Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

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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
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Went to an event sponsored by Long Trail/Wolavers at a local restaurant and had a couple minutes to speak with the brewery rep.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.
A:Medium brown color, lighter brown small head with minimal lacing.
S: Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts
T: American coffee very strong throughout beer. Only minimal amount of vanilla and roast present when drinking. No bitterness evident which I was pleased with.
M: Light mouthfeel, but well carbonated
O: Was told since I indicated I prefer porters and stouts to give this one a try. Exceeded expectations. A solid coffee stout that is available year-round. Surpised I walked by this one numerous times before in bottle shops before the recommendation. Will buy again when I'm craving a porter or stout when the weather gets warmer.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of atr2605
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kinsman
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, just a shade or two from pitch black with a nice and big creamy tan head.

A boatload of coffee upfront in the aroma with a little room left for some sweet vanilla notes. A bit of chocolate and roasty malts comes through in the finish.

This is a coffee beer with some kick. Rich and roasty coffee deliciousness with some sweeter vanilla notes to balance it out. Doesn't have the burnt aspect that plaques many coffee stouts/porters.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel that goes down really smooth. Overall, a top notch coffee beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany color. A strong pour only produces about half an inch of white head, and even this sputters out quickly. Light rings and patches of lacing remain.

S: Freshly roasted coffee beans, toffee, caramel, faint powdery chocolate. Just a very slight hit of cherry/berry-like fruit. Ghost-like herbal and tobacco hops. Highly aromatic.

T: Cherry esters and a hint of smoke start things off. Coffee flavors kick in shortly after, though they are nowhere near as prominent as they were on the nose. They come across more as stale grounds or day old coffee. Caramel, some toffee, and faint packaged hot cocoa mix. Just a vague hint of leafy, spicy, tobacco-like hops. Vanilla bean is barely perceptible. Had I not known it was there, I'd probably have missed it. Caramel, cold pressed coffee, and some nutty and smoky tastes finish.

M: Medium bodied, though the moderate carbonation cuts through it and makes it seem lighter. It is somewhat creamy and silky too, and fills the mouth. Good.

O: The base beer seems to be more of an English style porter. This approach seems to confuse people these days. When you say 'porter,' most people automatically think dark and roasty. I think this might turn some people off, though I find it to be a refreshing change of pace. My main criticism of the beer is that the taste just does not live up to the nose, and that the coffee flavors seemed a bit old and stale. Oh yeah, and how about that vanilla?

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BB1313
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with ruby edges, nice head and decent lacing and retention. Huge blast of black coffee. There's subtle hints of chocolate, malts, and earthy notes, but the coffee dominates. Vanilla is present, but dominated by organic coffee. Tastes like coffee, seriously.. cold coffee that is. The flavors are roasty, but the coffee simply dominates and diminishes everything else that's going on. Mouthfeel is really nice, well carbonated, smooth and light-bodied. Goes down like water.

Nice porter, but the coffee completely dominates, making it somewhat one dimensional, so one was enough. But hey, it's advertised as a coffee porter. Either way, it's still enjoyable and if you like coffee dominated beers, you should try this.

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It pours mohogany in color with amber highlights. I got a couple inches of large bubbled tan head. It didn't stick around long.

S - Immediately I notice coffee, as advertised. I also got some toast and caramel.

T - Once again I got some coffee. It was not as pronounced as the aroma, but it was not lacking. It is black coffee. Good flavor, but it feels like something is missing . . .

M - Oh, here's the problem. It is almost watery. I wanna add some flour to thicken the base.

O - Overall, it is delightful to all the senses except for its feel. I love the smell and taste of this beer. It is just so thin that it kind of ruins part of the experience. That being said, I would still buy it again.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted coffee aroma with slight chocolate undertone
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee flavors are abundant with slight bitter acidity. Slight vanilla notes on the finish
A excellent porter and highly recommend

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Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 781 ratings