Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.71/5 rDev -5.6%
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating to be found on the bottle or label, but this is a late winter/early spring release, so it's probably a couple months old at this point. Poured into a standard tumbler glass.
Appearance - Pours a rich, dark tree bark brown color body with a luscious two and a half finger camel colored head that has a big bouquet of larger bubbles rising out of the middle of the glass. Retention is moderate, and as the head fades to a half finger layer of foam, it leaves thick streaks of silky lace on the side of the glass which eventually fade to sticky webs of lace.
Smell - Roasted malt and light coffee beans are the predominant flavors, with some additional notes of lactose sweetness and milk chocolate. There isn't a whole lot of depth to the smell, it's pretty straightforward and simple. I wish the coffee element was more of that overpowering aroma of fresh ground beans.
Taste - Semidark chocolate on the initial sip, with that distinctive lactose sweetness that is so often present in milk stouts. The coffee is just as subdued here as it was in the aroma, and while this is a few months old at this point, I'm a little surprised that it's so far in the background. Tastes more like a coffee and cream stout than a coffee stout, and the name, "espresso", is completely out of place.
Mouthfeel - Body is on the full side of medium, with moderate to low carbonation. Sweet finish and mild aftertaste.
Overall, a beer that just didn't live up to the name. With a name like "espresso", I expect, overpowering, bitter, coffee grounds on the smell and taste. And part of the problem is that there are so many really good coffee stouts out there these days that this one, even though it's far from a poor beer, it just doesn't move the needle in relation to it's comparables.
05-28-2014 06:39:57 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
In my pint glass the beer was black in color. There was a medium-sized tan head with a little bit of lace.
Aroma of coffee and sweet chocolate.
Same with the taste. Espresso, milk chocolate. There was even a little bit of bittersweet chocolate.
This was a nice beer. A little less rich than I expected from the taste.
03-12-2014 19:35:53 | More by lordofthewiens
3.81/5 rDev -3.1%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Awesome display of cascading head from a hefty pour, that yields a very dense creamy looking head. Smells like an iced cappuccino with a dusting of cocoa powder. Lush creamy mouth feel with a full body, mild carbonation moves this beer along. Unsweetened chocolate, espresso and other charred notes cover the palate. Dark sugar sweetness is there but kept in check. Finishes with more more espresso and end a little sweet.
We done guys, great use of coffee here with a near perfect balance.
02-28-2014 01:25:13 | More by Jason
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of lactose and cream with some coffee notes. The flavor is full of chocolate and coffee notes, with some lactose thrown in. I also get a hint of roasted malt in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-28-2012 01:21:51 | More by Mora2000
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured into fluted snifter; dark, no light shows through, with a fluffy light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving scattered lacing and a thick ring of foam.
Smell is all coffee...huge espresso, hint of creamy sweetness. Some roasted malt hiding behind the coffee.
Taste is like coffee...it's like a cup of strong black coffee with the mouthfeel of a belgian quad and a wet, off-sweet finish. Tastes like espresso with cream.
Mouthfeel is fluffy, reasonably thick and clings to the mouth.
Overall, delicious. One of those coffee beers that is excellent at imitating coffee, and the lactose helps add some body and sweetness. Love it!
03-20-2014 02:41:22 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.35/5 rDev -14.8%
More like a dry stout, fresh on tap at Cole’s. Licorice and roast aromas. Off notes, like mold,which is likely the lactose milk part that sometimes emits this, more like goat cheese and coffee unhappily married. Dry finish. Above average mouthfeel though oily.
06-18-2012 16:03:39 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +1.8%
22oz bomber; official beer of seattle beer week
appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, ebony body, creamy 1/3" mocha head with really no retention
smell: heavy espresso notes, cream, roasted malt
taste: A really nice coffee stout and quite frankly, one of Elysian's stronger offerings. Lighthouse Roaster was the purveyor of choice - a local roaster with adequate, though inconsistent, product.
mouthfeel: smooth, roasty
overall: a nice coffee stout and a nice choice for SBW
06-11-2012 03:08:27 | More by dirtylou
4.48/5 rDev +14%
Elysian. My god, you guys have done it again.
This is my 2nd time having this beer. Smells like a stout. Tastes like a big, beautiful, beer latte. Excellent creamy mouthfeel, goes down really smooth. This is now officially one of my favorite dark beers.
05-15-2014 06:43:36 | More by RenzoD
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.