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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

316 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 16:03:39 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-30-2014 20:05:40 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

02-05-2014 23:18:00 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out like a cup of espresso though a modest head replaces the brownish film; not much retention or lacing, however

Smell: Coffee with a hint of a burnt character

Taste: Coffee flavor up front, in the middle and in the finish; just a hint of lactose in the aftertaste; oddly fruity and sweet, almost as if it were a coffee soda

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a year in the bottle did not serve this well but the beer is not particularly impressive - the body doesn't hold up and the flavors seem a bit underattenuated

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 21:05:53 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-31-2013 02:06:10 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-01-2014 21:13:12 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-09-2014 22:45:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

04-21-2014 04:41:42 | More by Knapp85
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-15-2014 23:39:15 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, priced around 2.25 for the bottle enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is black, ivory with opaque clarity and thick band of medium tan with fine bead and way lace clings with decent retention. The smell is great, lots of espresso which is both roasty and has a sweet caramel aroma which adds to the malt scent, nice blend of coffee with a light yeast and caramel cream aroma. The feel is great, nice body with low sweetness and moderately roasted with gentle bitterness of coffee with moderate carbonation and mostly dry finish.

The taste has that lactose sweet creaminess with a nice caramel tinge coming in as the espresso trails behind with slight roasted flavors more bean than malt but mild in bitterness and is really smooth. I think they have made a practically near-perfect subtle espresso flavored milk stout I really enjoy the taste and if there were any more espresso it might disrupt the balance which I think is what makes this so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:46:13 | More by Slatetank
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:21:51 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Pony Bar on the UES today at their Elysian event. 14 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of espresso, cream, roasted malts, coffee, sweet milk chocolate, and bitter chocolate. Nose reminds me of coffee iced cream, which is pretty nice.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Tastes of espresso, coffee, cream, milk, vanilla, roasted malts, and milk chocolate. Very nice.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Body is very thin and it seems a little bit undercarbonated; probably the only bad part of the beer.

o - Overall this is exactly as it sounds, and a pretty good beer. The nose and taste have a lot of espresso and sweet milk/cream and chocolate, as opposed to more of a coffee grind flavor that some coffee stouts have. Very good nose and taste, though the mouthfeel is too think and not carbonated enough. Worth checking out and would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 21:52:28 | More by mdfb79
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color that's nearly opaque with faint chocolate brown edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Robust roasted malt aroma that's countered by sweeter malt notes and lactic sugar.  Strong roasted coffee presence but not burnt or acrid smelling. Hints of dark and milk chocolate, toffee and oatmeal give off complexity and the lactic sugar provides some sweetness/creaminess.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a robust, deeply roasted coffee flavor that's countered by sweeter malts.  Not acrid or overly roasted with subtle smokiness, espresso, dark chocolate and oatmeal.  This is countered by lighter chocolate, toffee and hazelnut as well as some lactic cream.  Still a heavy coffee flavor but well balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 23:08:51 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

10-22-2012 18:36:17 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-05-2012 03:44:08 | More by MarkyMOD
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2014 20:28:39 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2014 14:52:11 | More by InspectorBob
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-07-2014 04:24:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-03-2014 05:00:08 | More by duceswild
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 00:13:11 | More by beerthulhu
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-30-2014 05:38:43 | More by mdaschaf
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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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beertunes

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 20:10:03 | More by beertunes
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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.