Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter

 
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85
85
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Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Porter
Middlebury, Vermont USA

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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pours a dark brown/ black color with a tan head that clings to the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee with roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. A bit too carbonated and thin for a porter, but a good beer nonetheless.

3.1
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a deep blackish brown with slight ruby highlights. the head is foamy, tan, and doesn’t last long. As you would expect from the name, the nose has a pretty good dose of coffee. There are some roasted malt notes lurking as well. The taste has a lot of black coffee in it, but unlike it’s stout cousin, this porter has a much lighter body. A little malt sweetness balances out the bitterness from the coffee. You also get a little earthiness and a little fruitness. The palate is medium with medium carbonation and a medium, coffee, finish. If this was just a porter I would say it is middle of the road at best, but the coffee addition lends a lot of flavor. The body is light enough and the flavor profile is mellow enough that you can even have a few of these. Good balance all the way around and worth a go.

3.8
LilBeerDoctor (4128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small, thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malt. Flavor is completely coffee with burnt coffee grounds and roasted nuts in the finish. Smooth malt balance. Wow, what a great unheralded coffee beer! Awesome stuff, especially for Wolavers. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

3.4
italarican (1549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a nice looking fluffy khaki head. Aroma of medium roast coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is predominantly coffee with a touch of sugar. Also notes of malt and vanilla. The flavor is a bit subtle and distant (watered down?) at times. Soft nutty and slightly smoky finish. Fine body but slightly flat. I enjoyed overall.

3.1
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2010
bottle.. Dark brown pour , tight beige head , some lacing . Strong coffee aroma with notes of vanilla . Flavor is roasted malt and strong coffee with notes of smoke and lactose . Slightly dry roasty finish , medium bodied . I like coffee but this one is too much .

3.9
nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12oz bottle. Black brown color, thin head, looks almost like Coca-Cola. Awesome coffee aroma. I picked up some different flavors from this one on tap, perhaps some dirty lines. This is really a nice beer, with solid quality coffee taste, and a smooth, mellow body. Chocolate and vanilla tones. Not as thick and unsessionable as a Coffee Stout, this one has a lovely soft body, somewhere between medium and full bodied. Excellent stuff.

3.9
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin film. Huge earthy coffee bean nose with a minimal contribution from the vanilla beans. Nice roast and chocolate notes as well, but this is clearly all about the coffee. The coffee and vanilla even out a bit on the flavor, mostly coffee up front, but the vanilla expresses itself a bit more on the finish. A nice bitterness level from the coffee, malt, and light hopping. An unexpectedly nice mouthfeel, I haven’t come to expect too much from the Wolaver’s line, but this is more full and soft than most others I’ve had. Not watery at all. Moderate soft fizzy carbonation. This was surprisingly good. I’ll gladly grab a sixer of this if I have another opportunity.

2.6
williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Gritty coffee-ground aroma. Semi-sweet chocolate. The coffee angle is a bit of a fetish here. Mostly cold coffee. The appearance is deep brown-black. Not much head. Good color, not much body. Flavor is more coffee grounds but now with sweet caramel and molasses. While the coffee flavors aren’t unpleasant, they are actually out of place, porter or not. Feels gritty at the start, but encased in an oily finish. To me, this is iced coffee (not my thing, I like it hot). It doesn’t taste like a beer to me. It’s not bad, it’s just not that good.

2.9
BroSpud (2233) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2010
12oz bottle. Yet another sub-par offering from Wolavers. Not sure what it is but every Wolavers I have tried has lacked character and tasted on the bland side. This is slightly better than the other Wolavers I have had but still falls short compared to most of the other porters out there. Predominant taste is coffee but more of an instant coffee taste as opposed to fresh brewed.

3.9
rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head, the aromas smells like roasted malt, but really like fresh gound coffee beans. the taste is, malty, with an initial taste of coffee, a finish the same. this is pretty good i think


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