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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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Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark and hazy black body with a decent, though thin, mocha head. Good lacing down the pint glass.

S: An intoxicating coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate as well.

T: The coffee is still plentiful, but it's complemented very well by milk chocolate. Vanilla there too, as well as some possible cinnamon and nutmeg. Coffee is Americano, not espresso.

M: Good, but not very full as a big stout can be. Light.

D: Nice and pleasant, especially for the coffee lover.

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Photo of hsilman
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is delicious. I too picked up a growler at WholeFoods today.

it is smooth and creamy with a very nice coffee taste. Much like espresso in flavor. I am a huge fan of this beer.

the aroma is of coffee with milk and sugar, light and airy. The head is a bit thinner than I expected from a milk stout but it has staying power. The taste is just light and delicious, and I really expected it to be heavier than it was but it is incredibly drinkable for a milk stout. Great beer.

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Photo of jlux21
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was very impressed by this beer.
didn't know the brand or the line, but ordered at a restaurant that had it on tap. Very much get a Coffee with heavy cream taste and smell. Looks the way a stout should smells and taste great. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of caseyrobertson
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Visited Keegan Ale's last night to sample all of their current brews on tap. After sampling the Joe Mama's Milk Stout, I had to get a pint.

The appearance is dark dark black with a a nice tan head. The smell is similar to the Mother's Milk stout, but with a hint of coffee. Between Joe Mama's and Mother's Milk, the difference in smell is subtle. However, taste is what makes this brew stand out. From the moment in hits your mouth, there is an almost overwhelming flavor of cold brew black coffee (great if you're a coffee lover). The chocolate notes, along with the creamy mouthfeel, are a perfect compliment to the bitter black coffee flavor.

Get this beer while it lasts.

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Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied off white colored head that laces a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deep caramelized malts, hints of chocolate, and a sweetness probably from lactose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and caramelized malts, nice bits of chocolate in there, a hint of brown sugar, and a very nice balances sweet flavor at the end.
M: Very fresh, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, not too heavy feeling.
D: Very drinkable especially at such a high abv, this did not feel like an imperial stout, this felt like a really good milk stout.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lazy Boy Saloon with Jlynn.

I'd never heard of Keegan until my man (the bartender/owner) recommended this one to me.

A Black as night with a small brown head. Looks like a dark creamy milkshake.

S Caramel malt, coffee, and chocolate. I can def smell the lactose. Smells awesome.

T Coffee hooks up the biterness, chocolate and loctose come in for the smooth creaminess, caramel malts kick in at the end for the cherry on top. This stuff tastes awesome.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a pleasant lightness to it.

Insanely drinkable. 8 percent??? Double stout??? I plowed through this like a 5 percent session beer. This was soo tasty. What a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of njmoons
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer. Was happy to pick up a bottle after having on tap a couple times.

A- Black and thick, about 1 finger foam that laced down nicely

S- Malt, coffee, carmel, roasted malt, yum

T- Roasted malt and coffee flavors dominate early, and then some carmel and fruit flavors. Nice clean finish for a big beer. All flavors in good balance which is not coo common in Imperials, not to malty and hops doing there job. The lactose sweetness is just enought to notice but not strong. Excellent stuff.

M- On the thin side of appropriate for an Imperial, which I prefer. Still plenty of body to it

D- I could drink a few and that could be dangerous

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Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review written from notes
Purchased a growler of this on multiple locations from local bottle shops
Appearance-Dark brown in color with very small head.
Smell-Milk chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar aromas
Taste-The coffee mixes wells with sweet milk- chocolate. You can taste the extras: coffee & brown sugar that Keegan Ales put into this compared to the base of Mother's Milk and it pays off.
Mouthfeel-Full mouthfeel. The sugar and coffee lingers.
Overall-Reading the description of this beer as the big brother to Mother's Milk is pretty apt. This beer could be the Joe DiMaggio to Dominic or Peyton to Eli. I hope that this beer becomes more readily available in a 4-pack or bottles smaller than the monster-size 1 qt 1.8 fl oz. Thanks to the folks at Keegans for making an amazing beer and glad I live in NY where I can easily obtain it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Joe Mama's Milk Stout pours a black color, with a small tan head. There is a strong coffee and creamy aroma. There is a nice smokey malty creamy back bone, with heavy and strong coffee bean flavors. Good strong flavors, will stay on the palate for a while. Overall a bit different strong, and enjoyable.

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Photo of kevinv
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many many thanks to cavedave for sending a 64oz growler of fresh Joe Mama's Milk Stout my way. This is my first taste of Keegan Ales.

Poured from the growler into my New Belgium goblet.

A - Pours a midnight black with a quarter to half inch mocha colored head that quickly fades to a thin rim on the surface of this beauty. Only the slightest mahogany hues accent the outer edges of the beer in the glass. Moderate creamy lacing is left behind.

S - I did have the score set at 3.5 when I first poured this beer, but the wonderful coffee and chocolate aromas really begin to shine as the beer warms. The nose is overpowered by deep dark bitter chocolate and a fresh espresso coffee. I'm a big coffee lover, so this one is right on par. Big roasty malts provide a strong backbone.

T - Phenomenal flavors. The bitter coffee is king. Great tastes of bold and strong dark roasted coffee. This is balanced by a bittersweet chocolate. Again, as the beer warms, it becomes more and more complex. The finish has a hint of caramel/toffee notes. I'm pretty sure there's no alcohol in this beer. Absolutely wonderful.

M - A bit thin, but still a good amount of body behind it. The carbonation is perfect as it is, low/medium. The finish his a lingering creaminess.

D - This is 8% ABV?!?! Wow, I wouldn't have guessed it. This beer is super drinkable and is well deserving of the 5.0 that I scored it.

Overall, I'm really glad that I got to try this. Honestly, this beer was off the map to me and I hadn't heard of it until cavedave mentioned it. This is one local beer that can easily hang with the big boys. Track it down while it lasts.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle no. 230 out of 500.

Appearance-Pours a very dark chestnut brown, almost black, you can only really tell its brown when you hold it up to the light and a few red highlights shine through giving enough contrast. Gives off a few fingers of splendidly creamy light-tannish cocoa head that bubbles away down to half a finger, leaves equally creamy lacing that just seeps down. I have a feeling I'm going to be using the word 'creamy' a lot in the review; this beer looks appetizing in the glass, that's for sure.

Aroma-Coffee upfront, but it's a milky-creamy kind of coffee aroma rather than an intensely dark roast; like a coffee with plenty of creme and sugar. I can detect the brown sugar used as well as a light undercurrent of caramel malt but this is a coffee and creme show in terms of aroma.

Taste-Creamy, creamy milky-coffee with a smidgeon of darkly roasted malts are at the forefront accompanied by an undercurrent of brown sugar, nicely bitter-sweet and oh so creamy.

Mouthfeel-Medium-plush and very creamy 'again' in texture, goes down slick and smoothe as silk.

Drinkability-This beer is smoothe and goes down very easy, most drinkable stout at this ABV I've had yet.

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Photo of Mag00n
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shout out to mahars and westmere beverage in albany, both have this on draught right now

A: very dark black with a thin tan head that lasts the length of the session

S: Strong, good, high quality coffee dominates the nose, its extremely pleasant.

T: Coffee up front, followed by roasty toasty chocolate. There is a strong but not at all unpleasant bitterness. The milkiness also makes itself known and works great with the coffee.

M: Gave this a 5.0 for mouthfeel. Coats the tongue, nice and creamy. Just fantastic.

D: This is an excellent beer but I probably wouldnt want more than 2 pints.

I had the terrapin depth charge a few days ago and this beer is extremely similar. Just as good, if not better. A great offering from keegan. Nice to see that its being bottled too i was under the impression that it was only kegged.

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Photo of dar482
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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Photo of Shiredave
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hand drawn from one of the few casks filled for Mahars in Albany, this is the beer that won Best Beer in NY at last spring's TAPNY Festival and Competition. This small batch, keg only beer was key to Keegans winning both the Matthew Vassar and FX Matt Memorial Cups for Best Brewery in The Hudson Valley and NYS for 2009 respectively at TAPNY.

This poured a slightly murky, opaque deep brown with a full and persistant 1/2 inch head of lightly toasted marshmallow looking foam.

The aroma is all brown sugar and coffee - a house brewed coffee reduction added during fermentation. Notes of coco and vanilla with roasted dark grains - hops are there but overwhelmed by the smokey coffe and chocolate notes - light fruity ester hints in the background.

The flavor is a deep, full bodied stout - sweetish up front with strong roasted grain bite and mildly bitter coffee. Brown sugar and malt come forward mid way - cellar temp from the cask iis perfect for this beer as it is only 8% and the alcohol is neatly masked by the rich body and intense roasted coffee flavors.

Body is medium -full - semi heavy on the tongue with a velvety texture from the milk sugar and oats.

Finish is mildly warm and bitter both from boil hops and coffee - lingering brown sugar notes cling to the walls of your mouth.

A bit strong on coffee character - the malt and brown sugar comes thru more as these kegs aged as I had some from a 3 month old keg at the brewery and it had mellowed and balanced out very nicely.

- cant wait for the next batch!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after having this on tap in 2009/10, i had not seen it anywhere and had been looking all over for it. thankfully, we started seeing some 4 packs of this here in nj!

pours a heavy black with 2 fingers of brown/tan head with excellent amounts of lacing.

smells of coffee, milk chocolate, tobacco, smokey.

the taste is INCREDIBLE. it tastes like yoo hoo. very smooth flavor, no booze taste at all (which is a bit dangerous for an 8% beer). some hints of roasted grains and coffee in the background, but mainly milk chocolate.

medium body, good amount of carbonation, slight creamy feel. very smooth going down, not abrasive at all from the abv %.

overall, i believe this is my favorite stout (at least as far as flavor goes). sure, there are probably more complex, better imperial stouts.. but this is an imperial milk stout - heavy, and sweet as can be.

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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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Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. It is pure black. Quite lovely. It has a small dark tan brown head that dissipates quickly and it doesn't leave any lacing.

S. It has a nice burnt scent. Some chocolate malt undertone.

T. It has a nice toffee malt taste. The chocolate scent carries in the taste. It is burnt. The chocolate gives it a bit of a tart taste. Some hop bite. A good sweetness in the aftertaste.

M. Crisp with a carbonated tingle.

O. This is extremely flavorful. Well balanced and a true contender to the left hand milk stout.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a thin tan colored head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate are bold and pleasurable, and some hints of alcohol linger in the background.

Taste: big bold flavored beer here. Roasted malt and heavy coffee flavors are up front. Some chocolate sweetness compliments the coffee flavors. Bitterness is pretty hearty here along with some hints of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, nicely smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: an awesome flavored stout that goes down smoothly but slowly. I could see having two or three of these in a long session.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SO pumped that these were put in 4 packs and FINALLY showed up on LI. enjoyed from a blue point globe.

a - brew poured a deep brown that settled into the glass almost black. there was a generous 2 fingers of milky head that hung out for pictures and the party. nice chunky lacing that coated the glass.

s - as soon as i poured it, i could smell the magic. big roastiness with some milk chocolate coffee. subtle and soft, but really appetizing.

t - GREAT robust flavor. the milk stout base is wonderful and the coffee works wonders on it. i have had this beer a bunch of times and always loved it, psyched to have it in such an accessible package. the coffee adds nice bitterness which contrasts wonderfully off the sweetness of the milk stout.

m - big, bold, robust while still being soft. really great feel.

o - overall, 10.99 for a 4 pack..um...YES!!!! the big bottles were north of $20 making them hard to swallow...and afford. i will most certainly be picking up a bunch of 4 packs so i can enjoy this regularly. hopefully this one will fly under the radar long enough for me to pick up a few more 4 packs. i know i've been eagerly awaiting this to hit LI, and now it is finally here! cheers keegan, always been a fan, but this is one of my favs. now if only we can get super kitty in 4 packs!!!

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at Terrapin in Rhinebeck, NY: black, slight mahogany when held up to light, with a finger of khaki head that laced very well. It smelled robustly of espresso, molasses, walnuts, and caramel; very tantalizing. The taste...holy ice coffee, batman...with a malty nuttiness at mid-palate, and finishing on a nicely dry note. Medium-bodied and more carbonated feel than expected, but the spritziness didn't detract from the overall smooth feel on the palate. Too intense and flavorful to session, but an excellent sipping stout; particularly a good match for a creamy dessert.

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Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A half inch head of brownish beige foam diminishes quickly to a partial skim and thin ring atop a thick, opaque brew that is black as Satan's heart.

The smell is essence of dark roast coffee, deep roasted grain, light notes of caramel, with hints of bitter chocolate. Not as strong or complex a fragrance as some others, but a very clean, balanced and tempting bouquet.

Despite its look, this drinks super easily, it's very creamy in the mouth as blasts of flavor explode on the palate. It starts the slightest bit sweet, immediately handing the sip to deep coffee, bitter chocolate, luscious roasty and burnt notes, and other estery and hoppy flavors just beneath the surface beyond my palate to identify and explain, but which make for a balanced and complex stout . It ends with a finish of flavor and depth. The taste becomes darker, an herbal feel works into the bitter. Simply marvelous.

At first I thought it was too low carb., but as I have worked through this bottle I realize that it is perfect for the kind of clean coffee and roasty flavors this stout showcases. Light in the mouth, creamy, bright, holds an excellent finish. Almost perfect in the mouth, like all of Tommy Keegan's beers.

Since this is listed with Imperial Stouts this beer gets a 5 for drinkability. If there was higher than 5 it would get that. I could drink this stout non stop until the Milky Way gets sucked into a black hole.

Impression: No wonder this won at Hunter this summer. A must try. Get it if you can.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery, passing a quiet afternoon in delightful fashion.

Totally black beer with a nice fluffy head that quickly settles down to a thin band on top. Nicely creamy lacing clings to the glass.

The smell is all coffee and so is the taste. Very freshly brewed black coffee aroma and flavor with a nicely roasty malt backbone. Bittersweet chocolate lurks in the background.

Thin in a good way, just like Mother's Milk. Highly drinkable and very little in the way of noticeable alcohol. Until you drink too much of it!

If you're a coffee fan this one is for you. Doesn't have a thick or heavy mouthfeel or body at all so you may not dig it if you like the bigger thicker stouts.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black with just a hint of brown with a nice finger of creamy tan-brown head. The head had had okay retention and reduced down to a ring leaving some lacing.

S - Strong combination of roasted sweet carmel malts and some nice coffee aroma. Very rich smelling. Bit of sweetness from chocolate and lactose also mixed in.

T - Starts off with a sweet building roasted flavor with some nice coffee flavors mixed in and just a touch of bitterness. The coffee really explodes in the middle along with some chocolate flavor in the background. The finish continues with the nice roasted sweet carmel malts and coffee, and adds some lactose flavors which all linger very nicely. Very well balanced.

M - Medium-light bodied with a bit of carbonation. Feels just a tad thin but very smooth and crisp. The lactose creates a creamy feeling also.

D - Very drinkable. The 8% abv in not noticeable here. Very smooth and balanced all around. The sweetness is pretty much perfect, and stays in check and balanced throughout.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my quarterly beer club. No bottling date. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, velvety black with some reddish hues. A couple fingers of tan head sit on top of the body. Very good head retention.

S: Smells of rich coffee with vanilla cream and hints of chocolate. The coffee dominates the nose and pulls me in. This is incredibly inviting.

T: The coffee and vanilla cream dominate up front. The chocolate comes in on the back end. Really digging how well the flavors blend together with this one.

M: Rich, velvety, and creamy. I love that about this beer. For an imperial stout, the body is incredibly thin, so I have to grade it as such. However, for a milk stout, it is right in line. Make no mistake about it: I love the mouthfeel of this. It's one of my favorite things about this brew.

O: This is a very worthwhile brew. I had never heard of Keegan Ales before, but they did an excellent job with Joe Mama's Milk Stout. Would definitely buy this again if it was available to me. The only thing keeping me from seeking it out in the future is my access to other great coffee stouts. That being said, I would never turn this down.

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

A-pours black with a thick foamy tan head with outstanding retention and leaves a nice froth
S-roasted coffee and milk chocolate
T-roasted malt and coffee up front, followed by a mocha flavor on the finish and leaving sweet chocolate on the palate
M-medium-full bodied and creamy
O-very solid imperial stout that is well balanced and extremely flavorful

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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
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