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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 Shiredave
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of little_star
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.37/5  rDev +9%
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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4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of Cooker_stp
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donniecuffs
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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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4.33/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of travMI13
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of wafers
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super dark and deep brown with garnet hue at times. Moderate tan head that clings a bit to decorate the glass. The beer itself is quite clear when you can get some light through it.

Smell is coffee first and foremost. Followed by roasted dark grains and smoke. A woody earthiness flows into a chocolate malt and dark bread backbone. A touch of toffee and burnt sugar.

Taste is much like the nose with a very full roasted coffee profile. The malt structure underneath supports, leading it into a mocha shake like experience. Without the sugar. The toffee flavor makes up for it by dropping in a hint of sweetness. Notes of vanilla and chocolate. There is a lactic sourness that adds a dimension to the palate. Gives it an Old Ale facet that really plays as it warms up. A strong hop bitterness that folds into the coffee. Finish is dry and clean with coffee and smokey roasted malt lingering. Flavor becomes broader and maltier as it warms. Concealed alcohol. Feel is crisp and finely carbonated keeping it lighter than you would expect. Still there is a satisfying weight to it. Dryness coats my tongue as it has an astringent quality.

Pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is nowhere to be found. You can go through this like a session beer and wind up in a corrupted condition if you don't pay attention.

This has the drinkability of a Dry Irish Stout but the punch of an Imperial American. Good stuff!

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of palma
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Joe Mama's Milk stout is basically Mother's Milk stout brewed with Muddy Cup coffee. Muddy Cup is a coffee house in Upstate NY.

On tap at Press 195 in Bayside, Queens.
Pours a deep black with a creamy looking off-white head. Lasting lace.
Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate and molasses. Hints of wood and grass.
Taste is burnt malt, coffee and a double espresso with three sugars. Low hop profile. Light caramel flavors pull through towards the end. Bitter-sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, but not thick. Almost oatmeal stout consistency. Very nice.

This is a mild sweet stout that is very easy to drink. I love a few pints of this or Mothers Milk every now and then. A great session stout and a great mod to a tasty year-round brew.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just picked up my first 32oz growler from the beer room at Wholefoods on the bowery. Can I just say I love that there is a special beer room, it's so smart to have this space cater to the beer geek.

Sorry, back to Joe Mama!

I've always liked the creaminess of the Milk Stout style, but this one has the coffee notes that the others are missing. I really am enjoying this. Nice smooth mouth feel but less thick than a standard imperial stout. Yeah! Thanks Keegan!

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 420 ratings
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