Morning Wood | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Morning WoodMorning Wood

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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.

Added by Jason on 01-19-2012

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 728
Photo of VTR
4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

my high expectation for this beer was met. Smell was bourbon, booze, maple, and lots of smoke. The taste came through with chocolate? Maple, smoke, and some small bacon. This beer was nice and thick making sipping enjoyable. I was very impressed with this beer but at 25/bottle it makes it hard to enjoy, but it's definitely worth it at least once

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Photo of anteatr23
4.17/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with thin lacing. Smells heavy of bourbon, booze, chocolate and metal. Flavor is all chocolate and bourbon, full of intense authentic bourbon flavor that fades into chocolate. It's certainly retaining some of that classic 'MBCP' flavor, but it's taking a back seat to the bourbon. Still, not harsh or too challenging to drink. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

great barrel notes which dominate the flavor profile, coffee and maple are noticeable, while the bacon is less pronounced. Would be interested in trying a fresh bottle where the MBCP base flavors are fresh, but this is still an amazing flavor combination just needs little more balance. FB is just brewing some amazing flavors into their beers.

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

22 oz

Black to clear deep brown on the edges. About 1/2 inch of head that settles to about 1/8 inch. Decent lacing on a sip.

Nose is strong maple, smoke, bacon, roasted malt, a bit of coffee.

Taste is similar to the nose with maple, bourbon, smoke/salt, malt, minor booze, and a coffee backbone.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is average to low. Finish is semi sweet.

Really really good Porter. The balance here is excellent. The drinkability is on a similar level. Hard to find anything really wrong here. Seek it out.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Big thanks to awoek305 for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very, very dark brown, and completely opaque. A low amount of visible carbonation, and a half-finger of tan head fades fairly quickly to a ring of foam.

S: Amazing. Coffee, bourbon, chocolate. Maple syrup, vanilla, savory salinity. Light oak tannins, roasted malts. This absolutely deserved the rating I'm giving it.

T: Coffee and bourbon up front. Maple syrup, smoky bacon, and vanilla. Oaky tannins, and then a mild smokiness. Vanilla and chocolate in balance, and with some brown sugar and caramel. It finishes with maple-covered bacon savoriness.

M: A nice thick body, but nothing syrupy. It still does manage to stain the glass a bit. Restrained alcohol presence for style and for the listed ABV. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Really, really good. This hits all my buttons for sure. Really one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OMG! I am late to this amazing beer explosion and haven't been "up" on Buddha except 2nd hand. When my friends tell me the only way many of their best brews could only be purchased at the brewery and now they are releasing them state wide I didn't realize how lucky I am to get their top of the line beers. Yay for FB and thank you. This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark coffee color with a brown short lived head. Smell of maple then coffee and roasty sweet malts. Tastes follows the smell. AMAZING! Could use more barrel notes but its so good it doesnt matter! Great job FB.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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