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

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very good

706 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 706
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 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!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cools007
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ZacharyJ
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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of klkatz
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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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4.1/5  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

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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
88 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.