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 Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-01-25 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear, ruby-brown with a 1.5 finger tan head that drops fairly quickly leaving little lace.

S - Coffee and some more coffee, light caramel and a hint of milk.

T - Mocha latte with an extra shot of well-roasted expresso mild dash of vanilla. Lingering roasted grain, coffee and light-moderate acrid bitterness. Tastes good but pretty one-dimensional.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Not creamy and not thin.

O - Enjoyable but didn't knock my socks off. The flavor didn't grab me enough to want to put this beer in rotation.

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

Review from notes, 21JAN12.

12oz bottle from schwaeh poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very dark and nearly opaque brown with a tannish head bordering on yellow that can be easily revived with a vigorous swirl. Decent lace.

S: Prominent roasted coffee beans with a definitive earthy body. Wet earth and herbal characters, maybe some toasted/charred wood. Light sweetness but the vanilla seems invisible so far.

T: Roast coffee/espresso astringency...the vanilla makes an appearance with a light creamy sweet note. Pretty robust roasted barley notes, very distant chocolate.

MF: Light-to-medium mouthfeel with good bitterness and dryness on the finish.

O: A good coffee beer, I think it could be improved with a better union of vanilla and coffee beans to cut through some of the acrid notes. Still very pleasant and a good beer for those of us that love coffee.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep russet brown color. A foamy cap about a finger in depth is produced, mocha colored. Some lacing is left around the glass. Aroma is the big thing here. The most aromatic coffee porter/stoudt I've had to date. Extreme coffee but more like fresh dark coffee beans and not brewed black coffee. There are sutle hints of vinilla at the end and yes I do not smell any malts.
Taste is of course a big bold coffee taste, but that's it. The porter aspect is gone or more like overpowered by the abudance of coffee. Smooth, medium body with a semi-dry finish. This beer is definitely a good tasting beer, there is just too much coffee presence. Drinks like a coffee beverage. There is no balance of coffee and porter beer, it's all coffee. But it's good.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep brown with reddish highlights and a short, tan/brown cap. Decent head retention with a bit of lacing. Roasty aroma, coffee and brown sugar, mild vanilla. Nice flavour, moderate bitterness with roast and caramel, vanilla and toffee. Moderate carbonation, but the body felt a little thin, perhaps overattenuated given the dryness - maybe it's just astringency. Overall, nice flavour and aroma. I'd purchase again if in e mood for a coffee beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark hazy brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Strong coffee aroma. The strongest I've smelled.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Vanilla at first, then a super rich coffee flavor. Chocolate in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Really smooth and creamy.

O: The head was a bit disappointing, but then the coffee aroma and flavor were ridiculously good. The way vanilla AND chocolate are integrated into the flavor profile is really neat. And, this porter was very smooth. Possibly one of my new favorites here.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alta Gracia pours a very, very dark brown color. There's very little light shining through but it's still not quite black. The foam is a full finger thick and a lighter shade of khaki or vanilla. The foam fades and leaves behind a medium amount of lacing.

The aromas are a mix of coffee and espresso with maybe a little bit of vanilla or mocha too? I expected a sweeter smell from this porter, but it smells cleaner and drier, more like the nose of a coffee stout.

Flavors are obviously dominated by the rich coffee, but much like the nose it reminds me more of a stout than a sweeter style porter. The Alta Gracia is very smooth, almost silky, and easy to drink. It's not as bold as a big coffee stout or 'breakfast' stout, but definitely more dry and complex than what I typically think of in the average porter.

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Photo of thain709
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a deep brown body that showed some ruby highlights...two fingers worth of bubbly, tan head...it almost looked like a Coca-Cola after the head vanished quickly...light lacing

S - The nose has a strong coffee aroma that is spiked with hints of sweet vanilla...the coffee and malts provide a roasty aroma

T - Strong vanilla starts things off making the beer rather sweet in the beginning...after that subsides the roasted qualities come out...the coffee presence isn't as strong as the nose suggested, but it's pretty bitter...subtle notes of chocolate linger throughout in the background

M - Medium bodied...smooth, roasty, bitter coffee

O - The coffee started off nice in this beer, but after awhile it became too bitter...the vanilla was sweet and didn't play well with the coffee, I think...not a bad coffee porter, worth a try

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hank for this bottle, enjoyed chilled w/ carlos in two sampler glasses.

The color is murky medium brown with a light tan cap that is pillowy and has a fine bead. The lace clings and retention is good. The smell is very beany with a roasty foundation and moderate sweet scent with a slight floral and grainy note the earthy odors are nice like sticking your face into a bag of light roasted coffee. The feel has slight tannins and dry tinges with some oily qualities with moderate carbonation and roasted texture with mild sweet quality but very nicely balanced overall.

The flavor is pretty strong with coffee bean taste that has a lightly roasted quality with subtle citrus and spice from the bean and mild caramel malt backing. There is a nutty quality with the roasted malt adding dimension to the coffee flavor and working in tandem with it. The taste has a nice earthy quality and is almost chocolate tinged. The light spice and citrus from both the beans and hops are nicely paired in the porter with mild yeast fruitiness in the finish.

Overall this is a very good porter and the coffee is mild yet in the flavor enough not to mistake what you are drinking. I like the balance it offers however I prefer a little darker roast quality from the coffee I drink so that may be why I found the coffee flavor to be light overall. I think the base beer works which is important when adding any flavor to a beer like this.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kromes
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear dark brown with a thin line of off-white bubbles on top.

S: All that I can pick up is a rather strong aroma of fresh ground coffee, like walking into a starbucks.

T: A strong flavor of roasted coffee and malt at first. This fades into a burnt coffee flavor with a very faint hint of vanilla.

M: It's thin and watery at first, but fills out a little with the carbonation. The finish is a touch bitter.

O: Not too bad of a beer. Good coffee flavor, but that's about it.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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