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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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Reviews: 51
Hads: 284
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 21.61%
Wants: 26
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of jooler
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look is amazing. smell is awesome. initial smell is just like a shot of espresso. initial taste has a slight bitterness from the espresso but the more i drink, the smoother the beer tastes. for $6, really damn good.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Utter black in color, opaque to light, with a robust tan head, somewhat coarse, with thin, fine-beaded, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Cold, unsweetened, black coffee dominates the aroma, with notes of bitter cocoa as well. Roasted malts are prominent; no alcohol or hops are discernible. There are hints of milk, but the coffee and cocoa carry the aroma. Later in the taste, a bit of caramel presents.

Taste: Opens with prominent cold coffee, a bit of char, and milk. As the taste progresses, there is a distinct nuttiness. As the taste progresses, the coffee diminishes a bit, the milk and nuttiness are able to offer a bit of balance. Later in the taste, a bit of earthiness is notable. Finishes with a lingering cold coffee note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, certainly well-made, I wish it had been a bit more "over-the-top".

Presentation: Packaged in an enameled twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of donspublic
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from Bomber into Tulip glass, left 2 finger dark tan head. Dissipated real quick. First thing that slaps you in the face is the coffee, it is there and it lets you know. Reminds me of smelling an iced Vietnamese coffee. Look, well held it up to a light and nothing passed thru, so it is pretty dark. Taste is pretty much what you would expect, nice coffee flavor, the lactose helps cut the coffee bitterness so it has a nice smooth feel going down. Saying it is a sweet stout, well don't let that scare you off, not as sweet as some stouts that I have had. The mouthfeel is a little light, but actually kind of like it, makes it more drinkable, not feeling like I am having a meal with this. All said, good effort, I wish I had access to the barrel aged version of this. This is a nice beer to start the day off with, or end the night. I would gladly pass on coffee after a meal if this beer was on the menu. I need to state that I had this also in the bomber when in Florida, and it was just the same. 2 thumbs up.
Also want to state that I have bumped this rating twice, the more I have it the better I like it.

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Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of jzlyo
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of uvachief
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
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

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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!).

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Erikberglund
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head.

The smell is of rich espresso with milk.

The taste is of espresso beans, milk/lactose, chocolate with a roasty finish.

It has a creamy medium-to-full body.

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!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a two-finger off-white head. The head leaves a light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is heavy coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Tons of black coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. There is even more black coffee on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium bodied. Mouthfeel is smooth but a tad watery.

O - This is an easy drinking stout. Lots of strong coffee flavors throughout and for the price hard to beat.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a stout/porter glass.

Quite foamy with the head, which looks like the froth on a coffee milkshake. Body is dark black. About what you'd want and expect in a good stout.

Smells of deep espresso with some dark chocolate accompaniment. Sweet creamy vanilla and caramel make me think of one of those Starbucks drinks. Overall it's a good balance of bold coffee and sweetness.

Man this just tastes like cold-brewed coffee with some sweet creamer. I could probably sip this at work and get away with it. Only a floral spicy flavor on the finish and some maltiness clue me to the fact I'm drinking a beer. There is something about the finish that tastes especially lager-like, heavy on floral and grassy hops with that pungent malt combination and this seems a tad off. Pleasantly, more dark chocolate flavor sticks to my palate as I drink more and more of the brew.

This beer is refreshing though. Incredibly easy-drinking, smooth, and coffee-like in feel. Part of me wants to ask for a thicker body, but this is just so enjoyable to drink that I can overlook it.

Man, this is the most delicious offering from Abita that I've had in quite some time. As light and easy-drinking as it is, it really belongs in a six-pack. Abita, can you make that happen?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 650ml. Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art. Best by: 01/08/16.

6% ABV. Reviewed live as an espresso milk stout per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are average given the brewery, though I'm optimistic.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Khaki-tan colour. Nicely creamy and soft-looking. Average thickness and fullness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is good - about 6 minutes.

BODY: Dark cola brown-black. Opaque, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it's nothing special for the style, but it's generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Espresso, coffee, java, roast. That's really it. I look for a malt backbone, but find none aside from some generic sweetness. There's no hop profile, no yeast profile, no off-notes, and no booze. Lactose sugar does come through, and it certainly seems sweet. But I find no oats, roasted malt, chocolate, or caramel.

Pleasant overall. Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Generic espresso notes replete with bitterness and a kiss of roast adorn a flavour profile which otherwise features only milk sugar, faint malted milk balls/whoppers, and generic malt sweetness. The dolce notes aren't bad, but overall this is shockingly generic and shallow, with no intricacy or subtlety whatsoever. Even Left Hand Milk Stout is far more complex. The coffee and espresso has an artificial touch to it, even though it's more evocative than coffee is in most stouts I've tried. I do like this, but it's wanting. Far from an expressive brew. Flavour duration and intensity are average.

Balance is okay. It's not a gestalt build. It's not more than the sum of its parts, but it's not a bad brew by any means.

TEXTURE: Nowhere near as creamy or soft as it should be. The body is strangely weak and thin, and this lacks the heft and weight on the palate it needs. Not at all robust. Overcarbonated and unrefreshing. Fundamentally wrong for the style, but not off-puttingly so. It doesn't accentuate any specific notes from the flavour profile, nor does it elevate the beer, but it's fine.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Overall presence on the palate is decent.

OVERALL: Not a bad brew for its price, and probably one of Abita's better offerings. In the budget bomber category, you could do worse - but then, you could do better (e.g. Lagunitas' Cappuccino Stout). I'm not regretting purchasing this, but I definitely wouldn't buy it again. I'll enjoy finishing the bomber, but it's just not a notable beer in any respect. I like the premise, but they've cut corners everywhere they could, and the result is a cheap tasting artificial espresso brew which falls short of stylistic fundamentals. A pedestrian effort that pales in comparison even to widely distributed offerings like Left Hand Milk Stout. As far as the Austin, TX market goes, good luck competing with Lakewood's The Temptress. Still, it's absolutely a drinkable beer, and would be a great introduction either to coffee stouts or to milk stouts for newcomers to those styles.

C+ (3.14)

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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.