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Joe Mama's Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

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Joe Mama's Milk StoutJoe Mama's Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by palma on 12-26-2008

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Black on the pour with lighter shades of brown. Long lasting pillowy tan head. A slip of lacing blankets the whole glass.

S: French roast, malted milk balls, fudge, chocolate syrup, brownies. Earthy and woody underneath. Very tight estery berry scent clenched in the middle of it all.

T: Fudge, brownie batter, chocolate syrup. Juicy berry esters are more prominent than the nose would suggest. Roasted coffee beans dominate the mid-palate. Mildly acidic. Subtle earthy hops. Cola. Drawn out finish of woody and earthy roasted malts with a kiss of smoke and a touch of sugary lacto sweetness.

M: On the heftier side of medium bodied. Very creamy and well-rounded. Mild seltzery carbonation supports just enough. Somewhat astringent. Smooth.

O: This one comes as advertised: a well-made milk stout with coffee added. Nothing mind-blowing, but a solid enough beer for sure.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
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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Photo of oberon
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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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep brown with a touch of ruby on the edges where the light will pass. The tan head of compact bubbles slowly settles to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge.

This smells of roasted and a mild coffee with a fig aroma a touch of sweetness.

There is a great balance of roast, coffee and lactic sweetness on the first sip with dark fruit and chocolate flavors developing shortly afterwards. There is little in the way of hops flavor but a moderate bitterness. The sweetness, though restrained as it is, does overtake the bitterness of the hops and roasted grains in the finish.

This has a nice weight on the palate being medium-full bodied with a light carbonation and some creaminess.

This a wonderfully balanced beer with a good roast and coffee notes and some bitterness balanced by a pleasant sweetness. I particularly liked that this has a lower amount of sweetness than my prior, cloying experiences with this style.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

From a 32 ounce bottle/growler filled at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours the anticipated black, carbonation seems to be on the low side, but a more agressive pour reveals a tiny bubble film and then nice looking fine sheets of lacing. The nose on this one is of dark coffee grinds and sweet dark malts. Full on coffee infused stout. Yum. Dark grains, burnt grains, coffee, espresso, you get the idea. Nice stuff and gotta love fresh beer from an up and coming local NY state brewery. Go get some and enjoy, especially you stout lovers

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

Black throughout and fairly substantial and thick in body with a small dark brown head; this leaves dots of bubbles down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

Initially a very mild aroma, consisting of roast and coffee. Simple, but good. After warming, very nice coffee notes emerge. The aroma gets better and better as it closes on room temperature. Very nice.

The flavor too is straightforward, simple, but tasty. Mild chocolate, moderate roast, some coffee, and a bit of lactose sweetness. As the beer warms, complementary sweetness grows, adding a delightful element to this otherwise straightforward stout.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Only place this beer lacks.

Straightforward, but tasty and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Super smooth, wish it had a bit more carbonation. Delicious smell and taste of brown sugar, almost like a nestle toll house cookie.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark black with a 2 finger khaki head. A little light gets through the bottom of the glass and comes through a deep ruby. Head sticks around for a minute or two before turning to a film. Minimal lacing.

S: Smell of black coffee with notes of alcohol. Some chocolate makes an appearance as well. Certainly that milk stout aroma with some brown sugar too.

T: Good roasty coffee taste with a creme like quality. On the sweet side of the spectrum. Mild chocolate in the taste but it focuses on the coffee.

M: Very smooth, creamy body fairly light for a stout. Quite drinkable if your a fan of coffee.

Overall I am quite happy I got to try this bee. Big fan of milk stouts and coffee flavored stouts. This takes the best of both worlds and combines them for a great finished product.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of r0nyn
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Andy's Corner Pub in Bogota, NJ. Served in a pint glass, with a hard pretzel as well.

Fantastically black and opaque, with a sizable frothy head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of sticky lacing. The pour was pretty viscous-looking and a few swirls of the glass confirm that this is a big brew. There is a ton of dark chocolate in the nose, the good kind that you use for baking brownies, which is always a good smell to have in an imperial stout. Roasted barley adds a distinctive component to the aroma and serves well to complement the chocolate as well as the most prevalent smell, which is the coffee. After taking a few deep whiffs, I can almost smell the ground arabica beans. This is a good sign.

The taste is more of the same, with coffee featured front and center. There's a definite sweetness to it as well, with just a little bit of lactose flavoring coming through. No hop bitterness at all. Alcohol is only slightly prevalent as the beer leaves the tongue. A dark cocoa essence coats the palate in the aftertaste. Really quite good. Mouthfeel is the only thing that seems a bit off compared to the rest of the beer. Given the heavy pour, I was expecting a bit more oomph to the body, but it's on the thin side of medium. Nothing to deduct full marks for, but something that could definitely have been improved. Still above average.

I've had Keegan's regular milk stout and whatever they did to it to make it into this tasty concoction is most certainly welcome. Equal parts chocolate and coffee, this is certainly a brew for stout lovers. Definitely the best offering I've had from Keegan's and I am very happy I was able to have this on tap.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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