Wide Awake It's Morning | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Wide Awake It's MorningWide Awake It's Morning

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rise and shine, buttercup - it's time for breakfast. This imperial version of our infamous Maple Bacon Coffee Porter adds some girthy gravity to the the smokey, salty, rich combo of maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, and bacon.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wide Awake It's Morning 2017 vintage - I did not pour the beer gently into my goblet as I intentionally wanted to see head retention and foam. The beer pours dark black and I had about 2 inches of mocha chocolate milk coloured head creeping up the glass. It dissipates with a little time and leaves about a quarter inch tan/espresso ring around the glass. The beer has a very strong coffee and maple syrup nose. The taste is incredible. I have had this beer many times and this vintage was the most chocolatey I have ever tasted. The fudge with coffee roast worked exceptionally well together and the sweet syrup was also prevalent but not one note dominated the other and they all played harmoniously together. The "bacon" smoke which I would get faint notes of in prior iterations of this beer were absent this go around. This beer had excellent body to it and could easily pass for a stout. A classic breakfast beer done exceptionally well.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 release. About a week old.

A: Pours black with a thick cap of dense, espresso-like head. Excellent retention and intricate lacing.

S: A delicious punch of sweetish vanilla ice cream-covered maple syrup dominates the aroma. Mild supporting roast, bacon, and dark molasses. A bit of coffee but fairly mild.

T: Follows the nose with a bit more roastiness which lingers on through the finish. Coffee is extremely light. The roast cuts through a moderate sweetness that complements the other flavors nicely.

M: Medium body—a bit too thin for what they’re going for, with medium-light carbonation. Slightly creamy and sticky.

O: Liquid breakfast in a glass. Not terribly different from MBCP, besides the slightly bigger flavor, roast, and gravity, but that's far from a bad thing.

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Photo of Roguer
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fizzy dark brown head that eventually settles out. Very nice retention, leaving behind small amounts of lacing.

My goodness, that nose! At first pour, while the head settled, it smelled like booze and red grapes. Now settled in the glass, I'm getting maple syrup and bacon from across the room. Up close, the maple syrup is even stronger, although one can also start to detect some roasted barley, vanilla, and coffee. As the beer warms, the coffee becomes even more pronounced, the beer more delectable.

Quite sweet on the palate, as expected. There's only hints throughout of slightly smoky bacon, as well as a roasted barley base. At first, the sweetness is more general, and some coffee comes through; about halfway through, a woody maple syrup quality grows and comes to dominate the back third. Perhaps a touch of charred bacon on the absolute finish, along with touches of coffee.

Sticky, rich, sweet; if ST Creme Brulee is too sweet for some, I can't imagine they'll be able to make it through a glass of this! The maple is by far the dominant flavor, and while that's pleasant, it does make for a sickly sweet treat.

I recommend having this beer approximately at room temperature. The coffee comes out much stronger, and all the flavors meld together so much better. The maple is still dominant, but far more integrated. An unbelievably good beer.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

P- Poured from a 22 oz bomber,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.This is my second and last Florida beer,on my last night living in Florida.I will probably be my last Funky Buddha offering for a long time as well.

L- Thick creamy and rocky khaki colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with very good retention and extremely sticky lacing.The body is pitch black l,with absolutely no light showing through the glass.Hard to tell how much carbonation there is with the dark color.

S- The nose is almost identical to the original Maple Bacon Coffee Porter,only they are much more intense and pronounced.Heavy notes of maple syrup,fresh dark roasted coffee,smokey / salty fried bacon.This beer smells like breakfast...only better!!! Some dark toasted malts in there as well.But this beer definitely lives up to its description.

T- The palate follows the nose with dark roasted coffee up front,thick maple syrup in the middle,and a salty and smokey yet surprisingly sweet finish.This tastes just like the original MBCP,only it is much more thick,rich,and sweet.It also has a more salty and smokey after taste.Wide Awake also has a much sweeter flavor than MBCP too.The palate is a straight up 5 in my book.

F- The mouth feel is very heavy,and extremely sticky.Very little oxidation on the tongue,with a silky smooth finish.This is an extremely thick and heavy beer.

O- This beer is amazing.It is just like the original MBCP only thicker,richer,and more flavorful,if that is even imaginable.The flavors and aromas are even more powerful than the original.This beer is incredible.If you like a thick,dark,breakfast beer this is the one for you.I would drink this all year long,if it was available year round,and I wasn't moving to Massachusetts.Will definitely drink this one again,and I highly recommend it.Funky Buddha does it, once again!!!

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

This bottle was over a year old.

It is pretty much the same as the MBCP, except the body is fuller to me. It borders on an imperial stout in this area. The coffee flavor was a bit more muted, but it is an older bottle. Lots of maple. The slightly smoky, candied bacon is subtle, but noticeable. This is right up there with CBS as far as maple/ maple coffee beers go, and I imagine fresh I would prefer this one over the regular MBCP.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small pour into plastic cup.

A: Dark black body with very little to no light escaping very little head.

S: Lots of maple light coffee a little smokiness a little meat

T: The maple syrup taste is front and center but plays very well with the cinnamon and coffee with some light chocolate and smokiness.

M: Medium to fuller not viscous but still pretty good.

O: This is easily the best beer I have had by Funky Buddha a
the flavors really pop and meld well with the coffee and maple and cinnamon.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark as you would expect for a coffee stout with a very minimal head.

Nose is largely coffee right out of the refrigerated bottle with more maple coming through as it warms.

Great coffee taste, but I'm not getting as much maple as a lot of other reviewers. Certainly as it warms the maple comes around, but it isn't quite the maple bomb that regular MBCP was in my opinion. Decent dark chocolate notes, but nothing too fudgey like far too many other big stouts seem to tend toward.

More thin than I was expecting, until I remembered that it's a Funky Budda beer. I've yet to be blown away by the mouthfeel of any of their beers, and this is no exception. I wouldn't go so far as to call it watery, but it isn't chewy like a BCBS or Abraxas.

Overall, it's solid. I think I prefer the regular MBCP's ability to showcase the flavors over this brew's more alcohol centric approach. If I were in Florida and saw it for sale I would buy it, but I don't know that I would trade for a bottle again.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and was really looking forward to trying the imperial version. Tremendous flavors - it is a maple syrup bomb, but still nicely balanced. Could use a little more thickness in the feel, but that is nitpicking. Can't wait to try the BA version!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has really nice sweet coffee notes and light maple. Taste follows with the sweet coffee but more roasty and bitter. Medium body, really smooth. Overall it's slightly better than MBCP but not mind blowing.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is amazing, more of everything comparable to maple bacon coffee porter. so rich, smooth complex and just super breakfast tasty. Funky Buddha is really got the breakfast stouts down pack.

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Photo of chinchill
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large shared bottle.
Nicely sweet. Moderate complexity. Very good balance.
Rich flavor, with maple, chocolate, and coffee evident in the aroma and flavor, but no bacon. Excellent anyway, so good I don't miss bacon!

Overall: excellent!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Near black, finger white head, fades slow to a ring. Aroma of sweet maple sugar, bitter coffee. Tastes just like it smells, so tasty, vanilla in there also. Flavors really come together. Medium slick feel. Enjoyed this a good bit more than MBCP.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: pitch black, 1 inch khaki head light lacing
Smell: fresh roasted coffee and sweet maple syrup, roasted malt and smoke
Taste: big coffee front with hints of maple syrup and bacon all backed with a malty backbone
Feel: stupidly smooth, medium mouth feel and way to easy to drink
Overall: better than MBCP

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and thick pour with a small tan head and lacing that fades. Aromas are rich and full of rich bold fresh roast coffee, sweet maple and smoke. Notes of rich fresh roast coffee, sweet maple, toasted grains, salty savory bacon and smoke. Full feel, nice carbonation makes this really drinkable, no hint of ABV and a dry bitter coffee finish. Softer edges on the coffee note would elevate this but it's a savory morning treat that's near perfect on my Thanksgiving morning.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 04/21/16.

Pours near black with cola edges. A half-inch khaki head forms and quickly disappears completely leaving no lace. The smell is of maple syrup, smoky bacon, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste follows with maple being the most evident component and the coffee element being very subtle. Full texture with low carbonation. As advertised, a unique sweet, decadent offering.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

last year's batch from a sway a while back. Imperial mbcp, yet carries so heavily in the coffee realm. maple is fairly in your face as well but bacon is hardly present. silky body and deliciously drinkable breakfast beer. very adjuncty fairly artificial, but this is funky Buddha son that's to be expected. tasty, one of the good ones.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter. Rich black color, little (thin) head; no noticeable carbonation. Maple is very evident to nose, masking others notes. First taste - Oh, man - maple syrup on front with expresso coffee, roasted malts and hint of smokiness on backside. Another fabulous brew from FB!!

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, pours pitch black with a nice inch-ish tan head -smells of sweet coffee with a taste that is perfectly sweet without being cloyingly so, a bit on the thin side but overall excellent

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Photo of FBarber
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shiny pitch black color that is completely opaque. Thin tan head dissipates all too quickly.

Smell is to die for - lovely strong maple syrup aroma with notes of smoked malts, coffee and molasses.

Taste has notes of maple syrup, smoked malts, bacon, coffee, roasted coffee beans, molasses. It really captures breakfast in a glass. There is a touch of alcohol on the finish, buts its actually a welcome balance to the sweetness of the beer.

Feel is spot on - medium carbonation, smoooooth velvety almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is an incredible beer - it lives up to the hype and then some.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Peensteen in a total surprise. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial version of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly foamy tan head with great retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Ring and faint wisp remain with touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Piles of maple syrup with obvious coffee as well. Sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, butterscotch and lovely maple on the nose. Bold and very enticing.

TASTE: Maple sweetness with butterscotch, light smoky bacon flavors, and a good dose of coffee and cream at the swallow. Bolder and lingering finish with maple and butterscotch sweetness, vanilla cream, some milk chocolate, light smoked notes, and a well-measured dose of bitter and slightly burnt coffee. A touch of booze but not much.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite sticky on the palate. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is really good. Usually bigger doesn’t mean better is true, but definitely not in this case. Where I found the regular Maple Bacon Coffee Porter to be a little lack luster, this one hits all the right notes. Big, bold, full, and loaded with character. The barrel aged Morning Wood is all this plus a well-measured barrel, which is even more out of this world. Quality stuff and I’m sure it’s been a source of inspiration for other brewers out there. Thanks again Peensteen. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been wanting this beer since I first learned of it upon its release.

Dark body, near black, medium viscosity, small collar. The aroma is where this beer begins to take off. Oh my. Chocolate, vanilla, smores, breakfast sausage, maple. The flavor is also top notch, following the aroma. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Complex and absolutely delicious.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Comes out looking black but a little thin, nice big tan head settles down and leaves rings of lace.

Smell on this thing is like IHOP in a bottle... Ridiculous smoke and maple syrup. Taste is the same, everything you expect us right there and it's amazing how well it's captured.

Feel is medium and I'd like a little more, but it's thicker than the pour led on. Oily, but not sticky. Very sweet beer, but the smoke/salt cuts through it and produces a nice balance.

Overall this is just fantastic, and reminds me a lot of Double Stack except maybe with better balance. Time to get some Morning Wood!

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Photo of sorthcj
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small snifter from World of Beer, Tampa, FL.

Appearance was as expected from this style, dark and beautiful lacing.

Aroma was amazing, camp fire breakfast in a glass.

Taste was tremendous. Maple upfront followed by smoky, creamy chocolate infused bacon (hard to imagine).

Mouthfeel was medium bodied which is surprising with such intense flavor.

Overall the best liquid I've ever experienced. Planning a trip to the brewery for the next release.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-pitch black nice mocha head with amazing glass lacing.

Aroma- Wow, smells like breakfast. Coffee prominent upfront. Smokiness from the bacon clearly evident . Tremendous

Taste- I was blown away by the smell of this beer. That being said I was slightly let down by the taste. Not bad but not the mind blowing experience I expected. Very good but not great

Mouthfeel- coats the mouth nicely . Medium mouthfeel, thinner than expected but still appropriate for style .

Overall- well worthy of top 250 status, and aroma is unreal , but a little let down by the tastes. This is a rock solid beer but not elite level.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one really lived up to the hype for me. The smell was absolutely amazing and the taste followed through. It pretty much tasted like a liquid McGriddle to me; I love savory!

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