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Morning Wood - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 158
Avg: 4.6
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 324
Gots: 42 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-19-2012

Wide Awake It’s Morning on a whiskey barrel
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 158
Photo of BIll_Currie
3.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a good solid porter. found them at gabf this year. i went their for last now but was happy to see they had this one too. great color in glass and was served cold. awesome

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought Maple Bacon Coffee Porter could not get any better until I tried this. Because it is aged, the sweetness of the beer is more balanced and extremely good.

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Photo of Christopher_Hoagie
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew. Best beer I've had in a while. The taste is complex, but you can clearly taste maple, coffee, and a smoky finish. Takes Maple Bacon Coffee porter and expands on an already amazing beer.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate brown color with a half inch of foam that goes away quickly
Smells of sweet coffee with a hint of maple.
Sweet flavor is balanced well by toasty malts. The sweetness lingers with some coffee bitterness. Has medium viscousity and light carbonation. Hard to pick out the maple syrup but he sweetness is there. No heat from the bourbon but some caramel flavor.
Overall, a pleasant maple bourbon porter.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - small head, not much legs
Smell - Tons of maple syrup. Slight oak and sweet bourbon. Smells amazing, like you could pour this over pancakes.
Taste - Bourbon comes though nicely along with most of the flavors from mbcp. Maple is just a tad sweeter than I'd like. Heat is minimal. Bitter dark chocolate at the back of your palate. Just a little too fumbled on the flavors they just don't compliment each other at all.
Feel - medium. Very Porterish
Overall - let me start off by saying this beer is good. This is just a fumbled mess of flavors. They don't go well together. The flavors are really nice individually but they don't come together well. I expected the taste to be better with such an intoxicating smell. I'll get off the hype train here on this one, don't give up the farm in a trade. I prefer regular MBCP over this one

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Photo of Setella_Wife_Beater
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the greatest beers ever brewed. Up there with Snowed In.

Can't ever really taste the Bacon..but I'm Muslim so guess that's a good thing! #LandOfTheFree

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with dark brown on the edges. Less than a finger of light brown head

S - Massive maple syrup and coffee. Some oak and vanilla, but bourbon is absent.

T - Bourbon is big on the taste (thank God). Maple for days, roasted coffee. A small alcohol taste, but the sweetness is helping to cancel that out. No more salt and smoke from standard MBCP.

F - Thick and viscous. Maple and bourbon linger. Small alcohol sting, but I'll live.

O - While all individual flavors are superb, I can't help but feel that they don't all compliment each other and instead are fighting their own fight. I want to emphasize that I don't think the beer is a letdown for that reason (FAR from it), but it had to be said.

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Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maple coffee bourbon
Not as much smoke or bacon as the mbcp but this is such a great beer. I kind of understand the hype that Florida beer traders feel. Definitely a great one

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Photo of MutchDaster
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draft on release day. Pours dark, very small head and lacing.

Not as bacon-y or smoky as the original, but the maple is very apparent. Nice mild wood taste with some bourbon notes. Not very boozy tasting with clocking in at like 12% Amazing Beer.

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Photo of sourman
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Maple and Bourbon on the nose are crazy. I can imagine if you don't like those 2 things this is not your beer. The mouth feel is thick especially for a porter. One of my favorite beers. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of starshark
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap twice both times it was amazing. I felt like the newest release was more maple than I remember the first time. The beer was delicious tons of bourbon and even more maple. I would think if you are a fan of both of those this is one of the best beers I've had

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Photo of ultimaterager
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery for release day. Pours nice oily black. Smells of maple, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes sweet at the beginning with maple, coffee, and chocolate. It's followed by a nice char flavor and a pinch of salt from the bacon. As it warms the bourbon starts to release. Very good funky beer! Glad I had 5 of these on tap!

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Photo of travisdiener32
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L-Viscous, black, oily but doesn't coat the glass
S- Maple syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, oak
T- This is where it really excels, perfectly balanced between the maple, coffee, lightly charred oak and bourbon, one never becoming overbearing or outshining any other aspect of the beer.
F- Has heft but doesn't feel like drinking a meal the way a zhukov does, again, perfect balance.
O- The best beer that has come out of Funky Buddha for me, no question. One of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of mkultra87
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cannot find a fault in this beer. My favorite release from funky Buddha and possibly my favorite beer overall, I can't get enough of this stuff. Can't wait to see how Snowed In compares!

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Photo of floridadrift
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a porter, this was really smooth. Great lacing and nice, dark brown body.
Huge smells of maple, humongous smells of maple.
Taste was all sweet maple syrup but extremely drinkable, unlike MBCP, which was just overly sweet. This beer had a nice balance of char and roast, possibly from the barrel or from the residual coffee affects. Unfortunately, no bourbon came through but this beer was quite enjoyable, despite its faults. I couldn't believe it was %12, very well hidden.
Overall, I'm glad I went, the release was super smooth.

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Photo of jws6w7
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/8/2015 on-tap at the Funky Buddha's Morning Wood release. Served in a Funky Buddha snifter. Aged in Heaven Hill Barrels. 12% ABV.

Appearance – Jet black, with a slight tan head. An amazing looking beer.

Smell – Smells like maple, bacon, coffee and slight bourbon.

Taste – Unbelievable complextity. You can taste maple and bacon right off the bat, with a coffee finish. The barrel come through slightly and perfectly.

Mouthfeel – I cannot believe this is 12%. Dangerous. That’s about all that needs to be said.

Overall – Bottom line, this is the best beer I have ever had. I never give perfect scores, but this is as close as I have ever come. Could easily drink 6 of these and enjoy them all equally. But would be very wasted if I actually did that. Cannot wait for Snowed In!

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with an impressive tan head; the staying power is notable as is the lacing

Smell: Coffee and roast, with Bourbon, smoke and maple tones

Taste: Roast and coffee flavors, up front, with developing maple and smoke tones; after the swallow, the Bourbon barrel adds a counterweight of oak and vanilla; a blend of all the flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Funky Buddha has a winner with this beer; an extraordinary brew

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Photo of Seamus
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the brewery. Wow! Simply an amazing and complex beer. Smells similar to maple bacon coffee porter but with a hint of bourbon. Definitely worth the trip.

Had from a bottle from the recent release. Still amazing and I felt like the nose was even better out of the bottle.

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Photo of Brent_ray
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible stuff. Big maple up front followed by mocha and a slightly smokey finish. All flavores compliment each other really well. The barrel presence is there but not overpowering. An extremely smooth and drinkable brew for being 12%.

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Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Had this the same week as CBS and this outshined the CBS in more than one way. The nose is perfect. Everything I want in a stout. Sweet maple syrup, smokey malts, coffee and expresso, and nice bourbon and oak notes. The taste does not disappoint and this beer just got better and better with each sip. Follows the nose to the tee. My new favorite stout and absolutely impeccable. Thank you Funky Buddha.

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Photo of Devman171
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft, churchkey, pours black with low head. Aroma is intoxicating maple, whiskey, and coffee. Taste is the same, still no bacon, really fantastic beer

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Photo of Rifugium
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Churchville Inn.

The big brother to MBCP and WAIM, this is easily my favorite of the three. Everything great about the other two, just in a whiskey barrel! Smooth as anything, booze coming through nicely, and the woodiness of the barrel taking more of a back seat.

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Photo of Braden
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have always thought that most beers from Florida are overhyped and underwhelming. IMO this may be the best beer that is bottled in Fl. The nose was amazing with tons of maple and bourbon. So much that when I woke up the next day my hand still smelled of bourbon and Maple. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of manutdfan
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the funky buddha 3rd anniversary party. I feel lucky to have been able to have this beer on multiple occasions.

Dark as night pour, very little head retention, but who cares about all of that. U want to know about the tastes. As amazing as it's ever been. Tons of bacon goodness on the nose, hints of coffee and the barrel on the front end, a touch of sweetness on the back end, basically all the flavors u want in a beer.


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Photo of ELS
3.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at FBL's second anniversary party.

A - Dark brown with a thin layer of foam. Fairly opaque with the color somewhat murky.

S - Coffee (but not overpowering), definitely some bourbon, sweet maple. Smells enticing but not quite as great as some other FBL porters and stouts.

T - Hands down one of the best tasting stouts I've ever had. The bourbon blends so well with the other flavors that you feel like you are sipping an excellent, smooth cordial not a beer. The 11.2 % abv is well hidden and makes it easy to drink fast but who would want to do that?

M - This beer feels very smooth/velvety and almost as enjoyable before its swallowed. I don't recall any stickyness like other FBL offerings.

O - Definitely my favorite beer from Funky Buddha. I feel very lucky to have tried it since it is rarely brewed. I've never had Dark lord, KBS or even BCBS but I would have to believe Morning Wood is at least in the same league.

Revised review 9/20/14 - On tap at Funky Buddha Lounge 4th Anniversary Party. I don't know exactly why this beer failed to deliver at the latest release but it was not the stellar barrel aged stout I remember. The smell was very good as usual and the look was fine but the taste was not well integrated between the bourbon and the maple and coffee flavors. Maybe it wasn't aged long enough? Not enjoyable to drink and I wonder how I could have rated it so high two years ago. I now have had some of the highest rated barrel aged beers and it presently doesn't measure up. Maybe future releases will prove me wrong.

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Morning Wood from Funky Buddha Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.