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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

133 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 18
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:
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

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-21-2011)
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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

mfnmbvp, Mar 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Beaver13, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Jason, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

ehammond1, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of joeseppy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

joeseppy, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

MrVonzipper, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -1%

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

dbossman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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

russpowell, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

morimech, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

mkotsayfan, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of dtx00
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

dtx00, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

emerge077, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of DeschutesNut
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

DeschutesNut, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

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

JohnGalt1, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

bigbeers84, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

FreshmanPour77, May 16, 2013
Photo of huadog
4/5  rDev -1%

huadog, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

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

SHODriver, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of SalukiAlum
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

SalukiAlum, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

wethorseblanket, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

claspada, Dec 24, 2011
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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.