Wide Awake It's Morning

Florida
United States
Funky Buddha Wide Awake It's Morning Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Rise and shine, buttercup - it's time for breakfast. This imperial version of our infamous Maple Bacon Coffee Porter adds some girthy gravity to the the smokey, salty, rich combo of maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, and bacon.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
40
Judges Review 
Mike Castagno's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Initially there is a huge waft of toffee in the nose, though this quickly calms down to allow for a generous maple syrup character mixed with the aroma of a coffee house – espresso and fresh-brewed coffee. To add to the complexity, there's a touch of smokiness underneath it all. There is a very modest “beer” character that pokes through these additions, which could be generically described as “dark beer essence,” with a rich, full body and notes of a malty, biscuity backbone. There is no perceivable hop character (as expected) and minimal bitterness -- just enough to soften the intensely sweet perception brought on by the maple quality. While I am not a huge fan of flavored beers, the balance struck between all the ingredients here is admirable and the overall enjoyment is enough to convert me. This could be a nice beer to pair with a pancake brunch (for Father’s Day perhaps?) or possibly a beignet dessert course.