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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%


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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BVukelich

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:50:40 | More by BVukelich
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:46:13 | More by Slatetank
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kemoarps

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:03:49 | More by kemoarps
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:09:46 | More by Scotchboy
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artoolemomo

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 06:08:00 | More by artoolemomo
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ksimons

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 22:44:04 | More by ksimons
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Greywulfken

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 18:41:37 | More by Greywulfken
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:10:35 | More by Immortale25
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mtboozeaddict41

Montana

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:15:35 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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Eisen

Washington

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:41:33 | More by Eisen
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 21:05:53 | More by brentk56
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n2185

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:24:50 | More by n2185
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 05:35:09 | More by FondueVoodoo
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian Split Shot

Appearance: Elysian’s milk stout pours a Coca-Cola looking dark brown/black color, minus the head (which is minimal and khaki colored) and obvious carbonation. There are alcohol legs here, which is shocking considering the low ABV. The lacing is pretty average and has decent retention on the glass. Overall, this looks like a pretty basic stout.

Aroma: The aroma is very one-note: coffee, coffee, and more coffee. There is a nice roasted quality there, as expected, along with a slight sweetness from the lactose. Dark fruits are suggested, but are not prominent at all. There are also suggestions of cocoa beans and baker’s chocolate.

Taste: The taste mostly follows the nose, minus a lot of what little complexity there was to begin with. This basically tastes like carbonated, creamed coffee. There is very little sweetness, a nice creaminess, and coffee bitterness, but not much else. There just is not enough going on here to really give it anything more than slightly above average marks.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is far too prominent to mesh with the rest of the flavors. It just feels odd to have carbonated coffee. There mouthfeel is too thin, as well. A higher ABV would probably help this one out a lot, mixed with a more syrupy, stout feel. The lactose is entirely absent here, which usually lends a desirable, creamy texture. Alas, the palate is entirely a miss for this beer. It just does not match the style, and really ruins what good things this beer has going on.

Overall: This beer has a lot of great potential, but it is mostly squandered. The aroma and taste match up well, but are too simplistic to really make for a great beer. This beer is merely good, before factoring in the mouthfeel. It ends up just being a typical, average stout in the end. 13.5/20

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 06:58:15 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian's "Split Shot" Espresso Milk Stout @ 5.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle ,
A-pour is a very dark brown with a small quick tan head leaving no lace along the stein
S-Seattle based 'Lighthouse Coffee" , not at all overpowering , mellow
T-smooth , espresso/coffee tasting , not as bitter as I was expecting
MF-nice carbonation , ok body , so smooth on the palate
Ov-for a Seattle based coffee/beer I'm surprised at how mellow the espresso smell & taste is , not surprised by the overall product , a worthy choice as official beer of "2012 Seattle Beer Week"

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:17:41 | More by LampertLand
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woemad

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.99. There’s a logo promoting the 2012 Seattle Beer Week on the lower left portion of the label, which is fitting as this was the official beer of said celebration. According to the fine print, this was brewed with coffee from a Seattle roaster called Lighthouse.

Poured a very dark brown color that gave up nothing when held up to light. Small, mocha-colored head that dropped quickly, leaving a foam collar.

Roasty, coffeeish aroma. Pretty much what I expect whenever I sniff a porter, but I tend to expect a little more complex an aroma from a stout, coffee stout or not.

The taste is a little more complex than the smell. Bitter, dark roast coffee and sweet chocolate flavors vie with one another. There are acidic notes throughout, with things ending on a dry and ever so slightly sour milk note. If it were possible, I’d give this a 3.75 instead of a 4.

The body is somewhere between medium and full. The mouthfeel is velvety and sticky.

A good, not great coffee stout. The coffee and milk stout flavors are fairly well balanced, but the dry, sour aftertaste keeps it a one and done bottle, not something I’d want to session.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:13:21 | More by woemad
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Jomolieri

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that prompted me to write a review. For all the great beers I've had I haven't bothered because everyone else was already raving about them.

Elysian makes some outstanding beer but this just isn't one of them.

This beer is bursting with flavor but in ways that I just found all wrong. I couldn't figure out if I was drinking a beer or a coffee.

Part of the problem maybe that I know coffee. This beer tasted like burnt coffee. If you're a real coffee drinker you know the complexity coffee can have and I just got hung up on how strong the coffee flavor was but how burnt and undeveloped it was. I would never drink coffee that tasted like this so I found it a sad excuse to consider such a strong flavor of burnt quality to be acceptable because it was in a beer.

It did have a nice smoothness and a pleasing sweetness so I do think Elysian has some great stout making abilities but marrying it pleasingly with coffee didn't work out too well with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 17:31:03 | More by Jomolieri
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:42:35 | More by IllNate
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:21:51 | More by Mora2000
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 12:23:05 | More by EgadBananas
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jellikit

Washington

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark. Black. Slight red hue when held to light. Thin head. Thin lacing, clings to glass.

Smell: great coffe aroma.

Taste: smoothe. Roasted barley. Coffee backer.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Not too heavy not too thick for a stout. Medium heavy body. Think Jessica Simpson at her peak.

Overall: great coffee stout. Smoothe drinker. I like stouts that don't use a lot of black patent. This is a good one. Coffee tones are just right.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:57:30 | More by jellikit
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours pretty darn close to black with a 1/2 finger of light tan head.

Smell. Dark coffee and dark roasty malts with a bit of sweet milk chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Dark roasted malts, sour old coffee, not a lot of sweetness. Flavours are a little washed out ...maybe I was just expecting more from the appearance.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Coffee taste was okay but the beer wasn't big enough to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:25:52 | More by Rutager
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured very dark with a little light coming through, a small soapy mocha head that left no lace

S- Big sweet milk chocolate aroma, lots of roasted coffee, and a lot of dairy character typical of a sweet stout

T- Very big milky character to this beer and very sweet milk chocolate up front. Tons of coffee ground bitterness on the finish and some sweet dark fruit notes.

M- Silky and creamy mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, medium body

O- This is as advertised a sweet stout with a big coffee overload. Very robust and sweet flavor, even with the big coffee flavor and bitterness, the sweetness still seems to dominant more. Reminiscent of a mocha with tons of milk or cream with whipped cream on top. Lots of great flavors and little over the top, definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 06:01:57 | More by Hoptometrist
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this brew! Thanks Hollis!

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of brown head. Drops quickly to a small ring with large bubbles.

Smell: This is my favorite part of this brew! Big fresh roasty expresso! Peanut butter! Yeah...without a doubt I get a definate peanut butter note out of the nose. A mixture of dark chocolates and milk chocolates.

Taste: Big roasty expresso coffee that does not have even a hint of bitterness. Milk chocolates and dark chocolate. Hint of lacto milky notes almost like creamer for a coffee. Beer finishes with a touch of chocolatey sweetness and a mild expresso note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable milk stout! No alcohol detected. Just a touch thin, but it does make the beer suffer from a thinner mouthfeel.

Overall: I loved the smell of this beer. Its not super complex, but elysian definately made what they set out to do! Great beer! Suprised it does not get more love from people who review it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 16:48:10 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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harrymel

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 06:40:40 | More by harrymel
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.