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 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 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 MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep brown with a touch of ruby on the edges where the light will pass. The tan head of compact bubbles slowly settles to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge.

This smells of roasted and a mild coffee with a fig aroma a touch of sweetness.

There is a great balance of roast, coffee and lactic sweetness on the first sip with dark fruit and chocolate flavors developing shortly afterwards. There is little in the way of hops flavor but a moderate bitterness. The sweetness, though restrained as it is, does overtake the bitterness of the hops and roasted grains in the finish.

This has a nice weight on the palate being medium-full bodied with a light carbonation and some creaminess.

This a wonderfully balanced beer with a good roast and coffee notes and some bitterness balanced by a pleasant sweetness. I particularly liked that this has a lower amount of sweetness than my prior, cloying experiences with this style.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours black with some browning on the edges with just under a fingers width of light mocha colored head. Which dissipates down fairly quickly to a very thin film and outer ring.  Leaves a fair amount of patchy  lacing.  

S: Black bold roast coffee, hints of dark fruit, roasted malt, leathery notes, a hint of booze.  Quite nice.

T: Note quite what I was expecting from the aroma.  Lactose is definitely noticed, along with more roasted malts than the nose implies and some bitterness.  I also get notes of heavy cream, not nearly as much coffee as the nose and most of what is there is on the backend.  A sugar sweet component comes out at one point.  Tasty but could be richer and more complex.

M/D: Creamy, but over carbonated with detracts from the smoothness.  Relatively thin for the style, but not terribly so.  ABV is completely masked, and drinkability is fairly high.

O: Overall, this is a real good offering.  IMO this is one of those borderline beers in that it tip toes the line between styles.  For a milk stout it's great, for an imperial stout it is above averaged but no where near the level of the big guns.  Either way, quite good, certainly worth a try and a nice beer if you are looking for a flavorful but milder stout.  

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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 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 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 cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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!!!! 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 vette2006c5r
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Joe Mama's Milk Stout pours a black color, with a small tan head. There is a strong coffee and creamy aroma. There is a nice smokey malty creamy back bone, with heavy and strong coffee bean flavors. Good strong flavors, will stay on the palate for a while. Overall a bit different strong, and enjoyable.

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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 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 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 travMI13
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a deep brown- nearly black color with a big billowy light brown head. The head at a moderate pace at first, but then left a persistent ½ finger head on the brew. This faded very slowly to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – Sweet aroma of milk are quite heavy in this brew. There are some lighter aromas of roasted malt and some very light chocolate notes.

Taste – A nice cocoa flavor greets the tongue and stays present throughout the taste. The initial taste has flavors of vanilla sweetness mixed within. Towards the middle the sweetness intensifies, but instead of vanilla in flavor, a milky sweetness of lactose comes to the tongue. Mixed with the cocoa it brings a milk chocolate flavor to the brew. At the very end the milk chocolate is meet with some light coffee and a moderate alcohol flavor which leave a very pleasant flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. While a little bit more creaminess would have done the flavors more justice the mouthfeel is good none the less.

Overall – A good drinking mild stout with some great flavors. One to sit back with on a nice cooler evening and sip on with pleasure.

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Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review written from notes
Purchased a growler of this on multiple locations from local bottle shops
Appearance-Dark brown in color with very small head.
Smell-Milk chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar aromas
Taste-The coffee mixes wells with sweet milk- chocolate. You can taste the extras: coffee & brown sugar that Keegan Ales put into this compared to the base of Mother's Milk and it pays off.
Mouthfeel-Full mouthfeel. The sugar and coffee lingers.
Overall-Reading the description of this beer as the big brother to Mother's Milk is pretty apt. This beer could be the Joe DiMaggio to Dominic or Peyton to Eli. I hope that this beer becomes more readily available in a 4-pack or bottles smaller than the monster-size 1 qt 1.8 fl oz. Thanks to the folks at Keegans for making an amazing beer and glad I live in NY where I can easily obtain it.

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

A – Black with cola highlights. An off-white head sits low with a light dusting. Relatively poor retention and lace.

S – Vanilla, coffee, almond, caramel, malted milkballs, and smooth milk chocolate.

T – Soft coffee serves as the foundation for sweet milk chocolate, a spiky bitter roast, and a rich malty backend.

M – Medium-light body is smooth with a tingle of bitter roast.

O – A solid imperial milk stout. Doesn’t quite knock the coffee out of the park though.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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 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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Joe Mama's Milk Stout from Keegan Ales
4.03 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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