Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

484 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 34
Gots: 86 | 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 Redneckwine
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of BrianBeers1030
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Delicious taste and finish like drinking a smooth espresso

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RenzoD
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drone
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light bodied, big espresso notes. Great smell. Crazy drinkable.

Photo of dexterk1
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black opaque with light brown head. Head had a little staying power to it.
Aroma is coffee with some dark sweet.
Taste is more complex than the aroma. Malt upfront with a lot of nice dark coffee notes. Cream comes through as well and ends with a slight dryness. It transitions between coffee and cream throughout tasting nicely.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth. Light carbonation and ends nicely on the tongue.
Overall, a very good stout. Not too dry and not too overpowering in one element(coffee or creamy). Comes off as well balanced between the two.

Photo of jellikit
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark. Black. Slight red hue when held to light. Thin head. Thin lacing, clings to glass.

Smell: great coffe aroma.

Taste: smoothe. Roasted barley. Coffee backer.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Not too heavy not too thick for a stout. Medium heavy body. Think Jessica Simpson at her peak.

Overall: great coffee stout. Smoothe drinker. I like stouts that don't use a lot of black patent. This is a good one. Coffee tones are just right.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Olive black in the vessel with a huge multi-finger mocha head that was spongy textured and moderately lasting. Large coverage of lace on the glass with minor windows of visibility.

S: Aroma of powdered milk, dry chocolate, chalky, with some dry grains of moderate strength. Wish the aroma could of been more fresh and bigger. Semi-sweet notes of creamer coffee but not much in the way of espresso.

T: Flavor was chalky, creamer laced dry chocolate, pretty big flavorwise. Sweet, powdery milk chocolate and cocoa with some big mention of fresh, wet espresso grounds mid-palate that finishes dry.

M: Malty mouthful, that turned frothy with creamer like texture and edgy carbonation and dry chocolate leave.

O: Overall the espresso nature starts to pick up with some rich, deep coffee grounds balanced by some minor sweet milk chocoalte notes. Not as sweet per style as many, but the extra rich espresso nature picks up for some of the slack making this somewhat interesting.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours pretty darn close to black with a 1/2 finger of light tan head.

Smell. Dark coffee and dark roasty malts with a bit of sweet milk chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Dark roasted malts, sour old coffee, not a lot of sweetness. Flavours are a little washed out ...maybe I was just expecting more from the appearance.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Coffee taste was okay but the beer wasn't big enough to back it up.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with bitter chocolate and strong, roasted coffee. Not much else going on, but what's there is nice.

T: roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, robust coffee, and a bit of char. The finish is slightly bitter.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being watery, though I'd prefer it be a little creamier.

O: an enjoyable coffee stout, overall, especially for the low abv. Robust and with a lot of nice coffee notes, this beer is drinkable and tasty.

Photo of suncrust
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Official 2012 Seattle Beer Week Beer.

22oz bottle poured to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown, almost black hue. Tiny, bubbly mocha head layered the brim of the glass, dissipating quickly to the outer rim shortly after the pour. Not much lacing throughout. As a downfall, the appearance lacked an invitation to drink.

S: Aromas of strongly brewed espresso & french press coffee hit the nose almost immediately. Fresh. Slight cocoa powder, sticky brown sugar, graham crackers & a mild sweetness follow. Aromas round out w/ subtle dark cherry chocolate bread, w/ a smooth, rich, near peppery coffee spice. Really enjoying the smell of this beer.

T: Brewed, french press coffee smack the palette almost instantly. No coffee bitterness, which is nice. Dark roast, cocoa powder, rich dark chocolates, & touch of caramel, dark breads, light figs, and some pleasant dark grains molding the flavor profile. Finishes smooth with a milky film & subtle sweetness, a slight hop kick w/ some very muted cinnamon stick notes. Very easy to drink, really balanced.

MF: Rich, smooth, w/ an almost lighter body full of flavor and texture. Very well made. The lactose creates a sweet milky film that coats the mouth. No lingering bitterness. Coffee and dark chocolate characters lingering. Yum.

O: Really enjoyable. This beer could be huge as an imperial stout, but nonetheless the milk stout approach with the lower ABV was nice. Sweet milky body with dark chocolate and coffee complexity. One of the better coffee beers I've had in a long time. 2012 Seattle Beer Week will certainly be a memorable one!

Photo of EgadBananas
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly full black, with a nice little brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Didn't really leave any lace.

The aroma was more sort of a sweet iced coffee smell. Some definite lactose, milky sugar notes, some chocolate and slight espresso notes.

Taste was again, milky sweet, with a sweet coffee note, bits of roasted malts.

It was creamy, upper medium in body, smooth, and easy to drink.

A bit more of a sweeter coffee beer, which was good, but not the best I've had for sure.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

RB

Black brew with an okay dark tan head with little retention.. spotty lacing.. Cold coffee and little actual "beer" presence... nice lactose adds body and a light sweetness.. body is surprisingly bigger than I was expecting.. I guess the milk sugars help.. a hint of chocolate makes me think of the gas station Starbucks coffee drinks. light body yet still full.. I have been holding out on trying this one and am regretting it. This is a great beer for sure. Elysian should market this one based on the balance.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75/4

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian Split Shot

Appearance: Elysian’s milk stout pours a Coca-Cola looking dark brown/black color, minus the head (which is minimal and khaki colored) and obvious carbonation. There are alcohol legs here, which is shocking considering the low ABV. The lacing is pretty average and has decent retention on the glass. Overall, this looks like a pretty basic stout.

Aroma: The aroma is very one-note: coffee, coffee, and more coffee. There is a nice roasted quality there, as expected, along with a slight sweetness from the lactose. Dark fruits are suggested, but are not prominent at all. There are also suggestions of cocoa beans and baker’s chocolate.

Taste: The taste mostly follows the nose, minus a lot of what little complexity there was to begin with. This basically tastes like carbonated, creamed coffee. There is very little sweetness, a nice creaminess, and coffee bitterness, but not much else. There just is not enough going on here to really give it anything more than slightly above average marks.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is far too prominent to mesh with the rest of the flavors. It just feels odd to have carbonated coffee. There mouthfeel is too thin, as well. A higher ABV would probably help this one out a lot, mixed with a more syrupy, stout feel. The lactose is entirely absent here, which usually lends a desirable, creamy texture. Alas, the palate is entirely a miss for this beer. It just does not match the style, and really ruins what good things this beer has going on.

Overall: This beer has a lot of great potential, but it is mostly squandered. The aroma and taste match up well, but are too simplistic to really make for a great beer. This beer is merely good, before factoring in the mouthfeel. It ends up just being a typical, average stout in the end. 13.5/20

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: just about opaque black body, couple of fingers of tan foam

S: dark roasted malt aromas, with hints of coffee, espresso, and milk

T: bittersweet espresso, drier than I expected, some milk sugars and roasted malt chocolate flavors; mellow bitterness

M: smooth, slightly chalky finish, slightly coating on the tongue, medium-light body

O: a decent and light-drinking stout, mellow and roasty with ample espresso and milk characteristics; not a beer I'd go back to, but I'm not usually inclined to drink "light"-feeling/tasting milk/sweet stouts - if you dig that style, particularly with an espresso infusion, this will probably rate higher for you than me.
Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark, almost opaque reddish brown. Thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate and coffee; malts are not noticeable. Flavor is similar, tastes like a chocolate / espresso shake, faint toasted malt. Light toasted malt and sharp, lightly burnt coffee finish. Very smooth and integrated. A nice, flavorful coffee stout. Medium to heavy bodied with nice creaminess.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.