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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

138 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 17
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:
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

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-21-2011)
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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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 srandycarter
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

One of their 2011 Cellar Reserve Series. They suggest that it can be cellared, but not for more than a year. Bottled in August, enjoyed in October.

Pours a very deep brown, near black. A mild pour left about a half inch of tan head that leaves small rings of lace behind.

The smell is very nice, bread and caramel, with chocolate and a touch of coffee, not as much as I expected. Solid smell though.

The taste is great, bittersweet chocolate, slight banana, fresh coffee beans. Simple, but delicious. Slight mineral hint. Goes down smooth. Nice medium body.

Another good beer from Grand Teton. I'll grab another to pop in the cellar until Spring.

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wake Up Call pours out onyx black with a coffee colored head on top. The smell of this beer easily ranks as one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. As soon as your nose approaches the snifter, you're greeted by a decadently rich coffee aroma with cocao and caramel notes in hovering in the background. When you finally manage to pull you nose from the glass, the taste of the beer is exactly what you would expect given the aroma. The espresso beans impart a deeply roasty and staggeringly smooth taste. On the swallow of the beer you get a nice pop of dark chocolate as well as a faint nutty characteristic. The beer finishes clean and dry and you would never know that the ABV topped out at 7.5%. Overall, this may have just become my new favorite coffee beer.

Photo of MrVonzipper
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.

Photo of dbmernin83
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.

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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  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.

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  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.

Photo of 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.

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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.