Morning Wood
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #1
Ranked #41
4.63 | pDev: 6.48%
Apr 30, 2022
Jan 19, 2012
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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.

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4.41 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 30, 2022
4.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Mar 20, 2022
4.48 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Mar 12, 2022
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4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

22oz bomber bottle. most likely a 2019 bomber based on the listed abv of 11% on the bottle, but was told this was a 2018 vintage of Morning Wood.

Poured into Durobar Charente glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with dense and thick off white to light brown head that is uneven with lots of large soapy looking bubbles. Light lacing. good staying power. Thick ring remains around the outside of the glass as the head eventually dies down.

Smell: Big maple and oatmeal with a hint of cinnamon, smokey bacon and a hint of coffee. Hints of chocolate, oak, and bourbon.

Taste: Immediately big maple syrup flavored oatmeal just like what was found in the nose. Bacon and meaty smoke integrated nicely with a gentle ashy barrel char in the middle that is quite enjoyable. Hint of Dad's brand root beer candies and cola. Finish has lots of rich bourbon notes and chocolate notes. This is complex, superbly balanced, and flat out really really tasty. Easily exceeds my expectations for sure.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low and adequate carbonation levels. Slightly silky and creamy bodied porter. Very smooth and not any booze at all.

Overall: Finally! Pretty excited to get to tick this barrel aged porter thanks to TATURBO. This beer is rich without being overly sweet. The barrel notes are spot on and it really is hard to find anything wrong in this beer. Just the right amount of maple which is a flavor that is easy to overdo. The balance is also quite impressive as well. Put this beer on your must try list if you haven't. Breakfast flavors galore with a splash of bourbon and oak. What's not to like? The barrel aging definitely improves maple bacon coffee porter which is a hard feat to achieve. Nice work here from Funky Buddha for sure.

Feb 04, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by FBarber from Illinois

Damn, the minute I opened this I was punched in the face with maple - it is clear that age has not diminished the maple presence at all ... In terms of appearance it pours a shiny black color. A lovely velvety head forms on the beer with solid head retention. It is pretty viscous. Back to the aroma - it is dominated by the maple syrup with underlying notes of smoky bacon, oak, bourbon, and chocolate. All of those aromas are quite strong - so I am not really getting much in the way of coffee.

Taste follows the nose and is very much dominated by the maple syrup flavor, but the surprising part is that it is not at all as sweet as I remember from having this in the past. There is much more roasted malt, chocolate, smoked malts with some slight meaty notes, and the bourbon barrel comes through more strongly. Some slight roasty bitterness comes through on the back end. Feel is thick, full bodied and luscious. Moderate carbonation. Sort of drier on the finish.

Feb 03, 2022
4.71 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
4 by Ajlvt from Washington on Nov 03, 2021
4.67 by timmy2b from New York on Sep 05, 2021
5 by kblomseth from California on Aug 19, 2021
4.08 by Grackos from Florida on Aug 19, 2021
5 by JAWS from New York on Aug 18, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.5 by GFK from Michigan on Jun 15, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by dboon from Florida

On tap at Castaways for the tap takeover. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Loads of maple and bourbon aromas. The taste follows suit with pronounced black coffee and dark roasted malts. Hints of oak. Good body and mouthfeel.

Apr 30, 2021
4.5 by greenspointexas from Texas on Mar 09, 2021
3.69 by bfug from Louisiana on Feb 26, 2021
4.57 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Feb 20, 2021
4.54 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Jan 31, 2021
4.32 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rich4mde1 from Missouri

Yes Maple please. This thing is something I would pour over pancakes.
Strong maple with a bit of coffee and hint of barrel.
If you enjoy maple beers this one is right up there.

Jan 15, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jamesloc from New York

Not a huge FB fan. This was decent but a little thing

Jan 14, 2021
5 by 46and2 from Missouri on Jan 10, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of Scottsbeer out of Flo-rida.
L: black with moderate brown head.
S: coffee, Malt, brown sugar, chocolate, maple. (Fresh Maple bar smell dominates).
T: roasty coffee, chocolate malt, maple/brown sugar, Slight smoke and/or bitterness. No bacon specifically.
F: medium.
Overall: Very good porter. Hard to distinguish between this and a stout. Maple sweetness and coffee dominate. Reminds me of beers I recently had... mornin’ delight, kbbs, cbs, and that’s a pretty high compliment considering their ratings. Clearly world-class barrel aging going on.

Dec 29, 2020
4.48 by rstump24 from Ohio on Dec 18, 2020
4.5 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Dec 01, 2020
4.71 by winehead247 from Georgia on Nov 24, 2020
4.43 by unclekeith from Alaska on Nov 12, 2020
4.63 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

I got this in a trade, and the date is smudged off :-(

Appearance: Poured 1/4th of a glass every time so not too much head. Pitch black of course. Some lacing.

Aroma: Impressive -- maple, coffee, and smoke all shine through.

Flavor: Overall sweet almost like a milk stout. Maple syrup throughout, strong coffee throughout as well. Milk chocolate. The barrels come through if you pay attention. There's a slight smokiness on the back end, which is such a great addition. There is absolutely no heat. The advertised flavors do not lie... however I don't get much more than that. Not a bad thing but perhaps was hoping for more.

Palate/Finish: Medium but oily and sticky. Very smooth, no carb. I do wish this was thicker, but I also realize that this is a porter so I won't knock it too much. Finishes with more coffee and sticky maple.

Overall: This is a very good beer and it deserves some accolade. I was hoping for something to 'chew' on, but at the same time, the style *is* porter, and I do admire that. The alcohol is completely hidden, and the maple/coffee flavors shine so well in the flavor and in the aroma. This is what impressed me most. On the other hand, it's not the most complex imperial porter I've had, and it's a little lactos-y. Overall, I'm gonna say this is an A beer, but not an A+.

Oct 04, 2020
4.68 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Sep 05, 2020
4.66 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Aug 30, 2020
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4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by beergoot from Colorado

Jet black body topped with a thick and creamy, tan colored head. Alluring aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa and vanilla; faint, boozy scent. Decadently rich, sweet flavors; milk chocolate and maple syrup; vanilla; whiskey. Heavy, silky smooth body; velvety and chewy; dull, prominent sweetness to the mouthfeel; twinge of alcohol warmth.

A heady, extremely tasteful and lip smacking bit of rich porter flavor. World class all the way...

Aug 16, 2020
4.66 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 12, 2020
4.74 by Spartie05 from Michigan on Jul 20, 2020
4.56 by ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania on Jul 02, 2020
4.46 by DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri on Jun 28, 2020
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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by steve_littrell from Florida

2019 Bottle poured into Brandy Snifter

L: Dark and beautiful as a porter should be. Great tan head with good lacing throughout the entire (short) life of the beer.
S: Slightly sweet and inviting. Maybe a hint of bourbon on the nose (but my nose is pretty weak in this area.)
T: This is my #1 beer so I personally feel that is is the best porter I've ever tried. I routinely buy every bottle I can find. Great taste that's slightly sweet without any alcohol burn/aftertaste. Smooth tasting with a hint of maple and bourbon. Best porter or stout I've had.
F: Everything a porter should be, smooth and silky with a clean and hearty feel in the mouth.

My #1 beer!!!! Closely followed by Untitled Art White Chocolate Macadamia, Untitled Art Hazelnut, CBS, and a little further down the list, Wicked Weed German Chocolate Cake just to give you some reference.

Jun 28, 2020
4.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Jun 12, 2020
4.47 by PatrickInAustinTx from Texas on May 16, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Wolvmar from Michigan

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!

May 10, 2020
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