Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
4.46/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
08-07-2013 05:41:59 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Wake Up Call pours out onyx black with a coffee colored head on top. The smell of this beer easily ranks as one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. As soon as your nose approaches the snifter, you're greeted by a decadently rich coffee aroma with cocao and caramel notes in hovering in the background. When you finally manage to pull you nose from the glass, the taste of the beer is exactly what you would expect given the aroma. The espresso beans impart a deeply roasty and staggeringly smooth taste. On the swallow of the beer you get a nice pop of dark chocolate as well as a faint nutty characteristic. The beer finishes clean and dry and you would never know that the ABV topped out at 7.5%. Overall, this may have just become my new favorite coffee beer.
10-11-2011 02:53:44 | More by jmvecchio1
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
06-03-2012 15:53:14 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours charred brown with a khaki head. Lacing that Victoria secret would be proud of.
Big coffee and roasted malts on the nose. Toffee.
Huge coffee followed by toffee sweetness, followed by more coffee.
Thick and delicious.
This is a phenomenal porter. One of the best.
10-10-2011 01:09:24 | More by dbmernin83
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy/creamy head that quickly dissipated. Above average lacing.
S: A big coffee presence in the aroma, with a lot of roasted malt as well.
T: Like the aroma, the taste is dominated by roasted coffee, with roasted malt, too. There's a small hops presence to give it a little kick. Not the most dynamic flavor, but it does what it does very well.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: An extremely drinkable, clean, well done beer.
09-22-2011 13:16:12 | More by avalon07
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
Grand Teton Wake Up Call
A: Pours a super black that makes light go away. This is not even close to transparent. Its like staring into a black hole. Very little head on it that goes away quickly. Caramel color around the very edges of it, but black otherwise. A small amount of "film" on the top of the beer. They could use this color to make black crayons from, its that dark.
S: Smells of caramel and toasted malt. Has a coffee smell, nothing to the point of espresso, but its definately there. It definately smells of a "stout" if that makes sense to you, just has that smell profile.
T: Has a creamy taste thats smooth and hits with a toffee / carmamel flavor. The coffee is there, but its subtle, and mixed in. It is slightly bitter, and also slightly sweet. Its blended very well, however when you first take a sip, sitting on your tongue, and swallowing has different flavors. Sweeter on the first sip, the coffee flavor when sitting, and the bitter flavor upon swallowing.
M: This has a medium body to it, but it goes down suprisingly easy. Light to Medium carbonation. A creamy head on it that makes this one have a nice feel to it.
O: A very nice drinkable beer. This was a bit suprising, I was expecting it to me more like some of the Southern Tier offerings but it is not. Those beers taste just like you went to starbucks and got a mocha or a jahva. This one is much more subtle, but the flavors are still there. Its very drinkable. I like this, and would recommend you give it a try.
11-06-2011 23:23:36 | More by thadbme
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
One of their 2011 Cellar Reserve Series. They suggest that it can be cellared, but not for more than a year. Bottled in August, enjoyed in October.
Pours a very deep brown, near black. A mild pour left about a half inch of tan head that leaves small rings of lace behind.
The smell is very nice, bread and caramel, with chocolate and a touch of coffee, not as much as I expected. Solid smell though.
The taste is great, bittersweet chocolate, slight banana, fresh coffee beans. Simple, but delicious. Slight mineral hint. Goes down smooth. Nice medium body.
Another good beer from Grand Teton. I'll grab another to pop in the cellar until Spring.
10-14-2011 04:10:09 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.