Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
133 Reviews
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
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
597
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 597
Photo of jzlyo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is coffee/espresso, dark malts and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is coffee/espresso, dark/roasted malts, dark fruit and an acidic/slightly sour finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, chocolate pour with some sediment floating here and there almost looking like pepper seeds. Head is 1 finger steady and beige.

Aroma is straight coffee shop Espresso, bordering on peppery but not quite crossing the line into harshness. The milk/lactose is in there as well as the caramel.

Damn good coffee flavors here. Lots of fresh roast, mild acidity, rich depth. The more its sipped, the coffee falls off to chocolate and caramel, with hints of milk.

Feel is roasty and smooth, slightly creamy, with proper carbonation.

Overall, Split Shot is a win-win. I like it a lot. The coffee never gets peppery - just fresh and acidic. The addition of caramel and chocolate make this a sweet treat. I'd gladly buy more.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/14/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toasted oats, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toasted oats, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toasted oats, brown bread,and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly drying from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great coffee milk stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really rich with a great mouthfeel for the modest ABV; with well rounded milk stout complexity all around. A really enjoyable offering.

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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 Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not quite pitch black (reddish hues) smallish head of off white foam, decent lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted/burnt malt, dark chocolate.

T: Coffee, roasted malt, milky, some dark chocolate.

M: Medium body, lightish carbonation.

O: Solid and tasty and smooth. On draught at the Keg & Cork.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle a solid black under a one-inch thick mocha head which leaves semi-rings and splotches of lace. Aroma is roasted coffee and cream. Flavor is mildly sweet with some bitterness, well balanced roasted coffee. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth and creamy.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes with coffee featured.

Tastes of the deep roasted malts. Malts lead off with notes of coffee and dark chocolate followed by some molasses. A bit of lactose sweetness before some earthiness comes through. Finishes with a bit of lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done milk stout.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very creamy flavor along with plenty of sweet espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Delicious milk stout with a beautiful color and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium black. The aroma is very strong with coffee. The taste is more milk stout with a hint of coffee, good malt base. Body is spot on with it being slightly more acidic than expected. Overall very nice.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts off with a body that pours black and opaque with a small, lightly tan head. Sweet lactose is followed by mild to medium strength coffee on the nose. The blend of these two aspects makes the scent very enjoyable and very close to a delicious coffee house treat. Taking a sip, the lactose and coffee follow the same path as they do in the smell. The middle to back half of the drink sees the coffee and bitterness take over a bit from the sweetness. Overall flavor profile is exactly like a sweet coffee drink at the local coffee house. As far as weight/feel goes, this one is thicker and smooth, yet still drinks pretty easily with no heat and plenty of lactose sweetness.

Overall, I really like how this beer maintains the bitterness from the coffee, while still displaying a lactose sweetness that isn't overpowering. The one-two punch of coffee and sweetness is an attractive combination in the end and really makes this beer what it is.

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Photo of gandres
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
black, dark, big foam that slowly disappears
aroma of coffee on the nose
medium bitterness, sweet
creamy, long follow through, long tart-bitter aftertaste, not as bold as other stouts
very good beer, ok to repeat, but not to look for
drank: February 1, 2017 7:18 PM

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found this and committed to a six pack before finding a single at the local sixer shop. Seeing the reviews it might be good to have more than one. Pours a rather dark looking brew little ruby hue with a 1/2 inch of mocha frothy. Smells of a pretty decent coffee milk stout espresso beans rather than roast, touch of milk sugars and some cocoa to boot. Taste is what I expected bitter but not too roasty semi sweet with some chocolate to the mix. Body is velvety and smooth medium bodied brew.

Overall I got 5 more to finish and I can't see having an issue it's a very good milk stout.

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Photo of DSizzle
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Punkuccino minus the pumpkin (Outstanding beer by the way). If you like one you are bound to like the other as long as you like pumpkin that is. And for those who don't like pumpkin this might be right up your alley.

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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 jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle - Packaged on 12/22/16:

Looks like an espresso: very dark brown with a creamy tan head settles and lasts, leaving frothy lacing.

The smell is of strong coffee dominates the nose, with some caramel and a hint of chocolate and earthy spice peeks through.

The taste is of coffee/espresso with a drop of milk (lactose). Dark malt enhances the coffee and gives a sweet balance of chocolate, caramel and dark sugar to the roast. A subtle touch of spicy, earthy hops add some balancing bitterness. Coffee dominates less in the taste as in the nose, though it is still strong.

Silky smooth, fuller side of medium-bodied.

Coffee forward, but not overly roasty, the coffee allows the malt (and some hops) to come through. A pleasant marriage of coffee and beer - very fitting for Seattle!

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color with a thick tan head. The aroma is of richly roasted grain and coffee...espresso beans and dark barley. The taste is dry and bitter....full and intense. The body is thick, velvety, and mouth-filling. Coffee, roasted flavors, dryness, fullness, and intensity. Earthy and deep. This is an excellent brew.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle. Packaged 12/22/2016

Pours a solid black-brown body with frothy tan head. Decent retention. Some thin lacing

Scent is somewhat prominent but it's dominated by such a large coffee/espresso presence it was hard to detect anything else. I got a tiny whiff of malt in the midst of all the coffee.

The taste was a lot more balanced. There was a milk chocolate sweetness that I hadn't detected in the smell giving it an overall toffee effect

Full and somewhat creamy, lightly carbonated

Interesting beer. Interesting style. Still trying to sort this one out... I'm a coffee fan, (and obviously a beer fan) Just not sure if I want these two worlds to collide. Reminds me of that old toast; "To our wives and girlfriends, ...may they never meet ! "

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Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although coffee’s not my thing, it’s somewhat palatable in this mix. Black with nice billowy beige head. Coffee is at the forefront in the aroma, but taste is nice mix of the coffee and roast grains. Silky smooth texture, heavy mouthfeel.,

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3-11-16 - On tap at Elysian Brewery on Capital Hill in Seattle as I wait for Ryan to come home from work. Nice and oh so sweet milk stout. Kind of a Coke/espresso combo. Not as smooth as other milk stouts, but just as sweet -maybe more. Get some of this before your next all nighter.

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Photo of whitetale
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark black. Pretty good lacing - lingers.
Aroma is light coffee. Somewhat sweet.
Taste is light coffee and chocolate. A sweet chocolate flavor lingers, improves a little as it warms.
Mouth feel is on the light side. Carbonation is good.
Overall: this is an interesting brew. Initially, a coffee flavor following by a light sweetness. It is very light for a coffee stout. There are better choices.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black: very little head.

Smell: Coffee

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront that gives way to coffee flavors in the
middle. Coffee bitterness in the close.

Feel: Full, creamy

Overall: Really enjoyed this far more than anticipated: Definitely a
very nice "split" (as the name suggests) between a dry coffee-esque stout
and a milk stout. Definitely a nice / unique change of pace.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this on nitro tap in a 16oz glass.

Pitch black color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Sticks around forever.
Subdued aroma - some roast and coffee notes.
Beautifully balanced flavor. Some sweetness, some roast, some coffee. Finish is sweet.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. I'm glad I'm drinking this on nitro.
Overall a yummy milk stout with some coffee. Coffee and sweetness dominate, making this a fairly one dimensional beer. Could use more malt or hop complexity. Try to get it on nitro if you can.

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 gshak
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fills the glass with blackness. Some lighter brown comes through in the light. The head is khaki, fluffy, and laces the glass.

The aroma is probably the best the thing going with this beer. Immense coffee jumps out first with some sweeter chocolate, caramel and vanilla notes.

Drinks pretty light on the palate with medium carbonation. The flavor delivers a lot of coffee and roast with some sweetness underlying.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 597 ratings.
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