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Morning Wood | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Morning WoodMorning Wood

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

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.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice look, coal black, not much head.
Smell - Lots of maple, slight roast, no barrel.
Taste - The barrel came through compared to the first bottle consumed in May but it was subtle. There is less maple now but its an amazing blend of maple throughout, I could use more coffee personally.
Feel - great, marshmellow and thick creamy finish.

Loved this beer, it was very smooth, it's unbelievable how much maple is present. I could use more barrel overall but its among the best stouts I've had.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - jet black, no head.

Smell - almost identical to MBCP - not getting any bourbon. Maple syrup and pancakes. A bit of bacon.

Taste - I don't get any bourbon, which is unfortunate. I really get the same flavors as MBCP. I wasn't a huge fan, but this is pretty good.

Mouth feel - pretty light. It doesn't come across as a nice thick porter.

Overall - I was a bit disappointed. I think this is WAY over hyped. It's good, but not even remotely close to some of the other bourbon barrel-aged beers. This is average all the way. I would NOT seek it as anything special.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer here for anyone who loves maple syrup. The maple aroma poured from the glass and engulfed my palette. Nice barrel character as well the went very well with the maple. Well made beer that I was very happy to drink

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Photo of Mar02x
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best beers of 2016 and still so underrated. This is the best porter ever made, has to be. So much flavor and depth and still it drinks like a porter. So well done and balanced. Its like drinking pancakes with bacon and having a coffee at the same time. Unbelievable.

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Photo of oskinker
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was excellent. The difference between the base beer and this was astounding. The maple was more prominent as was the coffee. The bacon took a back sit with a hint of smoke but the bourbon barrel really married this beer together beautifully, adding nice caramel and vanilla notes that played with the maple. Lucky to have tried this

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Photo of Treyliff
4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black color with a foamy off-white head that leaves great lacing behind

S- aroma explodes with a mixture of fresh coffee and spicy bourbon, followed by sweet maple syrup. The barrel also gives of aromas of caramel, toasted coconut, toffee & spicy wood. Smells like breakfast in a glass with a side of whisky

T- opens with a mixture of spicy bourbon & oak, along with dark chocolate and a big hit of maple syrup sweetness. Mid-palate gives smoky malt that resembles flavors of smoked pork (bacon). The finish gives more maple sweetness with the bourbon barrel imparting more spicy oak and barrel juice. The linger gives more fresh coffee and maple sweetness

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish, with a hint of abv burn on the linger

O- the bourbon barrel is a perfect compliment to the base beer. It further enhances the maple sweetness and the smokiness of the beer. Another masterpiece from FB

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Photo of robear
4.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

FB makes beers that smell great, no doubt. For me that was the highlight of this beer. Its very boldly flavored, eye-opening, and over the top. I cant really knock it too much for being as advertised but it gets a bit too close to being beer candy and while none of the flavors is artificial each presents itself very assertively.

FB represents a very interesting niche in the industry with many assertive fruit/veggie/adjunct beers that seem to feature the adjuncts more than the base beer.

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

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thanks man.

This pours a ridiculously thick and syrupy looking black, with a small head, and no lacing. This absolutely stains the glass, which is crazy.

Smells like a ridiculous amount of maple, a little bit of bourbon, and tons of chocolate.

The barreling of this one kind of drowns out the smoke and coffee, though they still are there. It somehow seems to amplify the maple, which is sweeter here than the base. There's just enough barrel- not a ton of it, but enough to help everything else out. It's super creamy and utterly decadent. This is one of the best BA stouts I've ever had.

This is so sticky and thick bodied, with a lower level of carbonation.

One of the most ridiculous beers I've ever had. So rich, so decadent, and just so over the top. Absolutely delicious and an achievement in flavored stouts.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For me MBCP ranks up there with MD for the best beers for capturing the adjuncts perfectly. The BA version here causes some of those flavors to fade but the barrel added the wood notes you would want. I just would have liked the barrel to be more prominent in the flavor. It was well represented on the nose though. Regardless these are minor critisms of an amazing beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

mornign wood

Poured fromm a 22oz bomber into a Funky Buddha snfiter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an inky, pitch black body with a coffee brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a small ring of retention and a little bit of lacing.

Aromas are heavenly.. potent and rich, a wonderful combination of sweet maple, vanilla-bourbon, roasty coffee, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch. Extremely inviting. Closer to a 5 than a 4.75 in this category. Nearly perfect.

Taste is exactly what you would predict from the aromas, light-to-moderate sweetness with lots of maple syrup, vanilla, and bourbon upfront, follows through with caramel and coffee, finishes lightly roasty with coffee on the finish. Aftertaste is smokey.

All the flavors are amazing and this beer is world class, but little more body would have gone a long way. Not watery but a little less potent flavors/body than the nose would suggest. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is crazy good.. an EXCELLENT breakfast stout, a hair below good morning and mornin' delight, but miles above the rest.

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

Just silly. So much maple syrup and great thick body. Slight smokey flavor at the end as well. Much better than MBCP. Hard to tell that it's the same base

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Photo of Drel
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing maple smell and flavor throughout. Easily one of the best barrel aged offerings I've ever tasted. Poured over three glasses and the last glass came out with thicker consistency which just showed how much maple syrup was added to this beer. Awesome.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a dark chocolate black body, one finger brown head with long retention, medium collar, a bit of lacing here and there. Smells of maple syrup, pancakes, chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon presence. The bourbon adds actual smokiness, which is great and makes this really work quite well. Amazing. Flavour is equally excellent, with a load of maple syrup, coffee and bourbon. The milk chocolate stays steady throughout, while the maple syrup peaks early and is overtaken by the coffee and bourbon. Drinking this beer is quite the ride. Mouthfeel is full bodied, even a little sticky, good carbonation, and would be an awesome breakfast beer. All of the diner breakfast flavours, none of the cheap aspects of it- this is top shelf stuff.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small pour, remember what I can.

L: Dark, mocha head, typical here.

S: Plenty of coffee and some maple. I feel like the bourbon was a bit hidden.

T: Roasty coffee and some maple, bit of bourbon and some smokiness. Not sweet really.

F: Good, but not chewy. Somewhat drying finish if I remember correctly.

O: This was good, but didn't meet the hype for me. It didn't have that luxurious, maple pancake like quality that KBBS has. Balanced, but flavors are just a bit muted.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into a taster. Coffee and maple notes, very well balanced but flavors were somewhat muted compared to expectations. Very nice, but not an elite offering IMO.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage bomber drank in a snifter on 3/29/2016

L - thick, oily, nice lacing, minimal head
S - huge burst of maple syrup, coffee, and a little burnt toast. Maybe a hint of bourbon and oak as well but not much
T - doesn't change much as it warms but nice balance of maple, dark roast coffee, and milk chocolate. A little oak as well
F - not as heavy as it looks. creamy but a little thinner than expected
O - really enjoyable beer. I seem to rate it a little lower than most mainly because I didn't get as much barrel and complexity as expected, so maybe I set the bar too high! Great beer and would love to have this again.

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Photo of danh53
4.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice smoke and maple aroma, but they don't come through as much on the taste. Everything is there as advertised - bourbon, maple, smoke, chocolate, coffee; but none of it really pops or stands out to me. It has more cola than I care for in the flavor and may be a bit over carbonated. Its possible that I'm not appreciating a really well made, balanced beer but this did stand out for me.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just shy of perfect, and one of Funky Buddha's best, which is saying something because those guys make many beers that I like drinking repeatedly. Agree with most of the reviews that it elevates the (slightly overrated) MBCP to a level of pure enjoyment. Hope to have it again at the source some day!

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Photo of Wayne17
4.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night. Smells like maple bacon without a doubt. Salty, smokey, sweet, very nice. Taste follows with smokey bacon like flavor. Maple is there but just adds a nice sweetness. Toasty, roasty and maybe a bit too heavy handed with the smoke. Finish leaves a long lingering smoky sweetness. This beer is an assault on the senses in a good way. Overall this beer is fantastic but is a little too heavy on the salty/smokey aspect. Glad I got to try it!

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Photo of facesnorth
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really solid. One of the better FB stouts. Liked Snowed in a little better, though.. This takes the turd that is MBCP and turns it into an awesome beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from dboon in a recent box. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, maple syrup and natural flavors added
Imperial version of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 3 finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with great retention. Black body and no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of maple syrup. Piles of it. Some light coffee aroma with vanilla cream, milk chocolate and hints of the bourbon barrel as well, but this is mostly maple syrup. Decadent maple syrup for sure.

TASTE: Maple all over the place, with some oak, vanilla and cream up front. Very flavorful start. More maple at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of syrup, sweet vanilla cream, butterscotch, some hints of oak and bourbon and enough bitter coffee to round it out. Really wonderful.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes sticky. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This imperial version of MBCP is way, way more enjoyable and interesting than the original. Obviously it’s brewed bigger, but the result is exponentially better. It’s definitely heavy on the maple syrup and lighter on the barrel component, but it’s decadent and satisfying in its own way. After having Snowed In very recently, it wouldn’t surprise me if these two used the same base imperial porter as a starting point, as both were very similar in quality. Two excellent adjunct imperial porters for sure. Lovely. Thanks again dboon!

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply outstanding. The smell might be one of the best ever. Very smmoth going down. Aftertaste was really good. Too bad its so far from whete I live. So damn good

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened at a share last night.

Pours black as night and is super thick.

I nearly feel out of my chair when iI smelled this thing! Maple Syrup explodes out of the glass and is held in check just enough by the oak and bourbon characteristics. Only other stout i'ce ever had that smelled this good was Morning Delight on tap.

Flavor is out of control. A touch more bourbon / body would have made this a perfect beer, but it's still one of the best beers I've ever had!

Fucking amazing, poeple!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to spycow for this top tick. Not a great looking beer as its a medium see through brown, not much head or card. The aroma comes off a touch too sweet as the maple syrup dominates. After the first sip its instantly apparent this beer is to thin to hold up completely well. Its also almost too roasty. Its a beer of extremes, too sweet, yet too roasty, and too thin. The finish provides a very nice touch of vanilla that saves it. I warm up to this as I go, and its very drinkable. However, its lacking and not deserved of the over hype.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Everything I'm looking for in a stout. Smells like coffee with a touch of maple. Flavor is all coffee and maple up front with a little char and barrel on the back. Very smooth. Maple flavor lingers well after you swallow. The feel could be thicker but it was still above average. Right up there with Mornin Delight for me.

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