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 q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.


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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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 MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 PhillyB
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 moodenba
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 brap
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Nyg
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of jhavs
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Ainman11
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with an interesting creamy head. Huge 3-4 finger head that is.

S- Lactose, chocolate, toffee

T- Chocolate, roasted malts, milk. Pretty mild.

M- Light body, fairly silky, nice carbonation

O- Solid, but nothing stands out with so many other great one of the style.

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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 keithmurray
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Dark Brown liquid with tan head

Smell - black licorice, roasted malts, cream

Taste - black licorice, roasted malts, burnt cream

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, some sort of burnt sensation at the tail end, almost to the point of being acrid. Flavors lack balance and finesse

Overall - not very impressed with this one, flavors appear to be unbalanced and unrefined. Would consider trying this again on draft.

Price Point - $2/12 oz single

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Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/19/14 notes. Had on tap at Brother Jimmy's in NYC. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of very light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cream, coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light chocolate. Nice and simple but it all works well together.

t - Tastes of cream, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, earthy notes. Taste has more cream and vanilla. Nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink, no heat.

o - Overall a simple but solid milk stout. Nothing mind blowing here but all the flavors work well together and it is easy to drink. Worth checking out if you like the style, and could see this being a good starter stout for some new craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On at Swifty's Pub in Delmar, NY.

Pours a dark black, with some brown tinges. 2 inch head, mocha-colored, with some good lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste is the same, one of the better milk stouts I've had. A bit roastier than typical for the style, this is welcome. Slightly smoky. Some vanilla and chocolate (of the Hershey's syrup type variety and flavor). Some bitter chocolate as well.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, classic milk stout mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is in the top 5 milk stouts I've had, quite good.

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My diet is pale ales and stouts, often layered on each other, so that's my preference.

Appearance: Energetic heads atop a classic stout appearance - pitch black. head leaves a bit of lace and some contoured levels as we consume it.

Smell: Smoke. The smokiest, wood fire stout I know, just like river road in rhinebeck ny (x river from the brewery). Wet fall hudson valley leaves, wet cliffs of earth, a bit of chocolate in the distance with train smoke and diesel. Now we're at the Rhinecliff station.

Taste: Malt and wood fire smoke, followed by hot chocolate, then the lactose, then coffee, hoppy bitter (great combination) and smoke wisp finish. Dry, tingly, satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit creamy with ample carbonation. Sexy and smooth.

Overall: Original. Most smokey. Nostalgic. Romantic. For smokers and for wood fire builders, hudson valley dwellers (or river valley dwellers) down here in the holler the smoke nestles....

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