Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
621 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:
621
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
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1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of Ysgramor
1.92/5  rDev -50.9%
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 irishgreensoda
2/5  rDev -48.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Majorwolfe
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

C- (2.64) / BELOW AVERAGE

***
2nd impression from a cold bottle:

High C / AVERAGE

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of anticipation23
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of joshautry
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jomolieri
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that prompted me to write a review. For all the great beers I've had I haven't bothered because everyone else was already raving about them.

Elysian makes some outstanding beer but this just isn't one of them.

This beer is bursting with flavor but in ways that I just found all wrong. I couldn't figure out if I was drinking a beer or a coffee.

Part of the problem maybe that I know coffee. This beer tasted like burnt coffee. If you're a real coffee drinker you know the complexity coffee can have and I just got hung up on how strong the coffee flavor was but how burnt and undeveloped it was. I would never drink coffee that tasted like this so I found it a sad excuse to consider such a strong flavor of burnt quality to be acceptable because it was in a beer.

It did have a nice smoothness and a pleasing sweetness so I do think Elysian has some great stout making abilities but marrying it pleasingly with coffee didn't work out too well with this one.

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Photo of TimG_0913
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another beer with a great name and description, but lacked flavor. The profile was so off, it became a drain pour.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dleigh
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted really thin. I was hoping for something more robust.

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Photo of DamienI
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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