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.

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

Poured from tap into pint glass at the brewery.
Pours a jet black color.
Smells of coffee for sure...roasted malts.
Taste is of smooth coffee flavor, roasty malts. Nice and balanced; not overly bitter, and full of coffee malty flavor.
This brew is not overly done; but full of flavor and personality. Really nice coffee stout. Id love to have again.
did I say coffee and malts?

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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 cosmo4u
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler filled from the brewery

Joe-Mama's poured a pitch black color with a finger width tan head. The aroma has some light roasted malt, but is dominated by coffee beans.

The body is smooth with a fairly low amount of carbonation. There is a huge blast of coffee up front before dying out slightly and allowing the creamy texture, and flavors of roasted malts to show through. The finish is short with a light bitterness.

This beer is worth the trip to St. James Street in Kingston

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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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Photo of thefreakinjman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz B, Bottled Batch 295, Enjoyed 11/23/15

A: Dirty black with a light tan head that disappears quickly

S: Strong roasted coffee

T: lactose, roasted coffee

M: thin to medium body

O: Enjoyable milk stout with heavy coffee influence. Nice lactose tastes with a roasted coffee finish

My GF w/celiac review:
"Ewww, I don't like that. Maybe because I just brushed my teeth. Looks like black coffee sludge with caramel bubbles froth. No. No it does not smell like coffee. You know what it smells like. It smells like old milk in a cardboard carton."

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Photo of benloho
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Received in a trade.
A: Very dark brown/black. Looks like a cup of coffee. One finger of khaki head that is pretty tight around the edges. Nice lacing,
S: Wow! Big coffee. Backed by a strong roastyness and the sweet smell of the lactose. Small bit of bitter chocolate. Aroma is phenomenal.
T: Follows the nose dead on. Strong coffee and roasted malt with a bit of sweetness throughout from the lactose. Tastes like a dark roast coffee with a bit of milk in it.
MF: The only disappointment. Pretty thin, almost watery feeling, though not at all watery tasting. Not a bad mouthfeel, just wanted a bit more body for that 8% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer. One of the better coffee beers I have had. Great breakfast beer!

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Photo of mojo437
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

snagged this from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Poured nice, thick bodied, one finger head that died quiiick. The coffee smells rather strong, which enhances the rest of the body of the beer. This beer is the kind of beer someone would drink on a Sunday morning after brunch with their girlfriend, maybe pour a little whisky in it, talk about their friends who don't talk to them anymore. Maybe the boy looks at his phone too much, smells the beer again and thinks about ordering the coffee. Mouthfeel could be a bit more memorable for an imperial, a little too far on the milk side. This is the kind of beer I would consider getting again if I were slightly drunk and did not feel like drinking the mother's milk. It also makes me want to drink coffee, same with that couple at brunch. They will not break up. They will stay together forever. Kind of like this beer with the coffee thing.

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Photo of suspect
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Founders Snifter.

A: Bottle cap pops off and the foam immediately starts to creep tot the top. Normal pour leads to a big thick mocha foam colored head that fills to the top of the snifter then fades. Then I pour again. Then wait, then pour again. Finally it's good to go. The foam does not move once it reaches one finger.

S: Big nose full of coffee, toasted chocolate malts, hop bitterness and some lactose sweetness that I expected to hit first but came later. ABV is present and accounted for in the nose for certain.

T: Very nice toasted malt fronted flavor with some milk sweet on the back end of the taste. Not bitter, smooth flavors, complex mix of hop/malt/milk sweetness. No sign of yeast or the big 8% abv for a milk stout. I like.

M: An 8% ABV stout should not be overcarbonated. This one is. Once that passes, it's not bad.

O: A solid beer. A good milk stout that seems out of its category.

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Photo of Billolick
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle with my brother, poured chilled in a half pint.

The color is appropriately dark with coffee brown color and tan head. The smell is fresh coffee with a sweetness and lots of nutty earthy aroma with a slight cocoa quality. The feel is great with smooth bitterness of beans and nutty roasty and slight sweetness with a creamy texture and mild acidity with good malt body and semi-sweet finish.

The taste is a sweet coffee with creaminess of lactose in flavor and dark sugar with chocolate malt in the taste and a subtle toast character from malt in the taste with lactose and coffee giving a creamy sweetened coffee taste with lasting bitter flavor from the beans. This is a very smooth stout for 8%, did not have any alcohol flavor to speak so Very quaffable -I would drink this regularly if I could get it -don't hesitate to try it if you are a fan of coffee flavored stout. This is a well made beer with nice coffee in taste.

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour barely yields a thin coating across the surface, dark brown and quick to dissolve, the lacing is wispy but does stick very well. The liquid is an extremely dark brown to black color, possesses a light orange tint around the rims. The nose subtly builds into a crescendo of coffee, cocoa and general toastiness, light dark fruits mixed into the above average hoppiness, never gets as milky as you think it might, stays streamlined and focused, more roast than sweetness which helps it penetrate deeper. Medium-bodied, nowhere near heavy, here the carbonation puts some spring in its step. Not sugary sweet, undercurrent of butterscotch and molasses while the emphasis remains on roasted coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla bean. You get some mixed white citrus, more than any herbal leafiness or earthiness. Seems to go much more for drinkability than overt complexity and, if so, succeeds. Mild cherry to even apricot fruit. Dryness welcome and keeps it refreshing. Quite enjoyable and free of the bombast one finds often with brews like this.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I approached the bar at The Lark last night, a friend welcomed me and suggested that I try something new on tap. The dark brown ale looked to be very dense and the slight aroma of roasted malts came forward. It was probably too cold at the time to illicit anything more than the malts for my nose to enjoy, but I went ahead with the first taste to see what it was like. I found the delicious milk stout to be similar to one of my favorites from Colorado and when it warmed up a little, the subtle chocolates and chalky cocoa elements surfaced. As the slight lacing descended in the glass, I knew my friend's suggestion had been perfect starter for my beer group's meeting that evening and to share with other friends who would soon darken the door.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had gotten a growler fill from the Mohawk House.

A - Pours a pitch black with coffee highlights around the edges. Dark tan head that bubbles and fizzles out to leave some small lacing around the glass.

S - Coffee as expected along with lactose, dark chocolate, some rasted maltyness comes through as well.

T - Chocolate coffee flavor throughout, some roasted malts, milky lactose flavor. I can pick up some roasted cherries and fig flavors. Pretty much a solid milk coffee stout. The flavors balace out nicly.

M - Medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation. The sticky lactose leaves a sweet flavor in the mouth.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and would love to have it again.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep and murky black. No light making it through this one. Light tan head fades quickly, but leaves significant lacing. Smells of roasted malt with bits of coffee. The coffee really starts to come through as it warms along with slight toffee and perhaps a bit of cocoa. Again, before warming the coffee is a bit subdued but really comes forward as it warms. Bitter chocolate and toffee come through as well. Hides the ABV well. Nicely carbonated and creamy. Smooth on the palate. Overall a very nice imperial coffee stout. I actually prefer it to standard FBS. At the price, this one is tough to beat. A beer that I'm proud to call a local.

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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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Photo of m1ked
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch blackness with a thin tan foamy head, looks like a large espresso. When held up to light, the edges are a burnt mahogany. Slight clinging edges. No streamers seen.

S- Potent aroma for sure. I can smell it wafting around just from the initial pour. The usual roasty, smokey, dark chocolate....with some lingering woody bitter sweet chocolate slight rummy-ness to it, some Kahlua. Smells good.

T- Starts off with that bitter sweet chocolate, fades into the woody roasty grain and then that rummy Kahlua flavor. Lingering biitersweet flavor, and a little Etoh burn. Not as advertised on the nose though.

M- Light carbonation, creamy smooth silkiness that is thinner than I would have guessed by the look.

D- I really enjoy a good stout, I haven't had an abunance of milk stouts, but I really enjoyed this one. I would seek this out again. There are some etoh giveaways to it, but overall an easy drinker.

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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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