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Joe Mama's Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

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Joe Mama's Milk StoutJoe Mama's Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States
keeganales.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
416
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.11%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
71
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 416
Photo of koopa
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes - On tap at the Copper Mine Pub 8/11/11

Appearance: Pours the deepest brown to borderline black with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: roast malt, roasted barley, and a small lactose presence.

Taste: same as the nose with a moderately acrid quality.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: goes down easy but the flavor profile isn't too captivating.

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Photo of azdback
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. A very dark black but not all light sucking black. Highlight are a dark brown. Head is a small one finger, creamy looking and light cocoa color. Lace is minimal at this point and doesn't do much all the way through the glass.

Smell is a wonderful coffee delight. Some smoke or char and just a bit of light chocolate sweetness. Very nice.

Taste is much like the smell but tastes are a bit lighter than the nose. Roasted coffee beans are on the forefront with some light chocolate and some charred wood.

Mouth is medium to full bodied, carbonation is on the spritzy side. Body is full and the finish is long and wet. Kind of leaves your mouth thinly coated with tart lacquer.

Overall I did like this. Kind of reminded me of Wake 'n' Bake. Nice coffee stout and a must if you can get your hands on it. Thanks to pete27lax for this extra.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
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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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and lactose in the nose.
T: There are strong flavors of lactose in the beer along with some notes of coffee and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes very much like a milk stout but feels a little heaver compared to others and has complimentary flavors of coffee beans.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had on tap, in standard "pint" glass.

appears black, with a bit of tan head.

as a friend aptly put, "it smells like chocolate covered espresso beans". couldn't say it better my self. the taste followed, with the standard Milk Stout taste, but amped up with the strong coffee flavor.

mouthfeel was nice and smooth, but I think the flavors are just a bit too strong to make this beer high on "drinkability". a good beer, but one is enough for the night. definitely worth it though.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

D: Nice and pleasant, especially for the coffee lover. Somewhat one-dimensional, but it works.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with hints of dark brown at the edges when held up to the light and some very light visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dense tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans with just a slight hint of freshly brewed coffee. There is also a moderate amount of lactose/milk stout sweetness to the smell as well.

T: Strong flavors of coffee - freshly brewed - along with some lighter hints of milk chocolate. There is the typical sweetness of a milk stout from the lactose.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer, similar to the other stout I have had from this brewery but with a slightly heavier body and the addition of coffee to the flavor profile - I personally really enjoy a stout with either coffee added or strong coffee flavors so I will likely try this one another time.

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Photo of dd43
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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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - I can tell it's a deep shade of black due to the 1/4 inch of mocha colored head. Nice lacing that sticks on all sides of the glass.

S - A fairly nice bouquet of coffee, lactose sugars, and some bakers chocolate. Smells rather nice like a coffee forward stout.

T - I am kind of taken back since I didn't really get much coffee, some bittering hops, bittersweet dark chocolate, lactose sugars, and finally in the finish clinging to the palate some coffee roasty bitterness.

M - Best part of the beer it is velvety and smooth with a medium chewy body. Very easy to drink stout.

Overall I guess my expectations were met it's more of a milk stout ran through coffee grounds and it is very tasty.

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Photo of fscottkey
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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Photo of muskabeatz
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 ounce growler. Big thanks to CooperEllis for this one!

A- This beer just looks great. Pours pitch black with rusty, amber hues around the edges when held up to the light. It presents a nice pillowy, frothy tan head, which leaves some wonderful lacing behind.

S- Not quite as robust as I had hoped for, but once this beer warms up it still has some complexity to it. Sweet malts, roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, and caramel. A lot of good things going on, I just wish that the aroma was a bit stronger.

T- Sweet malt, accompanied by a nice creaminess from the lactose sugars. There is a subtle coffee bitterness, and roasted malt presence that definitely balances out the sweetness from the lactose and the malt.

M- Maybe a bit on the thin side, but I love the creaminess that the lactose sugar provides; it just makes this beer silky smooth. Subtle carbonation, but just the perfect amount, which allows the beer to linger on your tongue for a while.

D- Drinkability is remarkable. Joe Mama's milk is very approachable, and goes down soooo easily for a stout of 8+ percent. I think that the lactose sugar, and the creamy mouthfeel further attribute to this, and the result is a very respectable brew. Overall, I would say that this would be a go-to beer of mine if it were accessible to me...very solid brew.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Decicco's growler bar in Brewster. The milk gives this a smoothness that is really nice. I believe it also helps to hide the alcohol; this beer went down a bit too easy, and at 8%, it could be dangerous. Pours dark and rich, nice brown rice head that hung in there for a while. I finished my draught, went shopping for my dinner fixin's, and came back for a growler of the stuff...

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Photo of Nyg
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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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a good compromise between an imperial stout and a milk stout. At 8% alcohol by volume it's not so strong that you're gonna get trashed but it has a great malt and aroma that comes with high gravity stouts. Additionally, the coffee/malty aroma and flavor are outstanding. This is one i'll have numerous times again.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
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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Photo of Amguerra305
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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Photo of digitalflood
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/6/2009. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of rich coffee grounds, some roasted nuts, some roasted malt. Flavor is predominately coffee with some roasted nuts and charred malt in the finish. Solid malt backbone to support the coffee flavors. This is a top-notch coffee beer (very similar to Terrapin Wake and Bake IMO).

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a thick raft of foam that holds for a long time and leaves a trail of foam on the glass. Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. The taste doesn't quite fulfill the chocolate promise, though the coffee remains strong. Hop bitterness and a slight roasted quality rounds it out, with a mineral aftertaste. The hops are more prominent than I'm used to in the style. Mouthfeel is medium, with prominent carbonation. The alcohol is present, but not overly so.

Overall, this is good and I would certainly drink it again, but I would prefer some slight tweaks that would really put it over the top, most notably in the carbonation. It settles down once you get into the glass, but it's still more than I would like. Those who like more carbonated stouts would probably rate this a bit higher.

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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 Hyptochrons
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Blue Point Snifter

A: Poured opaque black with a half finger reddish caramel course head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing at best.

S: Overwhelming roasted coffee with subtle hints of vanilla and milk chocolate towards the end

T: Opens sweet and malty and develops into a roasted coffee character rather subtley. This flavor starts to dissipate at the end and gives way to vanilla and milk chocolate which ends slightly alcoholic and with a bit of bite

M: Medium bodied and rather silky and goes down easily. I wouldn't say this is viscous but it does leave significant aftertaste and with a certain feeling in the mouth.

D: A very drinkable RIS that really goes down rather easily and is quite enjoyable. Definitely recommended and honestly, I was pleasantly and humbly surprised.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Creetoper for this bottle and to Weebay for getting this one to me.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. The carbonation appeared fairly high for the style and the head was very light.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and bitter espresso dominate. Some roast, brown sugar and a touch of molasses in the background.

T - Big bitter espresso punch up front that gives way to sweet roasted malts and lactose sugar. Some molasses and semi-sweet chocolate notes are present as well. The finish is bitter and bull of dark roasted coffee flavour.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brown-black color with a minor head that quickly slips to a simple light tan ring that leaves a fair lace. The aroma offers a thick butterscotch malt with sweet charcoal that finishes with an ashy fireplace goodness. Kind of different and impressively solid. The flavor brings much the same with burnt malt and vague milk chocolate with just a hint of sweet grass hop. This stuff is solidly medium bodied with a fairly aqueous feel and very subtle carbonation. I really like this as a basic stout with a decided flavor that delivers nicely!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
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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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
4.03 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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