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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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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 676
Photo of BeerNewbs
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being a city boy, Mother’s Milk made me feel like a woodsman relaxing after a long day of work. While lighter than your typical stout, Keegan Ales produced a truly smooth, perfectly balanced, dark malt with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Great option for a heavy beer without taking up room otherwise allocated for a burger at the pub.

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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.

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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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Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and a little lacing

S-cocoa, coffee, dark malt, hint of dark fruit

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, slight bitterness

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a solid milk stout with good flavor and nice creamy feel

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Photo of rixcat
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! Lighter than I expected for a stout. I would totally drink this again. real smooth and what I had hoped. Served pretty cold I would have no problem drinking this ABV 6%er on a lawnmower or while chopping wood. I want to make some lactose type of beers and explore their possibilities so I am trying the available lactose beers.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated bottle poured into a Bell's snifter and consumed today, 5/17/2013. Thanks to BarrytheBear for throwing it in as an extra.

Aroma: Thick, smokey and sweet all at once. Smoked malts are pretty dominant but there is a bittersweet background that reminds me of bitter black licorice. Fairly interesting and strong nose that doesn't particularly blow me away. (3.5)

Colour: Looks nice- pours a thick viscous cola brown body with a 1cm brown head that disappears quickly into nothingness, not even a film or collar. It does leave a very thin, fine lacing- it's like condensation but not quite. Pretty interesting looking beer and that's about it. (4)

Flavour: Decent- lots of smoke up front, some roasted malts like coffee and milk chocolate, followed by a bitter licorice aftertaste. Fairly interesting flavour profile, especially the smoke. However I don't think the bitter licorice kick at the end really does favours for this milk stout. It's got the roast malts of a stout but it's more bitter than sweet on the end. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very, very creamy and smooth experience. Thicker side of medium body, well carbonated. Aftertaste is bittersweet black licorice that lingers a while, almost a little unpleasantly so. But props to the brewer for the mouthfeel on this beer. (4)

Overall: Interesting take on the milk stout- if you like them a bit more bittersweet than lactose sweet, this is a solid brew to try. I probably wouldn't pick this one up again because I'm a guy who likes his milk stouts in the latter category. Enjoyed trying this one though! (3.5)

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Photo of mhksuccess
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into snifter glass
not much head and pretty dark in color
at first it taste pretty good and hoping it would get better as it warms up
but it pretty much stayed the same
i would categorize as an average stout
nothing special
pretty easy drinking and worth a try but would not seek it out

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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 farrago
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour crests at about a finger’s worth of rich dark foam, subsides swiftly down to a consistent surface coating then finally pulls away to the glass sides, the lacing is wispy and without stickiness. The liquid is a super-clean opaque black, hints of brown to yellow at the glass bottom and rims, no visible bubbles. The nose consists mostly of roasted cocoa, sweet baked bread, anise, caramel and cola bean, trace of plum, actually comes off angular and dry so that any milkiness seems lost in the shuffle, not overly roasted but lifts well. Medium-bodied while on the firm and muscular side, not softly textured. The carbonation is light, however, it does last fully through each sip. Again, not that milky per se more crisper cocoa, mocha to coffee notes along with cola, orange peel, molasses crisp and pine. Given the higher level of roast, harder to discern clearly the hoppy bite but one suspects it is higher than usual for the category. Mix of black fruits sweeten the mid-palate. Overall, falls on the dry side so there’s no real naturally sweet length. Fairly sessionable and neutral enough to be versatile at the dinner table. Probably would benefit from slightly more sweetness and general liveliness.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick light tan head into a snifter that was gone 1/3 of the way into the beer. the beer was dark black with a brownish edge to it.
s - all lactose.
t - semi-sweet chocolate, lactose, a hint of herbal hops.
m - creamy and slick.
o - good beer but really disappointed in the carbonation.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint a glass.

Pours smooth, very black, fast acting brown foam. Little remains. Light roasted nose, some dark chocolate pokes through. Milky sweet, roasting/bitter really takes a back seat. Very minor carbonation. Milky lactose finish, which becomes more cumbersome as the beer is finished. Very interesting flavor profile. But a one and done for sure.

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

A-Pours black! Barely any light penetration. The body isn't very viscous. Head is a thin tan line. Barely able to completely cover the top of the beer. Leaves thin racing rings.

S-Hershey's syrupy and an ashed cigarette butt. Burnt coffee grounds. One of the least sweet Milk Stouts I have come across, Not picking up much of that telltale lactic aroma either.

T-Still getting that char and ash, but not as much. Coffee and milk chocolate. A bit more lactic. Definitely some dark fruit. A bit figgy. Light bitterness stemming from a hint of hop a bit of dark chocolate.

M-Medium bodied. Carbonation isn't soft but its noticeable. Booze well hidden.

O/D-Pretty neat. Its always a treat to enjoy a flavorful Stout that is well below 8%. A sixer of these would go down with ease. I could see myself buying this again.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small, creamy-looking head that dissipates leaving some spotty, sticky lacking on the glass.

Aromas begin with a large amount of roasted maltiness with a faint whiff of smoke. As it warms you get less notes of oatmeal, baker's chocolate and crushed malted milk balls.

The tastes follow the nose with ample roasted maltiness with lesser flavors of dark and chocolate milk. As it warms you get slight notes of vanilla and toasted bready maltiness. Some more dark acrid bitterness emerges to curb a bit of the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is more dry and roasted; lacking that creamy mouthfeel which I expect in this style.

Overall this was a very tasty beer but I wouldn't have known or would consider it a Milk Stout. The aromas and flavor profile was much more roasted than I expected with less sweeter notes than I expected. There was a lacking sweetness or creaminess to the mouthfeel that is needed/expected for the style.

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Photo of Kooz
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried it on tap at Plan B in Stamford, CT. Arrived in a standard pint glass with a bit of sweat on the sides, and a nice tan head draped over the darkest of browns. A few sips left a sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of cocoa and sweet molasses--very nice and perfect for the style.

Tastes mellow and smooth with no bitterness and a chocolaty aftertaste which is really nice.

Decent body, but a little light--seems lacking. No better than average.

Overall an excellent milk stout--I'd happily have this again, but not with a light lunch--it'd be better as an evening beer.

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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.

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Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 10 oz. nonic glass.

Appearance: Certainly opaque, but with a quickly fading head that doesn't really stick to the glass at all, which was surprising.

Smell: A nice mix of some char, a bit of melted milk chocolate, mild berries, and slightly acrid coffee.

Taste: A nice balance between the char, mild milk sweetness, and some ripe berries. Finishes slightly both bitter and sweet, with good lasting char flavors.

Mouthfeel: With the lack of retention regarding the pour, this may be way. It's not off-putting, but I feel like it should be a lot creamier, as the medium body seems a little erratic as far as carbonation goes. Could be better, but again, not too terribly off-putting.

Drinkability: Could be a good go-to come winter time. Easy drinking and balanced enough to go back again.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick, dark black color with a 1.5 finger high, creamy, dark tan head. Slight lacing and the head sticks around for a little bit.

The aroma has nice dark roasted malts, creamy coffee, light milk and bittersweet chocolates, lactose sugar, and hints of caramel.

The taste is nice, with the rich roasted malts, chocolate that is more cocoa and cocoa powder than the nose, with mocha and bitter coffee, lactose, and hints of caramel and molasses.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Creamy consistency, smooth medium carbonation, velvety light-medium body, and a subtly smooth finish.

Overall this is a pretty darn good milk stout. I'd say it's worth a try for anyone that is looking for a pretty drinkable stout. Is this top tier in its category, not quite, but still good.

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Photo of omokoro
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color with a slight head that quickly dissipated into nothingness. On the nose I noticed elements of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a moderate amount of piney hops. The taste is quite roasty and not as sweet I expected. What i noticed most was the taste of the roasted barley. I am not the most fond of stouts, and generally find them quite heavy. This is a stout that I can find myself ordering when I find myself in a stout mood.

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Photo of match1112
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark brown, but settles into a jet black body inside the glass. a thin mocha colored head quickly disappears. unfortunatly there is no lacing or retention. the nose is lactos mainly. some roasted malts in the background. taste is very sweet, like adding cream to coffee. picking up on some roasted coffee on the finish, but not much. mouthfeel is a little thin for me and carbonation could be better. rich creamy feel with some coffee bitterness on the finish. overall this is very drinkable, just not one of the top tier milk stouts out there. i would drink this again, cause it is good, just not mind blowing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a creamy, dense, low profile tan head with great retention. Aromas of blended cream, coffee, and subtle chocolate. Flavors are dry, with a rich, smokey, cream backbone and some subtle, bitter coffee highlights. Very smooth and well blended, with a rich, sweet aftertaste. Smooth, creamy finish. Very well balanced, very flavorful, and very easy to drink.

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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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Euro Market in Astoria. No surprise, pours pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of milk chocolate, light roast, and lactose. The flavor and feel, however, is a drier with less cocoa. There are hints of mocha and brown barley. The body is medium, a normal thickness, and that sort of sums up the beer. It's a normal milk stout. It's clean, and hits the right notes for an American milk stout (I find the British ones to be sweeter). Not surprising, it reminds me of Left Hand's milk stout.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Opaque brown, super dark to the point it is pitch black. Head is tan rising to maybe a fingers length, FYI the head is all about how hard you pour this beer it pours to nothing if you angle it just right.

Smell: super light chocolate, you smell it and it disappears.

Taste: Chocolate but a creamy feel to it, feel like looking for a cheesecake.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, easiest drink i have had all week.

Overall: This is a unique beer, granted I do not drink milk stouts all the time and honestly I do truly love how it is presented. It is sweet but not like soda, and liht bitterness and a whole feel to it that reminds you it should be used to compliment desserts to the best of the them. Salud!

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Photo of wafers
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cocoa-brown to black on the pour, moderate mounts of head that disappears quickly
T: Malty, somewhat sweet, definite hints of dark chocolate, mostly light and drinkable
M: Somewhat thick, smooth, drinkable
O: Pretty good stout offering, nice balance between usual roasted taste along with a certain amount chocolate sweetness, tasty and would drink again

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Photo of Pjev11
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stout in NYC. Looks as you would expect an oatmeal stout to be. Very dark with a small brownish head. Lacing along the sides as I go through it.

Nice dark taste with that expected oatmeal after taste.

A pretty solid oatmeal stout but not the best I've ever had. A little too carbonated for my likes but something I would have again.

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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 676 ratings.
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