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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee PorterWolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

553 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered and unpasteurized porter brewed with Vermont grown organic coffee and aged on organic vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-30-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 553 | Reviews: 222 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Stranger5582:
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Stranger5582

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I usually don't expect much from bottled beers, but this one was excellent. On its label it stated that it was made using Vermont Coffee Company coffee and it doesn't disappoint. I stopped drinking coffee many years ago, but this beer is how I've always felt that coffee should taste.

Instead of having a miraculous nose, it was more subdued; average. The aftertaste is just as good as taking a swig from the bottle. It has a deep burned taste, but almost none of the sour taste of improperly brewed coffee. In fact, I find its finish sweet without being overly sweet. (Rohrbach's Vanilla Porter is overly sweet on it's finsh, comparatively).

This may well become the benchmark through which I measure other coffee porters. I just wish its nose belied the taste for which the drinker is in store.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:46:54 | More by Stranger5582
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dtomes

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 02:44:08 | More by dtomes
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illpass78

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a very short tan head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing.

Aroma: There's vanilla, coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate, some lactose-like notes, and minimal hop bitterness. Smells good.

Taste: Now this is a darn good porter. Vanilla and coffee dominate the taste. The coffee really comes through in a delicious, full-bodied way. The taste is closer to actual black coffee than most coffee porters and stouts. This is really terrific; bitterness on the finish is perfect.

Mouthfeel: The depth of body is spot-on.

Overall: Excellent coffee porter. One of the best I've had of the style. Another win for the breweries of northern New England.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 04:17:07 | More by illpass78
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Mediocre_Ninja

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-26-2014 00:34:05 | More by Mediocre_Ninja
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee is obviously the star of the show here but it comes across well balanced in both aroma and taste. The aroma hits upfront with coffee but is quickly balanced by a creamy, slightly sweet vanilla scent that nicely tones down the bitterness of the coffee. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate in there too. The taste essentially echoes the aroma note for note, maybe just a tad more coffee in the taste though. Mouth feel is medium to slightly full bodied , a bit of creaminess, nicely carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:00:42 | More by BumpyAZ
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clfrost

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-24-2014 11:54:22 | More by clfrost
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BigFatOgre

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head on this one and a light lacing on the glass. A nice, dark, practically black coloration. I can smell the coffee and vanilla. Taste is excellent, much like the scent, Coffee with a hint of vanilla and very light on the alcohol taste. A bit of a mocha type aftertaste. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:45:04 | More by BigFatOgre
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-21-2014 00:07:16 | More by blameo
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-17-2014 21:20:01 | More by Gatch
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-16-2014 15:16:22 | More by Fettpopps
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tmbgnicu

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-15-2014 19:30:16 | More by tmbgnicu
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

03-13-2014 01:18:33 | More by Botulizard
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-08-2014 21:38:01 | More by Dreamer
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a clear, dark brown, with a one inch short-lasting head, and not much lacing to speak of.

Smells like burnt coffee, espresso, and vanilla beans.

The burnt coffee flavor in this is a bit much to overcome. The coffee is astringently bitter- when combined with a watery mouthfeel, it's not all that enjoyable. The vanilla is nice and adds some silky creaminess to the proceedings. As the beer warms up, the coffee flavor becomes stronger, but less astringent.

Thin body, low carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Not the best from Wolaver's that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 21:11:37 | More by GreesyFizeek
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dithridge

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

03-03-2014 02:31:50 | More by dithridge
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grahuba

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

03-02-2014 18:23:26 | More by grahuba
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MrBeto

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

03-01-2014 21:48:22 | More by MrBeto
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rieg21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

03-01-2014 01:30:06 | More by rieg21
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protex_blue

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49%

02-25-2014 23:59:45 | More by protex_blue
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jaymo18

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-22-2014 01:45:34 | More by jaymo18
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prisdefer

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-22-2014 00:13:41 | More by prisdefer
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Urs

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-21-2014 22:55:25 | More by Urs
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2014 15:00:55 | More by Goldndomer
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-19-2014 18:00:36 | More by dillon_1005
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2014 15:15:57 | More by BigBry
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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.