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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3687) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Black pour, Big smooth coffee flavors, not too much aroma. Sweet body, coffee dominarin the finish, solid beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2117) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a murky dark brown color with a big clumpy tan head that has fair retention and shows some lacing. The aroma showcases earthy dark malts, raisins, dates, chocolate and sweetened coffee. The flavor is similarly earthy with dark semi-sweet chocolate, lots of well roasted grains, mocha, toffee, brown sugar and a bit of coffee. The palate is medium in body with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering dirt and coffee. Overall: A very nice take on the coffee porter, but I think that it could use more coffee flavor. Iíll buy again. Paired extraordinarily well with chocolate chip cookies.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Dark, dark brown with slight reddish hue. Good tan head. Nose of burnt coffee, corn, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and smoke. Body shines. Thick, velvety, perfectly carbonated. Lots of burnt coffee, chocolate, some tobacco, and dark fruits. Only other Retina beer Iíve tried is Black Couldron. This is miles better, but still not great. Def. would try again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6096) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle - sample tasting at Four Firkins in St. Louis Park, MN. Very dark pour with a small tan head. Big nose of coffee grounds and a touch of chocolate. Medium thick palate. Taste is roasty coffee and mild dark chocolate. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep brown nearly black with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma of black fresh brewed coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa. Flavor is also aggressively coffee forward, some dark bitter chocolate and just a bit of a breadiness in the crisp roasty finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Decent beer

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3404) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bomber. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is mainly coffee with some dark chocolate and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark cream colored head. Coffee aroma. Coffee and toffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Coffee and toffee lingers with light fruit and light earthiness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
In taster at Churchills. Looks almost black with a tiny bit of ruby. No head. Smells of coffee coffee coffee. Tastes some clear coffee malt complexion then a flood of malty bitterness. Itís a pretty nice beer. Palate is medium. Overall 6.5 of 10.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
On tap. Pours with a black body and a medium sized but thick bubbled, creamy tan head that fades. Good lace. Aromas are rich, earthy and slightly vegital coffee notes. Vanilla beans. A bit of bitter chocolate. Coffee beans here are not the most interesting or best Iíve smelled in beers recently (see Bacon & Eggs for a coffee Imperial Porter with a really nice coffee note). A bit of a fruit ester (stressed yeast?), black currants and molasses. Flavors are biscuity and grainy with a mild roast character strongly supplemented by the coffee. Some decent bitterness which I perceive as mostly coffee. Pretty dry. Mostly leans towards a coffee character overall. Bitter chocolate. Could possibly use a touch more sweetness or body for my tastes. Vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel with slightly elevated carbonation. Medium to slightly full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of mocha head. Smells of roasted malts and strong coffee scent. Taste confirms the nose, lots of roasted malts, smoky background. Clean creamy finish, medium bodied. Overall a very good Porter from Grand Teton, another great entry from their Cellar Reserve series.


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