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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

(view ratings)
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)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dark enough to be almost black, thin tan lacing

SMELL: Fresh coffee grounds, hint of vanilla, roasted grain, slightly sweet

TASTE: Smooth, mild crispness, semi-slick medium body, malty, sweet coffee, mild roasted character, toasted bread, mild vanilla, hint of alcohol, dark berries, roasty coffee finish

Good enough balance between the core of the beer, coffee and vanilla to make it work. Was hoping for more robust flavors though the drinkability is pretty high.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:00:03 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Brewers infusing coffee into Stouts and Porters has become sort of a no-brainer, meaning roasted malts and coffee beans simply go hand-in-hand with each other. A lot of brewers have crafted a coffee beer as a result since it's an easy marriage of two insanely popular beverages that enhance one's mood.

This week, we're tasting one of these beers, but with a couple of twists. Part of Wolaver's "Organic Farmer Series," Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is brewed with organic roasted barley and chocolate malts, infused with organic vanilla beans and shade- grown organic coffee from Alta Gracia (cafealtagracia.com),
a Dominican Republic nonprofit farm community that em- powers its farmers with tools, techniques and fair wages in order to build sustainable farms. The beans are also roasted down the road from Wolaver's (Otter Creek Brewing Co. in Middlebury) at the Vermont Coffee Company.

Pours virtually jet-black with a magnificent creamy, milky-coffee lacing that sticks to the last drop. Very robust and roasty in the nose, which is full of fresh coffee, dry chocolate and nutty brown bread. Silky smooth palate, very creamy and lush, with a malty sweet foundation. Body is surprisingly lighter than anticipated. Vanilla notes are smoothed in nicely and complement the sweetness that also has a bit of a lactose edge. Acrid notes creep in, followed by bold, roasty coffee notes, baker's chocolate, hints of toffee, nuts and slight alcohol esters. Finish is extremely dry, a bit grainy and moreish.

A very well-balanced beer for everything that's going on. Not one element dominates, but rather they all complement each other, making for a very drinkable brew. If you dig coffee, chances are you're going to dig this beer--especially if you truly care about your beans as much as your beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:38:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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

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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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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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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%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.