Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee PorterWake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

142 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter has a distinct and robust coffee flavor that blends harmoniously with the roasted malts. Caramel, chocolate, and black malts give this ale its dark color and overtones of caramel and a cocoa-like sweetness. Only very gently hopped, the addition of coffee shines through, providing a delicious accent to this brew.

Grand Teton Brewing Company used well over a pound per barrel of Triple Certified Espresso beans from Caffe Ibis Coffee Roasting Company in Logan, Utah. This specialty dark roast has caramel sweetness with hints of dark chocolate and nuts and a smooth clean finish. While the focus has been on finding the perfect mate for this seasonal porter, it is no coincidence that the choice of beans also supports social justice and sustainable agriculture.

40 IBU
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 63
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright black with a 3” dark tan foam collar that coats the inside of the glass all the way to the finish.
S: Big coffee and malt aromas supported with a little caramel.
T: This is like a very light coffee and malt mousse that fills your mouth and slowly dissolves to liquid with as pleasant roast espresso chocolate bitter accent on the finish.
F: Very rich, smooth creamy texture with a big body and very fine soft carbonation.
O: Very fulfilling and deliscious.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage, with bottled on date of 09/22/2011 printed on the label. The local beer store had two bottles left, so I thought it was time to try one out. I have no idea what to expect at this point.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a sludgy mahogany brown; opaque in the glass with two fingers of creamy mocha tan head. Spotty lacing. Looks pretty nice for being nearly three years old.

S - The smell definitely has a lot going on and signifies a bit of time spent in the bottle. Musty green apple yeast presence is there along with notes of caramel, toffee, raisin / dates / figs, chocolate malt, and some muted roasty coffee bean presence. It's nice, but coffee isn't the first thing that comes to mind anymore.

T - taste follows the nose, but the roasted coffee bean bitterness is better integrated. Prominent caramel malt, chocolate malt, toffee, notes of vanilla / cream, light dark fruit presence, earthy yeast, and bitter coffee beans on the finish.

M - Feel finishes bitter and dry, very bitter actually considering this beer is only 40IBU. Smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer that has stood the test of time, even after the local beer store had it for about two years after the tag recommends. I would have loved to try the barrel aged version. I suppose I'd recommend it if it is still available to you.

Grand Teton Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter ---4/5.

Photo of BierJager89
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a short brown head.

S: Nose is full of coffee, just touches of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: A bit bitter, some chocolate, some roasted malt, but again coffee dominates.

M: Medium bodied, maybe full, smooth.

O: Coffee goes excellently with the robust, roasty flavor profile typical of a porter. The fact that it's an imperial porter, only boosts the intensity, and the blend of tastes and scents produce a delicious flavor. The body could have been a bit better, and it could have been a bit more interesting, but this beer was great. Definitely recommended.

Photo of welldigger888
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am having a hard time believing this was a 1 off from 2011 and I got a growler fill last week.

Poured an opaque inky black with a nice milk chocolate like color to the head. Nice blanketing head that sends thick sheets of lacing down glass before receding to the blanketing cap.

Firm roast malt black coffee unsweetened chocolate emit from glass. No real hop presence to speak of.

Dry and firm roasted barley leads into the coffee and chocolate bitterness. A long nice bitter finish takes it's time receding the palate. Leaves a slight sweet coffee chocolate taste just as taking another sip begins.

Seems to be a full bodied beer that is not at all cloyingly sweet and immensely quaffable.

This is good stuff.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body, easily attainable big foamy head the color of cream-added coffee. Traces of sticky lacing. Carbonation is visible only on the pour, after that the body is too dark to see any. Bottle art efficiently displays beer name and style, with a color scheme that gets you in the mood for a warming brew.

S: Potent, lots of coffee and dark malts.

T: Fantastic. Coffee and caramel, dark malt, chocolate. Overall pretty sweet, some bitterness on the finish. Nothing is overpowering nor understated about it. Perfect balance of coffee and porter flavors.

M: Incredibly smooth and silky, if a tad flat for some (to be fair, the bottle is almost 3 years older than they recommend keeping it). Surprisingly, only medium-bodied.

O: I had a bottle in my early craft beer-discovery days, and I've been looking for more ever since. I was afraid to taste it again in case my memory of it didn't hold up to my more experienced palate now, but happily, it does. Doesn't overdo it with the coffee, but it does assert itself. Mouthfeel is so smooth you'd think it was a nitro beer. I just wish it wasn't a limited release, I'd love to have a reliable supply of this one.

Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a 2011 vintage last week and figured what the hell..

A - Pours a deep, very dark, muddied brown with a tint of amber. Poured aggressively to achieve a 2+ finger mocha colored head, fantastic lacing and retention.

S - A can seriously smell this thing from 2 feet away, never experienced that before. Lots of roasty dark malts, almost smokey, sweet dark chocolates, maybe some coffee. Even smells kind of old!

T - Roasty dark malts, a hint of coffee and some sweet dark fruits transition into more of a smokey chocolaty flavor. Sweet and roasty!

M - Smooth, carbonation feels decent, but I think it may be confused with the bitterness, as its quite silky on the tongue.

O - Very tasty, once it got warmer than 50 degrees there was a huge improvement and more balance in the flavors.

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: Black color; fully opaque. Forms a moderate-sized mocha colored head. Decent retention, light lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant, but a bit muted. Roasted malts, espresso, chocolate. Molasses and raisin to a lesser extent. The aroma is moderately sweet.

T: Taste is surprisingly nice. Lots of chocolate. In fact the chocolate comes through far stronger than the coffee. Moderate sweetness. Milk chocolate, light coffee notes, sweet dark malts, dark stone fruit. Finishes with a ever-so-slight citrus hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, approaching heavy. Lower carbonation level is still appropriate for the style. Moderate viscosity with a moderate chalkiness. Mild bitterness.

O: This beer was a pleasant surprise. It was received as a gift and the only reason I opened it for was to make a batch of "stout" (or in this case, porter) brownies, but the beer itself was very nice. Nicely balanced with some strong chocolatey dessert flavors.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottled on date is hopelessly smeared.

A: A finger of brownish head. Mahogany brown, clear only at the edges.

S: Definitely an "ale brewed with coffee." Not the most powerful and accomplished scent, but reminiscent of a certain coffee brown ale (Ode to Mercy).

T: Tasty, but subdued. It tastes much more like Wild Heaven's 'Imperial Brown Ale with Coffee' than any other Imperial Porter I've tasted. The foretaste is nutty malt, then a wave of cold, stale coffee with a biting, almost metallic tint to the finish. Plenty of sweet, chocolatey malts to round things out in the maintaste. The aftertaste is surprisingly neutral, with only a hint of muted coffee and burnt sugar to remind you that you've been drinking a coffee porter.

M: Far from bad -- and the coffee saves it from below-averageness -- but somehow it needs something a little bit...more. More viscous, more carbonated, more dry, more sweet...just something. A tad flat.

O: A good beer, which I enjoyed more perhaps than my review conveys. Recommended. Would drink again, if not purchase. A light-bodied, malty, nutty beer with added coffee.

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa while visiting in late March for $8.99. Bottled in August 2011.

Beer poured a dark brown with a beautiful tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is a pleasant dose of coffee beans.

Taste is coffee and hints of cocoa. There is enough hops to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full, nice and chewy. Very satisfying.

Overall this is a solid rendition of the Grant Teton Cellar series, one of the better ones!

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Teton's got themselves a nice, aromatic porter here. Plenty of coffee smell and a far from overwhelming coffee taste. Not too much alcohol despite it being an "imperial" porter, but the little extra percentage gives the beer some added warmth to it (perfect for the coffee component). All in all a very good beer.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 9/22/11.

A: Pours black with a 1-inch tan/mocha which slowly fades to the rim leaving splotchy and clumpy lace.

N: Roasted coffee, caramel malts, woody earth, grains. Faint vanilla, char/burnt and dark chocolate notes.

T: Follows nose with the roasted coffee and chocolate. Some nutty and bitter finish.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy and silky smooth. Burnt and slightly acrid finish.

O: Very good and well balanced.

Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque dark brown color with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops and roast are in balance, with a combination of floral and pine qualities that are surprisingly assertive for style. Still, roast is represented with a mixture of grain, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined malt that is soft, dark, and very clean. Hop flavors are more pronounced into the middle seeming a bit affected by the acidity. Hop flavors become simple and predictable into the finish before husky roast is allowed to linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Unusually hoppy for a coffee-centered strong porter, this beer is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's various black IPAs that have come out of beer camp over the last few years. The point where it departs from any similarity to those other beers is in the mouthfeel, not coming close to their superlative textures. Otherwise it is a fine dark, hoppy ale that disguises its intended coffee component perhaps a little too well.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, charred grain in hefty quantities, some iron notes too along with woody hops. This drys out as it warms with coffee & more woody hops, a touch of dark cherry & plum too. Finishes dry with coffee & chocolate with woody & herbal hops

MF: Fairly chewy but lightly carbonated, carbonation smooths out as this warms

This is a well balanced coffee porter, I would like to see this in sixers or 4 packs

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a balloon glass. The beer is a rich dark chocolate black. A mocha colored head sits on top and dissipates to a ring around the edges with a thin film in the center. Sticky lacing is present. The beer smells really toasty and of dark burnt malts. The taste is very roasted, slightly smokey, and bitter. There's a faint coffee finish as well as a nice buttery, cocoa note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall, a very nice coffee porter. It takes a while for the coffee notes to emerge. Very drinkable at 7.5%. I'm glad I tried this one.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Cellar Reserve

Black with dark brown highlights at the bottom. Nice dark tan head with a little island of foam and a ring o' foam for all 25+ ounces.

Roasted coffee beans and roasted malts play well together in teh aroma. You get the REAL coffee bean aroma and coffee aromas imbued from the dark roasted malts. Notes of powdered dark chocolate as well.

Coffee grounds and bean flavors give off a somewhat acidic roasted flavor and mouthfeel overall. Dark, bitter chocolate and burnt pumpernickel bread make up a somewhat sweet finish. Easy to drink and flavorful. Not session, but the palate is oily, but not too oily. Just right for such a black beer.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice black with a 2 finger cola head. Small blotches cling to the glass in rings.

S- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some light pine.

T- dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable with some creaminess.

O- nice porter with good coffee flavor. Could have a little more body to increase the mouthfeel.

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a black beer with a large and fairly steady mocha-colored head and lacing is okay

S: Lots of coffee--roasted, dark coffee beans; some chocolate and dark fruits too but man, this is a rich and malty smelling beer

T: Obviously lots of coffee but the roasted semi-sweet malts balance out the bitterness; some slight alcohol flavors come out in the finish

F: Fairly creamy with a medium texture--a touch thin in the middle but enough of the beer sticks to the roof, making the texture nice

O: A solid coffee porter and though this borders on the stout territory, I like that many of the characteristics of a porter carry through even though it's so big

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 27 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Large brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown in color. Aroma of sweet milky coffee, roasty, some cocoa notes. Starts quite roasty sweet, becoming more burnt and roasty through the middle. Chocolate and coffee dominate. Touch of vanilla. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Becomes a bit more roasty and bitter in the finish. Aftertaste is roasty bittersweet chocolate.

A good nightcap for a fall evening.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tan head. Color is a deep brown black.

Aroma: a nice coffee roast with a decent amount of vanilla. Chocolate and caramel. Fairly sweet.

Taste: much like the nose but more coffee. A light roast with a lot of chocolate. Caramel and vanilla provide sweetness.

Mouthfeel: smooth roasty and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was an enjoyable coffee porter. Not overly roasted. Pretty drinkable. I dig it. Maybe the 750 packaging is exsessive.

Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A big burst of coffee grounds; freshly brewed coffee at that. Very subtle bits of raisin and cocoa.

(T)- Again, a big and full frontal assault of roasted coffee ground, raisin, cocoa, and very subtle molasses.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a nice balance for me. Tons of coffee in your face, but balanced well and not overbearing in any way.

(D)- A great coffee infused beer. Not too strong or bitter, but just really puts out a classic coffee smell and taste. Well done.

Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown but black in the glass. No light is getting through this monster. A very small tan head makes a brief appearance
S: Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and roast malt
T: plenty of coffee on the palate with some chocolate flavor and roast malt character to try and provide some complexity. semisweet chocolate aftertaste with another dose of coffee.
M: a little thin but on par for a porter with ample carbonation to keep things lively on the tongue
O: A delicious blend of beer and coffee. This is going to be very enjoyable

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch oflight tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toasted malts, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, and cream.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice porter. Coffee isn't super strong but it is there, and it is easy to drink. A very nice porter.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in a little liquor store in Hays, KS during my pheasant hunting trip to close out the season. I was not expecting to find much in terms of craft beer so I was rather suprised to find this on the shelf! 750 ml bottle that reads bottled on 9/22/11. Poured to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep rich black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A 1 finger tannish colored head with some retention and lacing. The aroma is a thick coffee that you can almost taste through your nose. Also a good amount of roasted barley. Nice aroma. The flavor follows suit with a surge of coffee and espresso flavors right out of the shoot. Big flavor. The roasted malts provide a delicate background to the coffee, but are dominated by the flavor. Mildly bitter, which hints of chocolate as the beer finishes. Medium bodied. Overall the coffee really drives this beer. I am not a huge coffee fan but can appreciate the complexity it adds to brew like this. I enjoyed the beer and would happily pour another glass.

Photo of schwaeh
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent as a mystery beer by scotchboy, he removed the label.

A: Mystery beer pours out a gravy brown then goes pitch black once collected in my glassware. It has a real dense mocha head that recedes quite slowly. Good lace for a dark beer.

S: This has a great depth of roasted malt and chocolate malts in the nose. Coffee bitterness is notable here, but seems as if it was once more prominent--a bit faded but still there. A nice earthiness is encompassing things adding something to set this apart from most porters. Chocolate and coffee grow stronger as it warms.

T: This is malt-tastic, they are very assertive and create a real nice depth of flavors. Roastiness leads things just as most porters but the chocolate really contends strongly. I get some smoke along the way which helps further smooth the ash out. The more this warms, besides getting more chocolaty, I get some faded pepper spice, almost like some year old Hunahpu's.

M: Heavier-medium body with creamy carbonation. This stuff drinks great while maintaining tons of flavor.

O: This feels like a big bad porter with more going on than most of the ones I've consumed. I really like the coffee, earth, and hints of spice. The malt bill crosses the Eddy Fitz path with Founders porter, in other words, the best of both worlds.

Thanks a lot Dan. Hopefully I get a fresh go at this next time, I can't wait.
Edit: Why in the hell was this a "brewed once"? That is disappointing.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled September 22nd, 2011. Served in a tumbler.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body, with lighter glints at the fringes.

S - Not as coffee-forward as I was expecting. Light vanilla, some mild fruity coffee acidity, roasted malts, and a bit of baker's chocolate sweetness.

T - Taste has more espresso flavor to it, with a bit of that fruity coffee element to it. There's also some mildly astringent black malt, resulting in a charry and bitter finish. Definitely less sweet than the aroma suggests.

M - Some zesty carbonation, medium body, but no obvious alcohol. Very dry and roasty texture, with a lightly sticky finish.

D - I think the coffee has faded a bit in the past few months, as I remember liking this a bit more the first time I had it. Grand Teton recommends drinking this within 12 months and I'd agree with with them. A solid coffee porter, but there are a lot of superior offerings out there.

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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.