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

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665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 32
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered and unpasteurized porter brewed with Vermont grown organic coffee and aged on organic vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of beerphan
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big fluffy pulsating head that settle to a tight film of milky way suds. A few clumps of lace stick for a moment before sliding into the dark abyss.

Nose: Rich vanilla, light coffee beans, some dark fruit, booze

Thin creamy mouth that slide right in. Creamy mix of vanilla and coffee. A ton of vanilla with coffee ridiing second fiddle in the background. Finishes the same.

A really sweet beer that would be most likely work best as an after dinner treat pared with some ice cream and cake. Don't think I could do more than one.

Photo of cavedave
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not much head, even with a rough pour. It's an opaque darkest brown, and carries a thin beige ring for most of the ride. Not the best looking coffee Porter I've tried by a large margin.

This beer brewed with Alta Gracia beans has med. strength aroma full of coffee that holds hands with roasty malt tones, is joined by hints of tart yeast, and some floral hop. Nice. Enticing.

Taste is also med., carrying mostly coffee flavor, with more sweet than in the nose, a near burnt caramel sweet. Roasty malt joins the sip, and as the beer warms the roast gets some nice char to it and bit of bitter chocolate. Strong coffee resins line the mouth for a finish that starts with that roasty sweet, but succumbs to some nice drying from charry bitter and coffee.

This certified organic brew is not only thin for style, but too thin to properly showcase the flavors. At first I thought the carb. was too low, but by the end of the bottle this became an asset. The finish ends nicely dry, acceptable for style, and certainly the way I prefer, but the finish gets a bit too resiny along the way, even a bit too charry. It suffers greatly by comparison with easily available world class offerings in this style.

Thin mouth, a refreshing nature for a beer this size, and a tasty, if unbalanced, flavor profile make this a very drinkable beer.

Impression: Otter Creek does well with dark flavors. This is a solid, not stellar, porter. I'm certain to get this again, suggest you do the same.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared my matt9875. Thanks Matt!

This porter appears dark brown in color, with an eighth inch of beige head. The aroma is primarily of coffee grounds. The coffee aspect is not as wonderfully aromatic as I would like. The taste is similar to that off yesterday's leftover coffee, served cold. The feel is medium / thin in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. This was an OK beer, but there are many better coffee porters and stouts available.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Alta Gracia on tap at The Pony Bar in New York City.

Appearance: Served in a standard 16-oz pint, comes with a hefty two-finger head, very white and fluffy that disappears rather quickly to give way to a thin white film, some bubbles. Lacing is not exactly spectacular for a totally black stout.

Smell: Super intense coffee, deliciously bitter. Roasty, fresh. A bit of chestnuts roasting on the fire of a street cart while a one-legged homeless man begs for money next to it. It is Christmas.

Taste: Not as coffee-y as the nose, which I like. It welcomes you with a chewy, dry kick of smoky-sweet coffee beans, like munching on espresso beans. I get a hint of savoriness, ham hocks or jamon serrano. Intriguing and complex. Finishes with sugars, almost dessert-like.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium-low but perfect, same with body (medium but satisfying). Very dry finish, but not unpleasantly so. Just nicely balanced.

Drinkability: I got a bit of a buzz out of this one. It's not huge, but can kick you. ABV is a secret, I would put it at around 7%, would be surprised if it is less than that.

Much better than Founders Breakfast, an unexpected delight.

Photo of lstokes
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served black with a tiny chocolate colored head, with roasted coffee and cocoa aromas which carried over into the taste. There's a lot of chocolate in the taste and a little bit of vanilla. I think I like my coffee stouts to be thick, and this is a little thin, with a dry and sweet finish that doesn't exactly compel extra drinking. Still a tasty beer for coffee-lovers.

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep almost opaque black with a thin diminishing light tan head. Aroma is slight fresh ground coffee and dark malts. The taste is a nice blend of fresh ground coffee and dark malts with slight cocoa. The beer is quite light, smooth and easy drinking. This is a very enjoyable coffee porter, one I would certainly have again.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The jet-black body does not reveal even a hint of light sitting beneath the creamy light tan head that is faint, yet constant throughout the beer.

Aromas of rich barley, chocolate malt, and coffee waft from the glass with just a hint of earthy hops in the background.

The flavor is much sweeter than I anticipated. Roasted, almost burnt malt comes in up front with more barley and coffee with a very sweet, dark chocolate finish that lingers for a bit. There are also hints of vanilla bean as advertised.

Medium in body with medium carbonation and at times creamy, and at times it has a bit of a burnt bite.

This beer is exactly as advertised. Perhaps a touch sweet, but quite good and easy to enjoy.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/14/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a small, thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malt. Flavor is completely coffee with burnt coffee grounds and roasted nuts in the finish. Smooth malt balance. Wow, what a great unheralded coffee beer! Awesome stuff, especially for Wolavers.

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kkottonmouthkngz for the chance to try this one.

Poured into a pint glass this brew appears a dark chocolate brown color with some reddish brown around the edges. A thin formation of bubbles covers the top of this brew which quickly and audibly fizzles away to nothing. Rising bubbles of carbonation collect around the outside of the glass but fail to formulate a head.

The aroma of this brew is an equal blend of coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malt. There is a slightly sweet scent of vanilla which really accents the sweetness of the cocoa smell while the roasted malt blends with the coffee notes. Swirls of the glass release a more citrusy aspect to the nose.

The taste of this brew is tangy, roasted coffee over a burnt malt base that lingers with a taste of fresh coffee that has some citrus elements partially influenced by the coffee bean and hops. Quite enjoyable. The finish includes a touch of warming alcohol but the flavor of coffee persists.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest, lively level of carbonation that could be tuned down a bit. It was surprising how prickly and evident the fizz to this brew was but it couldn't produce a head no matter how hard it is swirled or poured.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Pours a dark brown, near black color. Despite my best efforts, I could only muster about half a finger of frothy light brown head. The head fell pretty quickly, but that's the way the coffee beer crumbles.

3.5 S: This one is a bit simple due to the overpowering coffee component, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, I'd like some of the maltiness get through.

4.0 T: Though the nose is all coffee, the taste is much more complex. Bitter roasty coffee is there at the forefront again, but there's a rich maltiness backing it up. Good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate followed by roasted barley, molasses, and some graininess. Good.

5.0 M: Medium body. Super creamy, especially for a coffee beer. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth. Great here.

4.5 D: Good, interesting taste and a damn good mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer. 'Nuff said.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured pitch black from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Good head which disappears fairly quickly. As the name suggests, this is coffee all the way. Right from the moment I cracked the bottle open, the aroma of coffee was evident. In fact, it is so overpowering that it is hard to get past the coffee if indeed there is anything else to the aroma. The taste again is coffee, coffee and more coffee. Decent lacing along the glass, and mouthfeel is good. But the weakness is the taste, way too much coffee for my liking. It is definitely not up my alley, and I don't see myself having this one in the distant future. Wolaver's/Otter Creek definitely have better beers than this one.

Photo of Selyrp
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pretty sexy on first pour; very dark with a nice mocha head, which faded quickly. Strong coffee smell was exciting.

Ever grab a handful of raw, unground coffee beans and chewed on them for a bit? This is kind of like that, but liquefied and carbonated. Much more coffee than beer, with a lingering sweetness.

Surprisingly light for a porter, given the robust flavor and went down pretty easily once I had gotten through the first few sips. Still, I prefer notes of coffee rather than a full-on coffee bean flavor, and would have trouble drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of theBubba
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Okay. Pop the cap and smell. Even before pouring into my stem glass, the coffee immediately came through. A bad omen.

Poured with a nice head that didn't last too long, but kept a decent lace all the way to the end. Color was almost that of black coffee.

Taste was pretty much the same. Well, maybe more like malty black coffee. I can't imagine drinking more than one of these. I would call this a novelty beer. Nothing you couldn't do yourself by adding a shot of strong black coffee to your porter. IMHO a cherry wheat, a chocolate stout, or a coffee porter should first taste like beer. Then after sipping, one should get the subtle flavor of the fruit, nut, spice or whatever was added to the wort.

To my taste, this is more like ale flavored coffee.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass. Good looking on the pour. Comes out black, when held up to the light there are some brown and reddish highlights. There is a thick tan head on the beer, but it goes away very quickly and provides very little lacing. There is a thinner layer of liquid that slowly trickles down after each sip.

The smell is easily the best feature in this beer. Extremely potent and delicious dark roasted coffee aromas. In addition to the roasted coffee beans, there are some slight malt and hop characteristics, but the dominant feature is certainly the coffee.

The taste is probably better than your average porter, but it's quite a step down in quality from the smell. Coffee and some chocolate flavors are the standouts. There are certainly a blend of malts because they are not all chocolate. There is an initial sweetness before the bitter and charred flavors kick in. The sweetness has a slight syrup likeness to it. The lingering flavors are the coffee and the slightest hope presence at the end.

The mouthfeel isn't very pleasant. I'd actually compare it to drinking cold black cheap diner coffee that's slightly carbonated. Very thin, light bodied overall, not typical for a porter in my opinion, average carbonation. The drinkability is pretty average overall, not horrible but nothing to write home about. A unique idea for this, I like the fact that it's organic. Seems as if it would be more of a summer porter in my opinion.

Photo of rsgcwhite
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep Brown, thick, only the slightest ruby tinge. Pours a beautiful high density head that gradually fades.

The aroma is pure coffee; it smells milky, like opening a ready-to-drink iced latte drink from the gas station refrigerator. Sweet roasted malts and the slightest hint of vanilla.

After the first taste you realize this is no mere, weakly coffee infused beer; this is running thick with pure, robust coffee. Too much of a 'non-beer' flavorcan be a terrible idea (a 'Bud Light with Lime', if you will), but the coffee notes don't completely mask the roasted malts underneath.

With these two flavor behemoths, hops are more difficult to detect and seperate from the carbonation. The ending taste is sweet and lingering, hints of caramel and vanilla melting into an espresso latte.

Mouthfeel is sweet, with the richness of coffee - while this is no imperial, it's also less watered down than expected. The flavor is strong, interesting, and worth a try; if you can get beyond the intense coffee flavor into the beer itself, you will enjoy it.

Photo of whisperjet
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours black. 1 finger of cream head. Retains well thick lace.

s: Lots of coffee bean right out of the bottle. Very roasty, almost burnt. Strong and punchy with a malted smoothness.

t: Very nice coffee and vanilla flavors. Blended well, really comes out strong as the beer warms up.

m: Medium bodied and carb

d: Very smooth and rich with real coffee bitterness.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep chocolate brown or even black with a nice layer of thick mocha colored head that disipates rapidly, leaves no lacing at all

S: very nice coffee and slight chocolate notes

T: nice deep coffee taste with a very nice lingering sweetness

D/M: leaves a nice smoothness on the pallet, doesn't go down nearly as heavily as expected

Photo of FickleBeast
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a half finger of foam that flitters away quickly. Aroma is tannic, bitter coffee, papery, cardboard.

First sip is heavy on the roasted coffee flavor. Hints of vanilla follow up - nice and subtle. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Would prefer this to be a little chewier, sweeter, and full bodied. Tastes almost like a vanilla latte. As it warms, vanilla is more present.

Not terrible. Just needs some sweetness to round it out a bit. Will have to compare this to my homebrewed coffee porter.

Photo of Stoneyrok
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with very little head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: coffee, slight vanilla bean, no chocolate, malty, or hoppy smell for me.

Taste: slight carbonation, coffee taste takes front stage, is dry, thin, with noticeable bitterness towards the end. Full flavored but thin body.I found a minimal chocolate barley flavor, but had to search for it. The thin body (Body reminded me of a Guinness draught bottle) lingering dryness, bitterness, is what I will remember of this beer. It is a very good beer if you like coffee brew. It meets or exceeds that style, and therefore is very good and I respect that. I like a little more body and sweetness, and noticeable chocolate and that is what makes this a different porter. Very good.

Mouthfeel: is thin, prickly carbonation,goes down smooth, did not remind me of founders breakfast stout as someone else said, instead it is the thinnest porter I think I have had.

Drinkability: goes down smooth and quick, dryness lingering, I could finish a few of these...

Conclusion: I would not buy this again, not because It is bad bad by any standards, it is just not what I like in a porter at this time. Again, I prefer sweeter, less dry, fuller body, noticeable chocolate with the coffee, with a creamy feel that makes me think, ah... Yum... And this didn't do it. I do think many out there looking for this taste would think this is a perfect beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a dry roasty malt and coffee. In the taste, roasty malt, dry coffee, and a small sweetness at the end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a hint of dry coffee in the aftertaste. Nice big coffee presence and just a hint of sweetness, just like how I enjoy my coffee.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this as equally as I did with the blueberry ale!

A - Pours a nice dark black, want to say porter color with an inch of fluffy head.

S - On the nose coffee and lots of it. Maybe some slight vanilla but really no chocolate which is cool since it is a coffee based beer. Very nice.

T - Wow its strong (in taste!) Bitter coffee followed by a creme like sweetness (vanilla) and maybe a slight bit of chocolate and finishes slightly bitter, almost natural. A very solid coffee brew.

M - Medium bodied. After I had more it was a bit watery but for the ABV it was expected

D - Well yeah I could drink more and it was smooth and the flavor was constant. Very nice. Still like my Founders Breakfast tough.

Photo of Onenote81
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice to see this seasonal on the shelves at my local TW. Threw it in a mixed sixer and was on my way. I'm a sucker for coffee-beers. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed during the Packer game last night. 45-7!!

Pours a dark amber-tinted brown with a thin beige head on top. Light lace. The nose was excellent. Lot's of dark-roasted coffee, espresso, faint chocolate, and a mild nuttiness. The mouth was a little more carbonated than I'd prefer, and the finish was oddly thin. It was an easy drinker though. The coffee is very pronounced in the flavor as well, as expected, but it finishes slightly sour and off. Some chocolate sweetness balances it out a bit. Some notes of vanilla in there as well. All-in-all, this was definitely coffee-forward, but it just wasn't my cup of "coffee." Glad I tried it though.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a hint of light making it through...nice frothy head that retains very well. Smells of coffee and not much else...maybe earthiness. Tastes of the same...loads of coffee, roasty, slight vanilla, dark chocolate but not that bitter at all. Aftertaste is predominately dark roast coffee. This beer is....coffee. Not beer, coffee. I like coffee so I guess it's pretty enjoyable. Slightly thin mouthfeel and a dry finish. If you enjoy coffee, you'll enjoy this. Coffee.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Guinness pint glass an ink black except for just a few rays of ruby when held to a bright light,a thinner toasted almond colored head atop.Aromas are like stickin your nose in French roast coffee gorunds,its that domant in its coffee aromas,a slight dark fruit element comes thru but its light.Flavors of dark roast coffee crystals are overwheleming,I havent had a beer is domianant its coffee character.Its a decent beer,if you like cofee you will like this.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown bordering on black, with a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is all french roast coffee and espresso, along with a bit of dark fruit, very dark chocolate, a bit of lactose and some burnt bread. The flavor is a bit one dimensional, with big arabica coffee and espresso, some dark chocolate, burnt bread, hints of dark fruit and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and smooth and drinkability is limited by the intense coffee flavor. This is a decent coffee beer, but it lacks the complexity of the better coffee stouts/porters (pipeline porter, FBS, Bell's Java, etc.)

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.