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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 30
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

I have found organic beers to be a bit watery and thin. Similarly here, however the mildness of the coffee was preferable to me than another thick coffee beer. It was more pleasant to drink at lunchtime, sessionable. Poured black, with roasted coffee aromas.

04-11-2010 02:22:27 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and vanilla beans. Taste is much the same with coffee and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

02-18-2013 04:40:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-28-2013 19:00:22 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-27-2014 18:23:36 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 17:49:08 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and has a slight amount of carbonation visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that faded away and left only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the coffee flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied, thin and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The thin body makes this beer seem more like a carbonated coffee instead of a beer.

01-27-2011 02:50:31 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

"Coffee and love are best when they are hot."

--German proverb

Mahogany brown with reddish caramel edges and a thin slice of khaki colored foam that should have been bigger given the increasingly aggressive pour. The featureless head shrinks to a barely covering film in minutes and leaves no lace.

The nose is exactly as expected for a coffee bean added porter. Each sniff delivers a big blast of java, along with roasted malt and hints of vanilla bean. 'Outstanding' is the word that comes to mind... and I'm not even a coffee drinker.

Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is damn good beer however you slice it. The brewers have done a bang-up job balancing the three major elements, allowing none of them to dominate on the palate. Having it favor bitterness rather than sweetness was also a good call during the design stage.

Vanilla is (almost) lost in the shuffle. Having those beans share the spotlight with the coffee beans might have made this stuff even better. Warming brings more flavor intensity and even better flavor definition. Muy drinkable.

One source says the ABV is 5.0%. If true, then there's plenty of barley to go around. That, in combination with well-done bubbles, leads to a light creaminess and a decent amount of cling.

Otter Creek/Wolaver's is not one of my favorite breweries, though they do have their moments. Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is definitely one of their finer moments and is an offering that deserves to be released on a regular basis.

03-09-2011 12:12:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with an impressive beige head; impressive retention and some clumpage of foam hangs around the side of the pint glass

Smell: Roasted coffee beans with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Chocolate and toasted brown bread, up front, with bold coffee flavors developing, as well; bitterness develops by mid-palate, and if it weren't possible that it was coming from the coffee beans I would guess it was from a dollop of hops; after the swallow, the coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors dominate, with the bitterness receding quickly

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Wish the mouthfeel were bigger but that is not likely to appeal to the typical Wolaver's customer; clearly the best beer I have tasted from this brewery

11-12-2011 21:36:26 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-25-2013 23:27:00 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-19-2014 07:30:25 | More by zestar
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

06-07-2013 01:18:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

I guess I never read the label, The whole time I was drinking it I thought it was a stout. Anyway it's pour is and very deep brown color with a few highlights of a very dark red. This beer's aroma is straight up coffee with just a little sweetness on the nose. The flavor is what I really enjoy about this beer, It starts you off with a bitter coffee kick that that really lets you know that it's in there. Then the aftertaste smooths out into a soft vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel is just a little watery but still has enough substance in it to make it stand on it's own. I really enjoyed this brew.

04-14-2011 23:22:43 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured into my Guinness pint glass an ink black except for just a few rays of ruby when held to a bright light,a thinner toasted almond colored head atop.Aromas are like stickin your nose in French roast coffee gorunds,its that domant in its coffee aromas,a slight dark fruit element comes thru but its light.Flavors of dark roast coffee crystals are overwheleming,I havent had a beer is domianant its coffee character.Its a decent beer,if you like cofee you will like this.

10-29-2010 20:55:32 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pour out the darkness and watch the ecru head guillotine itself down to almost nothing, a tropical shoreline in the Atoll of the Damned. Frankly, it's not as bad a place as it sounds. Give it a chance and leave your preconceived notions (and inhibitions, YOW!) at home. Nearly nothing but, and, I know, I'm shocked, coffee up front: roasted and dark. My kind of chicken. Hell, it may just be my sad excuse for a nose, but I'm gettin' nothin' but the roasted dark. Na ja. This coffee-ness is nicely subdued a bit once the mouth is involved. Don't get me wrong, it's still there in all its bean-founded glory. It's just that now its solitude is shattered by visits from bitter chocolate and almond. The Hersheys, though, don't stay long, and the coffe once again finds itself alone in that big ol' house. It'd be sad if it weren't tasty. A medim-sized body and thickness will help ease this guy back into the arms of a waiting, sociable public. Trust me, if you'd met him, you'd like him. Ask around.

03-25-2010 19:38:13 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-03-2012 04:09:27 | More by JAHMUR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-21-2012 17:27:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a semi-sweet coffee flavor along with a hearty roasted malt character and a touch of chocolate in the background. The hops presence is mild as it should be and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style this is a good coffee-flavored beer to drink for a while but there are a few others that I would pick first.

01-17-2010 05:00:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

This is excellent stuff, tastes like ice brewed coffee. Dark body maybe a hint of ruby makes it through the light, with dark tan head forming thick, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aromatics bring out acidic coffee notes/earthiness/dark chocolate/fruity full roasted fresh coffee roasts. Flavor brings out a super creamy rush of coffee/creamy vanilla bean/earthy robust ballsy porter notes. I can actually tastes fine bits of coffee roasts going on in this brew. Dark chocolate/tree bark/coffee grinds god bless America I'm getting buzzed on beer and coffee. Mouthfeel by the way the acidity doesn't hurt the palate/mouthfeel in anyway, carbonation a bit tight bubbled effervescent for the sytle but it carries everything through even the oils from the Dominican coffee beans from Alta Gracia. Overall this is the best organic beer I've ever tasted, and it's hella drinkable. Alcohol doesn't come through too strong, either it's hiding that fact or it's meant to be drank in number.

01-09-2011 05:09:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to Hank for this bottle, enjoyed chilled w/ carlos in two sampler glasses.

The color is murky medium brown with a light tan cap that is pillowy and has a fine bead. The lace clings and retention is good. The smell is very beany with a roasty foundation and moderate sweet scent with a slight floral and grainy note the earthy odors are nice like sticking your face into a bag of light roasted coffee. The feel has slight tannins and dry tinges with some oily qualities with moderate carbonation and roasted texture with mild sweet quality but very nicely balanced overall.

The flavor is pretty strong with coffee bean taste that has a lightly roasted quality with subtle citrus and spice from the bean and mild caramel malt backing. There is a nutty quality with the roasted malt adding dimension to the coffee flavor and working in tandem with it. The taste has a nice earthy quality and is almost chocolate tinged. The light spice and citrus from both the beans and hops are nicely paired in the porter with mild yeast fruitiness in the finish.

Overall this is a very good porter and the coffee is mild yet in the flavor enough not to mistake what you are drinking. I like the balance it offers however I prefer a little darker roast quality from the coffee I drink so that may be why I found the coffee flavor to be light overall. I think the base beer works which is important when adding any flavor to a beer like this.

01-07-2012 11:50:36 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a perfect coffee aroma. It's like smelling a cup of French roasted java along with a light hint of vanilla. It's dry and earthy; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry, coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate and patent malt character as well as vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best coffee beers I've ever had. It's simple and easy drinking with the best damn coffee flavor around.

12-05-2009 22:19:34 | More by WesWes
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown/black, where the brown is only apparent in the light. Small amount of light brown head, little rentention and carbonation.

s - Coffee coffee coffee. Also small hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a little cream.

t - Tastes strong of coffee and lighter of cream and roasted malts. Nice creamy/smooth taste to it.

m - Medium body with little carbonation, this felt good and was both smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was a very solid coffee porter. I have had a few coffee stouts I would prefer, but the smoothness and creamy flavor this has makes me think I could drink a couple of these, and I would definitely go for this again.

02-09-2010 01:28:09 | More by mdfb79
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

Warning: I'm not a fan of regular coffee. Although I recognize and appreciate the coffee elements of darker beers, the actual aroma and taste of coffee is abhorrent to me.

Moderate head that dies to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves good ring lace. Near black in color, the faintest of light comes through the edge of the glass.

Bitter, bitter black coffee aroma. Think coffee grounds.

Okay, way too much coffee for me to enjoy. Very bitter and dry. There's no other flavor for me to detect. Fairly typical body with a slightly high carbonation level. The aftertaste is all coffee.

In some ways, I should not rate this because I struggle with this flavor. If you are a coffee lover, you may love this.

11-30-2009 00:41:56 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

02-07-2014 16:12:11 | More by DrunkinYogi
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

02-18-2014 05:50:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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