Polish Moon
Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #760
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,240
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 16.16%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
143
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Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: Single hopped with Centennial hops This pitch black stout is teaming with rich roasted malt and coffee flavors. The addition of milk sugar tames these intense flavors with a silky sweetness. A very easy drinking, full bodied beer.
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 143
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
no date
Crane snifter

Light brown from the bottle forming to a medium dark color with a 1/2 finger of beige head.

Aroma of dry dirt and espresso. Slight milk chocolate bar.

Flavor is of roasted malt, milk chocolate bar, caramel, dry dirt, and slight roasted coffee notes. Hops and malt balance well, the hops prop up the malt so it doesn't become cloying.

Feel is semi creamy, quiet to medium carbonation, slight roastiness and oiliness, and has a medium body.

Overall, an enjoyable milk stout I had no problem finishing. Really hit the spot tonight after the gym.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a lighter tan head. Head dissipated very rapidly.

Smell: Very sweet aroma, plenty of chocolate and coffee malt smells coming through.

Taste: Very Sweet, coffee malt flavor is noticeable. A bit silky.

Mouthfeel: Silky, weak/low carbonation. Very light body for the style.

Overall: Pretty disappointing beer from a brewery I typically enjoy. Aroma is great, the lack of head of and body hold this beer back.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Dark reddish-brown. Short light brown head, fairly persistent.

S - Sweet and malty. Milk chocolate and coffee.

T - Dark malts. Sweet chocolatey coffee.

F - Medium.

O - Sweet and malty, a solid sweet stout.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this out of the bottle.
The smells and tastes were mellow. Some sweetness to it but not overly sweet. The alcohol was low making for a very drinkable beer.
A good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of HawbakerBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a pale, cream head. Dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. The aroma is like that of corn with malt. The dark roasted grain is evident in the flavor. Definitely has a sweet, malty taste with almost no trace of hop bitterness. Carbonation is minimal. It's ABV is listed at 4.5% so it's a pretty good session beer. Price wasn't bad...build your own 6-pack for $7.99

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Photo of zeledonia
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of herr_fish
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into pint glass.

app-dark almost black, thin head that disappears quickly.
smell-gives off faint roasted coffee tones
taste- roasted malt up front starts off coffee and finishes chocolate. not too robust of a stout, easy drinking for a milk stout
mouthfeel- thin for a stout, which I dont find objectionable but some might
overall- i am not a huge stout fan, but i liked this perhaps because it is thinner and less robust than the style should be, if you are kinda in the mood for a dark beer that won't fill you up i guess this would fit the bill.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My beer is the same as the bottle pictured, but is called Polish Moon Milk Stout by Milwaukee Brewing Company, rather than Milwaukee Ale House. Both are from Milwaukee, and both are listed at 4.50% abv. I'm not sure if the pictures are reversed or what, but clearly something is a little off. Reviewing here, since it has the correct bottle pictured. My third beer from this brewery, expectations are low based on my previous experience.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany / chestnut color. Opaque in the glass with a slight ruby tint when held to the light. One finger of creamy mocha fluff disappears quickly.

S - Smell is of cold coffee bean roast, a hint of lactose, and peanut and hazelnut nuttiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter cold coffee bean roast, light chocolate flavor, & some nuttiness. Not really packing a lot of intensity, but it's a lot better than what I was expecting. Still, it tastes a bit watered down and more like a porter to me than a legitimate milk stout.

M - Feel is a bit watery and thin for a milk stout, so it isn't exactly suited to style. Carbonation is good, but a tad high.

Overall, this has definitely been the best thing I've sampled from this brewery so far. Still not a top notch example of the style, but it is drinkable. It reminds me more of what a light-bodied porter would taste like, rather than a milk stout, but I'm still pleasantly surprised with this offering.

Milwaukee Brewing Polish Moon Milk Stout ---3.5/5

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark and cloudy.
Head: Tight, forthy light brown head, with long retention,
Smell: Chocolate, malt, with some hint of coffee,
Taste: Chocolate front, malty, with strong coffee after taste. Very well done. Outstanding, really.
Mouthfeel: Thin, light bodied and well carbonation

Overall: Wonderful stout that I'd drink next to, or even over Dublin's pride any day. It's a little thin, but that does not harm, probably makes it a bit easier to convert to the urinals, and moves more of it across the bar in the brewery. No harm or foul there.

ABV could be 3.50% and I'd not complain about it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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)

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of rodkin
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of WhatAlesMe
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer so much, I immediately bought a couple of six packs to bring home.
Appearance: Impenetrable black with maybe two fingers of creamy, caramel colored foam. Nice lacing.

Smell: This is the beer's weakest attribute and had me a bit worried about my choice before the first sip. Smell is a bit acrid, although not terribly unusual for the style.

Taste: Exceptionally smooth, with a lot of caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Not sure what the abu's are, but certainly low. Excellent, lingering aftertaste, particularly of the coffee undertones. I'm trying to be pseudo-scientific here, but this beer is just plain good.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin like others in this style, but certainly not unpleasant.

Overall: I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer given the lackluster nose at first sniff, but I certainly did. Can a beer be robust yet smooth? Rough, yet polished? Polish Moon can. Another really fine beer from Mke Brewing.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, jet black with two fingers of light brown head.

Smells of roasted coffee notes with a bit of chocolate and some earthy hop notes.

Follows the nose with light roasted noted and sweet chocolate finish.

Thin at first but the lactose helps give this one a little more body with light carbonation.

This is a very solid beer... I've been very impressed so far by Milwaukee Brewing's offerings.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of jthurman33
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Polish Moon from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 143 ratings