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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

131 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 18
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:
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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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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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev -1%

05-22-2012 04:33:18 | More by brotherloco
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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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cbcrunch

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -1%

05-03-2012 23:59:01 | More by cbcrunch
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kawilliams81

Illinois

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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-23-2012 20:14:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

03-29-2012 20:46:31 | More by doucmehu
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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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Pat


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-16-2012 02:17:05 | More by Pat
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-12-2012 01:15:47 | More by UltimateLivewire
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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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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

02-25-2012 19:27:34 | More by steamboatbrewer
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-15-2012 04:44:19 | More by Cramerican
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powz87

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

02-07-2012 04:48:04 | More by powz87
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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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hopfacebrew

Colorado

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

Stopped in a little liquor store in Hays, KS during my pheasant hunting trip to close out the season. I was not expecting to find much in terms of craft beer so I was rather suprised to find this on the shelf! 750 ml bottle that reads bottled on 9/22/11. Poured to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep rich black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A 1 finger tannish colored head with some retention and lacing. The aroma is a thick coffee that you can almost taste through your nose. Also a good amount of roasted barley. Nice aroma. The flavor follows suit with a surge of coffee and espresso flavors right out of the shoot. Big flavor. The roasted malts provide a delicate background to the coffee, but are dominated by the flavor. Mildly bitter, which hints of chocolate as the beer finishes. Medium bodied. Overall the coffee really drives this beer. I am not a huge coffee fan but can appreciate the complexity it adds to brew like this. I enjoyed the beer and would happily pour another glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 14:31:12 | More by hopfacebrew
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fergster75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-29-2012 14:40:54 | More by fergster75
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-23-2012 21:06:14 | More by rbrefbeerman
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-23-2012 08:19:48 | More by bigbeers84
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-22-2012 21:09:40 | More by SalukiAlum
Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.