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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

717 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 83 | 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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Ratings: 717 | Reviews: 244
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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alta Gracia pours a very, very dark brown color. There's very little light shining through but it's still not quite black. The foam is a full finger thick and a lighter shade of khaki or vanilla. The foam fades and leaves behind a medium amount of lacing.

The aromas are a mix of coffee and espresso with maybe a little bit of vanilla or mocha too? I expected a sweeter smell from this porter, but it smells cleaner and drier, more like the nose of a coffee stout.

Flavors are obviously dominated by the rich coffee, but much like the nose it reminds me more of a stout than a sweeter style porter. The Alta Gracia is very smooth, almost silky, and easy to drink. It's not as bold as a big coffee stout or 'breakfast' stout, but definitely more dry and complex than what I typically think of in the average porter.

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3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a deep brown body that showed some ruby highlights...two fingers worth of bubbly, tan head...it almost looked like a Coca-Cola after the head vanished quickly...light lacing

S - The nose has a strong coffee aroma that is spiked with hints of sweet vanilla...the coffee and malts provide a roasty aroma

T - Strong vanilla starts things off making the beer rather sweet in the beginning...after that subsides the roasted qualities come out...the coffee presence isn't as strong as the nose suggested, but it's pretty bitter...subtle notes of chocolate linger throughout in the background

M - Medium bodied...smooth, roasty, bitter coffee

O - The coffee started off nice in this beer, but after awhile it became too bitter...the vanilla was sweet and didn't play well with the coffee, I think...not a bad coffee porter, worth a try

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hank for this bottle, enjoyed chilled w/ carlos in two sampler glasses.

The color is murky medium brown with a light tan cap that is pillowy and has a fine bead. The lace clings and retention is good. The smell is very beany with a roasty foundation and moderate sweet scent with a slight floral and grainy note the earthy odors are nice like sticking your face into a bag of light roasted coffee. The feel has slight tannins and dry tinges with some oily qualities with moderate carbonation and roasted texture with mild sweet quality but very nicely balanced overall.

The flavor is pretty strong with coffee bean taste that has a lightly roasted quality with subtle citrus and spice from the bean and mild caramel malt backing. There is a nutty quality with the roasted malt adding dimension to the coffee flavor and working in tandem with it. The taste has a nice earthy quality and is almost chocolate tinged. The light spice and citrus from both the beans and hops are nicely paired in the porter with mild yeast fruitiness in the finish.

Overall this is a very good porter and the coffee is mild yet in the flavor enough not to mistake what you are drinking. I like the balance it offers however I prefer a little darker roast quality from the coffee I drink so that may be why I found the coffee flavor to be light overall. I think the base beer works which is important when adding any flavor to a beer like this.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear dark brown with a thin line of off-white bubbles on top.

S: All that I can pick up is a rather strong aroma of fresh ground coffee, like walking into a starbucks.

T: A strong flavor of roasted coffee and malt at first. This fades into a burnt coffee flavor with a very faint hint of vanilla.

M: It's thin and watery at first, but fills out a little with the carbonation. The finish is a touch bitter.

O: Not too bad of a beer. Good coffee flavor, but that's about it.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown. thin light tan head. lacing

S-very strong and slightly bitter scent of fresh ground coffee!

T-comes in with a crisp taste of fresh ground coffee. the after-taste is matching and not as strong, but its a great taste. high quality, extremely flavorful. i like this!!

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-usually when I'm the designated driver, as i was when i ordered this, i like to drink my beers slower....however with this beer, i just about chugged it. i couldn't help it! it was so good and it goes down sooo easily! this is an amazing brew! the flavors were so bold and flawless!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Semi-opaque, can see thru this beer. Not as dark as other porters I have tried. Looks very light.
S- very nice coffee and sweet vanilla smell
T- nice coffee taste up front with a slight vanilla taste on the back end. Good coffee flaver, not a burnt taste. On the border of too sweet. Very light.
M- good amour of carbonation but still smooth
O- overall a very nice coffee porter, good coffee taste. Not filling and overly strong. Light enough for a nice session beer but the sweetness gets to you.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights. 1 finger head that dissappears quickly and leaves minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Big coffee notes with a hint of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. No hop presence in the nose.

T - Coffee flavor profile throughout the sip. Some chocolate and roasted malts make there way through at the finish. Very roasted flavor similiar to an expresso flavor.

M - Thin bodied with a coffee flavor that lingers around the palate for a while.

O - A very nice beer with big coffee flavor. I really enjoy this beer and hope to see more of it in years to come.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with "2120102011" stamped on the bottle. Not sure what this means?

Pours brown in color. If you hold it up to the light, it's more of a deep reddish-brown color that you can almost see through. Head is beige, and stood about one finger tall. It's now settled to a thin spotty lace. Some lacing, but it's pretty minimal.

Big coffee aroma on this beer. Maybe a hint of vanilla and some subtle chocolate, but the coffee is front and center.

Taste: Roasted coffee beans up front. The malts back up the coffee nicely. Very little in the way of hop bitterness. Any bitterness present here is without a doubt due to the huge amount of coffee flavor, which never really goes away, and lingers on through the finish.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with huge coffee and a relatively soft carbonation.

A nice coffee porter, even if it is a bit thin. It's really more of a Coffee Brown Ale to be honest.

Morey's Bottom Line: If you like coffee, I recommend this. You can taste it better than you can in any of the other coffee beer that I've had (FBS, WnB, B&B, KBS). Maybe not as good, but big coffee flavor for sure.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/6
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice chestnut color brown with a three finger of foamy sudsy head. Head retains nicely and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is fantastic coffee notes that are the primary aroma, some lighter chocolate notes and hints of caramel.

T: Taste starts with a nice dosing of milk chocolate, cocoa flavoring. Lighter caramel malts come in mingled with a toastiness. Coffee than takes over and holds through the finish with some creamy, chocolate flavoring mixing in.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, a bit thin but a creamy finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a beer that I could, would, and did sit with for a good amount of time. It's the closest that I've gotten to Schlafly's Coffee Stout. This would definitely be a go to beer for me.

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3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark brown with a nice head and lacing.

smelled good with loyts of coffee notes

Taste fell off could taste some coffee and no vanilla. mouithfeel was thin for a porter.

Overall it was okay I wouldn't try too hard to find this one again, but if it was there and none of the other porters were available I'd get it.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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