The Funky Buddha Lounge Wide Awake It’s Morning (Imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter)

Posted on 18. Jul, 2011 by in Beer Reviews

Before I write this review I just want to say thanks to Mike from Mike Loves Beer for hooking me up with this brew.  Now arriving at the Drunken Polack Station is the hype train.   One of the newest hyped beers out there is an Imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter named Wide Awake It’s Morning.  So what does this beer have going for it in the hype category.  It’s an American Double Imperial Stout.  Big stouts are some of the biggest hyped beers out there period.  Another factor is it’s from a very small brewery.  This one is from Funky Buddha Lounge out of Florida.  And most importantly there are only 50 bottles of this stuff out there period.  I got number 3 out of 50.  Now does the question is, does it live up to the hype?  My answer is “Hell yes!”

WAIM pours a pitch, oily, black with very little head at all.  But let’s just forget what this beer looks like because as you’re pouring this beer your nostrils will be attacked with huge aromas.  One of the strongest beers I’ve ever smelled in my life.  The aroma is full and I mean full of maple syrup.  When I mean full of it, it’s hard to explain.  I could walk into the other room and still get a little bit of the smell.  Putting my nose up to it I got more.  A nice bit of smokiness comes up, followed by coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate.  It’s impressive.  It’s huge.  It’s hard to explain on a blog. 

The taste is just as good and just as big.  Once again the maple syrup dominates and I really wonder just how much they used for this beer.  The flavor is dominated by sweetness.  As the maple calms down a bit you’ll pick up the other flavors.  Coffee, smokiness, and chocolate.  This beer is huge but the ingredients totally cover up any alcohol that is in this beer.  It’s breakfast in a bottle. It’s a total sipper.  One to sit back and enjoy over an hour or so.  I was questioning myself the whole time, is this really beer?  Awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, but very sticky.  Like maple syrup. 

Yes this lives up to the hype.  One of the more original beers I’ve had in a while.  It’s huge on taste.  I had this beer around 9pm on Sunday night.  Every time I woke up during the middle of the night I’d still smell and taste the maple syrup.  Also the glass that I had it in was sitting in my dish washer for a day or so.  Whenever I would open it up the aroma of maple syrup just hit you in the face.  Believe the hype.

Found: Trade
ABV%: 10.50%
Price: N/A
What the company says:
Nothing on the site about this one
Other beers to try from this brewery: First brew I’ve tried from this brewery
Other beers to try within the same style: Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout, The Bruery Chocolate Rain
Rating: A++

2 Responses to “The Funky Buddha Lounge Wide Awake It’s Morning (Imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter)”

  1. Josh 21 July 2011 at 9:10 am #

    wow that is amazing. only 50 bottles! I actually saw this beer when I was at Ohio Brew Week last week. I was at Jackie O’s in Athens, OH and overheard this guy making a big deal out of it from accross the bar. All I could read on the bottle was the “Rx” and “Funky Brewery”. I now realize I should have made a point to talk to the guy and try it.

  2. Mike - 20 September 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Shit I didn’t even realize you reviewed this until now. I came to the site to see if I missed it and sure enough I did. I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

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