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

BA SCORE
89
very good
155 Ratings
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
Ratings:
155
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 70
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: Black color; fully opaque. Forms a moderate-sized mocha colored head. Decent retention, light lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant, but a bit muted. Roasted malts, espresso, chocolate. Molasses and raisin to a lesser extent. The aroma is moderately sweet.

T: Taste is surprisingly nice. Lots of chocolate. In fact the chocolate comes through far stronger than the coffee. Moderate sweetness. Milk chocolate, light coffee notes, sweet dark malts, dark stone fruit. Finishes with a ever-so-slight citrus hoppiness.

M: Full bodied, approaching heavy. Lower carbonation level is still appropriate for the style. Moderate viscosity with a moderate chalkiness. Mild bitterness.

O: This beer was a pleasant surprise. It was received as a gift and the only reason I opened it for was to make a batch of "stout" (or in this case, porter) brownies, but the beer itself was very nice. Nicely balanced with some strong chocolatey dessert flavors.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottled on date is hopelessly smeared.

A: A finger of brownish head. Mahogany brown, clear only at the edges.

S: Definitely an "ale brewed with coffee." Not the most powerful and accomplished scent, but reminiscent of a certain coffee brown ale (Ode to Mercy).

T: Tasty, but subdued. It tastes much more like Wild Heaven's 'Imperial Brown Ale with Coffee' than any other Imperial Porter I've tasted. The foretaste is nutty malt, then a wave of cold, stale coffee with a biting, almost metallic tint to the finish. Plenty of sweet, chocolatey malts to round things out in the maintaste. The aftertaste is surprisingly neutral, with only a hint of muted coffee and burnt sugar to remind you that you've been drinking a coffee porter.

M: Far from bad -- and the coffee saves it from below-averageness -- but somehow it needs something a little bit...more. More viscous, more carbonated, more dry, more sweet...just something. A tad flat.

O: A good beer, which I enjoyed more perhaps than my review conveys. Recommended. Would drink again, if not purchase. A light-bodied, malty, nutty beer with added coffee.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa while visiting in late March for $8.99. Bottled in August 2011.

Beer poured a dark brown with a beautiful tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is a pleasant dose of coffee beans.

Taste is coffee and hints of cocoa. There is enough hops to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full, nice and chewy. Very satisfying.

Overall this is a solid rendition of the Grant Teton Cellar series, one of the better ones!

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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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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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