Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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88
very good
133 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:
133
Ratings:
597
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
113
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Photo of DKRowden
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 into a pint glass. The beer appears very dark with little transparency and has a big light brown head that leaves little lacing. It has a nice espresso smell with a hoppiness. It's a nice split shot between fresh hops and your morning espresso. Very nice. It has a creamy mouth feel with a dry finish. Overall a good choice for breakfast or brunch.

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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 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 rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Redneckwine
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pours a very dark, very opaque brown. One finger head sticks around for a long time and leaves solid lacing.

Smell - Coffee and lots of it up front with dark roastiness, sweet and chocolatey richness, clean and toasty malts tie it all together. This is a very rich smelling beer.

Taste - This is also a very rich, flavorful tasting beer! Coffee is front and center with rich, roasty, toasty goodness: the coffee is masterfully done, no burnt bitterness and not overwhelming. Malts are toasty, bready, chocolatey, and bring in a moderate sweetness. Earthy, grassy hops provide a much needed subtle bitterness to balance. Finishes with a moderate touch of milky sweetness then leans on light roasty bitterness.

Feel - Smooth, creamy, thick medium-full body. Even though carbonation is ample, even though this beer tastes balanced, given the low(ish) alcohol content, this beer feels fairly heavy.

Overall - No joke, this tastes quite reminiscent of a quad-shot mocha complete with whipped cream topping from your local coffee shop. While not nearly that sweet, it's still very rich and decadent tasting... almost to a fault: I don't think I could have more than a few of these in a session. That being said, I would think this is practically spot in for the style. A pretty damn impressive beer, overall.

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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 sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled bottles of this beer at a beer bar in Mount Joy. Quite a nice surprise. I am pouring a cold beer into a pint glass.
The beer is a rich black coffee hue with tan head of about 1 cm that is creamy and rich and sticks around in the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt and sweet chocolate milk with some coffee beans. Generally a complex malty nose that reminds me of a mocha latte.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth silky texture. Very mild carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and coffee beans with some sweet chocolate and lactose hits that are mixed in and linger after each sip.
A little bit of a coating on my palate each sip.
Definitely on the sweeter side of a coffee beer and I enjoy it and had more than one in my sitting at the bar.
Worth a try if you like milk stouts and coffee beers. Lots going on and very interesting and enjoyable.

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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 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 mtboozeaddict41
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Man. I'm having such a wonderful time sippin this brew. I'm pretty critical and opinionated when it comes to coffee in beer but this one is exceptional, but please let me begin:
A: dark black coffee color. Rich and of the darkest mahogany. Great lacing with off-white head that remains creamy and lush. oh yeah
S: pronounced espresso with layers of chocolate and milky textures. dark malt presence along with a good roast. bitter dark chocolate espresso aromas overall.
T: Beautiful and robust in espresso highlights. Milky and smoooth. dark chocolate and roast malt again lingers for a complete attack. Ends with a choco bitter
M: medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. the carbonation is perfectly balanced with the bold flavors of vanilla and chocolate.
O: killer espresso stout with a different twist of being a milk stout. Elysian does it again with another surprise and another dynamite brew. Prost!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 BikeChef
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hit of coffee up-front that then mingles with the sweet-ish roast of the finish. Very impressive and delicious, especially considering that this is much lower abv than most coffee stouts these days. I don't miss the higher gravity at all. Bravo, Elysian!

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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 Suds
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 suncrust
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Official 2012 Seattle Beer Week Beer.

22oz bottle poured to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown, almost black hue. Tiny, bubbly mocha head layered the brim of the glass, dissipating quickly to the outer rim shortly after the pour. Not much lacing throughout. As a downfall, the appearance lacked an invitation to drink.

S: Aromas of strongly brewed espresso & french press coffee hit the nose almost immediately. Fresh. Slight cocoa powder, sticky brown sugar, graham crackers & a mild sweetness follow. Aromas round out w/ subtle dark cherry chocolate bread, w/ a smooth, rich, near peppery coffee spice. Really enjoying the smell of this beer.

T: Brewed, french press coffee smack the palette almost instantly. No coffee bitterness, which is nice. Dark roast, cocoa powder, rich dark chocolates, & touch of caramel, dark breads, light figs, and some pleasant dark grains molding the flavor profile. Finishes smooth with a milky film & subtle sweetness, a slight hop kick w/ some very muted cinnamon stick notes. Very easy to drink, really balanced.

MF: Rich, smooth, w/ an almost lighter body full of flavor and texture. Very well made. The lactose creates a sweet milky film that coats the mouth. No lingering bitterness. Coffee and dark chocolate characters lingering. Yum.

O: Really enjoyable. This beer could be huge as an imperial stout, but nonetheless the milk stout approach with the lower ABV was nice. Sweet milky body with dark chocolate and coffee complexity. One of the better coffee beers I've had in a long time. 2012 Seattle Beer Week will certainly be a memorable one!

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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 corby112
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 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 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 dbl_delta
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped "pkg 12/2/14". Pours extremely dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Low carbonation.

Very smooth, very drinkable, with roasted malt and coffee up front followed by chocolate, finishing on a sweet note. A little hop bitterness, but definitely not predominant. Full-bodied and kind of creamy.

Nice.

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

22oz bomber; official beer of seattle beer week

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, ebony body, creamy 1/3" mocha head with really no retention

smell: heavy espresso notes, cream, roasted malt

taste: A really nice coffee stout and quite frankly, one of Elysian's stronger offerings. Lighthouse Roaster was the purveyor of choice - a local roaster with adequate, though inconsistent, product.

mouthfeel: smooth, roasty

overall: a nice coffee stout and a nice choice for SBW

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

This is my 2nd time having this beer. Smells like a stout. Tastes like a big, beautiful, beer latte. Excellent creamy mouthfeel, goes down really smooth. This is now officially one of my favorite dark beers.

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

Look: Black: very little head.

Smell: Coffee

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront that gives way to coffee flavors in the
middle. Coffee bitterness in the close.

Feel: Full, creamy

Overall: Really enjoyed this far more than anticipated: Definitely a
very nice "split" (as the name suggests) between a dry coffee-esque stout
and a milk stout. Definitely a nice / unique change of pace.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 597 ratings.
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