Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company
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2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
My usual disclaimer: I don't drink coffee and I don't like coffee. But I do like beer and give coffee beers a fair shot. Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected black with just a thin cap of tan head that had zero retention or lacing.
I could smell the coffee even as the bartender was pouring the beer. when he handed it across the bar, the only aroma was coffee. No grains, no malt, no yeast, no spice, no beer aspects at all in the aroma. The flavor was the same, all coffee, no beer. Maybe this is what the brewers were shooting for, so I'm not giving the flavor profile the lower score I think it deserves.
The body was average for a milk stout, smooth and a bit creamy. Drinkability will, obviously, depend on your taste for coffee. If you love the stuff, you will love this beer. Overall, you could get one of these instead of an iced coffee at Starbucks and be just as satisfied. I don't mind roasted notes in beer, and if there is a hint of coffee to complement the the malts and grain in a beer, that's acceptable. But when the adjunct in a beer so completely overpowers the basic "Beeriness" of a beer, that beer has gone off the rails. I cannot recommend this beer to the non-coffee lover.
06-11-2012 20:10:03 | More by beertunes
3.1/5 rDev -21.1%
This is the beer that prompted me to write a review. For all the great beers I've had I haven't bothered because everyone else was already raving about them.
Elysian makes some outstanding beer but this just isn't one of them.
This beer is bursting with flavor but in ways that I just found all wrong. I couldn't figure out if I was drinking a beer or a coffee.
Part of the problem maybe that I know coffee. This beer tasted like burnt coffee. If you're a real coffee drinker you know the complexity coffee can have and I just got hung up on how strong the coffee flavor was but how burnt and undeveloped it was. I would never drink coffee that tasted like this so I found it a sad excuse to consider such a strong flavor of burnt quality to be acceptable because it was in a beer.
It did have a nice smoothness and a pleasing sweetness so I do think Elysian has some great stout making abilities but marrying it pleasingly with coffee didn't work out too well with this one.
10-28-2012 17:31:03 | More by Jomolieri
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
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
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
12-27-2012 06:58:15 | More by THANAT0PSIS
3.46/5 rDev -12%
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.
05-02-2014 00:13:11 | More by beerthulhu
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
09-13-2012 00:25:52 | More by Rutager
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
3.0 A: Black color. About one finger of tan, frothy, short-lived head.
4.5 S: Deep roastiness without any burntness. Abundant lactose and coffee. A touch of vanilla. Everything comes together in a wonderful harmony.
3.5 T: Coffee is dominant in the taste. The lactose isn't as strong as I'd like and the vanilla is no longer detectable. Still, it's tasty. Dry roastiness.
2.5 M: Mouthfeel on this isn't too great. It feels more like coffee than a milk stout. Lighter medium body. Not creamy at all. Smooth though.
3.0 D: Normally I'd give this a 3.5, but the nose was borderline and the mouthfeel was weak.
07-12-2012 23:58:53 | More by DavoleBomb
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
Very dark, near black. Off white head and lacing that provides a nice contrast to the beer.
Strange smell. Almost vegetal like celery. Espresso becomes apparent as it warms.
Tastes like an iced latte. Sweetness comes out more as it warms. I actually prefer this stout colder.
Mouthfeel is a little light for a stout, but not bad.
Good coffee stout, but not great.
03-28-2014 01:37:48 | More by msquared36
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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