Thursday, February 24, 2011

Keegan Ales Joe Mama's Milk Stout

If you remember back a few weeks ago, I visited Keegan Ales with Henry and drank a mason jar of their Joe Mama's Milk Stout. Westmere Beverage Brew Crew just got this on tap so I got an entire 64oz GROWLER full of it! And since I had such much I decided to ask three friends to come by and help me kill the growler: Eric, Toni and Anthony. We all met at Mahar's and they are great, fun people who know their beer. This was their first time ever trying to formally review a beer and their first time on YouTube so there please excuse any camera shyness. This is also the first time we've ever reviewed a growler on Chad'z Beer Reviews!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Have had this fresh on tap at the brewery and a growler fill from Westmere Beverage Brew Crew.

Appearance: It’s so difficult to rate stouts on appearance because they’re all pretty much the same! This beer is, not surprisingly, pitch black with a hint of ruby red at the edge. It forms a surprising thick, fluffy, frothy, brown head which sticks around for a long time and leaves great lacing on the glass.

Smell: If I smelled this blind I would think this is Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. Actually, it smells like a much higher-end coffee as there’s a strong scent of deeply roasted coffee beans and brown sugar. No alcohol, no generic "stout smell" which is odd since this is, technically, a milk stout

Taste: I’ve had many coffee stouts before, but none pack as strong of a coffee punch as Joe Mama’s Milk Stout. Black coffee hits you immediately, which then gives way to a sweet, creamy, milk stout flavor. The coffee comes back with a vengeance on the aftertaste.

There is also a strong presence of brown sugar to impart some sweetness and keep this beer from being a dry, bitter bomb as I find many coffee stouts doing. There really isn’t any chocolate per se, but a touch of dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I noticed both on tap and out of the growler that this beer was little thinner than I’d expect or prefer. The growler was even a tad watery.

Drinkability: For an 8% ABV beer this drinks like Guinness (which is half the potency). I found myself slugging it down because it was so damn smooth. The coffee taste becomes a tad cloying by the end, so I couldn’t envision drinking more than one or two servings at time.

Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer. My only beef with it is the fact the palate is a tad simple - just coffee and brown sugar. It’s a great dessert beer, but only in a single serving - two if you’re feeling brave.

Grade: 9/10

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