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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
very good

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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

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Beer added by: suncrust on 04-25-2012

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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 497
Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, roasted espresso bean, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy sweetness, hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Nice pleasant notes of roasted malts, roasted espresso bean, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy sweetness take precendence. The hint of earthy hops round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant creaminess with the espresso bean and bittersweet chocolate lingering.

Overall - A spot on and knock out of the park Milk stout. The creamy sweetness is showcased nicely in this brew and the espresso bean and roasted malts add a nice supporting cast.

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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 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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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a deep with a thick dark tan cap of head. Nice sticky lacing. Big roast malt notes with a nice subtle hint of maltose sweetness and coffee. The taste is close to the aroma with the addition some nice earthy hops. The coffee doesn't overwhelm the other characteristics of the stout. A nice light body to it.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 Act25
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of gshak
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first, last, and lasting impression - green pepper skin all the way. This is the risk one takes in ordering a coffee stout. The only other time I had this experience was with Lagunitas Cappuccino stout. Oh well, might be worth a shot another day perhaps.

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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 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 seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9%

12/25/13 On nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great example of a nitro pour. Silky smooth. Just the right touch of chocolate & espresso. Polite. 5.6% invites a session but it may weigh a bit heavy. Lacing is an entertainment unto itself. Always a sign, IMO, of a well made brew.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 SitkaSteve
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
A nice looking three finger off white/tan foamy head hung around for a good minute and a half before gently dieing into the beer. Light foamy lacing clung but eventually fell into the beer.
The smell had a really nice sweet to roasty cocoa mixing well with the espresso, nice and milky thick, slightly creamy.
The taste was once again roasty and sweet speckling itself in and out of creamy cocoa and the espresso. A nice gentle roasty sweet espresso aftertaste leads to a wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be a bit under for me, but wasn't anything bad.
Overall, in my opinion, this is a pretty sessionable millk/sweet stout. She does everything that Elysian wanted. Good job guys!

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of LouZ
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, dark brown with about two fingers of mocha head. Nice aroma of fresh coffee and a slight sweet essence. Taste is a balance of fresh coffee with chocolate and a light sweetness. This is not an overpowering coffee stout. Was slightly disappointed in feel as it comes in thinner than expected and very carbonated. Overall a solid drink if you enjoy a coffee stout that won't be heavy handed.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped "pkg 12/2/14". Pours extremely dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Low carbonation.

Very smooth, very drinkable, with roasted malt and coffee up front followed by chocolate, finishing on a sweet note. A little hop bitterness, but definitely not predominant. Full-bodied and kind of creamy.


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Photo of Svingjo
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque dark black with a thin tan head that disappeared fairly quickly. There is definitely roasted espresso, dark chocolate and a bit of bread on the nose. At first I don't get much flavour but there is that espresso and chocolate in the aftertaste that lingers for a short time. Funny enough that as it warms up the flavour profile does change a bit almost reminding me of a cold Double Double from your local coffee shop. The carbonation balances the mouthfeel down a notch to a high medium. I think this one of those beers that would benefit as a nitro just to smooth it out a bit more.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

American stout? Milk/sweet tout? Oatmeal stout?

Whatever you think, to me it is a great stout! Exquisite coffee taste and mild sweetness are well balanced with a slight hop presence. Only the mouthfeel is a little disappointing with a faint creaminess.


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Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A moderate pour from a longneck into a shaker produces about a half inch tan head which sticks pretty well, leaving some interesting lace patterns. The beer is a very dark ruby brown that just barely admits the rays of a Mini-Maglite.

Lovely aromas of mild, earthy coffee and roasted malts that barely fades as the beer progresses. The coffee flavor is dank, fresh, and unburnt, and above all- it is not overdone, allowing roasted malts, chocolate and nuttiness to shine through. Just enough milk sweetness to balance the bitter flavors. The aftertaste is chock full of chocolate coffee goodness, with a base of earthy hops. The body is fairly light for a stout.

This beer is easy drinking and possibly the best coffee beer I've tried. Excellent all around.

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