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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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up from a liquor store in Casper, WY for $10. Into an Epic snifter.

A: Pours a nice deep brown color with a light brown head that bubbles up to half an inch and quickly fades into a small island of bubbles with a few spots of lacing around the edges.

S: Lots and lots of heavily roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate finds its way into the nose, but this is a huge coffee forward beer. A touch of roasted barley, but it's pretty indistinguishable with all the coffee. Just a touch of caramel in here as well. I love the smell of coffee, and this one hits it right on.

T: As expected a huge coffee note, tons of roasted flavors that almost verges on astringently bitter but never quite reaches that level. Decent amount of hop bitterness here as well. Just a bit of chocolate and some caramel as well, but it really takes a back seat to the coffee flavor. Really a tasty beer for me as a coffee lover, but it doesn't have the depth to really make it an amazing beer. Still very enjoyable.

M: The feel is a little off, a little thinner than I would like. Carbonation is about right, but could be knocked back a touch.

O: A great coffee beer, but it needs a little something else to help it along the way. A bit more of a malt profile with a few more unfermentables to add a touch of body and sweetness would really make this beer stellar. Still a great beer for a chilly winter evening.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/22/11
Very dark brown color with two fingers of mocha colored head. The head held on for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Hints of chocolate, coffee, subtle roast and smoke in the aroma. I also pick up some tobacco and cinnamon.

As the beer warms, the beer develops nice coffee flavor and is the dominant player. More subtle flavors of chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little earthiness.

The body starts off strong but falls off a little quick leaving the impression this is a little thin. Does have a gentle carbonation that suits the beer nicely.

Delivers what is advertised, a coffee porter. Not great in all areas but definately a good example.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and black in the glass, as a good Impy Porter should, tall, tan, lushly thick crown of foam leaving tons of lacing.

Aroma is soft but pleasing of warmly toasted and roasted barley, crunchy graham cracker, smokey whipped cream, delicate coffee touch and some warmth of Eth.

Warm, sweet, toasty, roasty, smooth, and a very soft taster. It has a very delicate smoothness about its carbonation that puffs about with a bit of sweet roasted malt, heavily creamed coffee, and a portion of chocolate and burntish bitterness at the finish.

As already mentioned, this is quite smooth and softly carbonated; set in a mediumish body, seems lacking but picks up pace enough to bring in enough warmth and finish to pull it all together.

It's definately not a brute of a coffee porter or stout like some out there, but this has a very welcoming ease and texture about it that talks the talks and walks the highly crafted walk of what craft brewing can showcase.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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 harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 22SEP11

A: near black opaque with two fingers mocha foam. This falls over a couple minutes to a centrally capped sheet of the same. Spot lace.
S: Coffee, bittersweet cocoa, dry soil, some hints of cream. I candig it.
T: Again coffee, there;s some more coffee. Some toasted malts and bitter hops. Simple and somewhat elegant.
M: medium bodied with lively carb and a wet finish.
O: nice beer. Better a little warmer.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good looking for a porter, inky black like the dead of night, light brown head of about two fingers that very slowly faded only just a little, leaving sheets of thick lace and a nice cap on top.

Between the look and smell this one was almost like an imperial stout. Heavily dark roasty malt aromas, coffee and chocolate, a little bit of toffee.

Taste was mellow and actually a bit lighter on coffee than I expected. A nice balance of coffee (light but bitter espresso and french roast), chocolate (mostly milk chocolate and hot cocoa flavors), toffee, roasty dark malts and just a smidge of smokiness.

Body is surprisingly lighter than you'd think, about medium I'd say, with smooth and low carbonation and a bitter espresso finish.

Overall it's a very nice porter that pretty much lives up to your expectations when you buy it. I doubt anyone would be disappointed with this one.

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

Mad dark, mocha/coffee colored frothy head

Smells of darkness: malts, caramel, dark fruits, coffee, molasses maybe, hardly any hops

Taste/MF are smoove..really full bodied, i feel, with good carbonation, lots of the aforementioned on the palate..

Overall, enjoying this one.. dont know if Ill be able to drink another..maybe pick one up just to hang on to. I enjoyed..

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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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Photo of samie85
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours am opaque, pitch black color with two fingers of fluffy, tan head.

S-Smells of heavily roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate, and that's about it on this one.

T-Roasted coffee upfront with those nice characteristic porter notes: chocolate and roasted malt with some vanilla notes.

M-Slick and creamy, yet light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-This a very easy drinking Coffee Porter, but I agree with whoever added this beer that this is not an Imperial Porter. I really like how the coffee is balanced with the beer instead of over-powering it.

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Photo of thadbme
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 mkotsayfan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 ChugginOil
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lovely wife picked me up a bottle of this today at the COOP.... Poured into my Corsendonk goblet.

Pours with a nice long lasting 1" dark tan head atop a very dark brown brew that does let a little light pass... only spotty lacing.

The nose shows plenty of coffee goodness... but there is a surprising and definitely discernible dark malt profile.... even a little bit of dried fruitiness that lingers even when cold.

The coffee is still very present on the palate, but a bit of acrid dark malt is a little bit distracting to me... the fruitiness is also there, but is more as a lingering element on the finish... pretty dry throughout...

Body is a solid medium with a nice ever present small bubble carbonation... sorta a creamy mouthfeel...

I like it... will I buy it again... probably.


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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: It looks like old engine oil with a dark black/brown opaque color. Its small light brown and mocha colored head doesn't last long and leaves no lacing. There is no visible carbonation.

S: Bold coffee and dark roasted malts are the main players in this one. There are subtle hints of sweet caramel and toffee as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, coffee and roasted malts come through big time along with some cocoa and caramel.

M: Its body is kind of on the thin side and somewhat watery. And there is no carbonation detectable at all.

O: This is a very solid porter. With a bigger feel to it, this could have been even more enjoyable. Another solid offering from Grand Teton.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 jmvecchio1
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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 MrVonzipper
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 156 ratings