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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter

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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 1,339
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 8.3%
Wants: 2,117
Gots: 159 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 10-20-2010

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is amazing...Maple is key note! Was very impressed with the balance. The overall mouth feel was great for a porter. My top 5 porter easily. Great job FB!!

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. This might just be my favorite porter of all time. As expected the mouthfeel was a bit thin as most porters are, but everything else was on point. Tons of smoke on the nose and taste from the bacon and lots of nice sweetness from the maple syrup. So well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of mabermud
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body on this supposedly fine beer has a deep brown body that looks semi-viscous as it flows from this fine looking bottle. I especially enjoy that it has a Buddha shadow on it, since I practice the art of Zen. The head is fine and foamy. When the beer exited the bottle, the head was super reactive, foaming to a nice one inch head, that quickly dissipated into a thin mocha film that gathered around the edges. Nice melt off the sides of the glass as I consume this porter.

Noice! The smell is exclusive and unique. The first distinguishable smell is of maple syrup. Very distinct. Behind that is smoke and roast. No bacon for me. I'm almost vegetarian anyways, so it does not bother me. The maple syrup smell clearly dominates. If the smoke and roast are in the back seat, the coffee is in the trunk. A top notch, charming aroma.

Noice! This is definitely different. Maple syrup, tacky porter, smoke and roast, medium malts, and I can imagine in my head a piece of vegetable matter bacon, along with a small spot of coffee. With all of that going on in my chomper, this finishes quite nicely and clean. No after tastes. Not dry, but everything fades away cleanly. I was expecting a sugary and tacky aftertaste, but nothing is left behind. Clean.

Great bubble up throughout the drink and swallow, that is not only full and dense, but also delicate.

Overall, I would say that this is a superb porter that has earned a spot on my periodic beer menu.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best fresh. The smell is powerfully bacon. Taste after sitting for 9/10 months has much more maple with little to no hint of the coffee or the bacon until the back end. Pours a little thin but still within the best I've had.

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Photo of weonfire
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of those beers that when u pop the cap you are blown away at aroma the fills the room. It is fantastic. Bacon. Coffee. Yes and Yes. I could honestly sniff the beer in my glass all day. I'd give it a 6 if I could. But......when actually drinking this elixir, it falls short. Body is thin. and just feels uninspired. Honestly a let down from the Nose.

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Photo of rockernino
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. Cellared in temp-controlled environment for almost 18 months.

L: Black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice carbonation and some lacing.

S: First thing I smell is maple. Coffee is present, but it seems to have faded significantly over time. Some smokey notes in the background.

T: Starts off with a faded coffee/chocolatey taste up front, then it opens up to maple sweetness, some more coffee/chocolate notes and then finishes with a subtle smokiness.

M/D: Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Very nice. Some people say it's too thin, and I can see that, but I think the body is totally fine.

O: An exceptional porter that has a lot going on the nose and the palette. It's got quite a bit of sweetness to it that, while not cloying, I'd still recommend sharing it with a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of asams10
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened at a share on 8/29. Had been excited to try this one for a long time. Glad that I didn't end up trading for this and instead only had a small sample. The smell did not do the name justice. Taste was pretty much maple syrup with a hint of bacon on the back end. Glad I at least got to try this once.

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Photo of macher0
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at a share and my rating reflects the opinions of most that were there. But I want to say I was very fortunate to try it.

It certainly very dark, but thin and a poorly developed head (very coarse and sparse). The nose was mostly smoky and coffee. I did not get bacon nor maple. The taste was mostly smoke (very subtle which was good), and coffee. A little hop bite. No bacon or maple in the taste, The body was very lacking: very thin, light, and a little watery.

Now this was a good beer. Did it fit the description, no. I feel it is overrated and not worth the hassle of obtaining one. I felt this was a moderately well crafted porter with strong espresso and smoke - not over the top - but still strong.

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Photo of W_Des
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at the BA Sexual Chocolate bottle share. It pours an opaque black with aromas of coffee and some smokey bacon and finally some maple as the beer warms up. Taste was truly like breakfast coffee and roast in the middle followed by the smokey flavor and finishing with a sweetness of maple that lingers just long enough to remind you to keep sipping..

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Photo of Zach136
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smoked coffee, some caramelization, and salted pretzel.

Flavor: Balanced notes of coffee, maple, and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with residual smoke and roast. When those fade, you get hit with back maple sweetness. Not the most traditional porter mouthfeel, but it's super unique and I love the finish.

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Photo of zac16125
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca

Long time want of mine, super excited to give it a try.

A: Jet black, small light tan head, dissipates quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 4.25

S: My girlfriend says it smells like breakfast, I think it smells like a dream. Tons of coffee, lots of maple, roasty and subtle cocoa notes. 4.75

T: Like the nose, there's tons of coffee and maple in the taste. Not much bacon, but there is a subtle saltiness on the finish. Bitterness from the coffee. Delicious. 4.5

M/D: Exceptionally smooth, medium body, carbonation low, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Overall, an excellent beer. I've been waiting years to try this and wasn't let done. Not as good as Last Snow but I'd drink this any time. 4.5

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A nice dark brown color. Aroma is sweet coffee. Taste follows with a little saltiness. The name says it all with a great combo of noticeable maple, coffee, and bacon. Very complex,smooth, and flavorful.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit cloying, artificially sweet and doing its best to cover up an average base beer. Definitely interesting in that it definitely is a maple-y, bacon-y, coffee porter - just a little too flawed.

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Photo of pants678
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with bubbly off white head.

Maple and coffee. Breakfast.

Maple is a nice counter point to harsh, grainy coffee and bacon that's a little smokey. How does the bacon work? All comes together damn near perfectly.

Stout? Porter? W/e.

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Photo of aleigator
2.77/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

'15 vintage

Pours a black color, turning dark red at the edge of the glass, with a decent beige, bubbly head.

Has an intriguing nose, featuring toffee, bready malts, cold pressed coffee, raisins, old, slightly skunky wood, and a whiff of syrup, together with salt. Smells complex in comparison to its lighter body, tied together by bakers chocolate. Not what I would expect from a porter, but quite unique and very pleasant.

Has a fitting medium carbonation among a lighter body, leaving a lot of room on the palate for bready coffee.

As well as the nose comes together, regarding its complexity, the taste is rather one-dimensional and thin. It exhibits raisins, toasty malts and an extreme overload of cold pressed coffee, rolling over all the other possible flavors, hindering the beer from developing more subtle notes, as featured in the aromas. The coffee though isn't very pleasant on the tongue, it includes no cream, but cold ash and a metallic, distracting flaw. Developes an unpleasant mix of metal, cold coffee and sticky sweet malts in the finish, leaving back a nice flavour of roasty hazelnuts at the very back end of the palate.

Tastes more like a stout than an actual porter, due to its incredibly dominant coffee presence, opening the tongue to roast and earth, as well as old tobacco and cold ash unfortunately. Its sudden turn into a sweeter direction during the finish seems a little off, as it gets unpleasantly introduced by a bubbly, metallic carbonation, rather than more fitting cream or chocolate - basically plays both ends against the middle. Evokes an overall colder appearance, leading back to the coffee, while especially the maple syrup should be able to lend a certain warming quality to the beer - it does not, feels more like a gimmick than an actual necessary ingedient, forming the appearance of the taste.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had this a few times, LOVE this one. nose and taste is spot on as advertised. maple over a chocolate porter with a nice smooth cooling char in the smokiness. tastes like breakfast ought to. killer beer...lives up to the hype

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Photo of Fly_Moe
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, Poured into snifter.

Look: Thin tan head, deep black coffee colour.

Smell: Dominate Maple aroma with caramel toffee notes. Dark coffee aroma. Reminds me of coffee in a diner. Hint of bacon.

Taste: Maple, dark malts, vanilla, bacon on the back end. Taste lingers through out from the beginning to the finish. Everything is balanced yet you get each individual taste.

Feel: Silky smooth, velvety mouth fell that coats your tongue and gives plenty of time for the individual flavors to rise.

Overall: Best flavored porter to date. The long finish is amazing. They linger for minutes after each sip. Like breakfast in a bottle. Recommend drinking as fresh as possible.

Note: Wide Awake It's Morning, the imperial version, is even richer and fuller.

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Photo of AOTP
3.49/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointing beer. Thin mouthfeel. Muddied flavors. The only thing that really shined was the maple after it warned a bit. Not worthy of the hype, but furthermore, not worthy of a repeat purchase even if this was sitting out at a local shop instead of released on one specific day every year. Terrible.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally got to try a growler of this one from Doodler a while back. Cheer for that one mate. Thought I'd give a bomber a review instead. Got this one from 7clutch a while back. Cheers, as always!

From a bomber into a snifter
Porter with coffee, maple syrup and natural flavors added

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with very good retention. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a full foamy cap.

SMELL: A bold maple aroma jumps right out of the bottle upon opening. Pretty impressive. Lots of maple syrup, cotton candy, caramel and piles of butterscotch, some coffee, a touch of roasted aromas as well, but really, this is a maple syrup and butterscotch bomb. Impressive stuff, though perhaps a little over done, believe it or not. Maple syrup is notoriously difficult to get to come through, and here it comes through in droves.

TASTE: Perhaps not as impressive as the nose had indicated, unfortunately. Some caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with a touch of coffee flavor as well, but it all comes across a bit bland and muted compared to the onslaught of aroma. A medium but lingering finish of sweet maple syrup, butterscotch, some notes of bitter, creamy coffee and some lightly roasted flavors as well. It’s interesting and satisfying enough, but there’s not much in terms of the smoke you’d expect from the description, and unfortunately it’s not nearly as decadent or as satisfying as the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little foamy and perhaps a touch watery on the palate, not creamy enough really, goes down fine and finishes rather dry.

OVERALL: This is the second time I’ve had this beer and I hate to say that it’s the second time it didn’t quite live up to expectations, unfortunately. It is an enjoyable drink, but the flavor doesn’t follow the brilliance of the nose and the feel is a little weak, which doesn’t help the situation either. For me, the flavor would have to be a little more forthcoming and the feel smoothened out before I could really join in all the praise that this beer gets. For now, it’s just not quite as spectacular to me. In any case, I was really happy to see this one again, so cheers to 7clutch for sending one over.

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Photo of Travitten
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super amazing awesome beer! Most of these reviewers must have gotten a different batch than I got. The aroma is amazing. I didn't wash out the bottle just so I could smell it for days. Maple upfront, lots of coffee in the middle, then light bacon smoke to top it off. Best Porter there is (at least that I have found). I have traded for two more since this first bottle. By the way, I drank the first within weeks of the annual release party.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I went into this expecting too much. The complex flavors that I was expecting just were not there. Bascially a coffee porter. I got a little maple but no bacon. Mouthfeel was on the thin side.

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Photo of anteater
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like decent, light coffee porter. Not much maple, not any bacon, and just a hint of coffee over a very light bodied porter. Not the flavor explosion I was expecting at all, but still pretty decent outside of what its advertised to be.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer I'd super unique. Breakfast in a bottle. Maple and pork... Yes, its there. Would've rated higher, though I prefer BA beers. A must try though.

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Photo of KevSal
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't expecting much but the nose on this is out of control, how are they able to make the nose so vibrant? The taste follows suit but not as pronounced

Great stuff

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This porter has it going on. Such a complex beer for the style. I have a hard time figuring out how they pack so much flavor into this beer. It really has the sweet, sticky maple syrup. It has the smoked malt, bacon flavors. And the coffee roast doesn't disappoint. Very easy to drink. Very flavorful. One of my favorite porters.

6.4%? really? So easy to drink and so complex.

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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.