Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

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253 Reviews
Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee PorterWolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-30-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 779
Photo of WillieFerdonia
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Willie #1 Beer ya'll! If you do not try this you are only hurting yourself & your sheltered tastebuds. This ranks #1 amongst coffee porters in Willie world. The only thing close to it is Willoughby Peanut Butter Coffee Porter and sometimes Sam Smith or Atwater Chocolate. Drinking a Wolavers iz like watching Gary Franklin tossin a no-look to Cory Jefferson ya'll! Take it from Willie... This Organic Purebread is a WINNER!

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Photo of younger35
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew has been sitting in the fridge since my main man BeerTruth sent this awhile back. Not sure why it's sat so long, especially after my first sip. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep dark black with a beautiful one finger light tan head that seems to stick around forever. A decently spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving behind some freckles of lacing.
Smell- Nice milky cream smell with plenty of rich roasted coffee to back it up. Slightly sweet smelling with a touch of vanilla and a touch of chocolate. Absolutely what a coffee brew should smell like as the coffee is dominate but plenty else going on.
Taste- Starts much the same as the nose. A nice light milky sweetness slowly gives way to loads of rich roasted coffee that is at the perfect strength. A bit of milk chocolate peaks through in the finish as does a bit of roasted bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Maybe just a touch lighter than I'd like but the carbonation is spot on as its light and tingly.
Drinkability- What a great freaking beer. It's no secret I love coffee beers but this was a hidden gem. So drinkable and smooth and the coffee aspect is EXACTLY where it should be. Potent and even somewhat balanced with the rest of the beer. Thanks much Adam, awesome shit!!

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Photo of beerjerk
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown/black with a light brown head.

Rich and robust coffee and caramel flavors. Creamy yet light on the way down. Leaves a soft, pleasant coffee flavor that makes this one a true pleasure on cold winter nights. The quality of the coffee beans is well represented in this offering, well chosen ingredients went into making an exceptional porter. This is my new comfort beer.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque black color, with dark brown hghlights when held up to light. The tan colored head is fairly tall, dense, and frothy. Retention is good, with some decent lacing.

S: Wow - an excellent aroma of coffee. I've had coffee that smelled less coffeelike than this. There are also pleasant notes of vanilla and lactic sweetness, blending well with the roastiness of the coffee and malt.

T: Roasted malts with sharp, fresh coffee flavor. Wonderful roasty, vaguely fruity coffee notes. A lactic creaminess melds seamlessly with a pleasing vanilla flavor. There's a light hint of earthy/herbal hops into the finish, along with some notes of caramel.

M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is just on the light side, contributing an appropriate creaminess. A nice, roasted dryness into the finish.

D: I'm extremely impressed by this beer. Probably the best coffee beer I've ever tasted. Simply chock full of coffee flavor, with a perfectly balanced vanilla creaminess. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mag00n
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/black, pours with a very small light brown head and moderate lacing

S: wow, coffee, coffee and more coffee. This stuff is made from coffee produced in the dominican republic. Think of a really strong, really good coffee, then throw in some a small amount of chocolate into the mix

T: Very similiar to smell, its like drinking a coffee treat that happens to have some alcohol in it. The vanilla beans even things out a bit and provide a welcomed creaminess. I detect some chocolate malts as well. I really cant taste the alcohol at all.

M: Light mouthfeel, doesnt coat the tongue too much but provides a pleasant drinking experience.

D: Very good but not great, i could probably put down 2 or 3 of these, but after that you might need a break.

Warning: You REALLY have to like coffee to appreciate this porter, the coffee is the main attraction, not an afterthought

My only complaint is id like to see this beer offered as an imperial, as it lacks the punch and warming feeling of an imperial porter.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of jsdunlop
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ouncer poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Nice pitch black color, tan 1 1/2 finger head. Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and slight vanilla undertones. This porter tastes just as great as it smells. My gustatory receptors were blasted up front with freshly brewed coffee, chocolate and a perfectly balanced residual sweetness with a minor hop bitterness to finish it off. Matched with the minimal carbonation and moderate body, this porter is quite possibly one of the best I have tasted yet! Thank you Otter Creek Brewing Company!

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost black, ruby when you hold it up to the sun. Lovely caramel colored head, although it dissipated fairly soon.

Dark malts and vanilla. Very promising.

Taste - delicious. Coffee, chocolate nib, roasted barley/chocolate malt and all good things barley.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated as it should be.

Top notch. Organic is a nice bonus. Another beer that raises the bar and discourages me from trying to brew my own out of fear of failure.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown almost black in color, 1/2" tan head. smells of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate. surprisingly sweet smells for such dark roasts. the taste is a coffee and beer lover's wet dream come to life. this absolutely fantastic coffee flavor with almost a hazelnut tone, mild chocolate.. dark roasted grains. wonderful. it is medium body leaning towards light.. slightly watery, nicely carbonated.

this is probably a better review than when i had it on tap. the beer is still SOLID and even though i haven't enjoyed most of this brewery's releases, this is one of my favorite beers to have during winter months.

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Photo of VenaCarva
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keeping everything in mind, I am not a fan of coffee.I picked this up in a "make your own six pack" deal, but I am giving a fair review based off someone who does drink and enjoy coffee.

A- It looked very impressive. It had a nice dark, thick look to it. While pouring it down the side of the glass, it created an almost marble look before evening out, but I'm strange, so whatever.

S- Smells exactly like coffee. Nothing more, nothing less.

T- Again, tastes 100% like coffee, only... it's beer. Awesome.

M- Pleasant. It was thick, but not syrup like. Very smooth.

D- Again, for someone who doesn't like coffee, I found myself at the end saying "I could drink another."

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- As dark, if not darker than most stouts... no light at all shines thru...

S- Smells like you'd brewed coffee, and put it in the fridge for Iced Coffee the next day. Just a touch of burnt wood.

T- Tastes like the coffee you've always wanted to have first thing in the morning... would be great with a shot of Kahlua or Bailey's... and a bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll! The vanilla starts to come thru nicely as it warms up. I could almost drink this hot, with whipped cream instead of Hot Cocoa after shoveling snow! Just a hint of alcohol on the finish.

M- Swirls on the tongue and really sticks there! Has a warm woody finish.

D- Really rich, one or two of these is plenty to warm you up.

One of my favorite Coffee brews for sure!

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Photo of shoude
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a sam adams beer glass

pours very dark brown/black, nice foamy caramel colored head, the smell is divine like very good strong coffee, the taste is coffee with a hint of sweetness, the finish fades quickly and dry, you just want to keep on sipping to get the taste back

I'm a big fan of this beer and will be picking up more of it to share

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is excellent stuff, tastes like ice brewed coffee. Dark body maybe a hint of ruby makes it through the light, with dark tan head forming thick, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aromatics bring out acidic coffee notes/earthiness/dark chocolate/fruity full roasted fresh coffee roasts. Flavor brings out a super creamy rush of coffee/creamy vanilla bean/earthy robust ballsy porter notes. I can actually tastes fine bits of coffee roasts going on in this brew. Dark chocolate/tree bark/coffee grinds god bless America I'm getting buzzed on beer and coffee. Mouthfeel by the way the acidity doesn't hurt the palate/mouthfeel in anyway, carbonation a bit tight bubbled effervescent for the sytle but it carries everything through even the oils from the Dominican coffee beans from Alta Gracia. Overall this is the best organic beer I've ever tasted, and it's hella drinkable. Alcohol doesn't come through too strong, either it's hiding that fact or it's meant to be drank in number.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is a brown-black ale with a coffee-colored head. It thins to an even foam and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a huge fresh ground coffee aroma with notes of chocolate and vanilla. The soft, chewy medium body leaves the mouth clean and dry. There's lots of coffee in the taste. It's lightly bittered. The hops are hiding beneath the coffee-- everything else is too, really. It's well balanced and pretty mellow with lots of coffee coffee flavor. You want coffee? Here you go. This is quite sessionable.

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Photo of themind
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

This is a fantastic, organic, non-GMO beer. Has a nice coffee taste and aroma and I would absolutely purchase this again. Just a great porter!

Bottom Line: Organic never tasted so good!

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Photo of Blueapollo420
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Whoa this is a chocolate coffee vanilla bomb! Good vt porters are usually much harder to attain than this. I will continue to buy this for as long as I can find it!

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of briancroz12
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alta Gracia Porter has been one of my favorite beers for quite some time now. Perfect to drink outdoors or around a fire on a cold fall/winter night, it disappoints me to have to speak about it in past tense.

Pours the darkest of browns with a decent espresso-colored head while tasting like the dream balance of malts and coffee beans. One of the cleanest, most "authentic" tasting coffee beers (regardless of style) that I've ever had. This beer had the look, smell and mouthfeel of the quintessential porter.

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Photo of atr2605
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a sudsy tan head that has very nice retention. Leaves a small lace
S-Big bold fresh coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The coffee aroma is absolutely fantastic. Smells like a freshly brewed cup o' joe
T-Coffee dominates the flavor and has fairly low hop bitterness. Unsweetened chocolate comes in the finish but is quite subtle, and overall the beer finishes quite clean for how much flavor it has
M-medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation
O-really awesome porter. One of the most coffee flavored-coffee flavored beers I have had. A lot of beers will have the hints of it but this really comes through in the aroma and the flavor but still isn't overwhelming. Great beer

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Photo of DonnieHops
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great creamy, coffee porter...

Not for the high ABV guys, but definitely has some body and flavor...

Nice thick creamy head on tap, bursting with robust coffee, cane sugar and a background of subtle vanilla/dark chocolate sweetness... Not too sweet. not too boozy....

Yummy for a coffee buzz, a dessert fix, or just a nice fall/winter sessionable porter....and organic!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Stranger5582
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I usually don't expect much from bottled beers, but this one was excellent. On its label it stated that it was made using Vermont Coffee Company coffee and it doesn't disappoint. I stopped drinking coffee many years ago, but this beer is how I've always felt that coffee should taste.

Instead of having a miraculous nose, it was more subdued; average. The aftertaste is just as good as taking a swig from the bottle. It has a deep burned taste, but almost none of the sour taste of improperly brewed coffee. In fact, I find its finish sweet without being overly sweet. (Rohrbach's Vanilla Porter is overly sweet on it's finsh, comparatively).

This may well become the benchmark through which I measure other coffee porters. I just wish its nose belied the taste for which the drinker is in store.

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Photo of Landar
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 10/12

Strong coffee grinds with a solid backbone of vanilla to balance and not cause the coffee to overpower. As it warms roasted chocolate and dark malts subtly come through.

Appearance 3/3

Opaque dark brown with dark ruby brown highlights at the extremities.

Full thick tan head with a lingering layer of foam just covering the surface and ringing the glass.

Taste 17/20

Strong rich coffee grind flavor with a solid vanilla backbone that is prominent enough to not let the coffee dominate and overpower the senses.

Aftertaste of rich coffee with lingering hints of dark roasted chocolate and dark malts.

As it warms the dark and chocolate malts just start to come through to add to a more balanced feeling.

Mouthfeel 5/5

High carbonation. Full bodied. Slightly dry feeling appropriate to style.

Impression 9/10

Excellent adherence to robust porter style with a coffee speciality ingredient. Perhaps reducing the coffee additive just a tad to allow the other dark and chocolate malts to add some slight complexities and improve the balance would make this a perfect coffee porter.

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