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

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89
very good

63 Reviews
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87
very good

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 142
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 3.74%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is mainly of dark roasted malt and roasted coffee beans. Taste has the dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some slight dark cocoa powder flavors. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good coffee flavored porter with a nice emphasis on the coffee flavors. (499 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass it's black with billowing chocolate mocha foam. Chunky sticky foam hangs in exploded form as the head fades away. Lasting swirl across the surface. Looks really nice.

Rich and toasty smell, clear cut coffee, smoldering cigar smoke, later as it mellows light notes of dried dark fruits... currant, figs, but not sweet, all coffee derived.

Supple feel, rich and full flavored, lingering coffee bitterness. Nutty and earthy, rich coffee flavors. Full bodied roastiness, lasting satisfying aftertaste. Feels slightly light, as if the porter is meant to be a canvas for painting on. Never approaches astringent, just that lasting residual bittersweet chocolate coffee.

Overall very tasty and satisfying, recommended for fans of coffee-infused beers. (768 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (531 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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 (813 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep dark brown color with a small light brown head that quickly fades into a small cap of bubbles with a few spots of lacing around the edges.

Aromas begin with, you guessed it, tons of heavily roasted coffee, the a touch of chocolate joins the party, but this is a huge coffee forward aroma. A touch of roasted barley, but it's pretty indistinguishable with all the coffee. Just a touch of caramel in here as well as it warms. I love the smell of fresh coffee, and this one hits it right on.

The tastes begin with, as expected, a huge blast of coffee and tons of roasted flavors. Decent amount of bitterness here as well, can't really tell if it is coffee or hop induced. No reallt hop flavors are distinguishable. Just a bit of chocolate and some caramel as well, but it really takes a back seat to the coffee flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation, which works incredibly well for a coffee forward beer. Dry and roasty on the finish.

Overall this was a great after dinner/coffee beer. Really a tasty beer, but it doesn't have the depth to really make it an amazing beer. Still very enjoyable. Definitely worth a go for fans of coffee beers. (1,204 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (581 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and black in the glass, as a good Impy Porter should, tall, tan, lushly thick crown of foam leaving tons of lacing.

Aroma is soft but pleasing of warmly toasted and roasted barley, crunchy graham cracker, smokey whipped cream, delicate coffee touch and some warmth of Eth.

Warm, sweet, toasty, roasty, smooth, and a very soft taster. It has a very delicate smoothness about its carbonation that puffs about with a bit of sweet roasted malt, heavily creamed coffee, and a portion of chocolate and burntish bitterness at the finish.

As already mentioned, this is quite smooth and softly carbonated; set in a mediumish body, seems lacking but picks up pace enough to bring in enough warmth and finish to pull it all together.

It's definately not a brute of a coffee porter or stout like some out there, but this has a very welcoming ease and texture about it that talks the talks and walks the highly crafted walk of what craft brewing can showcase. (955 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright black with a 3” dark tan foam collar that coats the inside of the glass all the way to the finish.
S: Big coffee and malt aromas supported with a little caramel.
T: This is like a very light coffee and malt mousse that fills your mouth and slowly dissolves to liquid with as pleasant roast espresso chocolate bitter accent on the finish.
F: Very rich, smooth creamy texture with a big body and very fine soft carbonation.
O: Very fulfilling and deliscious. (473 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/22/11
Very dark brown color with two fingers of mocha colored head. The head held on for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Hints of chocolate, coffee, subtle roast and smoke in the aroma. I also pick up some tobacco and cinnamon.

As the beer warms, the beer develops nice coffee flavor and is the dominant player. More subtle flavors of chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little earthiness.

The body starts off strong but falls off a little quick leaving the impression this is a little thin. Does have a gentle carbonation that suits the beer nicely.

Delivers what is advertised, a coffee porter. Not great in all areas but definately a good example. (722 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, close to black. Tan disk. Some spot lace.

S - Bright notes of coffee and malt.

T - Honest solid feel of malt and coffee. An excellent example of porter.

M - Good carb, balance ... Medium body.

D - Would have a few. Nice stuff. A fine porter. (260 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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! (464 characters)

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