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Grand Teton Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7136) - 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 representiní.. pinches of vanilla and cocoa accented.. didnít 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 (2637) - 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
brenn79 (1519) - 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 (1911) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2424) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 22oz. bomber shared at a recent group tasting. Poured to a sampler with a black/brown hue, brownish tan, bubbles & cream head foam, and decent spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was roasty, expressive coffee, with subtle notes of caramel and cocoa. The flavor presented a strong but tempered hop bitterness, along with hints of wood and smoke, and a finishing roasty dryness. Very enjoyable, and looking forward to being on tap very soon at Lunar Brewing Co.. Next, on tap and snifter served at Lunar. Not much nose, but noticed a hint of sausage-like yeast. Burnt and dry coffee notes in the flavor, with no sweetness to speak of. Full bodied, but I liked the bottle better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9086) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Robust, roasty, deep chocolate, a touch burnt malty, cocoa, roasty black coffee, light vanilla aroma. Soft velvety mouth feel. Roasty, somewhat bitter, dark roasted coffee, cocoa, toasted chocolate malty flavor with a moderately bitter coffee finish. Surprised that they didnít make this a little stronger though itís nice that not everyone is trying to maximize the booze in their beers.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Big bottle, 750? 1ltr maybe. Rating #17. Dark black pour with a creamy tan head and some real nice lacing on my glass. Big roasty aroma, the coffee is very evident. Light bitterness, the roast starts out mild and then it really knocks your tastebuds around pretty good. Picking up a slight ashy smokiness that is very enjoyable. Nice beer. (1983)

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11069) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is first almost espresso, then lots of gritty chocolate. Finishes chocolate, coffee, and gritty dark toasted/burnt malt. Pretty durn good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3770) - - NOV 3, 2011
bottle. black with a stable, medium sized, creamy, brown head. nice nose of dark and milk chocolate notes, creamed coffee and hops. palate is a little too carbonated and oddly sour. the hop addition is too strong or something...not really mixing well with the chocolatey sweetness. dry for a style that should be sweet. overall, itís great looking beer with a wonderful smell, but the clash of sweet and hoppy isnít working for me.


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