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

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Bitterbill on 09-21-2011

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Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body, easily attainable big foamy head the color of cream-added coffee. Traces of sticky lacing. Carbonation is visible only on the pour, after that the body is too dark to see any. Bottle art efficiently displays beer name and style, with a color scheme that gets you in the mood for a warming brew.

S: Potent, lots of coffee and dark malts.

T: Fantastic. Coffee and caramel, dark malt, chocolate. Overall pretty sweet, some bitterness on the finish. Nothing is overpowering nor understated about it. Perfect balance of coffee and porter flavors.

M: Incredibly smooth and silky, if a tad flat for some (to be fair, the bottle is almost 3 years older than they recommend keeping it). Surprisingly, only medium-bodied.

O: I had a bottle in my early craft beer-discovery days, and I've been looking for more ever since. I was afraid to taste it again in case my memory of it didn't hold up to my more experienced palate now, but happily, it does. Doesn't overdo it with the coffee, but it does assert itself. Mouthfeel is so smooth you'd think it was a nitro beer. I just wish it wasn't a limited release, I'd love to have a reliable supply of this one.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of thadbme
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a Growler w/ ChrisF of Grand Teton Brewing Co in Alta, WY. Poured from the Stainless Steel Growler into a Burgundy style Wine Glass.

While already enjoying this many times from the bottle, here are the only differences...

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger head that is DARK brown and lasts for good time. Has the deepest brown color body. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Overall Impression- Very rich, smooth, and leaves nice coffee flavors behind. Will be enjoying this one MANY more times this week and suggest you try this!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of t420o
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of stevoj
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of schwaeh
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent as a mystery beer by scotchboy, he removed the label.

A: Mystery beer pours out a gravy brown then goes pitch black once collected in my glassware. It has a real dense mocha head that recedes quite slowly. Good lace for a dark beer.

S: This has a great depth of roasted malt and chocolate malts in the nose. Coffee bitterness is notable here, but seems as if it was once more prominent--a bit faded but still there. A nice earthiness is encompassing things adding something to set this apart from most porters. Chocolate and coffee grow stronger as it warms.

T: This is malt-tastic, they are very assertive and create a real nice depth of flavors. Roastiness leads things just as most porters but the chocolate really contends strongly. I get some smoke along the way which helps further smooth the ash out. The more this warms, besides getting more chocolaty, I get some faded pepper spice, almost like some year old Hunahpu's.

M: Heavier-medium body with creamy carbonation. This stuff drinks great while maintaining tons of flavor.

O: This feels like a big bad porter with more going on than most of the ones I've consumed. I really like the coffee, earth, and hints of spice. The malt bill crosses the Eddy Fitz path with Founders porter, in other words, the best of both worlds.

Thanks a lot Dan. Hopefully I get a fresh go at this next time, I can't wait.
Edit: Why in the hell was this a "brewed once"? That is disappointing.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Teton's got themselves a nice, aromatic porter here. Plenty of coffee smell and a far from overwhelming coffee taste. Not too much alcohol despite it being an "imperial" porter, but the little extra percentage gives the beer some added warmth to it (perfect for the coffee component). All in all a very good beer.

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