BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with dark brown highlights and a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee, spicy and herbal hops, roast and chocolate malt with raisin esters. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and medium bitterness, dark fruity esters, earthy coffee and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Jow (1684) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from whole foods midtown east. Pours dark brown with thin head. Amazing coffee nose that is extremely pleasant. Tastes like a creamy ice coffee but with earth, root beer, vanilla, light malt, some veggies on finish. A touch thin and watery but interesting brew
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown with a tan head. Coffee, malt, cocoa in both the aroma and flavor. Light, then building with lots of chocolate, then a nice full finish.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a tan, creamy head. Aroma is powerful coffee, malt, chocolate, light vanilla. Medium bodied. Flavor has a lot of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light earth, and some vanilla. Nice beer and heavy on the coffee.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a thick brown oatmeal head and thick lacing. 5
Big fresh coffee aroma over some well roasted malts some light chocolates. 8
Palate is a touch thinner than Iíd like but about whatís to be expected for the size 3
Flavor is slightly sweet chocolates and lactose over some clean coffee tastes. A fair amount of toasted grain with a dry finish 7. Mellow well balanced and a little bigger body away from being great 14.
Chad9976 (1025) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some of the best coffee beers tend to be imperial stouts, but a good alternative to those is a coffee porter. One of the best of the style I can think of is Wolaverís Alta Gracia Coffee Porter. A well-balanced, full-flavored coffee porter thatís tasty and easy to drink.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body. Forms a small, tan, soapy head which quickly fizzles away like a soda and doesnít leave much lacing.
Smell: Distinct coffee aroma as soon as the cap on the bottle is popped. Medium roasty notes.
Taste: One thing I notice about non-imperial coffee porters and stouts is that the coffee flavor seems to fade fast on them. The first swig of Wolaverís Alta Gracia Coffee Porter I got a lot of roasty coffee and roasted barley flavors. But the coffee seemed to homogenize with the rest of the palate rather quickly. Itís a lovely bittersweet taste of authentic coffee and vanilla creamer (the beer is brewed with vanilla beans, after all). More of the same through the middle with a burst of bitterness on the finish.
Whatís odd is I get a slight vegetal character in the aftertaste. Itís easily overlooked and not distracting unless you concentrate on it. Still, I enjoy the coffee and general sweet flavors of this beer. Itís a bit of a simplistic palate, but the tastes it has going for it works quite well.
Drinkability: I was surprised by the mouthfeel and body of this beer. It was on the thinner, flatter side, though this enabled it to be comfortable in the mouth and lead to a smooth finish. I was also surprised to find Wolaverís Alta Gracia Coffee Porter is only 5% ABV, as it seems quite robust for the weight. You could drink two of these for dessert and not feel guilty about it.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown with reddish tint color. Thin coffee brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, burnt toast, and ash tray. Flavor was coffee, nutty, sugary, and burnt vanilla. I get what they were trying to accomplish. I just didnít mesh with this one. Good try, give íem credit for that.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle Whole Foods. Extreme clear dark brown; dark brown fizzy head dissipates into medium-thin ring. Aroma is the closest beer I can recall to used coffee grounds; also some ash; extremely faint notes of caramel and vanilla. Flavor used coffee grounds, and the vanilla is vastly clearer here than in the aroma. Body is medium to medium-thin, fizzy and medium sticky. Been a while since Iíve had a Wolaverís and this is the best one I can recall. Short of great but a little interesting and decent.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Iron Horse in DC. Darkest brown in color with a small light tan head. Big rich coffee aroma with dark chocolate and roast. The flavor is huge on coffee, which is nice, but itís otherwise a bit unrefined. Earthy and even a bit dirty. Average body and carbonation but a bit astringent. Overall a good coffee beer.
Native13 (1) - - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I love coffee, but this beer is a bit overboard. Appearance and aroma not so bad, but the coffee overwhelms and lingers with a bitter finish.