During the winter of 2013-14, Abita released Macchiato espresso milk stout as part of their Select Series, and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. I’ve heard from numerous people clamoring for them to brew it again. To those people, I have good news.
Abita is releasing Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout in 22-ounce bottles, and they are already starting to hit shelves around south Louisiana. Macchiato is cold brewed with PJ Coffee espresso beans, which adds a natural coffee flavor with little bitterness or astringency. Macchiato weighs in at 6% ABV, so it’s not terribly heavy, making it very drinkable.
Here’s what Abita says about Macchiato:
Macchiato is made with pale, caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Oats and lactose are added to give the beer a more robust and sweeter taste. The sweetness of the lactose helps balance the bitterness of the brew just like in the coffee drink, which is our inspiration. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. Willamette hops are added to balance out the sweetness of the malts. Finally, PJ’s Coffee espresso dolce beans are added to the aging tank. This gives the beer a strong coffee flavor and aroma that compliments the existig flavors of the malt.
Check your local grocers and bottle shops in the coming weeks for this new Abita offering.