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Grand Teton Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - 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 donít 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) doesnít 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
this is a coffee porter done to near perfection, and possibly my favorite GT brew. the roasted malt, chocolate, and other beer flavors are there just enough to balance this very smooth, creamy concoction. the 7.5 is just right as well, contributing to a big smooth body that is neither swimming in coffee or too alcoholic. very well done."

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacchus66 (18) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2014
From 750 ml bottle, 2011. Pours dark brown, almost black with a healthy cappuccino-colored head. Nose (and flavor) is coffee, coffee, coffee, with chocolate notes and touch of caramel sweetness. Long coffee finish balanced with some lingering hops for a pleasing (coffee-like) bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rxeight (1365) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
2011 bottle. This one might be past itís prime. There is nt much coffee in there just old porter. Stale malt and smoke. No sweetness. Not a big fan

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottled 22SEP11 A: near black opaque with two fingers mocha foam. This falls over a couple minutes to a centrally capped sheet of the same. Spot lace. S: Coffee, bittersweet cocoa, dry soil, some hints of cream. I candig it. T: Again coffee, there;s some more coffee. Some toasted malts and bitter hops. Simple and somewhat elegant. M: medium bodied with lively carb and a wet finish. O: nice beer. Better a little warmer. Serving type: bottle 11-18-2011

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of coffee and chocolate notes. The flavor is more of the same with a ton of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Draft at happy gnome. Pours black with a thin khaki head that quickly dissipates. Muted coffee notes on the nose. Fairly faint coffee on the tongue as well with just a hint of leafy hoppiness on the finish. Iím not sure if Surly Coffee bender is still predominant in my mouth of if this beer is just underwhelming.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedevilsfan (153) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Very nice appearance with good dark brown color. Taste is complex with caramel and coffee roasted. Very nice offering from Grand Teton.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2011 year. Aroma is a complex combination of rich, roast notes with hints of sweet caramel mixed in. Reminded me of a toasted marshmallow. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that starts at about a half inch and settles slowly. The taste is absolutely fantastic. The coffee notes blend perfectly with the sweetness of the malts. Porters are not usually my cup of tea, but damn... I tasted dark chocolate and cherries mixed in, too. I have to say this is definitely in my to 10 beers.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork. Deep dark pour. Small khaki head which disappears immediately, leaving nice tan lace. Nose is a perfect, fresh cup of coffee with some chocolate notes. Rich, roasty malt flavor upfront, a bit of sweetness. Like a black, dark roast cup of coffee on the back end, with a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, true to style. Developed a nice creaminess as it warmed up. Quite tasty coffee porter. Although defined as "imperial" the 7.5% abv was nicely hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2012
dark brown color. Creamy light brown head. Fresh cup of coffee with a tootsie roll and dark fruit. Off dry, coffee and chocolate. The nose is a bit more interesting than mouth. Med body. Very malty. Lingering coffee finish.


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