Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Evoking a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with a multitude of flavors at play. It pours an opaque ebony brew with a frothy tan head. Aromas of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream creep forth from the glass. The mouth feel is luxuriously creamy, with layers of sweet malt, toffee, and roast giving way to waves of smoke, coffee, and salted chocolate. It finishes sticky, rich, and sweet, with the flavor of maple syrup lingering pleasantly on the tongue.

Added by DosBeerigos on 10-20-2010

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to lifeuntappd for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Clear dark brown. Forms an initial coffee with cream colored head. Super creamy. Fades to a small clump with a decent collar. Minimal lacing. Head is super creamy with a soft, large bubble structure. Decent retention in the long run. Moderate to light carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Maple candy layered over fresh maple syrup. Slightly salty and meaty tang through the back. Sweet. Salted caramel chocolate. Fresh brewed coffee rolls through the back as well. Everything on the bottle jumps right out. It smells like a diner in full tilt. Deeply roasted with some underlying cocoa. Warming pushes some of the sweetness down and ramps up the bitter coffee edge. Just a ton of maple.

Taste: A bit more roasted and less sweet than the nose would indicate. Maple rides on the back and controls the finish. Deeply roasted. A ton of burnt coffee bean and freshly brewed coffee. The bacon is super hidden. A slight hint of salt creeps through the back and helps amp the sweetness. Salted caramel. Milk chocolate with some alkaline cocoa as well. So much coffee. Malts offer a touch of cooked sweetness. Slightly grassy and earthy as well. A bit of a let down after the smell. The coffee dominates and everything else is shunted to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Relatively clean.

Overall: I'll stick to the diner, but this is a nice touch.

This would probably be stellar with a big plate of diner breakfast. Alone it loses a little something and doesn't quite shine. The nose is impressive and sets up an expectation the taste doesn't quite reach. With all of that said, it's good and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 4/30/16

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Dark, deep brown - pours with a medium size, light tan head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice lacing

S: Remarkably accurate to the name of this beer - maple and coffee are more prominent than the bacon, which I think was a good choice - rich, lightly sweet maple - the maple sweetness is rounded out by the lightly salty, meat - roasty coffee, a nice dark roast - some malty sweetness, with hints of molasses and toffee - some creaminess, but I'm not clear if lactose was involved - overall, potent but well-balanced

T: Breakfast - roasty coffee and coffee beans - coffee with cream - nice amount of maple, where it doesn't dominate, but it makes its presence known - bacon is on the light side, but it's definitely there, with some light saltiness and meatiness - on the sweet side overall, with caramel, molasses, and toffee - some chocolate malts as well - lingering sweetness in the finish

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, a touch oily with some residual sugars in the finish

O: Worth getting out of bed

I usually don't eat breakfast. But I could drink this every morning. Unfortunately, I have a job, so I guess that dream is out of my reach.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Great combination of flavors...the maple and coffee work well together and you get a bit of smoke from the bacon that complimented the other flavors nicely. Recommended!

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Photo of tbryant21
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a thin head. Smell of maple is really apparent. Taste is maple forward, not overly sweet, with an even blend of coffee and a tad bit of salt. This is an incredibly balanced beer and the flavors linger in the mouth.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 release drank on 1/29/2016

L - dark brown with a nice thin white head. Thin but solid for a porter

S - Coffee and maple burst out of the glass. Minimal smoke/bacon until it really warmed. A hint of milk chocolate

T - maple syrup, coffee, bacon, milk chocolate perfectly balanced after a bit of warming. Really really enjoyable. So unique that it's difficult to describe, but the beer name is very accurately described

F - thin, but super drinkable. Very smooth

O - This would beat the hell out of any other breakfast drink. The bacon/smoke addition is awesome when combined with the maple syrup. I really enjoyable unique type of beer that is exceptionally well done.

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Photo of KevinL
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: First thought after the pour was that this looks like a glass of cola. Very little head to speak of, with a cola colored body that lightens further around the edges of the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles continually rise to the top of the glass. This is a very average looking beer. 3.0 for appearance.

S: It might not look great, but it smells fantastic! One of the more fun smelling things I've had the pleasure to drink. I don't get very much coffee on the nose, but there is a distinct smell of maple sausage that takes me straight to Saturday morning breakfast. If the coffee were more distinctly there, I would give a 5 for aroma. As is, 4.75 will have to do.

T: I can clearly pick out the maple and a lingering saltiness that I would imagine is playing the role of "bacon". Coffee is there a little bit, but seems to be playing more of a complementary role than anything else, perhaps to balance the maple sweetness. Very tasty beer - 4.25.

M: Fairly thin, which isn't surprising given the style and ABV. That being said, the mouthfeel is holding this beer back from its true potential. Perhaps the BA or imperial versions have more of the body I'm looking for. Definitely an easy drinker, and combined with the lower ABV this would be an easy beer to drink in quantity around a campfire with friends. 3.75 for mouthfeel.

O: Very good, but didn't quite live up to my (admittedly lofty) expectations. The aromas and flavors are excellent, but the look and feel don't quite measure up. I would certainly drink this again, but I doubt that I'll be going through the effort of getting another bottle. 4.25 out of 5.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a trade.
Really good stuff. As a porter its a bit thinner but that makes it an easy sipper and at the lower ABV this can be a "summer night around the firepit" type brew also. Base is solid with a bit of saltiness from the bacon(?), but then tons of maple on the nose. The coffee is there but just to balance the sweetness. Great porter.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Aroma is maple syrup up front with notes of creamy chocolate and coffee. Flavor is coffee and chocolate with maple syrup. Has a nice creaminess and very smooth velvety mouthfeel. There is a slightly salty savory presence and overall this is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Myotus
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 49°F from a 22oz bottle (2016) into a snifter. Consumed on 09Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam. At 20 seconds, the head changes color to khaki. At 50 seconds, the head has halved itself. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and high in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweet coffee and maple syrup entangle with mild sweet chocolate and hickory smoked bacon aromas. Subtle salt, vanilla, and bitter roasted malt aromas are also present.
TASTE: Very strong flavors of sweet coffee first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild maple syrup and sweet chocolate flavors. Mild hickory smoked bacon and bitter roasted malt flavors further unravel the taste complexity. Subtle salt and vanilla flavors enter last as all previous flavors continue pushing on.
FEEL: Somehwere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is subtle. Goes down smooth, but is too thin to be creamy. Finishes with a mild and pleasant dryness.
NOTE: This was better than I thought it was going to be. I thought the smokey bacon flavors were going to be too much, but they were well balanced and allowed the syrup and coffee to dominate. Yet another spectacular brew from Funky Buddha. These guys do not disappoint.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i think the hype train has this a little high but if you like maple then you will like this beer. has big maple nose and taste that for me overwhelmed alot of the other flavors. but the coffee did just enough to keep you guessing as to what else you were tasting. this is a thought provoking beer for sure but i am unsure i would go to great lengths to obtain!

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

THIS BEER IS EPIC! Not because of the bacon, but because the whole roller coaster ride it puts you on. The smell of coffee energizes you, the taste of maple relaxes you and the feel of bacon fattens you. Pour it on your pancakes and bathe in it.

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

A - Dark brown pour, thin dark toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Smoke, dark chocolate, bacon, maple, cream.

T - Dark chocolate cream, smoke, bacon, light coffee.

M - Medium, light carbonation, somewhat creamy texture.

O - A fantastic beer. Best of all, such complexity for 6.4% - kudos, Funky Buddha!

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a perfect look, medium head very dark with little light passing through. Had an overpowering smell of maple syrup. Tasted burnt malts and a little sweetness.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A simply world class beer. I've had a few bacon beers before and they were all very disappointing. Not this one. The aroma reminding me of sausage (not bacon) and maple syrup. The taste is what I imagine CBS would be before barrel aging. Absolutely have to get more of these in the future.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly thin looking deep chestnut color with a thin mocha colored head.

S: Wowzers. Just everything you could possibly hope for. Tons of maple syrup, a nice kick of bacon and that's about it. What more do you really need?

T: It's unfair how great this beer is. Mouthfeel may be just a touch thin, but tons of maple syrup, light roasted coffee, caramel and just a touch of smoke. This is just amazing. Could drink a boatload of this.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet Aunt Jemima and coffee on the nose.

The taste is mostly bitter coffee and a touch of artificial maple syrup on the end. No discernible bacon anywhere.

The feel is thin.

Overall, a pretty average beer. There are plenty of shelf beers that beat this one out.

This used to be the beer that Florida traders relied upon to gain favorable trades outside of their market. For my taste buds, this beer is not one worth revisiting or acquiring in a trade.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad I finally got my hands on a bottle of this. I honestly didn't know what to expect with the bacon, but I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor. It was definitely there but not obnoxiously so. This was made possible likely because of the sweet maple that takes center stage on the palate. There was a subtle coffee flavor as well; overall, a very tasty treat, particularly for a beer with such a low ABV.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened and shared this with a couple of friends for game night. The moment you pull the cap off the bottle you know you're in for something interesting. That maple nose oozes out of the bottle reminiscent of a Looney Toons cartoon pie lifting characters off the ground through the physical forces of amazing aromas. Syrup covered pancakes all the way.

We pretty much all agreed that the midlevel ABV worked better than something in the imperial range. A huge ABV would have been distracting, and added unnecessary sweetness to a beer that's already well balanced. Interestingly, the coffee didn't seem all that strong in the taste. It was there, but certainly took a backseat to the maple. Similarly, the bacon wasn't at all overpowering either as you often find in "bacon" flavored brews. Overall, an outstanding balance from the tip of the tongue all the way to the backbone.

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Photo of StoutFox
3.34/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After all the hype I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this one. This was a solid Porter but all I seemed to taste was the coffee, I got very little maple and a little smokiness which I will assume is supposed to be reminiscent of bacon, I just didn't see it. I wasn't impressed. Ill stick to a regular porter next time.

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Photo of MS22
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer!

As soon as the top is popped the smell is evident from across the room. Straight maple goodness all over the place. Pours a deep black, thin lacing, small tan head. Again the smell is all maple with a faint bit of smokiness. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is slick but thin, does not coat heavily and the perfect carb cleans evenly but not in a harsh way.

Taste is all maple initially. As we warm up to 45-50 chocolate and coffee enter the picture and provide some balance to the sweetness. Again just an awesome experience. Sweet maple, coffee, smokiness all in harmony.

If I were offered this normally I'd have low expectations but FB crushed it here.

Perhaps the perfect breakfast beer for a game day tailgating at breakfast time!

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black. Smells very strongly of maple syrup with hints of bacon and coffee. Has a very upfront maple taste upfront with a nice pronounced coffee taste to finish. Has an excellent feel, with a perfect consistency. Overall a great beer. Ordered 2 glasses and would not hesitate to order again.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured almost black with a tan head that stuck around for a bit. The smell was amazing, full of maple syrup, coffee, and smoked bacon! The taste is like a full breakfast as the maple comes through first as it mixes with the coffee before finishing off with bacon. The feel was a little above medium as it had some thickness and creaminess to it and low carbonation. I never thought this beer would live up to the hype but it did. Definitely one of the best porters I've ever had!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very dark brown with a one finger dark khaki head that dissipates quickly to a small ring around the edge of the glass. There are very few spots of lacing. The smell is seemed subtle at first pour, but as it warmed it became very strong and very complex. Sweet maple syrup, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, and a slight smokiness all intertwine wonderfully. Taste is similar, but even better. It does not start off nearly as subtle as the smell, but it also enhances greatly as the beer warms. All the flavors from the smell come through, but they are turned up all the way. The smokiness really comes through nicely on the finish and lingers on the pallete which mixes extremely well with the wonderful sweet maple flavor. Feel is medium and slick, but creamy at the same time. Overall this is an absolutely amazing beer. Each of the flavors come through so wonderfully and very rich, and yet it stays true to style by not being too heavy and stout like. Easily the best porter I have ever had.

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Photo of DMBrady20
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is the best smelling beer ever. It smells more like maple syrup than maple syrup. Pancakes and coffee. It's a shame I can't drink this for breakfast every day.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a rich, dark jet hue reminiscent of black diner coffee, but supplemented by a 1.5cm sandy-colored head
S: Gorgeous sticky and sweet maple syrup on the nose with a secondary hint of dark roasted coffee
T: Upfront maple flavors transition into bitter coffee and smoky, savory saltiness
F: A bit thinner than I would have hoped for, but still a very smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation
O: Simply an outstanding porter and ranked highly on BA for good reason. The bottle describes this beer as a 'diner-style breakfast in a glass' and my experience evoked a similar experience. Given my sweet tooth, I actually wish they had emphasized the sugary maple notes a bit more and enhanced the creaminess and depth of the mouthfeel. These alterations would have made this perfect for me, but as it stands as a diner-style breakfast, this beer very much hits all the right notes with decided aplomb. Well done.

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