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

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very good

705 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 77 | 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%

Photo of AdamBear
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!

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bearsxco
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.

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
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.

Photo of Morey
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.

Photo of fizzyted
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of mre0683
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Jayli
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.

Photo of Mario61Aler
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.

Photo of tommyrxc
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Bavor
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of diekia
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is shades of dark brown to light brown. Nice tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is the best smelling coffee beer I have come across. It smells like freshly roasted, high-quality coffee beans. There is also a dash of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste is primarily roasted coffee; good and bitter. The malt is sweet, but is a compliment to the bitterness as opposed to a complete balance. It is a refreshing touch to mute the malt more than a typical coffee porter, which is oftentimes sweet. The beer has a great nuttiness to it as well. And the subtle vanilla is heavenly.

Mouthfeel has nice carbonation, and some definite smoothness. However, I would have liked it to be more full-bodied; better able to carry the bold coffee flavor. The consistency is more similar to coffee (albeit carbonated) than beer. And while that makes sense, this is a beer, not a coffee.

Overall, this is one of the best tasting, and definitely the best smelling, coffee beers I have tried.

Photo of jessdrinksbeer
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of bootsandbeer
2/5  rDev -49.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of troysoy2
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer and immediately caught a whiff of strong coffee. "Am I pouring beer, or am I pouring coffee!?!" was my initial reaction. Props.

Yep, about a half inch of light tan head, quickly dissipated. The color is just right for a porter, if a hint more of deep red than usual. Not opaque, but getting there.

It smells strongly of espresso beans. The scent wafts into the surrounding air and makes itself KNOWN. I tried really hard to see if I could smell anything else in this abyss of coffee. Maybe the slightest hint of malt backdrop. Otherwise, all Coffeee.

Oh my, it's like drinking liquid espresso beans. I'm honestly not entirely sure how this qualifies as a porter, as far as taste goes. Haha, more like carbonated, alcoholic coffee. Unique. It is what it is, and I appreciate that.

My one complaint is the mouthfeel which has nice carbonation, but as soon as you swallow, it's gone. Almost like a disappearing act. A tad strange.

Yep, if you like coffee, give this one a shot. Otherwise, stay far, far away. Good, but you have to be in the mood. Cheers.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep auburn pour into a Brooklyn Pilsner glass. Off white to tan head that falls quickly into a slight swirl. Not as dark as I'd hoped. Nearly transluscent in the light.

Wonderfully sweet coffee bean aroma. I don't think I have had a porter with such a distinct coffee bean aroma. It is like sticking my nose in a barrel of fresh roasted beans. The sweet malts make the aroma remeniscient of a chocolate covered espresso bean. Really great nose!

Flavor of watered down coffee with a dry finish. Blandish flavor in comparison to the aforementioned nose. Unpleasant bitterness on the finish. Really lacking definitive coffee, nutty, smokey, cocoa notes that I was expecting from the aroma of the beer.

Slightly watery and fizzy. the thinness is a real dissapointment, additionally lacking a smooth finish. There is missing a certain silkiness on the pallet that my favorite porters possess (ie Fuller's, Smutty, etc.)

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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%

Photo of zoolzoo
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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%

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.