Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 7.25%
Look for this beer and more at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown.
For the first time, the commemorative Seattle Beer Week beer is a style that does not concentrate on hops. While I am a self-proclaimed hophead, I welcome the change. Coffee stouts/porters are one of my favorite styles when done well. Elysian used cold-infused coffee from Lighthouse Roasters in Fremont for this brew.
Pours a very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Coffee comes through loud and clear in the aroma along with some chocolate. The coffee continues in the flavor, and the profile manages to come through as smooth espresso with very little bitterness or unpleasant flavors. Dark roasted malts lay the base and lend flavors of chocolate that builds towards the finish. But, coffee comes through more than anything else. There is just a hint of sweetness, and the medium body holds up the flavors just fine. Overall, I really enjoy this year’s commemorative beer. I’m a big fan of coffee beers, and I’d put this in the upper echelon of what I’ve tried. It packs in quite a bit of flavor while ultimately remaining quite sessionable. I think the body is just about right, and I’ll be happy to throw down several of these throughout Seattle Beer Week. Well done by the crew at Elysian.
Verdict: Buy It
Look for this in 22oz bottles and on draft all over town.
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Commercial Description/Press Release:
In Seattle, beer and coffee grew up together. They’re like siblings, jealously balancing the day between go-go and go-slow, dividing the hip and tattoo’d into brewers and roasters, barkeeps and baristas. Split Shot Coffee Milk Stout combines the talents of Elysian Brewing and Lighthouse Roasters, and commemorates not only Seattle Beer Week as its official beer for 2012, but the fact that it took a lot of talk and lot of Lighthouse coffee to get Elysian off the ground back in 1996. Split Shot has a radically complicated malt bill, with C-15 and C-45 dextrine malts, Franco-Belges kiln coffee malt, Black, Roasted and Chocolate malts and flaked oats. It’s bittered with Magnum and slightly sweetened with milk sugar. OG 16 (1.065); alcohol 7.25% by volume., Split Shot is the official beer for 2012 Seattle Beer Week. Available in select Seattle area restaurants, bars and stores, on draft and in 22-oz. bottles.