50belair (2955) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, churchkey, pours black with low head. Aroma is intoxicating maple, whiskey, and coffee. Taste is the same, still no bacon, really fantastic
Travlr (15913) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Dark brown color, thick brown head with good retention and lacing. Huge coffee and baking brownies aroma. Taste has rich double fudge, double espresso, double brownies. Wow.
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Small tan head atop crystal clear dark brown body. Aroma is sweet, maple, milk chocolate, some caramel, light smoke. Taste is sweet, maple/vanilla, some smoke, milk chocolate, light alcohol burn. Sticky full body, low carbonation.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
[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!
vtafro (4838) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Sweet maple, candy, bourbon, french toast like aromas. Sweet malty tones, French toast, maple, chocolate sweet flavors.
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Oakland Park. Near black. Aroma is a big blast of coffee up front...much more pronounced here. Chocolate covered coffee beans. Lighter body, the richness not as prominent...but still rich. Good syrupy flavour development with a strong finishing blast of maple. Fun brew. Both beers are exceptionally intense, with no glaring weaknesses that would knock them down a peg. But it is interesting to see that one specific type of beer is basically a home run every time among the nerds.
GenDV138 (3367) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey for the Cigar City & Funky Buddha SAVOR event. Black with tan head. Aromas of maple, caramel, light smoke and bacon. Tastes of dark chocolate, maple, light smoke, subtle bacon and bourbon. Full body with a dry finish. Fantastic.
ctipping (217) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
On-tap at the Funky Buddhaís 2nd Anniversary Party. Served in a Funky Buddha snifter. Like Wide Awake, itís black without being inky. Some wisps of khaki bubbles. Slightly sticky. Like Wide Awake, it has a great coffee aroma blended with the smoked malts, but the barrel mellows both. Bourbon with just the slightest hint of earthiness and oak. Subtle barrel character. Barrel character is subtle in the taste, too. Itís definitely not overpowering with the bourbon. Itís there, but it blends with the coffee and mutes the acidity. It amplifies the earthy character of the coffee and amplifies the maple. The smoke acts as a counterpart to the sweetness and reminds me just a little bit of CBS. Itís phenomenal. Drinks really easily for an imperial stout. Heavy, but drinkable. Really wanted to get a second pour of it, but it was long gone.
PhillyCraft (3966) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Churchville, great beers but the worst ran event I have experienced in 8-9 years. Pours black color with notes of espresso, marshmallow, hazelnut, maple syrup, cold pressed coffee, and light sugars. Deadly for the percent. Not much bacon or smoke which is fine by me but surprising since wide awake and maple bacon had the meat/rauch quality. Rich java bean smell and flavor as it continued to warm, Medium stickiness. Awesome stuff but my third favorite of the day behind French toast, and diamonds and virgins from TH.