Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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Split Shot Espresso Milk StoutSplit Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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

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Ratings: 665 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coffee, slight sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and slight piney hop. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also n elevated roasted malt 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 aasher
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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 stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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 jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of IPAchris
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Photo of sd123
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of epyon396
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and had an aroma of light coffee as the lactic aromas are minimal at best. Smooth, creamy, medium body with mild lactic flavors to tame the coffee notes; excellent balance and an enjoyable and easy to sip milk stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 Donkster46
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours deep espresso black under a thin tan cap with moderate retention.

S: You can smell rich coffee aromas from a few feet away. Closer up there is a light sweetness, some dark malts, and some light roast but there is nothing harsh or burnt.

T: The sweetness is medium to medium high at the start but the espresso and chocolate flavors temper the sweetness as they come forward. There is also a hint of dark fruit flavors. A moderate hop bitterness emerges as the beer journeys across the tongue and keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying or overbearing. The balance leans to the malt.

F: Split Shot is velvety and silty smooth with a medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: This is a very satisfying and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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.


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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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