Mothers Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

very good
232 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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.

Added by Shiredave on 03-07-2004

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 682
Photo of mothman
1.81/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours ½ finger of than head. Color is near black.

Aroma: A lot of roasted malts. Lactose and creamy milk flavors. Chocolate and campfire marshmallows. Kind of burnt.

Taste: Burnt malts, roasted coffee, chocolate, creamy lactose. Not to appealing.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, roasted, and creamy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, not a very good stout. Nothing seems to work for this beer. Way to roasted and burnt tasting. I won't be able to finish much of this beer.

 516 characters

Photo of Jeffo
2.21/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

SliverX handed this one to me while at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo so I could put it beside my bottle of Joe Mama's. Thanks for the heads up man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown, almost black pour yields a one finger, thin looking, loose, fizzy tan head with terrible retention. Cola head fizzes down quickly to a ring and slight wisp. Black body and lots of carbonation evident for the style. A ring and slight wisp remain with unrelenting carbonation all over the place. Horrible head and almost all wrong. At least it’s dark.

SMELL: Roasted notes, lactose, cream and some latte coffee notes. Medium strength and luckily smells like a milk stout.

TASTE: Less impressive than the nose, if you can believe it. Some light roasted notes and a touch of lactose sugar, but very little else. A light hint of cream at the swallow and a bit of coffee and cream linger for a second and are gone. Extremely dry finish, though a touch of bitterness lingers. Nothing wrong with it per se, but just generally boring.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not creamy enough really, a little prickly going down as well, and finishes a touch sticky. Too light and prickly, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This was generally lousy. The only saving grace was the nose, and that’s just because at least it smelt like a milk stout. The look was atrocious and the feel disappointing at best, while the flavor was basically just flavor in name. Hopefully this was just a lousy batch and other incarnations are not this uneventful. On to the bigger brother...

 1,583 characters

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and thick with a big tan head. Burnt malts on the nose with scents including licorice, bitter coffee, and black chocolate with a phenolic presence. Smells are okay until an big whiff of alcohol strikes the nostrils. Big, chewy, creamy mouthfeel. All im really getting taste wise is some bitter coffee and black chocolate up front with a barely detectable hop presence which manages to balance things out nicely. Finishes clean and dry with a slightly milky taste.

Okay but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

 530 characters

Photo of PEBKAC
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was sitting in the backyard with the paper & a slice, just resting. A nice breeze flows from underneath my lawn chair, the dog at my feet, a dead mosquito on my arm. What a vein attempt(boo, hiss!).

I decide to crack open a beer, because that's what we do in these situations. Out comes Mother's Milk, another random beer leftover from a day long since forgotten. Actually, it's only a month old, I just can't remember where it's brothers & sisters went.

The beer falls into my glass slowly but surely. As it nears the top, it begins to take on mass. Eruption is imminent, but I think it can fit an ounce or two more.

After managing to pack everything into my twelve ouncer, I wait. I wait a very long time. My pizza got cold & I waited. I ate a couple zeppoles, cruised through the sports section, & still nothing.

I finally got frustrated & just shook & spun the glass till the head started to dissipate. Easily six to seven minutes in wait, I became selfish & wanted nothing more then to have a beer & settle down.

Having just dive-bombed straight in, I had to backtrack to actually smell what I was having.

Watered down milk(2%? :P) & one dimensional roast. Subdued, but still very evident. A mossy touch rounds out the whiff.

Taste was very burnt, with an ashy feel. A little tree bark &/or dirt also makes up the mixture. Dried out cake frosting gives minimal sweetness to the brew. Easy carbonation, with a mild, lingering bitterness that works its way up to your nose. A strong body, but not creamy enough to entice.

Without added sweetness, I find it very hard to balance the roasted character of this beer with my palate. Closer to a dry stout in my opinion. Nilla wafers don't play nice.

 1,709 characters

Photo of mcallister
2.41/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Well I had this on a recent trip to NYC at the Lazy Bone. I was looking forward to trying this one and was let down too say the least. I must say this beer may have been in the cooler a while because it tasted very sour. But that could have been what they were going for.

Pours nearly black with a large mocha head that shows good carbonation (probably too much for a stout) as well as great retention. Thick fluffy lacing as well.

Weak chocolate aromas with hints of vanilla and anise. Also a metalic aroma.

Weak thin mouthfeel as well. A very sour lactose flavor with hints of bitter chocolate & various dark fruits. Not a good beer. I couldn't finish this one and moved on.

 685 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark chocolate pour sits a dense coal black in the vessel with a bubbly tawny head that lapsed rather quickly to a wishy washy covering. No lacing, no thrills.

S: Bitter chocolate-roast on the nose, medium strength, but was flat and linear complexity wise. Some dry creamer, again no thrills.

T: The flavor was chalky, thin substance wise, small burnt roastiness of coffee and chocolate. Some powdery dry creamer. Thin start, chalky powdery finish, not much substance or flavor inbetween.

M: Light mouthful, a bit watery and thin, hell its just thin and lifeless, and vanishes off the tongue with a watery feel.

O: Overall a very thin, watery example, lifeless flavor, lacks substance and passes off the tongue without hardly raising an eyebrow in between. A shade below average enjoyment, becomes mundane less then half way through a single serving.

 861 characters

Photo of Homebrew35
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

 286 characters

Photo of GRG1313
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with a thin medium dark tan head. Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grain, a hint of bourbon in the nose.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee with hint of maybe chocolate.

Flavors are of simply roasted grain, simple black coffee/espresso and some hop bitterness.

Finish is bitter coffee character all around but with a nice bitter finish. There is nothing bad about this stout, there is just nothing really very good about it.

 526 characters

Photo of OldSock
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle with a bland blue label. Poured into my pint glass it is dark brown with red highlights on top sits a 2 finger creamy mocha head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell – Coffee and chocolate with some sweetness. There is also so mild herbal hop aroma.

Taste – Pretty astringent for a sweet stout, a bit unpleasant particularly in the aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate flavors are contributed by the malts and are the main flavors. The hops in the aroma are missing from the flavor. The flavor is lacking the sweet that it should have and it has some really unpleasant aspects.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin for a stout with too much carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Not a good sweet stout at all. Not sure if it is oxidation or something else, but there is just something about this beer that rubs me the wrong way. I normally like sweet stouts, but this one just does not stack up in anyway.

 942 characters

Photo of kbutler1
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter a dark brown/black color with a tan tiny bubbled head that leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass as it settles. Dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, and leather in the nose. Reminds me of smelling a chocolate malt. Creamy light mouthfeel. The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma with a sweet start followed by bitter leather and a lingering over roasted coffee flavor.

 412 characters

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Oil black with big frothy head for a wee bottle. British khaki tan.

S: Chalky earth and burnt/roasted what have you. Did not detect any sweet hints as others reviewed in the past.

T: Bitter nearing rotgut. Must have been an old bottle or my palette has a long way to go.

M: Waterery smooth.

D: Difficult on many fronts.

 327 characters

Photo of MADhombrewer
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 bottle given to me by Cosmicevan. Thanks. No bottle date that I could find.

Appearance- Black with very little head ends in a small film. No lacing. 3/5

Smell- Kind of a funky (old?) coffee aroma. Bits of chocolate. Some vanilla. 3/5

Taste- Coffee and bits chocolate. Some vanilla in the end. 3/5

Mouthfeel- Starts out creamy and ends a little thin. Still, it sticks to your mouth. 3/5

Overall- Good. I don't know if this would be something I would get again and again, but I would have it from time to time. 3/5

 521 characters

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Black and totally opaque with just over a 1/2 inch head and pretty good retention

Smell: There is a pretty heavy dose of lactose sweetness on the nose and some hidden chocolate

Taste: The taste of this beer is just copious amounts of lactose which leads to an insanely sweet flavor profile. Has some chocolate and coffee notes but they are pretty well hidden by the lactose and don't really show up until the beer warms up

Mouthfeel: Just a touch under medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: This is definitely not my favorite milk stout. I found it overly sweet but for the price it is worth a try

 612 characters

Photo of wheatman106
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tonight was the second time I've tried this brew... perhaps knowing I was reviewing it, it seemed to taste different... and better.

A: Poured a 2finger, beige head which unfortunately dissipated quite quickly. This beer was very bubbly and opaque in the pint glass.

S: Quite un-aromatic, but prevailing notes of coffee and toffee.

T: More bitter than the aroma would suggest with an opening of bitter chocolate and coffee, leading to a slightly sour middle, with a quick finish. On the whole, not very complex.

M: Crisp, thin, and light for a stout.

D: I could drink about one of these. Definitely not complaining about this beer.

 635 characters

Photo of Coolcheech
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a chilled bottle into a pint glass.

It poured black, with a small, foamy , tan colored head. What struck me as strange was the amount of carbonation bubbles coming up on the inside of the sides of the glass.

It had a slight nutty/earthy smell, nothing too potent.

It had a VERY thin mouth feel, which I did not expect, nor like for a stout. It had a subtle bitterness, and was overall very light tasting.

On another note, I also tasted it from a tap, which was poured into a rocks glass. The taste and feel remained the same, but it didn't have the bubbles that were there when I poured it from the bottle. I don't know what that means.

 660 characters

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pretty lights out but thin, as the edges area brown ale brown almost an inch in when held up to the light. Very little head, but an archipelago of tan spotting geysers about almost the whole way down. Plentiful carbonation?

S: Lightly roasted black malts, coffee, no lactose detectable. Medium Aroma

T: Has a weird tough depressor character to it midway through the drink amidst the obvious dry, dark roasted malts, coffee, and hints of milk. Almost a plastic like taste. There definitely seems to be some off flavors.

M: Again the tough depressor thing is really weird and almost seems to lightly coat the tongue. Carbonation is moderate yet feel is thin.

O: Could have been my growler, but this seems to be off. I've had it before and it was nothing but sweet milk stout goodness. Re-review in order.

 811 characters

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
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

 565 characters

Photo of SisuPride
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured bottle into glass and had a one centimeter light brown/tan head. Very fizzy/bubbly on the pour. Very, very dark. Delightful to behold.

Aroma: Hints of oatmeal and only slightly milky despite the beer's name. The fact that it was so thin-light was my greatest disappointment with this beer. Also had hints of choclate.

Taste: Kind of a hollow dark beer. Not as good as most creamy stouts. Would not recommend.

Mouthfeel: Not terribly heavy for a stout. Slight amount of carbonation which was a plus.

Drinkability: Easier to drink a handful of these than most stouts - I consider this a bad thing as a stout she reside in you after you drink it. 5.7% ABV.

Overall, lack luster. Best characteristic was the color - way too light and empty - no body to this beer was its greatest dissapointment. Not smooth on the finish I had been told but a "silky" finish made sense.

 891 characters

Photo of Givemebeer
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle to snifter.

A: deep dark brown, almost black. Tan head that fades.

S: lightly roasted malts some coffee some chocolate

T: soft coffee mild chocolate and a lot of sweetness. Finish returns back to coffee

M: a little thin.

O: good, but probably wouldn't get it again. To be fair, sweet stouts are not my favorite style.

 337 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

 1,056 characters

Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of davehoward
Black pour with a lasting tan head. Slightly transluscent. Smell is light coffee with definitely milky creaminess, but not heavily. Hint of cardboard in the nose. Taste is mild roastiness with some creaminess and a finish of metal and cardboard. Some off flavors keep it from being better, but I thought it was still pretty decent and drinkable. Thanks Dave!

 388 characters

Photo of Jredner
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate along with a slightly dusty cotton aroma. Body is flat black with a creamy, two finger thick, mocha head that diminshes slowly. Some roasted bitterness in the fore followed by sweet and creamy milk laded coffee, milk chocolate and more bitterness through the middle. and lingering into the finish. Finish is dry, but tart and bitter as well. Has some decent elelments, but never really wows.

 436 characters

Photo of robbyc1
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice dissipating tan head. Deep dark look.

Nose is mallty and milky. Not very nosy.

Taste is very roasty, lots of chemicals, some ash, some charcol, some chocolate, some coffee at the end. OK, not great, where is the milk like flavor?

Mouthfeel is too much carbonation, like having some fleas in your mouth, too much.

Easy to drink, not bad, just not a milk like stout, more like an American Stout with lots of ash tastes.

 426 characters

Photo of airforbes1
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm conducting a three-way taste test of milk stouts tonight. This is the second beer in the line up, with the others being Butternuts' Moo Thunder Stout and Left Hand's Milk Stout.

This beer had a fizzy beige head that dissipated pretty quickly, about the same as the Left Hand stout. It's pretty much all black, but when I hold it to the light a TINY amount of brown shows.

The aroma has some sort of red wine thing going on, reminiscent of Anchor Porter or the Famous Taddy Porter. Maybe I smell some lactose, but I don't think I would have detected it if I didn't know it was a milk stout.

The taste, once again, reminds me of those aforementioned porters: red wine. Earlier tonight I read a thread where the OP said he had a bad bottle of Anchor Porter and said it had a vinegar taste. The power of suggestion may have planted that taste in my mind, but I'm also tasting that. I taste a little milk chocolate on the finish, but it's overpowered by the wine-y and vinegar flavors.

This beer does have a better mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too viscous.

The taste profile makes me wonder how fresh this bottle is. With no freshness date on the bottle, I can't adjust my score to reflect any possible degradation from age. I can drink this, but I probably won't be revisiting this beer after I finish the six pack.

 1,322 characters

Photo of russwbeck
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black pour with about a finger of light brown head. Not a lot of lacing, but the retention is pretty good.

S: Roasty, sweet chocolate smell. The sweetness sort of overtakes the stout characteristics.

T: Toasty flavored mixed in with a lot of bittersweet chocolate and sweet milk.

MF: Heavy body, very creamy. Carbonated well.

O: A bit hard to finish the glass. The sweetness was too much, I needed a bit more balance.

 424 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 682 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.