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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | 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: 208 | Reviews: 39
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.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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?

Photo of InkedinRi
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

ABV is low. Mouth feel is super thin. Nice nose. That's about it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
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)

Photo of McThulhu
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of JDJorgenson
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of bareju
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of coffee in the nose. Soft on the tongue, with quite a bit of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Taste is light, coffee and a bit of sweet chocolate. Easy drinking, fairly thin. More of a porter than a stout.

Overall fairly good, but not what I was expecting or how it was marketed. It's predominantly coffee, not very sweet, and fairly light and easy drinking. Can't say I expect anything else from Abita.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown, lighter hues around the edges. Big tan brown head sits a top. Huge coffee aroma. Taste is coffee bitterness, sweet chocolate, big espresso flavor. Mouthfeel was rather light and felt over carbonated. Overall, I'm a big coffee stout fan, and this was very enjoyable. Abita did a great job on this one.

Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coffee. Taste is espresso, roasted malts, more coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall an enjoyable beer, and one made for coffee lovers.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super creamy, light, smooth, tons of espresso flavor. ABV is to low, needs to be higher, along with less carbonation. Crazy easy to drink, but one of the lightest stouts I've ever had. Great taste, would of been better with a thicker body.

Photo of SHODriver
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a nonic pint to a black beer with a dense and rocky two finger light tan head that has excellent staying power and solid lacing.
S: lots of coffee on the nose with some slight roasted malt and chocolate
T: taste is sweet chocolate with a good bit of coffee and some roasted malt flavors. slight caramel sweetness as well. swallow is more coffee and roasted malt with some bitter dark chocolate.
M: lighter than expected on the palate. this beer is about a medium with carbonation that's slightly prickly and a little excessive. the beer has a fairly refreshing and non drying finish
O: Looks, smells, and tastes the part but the mouthfeel takes it down a few pegs. Without all the carbonation this would be an outstanding brew. this beer has decent complexity and very good flavors but it feels thin.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with moderate amount of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall thick creamy light tan head that reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee with light to moderate aromas chocolate, milk/lactose, and roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed french press coffee (and you can tell it is cold press because it lacks some of the bitterness). Light notes of chocolate, milk/lactose, and burnt marshmallow add just a touch of sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish but it does not linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this one and found it very easy to drink.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose is great. Flavors are good. But thin, I'm convinced stouts need to hit 7% to have the right mouth feel.

Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint

A: Black, when held up to the light turns ruby red around the edges, nice creamy off white head with lots of tiny bubbles, Pretty intense lacing for a coffee stout, looks good.

A: Fresh ground coffee right up front, nice roasted malt aromas, no alcohol on the nose, one of the beer's strengths.

T: Coffee bitterness up front, nice roasted bitter flavors in the middle, roasted malts, finishes dry, picking up the lactose sweetness, very nice flavors.

M: It's a little thin, but really creamy, definitely getting that sticky lactose sweetness mouthfeel throughout, finishes dry and bitter, as it should for a coffee stout, nice creamy head texture.

O: I am impressed, as a stout and coffee lover, this is really good. Not quite a big beer, reminds of Stone's Coffee Milk Stout, but this has a little more kick to it at 6% ABV, I would definitely drink this more often if available in six-packs. It's a little thin and not as smooth as I would like, but really good beer. Do you love stouts and coffee? Then this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny dark brown. Large, fluffy, light khaki colored head. Seems a bit thin but this is milk stout not an imperial stout. Head recedes semi-quick but leaves respectable lacing behind.

Aroma is black coffee first. Some white sugar and heavy cream come through afterwards. Hints of vanilla, caramel and toffee. Overall, a bit bitter from the coffee which subdues some of the sweeter scents.

Flavor is strong black coffee. Not much sweetness. A bit bitter and acidic. Some cream and caramel underneath the bitterness. Mild earthy hops. A bit of roasted malt.

A bit thin on the mouth feel, even for a milk stout. Some acidity and moderate carbonation. Bitterness tends to linger.

This is a good milk stout though it could use some improvements. It has good coffee flavors though just a tad too bitter. The bitterness could use a more counter balance from the sweet notes, as well. Needs more oomph in the mouth feel as well.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, stamp says best by 01/08/16. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like espresso, bittersweet and milk chocolate, lactose, and some roasted/burnt malt and oats/oatmeal. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some caramel flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down easy. Overall I liked this, I thought it was a good espresso/milk stout. I'll have to pick up another bottle the next time I go pick up some brews! $5.99 a bomber.

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich cocoa and espresso form the aroma, with a lactose sweetness balancing the bitter roast character. There's a bit of a metallic tinge.

Flavor reveals more of that acrid/metallic character underneath. Unfortunate, because the coffee has a nice, rich, not overpowering character, with a modest amount of cocoa. The finish is a bit too charred for my liking. It's somewhat overcarbonated, and that gives the illusion of lighter body add accents that bite.

This beer improves significantly if left open in the fridge overnight. The bite disappears.

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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.