Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee PorterWake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
Imperial Porter
Ranked #135
Ranked #9,333
4.04 | pDev: 9.16%
Apr 13, 2022
Sep 21, 2011
Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee PorterWake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter
Notes: 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
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 3.77 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Zylod from West Virginia

Sep 08, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 08, 2018
Photo of chinchill
Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap in Boise Idaho and at the brewpub.
Essentially black body with s decent head and good lacing.
Good coffee aroma with dark roasted grains.
Flavor follows with strong finish of coffee, dark grains and spicy hops. Good balance including excellent sweet-bitter balance.
Jun 07, 2017
Photo of brentk56
Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours fudge colored, with an inch of beige foam; good retention and strands of lacing drape down

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and roasted grain

Taste: Roasted grain and chocolate forward, with coffee tones building; earthy, relatively dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; feels surprisingly thin

Overall: A bit of a lightweight in a class where the heavyweights are the champs
Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Nov 06, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Oct 29, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by moundbz from North Dakota

Oct 17, 2016
Photo of ccrida
Reviewed by ccrida from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2016 August release poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, appearance is dark with a dark tan head leaving lots of foamy lace.

Smell is chocolate and coffee, slight herbal notes.

Taste is similar, this is a really rounded, smooth, well-balanced coffee porter, not to roasty or sweet, light acidity and bright coffee flavor with almost no bitterness. A touch of leafy hops, faint.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is high, this is a really awesome coffee porter. My first Grand Teton Brewing beer, very impressed. I'm gald I didn't cellar this one as the coffee is still so bright.
Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by WillisTalkinBout from Wyoming

Sep 25, 2016
Photo of stevoj
Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Almost black pour with full, thick, creamy beige head. Mild aroma of coffee and chocolate.. Taste brings some mellow bitterness, the coffee blending well with the dark malts and dome low key sweetness. Incredibly smooth. Bitterness lingers on the palate
Sep 22, 2016
Photo of StonedTrippin
Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
huge fan of anything coffee these days, so this was a natural choice for me. another winner from grand teton, who still somehow seems to be out of the spotlight among the beer geeks even though they make incredible beer. this has a ton of coffee in it, but enough malts to support it. there is a nice sweetened espresso aroma and flavor through the whole thing aided by a caramel malt middle thats richer than a lot of these have, and very little acidity at all from the coffee. instead its smooth and big, with deep chocolate notes from the roasted barley and a cool nutty profile, both toasty and near burnt from the coffee, tons of body, this seems rich in protein and almost a viable breakfast substitute. slight smoke to it in the finish, and more bitter than sweet in the latter stages. impressive depth, plentiful coffee, cozy little cold weather beer right here, with a low enough abv for me to still drink a whole bottle without ill effects. chocolate and coffee both linger long on the tongue after the swallow. another expertly made beer from grand teton!
Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Sep 17, 2016
Photo of Parmesan
Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer poured a coal black color with almost no head on the glass and no lacing. Smells of dark roasted earthy coffee, with notes of chocolate. The taste follows fairly close to it, with a note of floral hops in the end. The coffee bitterness is a little strong at the end. Medium body and creamy smooth mouthfeel that goes down easily. Overall a very nice coffee porter.
Sep 17, 2016
Photo of beergoot
Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Coal-black body; dense, creamy head; sheets of foam clinging to the glass. Earthy scents of roasted grains and coffee. The taste mirrors the aroma with the addition subtly sweet tones of chocolate; solid bitterness throughout. Medium-heavy in body; slick and silky mouthfeel; sweet all around yet with a gentle dryness at the finish.

Here is a solid beer. Very satisfying roasted grain flavors with a nice blend of coffee tones. It delivers an overall smooth sweetness tempered with a delicate dryness at the finish. In one regard, the body seems almost thin yet still rich and rewarding. All in all, a fine, very satisfying dark ale with a coffee edge.
Sep 05, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by AuntBea from Illinois

May 21, 2016
Photo of pat61
Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.
Apr 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by aussiebeer from Illinois

Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by jarrgal from North Dakota

Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by Powderhornphil from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mikerieder from South Dakota

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 3.64 by utexmed from Texas

Aug 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by joeseppy from Illinois

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by GClarkage from California

Jul 07, 2014
Rated: 4 by PappyVans from Wisconsin

May 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Fitze from South Carolina

May 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Apr 28, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
Reviewed by mfnmbvp from 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.
Mar 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by vinny21bal from Illinois

Feb 07, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
Reviewed by BierJager89 from California

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Feb 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by Stoutfan23DJ from Illinois

Jan 31, 2014
Rated: 4 by Danegerous123 from Minnesota

Nov 24, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 23, 2013
Rated: 4 by Allurex from Kansas

Nov 13, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Nov 01, 2013
Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 158 ratings