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

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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee PorterWolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter

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very good

243 Reviews
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Reviews: 243
Hads: 740
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 36
Gots: 95 | 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.
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Reviews: 243 | Hads: 740
Photo of jdhowe
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle enjoyed from a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, molasses-tinged deep brown with a thin layer of mocha-colored head. Head dissipates quickly to a ring, little to no lacing is left down the glass.

S: Chocolate, yeasty creaminess, coffee, roastiness, and a hint of wax. Not as much coffee as I had expected, but quite nice.

T/M: Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, smooth, slightly oily, and lightly carbonated. Carbonation is a little prickly up front, but really just does the bare minimum for this beer. Flavor is a slightly fruity and chocolatey malt sweetness backed by roastiness, leading into a coffee and accompanying bitterness on the finish. Finish is surprisingly light on bitterness and really quite clean and devoid of much lingering character.

O: Far from the coffee bomb that was described by the friend who supplied the bottles, I find that this beer is still quite tasty. The thickness is about right, the coffee and chocolate are well balanced, and there is very little that is unpleasant. That said, it could do for more carbonation and maybe just a little more character... parts of the flavor profile just felt empty.

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Photo of Jamey61
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Landar
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Mini4x
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of LeRose
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 21, 2013.

Handsome looking mahogany brown pour with a modest. soft tan head that lingers and red hues gracing the side of the glass.

The aroma is a delightful array of dark roasted coffee beans, vanilla beans, the slightest of dark fruitiness, and a mild hoppy note.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste has this unique merging of the dark roasted coffee beans and coffee grinds and a kind of pale malt sweetness with a very low bitterness that drops a hint of its participation in the experience. Very easy to drink

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Photo of WillieFerdonia
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Willie #1 Beer ya'll! If you do not try this you are only hurting yourself & your sheltered tastebuds. This ranks #1 amongst coffee porters in Willie world. The only thing close to it is Willoughby Peanut Butter Coffee Porter and sometimes Sam Smith or Atwater Chocolate. Drinking a Wolavers iz like watching Gary Franklin tossin a no-look to Cory Jefferson ya'll! Take it from Willie... This Organic Purebread is a WINNER!

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep brown with a slight ruby tint under light. Head is a light tan and mostly short-lived but there is a slight retention that doesn't leave lacing but just hangs on sip after sip

S- rich roasted coffee dominates with hints of bitter chocolate

T- big coffee notes battle against a rich bready porter in a most delicious manner. There is at times a pleasant sweetness to it all. Don't really get any of the vanilla.

M- smooth and thinner than expected with such a robust aroma and taste. Close to an actual cup of coffee with a little less of the oil. My preference would have it a little fuller body but it's still good as it is.

O- a big and bold coffee porter. Well made and tasty.

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Photo of Antikythera
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In Canada my go-to coffee porter was Mill Street. Good to know there are some south of the border too. Found this one in the mix-your-own-six-pack shelf at Wegman's.

a: dark, fizzy. Head goes away fast.

s: like a donut shop. o.o Very strong coffee aroma with a faint whiff of vanilla.

t: might be the smoothest, easiest-drinking combo of coffee and beer that I've ever tasted. The vanilla is still just barely at the fringes of perception, very nice and natural.

m: a little too thin and fizzy. I was hoping for something more creamy.

o: definitely a winner, will buy again for sure.

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Photo of rebcwood
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Looks very dark and deep but closer look shows a solid caramel color.

Coffee smell is very bold. Smell caramel as well.

Bitter starts the intense coffee tastes. Tastes exactly as it smells. Finishes with a smooth caramel coating.

Not very impressed but I will chalk it up to me being a novice.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours brown and settles black with a small off-white head that doesn't retain. Good lacing.

Smell - Light roast coffee and vanilla bean. Chocolate and gently roasted malts, not overly bitter or sweet.

Taste - Vanilla and almost a breakfast-style blend coffee. Roasted malts. Some slight creamy chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Zero booziness with great drinkability.

Overall - I don't want to play it down or make it sound cheap by saying that it tasted like "adult" iced coffee when it's cold, because I mean that in a good way! This was a good solid brew that any fans of porters or coffee should try.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Among the season's first bottles, I picked this up this morning's delivery at City Market in Burlington, Vt. I've been a fan in the past, but I never got around to writing a review so here goes nothing.

A: Silky black with a light tan head.

S: Mostly coffee, not much vanilla.

T: Overwhelming coffee, as I remembered. It's almost too overwhelming, but it works for me. Some who don't like coffee as much may find it too much to handle.

M: Adequate, not as full as I'd like, but it's certainly not watery.

O: This is a really good beer--in my opinion the best Wolaver's/Otter Creek offering (excluding Double Dose). If you like coffee, you'll probably like it. That said, I'm always a tad underwhelmed by how unbalanced and quasi-stale the coffee flavor is. I love coffee, so it's okay, but it's not the most balanced or well done coffee beer, either. That said, this is just about $9 a six-pack and, around here, singles of Dieu du Ciel's Péché Mortel are just about $5 each. I'll take Wolaver's.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells of coffee, not surprising for a coffee stout. Tastes of coffee with slight hints of chocolate. Beer is very lightly carbonated goes down great for its medium/heavy body. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Odouls15
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of Chris_Mac
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DasPuma
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!!

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Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stranger5582
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Beergelden
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of IronLover
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of idResponse
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured black with a small foamy head, not even a quarter inch thick. Very opaque though, which I love for my coffee porters. Smells of strong, almost burnt coffee, very dense and slightly acidic. Coffee is definitely the dominant aroma for this beer. Taste - like that of a very strong coffee, almost repelling except that the dark earthiness and slight dark cherry is enticing.

I paired this coffee with a homemade flourless torte and a side of Vanilla ice cream - the experience was amazing. I highly recommend having this beer with a light, sweet and creamy dessert. It brought out more of the rich and creamy coffee flavor of the beer and hid the acid burnt coffee flavor.

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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.