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RATINGS: 223   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhopsbeertalk (152) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
This beer captures my ideal coffee porter aroma to perfection. The vanilla is detectable, but far more subtle. The flavor follows suit, but fails a little as a touch of harsh bitterness from something like the coffee or dark malts outweighs any sense of sweetness. Likewise, the thin-ish palate suffers as an impulse develops to re-taste the beer to wash away the finish. All in all, I did enjoy the beer, but I think there’s a need to intentionally sweeten with something like lactose or soften the bitterness added by the coffee.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (641) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola. Rich roasted malt and coffee grinds with chocolate and creamy vanilla. Perfect semi-rich body, a little heavier than standard porters. Huge value in this $8 six pack. Awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1575) - - OCT 30, 2014
Draft. Dark cold with a thin mocha head. Tons of nice coffee grinds, with roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Something akin to pretzel in the finish. Slightly thin mouthfeel but substantial enough. Really pleasant surprise.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft->shaker. Dark brown with lite tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Lingering bitterness. Fairly smooth. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (845) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle nearly black, forms small off white head of foam that dissipated quickly. Aromas of strong coffee, slight vanilla, some wood, dark chocolate, and burnt malts. The aromas don’t so much shine through in the flavor as one might think. It starts with a light flavour of coffee bean then some chocolate malt in the end with a touch of vanilla. Medium on the palate. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Flavours disappear quickly after every sip. Virtually all malt. Strong coffee forward, nice winter type beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Draft at the Otter Creek taproom. Standard visuals for a porter, inky and poofy. There’s a BIG coffee aroma with a smoother drink, almost like they’d added cream. (#5804, 10/9/2014)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - JUN 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-30-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a nice billowing tan head. The head has very good retention, but eventually fades to give a lighter level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is overall rather light. It is heaviest of roasted malt and a nice dark coffee/ espresso aroma. These are the dominate aromas but there is also a very light vanilla aroma that mixes in with the other two rounding out the roastier/darker aromas well. Taste – The taste starts out smooth and bready. The bready is of a roasted malt/dark bread in nature. This flavor quickly mixes with notes of coffee flavor and a lighter vanilla flavor. The vanilla loses some ground as the coffee gets more intense toward the end. At the end of the taste you are left with a mildy sweet and very pleasant coffee flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – A medium bodied medium carbonated brew. A bit more body would have enhanced some of the nice coffee and light vanilla aromas, but overall it was pretty appropriate and good. Overall – Not overly intense in coffee, but it acts as a nice addition to a porter base. The little bit of vanilla sweetness does well for balancing the roasty flavors. Well worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2526) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks zvikar. Very dark and opaque brown. Dry, coffee, sand, cayenne pepper aroma, coffee, slightly bitter with hints of vanilla syrup in the mouth. Full-bodied with a little ashy finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of coffee, chilli, vanilla some roasted malt, flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted tones, alcohol, medium bodied. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (946) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Very dark brown / black pour, minimal head. Great aroma of chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Flavor is sweet, with milk chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and roasted malt. Very smooth, if a little thin.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6242) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks zvikar. Dark brown to black with a small tan head. Pleasant coffee beans aroma, a bit vegetal. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee, a bit "green", and a mild vanilla note. Medium-bodied. Good.


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