Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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88
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119 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): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by suncrust on 04-25-2012

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Reviews:
119
Ratings:
546
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -0.8%
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 delta490
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -2.3%
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%
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 -4.1%

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 vkv822
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +2.3%
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 Act25
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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 eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Hoptometrist
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 RJLarse
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 LambicPentameter
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mostly opaque, dark chocolate brown with small hints of burgundy and garnet at the base when held up to the light. Very nice lacing which mostly tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Big coffee notes and even ones you could specifically pinpoint and call espresso. It smells like good coffee and it should be (I've never had Stumptown but is supposed to be the best, right?). Mellows and shows a milky chocolate that reminds me of chocolate chips and their cookies. Swirling reveals a slight sweetness/sourness that is almost vinous but not acrid like many coffee notes.

Taste- Starts off with big coffee and runs with it. I wouldn't say that it's as good as the coffee in Founders or Bourbon County Coffee but it's pretty solid. Thinned out a little from the creamy notes that come from the milk stout qualities. Specific notes of espresso but no real domineering bitterness. Might seem a little thin to many but I think it's just the lactose counteracting the coffee. It works out pretty well in my opinion. Not a lot of complexity but many of these coffee beers don't- the coffee is the complexity. Good balance and integration and no real off flavors. Pretty much coffee, milk, and cream. Still, pretty much a good beer but not quite. Although the incredible balance might make it so. There isn't anything that really stands out but that's sort of what makes an enjoyable milk stout.

Mouthfeel- Just a little under medium bodied but very smooth and creamy. This would be really nice on nitro. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer pretty much drinks itself and reminds me why the milk stout is one of my go to session beers. Fairly standard craft beer price.

Overall- Pretty much a good and solid milk stout. Definitely worth a try and I might pick this up again. I generally like my stouts to be a bit heavier but I can make an exception for a solid and very accessible example.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany color light comes through on the edge with a nice big fat tan head

Smell is chocolatey coffee with dark and milk chocolate both very roasty notes

Taste is all mocha and it's freakin delicious totally creamy taste and the espresso and chocolate flavors meld fantastically together

Mouth feel is full and Cream lots if body without feeling too heavy just the right amount that says you drank a real Beer

Overall outstanding beer that I'd love to have again

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Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a dark muddy brown just shy of black. Minimal tan head. No lacing to speak of.

Opening the bottle I'm immediately struck by a huge acrid espresso wave. This is mitigated by the milk sweetness characteristic of the style. It's like condensed milk (the really sweet stuff). Yum. I get notes of cinnamon and a general roastiness as well. Smells good!

The silky milky smoothe body is like nirvana on the tongue. Lightly carbonated, which fits perfectly. Texture is amazing. Medium bodied suites the flavours well. And those flavours...
They mimic the aroma quite well. It starts out with that condensed milk sweetness, though the espresso makes its appearance across the middle sections, and a general roastiness that eases it all together.

I picked this up almost as an afterthought on my way down to the airport. A little PNW to bring back to the middle parts with me. I'm really glad I did. This is a very well done coffee stout/milk stout.
Really hitting the spot.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 gshak
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first, last, and lasting impression - green pepper skin all the way. This is the risk one takes in ordering a coffee stout. The only other time I had this experience was with Lagunitas Cappuccino stout. Oh well, might be worth a shot another day perhaps.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12/25/13 On nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great example of a nitro pour. Silky smooth. Just the right touch of chocolate & espresso. Polite. 5.6% invites a session but it may weigh a bit heavy. Lacing is an entertainment unto itself. Always a sign, IMO, of a well made brew.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3-11-16 - On tap at Elysian Brewery on Capital Hill in Seattle as I wait for Ryan to come home from work. Nice and oh so sweet milk stout. Kind of a Coke/espresso combo. Not as smooth as other milk stouts, but just as sweet -maybe more. Get some of this before your next all nighter.

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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