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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-16-2013

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3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
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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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit thin and metallic in taste, but the creaminess and roasted coffee shine through in the smell and taste, with a creamy fouthfeel that sticks around with the roasted notes.

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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Given the ABV this is quite good. A notch below Shorts Cup of Joe, but quite smooth and nice. Wish it was on nitro, as that seems to be the true calling for this beer.

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3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: Dark brown with cola highlights. Full mocha head and study lacing.
smell: As advertised if a little on the light side. I would have expected richer. Coffee, roast, a hint of chocolate.
taste: much like the nose. Nice but a bit watered down.
overall: Decent brew, not a standout imo.

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4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.