Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Split Shot combines the local talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.

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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 718
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice find in my local distributor's $1/bottle bin. Glad to try another Elysian brew. Good coffee up front finishes on the sides with bitter. Reminds me of Edmund's Fitzgerald although Edmund's is a Porter. Anyway good choice!

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Photo of hman43
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: The aroma is full of roast, cream, and expresso. There are low levels of dark fruits.

Taste: The flavors are a combination of coffee, cream, and roast. There are low levels of dark fruit.

Feel: Is has a moderately full body and is creamy in texture.

Overall, a good combination of roast and coffee is a creamy texture.

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Photo of ivertd90
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love coffee. Particularly espresso with a little half and half added and that's it. I also love beer... But generally lighter ones like lagers or pilsners. This beer is definitely a stout and it is definitely coffee, but it is also definitely good. The coffee flavor and aroma is there and the sharpness and bitterness of the coffee is rounded out very smoothly by the milk stout. This provides it with enough sweetness to make it easily drinkable but yet not overpoweringly so, that you regret drinking it.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: nice deep brown color, tan head, some lacing
S: heavy coffee and roasted malts
T: coffee, some roasty, some sweetness
F: silky, just a little bitter on the finish
O: definitely recommend

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Photo of srw
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours a dark brown with a slight light brown head that fades quickly. Coffee followed by caramel and toffee on the nose. The taste is similar to the smell with coffee as well as sweet chocolate. Some mild bitterness on the finish from the coffee. Light carbonation with a medium body. One of the best coffee milk stouts I've had.

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Photo of AmishSlacker
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark like coffee but no translucence. The foam was a chocolaty brown color which slowly faded to a ring around the glass and lace. First smell is coffee and then a malty tone. Very little carbonation and really silky smooth in the mouth. The taste of coffee is most predominant and followed by a chocolaty caramel malt flavor. It has a pleasant sweetness. Nothing is overpowering. Overall very nice milk stout.

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Photo of Anselm
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wonderfully smooth, there's a lot of complexity to it that I've been hard pressed to find in other milk or coffee stouts. There are notes of caramel and licorice and it feels a bit more bitter and less overly sweet than say Left Hand's Milk Stout, I guess they went light on the lactose.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid espresso/ coffee aroma. Getting coffee, cream and roasted malt but very muted. Medium to thin feel. A bit of bitterness on the finish. Eh, I want the flavors to punch through a bit more.

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Photo of Mattpodos
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with 2 finger head.
Smells of coffee chocolate and vanilla.
Sweet tast of cream blended perfectly with coffee taste. I love this beer they definately got it right.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard - espresso isn’t very distinct and doesn’t pack much of a punch but isn’t off in any way or offensive, easy drinking desert beer no fuss no muss

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date on bottle.
Look: Pours dark cola brown. I achieve about 3 fingers width of a tan head from a simple pour. Alot of floaters in this brew.
Smell: Roasted malts, espresso coffee, burnt sugar, chocolate, and maybe some hints of vanilla and a pecan or peanut nuttiness. There is a sweet aspect to the smell which is no doubt due to the lactose.
Taste: Follows the nose for the most part. Roasted malts and chocolate are on the front end, with a slight sweet finish. There is a residual nutty/roasty taste in my mouth, but it is pleasant. As it warms, the coffee and chocolate really blends nicely, with a sweet sugary milk finish.
Feel: Moderately carbonated and too thin for my liking, but does have smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: This is a tasty offering by elysian. It is low abv, and very easy to drink. I am grateful to have tried, and think it is worth a "shot." Cheers!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a dark black with a moderate head. The aroma is sweet with notes of milk chocolate, milk, brown sugar, and coffee. The flavor is soft and sweet, with strong notes of milk, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. The mouthfeel is quite light and slightly thin, with minimal carbonation. Overall the flavors are nice, but a bit too sweet and a bit too light for my tastes.

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Photo of beerqa
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. very dark with small tan head. As expected nice espresso coffee aroma. Some chocolate but I have had some "coffee" or "chocolate" flavored stouts that were like drinking syrup. This beer has a nice balance that is creamy, flavorful, and rich that lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of espresso, chocolate and toasted caramel. Sweet chocolate with some rich, roasted coffee flavor.

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Photo of Dewsby
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a dark, roasty brown with a creamy khaki head. Some lacing is present.

S) The nose is latte-like in that it is dominated by coffee and to an extent, the lactose. There is almost a french vanilla or caramel macchiato-like sweetness in the nose as well, it is very inviting.

T) The taste is coffee forward, and the dark roast notes linger after everything else. It is quite sweet, but I would not say cloyingly sweet, it does come across as a french vanilla creamer type note, which is incredibly pleasant.

F) The mouthfeel is very creamy, and the beer coats the mouth. It does have a medium carbonation that works well for the style.

O) This is great across the board. I had this one for breakfast with a couple eggs and chocolate covered cranberries. An easy 6-pack recommendation to coffee lovers.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout, 6% ABV, 28 IBU. Pours black, with a slight tan head. Nose is milk, taste is coffee, milk smoothness, slight bitter close. A bit bland. Excellent smooth mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and had an aroma of light coffee as the lactic aromas are minimal at best. Smooth, creamy, medium body with mild lactic flavors to tame the coffee notes; excellent balance and an enjoyable and easy to sip milk stout.

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Photo of BeefyChef
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Love imperial porters and stouts, so this was a no brainer. Nice initial tingling on the tongue then very smooth with nice coffee espresso finish. Would buy it again. B+/A rating

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Photo of LeRose
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown almost black with a decent khaki colored head that persists.

The aroma is very subdued. There is faint coffee, a weak char, sweetness. It doesn't smell much like an espresso or a stout, sort of a weak melding of the two.

Unfortunately, the taste follows. It is pleasant enough, sweet coffee, but no depth and not enough flavor for a stout. What is there is very good, but it seems like this one could be amped up a bit. As it warms, a licorice flavor comes out that I really don't care for.

Smooth and sweet on the tongue, a little on the sticky side, a little too carbonated maybe.

This is an OK beer that wold probably go over well with non-stout drinkers. It is in limbo. Seems like it should be either a full blown desert beer or an in your face slightly sweet espresso monster, but it is neither. The flavors are there, but lack depth and intensity. Can't say I can recommend seeking it out, but you could do worse.

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Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date listed on the bottle or label.

Appearance: The body is black and it has a medium-sized, creamy textured, light khaki head. The head has good retention and great lacing, giving this beer an overall great look in the glass.

Aroma: It has a nice soft coffee aroma with a touch of burnt wood.

Taste: There's a light coffee flavor to the beer and just a touch of very light charcoal at the end. The beer label says "Espresso Milk Stout" and while it does taste like coffee it doesn't really taste much like an espresso. The flavors of the beer are nice but very mild.

Mouthfeel: The texture to this beer is amazing. As soon as it hits the palate it just fills every corner of the mouth with this light and airy yet full-feeling texture...a bit like whipped cream but obviously liquid. The beer only has a light bitterness but it is extremely tame with a bitterness lighter than what would be found in coffee. The beer says on the label that it "CONTAINS LACTOSE" and although that is normal in a milk stout it feels like there is a lot in this beer. After drinking each sip of the beer it leaves this very sweet and sticky texture on the lips.

Overall: If you enjoy a milder coffee flavor and a sweeter beer then you will enjoy this beer. I enjoyed its pleasant and smooth coffee flavor and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Twoxrifles
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As far as a “coffee stout/porter”, this is the best I’ve had by far. For me, most coffee stout/porters are either too sweet, bitter, or have a bad after taste. Split Shot does not.

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Photo of mshiner1
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As soon as i had this beer i was blown away. it is the perfect beer for the winter/spring season. I am a huge elysian fan, and also a huge fan of stump town coffee.

Out of all the coffee beers i have ever had, this definitely does it for me the best. a must have. 10/10

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A sixer ran me $6.99 at a grocery store in Brooklyn - not a bad price by Williamsburg standards.

"Espresso milk stout.""Ale brewed with coffee." 6% ABV. Brewed with Stumptown coffee, Magnum hops, and the following malts/adjunct: Kiln Coffee, Black, Roasted Barley, Pale Crystal, Crystal 45, Flaked Oats. 28 IBUs.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Branded pry-off cap. Generic label art.

Served pretty close to room temperature into a nonic pint (impressions from a cold bottle will follow shortly).

APPEARANCE: Dark brown-black body. Khaki colour head with a nice consistency. Opaque. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes.

Looks pretty conventional for a milk stout without appearing unique or special.

AROMA: Artificial coffee flavour, dark malt sweetness, specialty chocolate malt, lactose sugar. I don't detect the oat adjunct.

I'm not getting any espresso - just a generic coffee flavour. It does help balance out the lactose and crystal malt sweetness with some bitterness, but it's pretty inexpressive and shallow, as is the aroma as a whole.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: A generic mix of artificial coffee flavour, dark malt sweetness, and lactose/milk sugar sweetness. Coffee is dull and inexpressive. Milk sugar is there but offers little of interest. Some dark/black bread characteristics. Not imbalanced, but not dialed in.

Brief flavour duration. Shallow depth of flavour.

Extremely simplistic for a milk stout. I'd probably take Carib's export stouts over this, let alone stylistic paragons like Left Hand Milk Stout.

TEXTURE: Creamy, soft, smooth, wet. I guess the oats help give it more of that porter-like smoothness.

OVERALL: One of the least inspired coffee stouts I've had in recent memory, and far from great within the milk stout style, but all the basics are in place and there's no off-flavour or booze here. It's drinkable, and the marriage of coffee and dark malts just works - even though the coffee character is shallow and uninteresting and the beer lacks depth of flavour across the board. Very underwhelming, but it's approachable and enjoyable for what it is and I'm not dreading working my way through the remaining 5 bottles.

Would pair well with pretzels.


2nd impression from a cold bottle:


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Photo of VeganUndead
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more aggressive roastiness than I expected. The lower abv highlights this, a solid offering but not one I will seek out again. Guess I'm not punk enough...

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours deep espresso black under a thin tan cap with moderate retention.

S: You can smell rich coffee aromas from a few feet away. Closer up there is a light sweetness, some dark malts, and some light roast but there is nothing harsh or burnt.

T: The sweetness is medium to medium high at the start but the espresso and chocolate flavors temper the sweetness as they come forward. There is also a hint of dark fruit flavors. A moderate hop bitterness emerges as the beer journeys across the tongue and keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying or overbearing. The balance leans to the malt.

F: Split Shot is velvety and silty smooth with a medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: This is a very satisfying and easy to drink beer.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 718 ratings