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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
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
676
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
19.79%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
141
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 676
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 DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured into pint glass.
Thick black; nice white foam.
Roasted malty aromas, with similar flavor. Roasted malty; slight coffee as well.
Good stout. Not amazing, but really nice and smooth drinkable stout. Worth a try if you want a good stout for the masses...

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank on tap, perfectly poured into a proper stout glass.

A-deep and dark brown/black color with a mocha cream head that thins out and leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S-sweet roasted malts and coffee and chocolate.

T-roasted malt sweetness and coffee dominate the flavor of this pungent stout. A dry finish helps the flavor linger.

M-thin and watery, no sign of any body that the lactose additives are supposed to provide.

O-looks and tastes very good. I like stout and I'll go back to this one.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice dark brown in color with a foamy 2 fingers thick dark tan head, leaving behind great amounts of lacing

S - sweet, malty, chocolate, oatmeal

T - sweet with a dry finish, taste of toasted grains, chocolate

M - smooth at first with a thick after feel

O - i like this stout a lot, but it's not as good as joe mama's milk stout!!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a nice full inch of mocha colored head. Nice looking stout.

S - Mild smelling but smells of lactose, coffee, and chocolates.

T - Wow this is good it's a very light drink but has more body than Left hands milk stout. Sugar coffee flavors and mild chocolates make this beer delicious.

M - Medium bodied not think so drink ability is good.

Overall man I should have got some more of this. About to try a left hand again to see if it's this good but a very solid milk stout that I would love to try again.

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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 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

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Milk sweetness, roasted and caramel malt. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Milk and bread. Hints of chocolate. Mild overall.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an okay milk stout, but the Left Hand and Lancaster milk stouts are better in my opinion.

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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.

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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

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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

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Photo of vande
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - a nice dark brown, near black pour with a quickly disappearing dirty 1 finger thick head...

s - a nice amount of coco on the nose actually, some sugar

t - bit of roasted malt, slight hint of coffee, sugars, coco, but overall flavors are a bit watered down maybe?

m - lighter to medium in body.. pretty smooth drinking

o - pretty decent milk stout...not in my top 5 though...

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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 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...

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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: The body is black but does allow some light to come through, illuminating it with deep persimmon glints; above is a thin cap of fine light-brown foam that sticks around admirably and leaves tons of lace. Excellent.

S: Sweet lactose, light chocolate, and some almost spicy cocoa powder aromas. Pretty nice.

T: Follows the nose: milky-sweet at first, followed by some chocolate malt and a bit of spice. Bittersweet finish. Enjoyable, but unremarkable.

M: Extremely lively, somewhat prickly. So carbonated I can’t even tell what kind of body it might have. Medium?

O: Solid milk stout; I won’t be ordering it again, but I’m not sorry I got it. Definitely worth a shot if you like the style.

Cheers!

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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 CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle. There wasn't any noticeable light penetration.
Massive, massive tan colored head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves behind some really nice lacing.
Aroma is so very malty, with hints of milk chocolate, cocoa and roasted coffee.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront, with the tartness and hints of bitterness in the middle followed by a crisp dry finish.
Medium bodied, and the dry finish makes you want to have the next sip. Easy to drink and mouthfeel is not too bad either.
Tasty and flavorful stout, but misses just that little zing that can take it to the next level.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body far as I can tell in a well lit bar. Brown head that fades quickly leaving some noticeable lacing.

Big time roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate. It smells quite sweet and delicious.

Silky smooth, fills the mouth, creamy head with just a hint of carbonation. One of the nicest feeling stouts.

Caramel, dark fruits, cocoa and coffee. Sweet roastiness that mixes well. The aroma is a little better than the taste.

This is a nice stout. Feels great, smells great but the taste seems a little weaker than the aroma. This is a all around wonderful brew and should be tried if given the chance.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sdhomebrewer for sending this one.

Pours black into a pint glass. Less than a finger of light brown head settles to just a bit of lacing.

The aroma is classic milk stout. The dark malts are tempered by a creamy sweetness, and give impressions of milk chocolate or sweet coffee.

The flavor follows through on the smell, delivering dark malt, chocolate, and some creaminess in the back end.

Smooth and pleasant, the mouthfeel here is good.

Nothing special about this one, but nothing needs to be. It's just a solid, enjoyable milk stout.

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

Should be a bittersweet milk stout if ever a thing existed. Nice head and super dark opaque brown. Some lace here and there. Sweet mocha and molasses nose. Bits of dark roasted grains. Brown bread as it warms up. Taste is a great balance coffee and latte' like milkiness. Some light malted grains and dark sweet rolls.
Touch of dark chocolate. Very straightforward and dry finish is earth and and more earth. Clean and dry with faint latte' notes. Bit of mild molasses. Feel is crisp and mildly creamy as it is kinda light and easy drinkin'. A quaffing milk stout and a nice brew overall.

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Photo of Kc4shore
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick-- creamy stout. Cocoa dark brown color.
thick white head

S: Cocoa, burnt sugar/off caramel, gingersnap
cookie

T: Rich, bitter chocolate, vanilla, caramel,
burnt sugar, balanced bitterness in contrast
Full body.

Overall:
This is a great starter stout for those who are looking for a non-Guinness stout experience. Perfect for dessert pairings, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate..! What you see is what you get in this one. A genuinely great brew

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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.

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

On tap at the LaGuardia Airport (Slip Mahoney's Bar & Grill). Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Review from notes.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some dark ruby red highlights at the edges. Tan head that died down to a thin film across the top. Some lacing noted, but it died down rather fast.

Smell: Chocolate, toasted malt, burnt sugar, and a tiny hint of smoke every now and then.

Taste: Sweet bittersweet chocolate, roasted and toasted malt in the middle, definitely some hint of milk in there as well. Some oatmeal thrown in there as well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, creamy and smooth.

Overall / Drinkabiilty: It's a bit like having a thin chocolate milkshake with a burger, which is what I had with this beer. Tasty, smooth, what else do you want. I could easily have more than one (and did in this case). My friend who was having one as well commented that this would be great with breakfast, and I agree. Cheers!

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Mothers Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
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