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Morning Wood | Funky Buddha Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
What's better than beer for breakfast? How about a little Morning Wood. This Imperial version of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is aged in Bourbon barrels for months, lending smoothness to the smokey, salty, rich combo of maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, and bacon.

Added by Jason on 01-19-2012

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 446
Photo of oskinker
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was excellent. The difference between the base beer and this was astounding. The maple was more prominent as was the coffee. The bacon took a back sit with a hint of smoke but the bourbon barrel really married this beer together beautifully, adding nice caramel and vanilla notes that played with the maple. Lucky to have tried this

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Photo of Treyliff
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black color with a foamy off-white head that leaves great lacing behind

S- aroma explodes with a mixture of fresh coffee and spicy bourbon, followed by sweet maple syrup. The barrel also gives of aromas of caramel, toasted coconut, toffee & spicy wood. Smells like breakfast in a glass with a side of whisky

T- opens with a mixture of spicy bourbon & oak, along with dark chocolate and a big hit of maple syrup sweetness. Mid-palate gives smoky malt that resembles flavors of smoked pork (bacon). The finish gives more maple sweetness with the bourbon barrel imparting more spicy oak and barrel juice. The linger gives more fresh coffee and maple sweetness

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish, with a hint of abv burn on the linger

O- the bourbon barrel is a perfect compliment to the base beer. It further enhances the maple sweetness and the smokiness of the beer. Another masterpiece from FB

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Photo of robear
4.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

FB makes beers that smell great, no doubt. For me that was the highlight of this beer. Its very boldly flavored, eye-opening, and over the top. I cant really knock it too much for being as advertised but it gets a bit too close to being beer candy and while none of the flavors is artificial each presents itself very assertively.

FB represents a very interesting niche in the industry with many assertive fruit/veggie/adjunct beers that seem to feature the adjuncts more than the base beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thanks man.

This pours a ridiculously thick and syrupy looking black, with a small head, and no lacing. This absolutely stains the glass, which is crazy.

Smells like a ridiculous amount of maple, a little bit of bourbon, and tons of chocolate.

The barreling of this one kind of drowns out the smoke and coffee, though they still are there. It somehow seems to amplify the maple, which is sweeter here than the base. There's just enough barrel- not a ton of it, but enough to help everything else out. It's super creamy and utterly decadent. This is one of the best BA stouts I've ever had.

This is so sticky and thick bodied, with a lower level of carbonation.

One of the most ridiculous beers I've ever had. So rich, so decadent, and just so over the top. Absolutely delicious and an achievement in flavored stouts.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For me MBCP ranks up there with MD for the best beers for capturing the adjuncts perfectly. The BA version here causes some of those flavors to fade but the barrel added the wood notes you would want. I just would have liked the barrel to be more prominent in the flavor. It was well represented on the nose though. Regardless these are minor critisms of an amazing beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

mornign wood

Poured fromm a 22oz bomber into a Funky Buddha snfiter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an inky, pitch black body with a coffee brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a small ring of retention and a little bit of lacing.

Aromas are heavenly.. potent and rich, a wonderful combination of sweet maple, vanilla-bourbon, roasty coffee, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch. Extremely inviting. Closer to a 5 than a 4.75 in this category. Nearly perfect.

Taste is exactly what you would predict from the aromas, light-to-moderate sweetness with lots of maple syrup, vanilla, and bourbon upfront, follows through with caramel and coffee, finishes lightly roasty with coffee on the finish. Aftertaste is smokey.

All the flavors are amazing and this beer is world class, but little more body would have gone a long way. Not watery but a little less potent flavors/body than the nose would suggest. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is crazy good.. an EXCELLENT breakfast stout, a hair below good morning and mornin' delight, but miles above the rest.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just silly. So much maple syrup and great thick body. Slight smokey flavor at the end as well. Much better than MBCP. Hard to tell that it's the same base

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Photo of Drel
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing maple smell and flavor throughout. Easily one of the best barrel aged offerings I've ever tasted. Poured over three glasses and the last glass came out with thicker consistency which just showed how much maple syrup was added to this beer. Awesome.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a dark chocolate black body, one finger brown head with long retention, medium collar, a bit of lacing here and there. Smells of maple syrup, pancakes, chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon presence. The bourbon adds actual smokiness, which is great and makes this really work quite well. Amazing. Flavour is equally excellent, with a load of maple syrup, coffee and bourbon. The milk chocolate stays steady throughout, while the maple syrup peaks early and is overtaken by the coffee and bourbon. Drinking this beer is quite the ride. Mouthfeel is full bodied, even a little sticky, good carbonation, and would be an awesome breakfast beer. All of the diner breakfast flavours, none of the cheap aspects of it- this is top shelf stuff.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small pour, remember what I can.

L: Dark, mocha head, typical here.

S: Plenty of coffee and some maple. I feel like the bourbon was a bit hidden.

T: Roasty coffee and some maple, bit of bourbon and some smokiness. Not sweet really.

F: Good, but not chewy. Somewhat drying finish if I remember correctly.

O: This was good, but didn't meet the hype for me. It didn't have that luxurious, maple pancake like quality that KBBS has. Balanced, but flavors are just a bit muted.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into a taster. Coffee and maple notes, very well balanced but flavors were somewhat muted compared to expectations. Very nice, but not an elite offering IMO.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage bomber drank in a snifter on 3/29/2016

L - thick, oily, nice lacing, minimal head
S - huge burst of maple syrup, coffee, and a little burnt toast. Maybe a hint of bourbon and oak as well but not much
T - doesn't change much as it warms but nice balance of maple, dark roast coffee, and milk chocolate. A little oak as well
F - not as heavy as it looks. creamy but a little thinner than expected
O - really enjoyable beer. I seem to rate it a little lower than most mainly because I didn't get as much barrel and complexity as expected, so maybe I set the bar too high! Great beer and would love to have this again.

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Photo of danh53
4.08/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice smoke and maple aroma, but they don't come through as much on the taste. Everything is there as advertised - bourbon, maple, smoke, chocolate, coffee; but none of it really pops or stands out to me. It has more cola than I care for in the flavor and may be a bit over carbonated. Its possible that I'm not appreciating a really well made, balanced beer but this did stand out for me.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just shy of perfect, and one of Funky Buddha's best, which is saying something because those guys make many beers that I like drinking repeatedly. Agree with most of the reviews that it elevates the (slightly overrated) MBCP to a level of pure enjoyment. Hope to have it again at the source some day!

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Photo of Wayne17
4.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night. Smells like maple bacon without a doubt. Salty, smokey, sweet, very nice. Taste follows with smokey bacon like flavor. Maple is there but just adds a nice sweetness. Toasty, roasty and maybe a bit too heavy handed with the smoke. Finish leaves a long lingering smoky sweetness. This beer is an assault on the senses in a good way. Overall this beer is fantastic but is a little too heavy on the salty/smokey aspect. Glad I got to try it!

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Photo of facesnorth
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really solid. One of the better FB stouts. Liked Snowed in a little better, though.. This takes the turd that is MBCP and turns it into an awesome beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from dboon in a recent box. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, maple syrup and natural flavors added
Imperial version of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 3 finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with great retention. Black body and no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of maple syrup. Piles of it. Some light coffee aroma with vanilla cream, milk chocolate and hints of the bourbon barrel as well, but this is mostly maple syrup. Decadent maple syrup for sure.

TASTE: Maple all over the place, with some oak, vanilla and cream up front. Very flavorful start. More maple at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of syrup, sweet vanilla cream, butterscotch, some hints of oak and bourbon and enough bitter coffee to round it out. Really wonderful.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes sticky. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This imperial version of MBCP is way, way more enjoyable and interesting than the original. Obviously it’s brewed bigger, but the result is exponentially better. It’s definitely heavy on the maple syrup and lighter on the barrel component, but it’s decadent and satisfying in its own way. After having Snowed In very recently, it wouldn’t surprise me if these two used the same base imperial porter as a starting point, as both were very similar in quality. Two excellent adjunct imperial porters for sure. Lovely. Thanks again dboon!

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply outstanding. The smell might be one of the best ever. Very smmoth going down. Aftertaste was really good. Too bad its so far from whete I live. So damn good

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened at a share last night.

Pours black as night and is super thick.

I nearly feel out of my chair when iI smelled this thing! Maple Syrup explodes out of the glass and is held in check just enough by the oak and bourbon characteristics. Only other stout i'ce ever had that smelled this good was Morning Delight on tap.

Flavor is out of control. A touch more bourbon / body would have made this a perfect beer, but it's still one of the best beers I've ever had!

Fucking amazing, poeple!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to spycow for this top tick. Not a great looking beer as its a medium see through brown, not much head or card. The aroma comes off a touch too sweet as the maple syrup dominates. After the first sip its instantly apparent this beer is to thin to hold up completely well. Its also almost too roasty. Its a beer of extremes, too sweet, yet too roasty, and too thin. The finish provides a very nice touch of vanilla that saves it. I warm up to this as I go, and its very drinkable. However, its lacking and not deserved of the over hype.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Everything I'm looking for in a stout. Smells like coffee with a touch of maple. Flavor is all coffee and maple up front with a little char and barrel on the back. Very smooth. Maple flavor lingers well after you swallow. The feel could be thicker but it was still above average. Right up there with Mornin Delight for me.

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Photo of zac16125
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to wickedwort for sending this one over in a trade!


A: Opaque black, 1.5 fingers width of dense mocha colored head which dissipates slowly and leaves a fair amount of lacing. 4.5

S: Tons of maple and a big coffee presence, subtle saltiness, chocolate, lactose like cream, cinnamon. Tons going on. Barrel notes are present with oaky vanilla. Fantastic. 4.75

T: Lots of coffee bitterness, and a nice charred oakiness from the barrel. Sweet maple syrup on the finish. Bourbony booze. I don’t get much of the bacon characters which are quite prevalent in the normal MBCP, just a bit of saltiness, but IMO those characters are a bit overwhelming in MBCP anyways. Lots of roastiness. Excellent. 4.5

M/D: Incredibly creaminess, silky smooth. Fully bodied, ABV exceptionally well masked and drinkability is very good. 4.75

O: Exceptional beer. I like it way more than MBCP. Not quite the level of BA Snowed In, but wonderful nonetheless. 4.75

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Photo of aleigator
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a black color, with a dark brown, thick, bubbly head. Its head doesn't collapse at all, while revealing more and more huge bubbles among its pitch black surface after giving the glass a swirl.

Has fantastic aromas to it, offering lots of slightly smoked, chocolate infused malts, among caramel and melting toffee. Atop of this foundation settle fresh, cold pressed coffee beans, blending perfectly into the already established sweetness. Maple syrup provides a soothing quality, tying the flavors outstandingly well together, balanced by a wooden vanilla oakiness.

Drinks very smooth throughout, while featuring a spicy warmth during its finish, exhibiting the beers huge body in a perfect fashion. The tongue gets coated by mocha and bakers chocolate for minutes, showcasing a thick, rich softness on the tongue.

Creates its taste foundation by bringing maple syrup coated, fresh crushed coffee beans, toffee and roasty malts to the palate. This creates a great interplay between uprising milk chocolate, whipped cream, espresso and cinnamon coated wood bark. Once established, the flavors mainly evolve due to the genuine integrated Bourbon barrel, adding vanilla, coconut bark, mellowed by the syrup. Coffee bitterness maintains enough character to cut through, soothed by whipped cream, becoming even richer, when a subtle smokiness arises from the malts, effectivly blending into the barrel's spiciness. Finishes with milk chocolate, softening the beers warmer Bourbon bite, featuring an enjoyable espresso bean bitterness during the aftertaste, remaining on the palate for a while.

Fantastic beer, with an intense, far reaching flavor profile, slowly adding complexity till the very end, resulting in a complex, very smooth stout. All the different adjuncts get integrated outstandingly great, entangled into the beers luscious milk chocolate, whipped cream foundation.

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Photo of dar482
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The aroma smacks of maple syrup, woodiness, oak, smoke, caramel, sweet toffee syrup, and coffee.

The beer follows with maple syrup dropped into coffee with a creamy brown sugar and caramel sweetness throughout as bourbon comes through and coffee grounds bitterness offers itself at the finish.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- This thick and black liquid hits the glass as dark as midnight on Christmas. A small and very dark colored head forms and is gone fairly quickly, turning into just a ring of foam around the top of the glass. There is just a bit of lacing despite the lack of much of a head and there are just a few alcohol legs presents.

S- Holy breakfast in a glass! Where do I begin in describing the scent wafting from my snifter? Strong maple syrup scents hit first and give the beer a sweet first impression before the coffee moves in. The coffee is largely overpowered by the maple, but there is some dark roast present and detectable. At this point, this beer literally smells like a Starbucks concoction. On the back half of the smell a bit of salty bacon scent comes in before the slightest touch of whiskey barrel kicks in. Then the scent is gone from the nose. The lingering flavor in the nostrils is mostly maple and coffee, with just a hint of bacon and whiskey.

T- Hello to the maple gods who blessed this beer! The maple syrup sweetness kicks the drink off just like it did the scent before the coffee ramps up. Again, just like in the smell, this tastes like a maple syrup-sweetened coffee on the front half of the drink. The middle of the drink sees a bit of the salty bacon flavor kick in before just a subtle bit of barrel introduces itself on the back half of the drink. The whiskey barrel is mostly light char that serves to bring a balance to the mostly sweet, maple syrup flavor. The lingering flavor on the tongue is predominantly maple and bourbon barrel, with the coffee roast and bacon salt contributing in minor roles.

M- For the style, this beer is fairly highly carbonated and a little on the thin side. Despite these facts, it still drinks incredibly smooth and hides the alcohol level almost completely. Only a slight warming sensation can be felt for a second after the drink is over. I wish this beer was a little thicker and less carbonated, but those are both minor complaints given the supreme scent and taste of the beer.

Overall, this beer is simply amazing. The scent alone is one of the most delicious things I have ever smelled, beer or anything else.And then the maple.....the maple makes this beer! It sweetens up both the scent and flavor of the beer and truly makes this feel and taste like breakfast in a glass. No offense to Founders CBS, but this beer is the ultimate experience of maple in a beer. Despite minor objections to the feel and appearance of the beer, the scent and the flavor are more than enough to justify a perfect score.

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100 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.