Elsie's Irish Coffee Milk Stout | Papago Brewing

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Papago Brewing
Arizona, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Irish car bomb in a glass. A rich milk stout with 1 pound of Irish Cream flavored coffee beans added per barrel.

Added by Stoneman78 on 06-25-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by baseball1976:
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers when I visit Papago Brewing. I always hope it is on tap when I go.

A - Jet black, with little noticeable head on it.

S - Unbelievable! Irish Cream Coffee aroma fills your nose.

T - As advertised. Rich coffee, with a hint of Irish Cream. Some dark chocolates in there as well.

M - Seems a little thin, but does not distract.

O - Great beer! I wish they would Nitro it sometime though. That would be amazing! Worth the try if you are in the pub.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard milk stout, plenty dark, but not ris pitch black. Aroma is as good as it gets. Uber coffee choco, ever so rounded by lactose sugar and creamy feel.

What a meld between ample coffee aromas paired with the smoothest mocha feel of the chocolate and cream. This is heavenly. I was here earlier, hopped around tops, papago, 4peaks, and have come back now again, same night.

Seriously, some guy out there prolly gets to kick it at home watchn his team in HD, his arm around that cute curly haired brunette red lipstick n sexily loud n tight bodied waitress from here, drinkin growlers of this shit.

Now THAT is a lukcy basardt!!!

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The second of three, and ranked accordingly, of Papago contracted out stouts and porters. This one is opaque black with a brown head. There is roasted aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Very coffee, and still some coconut in here, lactose and the three may not go so great together for me.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to update my ticking stats, and even though I've ticked many AZ beers, looks like I was missing any reviews on this site. Busted out my notes for this one to fix that. Consumed on tap in 2009. This stout was really, really good. Nice surprise.

Darkest brown in color with a small tan head and some lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roast.

Flavor is amazing and fairly sweet with coffee, Irish cream, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon or rum.

Palate is smooth and creamy with medium-full body.

Excellent beer! Tiiick!

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits good dark brown consistency through it and a 3/4" tan head. Aroma is just superb. All kinds of the chocolate coffee beans jump out. Then the lactose rounds and smoothes it all out.

The taste continues to awe almost as much as the aroma, its rich, a little sweet, but has the malt bill to keep the mouthfeel from getting away from the sturdy two row and chocolate malt in the right proportion. Did I not mention vanilla creme? Its there. Alcohol nowhere to be found on the palate.

Something I'll always order when I'm in the area. That good.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

Appearance is a dense dark brown hue, a small amount of tan bubbles on the surface, watery lacing

Smell is super sweet molasses, coffee, dark fruits, caramel malts, brown sugar, hint of booze

Taste is dominated by sweet coffee malts, opens up to dark fruits, molasses, hints of grassy hops, dark bittersweet chocolate, finishes bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, super creamy and velvety texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, a nice sweet stout with good malts/hop balance and taste profile, nice punch of flavors compared to standard stouts; from the internet: "This is named after Ron Kloth's dog. It is a milk stout made with Irish cream flavoured coffee beans."

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bigbelcher
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Below is my first review, Papago recently had someone else start making their beer for them and this is the first one they put on tap. The beer is way different from the previous version. Gone is the sourness and the coffee flavor is simply huge now. The strongest coffee flavor I have had in any beer. I tried New Belgiums Gidde Up that has espresso in it after drinking this beer and the Gidde Up had no discernable coffee flavor whatsoever because the Elsies wiped out my taste buds. If you like a good cup of strong joe, try this beer.
A really nice combination of coffee in a Milk Stout. Really full bodied, huge coffee aroma, some hints of vanilla and baileys Irish Cream. A slight sourness but not too bad. Very black, tan head. Not a lot of alcohol. Lots of different flavor components to this beer. Another nice job by the owner Ron. The beer is named after his dog so you know he likes it.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe AZ,
P: pours a creamy dark roast coffee color with a thin white head that leaves a good lacing

S: brown sugar, malt, coffee very sweet nose on this one

T: very chocolatey, some nice toasted brown sugar, and a smooth creamy finish.

MF: had it on nitro tap, went down cool and clean

OA. Not to bad, pretty sweet though so you could only prob have 2 in a session.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a ash-gray/tan head. Highly carbonated, especially the first few pours. Nose is muted significantly by the head, but roasted malt notes and hints toward coffee and molasses are overwhelmed by a cocoa-powder aroma that lasts into the tasting. The flavors are mostly the same, with a metallic hint that does further harm to my ability to want to drink another glass. Just a little to sweet for my taste, although the mouthfeel is spot-on for style and size.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, on to the beer:

Served at 50 F, this beer is pitch black in color, the head retention is okay. The smell is a dream come true for my sweet tooth. Cream, coffee, chocolate syrup. Very pleasing. Taste-wise, it still pretty sweet, but astringent roasted coffee is more intense and balances out the sweet creaminess and syrupy chocolate. Medium bodied, but with too much carbonation.

This is a good flavored beer. Coffee and cream, the drink you would normally have for breakfast, but this one is beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had this on tap over the new years holiday.

Poured into a standard Pint glass. Pour is black, with a small dark tan head. The beer was not on nitro tap, nor was it overly carbonated, which was a nice change for the style since it allowed the subtle flavors to come through more.

The aroma is of Irish cream, roasted coffee, toast, as well as chocolate.

The taste matched what the aroma's previewed. Sweet cream, roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, and a milky creaminess. Not overly sweet. Drinks quite nice.

The mouth feel is a bit thin for a milk stout (from experience, milk stouts shine when on nitro tap) but it did not detract from this one. Lightly carbonated, but still present. Light to medium body overall. Not sure on the ABV, even the site has a "?" but whatever it is, it is well masked, and I would venture a guess at about 6.5% or so.

Of the three beers I tried form Papago while there, this one was the highlight. Brought home a Growler off it, which was shared amongst friends at a recent gathering, and was liked by all. The Growler was sealed well, and lasted a month. Flavors matched the above notes.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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