Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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3.13/5 rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
I have now consumed four bottles of this over the past month, attempting different combinations of food, no food, time of day, and mood. Why? Because I've been struggling to finish even one bottle, and with my respect for Otter Creek, and this style, I thought it was only fair to give a thorough exam of this ale which was referred to me by a close craft beer lover.
Pour is dark mahogony, with attractive red edges against the light. The tan head is short and lacks lace inducing qualities. But still I'd say it's overall an attractive dark porter.
Smell is good, with a mixture of roasted malts and toasted, almost burnt coffee.
Flavor is where this ale goes south for me. Mind you, I enjoy coffee porters. In fairness, there is a nice combination of malt, molasses and light hop. But the backbone of this beer, the coffee, simply tastes like old, burnt coffee grounds. And with an overly stale taste it really distracts from the otherwise deep, malty character that any porter deserves.
Mouthfeel is fine for this style, just a little bright up front, but smooth and syrupy in the swallow with little dryness.
Overall, I was fairly disappointed with the Alta Gracia. I enjoy everything else I've had from Otter Creek, and love coffee porters in general. I'll wait a good while before trying it again. Although I plan to revisit this ale in the future to ensure that there isn't something wrong with my batch (or my tastebuds).
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2012 21:12:17 | More by datalager
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