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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

579 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 29
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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MA08

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

11-28-2011 14:53:23 | More by MA08
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tylerprince

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%

11-28-2011 03:47:08 | More by tylerprince
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cools007

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

11-27-2011 22:07:19 | More by cools007
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-27-2011 02:21:48 | More by ZacharyJ
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-26-2011 22:20:52 | More by bluntedboywonder
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wedge

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some haze - a fine, bubbly covering rests on top. Coffee roast upfront in the nose, followed by some mildly sweet dark chocolate and just a whiff of vanilla and hops. Increased vanilla bean comes through in the flavor melding pretty well with a creamy coffee sweetness. Some fruitiness lingers after each sip. The coffee reasserts itself after a few sips and comes with a light chocolaty roast. Medium bodied...nothing really notable, but nothing wrong. Overall, just a pleasant organic porter geared towards coffee lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:03:27 | More by wedge
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-23-2011 16:34:17 | More by mctizzz
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2%

11-22-2011 13:21:39 | More by nathanjohnson
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a two finger head, small amount of light shines through. Dissipates to a nice lacing.

S - All I can smell is coffee grounds, with malt moving in and out from the background.

T - Sweet malt with light coffee flavor that quickly turns into heavy coffee grounds with vanilla. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Good for the style.

O - Not a stellar coffee beer, but not too bad either. Heavy coffee grounds is a bit of an odd choice to get the coffee flavor, beans or brewed would better the smell and flavor. Still wouldn't deny being given one, though would probably not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 22:39:43 | More by JustinAniello
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NT101

New York

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-20-2011 22:23:48 | More by NT101
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours mahogany colored, with a hint of haze. The khaki-colored head was a finger thick, but dissipated quickly with hardly a trace of lacing.

S: Sweet malts and -- of course -- coffee. Maybe some cocoa notes.

T: The sweet malt on the front of the tongue gives way quickly to a pleasant, bitter coffee flavor. The bitterness continues, but the pleasantness doesn't. In fact, the lingering harsh bitterness is kind of distracting.

M: Average carbonation, very moist. Slight alcohol burn.

O: I'd had a great experience with Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, so I had high hopes for this one. With my first sip, I commented how good it was (and each new sip was good), but the bitter aftertaste was just a little too harsh for me. I definitely finished it, but won't be going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:24:25 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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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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doubleaman28

Vermont

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-18-2011 05:24:18 | More by doubleaman28
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

aroma - coffee, chocolate, toffee - 4

color - dark, reddish browns... 3 --- small off white head

taste - yummy sweet, chocolaty coffee... i think the organicness takes out some of the "fun" of the taste, but i can't put my finger on it... 3.5
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mf - a little dry... 3.5

I've had better coffee porters, and I've yet to be impressed with organic brews... sorry Wolaver... good, but not great..

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:35:02 | More by klkatz
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2011 07:16:56 | More by Jspriest
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 02:28:55 | More by SamuelJackson45
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-14-2011 20:38:00 | More by BelgianDip
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a chocolate looking brown with a tan head.

S- Fresh ground coffee bean and chocolate cocoa aromas.

T- chocolate covered coffee bean and iced coffee flavors. Very clean finish with a soft roasted malt.

MF- light effervescent mouthfeel with a light body and bubbly carbonation.

D- high drinkability.

Overall a decent coffee porter with really nice coffee flavor. My only qualm is that it is very light and a bit one demensional.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:07:23 | More by Viciousknishs
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Looks beautiful, jet black, nice big tan head, great retention and lacing. Aroma is booming with coffee and roasted malt.

Taste has the expected roastiness, with very prominent and very freshly brewed espresso flavors up front. More subtle is the vanilla flavor, as well as a little hoppy bite on the back end. Creamy, pleasingly full mouthfeel combines well with lively carbonation. Moderately bitter, lingering finish. Pretty easy to drink, could be a good session beer for a colder day or night. Gotta be a coffee fan to really dig this one, though.

Very solid, my favorite Wolaver’s offering so far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 13:14:47 | More by tobelerone
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split by Whitemomba-- served in a RR -ation glass.

Smells a lot like coffee bender. Hmmm. Tastes a lot like coffee Bender. I like coffee bender. So therefore, by deduction, I must like this beer too.
And I do. It is good.

I prefer coffer bender though.

Brown body with reddish hues. Small head left quickly and didn't leave any lace.
Smells like coffee with a crey sweet vanilla note hiding amongst the sweet and roasty malt.
Velvety oat feel... Nice body here.
Not bad at all. Very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 18:16:41 | More by AleWatcher
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 8/14/11.

A - A chocolate brown liquid emerged from the bottle with little effervescence and a wispy tan head that vanished, save for a sparse ring of retention around the edge of the glass, leaving no lacing behind.

S - Iced coffee, nutty fudge and vanilla comprise the aroma. The coffee character is apparent but not dominating, as with most coffee beers.

T - Vanilla comes to mind first, followed by an iced coffee aspect with a light to medium roast character. Cocoa and nutty notes add complexity and complement the coffee and vanilla flavors. Finishes with a tinge of earthy bitterness accompanied by a hint of nutty astringency.

M - Medium bodied, though a little thin in the backend, with an oily texture and fairly bristly carbonation. Bittersweet finish with mild astringency on the palate.

D - Very good coffee porter overall with plenty else going on besides coffee. Try one for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:46:08 | More by ffejherb
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice look with a dark brown body with lots of bubbles in the body of the beer hanging to the glass, and a tall tan head thats fluffy but also a little soda like in how bubbly it is.

The smell has an aroma of espresso beans to it with maybe a hint of molasses and maybe a bit of maple like sweetness. Some cocoa is in there as well. Unfortunately I get quite a bit of metal smell too, though I'm positive it hasn't been on its side to pick up from the cap...

The taste is really nice and it tastes like very real espresso or maybe chocolate covered espresso beans with absolutely nothing artificial about it. The vanilla bean flavor comes in at the back, and is quite nice almost like a chocolate and vanilla soft serve. This is a fine and tasty porter, with coffee being very well integrated with the malt of this brew.

M: Nice easy drinker thats smooth and ver carbonated as I saw from just looking at it. Overall, a very nice beer and definitely the best organic beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:23:53 | More by Dreadnaught33
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generallee

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap at the Buffalo Brew Pub and served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brown look with some lighter dark amber/light brown high lights coming through the glass. Visibility is good and the beer is topped off with a small light tan head that fades quickly leaving just a light ring of foam. This makes very minimal slick lacing.

Smell: This is the highlight of the beer. It has lots of wonderful roaster coffee notes in the nose with some milder dark chocolate and dark maltiness for backup.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is more subtle and brings a light medium bodied roasted coffee flavor and dark maltiness to the palate. It has a good balance and pleasant bitterness with some mild dark chocolate and mild hops in the background. On the tongue there is mild carbonation which gives it a very smooth, creamy and mostly slick feel.

Notes: Overall it is a good average Porter with a great aroma and easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 21:09:24 | More by generallee
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farrago

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, creamy two finger head of brown foam, mainly a weave of microbubbles, about average retention, leaves thick lacing streaks which might need to be washed out to disappear. The liquid on the whole is black with a slash of reddish orange at the glass bottom. The coffee is obvious from the first sniff, more of a roasted bean quality with a light bitterness, only a splash of milk, cream or vanilla, same for caramel, butterscotch and grilled nuts, strong undercurrent of green grasses, while obviously focused on the coffee does not come across as unbalanced or unnecessarily aggressive. Medium to full-bodied, the dry mouth texture helps it stay refreshing and actually speeds it up rather than slow it down as it moves through the palate. The dark roasted coffee bean element decisive with an oily character and smoky perfume. The vanilla bean lacks the power to sweeten the pot, stays in the background with the honey and caramel. The carbonation does not seem weak yet just manages a steady lowkey prickle. No distinct fruit nor citrus flavors although there’s a sense of the latter. Same hoppy green notes with maybe a smidgeon of pine. Offers a mineral water note to cleanse the finish. High quality coffee intensity here.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:23:10 | More by farrago
Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.