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Morning Wood - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 342
Avg: 4.68
pDev: 5.77%
Wants: 581
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

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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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 +0.6%
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 +4.7%
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 -27.1%
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 +2.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +6.8%
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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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS. IS. INCREDIBLE. This beer made m top 5 beers of all time easily today. It blows away the regular MBCP version. It literally tastes like alcoholic maple syrup. The flavor is so complex and the mouthfeel is awesome despite the typical thin porter mouthfeel.

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Photo of gator79
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: dark brown with a tan head.
S: Rich maple syrup, coffee beans, and dark roasted malts dominate with hints of oak coming through.
T: A nice blend of roasted malts, maple syrup, and coffee. A molasses like character comes in as well as oak, bourbon and vanilla.
F: Medium thickness with a little carbonation. Nice and smooth.
O: Another treat from Funky Budha. If I only lived closer than 5 hours away.

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Photo of -Rick
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber, date is 2015. Pours a dark brown, with a slight tan head. Leaves a thick amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is exploding with coffee and sweet maple. As soon as you pop the top, you can smell the maple. Taste follows the nose, sweet maple syrup, nice roasted coffee, and just a slight hint of the whiskey barrel. This beer has a very creamy taste, leaves a solid coating in your mouth. I was very suprised with this beer. I like MBCP, but could only drink a small amount of it. This beer is so much more complex and better put together. Well done!

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Photo of osc1123
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The barrel aging of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter turned out as good as I imagined! It gave an already complex and delicious beer just that much more pop! The booze was smooth which complimented but didn't interfere with the coffee richness and maple stickiness which i love in the Maple Bacon base.

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Photo of bmh_the_legend
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in a glass. Blown away by every aspect of this beer. Flavors blended together so nicely and it was balanced so well. 10/10, would bang again.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the August 2015 release. Dark brown pour. Very little head. Intense coffee aroma. Some maple and milk chocolate. Coffee is the perfect flavor for me. Bold, dark and roast. Taste is strong coffee and maple sweetness. Very little bourbon or barrel in there. I would not say that’s a complaint because the beer is so damn amazing for what it is. More bourbon barrel would take away from the amazing coffee and maple. So if you are looking for a great ba stout, this might be the wrong one to try, but if you want possibly the worlds best coffee stout this would be hard to beat.

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Photo of alerxovawo
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is incredible - like nothing I've ever tried before. As soon as you pop the cap, maple syrup aroma explodes from the bottle with so much force its almost overwhelming (in the best way possible). Anybody who entered the room after it's opening immediately asked what the wonderful maple aroma was coming from. I noticed a subtle coffee aroma mingling with some smoke, vanilla, and oak bourbon notes as well. Pour is very very dark brown with a light brown head fading quickly. The taste is exactly like the smell, just downright decadent. Huge sweet maple and vanilla bourbon flavors pair extremely well with the subtle coffee and smokey flavors. Coffee is just the right amount - perfect for cutting the sweetness of the maple and the barrel. Mouthfeel is velvety and slick. Full bodied and rich without being too heavy or too thin - just right. Easily drank the whole bomber by myself with the exception of a few friends having some samples. As soon as I drank this, I was on the forums looking to trade for another. This is a must try beer. Seek it out!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown/black color with a light brown thick head. Lingers pretty well for a 12% ABV beer. Smell is rich with coffee, chocolate, maple, bourbon and salty pork. Taste reflects the same with strong coffee and chocolate overtones. Slight salty taste at the finish with the bourbon coming through nicely. Feel is sticky and smooth. Magnificent beer from FB, they are hitting on all cylinders on this one

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Photo of Hootie159
4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark brown. One finger head that's a bit lighter. Medium dissipation rate. Nice layer of film and edge ringing stays behind. Maple, bacon, chocolate, coffee. Wow. No booziness to be found on nose though still warming. After my first sip I'm now picking up the barrel and booze smell. I'll put the taste right there with Good Morning. A little more chocolate and a little less coffee. Amazing. It's breakfast less the eggs with chocolate milk. The slight bacon salt and sweet barrel take it up a notch. Super smooth and rich. A light carbonation. Fantastic beer.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Along with CBS, the most enjoyable beer I've had to date. Beautiful, aromatic, complex (breakfast in a glass doesn't do it justice), perfect texture and just an amazing experience to drink. Hope I can find more next year. Adding to my "permawants".

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever had.

Everything about this is perfection. It is better than Morning Delight

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Photo of timc100
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wild beer. Possibly the most intense focus of flavor I've experienced. Aromatically explodes with maple syrup pancake smokey espresso breakfast... something. Just an assault of all the ideal breakfast flavors, rounded out with barrel and whiskey. It does drink like an imperial porter over stout, it is not that heavy and the flavors are all the sharper because of it. Very impressive beer.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

God. Damn. Let's make this more often! Maple syrup, oak, vanilla. Subtle smoke. The aroma is unbelievable. The flavor is maple, coffee, oak, vanilla, subtle coconut, chocolate/roast.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loads of flavor but all are in balance and play together. The maple flavor comes through without being cloying. The coffee roast and the bourbon layer harmonize the sweetness into a well balanced and very smooth drinking experience.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Somewhat see through black color. The nose is an amazing maple and coffee combo. The taste is more a sweet coffee with bourbon. The finish is a little harsh. Overall this a fantastic beer.

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Photo of mctizzz
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was amazing, unfortunately I'm an idiot. Friday afternoon I pulled the bottle from the fridge in my office, hopped on my bike, and began biking to my buddy's place. With beer in hand I was coming into a turn too fast, hit a patch of leaves, and my tires slid out. Beer tumbles across the street, cap pops off but bottle stays intact. I rushed to save this precious liquid and was left with half the bomber and a lot of foam. Drank the bottle as I walked to my buddy's place coated in a layer of drirt, scrapes, and delicious beer. Really creamy mouth feel, coffee, subtle bourbon and maple, some smoke but not sure I'd claim Bacon if I didn't know the beer prior to drinking,

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Morning Wood from Funky Buddha Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.