Morning Wood | Funky Buddha Brewery

BA SCORE
100
world-class
103 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Morning WoodMorning Wood
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-19-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
683
Avg:
4.64
pDev:
6.03%
 
 
Wants:
790
Gots:
148
For Trade:
19
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 683
Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served off tap from a snifter, too cold for a stout but allowed to warm.

L - Dark black, with a thin tan head. Head lasted until sipped, then dissipated completely. No lacing to speak of.

S - Probably the highlight of the whole experience. Like straight smoke and salt, with strong roasted background characters. One of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered. "Breakfast," is a pretty apt description, like the kind you'd wake up to on a family outing to a log cabin. The vanilla and alcohol notes of the bourbon are also there.

T - Unlike most BA stouts, the bourbon is just a supporting actor, instead of overwhelming. I've gotten pretty burned out on the style due to the feeling I'm drinking hard alcohol with a built-in chaser, but this doesn't do that at all. I was also very hesitant to believe bacon fits in beer, but everyone else was right, and I was wrong. The smokey and savory characteristics are great complements for the dark malts, with no feeling of fatty or oily flavors or textures. The coffee takes some work to find, which is about the only loss, but it's there.

F - High viscosity, in a good way.

O - The kind of beer that sticks with you and you start obsessing over. Just about as close to perfect as you'll find. I've never -- despite living in Florida -- had MBCP, so I'm not completely sure how it compares, but the barrel aging does not keep it from working like a beer should, and the bacon is a surprisingly perfect compliment.

 1,469 characters

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a huge and magnificent beer obtained in a trade with the sunshine state.
This looks like a word class imperial porter ought to very dark brown ( not quite black) and a mocha head that fades slowly sticking to the glass.
The aroma is incredible, wood, whiskey, vanilla ,and LOTS of it. The second pour and the third are almost as fragrant
slight quibble but this is about a notch too sweet, I'll get my sugar fix from Ben and Jerry still delightful, just saying
This coats the mouth/throat like cough syrup, wonderful.
Out of 700 plus ratings I may have given a dozen this high. Good stuff!

 597 characters

Photo of RubbleRubble
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Teak in Orlando. Looks great, smells great, but I didn't like the feel, and the taste wasn't as rich and full as I expected from a beer so well rated. Regardless, I still advise one to try it.

 208 characters

Photo of Zoomslowik
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark brown to black shade. Mocha head that sticks around longer than most.

S- Nice aroma. I notice the coffee first, followed by the maple. Just a hint of smokiness. Sugary.

T- Similar to the nose. Sweet base with a lot of coffee and maple. Slight smoke in the taste as well and a hint of barrel that isn't overpowering.

F- Decent feel. Medium body, a little sticky. Smooth.

O- Very tasty beer. Unique combination of flavors that I would love to have again.

O-

 473 characters

Photo of bmac093
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is well balanced. Good smoke, maple in the nose. The sweetness is just enough to work with the salty smoke flavor of the bacon. Really well done. Aroma and taste come out once warmer much more smoke, malt flavor. Really well done

 239 characters

Photo of AMCimpi
4.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

B2

A: This beer pours dark. Almost pitch black with a dark tan head than sticks around.
S: It smells like a sugary, maple extract, boozy mess. Don't pull the coffee or the smokiness of the bacon. The maple smell artificial.
T: Artificial maple flavor, the faintest coffee and bacon at the very end. It's just a sugary beer. Kind of boozy until it warms a little.
M: It's a good mouthfeel for a porter. A nice mouth coating, medium bodied beer.
O: I was disappointed here. A lot of hype around this beer and really don't get it. It pours great, looks great in the glass. It smells and tastes of maple extract and booze with very little of the other adjuncts. Not a lot here for me to get excited about.

 702 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jc1762. Many thanks, Jon! Happy NYE!

Dark brown body with an oily, beige head. The aroma brings smoked meat, char, chocolate, bourbon. Brown sugar notes, vanilla, lightly burnt maple syrup. Sweet and rich with a mild alcohol burn in the finish. Quite tasty.

 275 characters

Photo of Dactrius
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look is solid, typical BBS but nothing too noteworthy. The smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle, much less actually stick your nose in the glass. Massive quantities of maple syrup and coffee on the nose, definitely one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Flavor brings out more of the same with the barrel presence being beautifully integrated and not overpowering the adjuncts. An absolutely wonderful coffee flavor with awesome levels of sweetness balancing it all out. I don't really get any bacon other than a tiny bit of smoke. As it warms the flavor turns woodier and drier; reminds me a lot of CBS at that point. Feel is nice and relatively thick. Definitely one of my favorite beers of all time.

 726 characters

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has really smooth bourbon and sweet coffee, extremely well integrated and round. Taste starts sweet, bourbon forward, slightly bitter and roasty on the finish with lingering caramel and bourbon. Medium bodied, really smooth. Overall it's a few steps forward from the base beer, really tasty with the ABV hidden really well.

 370 characters

Photo of gnartothecore
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2016 release. Maple aroma punches you right in the nose. Taste is sweet maple booziness with charred barrel, smoky bacon and black coffee bitterness. Love it, but I think it needs a few more months to mellow

 207 characters

Photo of Mike1512
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't emphasize enough how well the maple syrup comes through in this beer. As a fan of sweet stouts/porters this thing was fantastic. The adjuncts were executed perfectly. One of the best beers I've tried in 2016 and one of the best stout/porters I've ever had.

 267 characters

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

Very happy that I had an opportunity to try this one via a trade. Right away you can smell the maple and fresh coffee. Tastes of sweet maple and rich coffee and you definitely can taste the booze. Good for anytime of the day/night.

 234 characters

Photo of senglish7
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super pumped to have an opportunity to review. Aroma is sweetish. Taste is super boozy. I get a little coffee but mostly sticky sweet. What a great beer

 152 characters

Photo of aasher
2.6/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer comes across as incredibly artificial. It is in your face maple and fake maple at that. I didn't find it enjoyable whatsoever. Due to the levels of the maple you can't discern any other flavors. I couldn't get much coffee, smoke, or Barrel. It's also light in body for the abv. This was an all around miss for me. I guess I am the -1%.

 345 characters

Photo of CHickman
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger creamy brown head that faded and left spotty lacing that clings to the sides.

Smells of maple syrup, molasses, fresh coffee grinds, brown sugar, bourbon and a ton of sugary sweetness. It's crazy how powerful the maple syrup comes off, but the complexities of this brew allow the syrup to tie into the overall nose and let the malt shine in conjunction with the bourbon barrel influence.

Tastes as good as it smells with the maple syrup, molasses, fresh coffee grinds, brown sugar, bourbon, dark fruit, candied sugar, dark chocolate and a sweetness that seems like bacon. A little too sweet, but so different and complex that I love the flavor overall. Smooth and easy to drink, it hides the ABV masterfully and was an excellent experience beer overall.

 794 characters

Photo of Boccu
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and rich with a head that does not fade. Aroma is bacon, bourbon, coffee, bacon, maple syrup and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with coffee grinds and molasses. Excellent porter. Look forward to more from funky Buddha.

 233 characters

Photo of Furlinator
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage.

Pours opaque near black with a half-inch tan head that disappears completely and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of maple, chocolate and faint coffee. The taste follows with decadent dark chocolate, sweet maple syrup, dark roast coffee and subtle bourbon accents. Medium texture with medium carbonation. As advertised, a delicious sweet and decadent imperial porter.

 391 characters

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maple, smoky and salty deliciousness!

Poured pitch black with a mocha head.
Aroma was all maple and barrel. Smelled amazing.
Flavor was tons of maple, some smokiness and saltiness. Very rich.
Mouthfeel was spot on. Near perfect for the style and just the right amount of carb.
Overall, outstanding beer. Very rich. Was a sipper for me.

 338 characters

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good coffee maple beer. I actually like Wide Awake more though. Prefer the bolder coffee flavor of Wide Awake. Seems a bit weird to me, but there it is. Good extremely smooth beer though.

 187 characters

Photo of BeantownBrews
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour is pitch black like coffee, thin tan head that fades quickly with little to no lacing
Smell is unreal hint of barrel, rich coffee maple cream scents -a little boozy
Taste is beautifully complex sweet with maple, cream, chocolate flavors, a touch of salt, barrel bite and undertone
Feel is perfectly creamy
Best FB offering I've had hands down, big thanks @Davidjkeeney for hooking this one up!

 398 characters

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: dark brown almost black, tan head
S: As advertised, plus good barrel characteristics
T: Plenty of maple, perfect coffee and a nice savory note. Barrel is oaky with a little vanilla
F: Medium-full for a porter, syrupy and sticky

 230 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

marky mark, thank you my man for alwys sharing the florida love. really special beer here. that artificial yet perfectly dialed in magic of wide awake, but in a barrel. very sweet, but breakfast in a glass. happiness in my mouth.

 230 characters

Photo of Mshea805
4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, not sure if it's the age but this is much different than last years batch I had a month ago. 2015 (aged) had much more maple, a bit more smoke and much less coffee. 2016 (fresh) is a lot more coffee forward which really dials back the maple but the nose is better on the 2016. Both vintages were very light on the barrel. Both are amazing but I prefer the over the top maple and lighter coffee of 2015, hopefully this new batch will develop similarly with some age.

 481 characters

Photo of sorthcj
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance is black with small espresso head that quickly recedes.

Smell is maple bourbon upfront and intense. Possibly some roasted mixed in.

Taste is simply amazing. Maple upfront with slight bourbon. The bourbon is nowhere near as strong as the nose leads it to believe. That roasted flavor finishes it off nicely. Excellent balance with sweet after taste. Alcohol is well hidden.

Feel is typical of a porter.

Overall an excellent beer to sit and enjoy. In my top 5 favorites. Funky Buddha doing what they do best, making great beers.

 584 characters

Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color.

Massive maple syrup and coffee. Sweet any syrupy. Chocolate and light roast. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

This beer is really nice. Lots of great flavors!

 214 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Morning Wood from Funky Buddha Brewery
4.64 out of 5 based on 683 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe