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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Very dark and almost opaque, dark caramel brown at edges. Head quickly fades with no lacing. Nose is mostly coffee and roasted malts and some dark currant. Dark roasted coffee and malts echoed in taste. Medium palate and body. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Nice, but pretty one dimensional.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle at Black Friday tasting. Aroma-grainy coffee. Flavor is even more grainy. Quite smooth. Similar to Santa Fe’s Java Stout. Fairly thin palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
on tap at Choice City in Ft. Collins on 11/16/11. black pour with a small tan head. roast nose with coffee and a deep roast level. medium to full body with dark malts, roast, coffee and chocolate. smooth ->. coffee finish with deep roasted malts and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, coffee, slight hops, burnt grain, slight vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, brown/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet, and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, lactose, caramel, hops, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. Lightly chalky, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, hop, coffee, chocolate finish is slightly chalky and lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (5709) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is interesting with some chocolaty notes and some hints of vanilla and hazelnut. Some coffee. The flavor and mouthfeel fall a bit flat with some muted coffee, chocolate and hints of nuts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
750mL bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured deep brown with a dense, sticky beige head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of roast, with coffee, molasses, and black patent representin’.. pinches of vanilla and cocoa accented.. didn’t come across as big or overly complex, but it was enjoyable. The flavor found a whole lot of dry roast too, coffee, cocoa, and black patent this time.. more ashy roast and coffee on the dry finish. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. well-carbonated, dry, and earthy.. this was solid, but not super interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3373) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Dated 9/22/11. Pours a thick, creamy, lasting beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, black (SRM 40) body.....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, touch of beef and soy....taste is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, finishing with a coffee bitterness and a touch of toffee/caramel....mouth feel thick, chewy, carbonation adds creaminess to the overall sensation. The roasted malts plus the additional coffee dominate way too much. As a result, this does not have the depth of complexity in either aroma or flavor that many in this style have. A long aging might help, but it will not be in my cellar. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2013) - Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2011
750 ml. bottle 2011 vintage- Pours black as black with a nice thick three finger tan head and cobwebby lacework. The aroma is nice quality espresso coffee, very nice aroma, cocoa also comes through. The taste is the same, all coffee and cocoa, nice creamy coffee, somewhat nutty and caramel too, the finish is somewhat dry and mild bitterness. The body is full and carbonation is medium. This is what I look for in these kind of beers, almost a perfect beer if you like coffee in your beer, and if you bought this, I am sure you do. Excellent!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with thin khaki head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is sweet malt backbone with bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Dry, roasty finish. Decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pours a dark brown black that looks oily and creates a nice foamy tan head that dissipates to a whispy film and kahki collar. Aroma is very nice roasted fresh coffee with malt mixed throughout and a little coco in there as well. Taste is big roasted coffee and malt with a burnt bitterness. Palate is medium and chaulky that finishes dry. Not a bad brew, I found the bitterness a little off putting.


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