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 Jeffo
2.26/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from SliverX as a gift. Thanks heaps man! Been wanting to try this one forever, so I braved the big bottle myself after finishing the regular Mama's Milk.

From a 36oz white waxed swing top bottle into snifter.

APPEARANCE: A thinner, transparent brown pour yields a three finger, thinner but fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Head fades to a wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Black body and medium carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass. Head and carbonation in check, but the body could be thicker and darker for the style.

SMELL: More potent. Lactose sugar is there, with espresso notes and sweet cream. Some smoky and roasted malts and a hint of brett in there as well. A little worrying. More sour cherry notes come out as the brew sits over time.

TASTE: Touches of lactose and espresso notes up front, but more sour cherry and brett flavors come through here. Probably infected, but not too far along just yet. Aftertaste is mild but lingering and is mostly made of sour cherry, espresso and burnt coffee beans. Oddly enough, over time the sour cherry notes mellow in the flavor but become more prominent in the nose. Either way, the sweet stout and the sourness are always competing with each other.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of a harsh alcohol burn lingers as well.

OVERALL: This was a pretty lousy milk stout series here. Not a complete failure, but certainly not something worth seeking out. That said, this bottle seems to be infected, so I’d gladly give it another go if given the opportunity. There seemed to be some promise under the sour cherry notes. Anyways, this one had been on my Wants for what seemed like forever, so thanks heaps for hooking me up SliverX. Three fat and one skinny 4Life.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown, a shade from black. A half finger of light tan head forms and quickly recedes. Average.

S: Mild. Some burnt coffee and a bit of lactose sweetness. A bit of roasted malts in the background.

T: Again quite mild, but significantly more appealing than the aroma. Roasted malts start off with slightly burnt coffee and lactose sweetness backing it up. No hint of ABV.

M: Thin with prickly carbonation.

O: Not bad, but I'm a bit disappointed. The aroma is subpar, but the taste is not bad. The mouthfeel is also poor.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark as expected with an immedate smell of coffee. The first sip I immediately thought it was a bit thin and watery. The coffee is overwhelming and doesn't seem to blend well with the stout. Almost seems like I'm drinking a thinner stout that someone randomly poured a couple shots of coffee into. It's really not horrible but it's in a very tough class as there are some really well rounded coffee stouts out there. Worth a try but I won't be revisiting this one again any time soon.

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Photo of bcostner1
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges. For a stout, definitely not pitch black like some I have had. The head is tan, a little fizzy, and dissipates quickly leaving very little nuances remaining around the edges. Wish it was thicker and hung around longer.

S: Faint to moderate coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugar. Not as much coffee as I was expecting. Underwhelming.

T: I am a little disappointed. I had hoped for more coffee and, also, more of the milk stout element. Unfortunately, I think both are underdone. Could definitely use more coffee along with more lactose sweetness. Both elements are there, but could absolutely be more robust.

M: Thin. For a stout, definitely thin. Alcohol is well hidden. Due to the thinness, it's an easy drinker for sure. It's just not as enjoyable as it could be.

Overall, this stout is decent for sure. I can't say that I wouldn't have it again but it is out of my market and I also can't say that I would go out of my way to procure more of it. Maybe I am spoiled by Terrapin's Moo Hoo and Wake N Bake and had hoped for some hybrid of these 2 in one bottle (actually, mixing 1/2 Moo Hoo with 1/2 Wake N Bake for a Wake N Moo tastes better than this to me). Nonetheless, I found this beer to be very average overall.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Provided by whartontallboy.

A - Dark brown body that turned a little red on the edges. Little bit of off-white foam that left some minor lacing on the sides.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, milk, chocolate, and a "green" smell from raw cocoa nibs. I never like that smell, not sure why it is so much more prominent in some beers than others.

T - Bitter coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, green cocoa nibs (yuck), some like caramel and toffee. The flavor profile is fine, but once again the green is detracting a little bit.

M - Little bit thin for 8%, but close to medium. Moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, I've had better, but this wasn't anywhere close to being a bad beer. I think a lot of people will enjoy it more than me as I'm hypersensitive to that green stuff.

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Photo of harrymel
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave! Bottled: unk

Pours the usual dark brown on black with a fairly solid sheet of faint taupe and little if any lace. I could smell this from the desk, some cocoa, lots of coffee, sharp CO2, leather, ink, tobacco (faintly) - decent nose. Flavor is initially, well, milky with a slight bitterness. There is a really pleasant follow with some dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The coffee in this one is bitter and bites back, hardcore coffee that percolated for a good hour before chillin and hittin the enamel on the dentites. A good assertive flavor profile. The body is medium with a bit hi carb for my preference and this takes away from the vastness of the beer. Overall a nice one to have around and enjoy. Glad I was able to try it and glad to have another for the cellar.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out the trader who sent me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a balloon wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk, sugar, roasted malt, coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, cream, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I only recently learned about this one a few weeks ago and was wanting to try it. I was thoroughly surprised to see it come in as an extra. The coffee aspect on this one was definitely the star of the show on both the flavor and aroma. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of bleggs
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bangall Whaling Company, Standfordville NY. $5 a pint.

A: Dark black/brown, with a thin creamy-brown head quickly dissipating, some carbonation.
S: Lightly coffee, sweetness.
T: A standard milk stout with an delightfully unintrusive coffee flavor, lightly boozy.
M: Thinnish, barely carbonated, a little coffee bitterness.
O: Really all that anyone could ask for to accompany dinner. Impressively balanced coffee and milk flavors - neither are overwhelming, as in some of the higher rated milk or coffee stouts, but neither are under-balanced.

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Photo of beastmammoth
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had heard a lot about this one and Keegan in general. A pretty big disappointment actually. Amazing dark roast coffee aroma, but a simple light milk stouty taste and the real problem is the body. Weak and thin and a bit highly carbonated. There are good flavors added but the beer which they rest on is meek.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, almost black, body with a thin dark brown head. The head did not last five seconds, there is no lacing of the glass. The aroma is coffee and right up front!
Taste is burnt french roast from Starbucks with a sweet malt and sourghum bread flavor. Odd slick almost mettalic aftertaste in the mouthfeel. I usualy enjoy milk stouts very much, but this one missed the mark.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great thanks to cam and great apologies to Troy

A - Dark body bit of light In edges big tan head

S - sweet lactose, roasted coffee and dark malts

T - a bit extreme in sweetness but otherwise rather nice roasted and coffee taste

M - mOderately thin but slow. A tOuch dry.

O - a nice stout for sure. Glad I got to try it. Looking fOrwqrd to trying it fresher

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real nice pitch black pour with foamy dark brown head. Smells delish: coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, malt. Full bodied and rich malty but it's silky smooth. Like velvet. Clean finish with a warming twang of alcohol. This is solid stout and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Ds650rida
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this on sale for $1.50 at my local beverage shop so i figured i'd give it a whirl.
No date on bottle, poured into pint glass.
A: very dark brown, almost black. Thick, bubbly, tan head disipates in about 30 seconds. Leaves heavy lacing that quickly sinks back down the glass.

S: strong coffee, if anyone remembers pepsi kona, it smells just like it. A bit of chocolate at the end.

T: black coffee and chocolate, cant sense much else. After eating a chocolate chip cookie the coffee is much more pronounced (duh).

M: milky texture, mouthfeel is thick, feels like i just took a big gulp of black coffee. For me this is not pleasant.

O: First off, I'm a bit biased as I'm not the type to enjoy coffee/breakfast stouts. I can usually drink half a bottle before giving up. Also it is not exactly the time of year to be drinking such a heavy beer. If I were to ever be in the mood to pick up such a beer i would sooner choose founders dcbs or javahead. But at $1.50 i cant really complain.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a recent trip to eastern NY I picked up a bottle @ a "local" beer store, K & E discount beverages.
The beer pours a deep black with light tan head. There's very little lacing and the loosly formed head dissipates before the beer has even finished pouring from the bottle. The beer's nose is a little disappointing with a subtle sweetness, no spice/hops, and a touch of roasty, black coffee. It's not particularly aromatic, but improves with time. The taste is a toasted marshmallow mixed with a slight caramel/toffee followed by a bold milk stout, lactose aftertaste. The coffee is almost completely hidden, although there is an acidic bite in the beer's finish that leads me to believe otherwise. No detectable alcohol, but still it's definitely a sipping beer. I would have preferred a lot more body.
Overall, I had high hopes for this beer and feel a bit let down. There are other, more easily available coffee stouts that I'd prefer to drink in the future.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks Gary (RedNeckBeerz)! I had a tiny taste at ORf, but I dont recall it.

I think I poured it too cold, because it has like no carbonation at first. Im sure that will change with time.

The smell, is well sweet cream and coffee. Lots of maltose up front, with a sweet caramel/vanilla smell reminiscent of Victory at Sea, just smaller. Light hint of medium roast coffee adds a nice balance. Roast and malt kind of get lost in the aftermath here. Kind of like a light ST stout.

Holy crap the taste is dominated by acidic, astringent coffee (picture the sharp bite of decent espresso with the body of regular coffee). Super roasted (almost toasted) malt comes in, but with a decent body. Thin for an 8% base stout; if it wasnt for the maltose, this thing would be a freaking black ale or porter.

I want more body,and that nice vanilla/caramel presence, but all I get is an upfront stout. I think it has an identity crisis, and need to pick either milk stout or American Stout, honestly.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an english pint. Pours black with a finger length tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap. I could smell coffee the second I opened the bottle, which leads to roasty coffee just dominating the nose. Dark chocolate is detected though as well. Taste opens up a bit more sweetness to it up front, but the coffee flavors are very strong after that. Coffee flavors also linger for a short while. Drinks very easy for 8%.

Overall: Very good stout, but the coffee was a bit too much to separate itself into the elite category.

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Photo of mabermud
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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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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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a completely black color with a finger of finely bubbled mocha brown colored head which dissipates rapidly and leaves absolutely zero lacing
S: nice deeply roasted coffee malts pretty much throughout with just the slightest sweet note on the tail end
T: begins with a smokey coffee note which gives way to a nice gentle sweetness which backs off rapidly the allow the coffee malts to linger on the palate comfortably long afterwards. at the very end of the sip, just before the liquid slides off the palate there is the slightest hint of alcohol but you really need to be careful to even perceive it
M: medium carbonation up front gives way to a nice silky character, leaves the mouth with a nice thin coating
O: i actually really enjoy this quite a bit more than i enjoyed the original mothers milk, there is a nice complexity here and depth but i must say that the coffee malts pretty much take center stage in both the scent and the taste, nicely drinkable and quite tastey, always happy to support an NY brewery

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Terrapin; Rhinebeck, NY.

Came poured with little head. Black. Big espresso hit with burnt sugar and black currant to follow. Thin feel to start opens up to creamy. Good sustain.

Distinct from Mother's Milk, and a drinkable example of type.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a leaky growler :(
But thank goodness seems to be fine!!

Pours a dark dark brown. Almost black. Lots of off-white head. Nice cling on the glass.
Smells rich and chocolatey. Lots of roastiness on the nose.
Tastes a bit bitter from the roastiness. Lots of dark chocolate and some nice milk sweetness. A bit thin but overall pretty enjoyable. The coffee isn't quite what I'd like it to be

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously extra'd by Rob. Opened up with a buddy today, 9/5/2013. Poured into a 12oz water glass (since that's all my friend had). Review #192

All I can say is that this is the most carbonated beer I've ever opened up. I literally poured one ounce into my glass and it foamed up all the way to the top. Massive, massive mocha head with insane retention. It was ridiculous how carbonated this was. We had to wait probably a solid 4-5 minutes in between before we could pour more beer in there.. and by the time it all settled down, it was already halftime for the football game. Otherwise once things settled down, it revealed a dark brown, nearly black body. Thick collar, decent lacing. It was cool, but that overcarbonation messed things up.

Smells like cold pressed coffee with milk creamer. Straight up, mixed in with some dark chocolate. Delicious!

And of course the taste is a fairly typical coffee milk stout but excellent flavour profile. The sweet lactose and milk chocolate balances out the black cold-pressed coffee bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy and smooth. Body is thinner full bodied, and very well carbonated. Finish is mostly the lactose and milk chocolate sweetness, and finishes quite dry.

Very good milk stout, carbonation issues aside. It makes for a painful wait while waiting for the head to die down. But the smell, flavour profile and mouthfeel helps make up for some of that. Recommend trying if you like coffee and milk and stouts all in one package.

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Photo of rolltide8425
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L swingtop generously provided by Ethan (whartontallboy).

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a thick ring and a few wisps on top, leaving minimal lace. Dark brown body with some ruby hints at the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee, lactose sugar, cocoa nibs that have a faint "green" aroma to them, some roast malt in the periphery.

T - Taste is a little less interesting - mostly roasted malt and chocolate, with light coffee and lactose.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-thin body that seems lighter than the listed 8%. Clean, lightly dry finish.

D - It's a solid imperial milk stout that is more rare than it is delicious. I liked it more than Super Kitty if that's any consolation.

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, with a coffee colored foamy head.

S - Smells of coffee and toffee, but does seem a little overdone. A bit too much coffee that it takes from the other profiles in this beer.

T - Tastes of raosted malt, plenty of coffee, and some chocolatey finish. Very nice.

M - Heavy beer, but is certianly not a chore to finish.

O - I like this one. A solid imp stout from Keegan and a good way to get your coffee fix with beer.

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