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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

686 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-30-2009

Unfiltered and unpasteurized porter brewed with Vermont grown organic coffee and aged on organic vanilla beans.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Jamey61
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not going into a lot in the explanation of this beer. I am not as educated as many of the other reviewers on here so I don't know if I could do this beer justice. I am fairly new to exploring craft beers . This is definitely one of the best I have tried so far. Aroma is amazing almost like being in a coffee shop. I am not a big coffee drinker so if anything I could find fault in is the strength of the coffee taste. It is balanced well with the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla. Maybe a little less on the coffee and I would say for sure this would have been my favorite to date. Also this is an organic beer for all of those interested.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DAS30
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DaKur
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Landar
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 10/12

Strong coffee grinds with a solid backbone of vanilla to balance and not cause the coffee to overpower. As it warms roasted chocolate and dark malts subtly come through.

Appearance 3/3

Opaque dark brown with dark ruby brown highlights at the extremities.

Full thick tan head with a lingering layer of foam just covering the surface and ringing the glass.

Taste 17/20

Strong rich coffee grind flavor with a solid vanilla backbone that is prominent enough to not let the coffee dominate and overpower the senses.

Aftertaste of rich coffee with lingering hints of dark roasted chocolate and dark malts.

As it warms the dark and chocolate malts just start to come through to add to a more balanced feeling.

Mouthfeel 5/5

High carbonation. Full bodied. Slightly dry feeling appropriate to style.

Impression 9/10

Excellent adherence to robust porter style with a coffee speciality ingredient. Perhaps reducing the coffee additive just a tad to allow the other dark and chocolate malts to add some slight complexities and improve the balance would make this a perfect coffee porter.

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of diverite
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep cacao color with ruby highlights at the edge of the glass. The head was a rich tab color and this beer locked a bit heavily carbonated.

The was chocolate but mostly coffee. Like a well made medium roast blend.

The taste was very heavy on the coffee flavor with a bit of sweetness like sugar. Maybe even some malt flavor but it's mostly just coffee.

Dry and gritty but not chewy like so many other porters. If you like coffee, you will enjoy this.

Photo of JamesBell
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is strong roasted coffee. $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Mini4x
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly good for Wolavers, they don't make any 'wow' beers but this is a solidly great coffee porter, a bit chocolaty very nice overall, hint of raspberry or maybe plum, just a hint though, I got it in a winter mix pack, hopefully I can find it solo.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of LeRose
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - mahogany brown with reddish tints along the edges. Creamy tan head that did last long.

Aroma - strong smell of medium-roast coffee and a slight hint of vanilla.

Taste - I don't know why but this put me in mind of iced coffee rather than hot coffee. Not a heavy roast coffee flavor, but it dominates. Very slight vanilla component and a nice hint of raspberry on the back of the taste. A little malty sweetness in the background.

Mouth feel - I felt this to be thinner than it should be. Maybe that is why the iced coffee perception. Seemed more refreshing than it should be - thought it light and crisp.

Overall I did enjoy this beer but I feel there are better examples of the style available.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.