Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
126 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:
126
Ratings:
571
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
105
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 571
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 Tone
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of yeast, hint of chocolate, slight roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark, almost opaque reddish brown. Thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate and coffee; malts are not noticeable. Flavor is similar, tastes like a chocolate / espresso shake, faint toasted malt. Light toasted malt and sharp, lightly burnt coffee finish. Very smooth and integrated. A nice, flavorful coffee stout. Medium to heavy bodied with nice creaminess.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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 flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with plenty of murk. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I quite like it!

Smell: very high-quality coffee aroma. The chocolate is a little more subdued, but overall there's a nice balance and nothing about it is over the top. Great!

Taste: great big coffee flavor right up front. Plenty of bitterness, but again, it's not over the top. The finish is where the chocolate comes in; it's like a nice cup of hot chocolate or a well-balanced mocha. Good job by the brewer here in achieving balance.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Milk stouts often feel to me like there's some kind of granular aspect to them -- this might just be my imagination. In any case, it's quite good.

Overall: this beer is really, really working for me. It's got the right balance and it really goes down easy. Kudos to the brewers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

RB

Black brew with an okay dark tan head with little retention.. spotty lacing.. Cold coffee and little actual "beer" presence... nice lactose adds body and a light sweetness.. body is surprisingly bigger than I was expecting.. I guess the milk sugars help.. a hint of chocolate makes me think of the gas station Starbucks coffee drinks. light body yet still full.. I have been holding out on trying this one and am regretting it. This is a great beer for sure. Elysian should market this one based on the balance.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75/4

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Olive black in the vessel with a huge multi-finger mocha head that was spongy textured and moderately lasting. Large coverage of lace on the glass with minor windows of visibility.

S: Aroma of powdered milk, dry chocolate, chalky, with some dry grains of moderate strength. Wish the aroma could of been more fresh and bigger. Semi-sweet notes of creamer coffee but not much in the way of espresso.

T: Flavor was chalky, creamer laced dry chocolate, pretty big flavorwise. Sweet, powdery milk chocolate and cocoa with some big mention of fresh, wet espresso grounds mid-palate that finishes dry.

M: Malty mouthful, that turned frothy with creamer like texture and edgy carbonation and dry chocolate leave.

O: Overall the espresso nature starts to pick up with some rich, deep coffee grounds balanced by some minor sweet milk chocoalte notes. Not as sweet per style as many, but the extra rich espresso nature picks up for some of the slack making this somewhat interesting.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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 corby112
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color that's nearly opaque with faint chocolate brown edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Robust roasted malt aroma that's countered by sweeter malt notes and lactic sugar.  Strong roasted coffee presence but not burnt or acrid smelling. Hints of dark and milk chocolate, toffee and oatmeal give off complexity and the lactic sugar provides some sweetness/creaminess.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a robust, deeply roasted coffee flavor that's countered by sweeter malts.  Not acrid or overly roasted with subtle smokiness, espresso, dark chocolate and oatmeal.  This is countered by lighter chocolate, toffee and hazelnut as well as some lactic cream.  Still a heavy coffee flavor but well balanced and enjoyable.

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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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Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random specs of surface foam.

S- Fresh espresso aroma that's complemented very well by the lactose. Hint of vanilla.

T- Dark roast with more sweetness than in the aroma. Notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla making for a sugary iced coffee flavor which I enjoy greatly. Also a hint of greek yogurt which I'm finding more and more in certain milk stouts.

M- Semi-creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Super solid coffee beer with a good balance of sweetness, espresso, chocolate and lactose.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, chalky black, thin cap of khaki head. Scent brings dark roasted espresso bean, cream and sugar, light notes of nuttyness. Tatste strong with roasted bean and freshly brewed dark coffee, good sugar and cream notes, finishes with a strong peanut buttery note. Fuller side of medium, smooth with some graniness. Solid milk stout all around.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this brew! Thanks Hollis!

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of brown head. Drops quickly to a small ring with large bubbles.

Smell: This is my favorite part of this brew! Big fresh roasty expresso! Peanut butter! Yeah...without a doubt I get a definate peanut butter note out of the nose. A mixture of dark chocolates and milk chocolates.

Taste: Big roasty expresso coffee that does not have even a hint of bitterness. Milk chocolates and dark chocolate. Hint of lacto milky notes almost like creamer for a coffee. Beer finishes with a touch of chocolatey sweetness and a mild expresso note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable milk stout! No alcohol detected. Just a touch thin, but it does make the beer suffer from a thinner mouthfeel.

Overall: I loved the smell of this beer. Its not super complex, but elysian definately made what they set out to do! Great beer! Suprised it does not get more love from people who review it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5,10.12 from notes.

It is my first Seattle beer week since moving back, and I am on daddy duty all week. This is the closest thing to it. The offical beer of the week.

A - Pours a dark coffee brown with a one finger medium to dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S -Lots of coffee here and some roasted chocolate.

T - Milky chocolate with a very strong coffee finish.

D - Good carbonation and a heavy body.

O - Coffee and more coffee. A good choice as any for Seattle beer week.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Suds
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Rutager
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours pretty darn close to black with a 1/2 finger of light tan head.

Smell. Dark coffee and dark roasty malts with a bit of sweet milk chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Dark roasted malts, sour old coffee, not a lot of sweetness. Flavours are a little washed out ...maybe I was just expecting more from the appearance.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Coffee taste was okay but the beer wasn't big enough to back it up.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep-deep brown nearly black color. When served there was a big brown head on the brew that faded over a moderate amount of time to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweet coffee smell mixed with a good dose of milk chocolate. Behind these aromas is a roasted malt and light vanilla smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a roasted malt and coffee flavor. Upfront it also has some sweet chocolate flavors as well. These sweeter flavors dwindle as the taste advances with the chocolate becoming more bitter and the flavors of coffee/espresso getting stronger. While near the end a quite sweet lactose taste comes to the tongue making the beer on the sweeter side and balancing out the bitter with more sweetness. In the end the flavors when mixed together leave a mocha cappuccino flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body is very nice for the flavors of the beer and really accentuates the dark chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors.

Overall – A pretty tasty stout. With it not being too heavy, it having a creamier feel and nice sweeter finish it is quite pleasant to drink and a nice beer to sip after a meal.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elysian Fields in Seattle. Pours black, black, black with a nice espresso colored creamy head. Smells of strong espresso/earthy coffee and big sweet chocolate. Flavor follows with a full on mocha bomb, chocolate-espresso-chocolate-espresso, with a nice earthy bitter finish from the roasty coffee that melds nicely with the lactose and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel, and goes down like velvet. One of the best I have had of the style--did this not turn out as well in the bottle?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes, because internet outage.

A: Pours a very dark brown color and a one finger head of mocha (lol) shade. The head's texture looks like similar to whipped cream on top of espresso (wut), and its retention is pretty good, too. A creamy ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: There a some nice - if subtle - black coffee notes emanating from the glass, but what makes it quite good is how well the supplemental notes of cream and vanilla blend with the coffee. Not only does it take the edge off, but it creates a nice dessert quality. Really nice if rather simplistic.

T: Coffee hits the palate first, turning into a more general roasted note shortly after. The finish is creamy and vanilla-y, with a faint touch of confectioner's sugar. All in all, it's a decently balanced coffee stout: the blend between the sweet and roast works well, but I could always use a bit more coffee.

M: A bit on the thin side. Carbonation is also somewhat strong. Other than that, it's neither too sweet nor too dry. Having said that, it isn't eminently chuggable like some coffee stouts can be. Still don't care.

O: A solid coffee stout. While it isn't the most exciting, it's still a nicely balanced example of the style. I could easily drink this again, and even buy it again.

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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with bitter chocolate and strong, roasted coffee. Not much else going on, but what's there is nice.

T: roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, robust coffee, and a bit of char. The finish is slightly bitter.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being watery, though I'd prefer it be a little creamier.

O: an enjoyable coffee stout, overall, especially for the low abv. Robust and with a lot of nice coffee notes, this beer is drinkable and tasty.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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