From the Cellar: Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter – Grand Teton Brewing – #ThirstyThursday

  In 2011, Grand Teton Brewing released Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter and we talked about here. I stocked up on several bottles to give as gifts but one bottle […]

 

In 2011, Grand Teton Brewing released Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter and we talked about here. I stocked up on several bottles to give as gifts but one bottle made its way to my beer cellar (aka a cool, dark corner of the basement). This week I decided to see what 20 months in a cellar did to the flavor of the beer. As many beer enthusiasts know, some beers cellar really well and others do not.

We are happy to report that the cellaring did not diminish this tasty beer. Originally we said:

While it is not a potent porter in the ABV department (7.5%) it still has enough that you can have one and be satisfied.  Using Caffe Ibis coffee in the brewing process you get a nice malty beer that is complimented well by a nice dark coffee flavor.  You get a nice roasted malt flavor on the front end and then are greeted by the deliciousness of the coffee on the back end.

This would be a great brunch beer or one for a cool to chilly evening.  It tasted great as I was watching the sun set over the Grand Tetons.  If you are a dark beer lover, a coffee lover, or a coffee stout/porter lover, you will love this beer!

We are happy to report that that still holds true. The only thing I question is why I thought 7.5% ABV wasn’t very potent. The beer kept a very delicious roasted malt flavor that played nicely with the coffee flavor. Some coffee stouts I have consumed the coffee gets bitter as you age the beer, not so with the Wake Up Call. If you were brave enough to cellar this beer, we recommend pulling it out of your cellar and giving it a try.

Image taken from Grand Teton’s website.

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