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.
We used well over a pound per barrel of Moonshot Espresso beans from Caffe Ibis Coffee Roasting Company in Logan, Utah. This classic three bean blend has loads of caramel with a fine sugar sweetness and a smoky but smooth finish. While the focus has been on finding the perfect mate for this seasonal porter, it is no coincidence that the choice of beans also supports social justice and sustainable agriculture.
Caffe Ibis is a locally owned and operated 40-year-old award-winning Green Business. Sometimes viewed as being obsessively passionate about the coffees they roast, this custom coffee roasting house proudly offersorganic, Fair Trade and Smithsonian Bird Friendly certified coffees, the industry’s highest standards. Reuter’s Triple Pundit called it “The World’s Most Sustainable Coffee.” Over the years, Newsweek Magazine, The Wine Spectator, and Sunset Magazine have all added to the chorus singing praises to the remarkable cup quality of Caffe Ibis Coffee.
Porter was the first industrial beer, brewed for the laborers of England’s Industrial Revolution. Technological advances of the 18th century—such as the thermometer and hydrometer—allowed brewers to refine thebrewing process. These changes allowed for brewers to create consistent batches of beer, and the beer was nearly always porter.
The addition of coffee to porter is an even more recent creation, with craft brewers of the past 30 years embracing the enchantment that coffee makes to the flavor and body of dark ales.
The coffee flavors in this ale pair exceptionally well with meaty entrées: drink this Imperial Porter with grilled steak, barbecued spare ribs, or portobello mushrooms sautéed with soy sauce. The toast and chocolate-like flavors of the dark malt complement sweet confections. Any dessert that you would take with coffee will be a fine accompaniment to this ale. We recommend tiramisu, hazelnut scones, and German chocolate cake.
If stored in a cool, dark location, this beer should stand up to the test of time. The roasted coffee and rich maltiness will mingle together and mellow with age.
Original Gravity (Plato): 20.0˚
International Bitterness Units: 40
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Color (Lovibond): 26.0º