Sunday, February 22, 2009

Keegan Ales Mother's Milk


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (597) - Albany, USA - MAR 1, 2010
One thing I enjoy about being a beer critic other than the beer-drinking itself, is trying new styles. Even after all this time there are still a few niches I haven’t encountered. I’ve had cream and oatmeal stouts before, but never a milk stout until I tried Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk. This is a very tasty, crafty stout similar to others I’m familiar with, but unique enough to appreciate on its own.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
This beer pours very smooth and forms a huge, fluffy, almost whipped-like tan head. The body is opaque black, as are most high-end stouts. The aroma is a little faint, but mostly malty with indications of sweetness.

TASTE

Usually, the first thing to hit me about a stout is its roasty qualities. But with Mother’s Milk, the first thing I picked up on was a distinct creaminess to the palate. And upon even closer inspection I realized it was actually an authentic milk flavor (which didn’t come as a surprise considering the beer’s name and style).

Chocolate, oatmeal and a hint of coffee flavors were also noticeable in the beer’s taste. It all added up to a rich, fairly robust taste with a distinct bitter aftertaste. I also noted a roasty flavor which wasn’t nearly as pronounced as I would have preferred. What’s odd is the beer also seems to have a bit of a metallic taste as it finishes.

FINISH

One of the reasons I like stouts so much is their soft mouthfeel and smooth finish and Mother’s Milk is definitely a great example of this. This beer is actually a little thinner in body than cream, oatmeal and chocolate stouts. Regardless, it’s very easy to drink and shouldn’t be a challenge for anyone.

BODY

Here’s where I usually list the beer’s statistics, but oddly enough I was not able to find any data on Mother’s Milk. I would estimate the ABV is between 5 and 5.5% (if that high) since I was able to drink two bottles back-to-back and felt only a little buzzed. As far as weight goes, I’d also assume it’s light since it does not fill up the drinker quickly or easily.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While not the best stout ever, Mother’s Milk by Keegan Ales certainly makes a case for one of the best niche-style stouts brewed in New York (and considering how many breweries we have in this state – that’s really saying something!). I found it tasty, smooth and well proportioned – all the makings of a quality brew.

Grade: 9/10