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Wide Awake It's Morning | Funky Buddha Brewery

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

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.

Added by Habmike on 04-01-2011

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Reviews:
93
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507
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
20.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 507
Photo of spycow
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason thru Casey for this. Bottle #30 of 50. A dark brown/black color with no lacing. The smell is exceptional....immediate coffee and maple, chocolate, and faint pepper tones. The taste is in your face with coffee, tobacco, leather, sweet and spicy. Light mouthfeel with surprisingly light carbonation that is unexpected from the look. This is a good beer that's to be shared. It's a sipper and a beer that is worth seeking out. I would love to taste this again in 1 to 2 years to see how it ages in the cellar. Very good quaff.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a really nice black color with a tan head that stuck around for a while. The smell of the beer was very sweet, rich and slightly smokey. The taste of the beer was sweet, roasted, maple and caramel flavors with some wood and smoke along with vanilla and coffee. An absolute cluster of flavors in this brew. The mouthfeel was heavy and had a medium carbonation to it. Overall this was special for sure. I would love to have more of this someday. I've found myself craving more Funky Buddha since the EBF ended. Looks like I may be going to Florida sometime in the near future.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar pitch black with a modest tan head; a few strands of lacing appear

Smell: Dark chocolate, roast and coffee, with hints of maple and smoke

Taste: Chocolate, roast and coffee tones forward with the more subtle elements of caramel, maple and smoke arriving in the middle; a bit of warmth in the finish as all the flavors merge, but this one hides the ABV well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Big flavors in this beer; fun to drink and contemplate

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to try this on-tap at the EBF.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a layer of thick, smooth tan head thad fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This beer is more roast forward than the Morning Wood. Still some sweet maple, but this one is milder. I'm picking up some smooth, nutty coffee.

Taste: I can pick up a hint of bacon in this beer, it's a very welcome flavor. The maple is a bit more subdued than the barrel aged version. Roasty and sweet with a nice amount of maple blending with everything else.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this slightly more than the barrel aged version. This one seems to allow the bacon to show up and not just highlight the maple and coffee. I would love to have another.

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Keg at EBF.

Very dark pretty much pitch black, slightest hints of light on the corners, light creamy head.

Nose fresh espresso, roasted coffee, light maple, hint smoke, chalky cocoa, dark malts.

Taste chocolate, fresh espresso brewed coffee, dark choc, creamy oats, light maple, slight hint of smoked bacon like, a bit of caramel and toffee, some bitterness from light earthy hops and the roasted malts, just the slightest hint of booze. Finish is long and a bit more bitter but not very bitter at all, tons more espresso and chocolate.

Mouth is rich and a bit creamy, full bodied, decent carb.

Overall wow, this beer is awesome. I really wish we could get it up here in MA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark black, with a nice two inch tan head of lace and a great side glass contribution. Very thick looking. Huge chocolate and coffee aroma coming off of this, almost a vanilla like coffee, very sweet and rich aromas. The flavor was very full. Lots of roasted coffee mixed in with a light chocolate mix and a hint of a hoppy back, but just a hint. Very rich and creamy, this served up perfect for a dessert brew. It was a bit rough finishing the whole bottle as it is quite thick and very filling. Overall this was a great brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchville Inn.

Black pour, with a rich tan head. Everything in MBCP's aroma was here as well. Smooth coffee, cocoa, hints of smoke and maple--not quite as much maple as in those OG bottles, but oh well, this was still tantalizing. Smooth cold-press coffee in the taste, dark chocolate, dark malts, sugary maple sensation somewhat subtle and/or muddled in the mix, hints of smoke in the background. About the same as MBCP overall...and that goes for the booziness too. Imperial as it may be, the drinkability is just as easy-going, and it sure doesn't feel like 10.5%.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. No head.

Tons of bacon and a little smoke. Huge maple and sweetness flavor. Chocolate. Caramel.

Nicer than the regular maple bacon because it is thicker.

Nice beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/03/12 notes. Had on tap at EBF up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, smokey malts, sweet sugar and dark fruits, dark chocolate, and light vanilla or cream. Really nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, smokey malts, roasted malts, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toasted malts, and vanilla. A tiny bit more smoke then the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Thick body, very nice.

o - Overall a really great beer, though not as good as the BA version (Morning Wood). This vversion is smokier, and not quite as smooth. Still great and worth checking out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Funky Buddha's 2nd Anniversary Party. Poured into an FB snifter.

Appearance - Black without being inky. Small khaki head. Wispy and a little sticky.

Smell - Intense coffee without ever being acidic. It rounds itself out with a touch of maple and some smokiness that mellows the coffee into an earthiness that is quite pleasant. A little over the top at first, but the full nose is quite nice.

Taste - Like the nose, the coffee is intense and almost astringent. The acidity of it is just a little too much at first. The roasted malts mellow it, surprisingly, and give it a nice touch of smoke in the end. The maple is barely a hint, if I can even detect it at all. It just seems to be there as something that keeps it drinkably sweet at such a high ABV and coffee content.

Mouthfeel - The coffee intense and maybe a little too intense. The rest of the beer drinks nicely, especially for 11.5%, which is how FB listed it on the board. Medium bodied. Nicely balanced except for the coffee.

Overall - A really nice beer without being exceptional in any way. The way the coffee character blends with the smoked malts is its best characteristic.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #30 of 50. Generously shared by Jason via Casey. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin ring, some wisps on top, and leaves a few spots of lace. Black body, with only the slightest hint of brown at the fringes when held to the light.

S - Tons of maple, some dark roast coffee, perhaps a hint of roasted malt. If you're looking for subtlety look elsewhere. If you're looking for delicious, this is your exit.

T - Tastes like an iced coffee with a hefty dose of maple syrup poured into it. Is there actually any beer here? I can't taste any alcohol either. Still, it's quite sweet and I'd definitely have to sip this one.

M - Chewy, full bodied, with some roasty dryness, lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth. While some person though the porter was too thin, I don't anticipate similar complaints here.

D - It'd be hard to put down a whole bottle of this one, as it's extremely rich. However, it's a delicious and highly enjoyable beverage that I'd very much like to have again. Less coffee than the lower ABV porter version, and more maple.

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Photo of aasher
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #34 of 50, courtesy of thagr81us during the South Carolina tasting. Whalish figure.

This one pours a near lifeless black, medium I'm body. Right off the bat you get hit in the face with aromas of maple syrup pancakes, smoked sausage, coffee, vanilla, and sweet chocolates. Crazy nose and very strong. You can smell it from ten feet away. The flavors are a nice mix of maple syrup drenched breakfast sausages, chocolate, vanilla beans, and light coffee. While very good, I may soon be Diabetic. The sugar is out of this world. It's drinkable but only at maybe half a bottle at a time. I can't take that much sugar. Very nice beer though and definitely unique. To think that a beer can accomplish such a complex nose is mind boggling. Great beer and excellent beer to tick.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/23/2011

Big thanks for hooking me up with this want. The label says -3/50.

A: Black with a finger of light brown foam. Decent retention.

S: Huge maple and black coffee aroma with a light bacon smokiness. There's a little chocolate and earth, as well as moderately roasted malt. Exceptional nose. The maple is really great. An imperial breakfast in a glass.

T: Sweet maple blends with chocolate and a robust earthy coffee profile. Light bacon smoke and moderately roasted malt. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests, and not as sweet as MBCP. Really nice. Alcohol is really well hidden, I wouldn't guess this is over 6%.

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel sticky and smooth.

Overall: Impressive stuff. More drinkable than the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Perhaps that's the age mellowing out the maple.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike last night, thanks man.

It pours a pretty deep dark black, with a small head, and no lacing.

It smells like tons of maple, a bit of ashy smoke, pretty subtle coffee, and sweet chocolate. Like usual, Funky Buddha's flavored beers smell like everything they say is in there.

This is a wonderfully amped up version of MBCP. There's a ton of authentic(ish) maple flavor, sweet and syrupy, with a bit of wispy smoke. It's not really bacon-like, it's more like cigarette smoke, with coffee way in the background. There's some chocolate, and just a small hint of roastiness. This is pretty ridiculous, and really fun to drink.

This is medium bodied, rich and creamy, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This is frighteningly easy to drink for the ABV and intensity- I could drink a lot of this, and I'd get in a lot of trouble.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 30/50...Big thanks to Casey for this... dark brown body with not much carbonation... the nose is outstanding, so much is going on, super strong notes of maple and roasted coffee, they play perfectly off each other... the taste is more refined than the nose, simply outstanding melding of maple and coffee, a bit of molasses, the maple is so sweet but the roasted bitterness of the coffee balances... I could drink about a half bottle of this, but would get too sweet after awhile... worth trying

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad to try this, courtesy of Urbancaver (thanks Cam!). Bottle 50/50. This pours with almost no head, just a dark brown and opaque liquid. The smell is strong with maple syrup, good coffee aroma behind that. Actually the aroma is a little overwhelming and very enticing. No bacon in the aroma, too bad as that was a strong point in the non imperial version.

This tastes pretty strong and rich, really sweet upfront and a little cloying in the aftertaste. I'm not gonna say it tastes bad, because it's actually tasty for the most part, but this pales in comparison to Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Norm actually poured the majority of his out while I watched in amazement, I guess that's a good indication that it gets a bit tiring.

Thickish mouthful, intense in every metric, but again I'd rather have the original.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black, half finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. Looks pretty standard. Smell is really something else, lots of maple sweetness, dark chocolate, big black coffee bite, light smokiness on the background. Sweet caramel and roasted malt hang around a bit, as well. Smells like breakfast. Flavour is MBCP on steroids, and I think this is what everyone is hoping for when they open a bottle of MBCP, some of which have been lacking as of late- big maple syrup presence, caramel, dark chocolate, light smoke, plenty of coffee, milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of roasted malt. Dang. Like everyone else says, breakfast in a bomber. Medium-fuller bodied, improved upon MBCP, substantial and slightly sticky. Sweet maple syrup and light smoke on the finish. An overall winner here; this is every bit as good as its barrel-aged version, Morning Wood.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black color with a thick head that dissipates. Smell is rich with coffee, maple and glorious bacon. Taste reflects heavy coffee and maple, some bacon but would like a bit more. Pretty smooth, nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at EBF

Pours a clouded nutty brown color with a crop of tanned head on top. Retains nicely on top of the pour, leaving patches of lacing behind.

Powerful, aromatic nose with rich maple syrup, chocolate and touches of smoke. Coffee beans and roasty malts with a touch of booze and sweetness.

Rich and smooth up front with coffee and maple syrup. Heavy malt backbone followed by edges of smoke and bacon-like flavors. Some vanilla tones with chocolate. Nutty and roasty with some alcohol warmth.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, insanely creamy and soft on the tongue. This one just lives up to the hype, there's no two ways about it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000!!! Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with me and also my boy Jefe73 for sending me one of these as a surprise on my birthday! Bottle #44 of 50! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cofee, maple syrup, subtle smoke, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, slight smoke, and subtle meat. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation (almost a creamy texture). Overall this brew was nothing short of phenomenal. Now this is what I am talking about! I really wish they made a cologne out of this brew as I would wear it daily. The aroma on this thing is phenomenal and really robust as you can smell it from a completely different room (seriously!). The flavor, just like the aroma. The smokiness on this one added a REALLY nice aspect to the already stellar brew. The alcohol? Nowhere to be found... I hate this was such a small batch as I could eat/drink this for breakfast every morning. Just a great brew.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason and Casey for bringing this to Chicago.

A - Blackish-dark brown beer with not much of a head and nothing left on the sides.

S - Tons of maple syrup and tons of coffee. It smells like pure maple syrup. There might be a slight bit of smokey malt in there, but it is buried by what seems to be a bottle of maple syrup that was dumped into this beer. The smell is so strong it pretty much knocks you over. That said, it's good.

T - Super sweet maple syrup and some rich coffee. Sweetness, and bitter roasted coffee. Great morning drink, or great breakfast drink. Really have never had anything like this with quite this distinctive maple syrup taste. It's rich, and the coffee is rich. It's so sweet though, really couldn't drink tons of it.

M - Feels pretty full bodied, with low carbonation.

O - Great beer, although it's a real sipper and good to share amongst friends. Like other Funky Buddha beers I've had, it's really unique and this one I really recommend.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here's what blew my mind: you would think a maple imperial stout would be super sweet, especially when described as a waffle breakfast with coffee and bacon in Liquid form. Yet somehow, it's not too sweet. The balance between the maple, smokey bacon, and coffee is perfect. No other stout like this has even come close to the kind of balance they achieved. This is deservedly one of the all time greats

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Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly translucent dark brown. No head. No lacing.

S: Absolutely intense aroma of the exact ingredients listed in the name. The intensity of the aroma is almost unbelievable. Huge scents of sweet maple syrup, strong coffee, smoky bacon, and some lighter chocolate notes, all fighting for supremacy in my nose.

T: Tastes of chocolate and coffee with smoke in the background. Long lingering flavor of burnt coffee. Burnt caramel on the finish, but then comes along a light maple sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Sweet with a smoky tannic ashtray bitterness.

O: It's rare that a beer makes me ask the age old question: WTF?, but this oddity did. It's certainly a unique beer that tastes and smells exactly as advertised on the label. Like breakfast in a blender. And while I do enjoy maple, bacon, and coffee, I'm not 100% convinced they all need to make an appearance in my beer to be appreciated.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from bottle aged about 2 months. Smell is incredible. Loads of coffee with a touch of maple; smells like a great breakfast! Taste follows. Lots of great coffee flavor and a lot if maple too. This imperial version is much better than regular MBCP. Delicious!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 release, 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black in color with a creamy khaki colored he'd that sticks around for a while, before leaving some lacing behind

S- breakfast in a glass: fresh, fresh coffee, sweet maple syrup, smoked pork, chocolate, French toast, exactly what is expected, perfect aroma

T- explosion of fresh coffee up front, immediately followed by a sharp maple sweetness. Mid-palate brings smoky malt that resembles bacon, and a plethora of smoked meats. The finish is chocolate and smooth maple, with more smoked meats on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish, abv hidden well

O- one of the best stouts I've had to date, breakfast in a glass, absolutely delicious

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