Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
780 Ratings
Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee PorterWolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
780
Reviews:
253
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
109
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 780 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have found organic beers to be a bit watery and thin. Similarly here, however the mildness of the coffee was preferable to me than another thick coffee beer. It was more pleasant to drink at lunchtime, sessionable. Poured black, with roasted coffee aromas.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and vanilla beans. Taste is much the same with coffee and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess I never read the label, The whole time I was drinking it I thought it was a stout. Anyway it's pour is and very deep brown color with a few highlights of a very dark red. This beer's aroma is straight up coffee with just a little sweetness on the nose. The flavor is what I really enjoy about this beer, It starts you off with a bitter coffee kick that that really lets you know that it's in there. Then the aftertaste smooths out into a soft vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel is just a little watery but still has enough substance in it to make it stand on it's own. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and has a slight amount of carbonation visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that faded away and left only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the coffee flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied, thin and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The thin body makes this beer seem more like a carbonated coffee instead of a beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I twist the cap off I get an instant dose of hershey's syrup. Yummmm

Poured into Bells tulip

Pours a copper brown, but settles nearly black. Pours about 1 finer of light tan head. Settles down and leaves a slight amount of thin lace.

Aroma: Y-E-S! The hershey's chocolate syrup is still here. Brings some coffee flavors and roasted malts. Honestly, a porter can not get any better than this. Rich, silky chocolate with fresh coffee. WOW! This is in your face awesomeness!

Taste: Crossing my fingers that the taste is just like the aroma. Here we go. It's there, but a just a tad lighter than I was expecting. Starts out with a huge dose of the same hershey's chocolate syrup instantly followed by rich, sharp coffee. It has some roasted malts as well. Has some vanilla in the taste as well. For a porter, this is pretty legit, but it doesn't live up to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with an overly roasted aftertaste with some coffee showing.

Overall, this porter really surprised me. The aroma is unbelievable and I just wish the taste packed a huge punch that the aroma did. It is really good and I am glad I had a chance to try it. I won't have a problem finishing this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated 11/30/11 served in a snifter. Updated and much nicer label (from BA photo).

Pours a dark, slightly hazy brown with a small tan head. A small amount of sediment remained in the bottle although I tried to completely empty it.

The aroma [4.25] is dominated by fine coffee, but with hops and chocolate malt underneath, and hints of vanilla and toffee. The taste follows, and feature a very nice balance of spicy hops and coffee, with the dark malts keeping things tame, and a nice but subtle vanilla note. This is a beer almost certain to be enjoyed by those who like both coffee and dark beer. A fine,dry, bready coffee flavor lingers on and on.

M: light-medium body; I'd prefer something a bit fuller. OK carbonation. Smooth.

O: a fine coffee beer with a pronounced coffee flavor and aroma. Recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a semi-sweet coffee flavor along with a hearty roasted malt character and a touch of chocolate in the background. The hops presence is mild as it should be and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style this is a good coffee-flavored beer to drink for a while but there are a few others that I would pick first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans with just a hint of sweetness.

T: Nice strong flavors of coffee that increase in strength as the beer warms. Lighter notes of roasted malts with some very light notes of sweetness. Light bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer but I could see others being disappointed because the flavor is completely dominated by the coffee - as a person that really enjoys coffee, I really like this one.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured black in color with a thin tan foam ring for a head that clung to the edges of the glass.

It has a fantastic roasted coffee aroma to it. It smells pretty much like a fresh pot of good coffee. I can't say it's an incredibly complex flavor since I'm not getting much else through the coffee, but the the coffee flavor is very good.

The taste is not surprisingly coffee focused. I have to say, this beer damn near is coffee. it finishes with a long lasting roasted coffee bitterness with just a hint of some cocoa. If this was less carbonated and hot it might actually pass for coffee. Again I can't say that it has a complex beer flavor to it but the coffee flavor is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but you really have to be in the mood for coffee for it to be drinkable. I really enjoyed it after dinner tonight and it was very drinkable in this setting. Overall however it was pretty one dimensional, a very good coffee flavor but nothing that made me really say wow like say Speedway did. Some beer flavors could have been a bit more pronounced.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Coffee and love are best when they are hot."

--German proverb

Mahogany brown with reddish caramel edges and a thin slice of khaki colored foam that should have been bigger given the increasingly aggressive pour. The featureless head shrinks to a barely covering film in minutes and leaves no lace.

The nose is exactly as expected for a coffee bean added porter. Each sniff delivers a big blast of java, along with roasted malt and hints of vanilla bean. 'Outstanding' is the word that comes to mind... and I'm not even a coffee drinker.

Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is damn good beer however you slice it. The brewers have done a bang-up job balancing the three major elements, allowing none of them to dominate on the palate. Having it favor bitterness rather than sweetness was also a good call during the design stage.

Vanilla is (almost) lost in the shuffle. Having those beans share the spotlight with the coffee beans might have made this stuff even better. Warming brings more flavor intensity and even better flavor definition. Muy drinkable.

One source says the ABV is 5.0%. If true, then there's plenty of barley to go around. That, in combination with well-done bubbles, leads to a light creaminess and a decent amount of cling.

Otter Creek/Wolaver's is not one of my favorite breweries, though they do have their moments. Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is definitely one of their finer moments and is an offering that deserves to be released on a regular basis.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Warning: I'm not a fan of regular coffee. Although I recognize and appreciate the coffee elements of darker beers, the actual aroma and taste of coffee is abhorrent to me.

Moderate head that dies to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves good ring lace. Near black in color, the faintest of light comes through the edge of the glass.

Bitter, bitter black coffee aroma. Think coffee grounds.

Okay, way too much coffee for me to enjoy. Very bitter and dry. There's no other flavor for me to detect. Fairly typical body with a slightly high carbonation level. The aftertaste is all coffee.

In some ways, I should not rate this because I struggle with this flavor. If you are a coffee lover, you may love this.

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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 780 ratings.
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