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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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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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 claspada
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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 imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mychalg9
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Nice 1 finger head, dark brown coffeelike color. Smells delicious, nice coffee and roast aromas. Taste is similar to nose, maybe a little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall a very tasty porter, one I would recommend and will certainly try again.

Photo of t420o
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grand Teton wake up call

Bottled: 8/24/11
Served @ 55 degrees

A- pour produces 1-1/2 finger mocha colored head that rests atop a black body. Good lacing. 4

S- a sweet coffee scent like a vanillla latte, dark chocolate, black licorice, a faint peatyness, 4.5   

T- this thing really tastes kind of like a latte to me. It's got a creaminess mixed with the coffee taste. The alcohol is noticable and kind of warming adding to the coffee experience in my opinion. I think this is a very well done porter and I wish I could have this for this more often. Very well done 4 

M- very good body but would have liked the carbonation to be a little less 3.5

O- an excellent porter that was robust and great for a winter night. 4.5


Photo of laymansbeerfan
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up from a liquor store in Casper, WY for $10. Into an Epic snifter.

A: Pours a nice deep brown color with a light brown head that bubbles up to half an inch and quickly fades into a small island of bubbles with a few spots of lacing around the edges.

S: Lots and lots of heavily roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate finds its way into the nose, but this is a huge coffee forward beer. A touch of roasted barley, but it's pretty indistinguishable with all the coffee. Just a touch of caramel in here as well. I love the smell of coffee, and this one hits it right on.

T: As expected a huge coffee note, tons of roasted flavors that almost verges on astringently bitter but never quite reaches that level. Decent amount of hop bitterness here as well. Just a bit of chocolate and some caramel as well, but it really takes a back seat to the coffee flavor. Really a tasty beer for me as a coffee lover, but it doesn't have the depth to really make it an amazing beer. Still very enjoyable.

M: The feel is a little off, a little thinner than I would like. Carbonation is about right, but could be knocked back a touch.

O: A great coffee beer, but it needs a little something else to help it along the way. A bit more of a malt profile with a few more unfermentables to add a touch of body and sweetness would really make this beer stellar. Still a great beer for a chilly winter evening.

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a 2011 Ram Mug Club mug.

A: Pours a dark opaque black with brown highlights, decent dark tan head...appears a touch thin.

S: Surprised by how much chocolate is coming through on the bottled version vs. having it fresh on tap. Lots of milk chocolate, coffee, coffee grounds and roast malt.

T: Very coffee-forward taste, decent milk chocolate and roasted malt undertones...caramel too maybe?

MF: Thinner, medium body with prickly carbonation, hop dryness and coffee bitterness.

O: A very enjoyable coffee beer, I would like a fluffier, fuller mouthfeel but that is really my only complaint.

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.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

Mad dark, mocha/coffee colored frothy head

Smells of darkness: malts, caramel, dark fruits, coffee, molasses maybe, hardly any hops

Taste/MF are smoove..really full bodied, i feel, with good carbonation, lots of the aforementioned on the palate..

Overall, enjoying this one.. dont know if Ill be able to drink another..maybe pick one up just to hang on to. I enjoyed..

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 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 thadbme
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Wake Up Call

A: Pours a super black that makes light go away. This is not even close to transparent. Its like staring into a black hole. Very little head on it that goes away quickly. Caramel color around the very edges of it, but black otherwise. A small amount of "film" on the top of the beer. They could use this color to make black crayons from, its that dark.

S: Smells of caramel and toasted malt. Has a coffee smell, nothing to the point of espresso, but its definately there. It definately smells of a "stout" if that makes sense to you, just has that smell profile.

T: Has a creamy taste thats smooth and hits with a toffee / carmamel flavor. The coffee is there, but its subtle, and mixed in. It is slightly bitter, and also slightly sweet. Its blended very well, however when you first take a sip, sitting on your tongue, and swallowing has different flavors. Sweeter on the first sip, the coffee flavor when sitting, and the bitter flavor upon swallowing.

M: This has a medium body to it, but it goes down suprisingly easy. Light to Medium carbonation. A creamy head on it that makes this one have a nice feel to it.

O: A very nice drinkable beer. This was a bit suprising, I was expecting it to me more like some of the Southern Tier offerings but it is not. Those beers taste just like you went to starbucks and got a mocha or a jahva. This one is much more subtle, but the flavors are still there. Its very drinkable. I like this, and would recommend you give it a try.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice brown/black with about a finger and a half of head. The aroma has lots of chocolate and coffee notes as expected, along with some roasted malts and caramel. The taste has the chocolate notes and toffee in the front, and finishes with a lot of coffee bean. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light-medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, and is very smooth.

A very nice porter from Grand Teton, rich and flavorful along with being very drinkable for an imperial porter. A nice example of a coffee porter done well.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 12oz snifter.

This pours velvet like with an almost opaque look holding cola colored edging. There's an inch of light mocha head. Momentary head resides.

The nose puts me in a Starbucks setting. Coffee roast is strong up front a makes way to a deep roast note that develops into chocolate. The coffee is dominant here and holds true to the name.

The taste is predominantly coffee infused with hints of chocolate, roast, leather, and tobacco. A deep roast crimps the blast of coffee and blends the flavors together. A black coffee lovers dream.

The mouthfeel is light due to the porter class in which it's meant to be. I love the fact that these robust dessert like flavors are so enjoyable and drinkable due to a lighter mouthfeel. These flavors are great when combined and the finished product is legit. Keep it up Utah! This is awesome and I would like to see some of the coffee treatment put towards some Black Cauldron

Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.