Morning Wood
Funky Buddha Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #1
Ranked #32
4.66 | pDev: 6.44%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Morning WoodMorning Wood
Notes: 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.

ABV varies from batch to batch
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Photo of Wolvmar
4.26/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2020 Review
22oz Bottle purchased in Nov 2019. bottled Oct 2017. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep black with a 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a thick ring. Some bubble lacing. 4.0

Nose: Maple, coffee, some booze. 4.25

Taste: follows the nose with some extra bitterness on the coffee, a hint of cinnamon, some vanilla/marshmallow, chocolate. Probably some salt/bacon but could be the power of suggestion. 4.25

Feel: super smooth. Low carbonation. Slightly viscous. 4.5

Overall: really good, very similar to CBS with maybe more bitter coffee, slightly less maple. Worth trying and will seek out again. 4.25

Thanksgiving 2018
Maple syrup and bacon nose. Really interesting. Lots of chocolate, coffee, some of the bourbon comes through in the taste. Great mouthfeel; creamy, slight carbonation. Finishes nicely with a little lingering booze but relatively clean. A real treat on Thanksgiving, unlike the Lions!

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Photo of DEZ01301960
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing BBA maple coffee stout. Much better than CBS, not even close. Big Maple flavor with viscous mouthfeel. Very well balanced. Looking forward to this years version

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Photo of Reef
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Impenetrable black pour with a half finger of tan head. Full ring of carbonation and curtains of lacing remain
Maple, smoky bacon, cocoa, coffee, caramel aromas all are strong
Maple, bacon, cherry, fig, cocoa, coconut flavors. Slight char and brown sugar.
Full bodied, coats the tongue, slight hop bitterness with flavors opening across the tongue and as the glass warms. Bacon and coffee aftertaste. Stubborn carbonation. No alcohol burn, just slight heat.
Maple bacon coffee porter? Mission accomplished.

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Photo of dafla67
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black. Aroma is wonderful mix of bourbon, maple, coffee & caramel. Very pleasant. I lingered over the smell much more than usual. The taste was equally pleasing and quite complex. It comes at you in waves. Starting with the sweet maple with brown sugar, caramel & chocolate, and then shifting to a more roasted flavor to go with the coffee. All the while a constant bourbon flavor. Simply awesome. Medium to full body.

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

Let’s have maple syrup, coffee, bacon and bourbon for breakfast in the middle of the night. It’s the life of the craft beer affecianado. Big thanks to @Roguer for knocking down this long time want. Hits all the notes and then some. Delicious brew and I’ll have to strum up another to share after bogarting this one all to myself.

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

L - 1-finger dense hazelnut head never fully recedes, leaving behind a fuzzy layer atop a pitch black body.

S - strong maple, a hint of bacon, and lots of bourbon.

T - follows the nose. Sweet bourbon, wood char, salt, maple, a little coffee. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium-full, creamy body with appropriate carb.

O - damn impressive, and way too easy to dome.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light and a fingernail of brown the rim. The aroma is of maple syrup, bourbon, and coffee. I’m tasting coffee, maple syrup, and bourbon. The whole thing is sweet, but with a quick lightly bitter finish. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured jet black with a thin mocha head. The smell of coffee, maple and caramel flood the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice sweet chocolate/maple flavor with a subtle coffee finish. The feel is silky smooth, finishes dry and a little warming. Overall it’s an outstanding beer!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this from a 22 oz. bottle into a snulip glass, this beer pours out as black as night and forms a pinky worth of tightly packed, peanut butter fudge colored bubbles to rest on top as a crown. 4.25

The nose brings a plethora of different layers; creamy coffee, semi sweet chocolate, maple sweetness, burnt brown sugar and slightly toasted coconut on the backend, all resting on top of a smokey/salty base. The barrel is detectable through some very slight dry oak notes. 4.5

The taste comes in with sweet maple before melding into slightly roasty, creamy coffee notes. The smokey/salty layers are still present, tangling with brown sugar and semisweet chocolate. It makes me think of coating maple bacon strips with brown sugar, putting them in the oven, and then pulling them out and drizzling them with chocolate, all while you are enjoying your morning coffee. The barrel is very slightly present, offering just a touch of dry oak and a kiss of dark fruit at the very end. If you weren’t searching for it, you might not even guess it was there. 4.75

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. The carbonation is low-low medium, allowing the drink to shine. It’s very smooth and drinkable, hardly any warmth from the bourbon barrels. It does offer a touch of dry oak, but almost none of the 13% ABV is showing through. It’s dangerous. 4.5

Overall, I’d say the balance and plethora of layers and the way they mix are the winners here. Nothing is trying to take away from the other, just all tangling perfectly to create an amazing drinking experience. 4.5

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

Scored a bomber at Total wine in Royal Palm , FLA

Black liquid crowned by a two finger creamy brown foam cap, quickly recedes , brown ring, few lacings

Aroma is maple, bourbon, sweet, roasted malts, tobacco, slight smokiness

Nice maple bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts taste

Smooth, alcohol is well hidden , slight char bitterness lingers , medium sudsing

Great beer, repeatable

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018 vintage; drank 4/5/19 @ Yuss Haus Mach III.

This was a total maple bomb, with some nice chocolate undertones. It's not subtle, and if you don't like maple you should avoid at all costs...but I found it enjoyable. I'd have another!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of caramel-colored foam. Head retention is poor. Aroma is maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, oak, and roasty and toasty malts. Very deep aroma with a springy sweetness. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty and caramely malts and medium-roast coffee, chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, toffee and caramel. A touch of bourbon and its heat and woody oak balances out the sweetness a little. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a very smooth and lightly creamy texture. It's thickness and consistency is medium-thick. Overall, maple syrup and coffee is huge and pairs well with bourbon. Heat is minimal, especially when considering the 11% ABV.

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

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.15/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, creamy head. Smell is quite sweet and dominated by maple syrup, with hints of lightly roasted, caramel malt and chocolate, coffee and bourbon notes. Taste follows the nose, being quite sweet and absolutely dominated by maple syrup and caramel, lightly roasted malt, with lighter notes of coffee, chocolateand lovely vanilla bourbon notes, as well as a certain earthy, woody oak presence. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and an almost cloying maple sweetness lingering in the aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

While this is a really nice stout, it's still highly overrated in my personal opinion, due to a poor balance that heavily favors an intense maple sweetness that almost drowns out most of the other flavors, while there really isn't that much coffee to it either. Its one saving grace are some lovely bourbon and oak notes that both complement the flavor profile while at the same time adding some much needed depth. I'm certainly not getting any "salty bacon" from this either. Certainly enjoyable, but far from world-class in my personal opinion, although this may also be due to the bottle being already 18 months old when I had it. I could imagine the coffee being more intense and creating a better balance against the maple when this is fresh.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black, like oil coming out of the bottle. A finger of very dark brown head resembling chocolate milk.

Smell: Maple syrup and milk chocolate.

Taste: Strong maple syrup undercut by a small amount of roast bitterness and a doughy malt aftertaste. Sweet, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full, with decent carbonation.

Overall: Like their Last Buffalo in the Park, this is absolutely decadent. It tastes more like dessert than beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of maple syrup, malt, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (not a huge factor), a good shot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a hint of vanilla, a ton of maple syrup (quite sweet), a bit of chocolate, and some coffee. This is a rich, sweet, terribly well-balanced flavor. The maple syrup is definitely the dominant force, but it's never cloying. Tasty stuff.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: An exceptionally well made stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated as 2017. Waited too long. Smell is still there. Although the taste is not. It is not a bad beer by any means, just missed out on drinking it fresh.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bomber bottle with no date visible poured into a snifter.

Look- Thick dark black with a thin brownish head. Nice thin lacing that sticks a little.

Smell- Very complex smell. Starts with a strong aroma of maple syrup and chocolate. As it warmed, the barrel and coffee start to kick in slightly but not what I expected.

Taste- Wow! Maple syrup up front with chocolate, vanilla, and a nice hint of bacon. The coffee wasn't there until the aftertaste. The maple and vanilla really stand out with everything else a side note. It was sweet without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Little carbonation with a thickness that sticks to your tongue.

Overall- An amazing porter made for sipping. Each sip leaves you waiting for the next. Definitely going to look for this one again.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was super sweet with notes of bourbon and maple.

Taste - At the front, my first impression was that I was drinking super sweet coffee. The maple notes largely overpowered the coffee. The stickiness of the maple hid the bourbon notes and any sense of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was faint. In conjunction with the maple, the beer was sticky.

Overall - There was a bit too much sweetness for me to reall enjoy this beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Opaque black body supporting a creamy and regenerative brown head. Lacing is sparse, but there are some oily legs.

Nose is mostly chocolate and maple, the barrel and coffee being mostly buried by these notes.

Taste isn’t as sweet as the nose’s chocolate impression might indicate. The coffee isn’t prominent but sneaks in back of the fairly sweet opening. There’s an ever so slight nod to the bacon mid-taste, but the chicory-like base strains to support the maple and vanilla.

A bit thick and a slight bit of heat, but both add to the decadence. I wish it were a tad thinner with a few more nuanced notes, but splitting a few hairs between great and amazing. Will definitely grab again.

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

A-Beer pours a nice black color with a generous tan head and slight lacing
A-Aroma has generous maple syrup hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a wonderful maple syrup flavor
M-A medium bodied beer with generous carbonation
O-An exceptional, very well made beer

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Photo of robotic_being
3.61/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overly hyped. Way too sweet, all I tasted was maple syrup and lactose. Tons of vanilla make this beer hard to drink. Not impressed when Goose Island BCBS is available in Florida on tap at local brew pubs.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with no head and almost no khaki lace, either (quite thick). The aroma has a touch of wood and coffee but mostly I pick up maple syrup. Thick body but not sticky/cloying thick, the maple syrup is dominant flavor although one could say there is a buttery taste from the barrels (hint of vanilla sweetness) and touch of bacon. Don't really pick up any coffee notes as to me the beer is more sweet and woody, although I also don't pick up any booze and this is mostly a sweet dessert beer to me.

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Photo of Tony210
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours quite dark with a nice mocha head. Aroma is heavy maple syrup with intermingled coffee. Very nice chocolate flavor that is swiftly overcome by the maple syrup, coffee is in the background and is perfectly balanced in the mix. Quite sweet. Barrel aging is not as dominant as I like from this brewery (thinking Last Buffalo in the Park). A bit overcarbonated IMO. Overall definitely worth a try, not worthy of the BA #33 ranking., but definitely a top 100.

Bomber, 2018 vintage
4.25 rating

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into highball glass I do believe it is the 2018 series.

A: Not much of a Head but it was poured fairly cold. The body is a rich black color.

S: Lots of Maple on the nose and some coffee. If the bourbon is there it is hard to detect.

T: lots of maple in the flavor the coffee is prevalent as well the bourbon presents itself lightly with some leather flavor and some light oak. I’m not picking up the bacon.

M: medium bodied a little syrupy but not as full as expected.

O: This is a nice beer, but I’ve had wide awake and it’s the imperial version of this without the barrel aging. The barrel aging doesn’t present itself well enough. $27 is a little high for this beer.

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Photo of bl00
3.84/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Morning wood bottled 10/17. Pours black, mocha head dissipates to film of large and medium bubbles. nose is maple, vanilla, coffee, caramel. Taste is chocolate, coffee, almond. Finish is caramel, whiskey, maple, smoke. Medium, soft mouthfeel. No heat. This is more bitter and smokey than I expected. Maybe this is on me for losing track of it in the cellar. The nose is great, though mouthfeel is a bit thin.

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