Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout
BA SCORE
3.93/5
626 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
Ranking:
#5,825
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
626
pDev:
9.92%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
120
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 626 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

More like a dry stout, fresh on tap at Cole’s. Licorice and roast aromas. Off notes, like mold,which is likely the lactose milk part that sometimes emits this, more like goat cheese and coffee unhappily married. Dry finish. Above average mouthfeel though oily.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, earth, dirt, char, and burnt espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, brewed espresso, and espresso grounds flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with espresso characteristics that come through slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this stuff is great. a sessionable milk stout with a bit of coffee, subtle on that front, easy drinking and delicious. dark brown pour with some viscosity and about an inch of head, close to white, that sticks around pretty well. the nose is more of the lactose sugar than the espresso, but i get the classic bitterness from the coffee to balance the sweetness of the stout. the grain is fresh and well roasted, not super dark, with some chocolate notes in both aroma and flavor. the coffee is up front in the taste, not dominant at all, but just an accent. similarly, i dont get much caffeine from this, which aids drinkability for me. the back end is the milk stout part, the lactose sugar gives sweetness and body to an already rich feeling drink, with excellent carbonation this is very satisfying. elysian makes some great pumpkin beer, and now its nice to see some of their other stuff on the market here in denver, this is very good milk stout.

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

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - I know coffee and beer are big in Seattle, but this seems a bit too on the nose, as it's being done everywhere else.

This beer pours an almost complete black, but with subtle dark brown edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells very much like Coffee Crisp candy bars - the java, the biscuity wafers, the milk chocolate - alongside a wan bready caramel malt, a bit of black licorice, and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bigger on the acrid coffee side of things - milky espresso, and a further earthy bean character - grainy, crackery caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, a hint of wet ash, and more leafy, grassy, and slightly floral hops.

The carbonation is quite low and non-effusive, barely a nascent frothiness arising to engage my palate in battle, the body an adequate medium weight, and equally underwhelming in its attempt at smoothness - the acridity of coffee and (hops?) alike worming its way in here. It finishes mostly dry, coffee the order of the day from very early on, which is wholly appropriate, I suppose.

A decent, pepped-up coffee stout, with enough attendant milk and cream notes to nudge it nicely into the style designation here. The Emerald City may lay claim to a metric shit ton of the two main players here, and in so doing, has engendered an affable meeting of worlds.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out like a cup of espresso though a modest head replaces the brownish film; not much retention or lacing, however

Smell: Coffee with a hint of a burnt character

Taste: Coffee flavor up front, in the middle and in the finish; just a hint of lactose in the aftertaste; oddly fruity and sweet, almost as if it were a coffee soda

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a year in the bottle did not serve this well but the beer is not particularly impressive - the body doesn't hold up and the flavors seem a bit underattenuated

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Greenville SC in a Gouden Carolus glass.

Poured dark red-brown, nearly black, with a weak beige head that left spots of lacing.

S: The moderately strong aroma features medium roasted coffee; a particularly nice coffee aroma.

Flavor: the excellent smell carries over to the coffee dominated flavor. Some complexity here with hints of dark dried fruits, dark chocolate and toffee. Faint smoke with coffee in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with light-medium carbonation.

Overall: recommended.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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 smithj4
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 626 ratings
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