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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

102 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 491
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: suncrust on 04-25-2012

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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 491
Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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! (705 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A pitch black in colorm with a slight tan head at the top that left not to much lacing around the glass as you drank.

S: Large coffee notes on this one, and the chocolate is definitely present, slight of roasted malts as well.

T: Almost exactly like the nose, with lots of coffee flavors, and hints of chocolate, very warming.

M: Medium to heavy body, slight stickyness and slight carbonation

O: Not a bad beer, first time I ever tried it, a nice balance throughout and nice warming effect as well, Somewhat filling. (525 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of Zachior
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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! (434 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

RB

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 (538 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with plenty of murk. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I quite like it!

Smell: very high-quality coffee aroma. The chocolate is a little more subdued, but overall there's a nice balance and nothing about it is over the top. Great!

Taste: great big coffee flavor right up front. Plenty of bitterness, but again, it's not over the top. The finish is where the chocolate comes in; it's like a nice cup of hot chocolate or a well-balanced mocha. Good job by the brewer here in achieving balance.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Milk stouts often feel to me like there's some kind of granular aspect to them -- this might just be my imagination. In any case, it's quite good.

Overall: this beer is really, really working for me. It's got the right balance and it really goes down easy. Kudos to the brewers. (932 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into traditional English stout glass. Perfect color, decent head and left some decorative lace. Aroma was a sweet, espresso. Taste was perfectly balanced. Chocolate and coffee notes. Bitterness on the back end but not overpowering. Medium+ viscosity. Wonderful aftertaste. This is one rock solid, sweet stout! I'm sure if I was an espresso drinker, I would appreciate it even further. Good stuff! (403 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (2,018 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (380 characters)

Photo of watthree
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Man. I'm having such a wonderful time sippin this brew. I'm pretty critical and opinionated when it comes to coffee in beer but this one is exceptional, but please let me begin:
A: dark black coffee color. Rich and of the darkest mahogany. Great lacing with off-white head that remains creamy and lush. oh yeah
S: pronounced espresso with layers of chocolate and milky textures. dark malt presence along with a good roast. bitter dark chocolate espresso aromas overall.
T: Beautiful and robust in espresso highlights. Milky and smoooth. dark chocolate and roast malt again lingers for a complete attack. Ends with a choco bitter
M: medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. the carbonation is perfectly balanced with the bold flavors of vanilla and chocolate.
O: killer espresso stout with a different twist of being a milk stout. Elysian does it again with another surprise and another dynamite brew. Prost! (916 characters)

Photo of Eisen
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a schooner from a 12 oz. bottle: A thick, cafe colored head that sustained throughout with layered lacing. Smells like a late. Tastes like a spiced/burnt late. Very good and great example of the style. Could use more heat from more alcohol. (252 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 (588 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with bitter chocolate and strong, roasted coffee. Not much else going on, but what's there is nice.

T: roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, robust coffee, and a bit of char. The finish is slightly bitter.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being watery, though I'd prefer it be a little creamier.

O: an enjoyable coffee stout, overall, especially for the low abv. Robust and with a lot of nice coffee notes, this beer is drinkable and tasty. (621 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Deepest brown with direct light only breaking down 1/2 inch - with a slightly cloudy or murky clarity. Creamy tan head billowed up 1 finger and settles down leaving a very slight lacing.

S: This might seem impossible however it smells like coffee spiked with coffee mocha liqueur. Some toasted malts and bitter coco, notably missing a hops note.

T: Coffee coffee coffee - delivered as advertised, some deep toasty malts and unsweetened coco. The lactose taste is just there and lends to a sweetness that improve the deeply roasted malts. I could start my day with this beer.

M: On first sip I found myself feeling as though I was drinking a coffee pop/soda, or a carbonated drip coffee. It's highly carbonated and somewhat thin for a stout.

O: This could be an excellent brew if the mouthfeel offered a richer experience on par with the scent and the taste. Overall, still enjoyable and might still reach for it with my eggs benny. (942 characters)

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