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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 493
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 22.82%
Wants: 36
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: suncrust on 04-25-2012

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Photo of aobrehm
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this on nitro tap in a 16oz glass.

Pitch black color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Sticks around forever.
Subdued aroma - some roast and coffee notes.
Beautifully balanced flavor. Some sweetness, some roast, some coffee. Finish is sweet.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. I'm glad I'm drinking this on nitro.
Overall a yummy milk stout with some coffee. Coffee and sweetness dominate, making this a fairly one dimensional beer. Could use more malt or hop complexity. Try to get it on nitro if you can.

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a deep with a thick dark tan cap of head. Nice sticky lacing. Big roast malt notes with a nice subtle hint of maltose sweetness and coffee. The taste is close to the aroma with the addition some nice earthy hops. The coffee doesn't overwhelm the other characteristics of the stout. A nice light body to it.

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Photo of gshak
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first, last, and lasting impression - green pepper skin all the way. This is the risk one takes in ordering a coffee stout. The only other time I had this experience was with Lagunitas Cappuccino stout. Oh well, might be worth a shot another day perhaps.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fills the glass with blackness. Some lighter brown comes through in the light. The head is khaki, fluffy, and laces the glass.

The aroma is probably the best the thing going with this beer. Immense coffee jumps out first with some sweeter chocolate, caramel and vanilla notes.

Drinks pretty light on the palate with medium carbonation. The flavor delivers a lot of coffee and roast with some sweetness underlying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, earth, dirt, char, and burnt espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, brewed espresso, and espresso grounds flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with espresso characteristics that come through slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Elysian brew that opens up with a beautiful pour. This thing smells heavenly too, assuming you are a coffee aficionado as well. The taste lives up to the smell and the mouth feel is so creamy I feel like I am having my morning mocha. It's too much for a night of drinking, but absolutely perfect as an after dinner treat.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque dark black with a thin tan head that disappeared fairly quickly. There is definitely roasted espresso, dark chocolate and a bit of bread on the nose. At first I don't get much flavour but there is that espresso and chocolate in the aftertaste that lingers for a short time. Funny enough that as it warms up the flavour profile does change a bit almost reminding me of a cold Double Double from your local coffee shop. The carbonation balances the mouthfeel down a notch to a high medium. I think this one of those beers that would benefit as a nitro just to smooth it out a bit more.

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Photo of Ysgramor
1.92/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I'm not much of a fan of darker beers, I read about milk stouts and was interested so I went out and got a bottle of this. Confirmed my opinion on the brew

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour results in a very slight fizzy khaki colored head the quickly disappears... What remains is a very slight lacing and thin to moderate collar... Carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a deep brown that allows a bit of light to leak in around the edges providing a light reddish hue of undertones... The aroma is exactly as expected and rather enjoyable... Mild espresso is at the forefront of each and every whiff... Next in line is the roasted malt... Finally there are hints of vanilla and caramel... The flavor profile is much more muted than I would have expected based on the stellar aroma... Everything seems to be watered down a notch or two... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Some fizzy carbonation to start... Chalky throughout... Has some characteristics similar to espresso (minus the carbonation)... Not a bad beer, but nothing to memorable either... The aroma is stellar, but all other facets are average or only slightly better...

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Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, roasted espresso bean, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy sweetness, hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Nice pleasant notes of roasted malts, roasted espresso bean, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy sweetness take precendence. The hint of earthy hops round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant creaminess with the espresso bean and bittersweet chocolate lingering.

Overall - A spot on and knock out of the park Milk stout. The creamy sweetness is showcased nicely in this brew and the espresso bean and roasted malts add a nice supporting cast.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped "pkg 12/2/14". Pours extremely dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Low carbonation.

Very smooth, very drinkable, with roasted malt and coffee up front followed by chocolate, finishing on a sweet note. A little hop bitterness, but definitely not predominant. Full-bodied and kind of creamy.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - I know coffee and beer are big in Seattle, but this seems a bit too on the nose, as it's being done everywhere else.

This beer pours an almost complete black, but with subtle dark brown edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells very much like Coffee Crisp candy bars - the java, the biscuity wafers, the milk chocolate - alongside a wan bready caramel malt, a bit of black licorice, and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bigger on the acrid coffee side of things - milky espresso, and a further earthy bean character - grainy, crackery caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, a hint of wet ash, and more leafy, grassy, and slightly floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low and non-effusive, barely a nascent frothiness arising to engage my palate in battle, the body an adequate medium weight, and equally underwhelming in its attempt at smoothness - the acridity of coffee and (hops?) alike worming its way in here. It finishes mostly dry, coffee the order of the day from very early on, which is wholly appropriate, I suppose.

A decent, pepped-up coffee stout, with enough attendant milk and cream notes to nudge it nicely into the style designation here. The Emerald City may lay claim to a metric shit ton of the two main players here, and in so doing, has engendered an affable meeting of worlds.

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Photo of LouZ
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, dark brown with about two fingers of mocha head. Nice aroma of fresh coffee and a slight sweet essence. Taste is a balance of fresh coffee with chocolate and a light sweetness. This is not an overpowering coffee stout. Was slightly disappointed in feel as it comes in thinner than expected and very carbonated. Overall a solid drink if you enjoy a coffee stout that won't be heavy handed.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

American stout? Milk/sweet tout? Oatmeal stout?

Whatever you think, to me it is a great stout! Exquisite coffee taste and mild sweetness are well balanced with a slight hop presence. Only the mouthfeel is a little disappointing with a faint creaminess.


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Photo of arvidkoval
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark brown with a tan head that sticks around a good while. Awesome espresso smell! Starts off kind of sweet and finishes just like the nose with a big espresso flavor! Feels pretty watery, and that's gotta be the only thing I'd hold against this beer. This is an excellent espresso milk stout!

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Photo of BikeChef
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hit of coffee up-front that then mingles with the sweet-ish roast of the finish. Very impressive and delicious, especially considering that this is much lower abv than most coffee stouts these days. I don't miss the higher gravity at all. Bravo, Elysian!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
A nice looking three finger off white/tan foamy head hung around for a good minute and a half before gently dieing into the beer. Light foamy lacing clung but eventually fell into the beer.
The smell had a really nice sweet to roasty cocoa mixing well with the espresso, nice and milky thick, slightly creamy.
The taste was once again roasty and sweet speckling itself in and out of creamy cocoa and the espresso. A nice gentle roasty sweet espresso aftertaste leads to a wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be a bit under for me, but wasn't anything bad.
Overall, in my opinion, this is a pretty sessionable millk/sweet stout. She does everything that Elysian wanted. Good job guys!

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Near black, dark tan head, moderate retention

Milk chocolate o the nose

Easy drinkiin ad quite pleasant sweet stout. More milk chocolate and a hint of cafe au lait.

Well done...well worth a try

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pours a very dark, very opaque brown. One finger head sticks around for a long time and leaves solid lacing.

Smell - Coffee and lots of it up front with dark roastiness, sweet and chocolatey richness, clean and toasty malts tie it all together. This is a very rich smelling beer.

Taste - This is also a very rich, flavorful tasting beer! Coffee is front and center with rich, roasty, toasty goodness: the coffee is masterfully done, no burnt bitterness and not overwhelming. Malts are toasty, bready, chocolatey, and bring in a moderate sweetness. Earthy, grassy hops provide a much needed subtle bitterness to balance. Finishes with a moderate touch of milky sweetness then leans on light roasty bitterness.

Feel - Smooth, creamy, thick medium-full body. Even though carbonation is ample, even though this beer tastes balanced, given the low(ish) alcohol content, this beer feels fairly heavy.

Overall - No joke, this tastes quite reminiscent of a quad-shot mocha complete with whipped cream topping from your local coffee shop. While not nearly that sweet, it's still very rich and decadent tasting... almost to a fault: I don't think I could have more than a few of these in a session. That being said, I would think this is practically spot in for the style. A pretty damn impressive beer, overall.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a longneck into a shaker produces about a half inch tan head which sticks pretty well, leaving some interesting lace patterns. The beer is a very dark ruby brown that just barely admits the rays of a Mini-Maglite.

Lovely aromas of mild, earthy coffee and roasted malts that barely fades as the beer progresses. The coffee flavor is dank, fresh, and unburnt, and above all- it is not overdone, allowing roasted malts, chocolate and nuttiness to shine through. Just enough milk sweetness to balance the bitter flavors. The aftertaste is chock full of chocolate coffee goodness, with a base of earthy hops. The body is fairly light for a stout.

This beer is easy drinking and possibly the best coffee beer I've tried. Excellent all around.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dark black color body with a thin tan head.
aroma is of roasty malt and some chocolate.
The taste has cofee, roasted malt and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is very nice and overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9%

12/25/13 On nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great example of a nitro pour. Silky smooth. Just the right touch of chocolate & espresso. Polite. 5.6% invites a session but it may weigh a bit heavy. Lacing is an entertainment unto itself. Always a sign, IMO, of a well made brew.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice

A - Pours a nice deep ebony colour with a nice tight creamy head.

S - Creamy coffee and a little smoke

T - Up front some creamy notes that are followed by coffee and smoke, finish is smooth.

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation

O - A very solid low ABV stout

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Photo of 57md
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark chocolate brown color with a finger of fluffy beige head that dissipates quicker than expected. The nose has a mild sour note which is very odd for a milk stout. The flavor profile is very sweet – sugary sweet. The essence of chocolate is present but in much more muted terms than expected.

At the risk of sounding redundant – this offering fell short of expectations.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a fading head.
Nose shows a well-balanced mix of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. Sweet-smelling, reminiscent of a cappuccino.
Sweet flavours, more coffee, roasted malt and lactose sweetness. Gets a little cloying later.
Lovely creamy carbonation, feels a little watery though.

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