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

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very good

686 Ratings
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.
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, almost opaque. Khaki head quickly comes and goes.

S: Burnt bitter coffee, chocolate malt...pretty straight forward. Still, quite rich. Coffee dominates the aroma.

T: Huge black coffee note, nicely complimented by roasted malt. Not much sweetness on the tongue whatsoever. The flavor is pretty well integrated, though coffee is the main player. Way bitter in the finish, reminds me once again of only lightly sweetened, almost black coffee.

M: MF is light, carbonation is high. Drinkability is pretty good, though Im craving just a bit more body.

O: A good coffee beer, but could benefit from just a bit of cream and sugar.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter shade of brown with a ruby hue. There was about a finger's worth of head with no retention. The nose is the bitter aroma of coffee grounds. The coffee taste is quite direct as well. The finish included a nucleus of roasted coffee bitterness. My only complaint is that it could be more full-bodied.

I always say that I love coffee and I love porter, but I've never found a coffee porter that offers a distinct coffee infusion. This is it! Well done!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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
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..

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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