Countbeer (4709) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting:
Bottle: Served in a taster:
Black beer with a thin brown head/lacing.
Aromas of coffee, pepper, dust, coffee beans, wood, hazlenut, earthy mocha, cacoa, espresso and a good touch of chocolate.
Flavours of roast, coffee beans, coffee roast, pepper, hazlenut, mocha, espresso, chocolate and wood.
Aftertaste of coffee, chocolate, mocha, wood and light pepper.
Low carbo, creamy thick silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy thick light sticky texture.
Delicious stuff! Awesome!
Benzai (8910) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared @ tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, huge dark roast, huge espresso, big dark chocolate. Taste malts, again huge roast, huge coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, bitter. Thick oily texture, full body, medium carbonation. Wow, super intense!
JulienHuxley (3427) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottle thanks to Countbeer. Black pour with almost no head. Aroma is so nice, rich milk chocolate, cinnamon, pepper, tons of espresso, vegetal espresso notes. Taste is rich, so decadent, great coffee flavors, milk chocolate, coconut, lovely caramel sweetness. Palate is full bodied, but not cloying. Really tasty.
PhillyCraft (3431) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Kamiel with Chris, Julian, and I. Aroma of milk cocoa, coconut cream, marzipan, and other amazingness. Flavor is dark cocoa, Hershey, shaving coconut, and milk. Medium to fuller body. Awesome fucking stuff.
kermis (5695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared big thanks to Countbeer. Pours very dark brown with a ring beige head. Aroma of rich coffee beans, hazelnut, coconut, cocoa, toffee, fudge. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Excellent!
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome. Black pour. Coffee. Chocolate. Coconut. Awesome. Sweet and decadent.
knickskicks (762) - - OCT 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Funky Buddha’s 2nd year anniversary. Black with brown hues along the edges--like black coffee. Nose is coffee, maple, booze, smoke. Taste is the same with a rough bitter finish. Okay mouthfeel, but could use a little more body.
alexsdad06 (5867) - Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle 36/50. Pours a clear dark brown/cola color with a small tan head. The nose has big maple and brown sugar with additional smoky malts, roast, coffee and light nuttiness. The flavor has the same big maple and brown sugar, roasted coffee, and some smoky malts. There was a small amount of a lactose sourness going on with this which distracted a bit, but was overall pretty good.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Original batch, kindly poured by the man himself into a FB snifter
A: Pours a big syrupy black color with a small khaki colored head. Retention isn’t great, but with a high ABV it still looks evil
S: Damn, tons of sweet maple, coffee, and some burnt bacon. Simply amazing. The maple adds a whole new dimension to this beer that I never thought was possible
T: Much more balanced and refined that I expected. The bacon is less noticeable in the flavor, but the maple adds a pleasant flavor and balances the dark roast coffee. Thick body and dangerously drinkable. Not too much hop presence, but then again, that’s not what you would want in a beer like this.
MF: Thick and chewy feel to it, sweet maple/coffee finish, low-medium carbonation. Alcohol is not detectable.
O: Overall, this is an amazing beer worthy of its hype. I have not had but one chance to get to FB since I am at school in SC since they have become a world-class brewery, but I will definitely make the effort now. Great job Funky Buddha!
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. This bottle is about a year old.
Wide Awake pours a dark brown mahogany color with almost no head formation on the initial pour.
The aroma still jumps out of the glass. Bursts of espresso, sweet maple syrup, smoke, and vanilla all come through. With the age of the bottle I would not be surprised if the coffee smelled even better fresh, but it still smells incredible. Each whiff unveils a little bit more complexity. This is definitely a winner.
The flavor is huge. There coffee flavor manifests itself in the beginning of the sip, with what seems to be a few different types of exquisite espresso. Sweetness runs rampant with maple syrup flavors coming through during each part of the sip, with a little bit of vanilla as well. A thorough smoked malt flavor comes through representing the bacon. There is no concern of it being too smokey, a fear I often have with beers that use smoked malts. What is truly amazing is how each sip provides a new angle on the combination of coffee, maple syrup, and smoke. Each flavor develops more thoroughly with each sip, making this a glass that never gets boring.
Each sip is truly a full bodied treat. It is so thick and viscous, with a light and creamy carbonation. It is definitely sweet, sticky, and syrupy, and more than a little over the top.
This beer impressed me even more than the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, which is saying something. I would love to have a fresh bottle to compare.