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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1942) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Almost opaque, oily black pour with mahogany fringes and a non-retentive head. Nice coffee and cocoa nose. Flavors have coffee, well done, alongside chocolate malts for sweetness and a nice roasted finish. Clean and well put-together, this is substantive and smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable and soft. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2496) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a dark brown color with a small creamy tan head. One of the best smelling coffee beers I've had. Aroma of a fresh robust cup of black coffee. So good! Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8514) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, lots of acidic coffee, espresso, some slight vanilla in there. Taste is a mix of nice coffee, roast, espresso, some slight vanilla into dark cocoa, cocoa powder, earthy, spicy notes, finishing fairly bitter, dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4084) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Draught at the brewery, 2/7/14
"Thick" looking black body seems to be pretty close to opaque (not tested) with a rapidly receding charred-beige head that sits around a cover.
Coffee, shockingly, in the nose is quite aromatic, with some sweeter chocolate notes and light vanilla. Not too much roast though a bit of vinousness does emerge as it warms. No hops noted in the nose. A touch of glue-like notes that I usually associate with coffee beers. Medium strength of aroma.
Coffee is immediately mixed with roast bitterness and sweet vanilla-like maltiness. Carbonation is on the lighter side, which is never good for these coffee beers, IMHO, even though I usually like porters to be low in carbonation. I just think the coffee builds up too much and unless they are nearly bone-dry examples (this isn’t), it just gets too be too much without lots of carbonation to break things up. Alternately, lots of roasted malt vinousness could do the trick, but that is also absent here. Still, as negative as all that was, the coffee here is done well, not overdone and real. The beer is a little too sweet only after significant warming. A bit watery and syrupy at the same time, on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6770) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
bottle. cola colored pour. coffee heavy porter as expected. roasted malts, some chocolate, heavy coffee infusion. decent

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Westchesterco (1252) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Poured from a bottle it is a cola brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slightvsweet malty aroma. The taste is bitter strong coffee which is a surprise from the delicate aroma

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4112) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola with a thin ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of coffee dominating, but with strong chocolate and licorice notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2457) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a two finger tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is strong roasted coffee. $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2430) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours mahogany brown with reddish hues and a soft tan head that settles in for the session. Vibrant aroma of dark roasted coffee, vanilla beans, and yes, maybe the slightest dark fruit character. Medium and smooth body. Roasted coffee merges with a biscuit malt sweetness and the mildest of hop finishes. Only vaguely bitter but totally enticing. I wish I picked up more of these.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. That pretty much sums it up, but as far as a porter goes, at 5% it’s thinner than I like and I could use more complexity in the aroma and taste. As it is, it’s pretty much a coffee bomb, good coffee, but a bit one dimensional.


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