Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company
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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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
Pours black with brown highlights and a good helping of tan/brown head. Good retention. Aroma is big on coffee, I think mostly from the coffee, but also complemented by the dark roast malt. Quite a bit of lactose in the nose as well and a small helping of hop. Taste follows with big coffee and dark roasts. Sweetness there too though and a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth yet bitter, both coffee and hop I suspect. Overall a great beer. My first milk stout.
10-28-2012 02:42:35 | More by IllNate
3.61/5 rDev -8.1%
Drank from my St Bernardus chalice
A - Pours a nice deep ebony colour with a nice tight creamy head.
S - Creamy coffee and a little smoke
T - Up front some creamy notes that are followed by coffee and smoke, finish is smooth.
M - Medium to full body with low carbonation
O - A very solid low ABV stout
07-19-2014 08:57:54 | More by eric5bellies
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
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Been interested in this one. Pours a nice black coffee with a bit of light mocha foam and no lace. Smells of coffee and hints of lactose sweetness. The coffee is bold and almost spicy with hints of soil and tobacco - nice nose. Flavor comes through delivering quite a bit of lactose sweetness, actually so much it reminds me of non-dairy creamer. Cocoa, bitterness, coffee, smooth roastyness. I like the flavor, but I can see how some would perceive it to taste "cheap". Full bodied with a reserved carbonation and wet finish. Overall decent beer, and something really approachable for all, but I wouldn't buy more than a couple times a year if always around.
07-23-2012 06:40:40 | More by harrymel
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-28-2012 01:21:51 | More by Mora2000
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
3.71/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-10-2014 03:29:58 | More by fscottkey
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-25-2014 20:26:59 | More by Act25
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours nearly full black, with a nice little brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Didn't really leave any lace.
The aroma was more sort of a sweet iced coffee smell. Some definite lactose, milky sugar notes, some chocolate and slight espresso notes.
Taste was again, milky sweet, with a sweet coffee note, bits of roasted malts.
It was creamy, upper medium in body, smooth, and easy to drink.
A bit more of a sweeter coffee beer, which was good, but not the best I've had for sure.
10-05-2012 12:23:05 | More by EgadBananas
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
01-04-2014 18:41:37 | More by Greywulfken
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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