Joe Mama's Milk Stout
Keegan Ales

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,861
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,771
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
430
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Joe Mama's Milk StoutJoe Mama's Milk Stout
Notes: Big Brother to our Mother’s Milk. It starts with our Mother’s Milk recipe, we then add copious amounts of brown sugar to add body and increase the alcohol content. Then, after primary fermentation, we infuse a cold coffee extract from our friends down the street, Monkey Joe’s Roasting Co.
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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heck of a brew. Comparable to Founders Breakfast Stout

L: 4 opaque black, light tan head that disappates.
S: 4.25 bold. Malts, dark chocolate. Light roast coffee. Sugar.
T: 4.75 Very impressive. Hops are there along with everything on the nose.
F: 4.25 not overbearing thanks to the lactose.
O: 4.25 I'm keeping it a secret where I found it outside of the brewery lol

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4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with off-white head. Some light gets through but mostly opaque.
S: Coffee, roasted malts.
T: Coffee all the way. Semi-sweet from the lactose but with a nice dry finish. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so, just like a nice strong cup of joe.
F: Medium-full bodied, very drinkable especially for the 8% ABV.
O: Great coffee stout. It's like cold brewed coffee with just the right amount sweetness upfront.

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Hunamaga from New York, Feb 27, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color. Then a nice looking level off white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Mild sliding lace.
The aroma had some milk chocolate syrup up front with some sweet cream, brown sugar, caramel/toffee and some dessert biscuits.
The flavor totally leans into the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas. Light cookie/baked wafer to toasty malty behavior combining to lead into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected by the brewer. An exceptionally smooth and creamy finish but somewhat watery, I must admit.
Overall, great aromas and flavors but if a bit more body was added this could be a real gem.

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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark brown (SRM 30-35) Stout, with dark walnut highlights. A shallow, creamy chestnut head quickly dissipates to leave a fine coating of lace on a Harp nonic.

The initial aroma is reminiscent of iced black coffee in equal parts with soap. Roasted malt lurks in the background with a lactose sweetness. Late in the session, coffee takes on a latte and milk chocolate quality.

Roasted malts are upfront, followed by toasted wheat bread and black coffee. The finish is long and robust. Light bitterness remains throughout, fairly well balanced against sweetness.

A full body and creamy texture with alcohol as expected. Carbonation is modest and prickly. The beer is a little chewy with metallic notes.

In my opinion, Imperial Stouts should be richer and more complex than this is. However, style aside, this beer can be nursed along after a long day. I enjoyed it on a beautiful early Spring afternoon and think it would pair well with grilled sirloin.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Jul 09, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Murky coffee. Greyish-tan 1/4 inch head.

S - coffee, burnt malts, root beer, smoke

T - coffee, bitter hops, burnt malts

F - Medium body/texture. Dry. Quite effervescent.

O - The label on each bottle of Joe Mama's Milk Stout reads: "Coffee Added". It should be corrected to read "Joe Mama's Coffee Stout...Milk added". I'm a big fan of coffee stouts. This tastes like a coffee stout. If you're in search of a milk stout a la Southern Tier's 2XStout "Milk Stout"... you won't find it here.

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MVotter from New York, Apr 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Pours thin but consistent with the style. Smells sweet and roasty. Taste follows the smell but finishes rather sweet even for the style. The feel is also what you would expect for the style, light and thin. Overall a solid example; though not much coffee.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle with my brother, poured chilled in a half pint.

The color is appropriately dark with coffee brown color and tan head. The smell is fresh coffee with a sweetness and lots of nutty earthy aroma with a slight cocoa quality. The feel is great with smooth bitterness of beans and nutty roasty and slight sweetness with a creamy texture and mild acidity with good malt body and semi-sweet finish.

The taste is a sweet coffee with creaminess of lactose in flavor and dark sugar with chocolate malt in the taste and a subtle toast character from malt in the taste with lactose and coffee giving a creamy sweetened coffee taste with lasting bitter flavor from the beans. This is a very smooth stout for 8%, did not have any alcohol flavor to speak so Very quaffable -I would drink this regularly if I could get it -don't hesitate to try it if you are a fan of coffee flavored stout. This is a well made beer with nice coffee in taste.

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, Jul 01, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

black with a thin head that quickly fizzes away.

nose is pretty faint for me. light sweetness and a hint of bitter coffee.

taste is predominately coffee and a milky sweetness. not sure how well these flavors are working together.... its enjoyable but not my favorite - I think it could use a stronger chocolate/milk chocolate aspect to bring mouthfeel is ok, feels medium bodied, a bit too much carbonation for my taste.

overall its a decent stout but there are much better options. not sure if the beer was properly stored, as I picked it up from the beer store both un refrigerated and dusty, maybe that influenced my impression. got a bottle of the BA mama's milk, hoping that its better.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Apr 20, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Feels like the coffee and the base stout are fighting eachother instead of working together. The coffee's very intense; I think it would pair better with a more robust stout. This one needs a milder coffee. Nonetheless it is very tasty, with lactose and sugar sweetness also very prevalent.

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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania, Feb 20, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grower bought in Malta NY. Poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out dark cola brown and gets closer to black as it rises into the glass. Slightly darker than khaki colored head, mostly small bubbles, not quite the nitro effect with better than average lacing.

Smell is nice. Not quite a dessert beer, but smells sweet. Lactose sugar sweetness that provide aromas of coffee with cream and sugar as well as hints of chocolate fudge. Slightly smokey on the back.

Taste is good. Coffee flavors are a little stronger, sort of like a dark roasted coffee bean coffee with just milk instead of cream and sugar this time. Slight mocha or chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee bitterness at the back end.

Mouthfeel is good, I'd say it's a full bodied beer, it's flavors are pretty big and there are some nice lingering flavors and feels that are heavy and lasting on the tongue. Starts sweet, stays silky smooth and a slight bitter finish at the end that's slightly dry. Nice drinkability. Diverse beer could be pared with a desert or be a nice stout consumed during a meal or sitting. Good beer glad to have tried it.

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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts, Jan 18, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again was surprised how buried the alcohol content was. Couldn't believe was 8.0. Poured dark with a nice tan head. Strong coffee and chocolate. Not bitter at all. Smooth and creamy a great all around milk stout

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Nyg from New York, Jan 17, 2016
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coffee brown with a large soft fluffy tan head.

Smell is medium roast coffee with light chocolate, vanilla, and dark malt.

Taste is tangy malt, brown sugar, medium coffee. Overall this is like a good coffee with a little cream and sugar, yet with a slight bitterness like baker's cocoa.

Soft and frothy--nothing to lose with this purchase.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 24, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty substantial improvement over the base mothers milk stout. The coffee addition is robust and cannot be ignored either by your nose or your tastebuds. Really enjoyed sitting down with this and savoring each silky sip.

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dd43 from Connecticut, Dec 02, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz B, Bottled Batch 295, Enjoyed 11/23/15

A: Dirty black with a light tan head that disappears quickly

S: Strong roasted coffee

T: lactose, roasted coffee

M: thin to medium body

O: Enjoyable milk stout with heavy coffee influence. Nice lactose tastes with a roasted coffee finish

My GF w/celiac review:
"Ewww, I don't like that. Maybe because I just brushed my teeth. Looks like black coffee sludge with caramel bubbles froth. No. No it does not smell like coffee. You know what it smells like. It smells like old milk in a cardboard carton."

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Photo of hardysf
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours black as night with a nice white foam. Smells like strong coffee. Excited to have a sip then a let down. Too much lactose makes it overly sweet to my palate. Also a strange aftertaste of excess lactose. Body is decent, but maybe a touch thin with all the lactose in the mouthfeel. It's like a fake thickness is the best way I can describe it.

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hardysf from Michigan, Oct 27, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma offers sweet creamy milk chocolate, cappuccino, roasted coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toffee.

The flavor follows with lactose, cream, milk chocolate, mocha, lingering coffee bitterness, caramel, toffee, lingering lactose, medium roasted malt.

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dar482 from New York, Sep 30, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown body. Mocha head that quickly disappears to a less than thin film and thin halo.
Smell: Coffee and cream.
Taste: Roast is dominant, coffee, then cream. Some lactose...
Feel: This could be better.

Overall - I'm not too impressed, but that does not mean this is not good, who am I?

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mabermud from Washington, Sep 29, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Super eager to try this, since the regular Mother's Milk is currently my favorite milk stout.

LOOK: Mostly black, but much lighter than I thought it would. Very dark brown would be more accurate. I can see light through. Produces a very short-lived thin tan head and some moderate lacing.

SMELL: Tons of dark roast coffee, vanilla with a musty, wood-like smell that reminds me of Great Divide's Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, and some chocolate and cream.

TASTE: Thick, black coffee throughout. Milk and cream flash by on and off. Notes of caramel, bread, brown sugar, and chocolate here and there. Finishes clean. No alcohol detectable.

FEEL: Between medium and heavy. Surprisingly crisp and clean for an imperial coffee milk stout. Light carbonation.

OVERALL: Good, though perhaps my expectations were too high. Excellent coffee flavors, though. Worth purchasing again.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thick creamy deep beige colored head atop,no light getting thru this.Dark roast coffee,vanilla,and chocolate aromas,somewhat sweet but very appetizing.Thick and creamy like I was hoping for,it makes the beer more true to form.Vanilla,and lactose sweetness hits up fron on the palate with the roast coffee coming in the finish,no harsh edges.A fantastic big milk stout,dessert in a bottle.

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oberon from North Carolina, Jun 27, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a foamy half inch head, and a decent amount of lacing.

This one smells like light coffee, lactose, and chocolate.

The coffee is much stronger in the taste here, it's a sweeter coffee flavor, rather than a more roasty one, with some syrupy chocolate, and a tiny bit of roasted malt. The lactose comes out in the flavor fairly strongly.

This is a very creamy and smooth stout, mouthfeel-wise, with a normal level of carbonation.

A decent if unspectacular coffee stout.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jun 25, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [3.25] Pours a very dark brown to black. The pour forms a scant 1/4 finger head that is gone pretty quickly. The bottle has no ABV or born on date (just a batch date).

S: [4.25] Very prominent coffee nose maybe followed by small amounts of vanilla. The coffee is pleasant - not overpowering.

T: [4.00] The first sip was more chocolate forward than I expected. There is milk chocolate upfront followed by a long coffee finish. There is an underlying sweetness throughout that peaks at the finish.

M: [4.00] The mouthfeel is quite creamy and rich. There is a slight drying at the finish with the bitter from the coffee but it is pleasant.

O: [4.00] This beer lacks where it doesn't count (head formation, labeling, etc.) but has it where it is needed (smell, taste, mouthfeel). This is my second Keegan Ales and they have both been well above average. I like this coffee stout and would definitely drink it again.

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fscottkey from New York, Apr 19, 2015
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

What do you do when you have one of the best Stouts around in the form of Keegan Ales' Mother's Milk Stout? You take the base recipe and add some coffee with a dash of chocolate. Thick black body with a strong head that reduces to tan lacing. Odors of chocolate and coffee abound. Full stout, barley, and coffee on the nose. MId-palate the bitters break into luscious chocolate, caramel, and banana bread. Some tart acidity on the back palate courtesy of cocoa and Kona hints. Aftertaste is a mix of good Kona coffee and fine Swiss chocolate. Wet mouth feel. Very drinkable. Smooth and consistent. 4 out of 5. Very good. Recommended.

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digitalflood from New York, Oct 23, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Received in a trade.
A: Very dark brown/black. Looks like a cup of coffee. One finger of khaki head that is pretty tight around the edges. Nice lacing,
S: Wow! Big coffee. Backed by a strong roastyness and the sweet smell of the lactose. Small bit of bitter chocolate. Aroma is phenomenal.
T: Follows the nose dead on. Strong coffee and roasted malt with a bit of sweetness throughout from the lactose. Tastes like a dark roast coffee with a bit of milk in it.
MF: The only disappointment. Pretty thin, almost watery feeling, though not at all watery tasting. Not a bad mouthfeel, just wanted a bit more body for that 8% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer. One of the better coffee beers I have had. Great breakfast beer!

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured very dark brown. Head is also brown, it is a nice looking brew. Lots of rich, coffee goodness on the nose. Coffee with cream. Chocolates in the nose, too. Flavor is well advertised by the nose. Coffee with cream and some fudge flavor. Body isn't overly thick but the alcohol is very well hidden. Well carbonated. A tasty coffee themed brew.

Bottle.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Aug 30, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a coffee onslaught. Pours thin, lucid, dark chestnut brown with some garnet shade. Nice as a breakfast beer or after dinner drink, and it is definitely on the dry side when it comes to stouts. Aroma of espresso dominates. Really light mouthfeel and the tan head doesn't impart much creaminess. Taste is reminiscent of a foamy cappucino. Some milk notes soothes the palate mid way, but the palate is decidedly roasted and charred coffee with some tarry notes. Some nutty flavor, almonds and bitter swiss chocolate are evident, but not well-integrated. The beer just seemed incomplete despite its strong and complex flavors. I'd order again and it's worth a go.

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