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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

131 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 131
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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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
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RWNewhouse

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-20-2012 22:31:12 | More by RWNewhouse
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powz87

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-07-2012 04:48:04 | More by powz87
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kkipple

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2011 19:32:28 | More by kkipple
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-02-2012 20:23:33 | More by dtx00
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-23-2012 08:19:48 | More by bigbeers84
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Travisnin

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-13-2012 16:52:04 | More by Travisnin
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-23-2012 20:14:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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csiewert

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-11-2012 18:48:43 | More by csiewert
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-04-2012 12:41:04 | More by ohtheguilt
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FedgE_The_Beer_Baron

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-13-2013 01:29:10 | More by FedgE_The_Beer_Baron
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brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-26-2012 21:34:38 | More by brbrocc
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-07-2014 22:57:37 | More by vinny21bal
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Treebs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on 9/22/11. Served in a mini tasting snifter.

A: Pours a solid black body with dark brown edges. A thin khaki head forms quickly on the pour and leaves just as quick.

S: Pure ground up coffee beans with a touch of roastiness in there for good measure. Quite dominating.

T: The taste is more of the same with the coffee been and espresso flavors hitting you hard in the beginning, but there is some nice roast in there with a hint of bitter chocolate to give it another layer of flavor.

M: Medium bodied, slightly thin in nature, with decent carbonation. I expecting a little more body with an imperial porter like this.

O: The coffee dominates throughout the whole experience so if you don't like coffee, or think it's just "OK", the I would recommend you stay away from this. It's decent and I'm glad I got to try it, but I probably wouldn't want to have it again. Slightly one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 16:06:15 | More by Treebs
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MrVonzipper

California

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 23:31:51 | More by MrVonzipper
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beagle75

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:51:08 | More by beagle75
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Coffee Porter listed on the menu for at the Muddy Pig, the beer is a dark, black beer with a cream dark tan head the billows nicely in the tulip glass and leaves a nice lace. Roasted malt, dark chocolate and fresh coffee grounds in the nose. On the tongue, the coffee is acrid and lingers--great if you like coffee, which I don't, but can recognize the quality in the brew. Tastes like an older coffee porter before many started using a cold press method to reduce the coffee bitterness. Or, I'm just spoiled from drinking coffee beers at Town Hall using Peace Coffee. A good beer that's a bit muddled in the taste, so I will end with this one and recommend it only to an all day coffee drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 00:24:07 | More by FightingEntropy
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harrymel

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 22SEP11

A: near black opaque with two fingers mocha foam. This falls over a couple minutes to a centrally capped sheet of the same. Spot lace.
S: Coffee, bittersweet cocoa, dry soil, some hints of cream. I candig it.
T: Again coffee, there;s some more coffee. Some toasted malts and bitter hops. Simple and somewhat elegant.
M: medium bodied with lively carb and a wet finish.
O: nice beer. Better a little warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:09:30 | More by harrymel
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 16:11:47 | More by MasterSki
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:16:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml paper ribboned and capped bottle, the bottled on date is smudged.

A nice pop when I removed the cap, it pours pitch black with a 1" head of tan foam. I see some great lacing so it's a great looking brew.

The smell is a bit on the light side; I get roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.

The taste is strong on the coffee, the cocoa is right up there as well, with the roasted malt a distant 3rd. The coffee is of the coffee grounds like persuasion and is tasty and gives the beer, probably, all of its bitterness. For the sweet side, there's virtually none. It's all bitter and semi bitter to my palate.

The mouthfeel is different. Bordering on full bodied but the carbonation is very light until the swallow, where I get a bit of tingling.

Overall, a good brew that, I think, lacks the most in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is only okay because of that....

I hate being "tough" on a Grand Teton Cellar Reserve beer but there you have it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:19:45 | More by Bitterbill
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-23-2013 14:41:14 | More by sonofliberty2
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-12-2012 00:15:16 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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olliegaff

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-18-2012 02:25:57 | More by olliegaff
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-12-2012 01:15:47 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Fitze

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-14-2014 12:40:52 | More by Fitze
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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.