Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout - Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk StoutAbita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 19
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-16-2013

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Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 58
Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foundry, Northampton on tap.

A- Black bodied ale from the tap to the becher with a tan, foamy crown. Decent head retention as a thick belt drops only a few small spots of lace.

S- Roasty and toasty aromatics from the beans and grains. Seems like a medium roast with hints of deeply roast barley and cocoa powder.

T- Coffee is most of the experience with a clean and roasty flavor. Slight lactose sweetness, caramel feel like a brulee almost, cocoa powder and toasted nuts also come to mind.

MF- Very silky overall with a somewhat creamy consistency. Despite the lactose it feels somewhat thin.

Smooth but kind of a single note experience with the coffee. That being said the beans are fresh and well done.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a nonic, the beer is a very dark, almost-black brown coloring, with a tall, foamy, light, big bubbled, light cream colored head. Clingy and the head recedes. Aromas of bitter coffee, sweet cream, hints of chocolate and char, and some nutty notes. The roast and bitter dominates, but the lactose sweetness really balances out well. Flavors are smooth and sweet forward, with a heavy handed does of roast and bitter coffee, hints of char, and some cocoa nib notes. Creamy sweetness at the end of the palate and into the aftertaste, with a lingering undertone of coffee grounds straight through to the finish. The body is smooth and light, with dry undertones. The finish is smooth and bitter. Very solid, drinkable beer. A little more body, and this would be tremendous.

Photo of UTPharm2012
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like stouts with some flavor and despite having a good smell, the taste didn't match. Bitter and bland.

Photo of Zach136
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly black with some light red edges. Light beige head, spotty but present lacing.

Aroma: Sharp espresso and chocolate.

Flavor: Softer coffee, bigger chocolate. Neither of which are too intense.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied, no linger.

Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black, and very dark brown hues. It has a khaki head that fades into a thin ring.

Aroma: that typical sweet stout aroma in the background, but more prevalent is a strong, dark roast coffee aroma.

Taste: tastes like dark roast and espresso coffee. Maybe--just maybe--a smidgen of hops.

Mouthfeel: Initially thin and watery, but then It reveals a thick, carbonated mouthfeel.

Finish: Semi-dry to dry finish. Crisp. Refreshing.

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Holy coffee aroma! Represents well in the flavor, as well, while also carrying nice notes of sweet chocolate and cream.

Smooth ligh body, very drinkable. One of the best beers by Abita I've ever had.

Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a very dark brown color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that retains nicely well after the pour, leaving just a trace of lacing behind as it settles

S- lactose sweetness in the aroma up front, followed by espresso beans, chocolate and dark toasted malts, trace of vanilla

T- bitter coffee balanced by sweet lactose up front, cocoa powder and whipping cream kick in mid-palate, before finishing sweet with more espresso flavor on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that holds through to a creamy finish, high drinkability

O- nice coffee stout that is enhanced by the lactose sweetness, pretty good price point as well

Photo of jzlyo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is fresh coffee, dark malts and a slight hint of spices. The flavor is coffee, dark malts, chocolate, fruit, a hint of smoke/bbq and and acidic/lactic finish.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is coffee and milk with some wood.
The taste is coffee and dark chocolate.
The texture is smooth.
A great brew.

Photo of uvachief
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Not sure what the other reviewers drank. Mine poured a deep blood reddish purple. You can see red at the bottom of the glass as light filters in. Thin layer of tan head that lingered. Aromas of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Taste on the front is coffee, more espresso than not, but I taste chicory. Guessing cafe du monde. Some chocolate, toffee, roasted malts. Must be a tiny abv because it is thin thin thin in the mouth. Not a lot of flavor. Tastes like a coffee flavored guiness to me. I'm not a fan of watery low abv stouts. Leaves you wanting. Low ibus. Not bitter. You can drink multiples in a stirring though.

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty big fizzy head. Smells of fresh lightly roasted coffee beans and some piny hops underneath. Dark brown, ruby red when held up to the sun. Very pleasant coffee taste with a tiny bit of lactose. Nice. Feels full and dries out at the end, adding a little to the "coffee" experience.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark purple brown nearly black with a nice gray head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, cream, bittersweet

T: coffee and dark chocolate up front, milk sweetness comes through, balanced by a nice hop flavor, finish is bitter coffee

M: chewy, medium bodied

O: Abita has stepped up with a nice offering

Photo of Hlymorris
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this! Had great flavor but drank light. I just had one on draught and I can't stop thinking about it!

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This impressive stout pours a deep dark brown (lightly black) with a substantial light tan head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thin pool and a thick ring with spotted lacing. Nose of thick oily coffee, sweet cream, dark bakers chocolate, vanilla, charred notes,and heavily roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with a very coating, moderately oily coffee and chocolate flavor. Burnt coffee mingles with sweet cream to the middle of the taste with a smoky, charred, moderate vanilla note. Lot's of heavy handed roasting in this one. Moderate carbonation, very slick mouth feel is lightly lifted by the carbonation making is rather easy to drink. Finishes burnt but satisfying. A very nice sweet stout.

Cheers

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, espresso bean, burnt espresso, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with brewed espresso, espresso bean, cream, char, and slight cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice espresso and cream qualities that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed the coffee flavor, but was looking for something sweeter in the milk stout. Look was great, smell was excellent, feel was great. Very good tasting beer - I was looking for more lactose sugars.

Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Alpharetta Ga Taco Mac

Photo of Absolut
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coffee over powers all. Very thin. Almost an iced coffee

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amazing coffee on the nose but very thin and drinks just like bitter iced coffee..... Just ok

Photo of Jeremiah465
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's just kind of coffee meh.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Its texture seems a bit too bubbly, and the retention is underwhelming. No lacing sticks to the glass, either. Not that aesthetically appealing for the style. (2.75)

Smell: It certainly brings big black coffee notes, which is a great thing. Even better, it definitely smacks of cold-brewed espresso (right down to the faint vegetal quality). Gentle aspects of lactose and vanilla cream also appear. Despite not being very complex, the overall aroma easily lives up to the billing. (3.75)

Taste: I pick up a lot of black coffee at first, mixed with some cream and a bit of vanilla. Like many Abita beers, it kind of dies out on the finish. This beer is definitely simplistic to a fault, but it's not bad by any stretch. (3)

Mouthfeel: Very thin for the style, while the bubbly carbonation makes it feel airy in the mouth. The slender feel makes it seem closer to a dry stout or even a porter - on the plus side, drinkability is spectacular. (3.25)

Overall: The flavor is pretty accurate to what was described - only problem is, the whole beer is dialed down to about 60%. In other words, just like most Abita brews. I like seeing Abita get out of their comfort zone with something like this, it just needs more flavor. (3)

3.19/5: Tastes as advertised...but not much more than that

Photo of Meganomiidae
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, borderline black, with a millimeter tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S: Reminiscent of a coffeehouse - rich, dark roast, cold brew coffee with a generous addition of milk.

T: Follows the nose very well. Almost like they mixed equal parts stout and espresso. Rich, dark coffee, complemented by a creamy vanilla and lactose flavor. Notes of caramel, toffee, and a hint of cold brew coffee aftertaste also present.

M: Velvety smooth, and wicked fun to drink. Feels like drinking a carbonated cup o' joe.

Nice use of coffee - robust and lingering while allowing a rich milk stout to come through. Very good price point. A great brew at a great value!

Overall: Very well executed coffee and milk stout. Takes the cake as my favorite regularly available Abita brew, and certainly worth the pricetag (assuming you like a good cafe au lait!).

Photo of Furlinator
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big semi-sweet coffee flavor with a nice creamy texture. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/8/2016. Pours Clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toasted oats, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toasted oats, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toasted oats, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee milk stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Erikberglund
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me more of a coffee porter than a stout like a Ballast Point Victory at Sea almost. Regardless for the price I would be happy to drink this again. Great job Abita. I highly recommend you try it at least once.

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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.