Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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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.
03-26-2014 17:45:40 | More by mfnmbvp
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-04-2014 21:45:04 | More by BierJager89
3.84/5 rDev -5%
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.
10-18-2013 18:44:57 | More by welldigger888
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
4.04/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-04-2013 01:20:41 | More by MacQ32
Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.