Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

very good
133 Reviews
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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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!


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Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours thin black with thin tan head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Good amount of coffee and lactose, roasted malts and espresso. Dark chocolate

Taste - Wow the coffee and espresso really comes out in the flavors, nice bitterness hint of vanilla and roasted malts.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish

Overall - Very good flavors well balanced nice coffee aromas.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy dark stout beers. I especially variations on a stout like coffee and milk stouts. First pour of this beer was almost completely flat, very little carbonation. Not even enough bubbles to cover the top of the mug. It does have a large bouquet of smell. I think that is a result of the little carbonation. It does however taste of bitter espresso. I don't taste the bitterness of hops. The milk sweetness I believe tones down the espresso bitterness that would be present if this were a straight coffee stout. I am enjoying this beer. It pour smooths and goes down smooth.

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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 EMV
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour.. nearly black with some light getting through around the edges. Thin brown head... falls quickly. Modest lacing.

S: Sweet sugars and coffee. Roast and cocoa.

T/F: Lots of sweet lactose... roasted malts give it a little bitterness. Great coffee flavor... some cocoa and chicory. Medium to light in body. Good carbonation. Finish is sticky and semi-sweet.

O: A pleasing coffee milk stout. Easy drinking... and pretty much what you'd expect. The flavors work well together and it's everything advertised.

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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 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 deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Espresso milk stout poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. The pour is very dark with no light escaping through, but carbonation is low and I get a thin head with average retention. On the nose I get mild coffee notes, some roasted malt, and toasted bread.

Medium body with a thin, delicate feel and a bitter, roasty flavor. Coffee and roasted malt up front, then some light herbal hoppy notes around mid-palate. Chocolate brings up the rear and the finish is dry and rather short-lived. Overall, a nice beer with mild coffee flavor that drinks more like a porter than a milk stout. I thought this beer was a bit on the bitter side. In fact, I wouldn't have guessed it was a milk stout. The lactose sweetness doesn't show up on my palate.

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Photo of SamQ
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What happens when a well known coffee co, collaborates with an excellent brewery? You get a damn good coffee stout! Superb, creamy, espresso taste, matched with a solid aroma. The only downside being, both were a hint too malty. Great after taste, and feeling. No bitterness. This collaboration truly embodies the spirit of the Pacific Northwest!

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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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