Last week I learned that Abita was bringing back their Select Series Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout in 22-ounce bottles. Yesterday, I came home to some beer mail from Abita with a bomber of this beer included. I had shared a bottle with my wife (shameless I Eat BR plug) last weekend, so I figured this would be a good time for a review.
Abita Macchiato pours a deep black color with a hint of brown when you hold it up to the light. There isn’t a lot of head, but I suspect that can be attributed to the espresso beans. The aroma is pure espresso. If you love the smell of coffee, you’ll love the smell of this beer. The taste of it follows suit. Lots of coffee, but with all the good characteristics and none of the bad. What does that mean? Well, it’s rich and full flavored with a touch of roast, but without the bitterness and astringency associated with a hot cup of joe.
The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but not too thin. It drinks very easy and weighs in at only 6% ABV, which is enormously drinkable for a coffee stout. It’s sweet, but not too sweet and finishes easy.
This may be the best bottled Abita beer, period. It is great to see them expanding their horizons and brewing beers that are both accessible, as well as loved by beer geeks.
I’d easily give this beer 4.5 caps out of 5. Go find some bombers of this beer. I believe it retails for less than $5 per bomber, making it a great value in the world of 22-ounce bottles.