Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
599 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
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
599
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
113
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 599
Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Founding Farmers DC on 5/10/14

A-Pours dark brown with a beige head. Minimal lacing.

S-The aroma has cream, vanilla, smooth roast, coffee and chocolate.

T-The flavor begins with lots of roast, lots of coffee, dark chocolate and some earthy hops. The finish has woodiness, more coffee and light milkiness.

M-It has a medium body with a nice rough feel and low carbonation.

O-Overall a very enjoyable milk stout that I would get again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour results in a very slight fizzy khaki colored head the quickly disappears... What remains is a very slight lacing and thin to moderate collar... Carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a deep brown that allows a bit of light to leak in around the edges providing a light reddish hue of undertones... The aroma is exactly as expected and rather enjoyable... Mild espresso is at the forefront of each and every whiff... Next in line is the roasted malt... Finally there are hints of vanilla and caramel... The flavor profile is much more muted than I would have expected based on the stellar aroma... Everything seems to be watered down a notch or two... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Some fizzy carbonation to start... Chalky throughout... Has some characteristics similar to espresso (minus the carbonation)... Not a bad beer, but nothing to memorable either... The aroma is stellar, but all other facets are average or only slightly better...

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/4/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. Some sediment/floaties. The aromas have some sweet malts along with some milk chocolate. The coffee is there. Lactose and fresh milk is there. Some caramel and vanilla cream in the mix. The flavors are rich and bold while remaining balanced. Really nice coffee and milk chocolate flavors. More hints of caramel and vanilla along with some toffee. It's sweet, but nothing cloying, crazy or over the top. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy, velvety and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great milk stout. Nice aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. This one is fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, having never had this before. I love Milk/Sweet Stouts and like most of the other ones that I've reviewed on here, this one certainly didn't disappoint. It's rare to find a beer this dark that drinks like a session and balances the lactose and other flavors well, but that was the case here from start to finish. Toss in a pleasing appearance and this clearly came out a winner in my book.

Loved the pour to this, as the cocoa-brown hue, silky consistency, and root beer-like head all combined for a wonderful first impression of this. I had to wait quite a bit for the foam to settle, so I could pour out the last of the bottle's contents after swishing them around. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but there were faintly present notes of coffee, milk chocolate, and a bit of baker's chocolate. The lactose and sweetness came in the the taste but they weren't overpowering. Never burnt, bitter, or boozy, a hint of soda made itself known in the aftertaste, as the carbonation, sugar, and sarsparilla/root combined to give this the crisp and cloying finish of a good soft drink.

Never did this feel strong and had there been more here, I would have easily downed another in one sitting. Most beers of this style are sweet but this leaned more towards the smooth and dark attributes that the coffee brought out in it. Fine just by itself as a dessert beer, this would be worth seeking out due to its limited release. Judge this beer by its bottle - it has a beauty and nuance on the inside that matches its artful appearance on the outside. Wonderfully smooth stuff!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This very nice milk stout pours
a light blackish brown with cola colored highlights and a very nice
head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and
features some nice light lacing. Nose of coffee, cream, and mild
dark chocolate. Flavors of this fine brew exceed the nose with
smooth cream and mild smooth coffee flavors dipped in dark
chocolate and roasted malts with a very subtle herbal hop note
on the rear. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium carbonation,
and a subtly dry finish that is lightly sweet.

A very nicely balanced milk stout that is highly enjoyable.
Would love to have this one on tap, but just glad to be getting
more Elysian beers here in Cincinnati. Very nice!

Cheers

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Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.99. There’s a logo promoting the 2012 Seattle Beer Week on the lower left portion of the label, which is fitting as this was the official beer of said celebration. According to the fine print, this was brewed with coffee from a Seattle roaster called Lighthouse.

Poured a very dark brown color that gave up nothing when held up to light. Small, mocha-colored head that dropped quickly, leaving a foam collar.

Roasty, coffeeish aroma. Pretty much what I expect whenever I sniff a porter, but I tend to expect a little more complex an aroma from a stout, coffee stout or not.

The taste is a little more complex than the smell. Bitter, dark roast coffee and sweet chocolate flavors vie with one another. There are acidic notes throughout, with things ending on a dry and ever so slightly sour milk note. If it were possible, I’d give this a 3.75 instead of a 4.

The body is somewhere between medium and full. The mouthfeel is velvety and sticky.

A good, not great coffee stout. The coffee and milk stout flavors are fairly well balanced, but the dry, sour aftertaste keeps it a one and done bottle, not something I’d want to session.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: just about opaque black body, couple of fingers of tan foam

S: dark roasted malt aromas, with hints of coffee, espresso, and milk

T: bittersweet espresso, drier than I expected, some milk sugars and roasted malt chocolate flavors; mellow bitterness

M: smooth, slightly chalky finish, slightly coating on the tongue, medium-light body

O: a decent and light-drinking stout, mellow and roasty with ample espresso and milk characteristics; not a beer I'd go back to, but I'm not usually inclined to drink "light"-feeling/tasting milk/sweet stouts - if you dig that style, particularly with an espresso infusion, this will probably rate higher for you than me.
Don't hesitate to give it a try.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian's "Split Shot" Espresso Milk Stout @ 5.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle ,
A-pour is a very dark brown with a small quick tan head leaving no lace along the stein
S-Seattle based 'Lighthouse Coffee" , not at all overpowering , mellow
T-smooth , espresso/coffee tasting , not as bitter as I was expecting
MF-nice carbonation , ok body , so smooth on the palate
Ov-for a Seattle based coffee/beer I'm surprised at how mellow the espresso smell & taste is , not surprised by the overall product , a worthy choice as official beer of "2012 Seattle Beer Week"

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and brown sugar. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and some herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-sweet. OK brew.

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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 draheim
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a translucent dark brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is bitter coffee and dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts.

Taste is rich espresso and bitter dark malt. Nice clean coffee presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, soft like a chocolate milkshake.

Overall a really nice, straightforward coffee stout. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick whipped cream head is latte colored, 2" tall and long lived, leaving dense creamy rings on a Guinness pint glass. The stout is black, even when put to the light.

Upfront with latte aromas, followed by powdered chocolate and malt. Some fresh moist wheat bread makes it through as well.

Follows the nose and plays up the sweetness of the lactose. Roasted bitterness is definitely present, but well controlled. A very subtle finish.

The head is creamy and a major player, while the beer is silky smooth. A watery thin body and no discernible alcohol. Faint carbonation.

This is an amazingly drinkable milk stout. I enjoyed it with a Philly stake sandwich on a spectacular Spring day, by the Canal.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a dark black color body with a thin tan head.
aroma is of roasty malt and some chocolate.
The taste has cofee, roasted malt and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is very nice and overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-very dark brown with a bit of a ruby highlight and a fingers worth of tan frothy head

S-roasted espresso, dark malt, but also a sweet lactose smell

T-roasted malt with espresso, some chocolate, and finishes with a lactose sweetness

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth

Overall an above average milk stout, I like the roasted flavor the coffee brings

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Photo of vkv822
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours black, with a thick, foamy light brown head.

Roasty, cocoa notes upfront, blending into a light espresso finish give this an enjoyable aroma and taste

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very enjoyable coffee, breakfast themed Milk Stout!

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Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Elysian is adventurous Seattle brewer, a city famous for craft and coffee. But this one is mid-pack.
I am an avid expresso drinker, drink it half-caff all day long, and often side by side with beers, and sometimes poured into a beer. So no stranger to coffee. However, almost as much as with fruit juices, I much prefer to add my own than have the brewer add it.

A: Pours opaque black coffee body, just like from my espresso machine, a little darker, head fades to about the same crema. Good lacking. A bit lacking in body.

S: The Coffee is not over-done. It's all dark roasted malt, wood char, hay. with hints of coffee, espresso, and cream. A bit too subtle

T: Follows smell, malts with more bittersweet espresso, more like a dry stout, drier than expected, from there it's a nice finish well balanced between sweet and bitter, good tingle, good long finish, lands slightly sweet but not cloying.

M: A little thin compared to most milk stouts, smooth, chalky, medium-light body.

D: A light-drinking stout, roasty with plenty but not too much espresso and milk. I'd prefer a full on milk stout like Left Hand or Nitro.

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Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, roasted espresso bean, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy sweetness, hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Nice pleasant notes of roasted malts, roasted espresso bean, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy sweetness take precendence. The hint of earthy hops round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant creaminess with the espresso bean and bittersweet chocolate lingering.

Overall - A spot on and knock out of the park Milk stout. The creamy sweetness is showcased nicely in this brew and the espresso bean and roasted malts add a nice supporting cast.

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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 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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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black, 1/2 a finger of head and some minor lacing left on the glass

S - Rich coffee beans, fresh roast. Coffee dominates.

T - Coffee dominates. Roasty, chocolate, cocoa

F - Thin body, medium carbonation

O - A tasty espresso coffee stout, that's not an imperial so you can have a few of them

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured very dark with a little light coming through, a small soapy mocha head that left no lace

S- Big sweet milk chocolate aroma, lots of roasted coffee, and a lot of dairy character typical of a sweet stout

T- Very big milky character to this beer and very sweet milk chocolate up front. Tons of coffee ground bitterness on the finish and some sweet dark fruit notes.

M- Silky and creamy mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, medium body

O- This is as advertised a sweet stout with a big coffee overload. Very robust and sweet flavor, even with the big coffee flavor and bitterness, the sweetness still seems to dominant more. Reminiscent of a mocha with tons of milk or cream with whipped cream on top. Lots of great flavors and little over the top, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Nearly opaque black; looks murky, though its filtered and clear...head is off-white and laces pretty well.

S: Big roast coffee and coffee bean, with moderate toasted sugars underneath that. Doesn't scream 'milk stout', but maybe I just can't hear it over all the espresso. Faint cocoa and maybe toffee as well.

T: Nice roasted coffee bitterness, espresso beans, coffeehouse, insertcoffeepunhere, etc. Not overwhelming or burnt, but medium roast with a hint of sweet milk sugars under that, maybe toasted caramel and faint chocolate. There is a hint of earthy wood there as well.

MF: Well carbed, probably more than necessary but doesn't effect drinkability for me. Somewhere between light and medium bodied, with a dry/bitter finish as expected.

O: A decent coffee-forward stout for sure, with a light body and good coffee/roasted bean flavors. Would have loved to seen the milk sugars shine more, but its tough to share the adjunct spotlight with coffee I'm sure.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Split Shot Milk Stout in a grocery store, Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black walnut color, with a thin tan head on a aggressive pour.

Smell is a smokey charcoal aroma.

Tastes predictably like coffee. Charcoal flavors, coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated, bordering on flat.

Overall a a decent milk stout. It could be a little creamier, but it's good. It's also better warmer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice

A - Pours a nice deep ebony colour with a nice tight creamy head.

S - Creamy coffee and a little smoke

T - Up front some creamy notes that are followed by coffee and smoke, finish is smooth.

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation

O - A very solid low ABV stout

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating to be found on the bottle or label, but this is a late winter/early spring release, so it's probably a couple months old at this point. Poured into a standard tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich, dark tree bark brown color body with a luscious two and a half finger camel colored head that has a big bouquet of larger bubbles rising out of the middle of the glass. Retention is moderate, and as the head fades to a half finger layer of foam, it leaves thick streaks of silky lace on the side of the glass which eventually fade to sticky webs of lace.

Smell - Roasted malt and light coffee beans are the predominant flavors, with some additional notes of lactose sweetness and milk chocolate. There isn't a whole lot of depth to the smell, it's pretty straightforward and simple. I wish the coffee element was more of that overpowering aroma of fresh ground beans.

Taste - Semidark chocolate on the initial sip, with that distinctive lactose sweetness that is so often present in milk stouts. The coffee is just as subdued here as it was in the aroma, and while this is a few months old at this point, I'm a little surprised that it's so far in the background. Tastes more like a coffee and cream stout than a coffee stout, and the name, "espresso", is completely out of place.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the full side of medium, with moderate to low carbonation. Sweet finish and mild aftertaste.

Overall, a beer that just didn't live up to the name. With a name like "espresso", I expect, overpowering, bitter, coffee grounds on the smell and taste. And part of the problem is that there are so many really good coffee stouts out there these days that this one, even though it's far from a poor beer, it just doesn't move the needle in relation to it's comparables.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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