Polish Moon | Milwaukee Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
mkebrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cokes on 10-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,397
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
141
pDev:
16.34%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of RhinoDBJ
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Ashinpaugh
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Rempeba
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cokes
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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 eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
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 HawbakerBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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 PatrickKlopfenstein
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of runwild99
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of G_Mad
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Ebichuuu
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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 DCdevyl78
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SF_Posse
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of WhatAlesMe
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Polish Moon from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 141 ratings