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Polish Moon Milk Stout - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 98
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cokes on 10-14-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 98
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours deep coffee brown under a 3” persistent clingy tan foam collar.
S: Sweet dark roast nose with coffee and chocolate notes.
T: Roasty chocolate coffee flavors immediately answer an initial silky sweet attack. Some grainy notes.
F: Creamy, silky, chewy body with fine soft carbonation.
O: Very easy to drink with a good balance between bitter and sweet. (365 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 20 November 2014.

Pours dark and opaque, quite thick for a low-ABV stout. One finger of mocha-tan head, good retention and nice lacing.

Smell starts out lightly sweet and lactosy. But there's an odd smoky aroma that comes on late, that feels like it doesn't really belong. That smoke dominates the back half of the smell.

This tastes like... ugh. It tastes like a fricking ashtray. There's a brief flash in the front where it's okay, and I can just barely get those dark malts and a touch of milky sweetness. But then this ashy, gray... really, it tastes like an ashtray. It's disgusting.

Feel is fine. Medium-light body, very light for a stout. The milk only gives it a touch of slickness. Carbonation is medium to medium-low, where it should be.

Somehow I didn't drainpour this. I guess that's saying something. But there are some foul, charred malts in here. Take those away, and it could be a decent beer. (922 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Milwaukee Ale House.

The beer is black with a small beige cap. Roast and chocolate, slightly sweet. Really straightforward beer. Easy drinking and sessionable. Smooth on the palate, finishing with just a hint of lactic character. A tad sweet with some chocolate milk characteristics. One of the better beers from MKE. (330 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

Be careful with the pour. With just a 3rd of the beer poured into my glass, it filled completely up with mocha colored foam. The head lasted well over 3 minutes before I could pour the rest of the beer into the glass. As the head receded, it left lots of large spots for lacing.

The beer had a big roasted malt smell to it along with coffee and chocolate aromas.

Lots of dark roasted malt flavor in here with tons of lactose milk sugar added for sweetness. Coffee, caramel, and chocolate are also present. A slight, but noticeable hop bitterness is present at the finish (21 IBU's).

Medium bodied (thinner than most milk stouts), but still smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low.

I thought it was a pretty good representation of the style, and and pretty good tasting to boot. (943 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted dark bread (pumpernickel), chocolate, coffee and some sour milk.

The taste is of roasted coffee, dark chocolate - Roast and sweetness balanced by sour lactose and dark bread in the finish.

The initial fizz quickly settles down, leading to a smooth texture.

This is a well-made milk stout. This is a well-balanced milk stout, easy to drink and enjoyable. (449 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a MKE tulip.
4.5% ABV,

A - The moderate pour pushed a light tan head through short-lived cascading. The clear dark amber-brown brew that's basically black in the glass is topped by disappearing foam that leaves no trace of it's existence.

S - Sweet lactose is evident and immediately backed by a smooth and gentle roasted malt character with touches of caramel drizzled throughout. Cocoa and a drop of vanilla both add a pinch of complexity.

T - Firm roasted malts finally budge, giving way to hints of coffee and molasses before being overtaken by lactose sweetness and a drizzle of milk chocolate on the finish.

M - Medium in body, Polish Moon has the flavor but leans towards a lighter feel as the carbonation dances along your tongue. It finishes dry and bitter from roasted malts but nicely balanced between the sweetness and bitterness.

O - Polish Moon has light malt complexity throughout but the roasted malt wins out in the end, almost forsaking the milk stout sweetness for roasted bitterness that feels an awful lot like a robust porter. If it's a sessionable dark beer you're looking for, look no further than Polish Moon; it's under 5% and packs a whole lot of flavor! (1,212 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the darkest, possible brown…limited khaki colored head…(4/5)

Smell: Chocolate, malt, some coffee and the tinniest bit of dark fruits…tons of chocolate though, very nice… (3.5/5)

Taste: Lots going on here…toasted malts and dark fruits beginning then blending with soft bitterness, coffee, mocha and some cream flavor…very nice…(4.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bunch of carbonation…very nice…some chocolate milkshake flavor…it is a bit watery…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer…let it sit out a bit from the fridge for the best flavor…the chocolate smell is outstanding and ultra inviting…chocolate aroma, dark fruits and toasted malts make a great combination here…though there isn’t as deep a chocolate flavor as the aroma advertises…a twinge of bitterness in the deep background, but it very minimal…flavor and carbonation are excellent, this is definitely one of my favorite milk stouts to date…this is a delicious malty brew…(4/5) (1,014 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

As a sorta-Polish guy, I'm really interested in the origin of this beer's name. Regardless thereof, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, and a hint of sweet cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cocoa appearing more as a bit of dark chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though a touch thin for my particular tastes, this still stands as one of the best offerings MKE has yet put out, a tasty, sessionable milk stout. Good times. (629 characters)

Photo of rodkin
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark, almost black, with a 1.5 finger foamy tan head. Reduces slowly, leaves decent lacing and a bubbly film on top.

Smell is milk chocolate, some roast malts, a little coffee. Pretty standard, and pretty tame. Nothing special.

Taste is milk chocolate, a light tanginess that's pretty off-putting, maybe a little bit of roast? Very one dimensional, not very good.

Mouthfeel is okay. A little thin, but not bad.

Very average milk stout. Not really worth seeking out. (477 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rising crest of mocha foam sits on top and rises above the rim of the tulip glass momentarily. Sheets of lace form inside the glass in a thorny halo pattern.

Mellow milk chocolate and lightly roasted malts in the aroma.

Smooth light bodied feel, lower carbonation, mellow roastiness comes off a bit like toasted marshmallow and hershey syrup. A touch of char, mellow chocolate sweetness. A session beer for chocolate lovers if ever there was. Feels a little thin but it's smooth and creamy. Enjoyed this overall. (518 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Really nice dense light brown head. Nearly completely opaque. Has some spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Rich and complex chocolate tones, too mellow to be described as coffee. Has really smooth roasty malts.

T - Has some of those great sugary residuals. Nice sweetness followed by mellow dark malts that don't infuse harsh bitterness. Has plenty of malt depth contributing grainy flavor from base malts to nutty crystal malts.

M -Medium to medium-light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this brews sweetness in taste quite a bit. No real issues with this beer at all. I thought the mouthfeel and carbonation were style appropriate and the malts blended very well. My favorite Milwaukee brewing company beer so far. (795 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown, but not completely opaque with a quickly receding light brown head. Almost gone by the time I got to the table with it. Looks like a porter more than a stout.

Smell - Roasty, bits of chocolate. The smell isn't overwhelming. What I would expect from a weak stout.

Taste - The taste is immediately chocolate and coffee bitterness, giving way to... nothing. It has almost no back end flavor. Nothing gross or sickly, which I was a bit afraid of. Just nothing.

Mouthfeel - Very watery, not thick at all. High carbonation makes it feel like coffee made from club soda.

Overall - I feel like I panned it in the review, even though there was nothing offensive about it. It's easy to drink. I didn't find myself wanting to pour it out. Just didn't have much to it. (827 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany brown with a quick rise- and fall- of gray-beige suds. Lacing is modest.
A whiff of roasted grain and some sweet lacto/brown sugar noses that congeal to approximate toffee and milk chocolate. The nose could use a boost in overall volume, but its nice enough.
The flavor profile is washed out to a point where I wondered if I had somehow mistakenly diluted by half with water. Touches of toasty/roasty grain. Some noted lacto/milk chocolate sweetness. A waft of smoke. And a bit of herbal bitterness. And a whole lotta wet emptiness.
The mouthfeel compounds matters with its waif, frail body and overabundance of carbonation. This is the absolutel opposite of how something like this should feel.
Mildly chocolately flavored water. Drinkable in that regard, I guess. (780 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into St. Bernardus goblet. Purchased from Woodman's in Madison WI for $8.99/6 pack. No brew date. Drank while watching Back To The Future III on 02-21-2011.

Appearance: Appearance is dark brown/black with thin lacing and light brown/cream head. Head was very small and did not last long.

Smell: initial scent has some nice sweet malt to it...lactose. Limited roast to it, not much aroma there at all.

Taste: Very mild sweetness, was expecting more, and got more out of a tap sampling I had at the brewery in early December. Small roasted notes, not overly sweet.

Mouth: Alot of carbonation. Feels borderline fizzy.

Drink and Overall: It is drinkable, that's for sure. A nice session beer with decent overall flavor. A beer with flavor that I could drink numerous of. (800 characters)

Photo of jthurman33
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep ruby brown, almost cherry cola colored, with a nice rich tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Malty, sweet, almost candy notes.

T - Really just ok. Tastes a lot like a basic stout. I like something a little creamier in this style. It's not a bad roast malt taste, but just not much else to it. Aftertaste is a little sour and clingy.

M - For a stout, it's pretty thin.

D - Not bad, but again, in a milk stout I prefer something a little smoother.

Milk stouts have been one of my favorite styles since I first had Mackeson Triple years ago. They've since taken Mackeson off the market and this style is becoming harder and harder to find. This isn't a horrible version, but there's nothing special about it. It's a decent beer with nothing remarakable going on. (806 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle without freshness dating. Label fails to inspire confidence by stating the Stout is brewed with "natural flavoring."

Pours a dark plum with a two-finger, khaki-colored head with good retention and formidable spiderweb lacing. Enticingly complex aromas of coffee, mocha and malted milk.

Thin bodied with minimal carbonation. Chocolate malts and a moderate hop bitterness balance the opening. Flavors of powdered cocoa and milk chocolate surface. Subtle hint of alcohol brings up the middle. Finishes with a bitter roasted note and some grassy expressions in the background.

Very drinkable, but I'm disappointed the taste profile didn't deliver what the nose initially promised. (716 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a mild off-white head forming on top.

S: Very astringent and acidic roasted malts start this one off and there's a mild sweetness to it as well. Definitely not a pleasant or enjoyable nose.

T: A little better as I take the first sip. Some chocolate, milk sugar, and again the acidic/acrid roast. There's a bit of a spoiled milk quality to this beer, which is not really my thing.

M: The body is medium, maybe a bit light, with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I've never heard of this brewery before and I sort of wish that was still the case. Just not good at all. (640 characters)

Polish Moon Milk Stout from Milwaukee Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.