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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 (297) - 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 thereís a need to intentionally sweeten with something like lactose or soften the bitterness added by the coffee.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11105) - Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2016
355ml bottle. Black/brown pour, aroma is a bit vegetal, flavor is fruity, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa. DEcent taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2016
From 12oz bottle, poured into shaker pint glass

Aroma: coffee, roasty, smooth

Appearance: black, clear, tan foam,

Taste; lightly bitter, medium sweetness,

Palate: full body, sticky, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

Overall: A great coffee porter. Canít believe I hadnít rated this one. I picked up one of the last 6-packs on the shelves of the last distribution after the brand ceased operations earlier this year. A solid coffee beer thatís been consistent and consistently good each year. Iíll miss this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (364) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Pretty enjoyable overall but doesnít do anything to really stand out. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, light/medium body with smooth mouth feel. Taste follows nose, coffee and chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pumpkin87 (227) - - JAN 1, 2016
Pours almost black but with beautiful garnet tones when held to the light. A medium beige head lasts long enough to provide some lacing and minor skim. Big whiff of dark roast coffee followed by rougher cocoa nibs. After a few minutes aeration, the flavor smooths out with coffee, dark chocolate and just a hint of vanilla. Not tremendously complex, but the light-medium body and almost creamy texture make for an enjoyable glass. Sorry to see this one go.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROMTHEBOTTLE (67) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2015
12oz bottle. Not as dark in the glass as expected. Aromas of roast coffee and sweet ( not bitter) cocoa. All the elements are there. But something is missing. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla. Nothing too highlight. Not a bad beer, but also not a great one either.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3630) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Couple sample glasses at Maple Leaf Tavern in Wilmington, VT. The appearance was a dark brown color with a concave film of lacing around the glass. The smell had sweet and roasty smooth coffee beans over top of delicate sweet cocoa powder. The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and lead to a nice rich sweet aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a silky texture all about. Overall, what a wonderful coffee porter. Too bad, itís getting retired. Oh well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2795) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle after cellaring for a year. Opaque, black-brown with a thin khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of intense roasted coffee, dark chocolate and dark toast. Taste of strong black roasted coffee, dark chocolate, oak, toast and sweet roasted malt. Medium/light body high/medium carbonization. I thought the cellaring might have mellowed the strong dark coffee element, but it doesn't seem to have had much affect. Still a good beer, even if it would benefit from better balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1473) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Beautiful pour & great mouthfeel w/ a decent taste. Love the dark pour w/ a big tan head & lacing. Aroma is slightly roasty. Taste is a touch thin but has hints of coffee. Not quite enough bitterness or complexity to make it great but itís highly drinkable & overall a very solid beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1255) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Not the best coffee porter that ever existed but for an odd man out it was good enough to drink if handed to me. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (9729) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast coffee and dark chocolate. Thin mouth, roast, sweet, light dry finish, sweet, good.


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