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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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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in colour with a red tint almost no head.

Smells of coffee and sweet malts.

Tastes of coffee and vanilla as you would expect. Very well done and tasty.

Feels smooth maybe just a tiny bit over carbonated but does not spoil the beer.

Overall a very good beer.

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Wolaver's mixed 12

A- Dark brownish black. Very slight off-white yellowish head that dissipates fast. Not much carbonation.

S- Strong smell of espresso, coffee beans, chocolate.

T- Strong coffee taste, lightly sweet.

M- medium bodied, great drinkability.

O- This was definitely a great beer. Easily sessionable. If you like coffee flavor this is definitely the beer for you. One of the better coffee porters that I've had.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the color of rootbeer, dark brown with an auburn tinge to it. Somewhat cloudy. Off white head dissipates quickly to a thin skim on the top. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nice sweet fresh brewed coffee aroma. Get a bit of vanilla bean in there as well, supported by a chocolatey malt aroma.

T: Taste just didn't live up to the aroma on this beer. The coffee flavor is watered down, it's there but it's more of a background flavor then being prominent. The sweeter chocolate
tone is there as well, but again it's just not that prominent, and the vanilla is completely absent. Bit of acidic bitterness as well.

M: Came across as quite watery to me, thin, and had some prickly carbonation.

O: It's an OK tasting beer, but well off of the quality I've had in other good porters, not to mention the better coffee porters.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark espresso brown with a surprisingly white head. . .

Smells like a big bag of coffee beans...

Deep porter with roasted malt and espresso bean flavors... the taste is light which is a disappointment considering the solid aroma. Mouthfeel is average, not much carbonation, nothing stands out...

This one has potential... I wish the coffee taste was stronger...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have now consumed four bottles of this over the past month, attempting different combinations of food, no food, time of day, and mood. Why? Because I've been struggling to finish even one bottle, and with my respect for Otter Creek, and this style, I thought it was only fair to give a thorough exam of this ale which was referred to me by a close craft beer lover.

Pour is dark mahogony, with attractive red edges against the light. The tan head is short and lacks lace inducing qualities. But still I'd say it's overall an attractive dark porter.

Smell is good, with a mixture of roasted malts and toasted, almost burnt coffee.

Flavor is where this ale goes south for me. Mind you, I enjoy coffee porters. In fairness, there is a nice combination of malt, molasses and light hop. But the backbone of this beer, the coffee, simply tastes like old, burnt coffee grounds. And with an overly stale taste it really distracts from the otherwise deep, malty character that any porter deserves.

Mouthfeel is fine for this style, just a little bright up front, but smooth and syrupy in the swallow with little dryness.

Overall, I was fairly disappointed with the Alta Gracia. I enjoy everything else I've had from Otter Creek, and love coffee porters in general. I'll wait a good while before trying it again. Although I plan to revisit this ale in the future to ensure that there isn't something wrong with my batch (or my tastebuds).

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