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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee PorterWake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

127 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%


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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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Teton's got themselves a nice, aromatic porter here. Plenty of coffee smell and a far from overwhelming coffee taste. Not too much alcohol despite it being an "imperial" porter, but the little extra percentage gives the beer some added warmth to it (perfect for the coffee component). All in all a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 17:16:10 | More by TheRealBigC
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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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DeschutesNut

North Dakota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 00:31:01 | More by DeschutesNut
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dbmernin83

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 01:09:24 | More by dbmernin83
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ehammond1


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 14:56:16 | More by ehammond1
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:45:40 | More by mfnmbvp
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BierJager89

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:45:04 | More by BierJager89
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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2013 18:44:57 | More by welldigger888
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 05:41:59 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:20:41 | More by MacQ32
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Florida9

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: Black color; fully opaque. Forms a moderate-sized mocha colored head. Decent retention, light lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant, but a bit muted. Roasted malts, espresso, chocolate. Molasses and raisin to a lesser extent. The aroma is moderately sweet.

T: Taste is surprisingly nice. Lots of chocolate. In fact the chocolate comes through far stronger than the coffee. Moderate sweetness. Milk chocolate, light coffee notes, sweet dark malts, dark stone fruit. Finishes with a ever-so-slight citrus hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, approaching heavy. Lower carbonation level is still appropriate for the style. Moderate viscosity with a moderate chalkiness. Mild bitterness.

O: This beer was a pleasant surprise. It was received as a gift and the only reason I opened it for was to make a batch of "stout" (or in this case, porter) brownies, but the beer itself was very nice. Nicely balanced with some strong chocolatey dessert flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:19:48 | More by Florida9
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AgentMunky

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:59:32 | More by AgentMunky
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arizcards

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa while visiting in late March for $8.99. Bottled in August 2011.

Beer poured a dark brown with a beautiful tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is a pleasant dose of coffee beans.

Taste is coffee and hints of cocoa. There is enough hops to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full, nice and chewy. Very satisfying.

Overall this is a solid rendition of the Grant Teton Cellar series, one of the better ones!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:45:00 | More by arizcards
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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 04:38:46 | More by wethorseblanket
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:52:52 | More by russpowell
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 15:53:14 | More by JuicesFlowing
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:58:44 | More by scruffwhor
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice black with a 2 finger cola head. Small blotches cling to the glass in rings.

S- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some light pine.

T- dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable with some creaminess.

O- nice porter with good coffee flavor. Could have a little more body to increase the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:50:29 | More by kawilliams81
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dbossman

Nebraska

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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:26:54 | More by dbossman
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:34:38 | More by htomsirveaux
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 07:47:25 | More by mothman
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A big burst of coffee grounds; freshly brewed coffee at that. Very subtle bits of raisin and cocoa.

(T)- Again, a big and full frontal assault of roasted coffee ground, raisin, cocoa, and very subtle molasses.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a nice balance for me. Tons of coffee in your face, but balanced well and not overbearing in any way.

(D)- A great coffee infused beer. Not too strong or bitter, but just really puts out a classic coffee smell and taste. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:38:38 | More by sweemzander
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SHODriver

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:46:21 | More by SHODriver
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch oflight tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toasted malts, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, and cream.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice porter. Coffee isn't super strong but it is there, and it is easy to drink. A very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 18:15:00 | More by mdfb79
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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.