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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Dark color with a small head. Aroma has lots of coffee but not that robust. Light roasted coffee and toast. Flavor is light and very much just coffee. Thin body and coffee aftertaste. No bitterness and no complexity. Simple and boring and more like beer flavored coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft. Medium beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, light caramel. Low carbonation, somewhat watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle from Samís, bought on a whim with lowish expectations. Surprise, this is tasty. Iím a sucker for coffee beers, so maybe not so much of a surprise. Pours black with some light around the edges and a smallish bubbly tan head. Strong coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose, with some toasted vanilla as well. Bitter in a good way at first, but sweeter and more lactic near the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Nose is light coffee and roasted malt notes. Palate is fluffy with light carbonation tickles. Flavors of roasted malts and coffee with some light mocha.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2566) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium frothy light brown head. Big aroma of coffee and smokey malt. Nice medium bodied taste of coffee, roasted malt and nuts. Nice even, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with ruby hues and a stringy-lacing beige head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel and roasted malt with some lactose and rich coffee notes. Starts with average fullness and good dark chocolate sweetness with plenty of smooth coffee balance before a slightly creamy, bittersweet roasty finish. A nicely-balanced, very drinkable and enjoyable coffee porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - DEC 11, 2009
Huge huge huge espresso nose--smells like you just walked into a coffee store. Dark brown color--shimmering. Fleeting dark chocolate sweetness gives way to a braod bitterness with, of course, coffee flavours everywhere. Medium thin body. Over-the-top beer that you might say isnít balanced, but it was fun to drink. Probably a good new years eve beer to keep you awake.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a very thin tan head. Aroma is heavily roasted malts and lots of coffee. Smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, complete with that warming smell of the fresh beans. Flavor begins with a heavily roasted malt and coffee taste that moves to a dry and bitter middle. Some very light vanilla comes through at the end with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Incredible amounts of coffee all throughout the flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
pete4999 (1073) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 Bottle. Dark opaque pour with a tan head. Possibly the most magnificent coffee scent Iíve ever smelled in a beer. Literally smells like a fresh brewed pot of coffee. Taste is the same - coffee all the way through. Mouthfeel is a little thinner/stringier than I would have liked, but this literally smells like a cup of coffee. I enjoyed it. Update: re-rating it a few days after the fact. Wishing I had more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized dark brown head. The aroma was dry, bitter and roasty with a very strong coffee presence. The flavor was dry, bitter and roasty with a strong gritty coffee presence and a touch of vanilla and cream. The finish was long dry, and roasty with a lingering coffee presence. Fairly full bodied. Tasted more like coffee than the coffee I drank this morning. Solid.

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