Mothers Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

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Mothers Milk StoutMothers 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
Ratings:
683
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
144
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 683 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate, and some lactose aromas. Taste is of roasted dark malt, burnt sugar, and some slight cocoa flavors. There is a roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation for a stout with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout with an emphasis on roast aromas and flavors.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are only visible at the edges when the glass is held up to a bright light). It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that slowly faded away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, although the roasted malt flavors seem to be a little stronger and there are some hints of lactose. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is a beer that is very easy to drink and sessionable; I could keep on drinking these all night long.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a classic stout appearance - pitch black though the head quickly descends to a ringlet leaving just a few wisps of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate with a touch of coffee and a hint of smoke

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with the lactose really building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the touch of coffee and hint of smoke make an appearance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation

Overall: A well-brewed straightforward example of the style

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a small layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. 3.5

Smell: You can definitely tell this is a milk stout. Sweetness is dominant over the roast with a hint of honey. 4

Taste: I'm enjoying this a lot. The roast is quite smooth and the sweetness reminds me of honey. Not picking up as much lactose here as I did in the smell. Slight bitterness to the finish. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and very smooth. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is mildly dry. 4

Overall: Really happy I got this as an extra in a trade. Would have another.4

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The foam fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - dark malt and caramel with some nutty toffee.

T - dark, sweet caramel up front with some bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, black bread in the middle and a finish full of chocolate, caramel and a hint of smoky coffee.

M - moderately thick, slightly oily body, and a sweet finish.

D - dark and mild with a nice combination of dark sugar and roasted malt.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body. Frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention. Average lacing. Nose: brown sugar, cocoa, very subtle fruit, baker's chocolate, background roastiness, coffee. Medium-light bodied and creamy smooth with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. Flavor: nicely balanced! Some cereal-like malt, subtle dark chocolate, a drip of coffee, a hint of fruit (papaya, melon). Bitterness is restrained. Finishes dry but not raspy, with lingering notes of burnt sugar, dark cocoa, coffee. Quaffable!

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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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark jet black in color with some extremely light hints of dark amber/red to dark brown. The beer has a three finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film over the entire surface of the beer, with a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is dominated by dark roasted malts with some lighter hints of dark semi-sweet chocolate.

T: There is a very strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some hints of the milk sugars (or lactose). I also detect some light hints of milk chocolate. The beer has a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink, enjoyable, and very sessionable. This beer could easily be drank/drunk all night long. Nice complexity to the smell and taste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, creamy-looking head.

Smell: Roasted malts with a faint whiff of smoke. Notes of oatmeal, chocolate milk, and crushed malted milk balls.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with flavors of dark chocolate and chocolate milk. Hint of vanilla and oats. Light roasty bitterness to curb a bit of the sweetness. Chocolate malt drink finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, satisfying milk stout experience.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Near black color, but light does get through.

Burnt malt aroma. It has the essence of brown beans, perhaps there's an element of molasses to it, but I detect no sweetness.

Thin for the style with a high level of carbonation. The flavor has a combination of toasted bread and burnt coffee. There's a shot of bittering hop at the swallow, but the aftertaste is mostly black patent malt flavors. Not really sweet or creamy, but it's tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I vaguely remember having this one a long time ago, so was very happy to be able to try it again. Served from a small growler into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/02/2010.

The pour was decent, dark brown in color with a small, very quick head of light tan that left no lacing and hardly anything on top. This was worrisome for me at first as I was afraid it may have been a bit flat, but it was just the look that appeared a bit off. Aroma of deep roasted malts, light smoke and nice chocolate notes start to come through right away. Smooth, even and as it warm relatively unchanged. Light vanilla in here now as I take the first sip. A bit slick, I was expecting a bit fuller feel to it, but the taste still came across nicely. Smokey with nice notes of peat and burnt sugar mixing with a light chocolate and creamy lactose flavor. Nicely done. Each sip seem to get more and more smokey, which was a nice touch and the finish was just dry enough and left just enough sweetness on the tongue to leave me very pleased.

Overall a nice little session ale. Not sure what was up with the look on this one, but would drink it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle purchased at Half Time in a can shaped glass chilled.

The color is black-opaque with thick pale cream which becomes a ring of fine beads. The smell has a malt sweetness and slight cocoa note with mild caramel accent. The feel is good, smooth malt with moderate sweetness and roasted textures with medium carbonation and low bitterness with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a nice sweet malt flavor with subtle caramel accent and light roasted taste of barley with some gentle cocoa-like elements. The sweetness in the taste is not overdone and there is a mild bitterness to keep it balanced with some light alcohol and dry taste toward the finish. This is a beer I have wanted to try and I enjoyed it - it is a good representative of the style and was very drinkable without being too sweet.

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