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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (7773) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle, vintage 2011. Dark brown with a small, tan head. This beer was mostly about coffee, coffee grounds and some wet ash. Not a bad beer but it became a bit boring and one-dimensional after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (1027) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 24, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a red hue and a nice one in tan head that quickly fades. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, some pine, resin and a bit of hops. The aroma is similar, but mostly clean. The body is full. The finish is slightly dry and a touch bitter. Easy to drink, enjoyable and really reminds me of a good cup of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (875) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown to almost black. Aroma of coffee, molasses, peat, caramel, plum. Flavor is smoke, coffee, chocolate, peat, wood, raisin. Quite dry with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7025) - Utah, USA - DEC 16, 2011
1L bottle shared at the 2011 Christmas party
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, coffee and dark fruit
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee and some smoke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8402) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
One of those big old Teton bottles, I spied it at the Christmas party. Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet coffee and some vanilla. The flavor ends up as a nice brew with cocoa, massive dominating milky and roasted coffee, some toffee and caramel. Simple and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. I brought this. Dark with red and a smallish tan head. Coffee and nutsvin thevaroma. Dry coffee to start. Some dark fruit and sweetness comes through. Hops are scarce but the coffee brings some bitterness,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9146) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is a rich chocolate and treacle flavor with a coffee finish. Sweet and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Tulip at Barleys’s Brewhaus in Shawnee. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy beige head. The nose is a nicely integrated blend of cocoa, coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied and slick with a roasty finish; just a touch of hop bitterness. The flavor follows the nose with a touch of earthy hops in the mix. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at Bad Apple, Chicago. Vanilla bean and coffee roast on the nose, and a bit of carob. Sharp, almost powdery coffee flavor sits on top of somewhat fruity carob and nicely sweet milk chocolate. The choc morphs into a drier, Bakers variety in the finish. Smooth, medium body. Very flavorful for a porter. Vaguely nutty in the dry finish, with a slightly tangy and bitter hop character that took me a while to identify (though now it seems obvious). This is a sum less than the parts beer for me; I don’t like it as much as I feel I should given how good my deconstruction sounds to me. Maybe because the dry finish (which is enjoyable in its own right and long-lasting) doesn’t seem right following the slick sweetness in the beginning (which is also independently nice). Although the more I drink, the more its growing on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2011
750 ml bottle. Bottled on Sep. 22, 2011. Pours impenetrable black with a medium-large tan lacy head with decent retention. Aroma is espresso, milk chocolate, tobacco, leather, caramel. Taste is sweet and sour with a dry bitter finish. Coffee is strong in flavor. Faintly spicy in the finish. Carbonation is average and the mouthfeel is creamy. Body could be fuller. Although it’s really tasty, there are better coffee beers out there (even though that sounds like a slight, It still gets a 4.0, meaning it’s definitely a worthy beer).

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