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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

322 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 17
Gots: 23 | 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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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-10-2014 00:23:10 | More by dmorgan310
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beertunes

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My usual disclaimer: I don't drink coffee and I don't like coffee. But I do like beer and give coffee beers a fair shot. Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected black with just a thin cap of tan head that had zero retention or lacing.

I could smell the coffee even as the bartender was pouring the beer. when he handed it across the bar, the only aroma was coffee. No grains, no malt, no yeast, no spice, no beer aspects at all in the aroma. The flavor was the same, all coffee, no beer. Maybe this is what the brewers were shooting for, so I'm not giving the flavor profile the lower score I think it deserves.

The body was average for a milk stout, smooth and a bit creamy. Drinkability will, obviously, depend on your taste for coffee. If you love the stuff, you will love this beer. Overall, you could get one of these instead of an iced coffee at Starbucks and be just as satisfied. I don't mind roasted notes in beer, and if there is a hint of coffee to complement the the malts and grain in a beer, that's acceptable. But when the adjunct in a beer so completely overpowers the basic "Beeriness" of a beer, that beer has gone off the rails. I cannot recommend this beer to the non-coffee lover.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 20:10:03 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2014 14:27:45 | More by Tone
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber; official beer of seattle beer week

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, ebony body, creamy 1/3" mocha head with really no retention

smell: heavy espresso notes, cream, roasted malt

taste: A really nice coffee stout and quite frankly, one of Elysian's stronger offerings. Lighthouse Roaster was the purveyor of choice - a local roaster with adequate, though inconsistent, product.

mouthfeel: smooth, roasty

overall: a nice coffee stout and a nice choice for SBW

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:08:27 | More by dirtylou
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-21-2014 18:15:28 | More by rolltide8425
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5,10.12 from notes.

It is my first Seattle beer week since moving back, and I am on daddy duty all week. This is the closest thing to it. The offical beer of the week.

A - Pours a dark coffee brown with a one finger medium to dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S -Lots of coffee here and some roasted chocolate.

T - Milky chocolate with a very strong coffee finish.

D - Good carbonation and a heavy body.

O - Coffee and more coffee. A good choice as any for Seattle beer week.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:24:37 | More by HuskyinPDX
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 23:02:49 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark, almost opaque reddish brown. Thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate and coffee; malts are not noticeable. Flavor is similar, tastes like a chocolate / espresso shake, faint toasted malt. Light toasted malt and sharp, lightly burnt coffee finish. Very smooth and integrated. A nice, flavorful coffee stout. Medium to heavy bodied with nice creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:31:49 | More by LiquidAmber
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

05-20-2014 13:06:04 | More by iL0VEbeer
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-28-2014 02:41:36 | More by wrightst
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, chalky black, thin cap of khaki head. Scent brings dark roasted espresso bean, cream and sugar, light notes of nuttyness. Tatste strong with roasted bean and freshly brewed dark coffee, good sugar and cream notes, finishes with a strong peanut buttery note. Fuller side of medium, smooth with some graniness. Solid milk stout all around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 14:23:29 | More by rfgetz
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mhaugo

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-29-2012 17:32:27 | More by mhaugo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 19:35:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-25-2014 07:07:54 | More by twelveinches
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep-deep brown nearly black color. When served there was a big brown head on the brew that faded over a moderate amount of time to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweet coffee smell mixed with a good dose of milk chocolate. Behind these aromas is a roasted malt and light vanilla smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a roasted malt and coffee flavor. Upfront it also has some sweet chocolate flavors as well. These sweeter flavors dwindle as the taste advances with the chocolate becoming more bitter and the flavors of coffee/espresso getting stronger. While near the end a quite sweet lactose taste comes to the tongue making the beer on the sweeter side and balancing out the bitter with more sweetness. In the end the flavors when mixed together leave a mocha cappuccino flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body is very nice for the flavors of the beer and really accentuates the dark chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors.

Overall – A pretty tasty stout. With it not being too heavy, it having a creamier feel and nice sweeter finish it is quite pleasant to drink and a nice beer to sip after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 23:04:07 | More by Darkmagus82
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. About one finger of tan, frothy, short-lived head.

4.5 S: Deep roastiness without any burntness. Abundant lactose and coffee. A touch of vanilla. Everything comes together in a wonderful harmony.

3.5 T: Coffee is dominant in the taste. The lactose isn't as strong as I'd like and the vanilla is no longer detectable. Still, it's tasty. Dry roastiness.

2.5 M: Mouthfeel on this isn't too great. It feels more like coffee than a milk stout. Lighter medium body. Not creamy at all. Smooth though.

3.0 D: Normally I'd give this a 3.5, but the nose was borderline and the mouthfeel was weak.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:58:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

07-23-2012 23:41:38 | More by deapokid
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

05-01-2012 03:02:16 | More by strongaf
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2014 19:02:24 | More by ShemRahBoo
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-08-2014 06:15:27 | More by ZEB89
Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.