some lactose and roast in the finish. Not quite as sweet as is typical of the style.

It has a silky smooth medium body.

Nicely balanced, very smooth. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This milk stout definately makes me stand up for the style. It pours a deep dark, brown hue, with an off white head that left a sticky lacing. Smells of deep burnt malts, and english hops.

Taste has an initial sweet milk - chocolateyness to it. Rolling it around the mouth yields some sharp corners. A bitter berry flavor, cranberry and sharp bite from the hops fall in the back. The last taste is reminiscient of a brandy, and the entire beer warms as it follows down. Notes of Cinnamon are also present.

My only knock against this beer is the overcarbonation. The carbonation is harsh where it should be smooth, hurting the mouthfeel and an otherwise very drinkable beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was very little head or lacing to speak of.

S: A nice chocolatey, malty aroma. Very enticing.

T: Tasted of milk chocolate, malt, and a hint of coffee as well. This has to be one of the most robust, sharpest, and most flavorful milk stouts I've tried.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A completely enjoyable, totally drinkable beer.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keegan Ales has done a fine job with this one. Available in growlers at the brewery, in retail beer stores and on tap at a growing number of locations in the Hudson Valley and even NYC. ( I saw it at David Copperfields this week)
Deep, dark mahogony with a tight brown head.
Aroma is not strong- dark chocolate and burnt grain, slightly sweet and yeasty.
Flavor is all roasty and sweet with fresh grain and gooey caramel mixing with a noticable but subdued hop presence.
Lush and creamy up front that hangs in till the end when the roasted grains and hop bitter slide in to linger in the finish.
Great smooth, medium - full mouth feel and excellent sweet stout character and balance.
A very good example of a not so common style.

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