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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

330 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-17-2014 18:06:29 | More by JohnK17
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irishgreensoda

Washington

2/5  rDev -49.1%

06-16-2014 21:46:44 | More by irishgreensoda
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-16-2014 20:01:58 | More by JRod1969
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schnook

Washington

5/5  rDev +27.2%

06-16-2014 19:56:11 | More by schnook
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance is a dark chocolate brown color with a finger of fluffy beige head that dissipates quicker than expected. The nose has a mild sour note which is very odd for a milk stout. The flavor profile is very sweet – sugary sweet. The essence of chocolate is present but in much more muted terms than expected.

At the risk of sounding redundant – this offering fell short of expectations.

06-11-2014 04:06:50 | More by 57md
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52P48

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-04-2014 03:06:03 | More by 52P48
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-28-2014 07:08:14 | More by CrazyDavros
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating to be found on the bottle or label, but this is a late winter/early spring release, so it's probably a couple months old at this point. Poured into a standard tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich, dark tree bark brown color body with a luscious two and a half finger camel colored head that has a big bouquet of larger bubbles rising out of the middle of the glass. Retention is moderate, and as the head fades to a half finger layer of foam, it leaves thick streaks of silky lace on the side of the glass which eventually fade to sticky webs of lace.

Smell - Roasted malt and light coffee beans are the predominant flavors, with some additional notes of lactose sweetness and milk chocolate. There isn't a whole lot of depth to the smell, it's pretty straightforward and simple. I wish the coffee element was more of that overpowering aroma of fresh ground beans.

Taste - Semidark chocolate on the initial sip, with that distinctive lactose sweetness that is so often present in milk stouts. The coffee is just as subdued here as it was in the aroma, and while this is a few months old at this point, I'm a little surprised that it's so far in the background. Tastes more like a coffee and cream stout than a coffee stout, and the name, "espresso", is completely out of place.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the full side of medium, with moderate to low carbonation. Sweet finish and mild aftertaste.

Overall, a beer that just didn't live up to the name. With a name like "espresso", I expect, overpowering, bitter, coffee grounds on the smell and taste. And part of the problem is that there are so many really good coffee stouts out there these days that this one, even though it's far from a poor beer, it just doesn't move the needle in relation to it's comparables.

05-28-2014 06:39:57 | More by LambicPentameter
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-26-2014 19:11:31 | More by nh2032
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%

Thanks to Kump for this one.

Poured from a bomber, no #freshbeer info.

Dark brown pour, milky espresso flavor mixed with baker`s chocolate and a bit of dark chocolate. Retention is decent. Body is a bit thin though it does have a nice bitter coffee finish.

05-24-2014 11:47:08 | More by papat444
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-24-2014 00:17:33 | More by tastymug
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -30%

05-21-2014 04:36:59 | More by chippo33
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-20-2014 13:06:04 | More by iL0VEbeer
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shadowofthereaper_666

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-18-2014 05:37:57 | More by shadowofthereaper_666
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-16-2014 20:59:49 | More by skaboom420
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RenzoD

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +14%

Elysian. My god, you guys have done it again.

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.

05-15-2014 06:43:36 | More by RenzoD
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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Had on draft at Founding Farmers DC on 5/10/14

A-Pours dark brown with a beige head. Minimal lacing.

S-The aroma has cream, vanilla, smooth roast, coffee and chocolate.

T-The flavor begins with lots of roast, lots of coffee, dark chocolate and some earthy hops. The finish has woodiness, more coffee and light milkiness.

M-It has a medium body with a nice rough feel and low carbonation.

O-Overall a very enjoyable milk stout that I would get again.

05-14-2014 15:14:50 | More by reebtaerG
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Not sure how this one ended in my fridge but for some reason a stout was sounding good. Already drank a Belgian Bomber so not sure if that will affect my review of this one. Outstanding looking beer with a good treat to the nose, although coffee is the most prominent smell. Taste, really smooth with strong Coffee taste but nothing overwhelming. Overall a very good beer that is reasonably easy to drink but with the low ABV I expected more, I actually dinged it overall due to low ABV. To much coffee for that ABV in my opinion. While it is a very good beer I would be not probably revisit, although if you were a stout, and especially a coffee stout fan then this may interest you.

05-14-2014 04:03:24 | More by JamieDuncan
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HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-14-2014 03:45:50 | More by HoppySeb
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-05-2014 22:32:15 | More by Gobzilla
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-03-2014 23:13:37 | More by StaindProject86
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

New Jersey

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
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-27-2014 00:53:31 | More by vfgccp
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Tone

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of yeast, hint of chocolate, slight roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

04-25-2014 14:27:45 | More by Tone
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.