This week, we're continuing our trend (I suppose we should wait until there's three to make a trend... that's what the New York Times does) of Florida beers from Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day.
It's a sought-after brew and one that comes around perhaps once a year. It's big, maple-y, and bacony. It could only be Wide Awake It's Morning, the imperial Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park.
Finding this beer at this year's MBCP Day festival was, luckily, an easy task. It was on tap all day long and well worth the specialty pour.
Previously in 2011, 50 lucky Funky Buddha snifter members were able to pick up bombers of an early draft of this beer, complete in prescription labeled bottles. It's stayed fairly consistent since, maintaining its 10.5 percent alcohol by volume and large imperial stout character.
As can be guessed, this is the famous MBCP on steroids.
It's poured a thick black, not oil-like, but dark dark brown. It's very sticky, and any amount that you may get on the rim of the glass or elsewhere becomes syrupy. The aroma comes off with some mild smokiness and a lot of maple. It awakens the senses as to what sort of creamy chocolate awaits. The flavor brings forth cream-filled coffee, umami bacon, and more syrup. Luckily, cloying this beer is not (thanks, Yoda). In addition. vanilla-like flavors try to peek through.
It is, quite frankly, in the realm of complexity that most barrel-aged beers attempt to be in.
Though it is limited in production and distribution, Wide Awake It's Morning can still be found out in the wild, if you know where to look: Tonight, the 24th, Brass Tap Boynton Beach will be tapping a keg of Wide Awake at 6 p.m.
Follow #FloridaBeerFriday for more reviews of Sunshine State brews.
Get out there and #DrinkLocal.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Instagram.