Wide Awake It's Morning
Funky Buddha Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #5
Ranked #118
4.55 | pDev: 7.25%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
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Notes: 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 CanConPhilly
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1/2 finger mocha head dissolves quickly, leaving behind a cola-black body.

S - maple syrup, vanilla, bacon, chocolate chip cookies. Smells like the best breakfast ever.

T - maple-spiked cold-brew coffee. Bacon bits, tons of vanilla, smoke, liquid chocolate, anise. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with lower carb.

O - breakfast in a glass (er, mug).

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Photo of q33jeff
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Bottle to snifter. Thanks DC for sharing.

LOOK: jet black, medium creamy beige head, excellent retention with creamy lacing.
AROMA: bacon first, then maple takes over. Roasted malt and coffee sneak in in patches. Smells like breakfast as Jen says. Just fantastic.
TASTE: maple and coffee on the forefront, nice sweet and savory mix.
FEEL: Silky smooth, hint of astringency in finish.

Wow. Very impressed with this all around, especially the aroma.

Must seek out more as well as the other similar variants.


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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights at 56 degrees; thick tan foam of mixed bubbles; solid ring, long lasting cap; moderately heavy lacing; thin legs. Strong maple syrup nose; faint whiff of smoke. Flavors of maple, coffee, sweet toffee and caramel candy base; lite roast, char. Full body, slick feel; very little warmth for 9.5%; moderate minus carbonation. Overall the maple has held up well; I could smell the maple wafting from the glass at least a foot plus away; not too adjuncty; the bacon is more a liquid smoke taste, but the dominant taste and aroma is Mrs. Butterworth’s. Funky Buddha excels at flavored pastry stouts, and this beer is one of its best.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half inch khaki head that leaves very little lacing. Smells is very maple syrup forward with bacon, coffee and toast coming in the background. Tastes of maple syrup, coffee, molasses, toast, bacon, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate and roasted malts. Full bodied especially for a porter, lightly carbonated, thick and creamy mouth feel, mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam that retains really well. Aroma is heavy maple syrup and coffee with robust notes of roasty, toasty, bready malts and spry vanilla beans just beyond. It smells like a fresh slice of toast, dressed and drenched by maple syrup, while a roasty, steaming cup of coffee sits just aside. Flavor profile is dense and rich, hitting notes of roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely, bready malts, and rich, boisterious notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla bean and maple syrup. It smell and drinks sweet, but not to a point of being cloying, or sickly. Mouth feel is velvety and creamy, with a thick consistency. Overall, a thick and sugary beer, that while it lands more in the dessert beer category, does present itself exceptionally well as balanced and filling.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown covering nearly all of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is of coffee, maple syrup, and bacon fat. I’m tasting maple syrup, dark chocolate, coffee, and smoky bacon fat. The dark chocolate and coffee really linger after the swallow. The mouth is oily, viscous, and lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: loads of maple syrup and coffee, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. Very smooth and balanced

A: black with medium brown head.

F: smooth coffee, coffee, and coffee. With maple and vanilla. Chocolate and molasses follow just like the nose.

M: medium to full body with balanced finish. Lingering maple and coffee and maybe a hint if the bacon on the background

O: very good and unexpected. I wouldn’t notice bacon in this unless it was suggested but then it shows up.

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Photo of aleigator
3.25/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, almost black in color with a big, spongy beige head, vanishing fast.

Smells of all the advertized adjuncts, foremost highlighting the beer‘s coffee, which gets even more pronounced by the sweet maple syrup, inheriting an additional blueberry quality.

Has a slightly creamy, medium body with just enough finely integrated carbonation to add a refreshing note to the beer.

Tastes of toasty, earthy coffee beans, entangled into melting toffee and balancing, sweet maple syrup. Turns even sweeter then, with a smoky hint of sugar glazed bacon, finding a well working antagonist in the multi facetted coffee. Finishes with a coca-cola sweetness, which overpowers everything else, even the coffee, introducing an additional note of rock sugar and no creaminess prevailing.

No real complexity to be found in this, nor does the taste itself make up for the higher abv. This is mediocre at best.

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Photo of Folknasty
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, tasty, and delicious smelling. What else can I say? Basically if a stout and a maple syrup covered pancake joined forces and had a baby together you'd get this beer. Would've liked a hint of bacon, but overall I can't complain.

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Photo of Gatch
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 04/19/18. Soooo much better than MBCP, but I’m blaming the fact that the base beer wasn’t fresh when I had it two days ago. This is not only “fresher,” but holds up much better in the bottle. This is how I expected the original to taste and smell.

This is almost literally like being at a fancy donut shop and taking their maple bacon donut, some of their espresso/dark roast, and putting both in a blender. Then adding some deliciously roasted malt, a bit of earthy wood, and some booze. Such a sweet treat!

Today is the big day. Hoping for good news soon.

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of maple syrup, coffee, bacon, malt, caramel, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of coffee (not as much as I expected), lots of maple syrup, a bit of chocolate (not overly prevalent), mild notes, some malt, and a hint of caramel. This is a big, complex flavor. It's a little weird and chalky in the finish, but it definitely does its job. It's sweet, rich, and quite delicious.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat overly dry finish. Full-bodied.

O: Despite some very minor flaws, this is a well done beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured brownish black in color with a tan head.

Smell - Maple and coffee dominated the nose.

Taste - As expected, the nose was very maple coffee forward. I was disappointed as there was not much bacon. As the taste continued, the coffee grew more bitter in back.

Mouthfeel - There was so much sticky sweetness with little carbonation.

Overall - It goes without saying that this is a great beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a rich creamy tan head. Smells of coffee, smoke, maple and chocolate. Tastes follow the smell. Really sweet and a lot of coffee with the smokiness. Finishes with s char bitterness. Delicious beer.

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Photo of strohme2
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blind review. Sent in NBS BIF#8 from roguer. Poured into tulip. Bottled 4/19/18
Pours jet black, rocky mocha head of just about an inch.
Nose is maple cookies (my stepmom makes these maple cookies, they don’t taste good but they smell amazing), vanilla, hazelnut? Or nuts in general?
Upon first sip, maple for sure, like a lot of maple, maybe more maple, sweetness, strawberry (could be from sweetness) vanilla, lactose sweetness, smoke, pancakes (malts) mild roast, mild coffee. Me trying to breakdown the maple syrup-caramel and/or brown sugar.
As it warms, strawberry and nuttiness disappears, smoke and slight char become more present.
The body is medium but smooth with a lingering maple sweetness at the finish.
From the pour, I let this warm up for 45 minutes or so. I’ve decided that it’s some sort of adjunct (maple bomb) imperial stout/porter from Funky Buddha.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

03/2015 - so much maple syrup on the nose, plus coffee and bready aromas; incredible iced coffee-like flavors, lovely maple syrup yet not sickly sweet, some lactose, and a bit of salt on the palate; roasty bitterness finishes it off.

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Photo of CollinaTiger
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler:
Look: Black with tan head/lacing
Smell: Big nose - sweet maple syrup, smoky malts, bacon, coffee
Taste: Tasty with hints of sweet maple (think breakfast syrup), bacon, salted caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, malts.
Feel: Heavy body; smooth.
Overall: Excellent. Recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this thing is a beast, even more packed with all of these awesome flavors than the maple bacon is, but without the unifying and mellowing barrel elements of the morning wood. big thanks to my homie for bringing this one over for maple beer night, i had not ever seen it before, but have loved its two sister beers! its as thick and dense looking as it seems like it should be, near black but a high luster and some nice thick foamy tan head. it smells more like coffee than anything else, seemingly higher in the proportionality than in the maple bacon, a little less smoke and greasiness and all too, and still with a high maple sweetness element. there is a lot of nuance here too though like black pepper and fresh tobacco and molasses. its as complex in the flavor too, but we are all sort of stunned at how this isnt super insanely sweet. i mean its still way more sugary than you could reasonably drink a whole bomber of, but this is not over the top at all, despite the maple flavor still being really potent in here. nice almost burnt dark malt complexion to even it out, and all the coffee really helps. i didnt catch a bottle date, but the coffee tastes pretty fresh in here to me, and its intensity cuts some of the weight of the body and the sweetness, i like its contribution a lot. the bacon part of this is a little underwhelming, less obvious in the mix than in the base beer, light campfire smoke is all, this isnt meaty or anything to me. a really intense brew, but as good as any of the wildly flavored stouts these guys do. i dont think it needs the barrel. i enjoyed this edition a lot and it was a great end to our epic maple beer night!

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Photo of stortore
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 11/4/17.

Pours dark, opaque, a little thick looking, with a one inch quickly dissipating head and spotty lacing. Aromas of maple, coffee, malt, bacon, caramel, light chocolate and cocoa, some smoke. Smells terrific. The taste also leads with maple, then malt, coffee, caramel, a little molasses, light chocolate and vanilla, somewhat smoky, maybe a hint of bacon. A little salty, not sweet. Smooth, a little creamy, well carbonated, a little bit of a lighter body feel for the style.

Terrific aroma, very good flavor. All the add-ins blend together really well. The maple and coffee are the stars here. If you have the chance when it’s around, grab a couple of bottles. Good price point, too.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much coffee!! But doesn't taste like burn coffee grounds. Like a well balanced DDH....this is the same with coffee aromas and flavors. On the nose is like waking up at your favorite roastery.....but taste is mellow and warming like your own personal barista caring for this cold brew. FB is a top brewery for a reason

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is pretty much Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. It is extremely sweet as the original but it is better balanced by the higher booze. Pours thick and creamy, crazy to think it's a porter.

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Photo of aoampm
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Not sure the bottle date.

Pours dark black with a light brown head that is about a finger high. Head slowly disappears leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, maple, coffee, and what I can only assume is bacon. Really interesting nose. Tough to describe properly.

Wow is this rich! Roasted malt, chocolate, salty bacon, maple syrup, and coffee notes. The description on the bottle mentions a smokey flavor and I'm picking that up also.

Medium body. A little on the thinner side compared to some stouts in this ABV range.

Overall a really intriguing and excellent beer! Was fun to review. The bacon makes your tastebuds do a double take after the first few sips. This thing is incredibly rich so be warned.

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Photo of KBS
3.26/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mostly maple with some coffee. Has a metallic flavor to it. Reminds of waffle crisp cereal, you know, it’s not too bad but leaves an after taste that seems really fake maple. Did not enjoy this very much, prefer Hipster Brunch by quite a bit for a beer with these adjuncts. Finished half the bottle and then went on to something else.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I experienced MBCP so was really excited to try this one. It does not disappoint.

Smells like pure maple syrup with just a hint of coffee. Was worried the maple may be over powering but the balance is just about perfect. Maple is present but not too sweet. The smokey roasty quality balances it out nicely.

Would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass, not sure when it was bottled and 9.2% ABV. Pours a very attractive slick black with a 2 plus finger dark tan head that leaves thin wisps of lace at near room temperature.

Smell is maple, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla, and a little smoked bacon.

Taste follows but more aggressive than the nose. Maple, bacon, vanilla, and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, but slightly creamy, gentle carbonation, a tad dry as it should be, and excellent drinkability.

Overall I drank this near room temperature and I think that helped to give it that nice creamy feel, but is just a really good beer, that I would love to have again. Thanks @Ocalafox for this bomber.

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Photo of rypkr
4.04/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks exceptionally creamy.

Doesn't smell much more involved than Founders breakfast stout or peche mortel.

Taste it shines. Lots and lots of maple. Though not a lot - the evident hop presence is extremely uncondusive to the character of this beer.

M - rich and foamy. Good stuff.

Overall I dig it. Not blown away by it but it's solid. Wouldn't put it in the top 250 and can't see myself revisiting it but worth once I suppose.

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