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Wide Awake It's Morning | Funky Buddha Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Stout

Added by Habmike on 04-01-2011

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 355
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 8-13-2011
Thanks a ton Cam, for sharing this treasure

A - black body, red edges and a tan ring of foam

S - Coffee, Maple, both brilliantly present and clear, some dark sweet flavors, chocolate, and banana.

T - complex sweetness, maple and coffee, and a touch of smoke. It's very sweet and becomes difficult to finish a medium sized sample, but it's damn tasty.

M - very smooth and fairly thick

O - Very good, quite interesting.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Bottle 47/50

The most striking thing about this beer to me is the smell. Biggest nose on a beer to date. As soon as you open it the smell is unmistakeable. Breakfast sausage and maple syrup. Just like a sunday morning breakfast cookout. Even two feet away in my glass the heavy pounding of my olfactory nerves persists. Incredibly potent. And downright fuckin wonderful.

Thick used motor oil in a glass! No head whatsoever. The glass is stained wherever the liquid touches.

Taste is coffee, pork and syrup. Incredible. It's not too thick or chewy. It may sound awful but in truth it is possibly the best beer I've ever had.

In my eyes, a once in a lifetime beer. I felt like I had won the taste lottery. Hype is my kryptonite. I bought into this hype train hook, line and sinker. Good thing I did. This beer is ultimate win.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad to try this, courtesy of Urbancaver (thanks Cam!). Bottle 50/50. This pours with almost no head, just a dark brown and opaque liquid. The smell is strong with maple syrup, good coffee aroma behind that. Actually the aroma is a little overwhelming and very enticing. No bacon in the aroma, too bad as that was a strong point in the non imperial version.

This tastes pretty strong and rich, really sweet upfront and a little cloying in the aftertaste. I'm not gonna say it tastes bad, because it's actually tasty for the most part, but this pales in comparison to Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Norm actually poured the majority of his out while I watched in amazement, I guess that's a good indication that it gets a bit tiring.

Thickish mouthful, intense in every metric, but again I'd rather have the original.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks So much for this one Ryan.

Bottle 50 of 50

Pours a dark dark brown with a reddish tint. A tiny bit of tan head. Looks great. Before i can even finish looking the aroma hits strongly. Huuuge coffee and maple on the nose before i even put my nose near the glass. Incredible. Tastes coffee heavy with a wonderful maple prescence. It's a bit heavier and overpowering. I like the regular mbcp better but it's still quite tasty. Nice thick bubbly mouthfeel. Overall top notch

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Photo of thagr81us
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000!!! Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with me and also my boy Jefe73 for sending me one of these as a surprise on my birthday! Bottle #44 of 50! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cofee, maple syrup, subtle smoke, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, slight smoke, and subtle meat. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation (almost a creamy texture). Overall this brew was nothing short of phenomenal. Now this is what I am talking about! I really wish they made a cologne out of this brew as I would wear it daily. The aroma on this thing is phenomenal and really robust as you can smell it from a completely different room (seriously!). The flavor, just like the aroma. The smokiness on this one added a REALLY nice aspect to the already stellar brew. The alcohol? Nowhere to be found... I hate this was such a small batch as I could eat/drink this for breakfast every morning. Just a great brew.

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Photo of Deadheadbill
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle - thx Dos-beerigo.

Pours very dark with a very very slight head. Immediately the aromas hit you maple, coffee, some smokiness. The taste is rich and luxurious with slightly sweet flavors resembling the aromas, coffee, maple, smoky bacon. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is amazing, it coats your mouth in velvety richness. I could literally find nothing wrong with this beer. I wish there were 10,000 bottles.

Also, I didn't knock off as others have done for lack of head in appearance as I think this adds to the "coffee" persona. To each his own.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Funky Buddha for the Wide Awake It's Morning Release Party. Thanks goes out to Ryan for hosting such a great event!

A - Pours coffee black with a thin tan head. Not much in the way of lacing on this one.

S - There's the smoke I was looking for in the regular Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. This one definitely smells like breakfast is being made in the kitchen and is stirring you out of bed. Big notes of espresso, sugar, sweet maple syrup and a hint of chocolate.

T - The taste mirrors the nose and the smokiness / bacon profile is much improved in the Imperial version. Upfront you're again hit right away by notes of roasted coffee, sweet malt, maple syrup and maybe a little vanilla.

M - Full bodied, almost chewy with low carbonation. Perfectly balanced in every way. No alcohol heat is present in this one either.

O - This is an extremely rich beer and it would be difficult to throw this back all night long, I did enjoy about three before calling it quits. Kevin and Ryan did a great job of taking an already superior beer and improving on it. Cheers!

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Photo of dboon
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ottle thanks to my good friends at the Buddha. WoW, what a freakin’ nose!!! Outrageously intense smoked maple and coffee aromas. Joan Jett black pour with a small tan head. Great balance and as complex as an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Bold roasted coffee flavors which quickly give way to intense maple, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. I need to run this side by side with the original. Just another stunner from Kevin, Ryan, and the Buddha crew. BRAVO...

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Photo of Sean9689
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #30/50, thanks Jason! Poured into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours like a cold black coffee. No head, lace, or retention.

S - Holy Moses! Tons of black coffee, coffee grinds, coffee beans, and sweet maple syrup. These notes dominate just about everything else...even the alcohol, as there's really no trace. That said, these two notes are delicious, so I really enjoyed sniffing this one over and over.

T - Huge sweetness, huge coffee, huge maple. Like an iced coffee with extra chocolate, alcohol hidden well. If you threw some ice into this and served it in a Starbucks cup, I'd have a hard time believing this was beer! Bitter black coffee finish with a slight touch of maple sweetness.

M - Full body, ultra rich, no carbonation, creamy finish. 3.5

O - My pour was good enough and I didn't really have the desire to keep drinking this one. Kinda like Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain. That said, this beer has a wonderful nose and tastes excellent. It's as-advertised, a coffee/maple beer that is incredibly decadent.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #30 of 50. Generously shared by Jason via Casey. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin ring, some wisps on top, and leaves a few spots of lace. Black body, with only the slightest hint of brown at the fringes when held to the light.

S - Tons of maple, some dark roast coffee, perhaps a hint of roasted malt. If you're looking for subtlety look elsewhere. If you're looking for delicious, this is your exit.

T - Tastes like an iced coffee with a hefty dose of maple syrup poured into it. Is there actually any beer here? I can't taste any alcohol either. Still, it's quite sweet and I'd definitely have to sip this one.

M - Chewy, full bodied, with some roasty dryness, lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth. While some person though the porter was too thin, I don't anticipate similar complaints here.

D - It'd be hard to put down a whole bottle of this one, as it's extremely rich. However, it's a delicious and highly enjoyable beverage that I'd very much like to have again. Less coffee than the lower ABV porter version, and more maple.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason and Casey for bringing this to Chicago.

A - Blackish-dark brown beer with not much of a head and nothing left on the sides.

S - Tons of maple syrup and tons of coffee. It smells like pure maple syrup. There might be a slight bit of smokey malt in there, but it is buried by what seems to be a bottle of maple syrup that was dumped into this beer. The smell is so strong it pretty much knocks you over. That said, it's good.

T - Super sweet maple syrup and some rich coffee. Sweetness, and bitter roasted coffee. Great morning drink, or great breakfast drink. Really have never had anything like this with quite this distinctive maple syrup taste. It's rich, and the coffee is rich. It's so sweet though, really couldn't drink tons of it.

M - Feels pretty full bodied, with low carbonation.

O - Great beer, although it's a real sipper and good to share amongst friends. Like other Funky Buddha beers I've had, it's really unique and this one I really recommend.

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Photo of spycow
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason thru Casey for this. Bottle #30 of 50. A dark brown/black color with no lacing. The smell is exceptional....immediate coffee and maple, chocolate, and faint pepper tones. The taste is in your face with coffee, tobacco, leather, sweet and spicy. Light mouthfeel with surprisingly light carbonation that is unexpected from the look. This is a good beer that's to be shared. It's a sipper and a beer that is worth seeking out. I would love to taste this again in 1 to 2 years to see how it ages in the cellar. Very good quaff.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 30/50...Big thanks to Casey for this... dark brown body with not much carbonation... the nose is outstanding, so much is going on, super strong notes of maple and roasted coffee, they play perfectly off each other... the taste is more refined than the nose, simply outstanding melding of maple and coffee, a bit of molasses, the maple is so sweet but the roasted bitterness of the coffee balances... I could drink about a half bottle of this, but would get too sweet after awhile... worth trying

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Photo of kfsv034
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very excited to try this beer. Can it live up to the hype?

Pours coffee black with thin tan foam that leaves a glossy surface reminiscent of obsidian rock

This smell is what I want to wake up to every morning. First the maple, next the hint of smoke (bacon) and finally the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Absolutely sublime.

Taste is maple, smoke and black coffee. Really is extraordinary how these flavors blend together

Mouthfeel is very nice medium bodied with just enough carbonation

Overall this is one of the best beers I've ever had, no question. Definitely live up to the hype actually it may even exceeds it!

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Photo of uturn
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the GRAND OPENING of the Funky Buddha Homebrew Store (located directly next door to the Brewery) and the release of their Imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.

10 oz pour from the tap into my Bon Beer Voyage snifter member Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery snifter glass.

A: This beer pours a dark brown, almost black with a very thin layer of beige foam, leaving no lacing on my glass.

S: The nose was what you would expect from the name, roasted coffee, maple and hints of smoked bacon.

T: The taste was a little more intense than the nose, with the roasted coffee and the maple sharing equally as the stars of this brew and the smoked bacon playing second fiddle. This beer was very well balanced with it not being too sweet, which you might have expected from the maple.

M: This beer had a medium to thick mouthfeel with an extremely low level of carbonation; it finished with a very pleasant slickness on the palate and a nice warmth from the alcohol.

D&O: The drinkability was excellent as it went down nice and easy for a 10.5%abv brew.

Overall, if you liked the “regular” Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, you will not want to miss this one. I liked this Imperial version better, as my palate like the balance of this one more. I hope they will be brewing this one again!!

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the release (06-26-2011)

Beer pours pitch Black....what a gorgeous color.

Nose gives a lot more smoke then the regular Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, which was something that I could careless about as I do not enjoy smoke. In this beer though it fits in perfectly.

This beer is a GrandSlam Breakfast (minus the eggs) in a glass. Maple Syrup is present, Smoke is there, and SLAMMM a huge hit of Black Coffee! Everything is exceptionally well balanced.

The highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel. I have complained before that I wanted more mouthfeel from some of their beers. This one is spot on. Almost velvet-y smooth. Just Perfect!

Very Good Beer!

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Photo of polisanl
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Funky Buddha.

Dark in color, but not entirely opaque. Has a lighter burgundy tone around the glass edge. thin film of head which disappeared soon after. Incredible nose and taste. Lots of maple and coffee on the nose. Tastes just like it smells and after warming a bit, some smoky flavors make an appearance. All balanced well. Packs a punch on ABV and it's clearly present in the taste. A definite sipper and IMO, the regular version is a bit easier drinking. Really amazing overall, FB did it again with this one.

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Photo of godfathermg57
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a couple glasses of this for good reason.

A: looks like a dark beer so no surprises. Didn't have much of a head which I prefer, though if they really do brew this with bacon that would explain that

S: Maple smells dominate but also coffee. Smells awesome.

T: Taste follows the smell, strong coffee and maple flavor, but more blended together. This tastes less like liquid breakfast (good thing in my opinion). One of the more unique, and better tastes I've had in a beer.

M: This isn't the thickest syrup of stout you'll ever have, but it's well bodied and smooth. Matches the sweetness well.

O: What a beer. Wish they brewed more than a handful of gallons of this so I could find it in other parts of florida.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first trip to the buddah, and this was the first beer of the day. On-tap into a FB snifter.

A: Jet black, opaque. The pour dropped a small head that faded to nothing rather quickly and didn't leave much lace. This is where my critisim ends.

A: Maple, coffee, roast, and smoke. The maple is undeniably the star of the show, and complements the roast and smokey aromas nicely.

T: This is simply devine. Big maple syrup, coffee beans, chocolate, and smoky bacon. The bacon flavor is not as noticable as in the original version, but it is not a knock on the beer. This imperial version packs a punch ABV wise, but you wouldn't know it, there is almost no hint of the alcohol in the taste.

M: Creamy and smooth. Full body. Small but appropriate levels of carbonation.

O: This is one of the best brews I've ever had. Smooth, flavorful, and dangerously drinkable. I wish I could've stayed all night to pound glass after glass of this stuff. Supurb! Skal.

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Photo of dimenhetfield
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting for this gem of a beer for quite some time. Pours black, not too thick, but not thin either. Maple is the main ingredient that you smell first, swiftly followed by smokiness and coffee bean. A little bit more smokey then the regular Maple Bacon. The ABV is hidden very well amongst the flavors in this one. Has to be one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release day at the funky Buddha and just finished my 3rd glass. It is if course delicious just like the original is. The only difference I have noticed and what makes this a 4.5 and not a 5.0 is that the nose is not as maple smelling as the original is. Not a complaint at all as I am about to go back for my 4th glass, just an honest observation. How they got the taste to be almost exactly the same with the much higher alcohol % is a mystery to me, but Kevin and Ryan at the buddha sure know what the heck they are doing when it comes to brewing a wonderful beer. Well worth the drink if u can get it, my bottle to take home has been spoken for for weeks now!

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Photo of Habmike
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ryan (owner/brewer) for this first ever taste out of the fermenter in the final stage of the brew!

Kind of a murky purple/burgundy with a decent tan head. Not much to look at really. That's where the negativity ends.

The smell is righteous! It's all in the name of course as well as some casual nuances and notions of syrup, roasted coffee beans, coco bacon bits, and vanilla cream.

The taste is killer as well of course! All the flavors of the nose come through even more delectably than I could've imagined. Really a tasty breakfast treat I could have ANYTIME.

She's got a great mouth on her! No really though this is thicker than most stouts I've ever tastes. Really heavy and fluffy all together. Kind of expands inside your mouth. By far the mouthfeel is the most impressive piece of this breakfast pie.

Overall I'm head over heels for this beer! I can't wait to go through some serious trouble to get more when it's released.

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