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Joe Mama's Milk Stout | Keegan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States | website

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:
108
Ratings:
415
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
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70
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 415
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a foamy half inch head, and a decent amount of lacing.

This one smells like light coffee, lactose, and chocolate.

The coffee is much stronger in the taste here, it's a sweeter coffee flavor, rather than a more roasty one, with some syrupy chocolate, and a tiny bit of roasted malt. The lactose comes out in the flavor fairly strongly.

This is a very creamy and smooth stout, mouthfeel-wise, with a normal level of carbonation.

A decent if unspectacular coffee stout.

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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 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 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 VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured very dark brown. Head is also brown, it is a nice looking brew. Lots of rich, coffee goodness on the nose. Coffee with cream. Chocolates in the nose, too. Flavor is well advertised by the nose. Coffee with cream and some fudge flavor. Body isn't overly thick but the alcohol is very well hidden. Well carbonated. A tasty coffee themed brew.

Bottle.

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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 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 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 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 Goldfish19
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours dark brown with a thin, soapy head that fades quickly; lacing is minimal. Smells very similar to the Founders Breakfast Stout that I had just the night before. If you haven't guessed it yet, there's an abundance of coffee infused into this beer. It's as if I just stuck my nose inside a can of Folgers Mountain Blend.

There is a bitter taste upfront, but it smooths itself out towards the end. It's just a smidge on the thin side for an 8% stout, but I'm not complaining. I wouldn't call this a session beer, however, it is pretty damn close. Although, at 8% (which is masked quite well) I could only see myself getting through about 3-4 of these before the room started to spin!

Note: I had the privilege of having this fresh from a growler sometime ago, and I remember it tasting far superior to the offering I am having tonight. Either way, this is a solid milk stout and is one I have no problem recommending.

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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 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 papat444
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Thick brown body, good sized head but the retention is pretty average and not too much lacing left.

Smell: Bets part. Cocoa powder with a mix of chocolate milkshake, creamy and milky.

Taste: Not as developed as the aroma. Chocolaty, hints of oatmeal, sweet milky chocolate but lacks fullness that aroma had.

Mouthfeel: Real smooth, not heat, medium-low carbonation, bit of an edge in the tail end.

Overall: A decent imperial stout but would have liked more pronounced milk stout characteristics.

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