Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee PorterWolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter
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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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Ratings: 781 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of laurapompeo
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doobie77
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhillyB
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer with a pretentious label.

Look: Let me address the labeling first. It tells you everything you need to know, but looks like something from Starbucks. A little holier than thou. The beer itself isn't particularly pretty either, no head at all but totally black.

Smell: Dark roast coffee with some bitter chocolate notes.

Taste: Quite strong coffee, again with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very tasty.

Feel: Full bodied, smooth but not creamy.

Overall: After getting over the packaging and lackluster appearance, this is a solid coffee porter I may return to.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an enjoyable take on a coffee porter. The coffee aroma is robust and overpowers the flavor of the porter a bi. Dark as a strong java with a caramel ribbon. Wolaver used good beans to make this brew. A solid porter for winter.

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Photo of mlockman
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredibly strong coffee aroma and flavor that manages to maintain its intensity with each successive sip, though the flavor is admittedly more coffee than porter.

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Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briancroz12
4.49/5  rDev +14%
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 psruss
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Also am very upset to hear about the discontinuation of the brewery and this Porter. Seems like when I find a good porter it shuts down like Catamount so many years ago. I tend to like porters more than Stouts, though stouts have dramatically changed over the past 10-15 years. Anyway, really like the balance of the coffee and vanilla flavors. If you have a chance to get it at your store before they're gone, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 13tido
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chalkda01
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barnsley
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stignacious
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like many others, I bought this for the first time after hearing of Wolaver's shut down. Pours like motor oil out of the bottle, although more transparent than I expected. A puffy white head transmits instant coffee notes with hints of sugary sweetness. You really taste the vanilla bean on the palate, which compliments the roasted malt very well, but it tastes a little saccharin and artificial at times. Overall, this is a very good porter. Too bad.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this after hearing it was retired/discontined.

This also the second ported i tried tonight that was better in the bottle/can rather than in a glass. I am now convinced porters are best not in a glass.

Anyways, so this porter is a borderline milk stout to me.
Full and silky. Good malt character with a noticeable coffee vibe. Its a shame this will no longer be brewed. This is a great sessionable porter.

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Photo of Hendry
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Fleeting light espresso head, manages only about half a finger on the pour even with some cascading bubbles when being filled. Settles to a nearly no existent puck, slightly oily top and fine to good sized bubbled collar. Body color on the porter angle is dark walnut brown, quite opaque maybe even a bit hazy towards the top strangely, and a deep Indian red edge.

Well, morning coffee has arrived here on the nose. Excellent ripped bean coffee nose which is the dominant smell off the beer. Roast angle does get into the malt side but the coffee does lead forward, with an oily sensing smell as well, and quite fresh too. Slighty notes of cream as well, but for the most part it's one dimensional but a very good coffee bouquet.

Palate goes for the basics. Light bodied simple porter mouthfeel but a touch of wetness as well, losing a bit of that creamy anticipating flavor hinted on the nose. Mid palate has a bit of coffee flavor but also a hint of sour bean just a bit which is interesting as it doesn't come off like acrid roast grain which is nice. A bit of mild hop bitterness seems to perkalate (no pun intended) out on the finish, which also gets oily as well matching a bit of the beers mid palate oily character. The oil word just keeps coming up all the time here interestingly. The coffee flavor is of very good quality, fresh and feeling like just roasted.

Looks like the went for better coffee quality, but sort of got the porter basics a little bit neutered and buried. I would prefer a better show, but this is a very good take on a coffee forward brew. This has the potential to be better, but it's nothing disappointing in the slightest.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jordanian2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown witha tan creamy head that clings and leaves lace. Nose is coffee, light brown sugar, dark fruit, nuts and caramel. Light pepper from hops. Taste is mellow as some bold coffee without bitterness comes across the palate smooth and with the nutty taste of caramel. Low diacetyl presence. Soft creamy mouthfeel shows you roasty malt and a dryish finish. Light cream to lingerwith firm caramel as hops balance the beer perfectly with a moderate bitterness.

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Photo of celts32
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 77.5% out of 100 with 781 ratings
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