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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

278 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 278
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: suncrust on 04-25-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 278 | Reviews: 69 | Show All Ratings:
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SLeffler27

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick whipped cream head is latte colored, 2" tall and long lived, leaving dense creamy rings on a Guinness pint glass. The stout is black, even when put to the light.

Upfront with latte aromas, followed by powdered chocolate and malt. Some fresh moist wheat bread makes it through as well.

Follows the nose and plays up the sweetness of the lactose. Roasted bitterness is definitely present, but well controlled. A very subtle finish.

The head is creamy and a major player, while the beer is silky smooth. A watery thin body and no discernible alcohol. Faint carbonation.

This is an amazingly drinkable milk stout. I enjoyed it with a Philly stake sandwich on a spectacular Spring day, by the Canal.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-12-2014 21:59:57 | More by SLeffler27
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Solid stout colour, very dark brown bordering on black. Head is a little on the fizzy side.

S - Definitely getting that sharp bite of coffee. A little roastiness intermingles.

T - Lightly roasted malt. Watery coffee. Not much sweetness considering it's a milk stout.

M - A little thin and not as creamy and smooth as I'd have hoped.

O - I fear I may be slightly ruined regarding non-imperial stouts. Unfortunately this tasted and felt washed out to me but that may not be the beer's fault. In an effort to rate to style I rated .25 higher than I was originally inclined on most categories.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 06:35:28 | More by abeeronthebeach
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DKRowden

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 into a pint glass. The beer appears very dark with little transparency and has a big light brown head that leaves little lacing. It has a nice espresso smell with a hoppiness. It's a nice split shot between fresh hops and your morning espresso. Very nice. It has a creamy mouth feel with a dry finish. Overall a good choice for breakfast or brunch.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 15:32:31 | More by DKRowden
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fscottkey

New York

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice rich black color. Presents with a 1 finger tan head. The head recedes leaving some wispy lacing.

S: Black coffee - the kind a lady named Flo' would serve a trucker at a diner. This is a no doubt - punch to the nose coffee scent.

T: Slightly bitter coffee. I feel like there is something else in there maybe a hint of chocolate - but it is lots of coffee (but not unpleasant).

M: Overall mouth feel is nice but a little less smooth than I would expect for a milk stout. Slightly more carbonated than would be ideal - but nothing too bad. Goes down well.

O: If you do not like coffee this should be avoided. It is very coffee forward and coffee in the mid and late - it is coffee everywhere. I am not a coffee drinker but I enjoy this beer. I like that Elysian just said, "ah screw it let's not nibble around the edges - let's just make coffee with some stout in there." I like this and will drink it again. I am excited to suggest it to a few friends that are coffee drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:29:58 | More by fscottkey
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msquared36

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:37:48 | More by msquared36
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rronin

Washington

4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I first tasted Split Shot, I thought, "Now here's a brew for the espresso lover!" It is a perfect "dessert" stout, delicious served by itself, or with just about any sweet treat, particularly chocolate. It is the ideal post prandial brew, not a bit of bitterness, just rich, creamy, silky smooth, eminently quaffable, but why hurry? This is a brew to be sipped and savored until the very last drop. In the future Split Shot will be my brew of choice following a meal, and am looking forward to making ice cream floats with it in the summer!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:17:58 | More by rronin
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:41:22 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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GregR

Montana

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass the App. was dark, little light passed through, with a med khaki head that held firm with good lacing.

A = excellent. Strong vanilla, almonds.
Mouth feel = better > avg but was thinner than it looked. The creamy smooth texture makes up for what it lacks in viscosity.
T = a coffee malt. Quite sweet up front with malt and milk with a bitter espresso and some dark chocolate notes on the back end.

A limited run brew and my first experience with Elysian. A new favorite while it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 08:49:38 | More by GregR
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, having never had this before. I love Milk/Sweet Stouts and like most of the other ones that I've reviewed on here, this one certainly didn't disappoint. It's rare to find a beer this dark that drinks like a session and balances the lactose and other flavors well, but that was the case here from start to finish. Toss in a pleasing appearance and this clearly came out a winner in my book.

Loved the pour to this, as the cocoa-brown hue, silky consistency, and root beer-like head all combined for a wonderful first impression of this. I had to wait quite a bit for the foam to settle, so I could pour out the last of the bottle's contents after swishing them around. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but there were faintly present notes of coffee, milk chocolate, and a bit of baker's chocolate. The lactose and sweetness came in the the taste but they weren't overpowering. Never burnt, bitter, or boozy, a hint of soda made itself known in the aftertaste, as the carbonation, sugar, and sarsparilla/root combined to give this the crisp and cloying finish of a good soft drink.

Never did this feel strong and had there been more here, I would have easily downed another in one sitting. Most beers of this style are sweet but this leaned more towards the smooth and dark attributes that the coffee brought out in it. Fine just by itself as a dessert beer, this would be worth seeking out due to its limited release. Judge this beer by its bottle - it has a beauty and nuance on the inside that matches its artful appearance on the outside. Wonderfully smooth stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 08:26:18 | More by JerzDevl2000
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 19:35:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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keithmurray

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown liquid with off white head

Smell - expresso, dark chocolate, milk chocolate

Taste - milk chocolate, expresso, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, light carbonation, sweetness from the lactose, bitterness from the coffee, smooth finish

Overall - nice stout, smooth, easy drinking and relatively low ABV. Worth a try

Price point - $2.30/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:54:37 | More by keithmurray
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vkv822

Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours black, with a thick, foamy light brown head.

Roasty, cocoa notes upfront, blending into a light espresso finish give this an enjoyable aroma and taste

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very enjoyable coffee, breakfast themed Milk Stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 19:15:22 | More by vkv822
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kerry4porters

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany color light comes through on the edge with a nice big fat tan head

Smell is chocolatey coffee with dark and milk chocolate both very roasty notes

Taste is all mocha and it's freakin delicious totally creamy taste and the espresso and chocolate flavors meld fantastically together

Mouth feel is full and Cream lots if body without feeling too heavy just the right amount that says you drank a real Beer

Overall outstanding beer that I'd love to have again

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 06:45:19 | More by kerry4porters
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this style alot and I have high hopes for it, here goes..
Pours a dark milk chocolate color, tan ring around the edge, with a nice head that lasts a bit.

Smell is abundant in roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, dark barley, bakers cocoa, char, you name it, it smells like a good Imperial stout.

Taste is the same, very velvety, with a smooth robust profile that fits the category nicely.

Feel is spot on, can't find any complaints. Perfect carb, nice balance.

This is amazing, this brewery keeps on surprising me.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:24:42 | More by BastardKing24
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RJLarse

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Split Shot Milk Stout in a grocery store, Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black walnut color, with a thin tan head on a aggressive pour.

Smell is a smokey charcoal aroma.

Tastes predictably like coffee. Charcoal flavors, coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated, bordering on flat.

Overall a a decent milk stout. It could be a little creamier, but it's good. It's also better warmer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:10:32 | More by RJLarse
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:25:13 | More by Jason
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Does not appear to have a bottling date on this one.

A: Pours a dark brown with a frothy light, light brown head. Decent thin spiderweb lacing. Quite good retention.

S: Nice sweet chocolate/coffee/mocha aroma. Creamy too. Really nice and inviting combination.

T: Taste echos the aroma. Lots of bitter coffee bean sweetened up with tons of sweet creamy milk chocolate. Really nice sweet mocha flavor overall. Slightly bitter and drying cocoa/coffee bean aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Dry aftertaste. Sliiightly watery at points.

O: Pretty simple but QUITE delicious. Like a carbonated iced mocha. Only real detraction is the sudden and sharp dryness of the aftertaste. Still tasty!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:07:13 | More by Dope
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this stuff is great. a sessionable milk stout with a bit of coffee, subtle on that front, easy drinking and delicious. dark brown pour with some viscosity and about an inch of head, close to white, that sticks around pretty well. the nose is more of the lactose sugar than the espresso, but i get the classic bitterness from the coffee to balance the sweetness of the stout. the grain is fresh and well roasted, not super dark, with some chocolate notes in both aroma and flavor. the coffee is up front in the taste, not dominant at all, but just an accent. similarly, i dont get much caffeine from this, which aids drinkability for me. the back end is the milk stout part, the lactose sugar gives sweetness and body to an already rich feeling drink, with excellent carbonation this is very satisfying. elysian makes some great pumpkin beer, and now its nice to see some of their other stuff on the market here in denver, this is very good milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:15:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled bottles of this beer at a beer bar in Mount Joy. Quite a nice surprise. I am pouring a cold beer into a pint glass.
The beer is a rich black coffee hue with tan head of about 1 cm that is creamy and rich and sticks around in the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt and sweet chocolate milk with some coffee beans. Generally a complex malty nose that reminds me of a mocha latte.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth silky texture. Very mild carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and coffee beans with some sweet chocolate and lactose hits that are mixed in and linger after each sip.
A little bit of a coating on my palate each sip.
Definitely on the sweeter side of a coffee beer and I enjoy it and had more than one in my sitting at the bar.
Worth a try if you like milk stouts and coffee beers. Lots going on and very interesting and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:58:16 | More by sulldaddy
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seasonal espresso-milk/sweet stout you say? Whoah, that sounds exceptional.

I had one previously in a regular pint glass and currently diving into one in a nonic. There really wasn't much difference between the two.

A: a finger and a half's worth of a light semi-tan foamy head that dies into the body and leaves a nice spider web lacing sticking finely to the glass

S: a nice tight fitting powerful espresso aroma encompasses a delicately sweet chocolatey goodness combining and leading into a gentle roastiness

T: mainly sweet through the chocolate and yet the espresso comes back to add a light roasty bitterness, aftertaste has an exceptionally smooth chocolate goodness; quick dry roasty finish

M: light to medium - like it wants to try to sit heavier on the mouth but balances between the light and medium bodies; actually there's a slight sessionability to this, carbonation is exceptionally smooth just like a milk/sweet stout should be

O: wow, I'm impressed that this beer is as good as it is. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 05:40:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Zachior

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An impressive beer delivering exactly what it says it does. I actually found myself trying to taste this beer in different ways, from chewing, to popping a quick shot. Everytime fitting some new level of flavor. Espresso? It's there! Milk Stout? Absolutely! This beer followed up in that exact order too with impressive notes of coffee and a creamy finish you would think this beer was made by Starbucks themselves! What a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:32:13 | More by Zachior
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:43:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:42:27 | More by dexterk1
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes, because internet outage.

A: Pours a very dark brown color and a one finger head of mocha (lol) shade. The head's texture looks like similar to whipped cream on top of espresso (wut), and its retention is pretty good, too. A creamy ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: There a some nice - if subtle - black coffee notes emanating from the glass, but what makes it quite good is how well the supplemental notes of cream and vanilla blend with the coffee. Not only does it take the edge off, but it creates a nice dessert quality. Really nice if rather simplistic.

T: Coffee hits the palate first, turning into a more general roasted note shortly after. The finish is creamy and vanilla-y, with a faint touch of confectioner's sugar. All in all, it's a decently balanced coffee stout: the blend between the sweet and roast works well, but I could always use a bit more coffee.

M: A bit on the thin side. Carbonation is also somewhat strong. Other than that, it's neither too sweet nor too dry. Having said that, it isn't eminently chuggable like some coffee stouts can be. Still don't care.

O: A solid coffee stout. While it isn't the most exciting, it's still a nicely balanced example of the style. I could easily drink this again, and even buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:26:45 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Act25

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Elysian is adventurous Seattle brewer, a city famous for craft and coffee. But this one is mid-pack.
I am an avid expresso drinker, drink it half-caff all day long, and often side by side with beers, and sometimes poured into a beer. So no stranger to coffee. However, almost as much as with fruit juices, I much prefer to add my own than have the brewer add it.

A: Pours opaque black coffee body, just like from my espresso machine, a little darker, head fades to about the same crema. Good lacking. A bit lacking in body.

S: The Coffee is not over-done. It's all dark roasted malt, wood char, hay. with hints of coffee, espresso, and cream. A bit too subtle

T: Follows smell, malts with more bittersweet espresso, more like a dry stout, drier than expected, from there it's a nice finish well balanced between sweet and bitter, good tingle, good long finish, lands slightly sweet but not cloying.

M: A little thin compared to most milk stouts, smooth, chalky, medium-light body.

D: A light-drinking stout, roasty with plenty but not too much espresso and milk. I'd prefer a full on milk stout like Left Hand or Nitro.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:26:59 | More by Act25
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.