Funky Buddha Morning Wood
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 4.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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Wide Awake Itís Morning aged in a Palm Ridge Whiskey Barrel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brystmar (1313) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
[copied from BA] Reviewed from notes at NotB this past weekend [Feb 2012]. Was fortunate enough to enjoy ~2.5 pours of this gem before it kicked. Extremely viscous and pitch-black body. Mounds of dark brown head stew on the surface, clutching the sides of my tasting cup for dear life. Hard to believe this isnít nitro. Freshly roasted coffee erupts from the foam, turning heads across the room. Roasty malts and caramel sugar join the fray. Reminds me of a fresh mocha espresso drink from my favorite coffee shop. Easily one of the best aromas Iíve ever smelled from *any* beverage, let alone a beer. Taste is nothing short of revolutionary. Everything from the nose is here in full force with unbelievable depth of flavor and complexity at every corner. Whiskey barrels impart just the right amount of flavor; many brewers these days go nuts and over-emphasize the barrel character, but this was just right. Huge, creamy body carries the torrent of flavors home flawlessly. Morning Wood is on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but still balances exceptionally well. The litmus test for this is my brother (who despises sweetness in beer, stouts in particular), and his illuminated face confirmed my suspicion that this was his new favorite beer. Itís easy to get caught up in the fury of this magical nectar while youíre drinking it and make superlative claims left and right, which is why I decided to wait until after the weekend to collect my thoughts. That said, I can confidently say this is the best beer Iíve ever had. Morning Wood is simply on another level from every other stout. How Funky Buddha managed to outclass every single other brewer at NotB & EBF is a mystery, but that isnít important; I just need more of this beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (858) - - OCT 5, 2012
Tap at Funky Buddhaís 2nd year anniversary. Black coffee color. Nose is coffee, maple syrup, smoke, whiskey, peanuts, perspiration, wood. Taste is coffee, maple syrup, whiskey, peanuts, and chocolate. Very smooth, great mouthfeel. Cleans up some of the roughness in Wide Awake. Easily one of the best beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggsbowler (487) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Draft at the Buddhaís 2nd Anniversary Party - Pours black with little head and carbonation, Smells of bourbon, oak, a little vanilla, coffee, and slight smoke, Taste like I poured a maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels over my pancakes and bacon, plus some bourbon in my coffee, All of the flavors are perfectly balanced. Itís not overly bourboned and at over 11%, no boozy taste and smell. This is a top notch beer!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow (2218) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
4 samples at NOtB - by far the best beer at the fest, and the first to kick. Dark brown with a velvet brown head. You get huge smooth coffee, subtle bacon, vanilla, oak that massages the rest of the flavours; velvet and smooth on the palate, moderate carbonation and full body, a great balance of sweet without overwhelming. I havenít had the base beer so canít comment on how it compares but I the BA seems to impart an extra dimension without overwhelming and to be honest it was probably one of the best beers I have had...period. If you can try this, or any variation do so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10015) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 DraftÖ This beer rocks!Ö Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. The bouquet delivers huge Cuban-roast coffee with a mild smoked bacon component and a hint of maple syrup. Full-bodied, thick and chewy with modest carbonation. The flavor offers big-time mocha, heavy espresso and light smoke. Sweet, but not overly so. Finishes like a double cafť con leche. The bacon and maple components are lessened by the time spent chilliní on bourbon-soaked oak, but itís still WIDE AWAKE, so the base beer and coffee component remain beyond-amazing. World class brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2012
NotB, EBF 2012. Got a reasonable pour, 3+ ounces from a pitcher. Body was pitch black with a creamy tan head. The nose is fresh ground organic grade A sumatra espresso. Its amazing how bright and clear the coffee came through in the nose. Mouthfeel was creamy and silky with a good amount of weight, but did not turn sluggy in my small tasting. Flavors were of bright fresh coffee, bitter dark chocolate, mellow complementary oak notes (not sure if its oak or what wood) and some agave/maple syrup/vanilla sweetness that evens out any of the bitter coffee notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2012
On tap for Night of the Barrels. Traveled all the way from FL to show the Buddha support and to try this beer. Well the Buddha didnít disappoint in the slightest. Easily the best non sour beer at NOTB. The coffee, maple, whiskey barrel character was all there and very well balanced. Way to kill em Buddha!!!

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