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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Our winter seasonal brew, Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is made in cooperation with the Vermont Coffee Company using 100% certified fair trade, organic coffee from the Alta Gracia farm in the Dominican Republic. Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is an exceptionally smooth and flavorfully complex beer that is surprisingly true to the porter style. The hint of vanilla brings out the sweetness of the dark-roasted Dominican coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle. Lots of espresso and vanilla beans.. pretty delicious but the body is a bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4926) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Deep brown coloured body with a slight glow and a thinnish tan head - a lot of oil on the sides too. Aroma of deep coffee, burnt, a la *$. Some malt, nuts, caramel and alcohol come through too - not too pleasant. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt, a lot of stale coffee taste and a pungent smokey, biting flavour near the end. Overall, not such a great beer - definitely overpowering, and showing way too much bitter, stale coffee, not enough smooth flavours and a pungent bitterness at the end. Overall, I love coffee (I roast) and I love porters (baltic, especially), but this beer wasn’t very good and didn’t show enough quality - probably because it’s from a larger craft brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 11-April-2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2755) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this. Appearance: Pitch black, dirty brown head. Aroma: Pepper, vegetables, sharp chocolate and spices, odd. Flavour: Chocolate and milk followed by pepper, jalapeño, spice and potatoes??? Very odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pours a dark brown/ black color with a tan head that clings to the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee with roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. A bit too carbonated and thin for a porter, but a good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a deep blackish brown with slight ruby highlights. the head is foamy, tan, and doesn’t last long. As you would expect from the name, the nose has a pretty good dose of coffee. There are some roasted malt notes lurking as well. The taste has a lot of black coffee in it, but unlike it’s stout cousin, this porter has a much lighter body. A little malt sweetness balances out the bitterness from the coffee. You also get a little earthiness and a little fruitness. The palate is medium with medium carbonation and a medium, coffee, finish. If this was just a porter I would say it is middle of the road at best, but the coffee addition lends a lot of flavor. The body is light enough and the flavor profile is mellow enough that you can even have a few of these. Good balance all the way around and worth a go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small, thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malt. Flavor is completely coffee with burnt coffee grounds and roasted nuts in the finish. Smooth malt balance. Wow, what a great unheralded coffee beer! Awesome stuff, especially for Wolavers. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a nice looking fluffy khaki head. Aroma of medium roast coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is predominantly coffee with a touch of sugar. Also notes of malt and vanilla. The flavor is a bit subtle and distant (watered down?) at times. Soft nutty and slightly smoky finish. Fine body but slightly flat. I enjoyed overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2010
bottle.. Dark brown pour , tight beige head , some lacing . Strong coffee aroma with notes of vanilla . Flavor is roasted malt and strong coffee with notes of smoke and lactose . Slightly dry roasty finish , medium bodied . I like coffee but this one is too much .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4852) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12oz bottle. Black brown color, thin head, looks almost like Coca-Cola. Awesome coffee aroma. I picked up some different flavors from this one on tap, perhaps some dirty lines. This is really a nice beer, with solid quality coffee taste, and a smooth, mellow body. Chocolate and vanilla tones. Not as thick and unsessionable as a Coffee Stout, this one has a lovely soft body, somewhere between medium and full bodied. Excellent stuff.

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