Morning Wood
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #1
Ranked #34
4.66 | pDev: 6.44%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
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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.

ABV varies from batch to batch
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 11, 2017
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mctizzz from California

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was amazing, unfortunately I'm an idiot. Friday afternoon I pulled the bottle from the fridge in my office, hopped on my bike, and began biking to my buddy's place. With beer in hand I was coming into a turn too fast, hit a patch of leaves, and my tires slid out. Beer tumbles across the street, cap pops off but bottle stays intact. I rushed to save this precious liquid and was left with half the bomber and a lot of foam. Drank the bottle as I walked to my buddy's place coated in a layer of drirt, scrapes, and delicious beer. Really creamy mouth feel, coffee, subtle bourbon and maple, some smoke but not sure I'd claim Bacon if I didn't know the beer prior to drinking,

Oct 24, 2015
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Hiram_McDaniels from Florida

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jan 22, 2017
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LloydDobler from Indiana

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.

Nov 10, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

is a ridiculous beverage, on the edge of beer, almost a meal in a glass, just tremendous. you can smell it for miles, its pungent and distinct, nothing subtle about it. equal parts rich grain, smoke, maple syrup, meaty breakfast, and coffee. one of the things that impressed me the most, is that you taste this beer as long as you smell it. a good half an hour after the last sip, its still all i can taste, and having another beer after this would be futile. its totally all encompassing in the mouth, and really dominates in that regard. the maple element is amazing, as forward as i have tasted it in any beer. its sludgy thick, and insanely sweet, so its not something you really want to drink a whole bomber of, at least i dont. its a beer to be shared, but holy cow is this unique. coffee is more of a balancing element for the sugar than anything else. it can be tasted sure, but its much less significant than the other elements. the thing thats weird about this is that smoke in beer usually means its dry, all smoked styles tend to be that way for whatever reason, this is one of the few really sweet beers thats also smokey, and its pretty neat what they do together. as much body as you could imagine, and no finish at all, it just keeps going. whiskey flavors are prevalent in the finish too, a nice companion to the maple. this is about as weird as it gets, and while its not my favorite, i cant help but be really impressed by it. truly astounding beverage right here.

edit: even heavier and stickier somehow on tap, small doses are best...

Oct 08, 2015
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sourman from Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Maple and Bourbon on the nose are crazy. I can imagine if you don't like those 2 things this is not your beer. The mouth feel is thick especially for a porter. One of my favorite beers. This beer is amazing.

Sep 15, 2015
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RubbleRubble from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Jan 20, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The undisputed champions of maple flavor in beer lays a smack down on the sweet tooth with an imperial maple coffee porter aged in bourbon barrels. Just when you though decadence had been redefined...

Funky Buddha's Morning Wood pour with the strong dark brown hue and laced with a necklace of creme. Quickly seduced by the savory scent of maple, whisky, coffee and chocolate, the nose swoons in the beer's luscious scent. Caramel, maple, toffee, chocolate, molasses and roasted nutitness wash the early palate in a lavishly sweet malt taste.

Yet as the dark ale opens up, the beer's sweetness and viscosity begins to lighten just a tough. This allows for the slightly more earthy and bitter components of the beer's balance to complement the malt. Coffee, black walnut, oak, whisky spice and a soft, broad, woodsy hop bitterness trends coffee-like on its own and gives the ale a slight reprieve from its lingering sweetness. Finishing sweet and spicy, a taste of butter rum permeates the bourbon while nuances of coconut, vanilla, caramel and nutty oak round out the most, meaty, campfire and dessert-like session.

Full in body, the beer's mouthfeel is somewhat somber for an imperial porter. A slim resemblance of drinkability keeps the beer shy of cloying while the coffee, bourbon and oak tighten the taste late even while the taste of maple lingers pleasantly onward into the next sultry sip.

Nov 30, 2017
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Raziel313 from California

3.8/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - small head, not much legs
Smell - Tons of maple syrup. Slight oak and sweet bourbon. Smells amazing, like you could pour this over pancakes.
Taste - Bourbon comes though nicely along with most of the flavors from mbcp. Maple is just a tad sweeter than I'd like. Heat is minimal. Bitter dark chocolate at the back of your palate. Just a little too fumbled on the flavors they just don't compliment each other at all.
Feel - medium. Very Porterish
Overall - let me start off by saying this beer is good. This is just a fumbled mess of flavors. They don't go well together. The flavors are really nice individually but they don't come together well. I expected the taste to be better with such an intoxicating smell. I'll get off the hype train here on this one, don't give up the farm in a trade. I prefer regular MBCP over this one

Sep 22, 2015
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Slack from Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Feb 12, 2017
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jws6w7 from Florida

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9/8/2015 on-tap at the Funky Buddha's Morning Wood release. Served in a Funky Buddha snifter. Aged in Heaven Hill Barrels. 12% ABV.

Appearance – Jet black, with a slight tan head. An amazing looking beer.

Smell – Smells like maple, bacon, coffee and slight bourbon.

Taste – Unbelievable complextity. You can taste maple and bacon right off the bat, with a coffee finish. The barrel come through slightly and perfectly.

Mouthfeel – I cannot believe this is 12%. Dangerous. That’s about all that needs to be said.

Overall – Bottom line, this is the best beer I have ever had. I never give perfect scores, but this is as close as I have ever come. Could easily drink 6 of these and enjoy them all equally. But would be very wasted if I actually did that. Cannot wait for Snowed In!

Sep 09, 2015
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Dec 28, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with ruby edges at 56 degrees; two fingers of creamy dark tan foam; some cap retention yields to a solid ring and moderately heavy sheets of lace; medium legs on swirl. Aromas of maple, toasted brown bread and sweet plum. Maple up front followed by molasses, toasted brown bread, lite char, brown sugar, sweet plum and a little vanilla; chocolate-maple candy finish. Medium full smooth velvety feel; moderate carbonation. World class and as advertised; great look and feel for a big Porter; not syrupy or cloying, yet satisfies my sweet tooth; just the right amount of maple; no hint of the alcohol. Bottled 10/4/17.

Jan 17, 2018
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kingcrowing from Vermont

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a sampling glass at Night of the Barrels 2012, easily the best non-sour beer of the fest.

Pours a super dark black with a creamy dark brown head that is a bit nitro-esque. Nose is just phenomenal, coffee, coffee, coffee - like a fresh cup of espresso with some chocolate and maple notes.

If the aroma wasn't enough to get your juices flowin, one sip and you'll say "Why the fuck haven't I been drinking this my whole life?" so well balanced, it is a coffee bomb but the light maple and oaky vanilla notes give it just the right sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the fresh coffee both demolishes your palate and lingers beautifully for a long time.

My first funky Buddha beer and I'm beyond sold.

Feb 05, 2012
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- This thick and black liquid hits the glass as dark as midnight on Christmas. A small and very dark colored head forms and is gone fairly quickly, turning into just a ring of foam around the top of the glass. There is just a bit of lacing despite the lack of much of a head and there are just a few alcohol legs presents.

S- Holy breakfast in a glass! Where do I begin in describing the scent wafting from my snifter? Strong maple syrup scents hit first and give the beer a sweet first impression before the coffee moves in. The coffee is largely overpowered by the maple, but there is some dark roast present and detectable. At this point, this beer literally smells like a Starbucks concoction. On the back half of the smell a bit of salty bacon scent comes in before the slightest touch of whiskey barrel kicks in. Then the scent is gone from the nose. The lingering flavor in the nostrils is mostly maple and coffee, with just a hint of bacon and whiskey.

T- Hello to the maple gods who blessed this beer! The maple syrup sweetness kicks the drink off just like it did the scent before the coffee ramps up. Again, just like in the smell, this tastes like a maple syrup-sweetened coffee on the front half of the drink. The middle of the drink sees a bit of the salty bacon flavor kick in before just a subtle bit of barrel introduces itself on the back half of the drink. The whiskey barrel is mostly light char that serves to bring a balance to the mostly sweet, maple syrup flavor. The lingering flavor on the tongue is predominantly maple and bourbon barrel, with the coffee roast and bacon salt contributing in minor roles.

M- For the style, this beer is fairly highly carbonated and a little on the thin side. Despite these facts, it still drinks incredibly smooth and hides the alcohol level almost completely. Only a slight warming sensation can be felt for a second after the drink is over. I wish this beer was a little thicker and less carbonated, but those are both minor complaints given the supreme scent and taste of the beer.

Overall, this beer is simply amazing. The scent alone is one of the most delicious things I have ever smelled, beer or anything else.And then the maple.....the maple makes this beer! It sweetens up both the scent and flavor of the beer and truly makes this feel and taste like breakfast in a glass. No offense to Founders CBS, but this beer is the ultimate experience of maple in a beer. Despite minor objections to the feel and appearance of the beer, the scent and the flavor are more than enough to justify a perfect score.

Dec 23, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

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.

Nov 19, 2016
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 25, 2016
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muzzy from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 06, 2018
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blee0891 from Washington

4/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2017
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maplebaconassassin from Florida

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly hot but age would do wonders. Part of the Little Buddha Small Batch Series

Sep 12, 2015
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JayWhitson from Montana

4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let’s have maple syrup, coffee, bacon and bourbon for breakfast in the middle of the night. It’s the life of the craft beer affecianado. Big thanks to @Roguer for knocking down this long time want. Hits all the notes and then some. Delicious brew and I’ll have to strum up another to share after bogarting this one all to myself.

Jun 30, 2019
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daron7 from New Jersey

4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 18, 2016
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Hallertau from Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 07, 2015
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Paponetti44 from Florida

4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sep 12, 2015
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aceseth13 from California

3.61/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 09, 2016
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