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

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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
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.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
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%

Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of MA08
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%

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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%

Photo of JustinAniello
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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