Wolaverís Alta Gracia Coffee Porter

Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Porter
Middlebury, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2010
I donít have a whole lot to say other than this is basically a beer trying to be a mocha and succeeding. It looks just like any other dark brown beer, minimal tan head, but reveals some hidden orange flare when held up to the light. Has that roasted coffee smell like walking into a Starbucks or down the coffee isle at the grocery store. Flavor-wise, it delivers that mocha taste in spades, balancing the bitter coffee with a sweet chocolatey finish, with some bite in the middle. Has a clean easy feel. Basically just a sexy, very drinkable mocha with some alcohol. (Side note: I had it with a pasta dish, and then with some truffles for dessert. Perfect application.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. At Dís packs and dogs. Pgh, PA. Aroma of chocolate and Vanilla. Taste espresso like. Deep hints of roasted coffee and malt. Turning sweet as toward the back. I wouldnít call it a Porter. But it is very enjoyable. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, & coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, rich coffee, and some vanilla; Overall, a bit thin - but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (1090) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Poured from 12oz bottle - Starts off with fragrant coffee and malt and looks beautiful in a glass. Things go downhill from there: flavors are pretty weak, but pleasant. On big problem that compromises this beverage is its thin palate. If this were beefed up it could be quite good. Reminds me of Nils Oscar Coffee Rwanda Gatsinga. Iím sure one other person will know what Iím talking about. **re-rate** 11.12.13 - enjoyed this a little more the second time around. Didnít find the palate as disappointing. Iíll have to re-try this three years from now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1912) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
bottle: actually pretty decent. dark pour, nice arouma of coffee and beans, vanilla. Roasted malts with a touch of coffee. mouthfeel is a bit foamy/soapy and thin. pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CountingDown (2) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010 does not count
This was better than I expected. Body was slightly watery, but not bad...just not as thick as I would have expected. The coffee nose is really nice and is one of the brews best features. The vanilla bean mellows the java taste and makes is smooth and not overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle. Lots of espresso and vanilla beans.. pretty delicious but the body is a bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (6040) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Deep brown coloured body with a slight glow and a thinnish tan head - a lot of oil on the sides too. Aroma of deep coffee, burnt, a la *$. Some malt, nuts, caramel and alcohol come through too - not too pleasant. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt, a lot of stale coffee taste and a pungent smokey, biting flavour near the end. Overall, not such a great beer - definitely overpowering, and showing way too much bitter, stale coffee, not enough smooth flavours and a pungent bitterness at the end. Overall, I love coffee (I roast) and I love porters (baltic, especially), but this beer wasnít very good and didnít show enough quality - probably because itís from a larger craft brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 11-April-2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11811) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
I have found organic beers to be a bit watery and thin. Similarly here, however the mildness of the coffee was preferable to me than another thick coffee beer. It was more pleasant to drink at lunchtime, sessionable. Poured black, with roasted coffee aromas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this. Appearance: Pitch black, dirty brown head. Aroma: Pepper, vegetables, sharp chocolate and spices, odd. Flavour: Chocolate and milk followed by pepper, jalapeŮo, spice and potatoes??? Very odd.

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