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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

342 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | 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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5/5  rDev +27.2%

mcphish22, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Slatetank, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

oriolesfan4, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

anteater, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a dark muddy brown just shy of black. Minimal tan head. No lacing to speak of.

Opening the bottle I'm immediately struck by a huge acrid espresso wave. This is mitigated by the milk sweetness characteristic of the style. It's like condensed milk (the really sweet stuff). Yum. I get notes of cinnamon and a general roastiness as well. Smells good!

The silky milky smoothe body is like nirvana on the tongue. Lightly carbonated, which fits perfectly. Texture is amazing. Medium bodied suites the flavours well. And those flavours...
They mimic the aroma quite well. It starts out with that condensed milk sweetness, though the espresso makes its appearance across the middle sections, and a general roastiness that eases it all together.

I picked this up almost as an afterthought on my way down to the airport. A little PNW to bring back to the middle parts with me. I'm really glad I did. This is a very well done coffee stout/milk stout.
Really hitting the spot.

kemoarps, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jmccraney, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

craftbeerfairy, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Nearly opaque black; looks murky, though its filtered and clear...head is off-white and laces pretty well.

S: Big roast coffee and coffee bean, with moderate toasted sugars underneath that. Doesn't scream 'milk stout', but maybe I just can't hear it over all the espresso. Faint cocoa and maybe toffee as well.

T: Nice roasted coffee bitterness, espresso beans, coffeehouse, insertcoffeepunhere, etc. Not overwhelming or burnt, but medium roast with a hint of sweet milk sugars under that, maybe toasted caramel and faint chocolate. There is a hint of earthy wood there as well.

MF: Well carbed, probably more than necessary but doesn't effect drinkability for me. Somewhere between light and medium bodied, with a dry/bitter finish as expected.

O: A decent coffee-forward stout for sure, with a light body and good coffee/roasted bean flavors. Would have loved to seen the milk sugars shine more, but its tough to share the adjunct spotlight with coffee I'm sure.

Scotchboy, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mostly opaque, dark chocolate brown with small hints of burgundy and garnet at the base when held up to the light. Very nice lacing which mostly tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Big coffee notes and even ones you could specifically pinpoint and call espresso. It smells like good coffee and it should be (I've never had Stumptown but is supposed to be the best, right?). Mellows and shows a milky chocolate that reminds me of chocolate chips and their cookies. Swirling reveals a slight sweetness/sourness that is almost vinous but not acrid like many coffee notes.

Taste- Starts off with big coffee and runs with it. I wouldn't say that it's as good as the coffee in Founders or Bourbon County Coffee but it's pretty solid. Thinned out a little from the creamy notes that come from the milk stout qualities. Specific notes of espresso but no real domineering bitterness. Might seem a little thin to many but I think it's just the lactose counteracting the coffee. It works out pretty well in my opinion. Not a lot of complexity but many of these coffee beers don't- the coffee is the complexity. Good balance and integration and no real off flavors. Pretty much coffee, milk, and cream. Still, pretty much a good beer but not quite. Although the incredible balance might make it so. There isn't anything that really stands out but that's sort of what makes an enjoyable milk stout.

Mouthfeel- Just a little under medium bodied but very smooth and creamy. This would be really nice on nitro. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer pretty much drinks itself and reminds me why the milk stout is one of my go to session beers. Fairly standard craft beer price.

Overall- Pretty much a good and solid milk stout. Definitely worth a try and I might pick this up again. I generally like my stouts to be a bit heavier but I can make an exception for a solid and very accessible example.

artoolemomo, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

fsck, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-very dark brown with a bit of a ruby highlight and a fingers worth of tan frothy head

S-roasted espresso, dark malt, but also a sweet lactose smell

T-roasted malt with espresso, some chocolate, and finishes with a lactose sweetness

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth

Overall an above average milk stout, I like the roasted flavor the coffee brings

ksimons, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ncelauro, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

deonreds, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +1.8%

sirsteve42, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of watthree
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Elysian Split Shot

Appearance: Looked beautiful in the glass, rich and dark with a minimal, creamy off-white head.

Aroma: It's called an espresso stout for a reason...smells like coffee, which I love. Maybe a hint of a dark chocolate.

Taste: Really good coffee flavor but without being too bitter. I actually thought of those cans of cold Starbucks espresso you can buy. I loved it.

Mouthfeel: I thought this was very robust and creamy on the tongue and left a nice pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: I could drink this beer all night long as it's rich without being heavy and it isn't too high in terms of ABV.

watthree, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

elektronen, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Yanka, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

rfreed, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

CaptDavyJones, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Gaffattack, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Greywulfken, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

BKBassist, Jan 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

pjkelley82, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random specs of surface foam.

S- Fresh espresso aroma that's complemented very well by the lactose. Hint of vanilla.

T- Dark roast with more sweetness than in the aroma. Notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla making for a sugary iced coffee flavor which I enjoy greatly. Also a hint of greek yogurt which I'm finding more and more in certain milk stouts.

M- Semi-creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Super solid coffee beer with a good balance of sweetness, espresso, chocolate and lactose.

Immortale25, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

nmann08, Dec 31, 2013
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.