Grand Teton Morning Call

(TRANSCRIPT: Grand Teton Wake Up Call Coffee Porter.)

Welcome to Tasting Notes. We’ll be tasting from Grand Teton Brewing Company, Wake Up Call, Imperial Coffee Porter, from their 2016 cellar reserves. Let’s see if it meets expectations.

Peter: Pete LaFrance from This is Meeting Expectations from the back of the fridge. We got another from Grand Teton, this is only a couple of years old. 2016, 2017. It’s a wake up call. Imperial Coffee Porter. We’ve been briefed the group here knows exactly what’s in here. The information for you folks will be in an information box at the bottom of this video. You can also look at for the real story here. Now, we’re ready for seeing if it meets expectations. Tasting today we have…

Jerry: Jerry Scott.

Jim: Jim Bennet

Peter: And, you’re going in for this Bill?

Bill: Sure.

Peter: Alright we got Bill in there with the rest of us. Let’s crack it open and see what we got. Well it is certainly pouring a dark color and a very rich head on that one. Definitely I haven’t seen any cloudiness in that port at all. Even on the finish pour, there didn’t seem to be any yeast leaves here at the bottom of that.

Jerry: Very nice.

Peter: So, what we have is a very dark beer but it’s not opaque. It has a sandy color head to it. Let’s see what kind of aroma we’ve got. I’m getting a roasted [INAUDIBLE AT 2:17] aroma. Not much of anything else though.

Jerry: Not really Steiner quality.

Jim: Dark and malty.

Peter: Well, then I guess it’s time for the first sip.  Not Surprising. There is some sharpness that I’m not quite expecting. What do you think Jer?

Jerry: Yeah, you can taste a twintch of that alcohol. You can taste the 7.5 in there. I’m not really getting a lot of coffee. A little bit of aftertaste on the back tongue. It’s a little sweet.

Bill: I’m not getting coffee.

Jerry: Just on the finish really. Little bit of coffee.

Peter: Okay, that brings us to the finish. It doesn’t…

Jerry: Not quite there.

Peter: It doesn’t quite finish. It lingers a little bit, but it doesn’t finish.

Jerry: No, not very big on the finish. It kinda dissipates and leaves a little bit of coffee on the back of the tongue.

Jim: But the good news is you could drink a big glass of it.

Jerry: It’s a nice beer, it’s a nice beer, but not quite meeting my expectations.

Peter: Wake up call. So, I guess this time, we’d have to say… Wake Up Call doesn’t quite wake up. Doesn’t meet expectations. And—Does it?

Jim: It does not. It’s a little bit light on expectations, but it’s not a bad beer. But it’s not quite what I thought it would be.

Bill: Unfortunately, no, I don’t think so.

Peter: And there’s a shake of the head on that one. Well, does it meet expectations Jer?

Jerry: Little under expectations. It’s a nice beer, I certainly enjoyed it, but not the real coffee and chocolate I was looking for. But, nonetheless,  nice beer.

Peter: And, there we have it, from the Ale House, in Brooklyn. Pete LaFrance, from, hoping all of your beers meet expectations.


Black Forrest Ale

(The following is a transcript of the tasting.)

Welcome to Tasting Notes for Ale Gateau Foret Noire from the Unibroue Brewing Company in Shambal(?) Quebec. Let’s see if it meets expectations.

Peter: I’m Peter LaFrance for BeerBasics, and this is tasting notes, meeting expectations. Today we’re going to be tasting Ale Gateau Foret Noire, which is a beer—a Belgian-style beer from the Unibroue Brewery up in Quebec, and it says it’s ale brewed with spices, tart cherry juice, with natural flavors added. It’s at ten percent alcohol by volume, and according to the label, it has an international bitter unit of 20, and a SRM of 35. SRM of 35 that’s the color sketching, so that’s probably going to be a very dark beer.  So let’s start with the idea itself. It’s definitely a Belgian-style ale. It has cherries, Gateau, and Foret Noire, Black Forest. We’re gonna have a slice of black forest cake. That’s what it looks like. Now, does it meet expectations? Let’s find out. Our tasting—ohhh, we have a gusher here. Helping us out with the tasting notes today is, once again….

Jerry: Jerry Scott.

Jim: Jim Bennet.

Peter: And we are in the Henry Street Ale House. It looks like a very tightly knit head. Alright, let’s take a look at the color.

Jerry: Very dark. Very red.

Peter: Definitely a very dark red color. A closely knit head. And, the aroma. Not too much of an aroma actually. And the first taste is definitely is black berries. What do you say Jer?

Jerry: Absolutely. Very very effervescent. Actually wonderful taste, really complex. Berries, cherry.

Peter: There’s an underlying bitterness to it.

Jerry: There is.

Peter: I was wondering whether it would be the bitterness from the hop or possibly the yeast they use, because they you have a Belgian yeast.

Jerry: There’s definitely a Belgian yeast—

Peter: What do you think Jim?

Jim: It tastes almost like a little wine. Got a lot of berry flavor.

Jerry: Typical for a Belgian-style, too.

Peter: Alright, one more sip. And, black forest cake does it meet expectations? Yes it does.

Jerry: Yes it does.

Jim: That’s delicious.

Jerry: Delicious.

Peter: I’m Peter LaFrance from, hoping all of your beers meet expectations.

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