Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
609 Ratings
Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet 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.



Added by suncrust on 04-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
609
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
117
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 609 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by Beerme5:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pours a very dark, very opaque brown. One finger head sticks around for a long time and leaves solid lacing.

Smell - Coffee and lots of it up front with dark roastiness, sweet and chocolatey richness, clean and toasty malts tie it all together. This is a very rich smelling beer.

Taste - This is also a very rich, flavorful tasting beer! Coffee is front and center with rich, roasty, toasty goodness: the coffee is masterfully done, no burnt bitterness and not overwhelming. Malts are toasty, bready, chocolatey, and bring in a moderate sweetness. Earthy, grassy hops provide a much needed subtle bitterness to balance. Finishes with a moderate touch of milky sweetness then leans on light roasty bitterness.

Feel - Smooth, creamy, thick medium-full body. Even though carbonation is ample, even though this beer tastes balanced, given the low(ish) alcohol content, this beer feels fairly heavy.

Overall - No joke, this tastes quite reminiscent of a quad-shot mocha complete with whipped cream topping from your local coffee shop. While not nearly that sweet, it's still very rich and decadent tasting... almost to a fault: I don't think I could have more than a few of these in a session. That being said, I would think this is practically spot in for the style. A pretty damn impressive beer, overall.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and somewhat sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee beans and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, smoke, biscuit, grains, and caramel with some yeast. Sweet scent of chocolate milk, vanilla, and lactose. Light hints of earthy hops. A very nice roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and somewhat sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of coffee beans, dark chocolate, biscuit, toast, smoke, grains, and caramel along with some yeast. Sweet creamy taste of chocolate milk, lactose, and vanilla. Light earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good Milk/Sweet Stout. Good coffee and creamy chocolate flavor.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Espresso milk stout poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. The pour is very dark with no light escaping through, but carbonation is low and I get a thin head with average retention. On the nose I get mild coffee notes, some roasted malt, and toasted bread.

Medium body with a thin, delicate feel and a bitter, roasty flavor. Coffee and roasted malt up front, then some light herbal hoppy notes around mid-palate. Chocolate brings up the rear and the finish is dry and rather short-lived. Overall, a nice beer with mild coffee flavor that drinks more like a porter than a milk stout. I thought this beer was a bit on the bitter side. In fact, I wouldn't have guessed it was a milk stout. The lactose sweetness doesn't show up on my palate.

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Photo of rronin
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I first tasted Split Shot, I thought, "Now here's a brew for the espresso lover!" It is a perfect "dessert" stout, delicious served by itself, or with just about any sweet treat, particularly chocolate. It is the ideal post prandial brew, not a bit of bitterness, just rich, creamy, silky smooth, eminently quaffable, but why hurry? This is a brew to be sipped and savored until the very last drop. In the future Split Shot will be my brew of choice following a meal, and am looking forward to making ice cream floats with it in the summer!

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Harrison8
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with barely a finger of khaki foamy head rising to the top. Head retention is moderate, with a few hesitant strings of lacing. Aroma is peppered with notes of espresso, coffee, caramel, lactose, and roasted malts. Peppered meaning each note is present, and far from overly assertive. It doesn't smell dark or rich. Flavor profile is a little better, with notes of smooth espresso, caramel, lactose, and roasted and toasted malts. Espresso notes are nice and come through well developed just as a well-pulled shot of espresso should come off. Mouth feel strikes a medium between rich and creamy, and thin and grainy. Despite it's middle of the road feel, it feels great, giving a little extra oomph to what is usually an otherwise thin, unimpressive feeling style. Overall, a milk stout for those looking for a milk stout with a little more richness, or for those looking for espresso. Espresso notes often feel underdone, or more coffee-esque then espresso to my palate, but this beer delivers on the espresso side. A wonderful and tasty brew.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of Ysgramor
1.92/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I'm not much of a fan of darker beers, I read about milk stouts and was interested so I went out and got a bottle of this. Confirmed my opinion on the brew

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Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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Photo of Afroman
4.96/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Awesome display of cascading head from a hefty pour, that yields a very dense creamy looking head. Smells like an iced cappuccino with a dusting of cocoa powder. Lush creamy mouth feel with a full body, mild carbonation moves this beer along. Unsweetened chocolate, espresso and other charred notes cover the palate. Dark sugar sweetness is there but kept in check. Finishes with more more espresso and end a little sweet.

We done guys, great use of coffee here with a near perfect balance.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Near black, dark tan head, moderate retention

Milk chocolate o the nose

Easy drinkiin ad quite pleasant sweet stout. More milk chocolate and a hint of cafe au lait.

Well done...well worth a try

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Delicious taste and finish like drinking a smooth espresso

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Photo of BCborn
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuowl74a
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of briandaube
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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