Brew Review – I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared by Funky Buddha

This is the first and last time I ever want to review a beer that was named after anything related to Saved By The Bell.

Yeah, so in one particularly infamous episode, the one character played by that one actress whose career highlight is this and Showgirls gets addicted to caffeine pills. Apparently, she’s trying to study, and is in a singing group, and is upset by how outrageously voluminous her hair is and being trapped in a tie-dye neon nightmare of a show, so she goes into this Pointer Sisters-themed breakdown:

Acting brilliance, right there.

By now, I think we can tell I didn’t like Saved by the Bell that much. Well, someone at Funky Buddha did. And they decided that her major breakdown makes a good name for a beer. This is why we get I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared (Russian Imperial Stout, 10.2% ABV, 40 IBU) on tap.


And it’s so good, too. That’s a bit shocking to me, since I am generally too weak to handle most Russian Imperials, like Funky’s soon-to-be-bottled Nikolai Vorlauf.

But when Funky treats an RIS, it comes out smooth, drinkable, and nowhere near as brutal as drinking them straight. I’m So Excited is like that, with cocoa and vanilla helping to sweeten the beer and cut a lot of the brutalness out of the beer.

Don’t expect this to be a sweet ice cream sundae sort of beer. It’s still dark and heavy, with lots of deep roasted malts adding heavy, heavy coffee and molasses notes to the beer. But the cocoa and vanilla really brings a lighter, sweeter edge to an otherwise big beer.

The fact that they were serving this on nitro doesn’t hurt at all. I love beers on nitro; especially heavy, thick beers like this where the creaminess can be showcased beautifully and, in turn, accentuates the wonderful sweet adjunct flavors, especially the vanilla.

It’s just that there are so many other shows they could have used. And they used that show. Why would anyone want to be reminded of cheesy 90’s kids shows?

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s morphin’ time.

Drink Florida Craft,



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