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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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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 548
Photo of Furlinator
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Mshea805
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of sorthcj
4.38/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.21/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: poured dark brown almost black with a finger of dark brown head that fades to nothing fast
S: wow, huge maple aroma, very sweet. I get nice coffee, and slight buurbon.
T: all the flavors are toned down a bit compared to the aroma. But the maple is the main player, the coffee is slightly hard to find and the bourbon is about the same.
F: it's thin for a 13% abv ba beer. It's sticky and syrupy. Highly carbonated which I'm not a fan of either

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into white wine goblet
Bottled on 10/25/16 13%ABV

Favorite new beer I tried this year, and by far the best beer I've had in a LONG time! Had to get that out of the way before I forgot to mention it.

Pours out silky smooth(not chunky chugs at all) with a perfect espresso color that leaves a milk chocolate colored tuft of foam swirling in the glass. The nose is reminiscent of a Starbucks cafe mocha. Smooth coffee and sweet chocolate in front on the first sip. Finish is slightly smokey, vanilla from oak, maple lingers and is all I can taste until I take my next sip. Minimal bourbon, but it melds with everything perfectly.
Every bit warmer this gets, the more the maple makes its way to the front of the pack. Creamy and smooth was this Porter. Delicate but powerful. This never let on that it was 13%. Drinks like it is more like its in the 9-10 range. This bully just beat up CBS and took its lunch money! I guess that's what you get when you mess with somebody that is bigger, but in the same class.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
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 -13.7%
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 +0.9%
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 +2.8%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.1%
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 -10.7%
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 +4.3%
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 +2.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.9%
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 +6.4%
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 -2.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Morning Wood from Funky Buddha Brewery
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