Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Served in a bottle lured into a pint glass.
Jet black beer with almost no head.
Very strong coffee aroma, with just a whiff of vanilla. First taste is a very strong coffee flavor, with a good mouthfeel. Aftertaste is coffee with notes of vanilla. As I worked my way to the bottom, the vanilla notes got stronger and the beer opened up a little bit.
Overall I found this to be a delicious treat , and I would definitely buy it again. Knowing that they used all organic ingredients also made it a better experience.
05-25-2013 23:41:25 | More by Odouls15
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
A - Jet black with some consistent but thin off-white head, and scattered lacing.
S - Coffee grounds dominate the smell, followed by some dark chocolate and roasted malts, finished by some alcohol.
T - Big time black coffee up front, followed by roasted malts and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate on the back. The flavors are balanced out very well, which makes this a sessionable porter.
M - Medium bodied, moderate-to light carbonation. Definitely not watery, but not thick either.
O - Pretty impressed by the flavor and smell of this beer. Also love the fact that it's USDA Organic. Awesome!
05-14-2013 01:58:44 | More by RWLawman
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
A: Very nearly black, minimal head
S: Strong Coffee
T: Surprised by the carbonation, malts mix and balance nicely
M: Bitterness comes in late, but doesn't stay. Light and easy to drink.
O: Unique, multi-faceted beer with beautiful smell and appearance.
05-05-2013 22:18:42 | More by Chris_Mac
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
First of all, if you like coffee, especially darker roasts, you're almost guaranteed to like this beer. Pours almost pure black with a nice tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly though and I did not get much lacing at all, the only downside to the appearance. Smells almost exclusively of coffee and hints of vanilla. Taste is the same as the smell but also has the smokiness you would expect in a porter. Overall a great porter with exceptional smoothness. I've always been a fan of Otter Creek but this was the first time I have had one from Wolaver's. This one definitely maintains the standard. Very drinkable!!
04-17-2013 23:12:27 | More by DasPuma
3.89/5 rDev -0.8%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours totally black, thick 2 finger caramel head, and decent lacing going on too.
S - Toasted grains, roasted coffee beans, caramel and fresh bread malt, a tinge of chocolate and vanilla.
T - Very balanced and smooth coffee flavor, you get a mild bitterness that sets well in the mix amidst the nice roasty malts and beans, a hint of vanilla in the finish, but it could be a little more bold overall.
M - Creamy texture and well carbonated, lingers on your palate just right.
O - While not the best coffee porter out there, this is very balanced and smooth, It does have one of the best mouthfeels Ive ever noticed in a beer, but it needs to boast those coffee flavors just a little more.
04-16-2013 01:42:55 | More by Omnium
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
04-07-2013 19:46:54 | More by Stranger5582
3.79/5 rDev -3.3%
Wolaver’s is a Vermont based company, that produces USDA Organic beers in different styles, all of them true, classic examples. This one is an American Porter style ale, with a local Alta Gracia Coffee added. Wolaver’s is also part of Otter Creek Brewing and you usually see their beers next to each other in your favorite beer store.
Appearance: In the glass, it’s a dark brown, almost black color, with a light brown head about 1/2″ tall. The head hangs on to the edge of the glass after it dissolves and leaves an awesome lace around the glass as its swirled and drank.
Appearance Rating: 3 out of 3
Aroma: Right off the bat, the coffee hits you leaving no doubt of what this beer is all about. You get very nice dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla aromas along with the a slight fruity, estery quality that hangs around. Little to no hop presence to compete with the roasted and coffee.
Aroma Rating: 9 out of 12
Flavor: As you would expect, the coffee dominates the first sip, in the best way possible. It gives you a nice, smooth coffee flavor, not the dark, bitter espresso so many other coffee beers bring to the table. Some of the dark chocolate, roasted malt flavors in the middle and a good nuttiness that rounds it out. There is a slight estery, yeast character that holds on the back-end, and it finishes with a little roasted dryness overall.
Flavor Rating: 15 out of 20
Mouthfeel: A silky medium body with some minor astringency coming from the coffee and roasted malts. Medium to low carbonation and coats the mouth slightly as you drink.
Mouthfeel Rating: 3 out of 5
Overall: Overall this beer is all about the coffee! It has a solid Porter backbone with the roasted grains supporting and enhancing the coffee, in the aromas and flavors, as it should to make it successful.
This is one of my favorite coffee brews out there and it goes REALLY well with any dark chocolate for dessert or a nice seared steak. The coffee seriously brings out the best qualities of each.
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
Total Rating: 38 out of 50
03-21-2013 15:26:14 | More by Beergelden
4.26/5 rDev +8.7%
Dark brown to black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Light roasted malt, chocolate and intense roasted coffee aromas. Smooth, light creamy, incredibly delicate feel. Sweet dark chocolate and bitter malt flavors up front. Flavors transition to dark coffee and bitter hop bitterness toward the finish. Finishes smooth and clean with a dark chocolate and light coffee aftertaste.
03-16-2013 04:27:25 | More by IronLover
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
A nice dessert beer. Very much a porter but has the bitttersweet bite of coffee in it. Smells of malted coffee and has a slightly sticky sweet tasting feel to the mouth. Would be great with some rich desserts. I'm drinking this beer straight from the bottle and you can't see through the liquid at all. Worth a shot if you want a sweet porter.
03-16-2013 02:57:46 | More by idResponse
Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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