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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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee PorterWake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,251
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
155
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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 StonedTrippin
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!

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 9/22/11.

A: Pours black with a 1-inch tan/mocha which slowly fades to the rim leaving splotchy and clumpy lace.

N: Roasted coffee, caramel malts, woody earth, grains. Faint vanilla, char/burnt and dark chocolate notes.

T: Follows nose with the roasted coffee and chocolate. Some nutty and bitter finish.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy and silky smooth. Burnt and slightly acrid finish.

O: Very good and well balanced.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled September 22nd, 2011. Served in a tumbler.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body, with lighter glints at the fringes.

S - Not as coffee-forward as I was expecting. Light vanilla, some mild fruity coffee acidity, roasted malts, and a bit of baker's chocolate sweetness.

T - Taste has more espresso flavor to it, with a bit of that fruity coffee element to it. There's also some mildly astringent black malt, resulting in a charry and bitter finish. Definitely less sweet than the aroma suggests.

M - Some zesty carbonation, medium body, but no obvious alcohol. Very dry and roasty texture, with a lightly sticky finish.

D - I think the coffee has faded a bit in the past few months, as I remember liking this a bit more the first time I had it. Grand Teton recommends drinking this within 12 months and I'd agree with with them. A solid coffee porter, but there are a lot of superior offerings out there.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of stevoj
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

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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