Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
617 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
Ratings:
617
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
117
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Ratings: 617 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 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 JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

RB

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.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75/4

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sd123
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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 DucksFan16
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

03/23/2017

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Olive black in the vessel with a huge multi-finger mocha head that was spongy textured and moderately lasting. Large coverage of lace on the glass with minor windows of visibility.

S: Aroma of powdered milk, dry chocolate, chalky, with some dry grains of moderate strength. Wish the aroma could of been more fresh and bigger. Semi-sweet notes of creamer coffee but not much in the way of espresso.

T: Flavor was chalky, creamer laced dry chocolate, pretty big flavorwise. Sweet, powdery milk chocolate and cocoa with some big mention of fresh, wet espresso grounds mid-palate that finishes dry.

M: Malty mouthful, that turned frothy with creamer like texture and edgy carbonation and dry chocolate leave.

O: Overall the espresso nature starts to pick up with some rich, deep coffee grounds balanced by some minor sweet milk chocoalte notes. Not as sweet per style as many, but the extra rich espresso nature picks up for some of the slack making this somewhat interesting.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 epyon396
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glubby dark brown color and leaves a finger and a half’s worth of a light semi-tan foamy head that dies into the body and leaves a nice spider web lacing sticking finely to the glass. The smell has a powerful espresso aroma encompasses a delicately sweet chocolatey goodness combining and leading into a gentle roastiness. The taste is mainly sweet through the chocolate and yet the espresso comes back to add a light roasty bitterness. The aftertaste has an exceptionally smooth chocolate goodness with a quick dry roasty finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium - like it wants to try to sit heavier on the mouth but balances between the light and medium bodies; actually there’s a slight sessionability to this. Carbonation is exceptionally smooth just like a milk/sweet stout should be. Overall, wow, I’m impressed that this beer is as good as it is. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My usual disclaimer: I don't drink coffee and I don't like coffee. But I do like beer and give coffee beers a fair shot. Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected black with just a thin cap of tan head that had zero retention or lacing.

I could smell the coffee even as the bartender was pouring the beer. when he handed it across the bar, the only aroma was coffee. No grains, no malt, no yeast, no spice, no beer aspects at all in the aroma. The flavor was the same, all coffee, no beer. Maybe this is what the brewers were shooting for, so I'm not giving the flavor profile the lower score I think it deserves.

The body was average for a milk stout, smooth and a bit creamy. Drinkability will, obviously, depend on your taste for coffee. If you love the stuff, you will love this beer. Overall, you could get one of these instead of an iced coffee at Starbucks and be just as satisfied. I don't mind roasted notes in beer, and if there is a hint of coffee to complement the the malts and grain in a beer, that's acceptable. But when the adjunct in a beer so completely overpowers the basic "Beeriness" of a beer, that beer has gone off the rails. I cannot recommend this beer to the non-coffee lover.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random specs of surface foam.

S- Fresh espresso aroma that's complemented very well by the lactose. Hint of vanilla.

T- Dark roast with more sweetness than in the aroma. Notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla making for a sugary iced coffee flavor which I enjoy greatly. Also a hint of greek yogurt which I'm finding more and more in certain milk stouts.

M- Semi-creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Super solid coffee beer with a good balance of sweetness, espresso, chocolate and lactose.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 617 ratings.
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