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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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of beerguy04
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor oil black with a two finger width tan head. Smells like a cup of Folger's coffee. Taste is like Folger's coffee. Mouthfeel, is like Folger's coffee. Overall, are you sure this isn't Folger's? It is the best beer I've had from this brewery though.

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Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a 20 oz mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a black color with a small tan colored head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The taste is very similar to the nose. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Abita Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout combines the rich flavor of roasted coffee with a full-bodied stout. Pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts create a dark color and intense flavor. Willamette hops balance the malt flavors, while natural milk sugar and oats add sweetness. During the cold brewing process, espresso dolce beans from PJ's Coffee are added for a natural coffee flavor." Brewed in the style of of a Milk Stout with Espresso Dolce Beans added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a pale mocha brown tone over a dark brown body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Medium roasted malts, rich chocolate and decadent coffee aroma. Quite rich in depth and aromatic. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Much the same, more roasted barley malt character than rich chocolate and moderate coffee flavor with very slight lactose sweetness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, mildly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild with a modest frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly roasty and earthy bitter character over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) These big bottle releases are usually solid beers by Abita, and this beer in particular is quite a decent example of an American Coffee stout, although arguably a bit short on sweetness and body characteristics that would make it a milk stout, it is a solid balance of quality and price. Worth picking up at a reasonable price. 3.75

Abita Brewing Co.'s
Cold Brewed Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout

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Photo of tlema1
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L; pours jet black, with a lacy tan head
S: no real nose at all, very disappointing
T: lots of coffee upfront, with some roastiness
F: not as full bodied as expected, also has a metallic aftertaste
O: Like most stuff from Abita, I found it slightly above average

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sniffer. Pours black as night with a two finger, tan head that recedes super slowly and leaves a quarter inch of lacing. Smells like fresh brewed expresso and hot chocolate. The smell lingers and is wonderful. Taste is roasted coffee beans, cocoa, and rich expresso. Sweet but not too sweet. Medium-high body and light carbonation with decent creaminess and no residue aftertastes.
Best Abita yet. A coffee milk stout with strong, upfront expresso and not overdone chocolate flavor. The expresso is the star and the taste and smell are constant reminders of that. It could be creamier but the texture goes down just fine. I should've gotten more than one bottle.

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Photo of jooler
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -12.5%
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 +5.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 -1%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 -1.5%
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 -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 -1%
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 -6.5%
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 +5.5%
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 -1%
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 +1.3%
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 -4%
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 -3.3%
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 -20.3%
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 -0.2%
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%
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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Abita Select Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
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