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
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.

Photo of Treebs
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.

Photo of beagle75
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.

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 FightingEntropy
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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 harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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 bitterbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wake pours a dark color that passes light only if I hold it up to one. Has an off brown color that looks like toasted marshmallow.

Smell is primarily coffee and oak. Surprising since it is not an oak aged brew. Hints of toffee as well. Just the faintest sour smell at the end.

Taste was nice. Coffee and toffee. I was disappointed with the finish though, left me wanting something more.

Overall I am not sure if I would grab this one again, but with the price I probably will.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 27 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Large brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown in color. Aroma of sweet milky coffee, roasty, some cocoa notes. Starts quite roasty sweet, becoming more burnt and roasty through the middle. Chocolate and coffee dominate. Touch of vanilla. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Becomes a bit more roasty and bitter in the finish. Aftertaste is roasty bittersweet chocolate.

A good nightcap for a fall evening.

Photo of welldigger888
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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 bbb099
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with dark red hue accompanied by a foamy tan-colored head.

S - Coffee and roasted grain aroma, not exceptionally strong however.

T - Hints of coffee, slightly acidic, but the main flavor consists of the dark and roasted malt flavor.

M - Average carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O - Better than your average porter. One of the better beers from Grand Teton.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottled on date is hopelessly smeared.

A: A finger of brownish head. Mahogany brown, clear only at the edges.

S: Definitely an "ale brewed with coffee." Not the most powerful and accomplished scent, but reminiscent of a certain coffee brown ale (Ode to Mercy).

T: Tasty, but subdued. It tastes much more like Wild Heaven's 'Imperial Brown Ale with Coffee' than any other Imperial Porter I've tasted. The foretaste is nutty malt, then a wave of cold, stale coffee with a biting, almost metallic tint to the finish. Plenty of sweet, chocolatey malts to round things out in the maintaste. The aftertaste is surprisingly neutral, with only a hint of muted coffee and burnt sugar to remind you that you've been drinking a coffee porter.

M: Far from bad -- and the coffee saves it from below-averageness -- but somehow it needs something a little bit...more. More viscous, more carbonated, more dry, more sweet...just something. A tad flat.

O: A good beer, which I enjoyed more perhaps than my review conveys. Recommended. Would drink again, if not purchase. A light-bodied, malty, nutty beer with added coffee.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tan head. Color is a deep brown black.

Aroma: a nice coffee roast with a decent amount of vanilla. Chocolate and caramel. Fairly sweet.

Taste: much like the nose but more coffee. A light roast with a lot of chocolate. Caramel and vanilla provide sweetness.

Mouthfeel: smooth roasty and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was an enjoyable coffee porter. Not overly roasted. Pretty drinkable. I dig it. Maybe the 750 packaging is exsessive.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given as a gift by my brother.
Bottled on 9/22/11.
Poured into a US pint glass.

Standard pour produces a ~2cm head, made up of medium-sized dark tan bubbles, which declines over a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass. Small waves of lacing are left along the glass' sides. The body is dark brown or black with amber highlights, both in an out of light.

Aromas of roasted malt, sweeter chocolate/brown malt, dark chocolate, blackberries, and some coffee. Not an overwhelming amount of coffee for me in this one, but some other seem to get more of that particular aroma.

Taste was quite good, with well-balanced amounts of chocolate, coffee, fruity esters, and dark malt flavor. Not as roasty as a stout. Advertised as a coffee porter, that is exactly what you get.

Body was medium-heavy, which I would have expected to be a bit heavier as this is an "imperial" porter. Carbonation was at about a medium level, giving this a fairly crisp mouthfeel. Finish semi-dry.

Overall, an enjoyable coffee porter, could use a bit "bigger" or "heavier" of a mouthfeel, and perhaps some more robust notes in the flavor, but still quite good nonetheless.

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 scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Cellar Reserve

Black with dark brown highlights at the bottom. Nice dark tan head with a little island of foam and a ring o' foam for all 25+ ounces.

Roasted coffee beans and roasted malts play well together in teh aroma. You get the REAL coffee bean aroma and coffee aromas imbued from the dark roasted malts. Notes of powdered dark chocolate as well.

Coffee grounds and bean flavors give off a somewhat acidic roasted flavor and mouthfeel overall. Dark, bitter chocolate and burnt pumpernickel bread make up a somewhat sweet finish. Easy to drink and flavorful. Not session, but the palate is oily, but not too oily. Just right for such a black beer.

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.

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 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 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.

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