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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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very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 497
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 22.82%
Wants: 37
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: suncrust on 04-25-2012

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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 497
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of papat444
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RenzoD
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bone53
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. A small half finger tan head

Smell: High quality coffee/espresso with a undertone of milk chocolate

Taste: Like an iced mocha, but not as pleasant as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light medium; Slight bitterness yet smooth

Overall: I was impressed with this one. Nice aroma and tasty for such low abv. I shouldve drank this in the morning. If you're a fan of coffee stouts or prefer the taste of coffee rather than beer, this is right up your alley. I thought this was better than the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout I had a couple days ago. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will seek out another when I want a beer for breakfast.

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Photo of draheim
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a translucent dark brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is bitter coffee and dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts.

Taste is rich espresso and bitter dark malt. Nice clean coffee presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, soft like a chocolate milkshake.

Overall a really nice, straightforward coffee stout. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of GregA135
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this stout at Fathead's Saloon, I enjoyed this stout. A Nice dark brown/black appearance with a sweet smell. Tasted great! I could really taste the Espresso, it wasn't super overpowering, which made it great. It was light for a stout, but still tasted good.

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Photo of msquared36
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of rronin
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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Photo of GregR
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown liquid with off white head

Smell - espresso, dark chocolate, milk chocolate

Taste - milk chocolate, espresso, 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

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Photo of vkv822
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
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

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.