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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
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lil growler into an Allagash tulip.

This is a lighter, tamer coffee porter, with emphasis on roasty flavor and milder actual coffee flavor, with substantial amount of hop bitters that blend in with the rather non-distinct coffee. The beer is dark brown with a brown, staying head, boasts a well carbonated, if thin, mouthfeel, and could really benefit from both more malt sweetness and more malt character. Nose is mocha and cool, semi-sweet, touch of cream. Not really grabbing me, alas... All in all, decent, but doesn't hold up to the other brews in the Grand Teton lineup.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, dated 9/22/11. Pours an opaque black with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate with some burnt notes.

The flavor is chocolate malt, leather, and coffee with a burnt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low creamy carbonation.

Overall, this was much better on draft than in the bottle (split the difference with the rating numbers). Draft had more bright coffee with sweet chocolate balance. Some weird leather and burnt notes in the bottle.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown sample bottle.

LOOK: Towering tan head, black as night.

SMELL: Medium roast coffee, burnt grain, molasses, burnt prunes, unsweetened dark chocolate.

TASTE: Smooth, full-ish body, roasted grain, burnt toast, layers of dark chocolate, hint of espresso, timid hops, sweet roasty finish.

Fun comes to mind as it is too drinkable for its size or at least that is what people are preaching to me ... yes, this beer is sessionable with its large body and bigger whop of booze. Coffee may not be as fresh as I like it but it does not become a bother. A sure thing if you like dark coffee beers.

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 ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black on black with a thin brown head. Sheets of lacing left down the glass. A gorgeous porter.

Roast malt and some mild coffee presence in the aroma, but nothing overwhelming.

The coffee shines tremendously in the flavor. This ranks with Taps Neo-Colonial Coffee Stout as one of the most authentically coffee-flavored stouts/porters I've yet to try. The coffee is rich and full, bitter, roasty, and a touch sweet. There's a mild hop bitterness along with lots of roast to make this into a delicious coffee porter.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A well balanced, highly drinkable, coffee porter.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown. Pitch Black in glass with a nice 1 finger foamy khaki head with nice retention and lacing.

Nice rich dark malt and robust fresh coffee on the nose. That's about it.

Obviously in the flavor the coffee is very apparent to start off. It has a bright, robust freshness. But that's all that this beer really has to offer in flavor. I know it's a "coffee porter" but it's really lacking in other characteristics to make this a well rounded beer.

Surprisingly light bodied. Too thin IMO. Low-med carb.

Overall I gotta say I'm pretty disappointed by this one by a brewery that I love and has, until now, never let me down. It's good but nothing special.

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 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 morimech
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/22/11
Very dark brown color with two fingers of mocha colored head. The head held on for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Hints of chocolate, coffee, subtle roast and smoke in the aroma. I also pick up some tobacco and cinnamon.

As the beer warms, the beer develops nice coffee flavor and is the dominant player. More subtle flavors of chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little earthiness.

The body starts off strong but falls off a little quick leaving the impression this is a little thin. Does have a gentle carbonation that suits the beer nicely.

Delivers what is advertised, a coffee porter. Not great in all areas but definately a good example.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice brown/black with about a finger and a half of head. The aroma has lots of chocolate and coffee notes as expected, along with some roasted malts and caramel. The taste has the chocolate notes and toffee in the front, and finishes with a lot of coffee bean. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, and is very smooth.

A very nice porter from Grand Teton, rich and flavorful along with being very drinkable for an imperial porter. A nice example of a coffee porter done well.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass it's black with billowing chocolate mocha foam. Chunky sticky foam hangs in exploded form as the head fades away. Lasting swirl across the surface. Looks really nice.

Rich and toasty smell, clear cut coffee, smoldering cigar smoke, later as it mellows light notes of dried dark fruits... currant, figs, but not sweet, all coffee derived.

Supple feel, rich and full flavored, lingering coffee bitterness. Nutty and earthy, rich coffee flavors. Full bodied roastiness, lasting satisfying aftertaste. Feels slightly light, as if the porter is meant to be a canvas for painting on. Never approaches astringent, just that lasting residual bittersweet chocolate coffee.

Overall very tasty and satisfying, recommended for fans of coffee-infused beers.

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

Had a taster of this at the 2011 Autumn Brew Revien in Minneapolis on Aug 12th. Really enjoyed this brew. Another great Reserve series from Grand Teton. Pours a dark black. Has a lot of chocolate and fresh coffee bean taste. Usually not a big porter fan but this sold me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lovely wife picked me up a bottle of this today at the COOP.... Poured into my Corsendonk goblet.

Pours with a nice long lasting 1" dark tan head atop a very dark brown brew that does let a little light pass... only spotty lacing.

The nose shows plenty of coffee goodness... but there is a surprising and definitely discernible dark malt profile.... even a little bit of dried fruitiness that lingers even when cold.

The coffee is still very present on the palate, but a bit of acrid dark malt is a little bit distracting to me... the fruitiness is also there, but is more as a lingering element on the finish... pretty dry throughout...

Body is a solid medium with a nice ever present small bubble carbonation... sorta a creamy mouthfeel...

I like it... will I buy it again... probably.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4

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 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 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 claspada
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep dark brown color with a small light brown head that quickly fades into a small cap of bubbles with a few spots of lacing around the edges.

Aromas begin with, you guessed it, tons of heavily roasted coffee, the a touch of chocolate joins the party, but this is a huge coffee forward aroma. A touch of roasted barley, but it's pretty indistinguishable with all the coffee. Just a touch of caramel in here as well as it warms. I love the smell of fresh coffee, and this one hits it right on.

The tastes begin with, as expected, a huge blast of coffee and tons of roasted flavors. Decent amount of bitterness here as well, can't really tell if it is coffee or hop induced. No reallt hop flavors are distinguishable. Just a bit of chocolate and some caramel as well, but it really takes a back seat to the coffee flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation, which works incredibly well for a coffee forward beer. Dry and roasty on the finish.

Overall this was a great after dinner/coffee beer. Really a tasty beer, but it doesn't have the depth to really make it an amazing beer. Still very enjoyable. Definitely worth a go for fans of coffee beers.

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 samie85
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours am opaque, pitch black color with two fingers of fluffy, tan head.

S-Smells of heavily roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate, and that's about it on this one.

T-Roasted coffee upfront with those nice characteristic porter notes: chocolate and roasted malt with some vanilla notes.

M-Slick and creamy, yet light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-This a very easy drinking Coffee Porter, but I agree with whoever added this beer that this is not an Imperial Porter. I really like how the coffee is balanced with the beer instead of over-powering it.

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 t420o
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grand Teton wake up call

Bottled: 8/24/11
Consumed:11/10/11
Served @ 55 degrees

A- pour produces 1-1/2 finger mocha colored head that rests atop a black body. Good lacing. 4

S- a sweet coffee scent like a vanillla latte, dark chocolate, black licorice, a faint peatyness, 4.5   

T- this thing really tastes kind of like a latte to me. It's got a creaminess mixed with the coffee taste. The alcohol is noticable and kind of warming adding to the coffee experience in my opinion. I think this is a very well done porter and I wish I could have this for this more often. Very well done 4 

M- very good body but would have liked the carbonation to be a little less 3.5

O- an excellent porter that was robust and great for a winter night. 4.5

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: It looks like old engine oil with a dark black/brown opaque color. Its small light brown and mocha colored head doesn't last long and leaves no lacing. There is no visible carbonation.

S: Bold coffee and dark roasted malts are the main players in this one. There are subtle hints of sweet caramel and toffee as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, coffee and roasted malts come through big time along with some cocoa and caramel.

M: Its body is kind of on the thin side and somewhat watery. And there is no carbonation detectable at all.

O: This is a very solid porter. With a bigger feel to it, this could have been even more enjoyable. Another solid offering from Grand Teton.

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 TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

It'd probably suck to be woken up by the roar (or whatever the fuck you call it) of a large elk... Still, this stuff pours a stark black-brown (emphasis on the black) topped by a finger of sandy sienna foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, balsa, light pine resin, very light leek, and black pepper. The taste brings in much of the same, with the coffee taking a supreme lead and the roasted malts coming closely thereafter. The chocolate appears to have been replaced by a cola-like flavor, and the more hoppy effects have melded and shifted to a light balsa character. It's all pretty straightforward and predictable...in a good way. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very nice porter, one that showcases the coffee very well. It's a bit on the thin side, though, and there ain't much left once you take the coffee out of the equation. Still, a highly enjoyable drink.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good looking for a porter, inky black like the dead of night, light brown head of about two fingers that very slowly faded only just a little, leaving sheets of thick lace and a nice cap on top.

Between the look and smell this one was almost like an imperial stout. Heavily dark roasty malt aromas, coffee and chocolate, a little bit of toffee.

Taste was mellow and actually a bit lighter on coffee than I expected. A nice balance of coffee (light but bitter espresso and french roast), chocolate (mostly milk chocolate and hot cocoa flavors), toffee, roasty dark malts and just a smidge of smokiness.

Body is surprisingly lighter than you'd think, about medium I'd say, with smooth and low carbonation and a bitter espresso finish.

Overall it's a very nice porter that pretty much lives up to your expectations when you buy it. I doubt anyone would be disappointed with this one.

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