Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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3.94/5
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636 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
Ranking:
#5,862
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
636
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
124
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Ratings: 636 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of LeRose
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown almost black with a decent khaki colored head that persists.

The aroma is very subdued. There is faint coffee, a weak char, sweetness. It doesn't smell much like an espresso or a stout, sort of a weak melding of the two.

Unfortunately, the taste follows. It is pleasant enough, sweet coffee, but no depth and not enough flavor for a stout. What is there is very good, but it seems like this one could be amped up a bit. As it warms, a licorice flavor comes out that I really don't care for.

Smooth and sweet on the tongue, a little on the sticky side, a little too carbonated maybe.

This is an OK beer that wold probably go over well with non-stout drinkers. It is in limbo. Seems like it should be either a full blown desert beer or an in your face slightly sweet espresso monster, but it is neither. The flavors are there, but lack depth and intensity. Can't say I can recommend seeking it out, but you could do worse.

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Photo of rjd722
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date listed on the bottle or label.

Appearance: The body is black and it has a medium-sized, creamy textured, light khaki head. The head has good retention and great lacing, giving this beer an overall great look in the glass.

Aroma: It has a nice soft coffee aroma with a touch of burnt wood.

Taste: There's a light coffee flavor to the beer and just a touch of very light charcoal at the end. The beer label says "Espresso Milk Stout" and while it does taste like coffee it doesn't really taste much like an espresso. The flavors of the beer are nice but very mild.

Mouthfeel: The texture to this beer is amazing. As soon as it hits the palate it just fills every corner of the mouth with this light and airy yet full-feeling texture...a bit like whipped cream but obviously liquid. The beer only has a light bitterness but it is extremely tame with a bitterness lighter than what would be found in coffee. The beer says on the label that it "CONTAINS LACTOSE" and although that is normal in a milk stout it feels like there is a lot in this beer. After drinking each sip of the beer it leaves this very sweet and sticky texture on the lips.

Overall: If you enjoy a milder coffee flavor and a sweeter beer then you will enjoy this beer. I enjoyed its pleasant and smooth coffee flavor and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Twoxrifles
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As far as a “coffee stout/porter”, this is the best I’ve had by far. For me, most coffee stout/porters are either too sweet, bitter, or have a bad after taste. Split Shot does not.

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Photo of NodakEric
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Illdoone
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Noles9585
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mshiner1
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As soon as i had this beer i was blown away. it is the perfect beer for the winter/spring season. I am a huge elysian fan, and also a huge fan of stump town coffee.

Out of all the coffee beers i have ever had, this definitely does it for me the best. a must have. 10/10

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

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A sixer ran me $6.99 at a grocery store in Brooklyn - not a bad price by Williamsburg standards.

"Espresso milk stout.""Ale brewed with coffee." 6% ABV. Brewed with Stumptown coffee, Magnum hops, and the following malts/adjunct: Kiln Coffee, Black, Roasted Barley, Pale Crystal, Crystal 45, Flaked Oats. 28 IBUs.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Branded pry-off cap. Generic label art.

Served pretty close to room temperature into a nonic pint (impressions from a cold bottle will follow shortly).

APPEARANCE: Dark brown-black body. Khaki colour head with a nice consistency. Opaque. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes.

Looks pretty conventional for a milk stout without appearing unique or special.

AROMA: Artificial coffee flavour, dark malt sweetness, specialty chocolate malt, lactose sugar. I don't detect the oat adjunct.

I'm not getting any espresso - just a generic coffee flavour. It does help balance out the lactose and crystal malt sweetness with some bitterness, but it's pretty inexpressive and shallow, as is the aroma as a whole.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: A generic mix of artificial coffee flavour, dark malt sweetness, and lactose/milk sugar sweetness. Coffee is dull and inexpressive. Milk sugar is there but offers little of interest. Some dark/black bread characteristics. Not imbalanced, but not dialed in.

Brief flavour duration. Shallow depth of flavour.

Extremely simplistic for a milk stout. I'd probably take Carib's export stouts over this, let alone stylistic paragons like Left Hand Milk Stout.

TEXTURE: Creamy, soft, smooth, wet. I guess the oats help give it more of that porter-like smoothness.

OVERALL: One of the least inspired coffee stouts I've had in recent memory, and far from great within the milk stout style, but all the basics are in place and there's no off-flavour or booze here. It's drinkable, and the marriage of coffee and dark malts just works - even though the coffee character is shallow and uninteresting and the beer lacks depth of flavour across the board. Very underwhelming, but it's approachable and enjoyable for what it is and I'm not dreading working my way through the remaining 5 bottles.

Would pair well with pretzels.

C- (2.64) / BELOW AVERAGE

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2nd impression from a cold bottle:

High C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Stengelfoot
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more aggressive roastiness than I expected. The lower abv highlights this, a solid offering but not one I will seek out again. Guess I'm not punk enough...

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Photo of DamienArk
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 cmoore32
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with a tan head, with a little lacing. Aroma is malty and coffee and the flavor follows the aroma but with some chocolate. Drinks very smooth and thin. Thirst quenching. Overall a very drinkable enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 636 ratings
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