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RATINGS: 231   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2902) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
A nice if not a little plain porter. Aroma was nice. Almost all coffee with a hint of chocolate. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown with a two finger tan head. Taste was slightly above average. Bitter roasted malt with coffee overpowering. Mouthfeel was pretty thin though the carbonation was great. All in all a decent beer but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Pours almost black with a rocky light brown head. Rich roast coffee aroma with a touch of vanilla and malt. Coffee truly dominates the flavor with a light sweetness. Fairly simple flavor profile, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2325) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Dark and a touch reddish. Nice tan colored head. Nice rich nose, heavy in maxwell house presence. Palate also bites quickly with coffee, then switches over to milk chocolate and a bit of hoppiness, very nice, a good value and I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1820) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Brown black with a big, dense tan head. Bold coffee aroma , but not overpowering or acidic. Taste is rich, clean, flavorful coffee, with mild chocolate in the finish. Very well executed. $2/12oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3686) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a tannish looking head over a pretty black body. You got a whole lot of coffee and roasted malts hitting you all over the nose, which of course should not be surprising considering the fact that the beer is named after a coffee plantation. However, unlike the last coffee porter I had (the Kona Pipeline), the coffee here was way more pronounced. The taste of the beer was a tad sweet, again all sorts of loaded on the coffee. The vanilla was a really minor flavor and I am not surprised that some previous reviewers missed it entirely. So is this a beer of a coffee beverage? Overall, it is pretty good, and smooth, but I don’t know how many you could take in one sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6501) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
12 ounce bottle thanks to Jim! Pours a almost totally black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet milky notes, loads of coffee. The flavor is nice; sweet coffee, roasted malts, vanilla and more roasted flavors. Nice. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3905) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2009
12 oz. Opaque chocolate with a small head that tries to last. Aroma of good coffee and cream. Flavor is coffee and roast barley with some light caramel. Medium body is drinkably watery and has no carbonation. Gotta like coffee to like this one, but that’s what they tell ya right up front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5295) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at Churchkey in Washington D.C. Pours an opaque black with a creamy, slightly off white head. Very nice aroma, toasted grains, coffee with cream, earthy. Flavor is nice too, strong coffee, nuts, toasted grains, some nice malty sweetness that rounds things out. I missed the vanilla, but that might be me. Finish is medium bodied, a little dry. A good coffee porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (12272) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2009
Tap at EarthMatters, NYC. Pretty solid coffee porter. Pours a dark black with a strong, off-white head. Nose is all coffee bean, roasty and a little malty. Flavor enhances the coffee experience. Almost bitter coffee intensity. Some light choclate notes. Medium in body with mild carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
12oz from Tyler’s Bottle Shop, Carrboro. Thick and sludgy pour with a medium crisp head. Pleasantly roasty nose initially suggests the kind of depth from a nice coffee milk stout, with inviting (if one-dimensional) chocolate malts emerging. Body is a bit thin for me, though I realize that some brewers insist this is appropriate for porters. Taste starts out nicely, with a hint of the vanilla coming in (thankfully not too much), but it somehow gets a bit ashy, for lack of a better descriptor. Nice to try it but wasn’t so impressed.

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