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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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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,298
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2,048
Gots: 156 | FT: 13
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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 readbaron
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to PaulMPap for bringing this one.

Pours out an opaque murky dark brown with light carbonation.

Smell is incredible - bitter coffee opens the nose, but maple syrup wafts out of the glass and fills the room with a breakfasty aroma. A hint of smoke on the end.

Flavor is very impressive - dry bitter coffee, initially, then some smoke, with maple sweetness blended evenly throughout. Chocolate malt also makes an appearance. It's hard to believe this much flavor comes from a porter.

Feel is decent. Medium bodied, could use a bit more carb. There's something a bit fuzzy about the feel.

Fantastic beer. Funky Buddha continues to impress. I wish it was easier to come by. (682 characters)

Photo of MystikCelt
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think my mouth just had an orgasm made out of chocolate velvet rainbows.

That said, this is the first beer I've ever felt compelled to review, so I may be a rookie at this, but I've got a year or more of eclectic, and, as my local beer distributor can happily attest to, copious, selection of craft ales. I went after this one in particular for two reasons... 1) I love maple syrup (bacon doesn't count as a second reason, because it's a given), and 2) the hype.

I am here to tell you the hype is indeed real.

I was so worried that I'd built it up so far in my head that when I inevitably popped the top, there'd be no way it could stand up to my preconceptions. In fact, I waited a good two weeks after finally snagging a bottle before actually opening it, because I was almost certain there was no way it could stand up to the hype.

The moment I popped that cap it all faded away. The smell was exactly as described in all the best reviews... breakfast in a bottle. Coffee, maple... a touch of maybe cinnamon, deep caramel... (I dunno who has caramel with breakfast, but hey, it's caramel, can't go wrong). Chocolate, omg, the chocolate. Double rainbow chocolate.

When I finally came down after sniffing it like a kindergartner with a fresh bottle of Elmer's, I actually poured it out, only momentarily forgetting you could actually DRINK it and not just bask in the scent. It poured out looking just like it was coming out of a fresh pot of coffee. And I mean just that... it was the same color and appearance of that perfectly brewed pot my mother always makes when the family gets together on holidays, that I can never seem to replicate on my own. I give it less than a 5 only because, based on the style, I expected it to pour a bit thicker. It was actually prettier than I expected, but I'm trying to score to the style, and also looking for reasons not to give it all 5's and completely ruin my credibility heh.

I looked at it for a while, feeling like Indiana Jones eyeing the idol with a sack of sand in one hand, wondering exactly how I was going to take something so enticingly beautiful completely into my possession without something going horribly wrong to muck it all up.

I needn't have worried, there was no giant stone ball... though I was indeed bowled over. Not only did it live up to the hype, it went above and beyond. Because until it actually passed my lips and sent me to a happy place that would put Happy Gilmore's to shame, I really couldn't quite comprehend how amazingly the flavors could complement one another and go beyond to something even better. The chocolate, the caramel... they blend with the coffee to keep the coffee flavor but smoothe out the bitterness... the maple sweetens the pot without the cloying taste I've found in some other maple-kissed ales. The bacon... quite honestly, I can't really say I taste the bacon. There's a certain smokiness that seems to act as a... a... bonding agent? Ecosystem? Je ne sais quois? No idea, but it swirls around the whole thing, permeating each sip, and it seems like it's what holds everything else in place. It's like the lines of sheet music that notes are written on. As it has a smokey taste to it I assume it's the bacon, but its bacon in function, not form, if that makes sense to anyone without a mind as weird as mine.

Anyway, I was downing it about as fast as if it were Tim Powers' Herzwesten Dark and I was a grail king. Before I knew it, I was more than halfway though my glass (one of those Sam Adams Boston Lager jobs) and the initial mouthgasm had fled my senses enough that I could think somewhat straight again and start slowing down to appreciate it on levels below the plainly mystical realm I was floating in.

And so I came here. I'm not a professional beer reviewer... hell, until just now, like I said, I've never reviewed a beer. I've read hundreds of reviews and always boggled at how people are able to put their tasting experiences into descriptive words. And so, this is not that kind of review... there are plenty other reviews in this thread that have it covered better than I could. No, this is just a review from a guy who wanted to let everyone out there wondering if it was worth it, that is is indeed worth it.

So, if anyone out there was considering selling a kidney, or possibly a neighbor's kidney, or hell, even the whole neighbor, in an effort to get their hands on a bottle, growler, thimble, upturned hollow Barbie-doll head, open palm, whatever... that it is COMPLETELY worth it.

Just don't sell an of the sensory organs required to experience this liquid Nirvana. (4,614 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black color with a small white head. In the nose, I immediately get bacon and maple syrup which instantly transition into fresh brewed coffee. Fresh coffee grounds and maple syrup make this one inviting porter. Taste is initially a heavy maple profile, quickly followed by delicious coffee. Best coffee flavors I've ever received from a beer. Lovely complex blend of coffee and maple syrup. Breakfast made perfect. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I know this is a bold statement (no pun intended)... But best coffee beer I've ever had. (624 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, subtle mahogany hue. Pours no head and no lacing.

Smell: Maple at first, then lots of fresh coffee grounds, chocolate, espresso, maybe a hint of bacon.

Taste: Coffee is dominant, espresso, chocolate, subtle saltiness, maple.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very smooth/creamy. minimal carbonation.

Overall: Wow. This beer totally delivers. Coffee Maple Bacon(Saltiness) all present. Probably the best coffee beer I've ever had. (487 characters)

Photo of Drazzamatazz
1.95/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Guess I need to review this one again...

First off, yes, this did sit in my cellar (and its a real cellar) for like three months before the chances came around to opening it.

A: Nice dark brown with ruby highlights. Good carbonation upon pouring but not much staying power.

S: Smells very much like I remember. Coffee aromas are not as intoxicating, a little more stale perhaps, but still nice. Maple is there just like before. I'd say it was a lot like the fresh growler, only significantly more muted.

T: I almost spit this out. Completely lactic. First sip was shockingly tart. To make matters worse, it still has the deeply roasted coffee flavor, some sweetness from the maple syrup, and the salt presence of bacon. This has soured, and not in a good way. Drainpour, and I hardly ever do this.

M: Much thinner than I remembered. Something is definitely in here destroying this delicious beer.

O: Was not expecting it to live up to last time, but this is in no way what I wanted. At first I tried to pretend that time had not treated this beer weel, after awhile though it became apparent that it had been infected. Too bad, was such a great beer the way it was meant to be... (1,185 characters)

Photo of biggsbowler
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Breakfast all day long!!! The aroma is smoky and sweet, not too much coffee. The coffee is more in the taste and combined with the maple, you can’t stop drinking it. The body is syrupy and very dark. Make this beer, one of your last beer of the night. This taste will linger for a long time, which is great for people who love breakfast. (339 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


I was able to drink a pint of this and found that the maple sweetness really limited the drinkability. I felt satiated after 3 ounces. Dropping overall down to 4.


Bottle shared by a generous Adam, thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown with a small beige head that quickly recedes.

S: A blast of maple, which smells amazing. It reminds me of maple syrup. Wow. There's a pervasive roast with a nice earthy coffee profile. A light smokiness wafts from the glass and it does smell a bit like bacon. This is amazing.

T: Earthy coffee with huge maple presence in the flavor. Lightly smoky with a moderate roast. Doesn't match the aroma, but it's undeniably excellent. Dark chocolate is evident. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor.

M: Upper medium in body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is awesome. Breakfast in a glass. I didn't expect this to be as good as it sounds, but it is. The maple is really powerful in both the aroma and the flavor but it lacks the sweetness one might expect. Highly recommended. (1,049 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz. Growler drank the day it arrived thanks to Jay.

Pours a transparent chestnut brown with a toffee colored decent sized head. Above average retention and lacing. A nice looking beer.

Aroma is pretty dominant coffee with also a healthy dose of maple syrup. Its actually weird, one sniff will be all coffee the next sniff is all maple. Eventually as it warmed just the faintest bacon smoke comes through. My only real complaint is the coffee aroma is somewhat stale but not enough to make it terrible.

The coffee dominates the taste more than the aroma. Its still a bit stale and last from beginning to end. The maple flavor comes towards the end and lends a nice perceived sweetness and balances out the coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation is great, even for a semi leaky growler. Pretty velverty smooth and medium thick mouthfeel without lasting a bitterness.

Overall a really great beer with more maple flavor than I've ever had in a beer. (959 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the lounge.

Darkest deepest brown, black. The dark atmosphere of the lounge (badass place) didnt help to show any other hues. Little khaki head up top when I got it, falls down to nothing over a minute. Mild amount of lacing as consumed.

The nose is a huge mix of coffee maple, & molasses. I zoned in to find the smoked/roasted aroma & found it. But the two dominant players here are the coffee & maple for sure.

Taste follows the nose. Very sweet beer! "Wow" is all I remember thinking when I smelled & tasted this. "How the hell did they get those flavors in a porter?!?!?" Roast coffee up front & very sweet molasses on the back end.

I would say this is on the thicker side (7/10), but not too bad. Just very sweet! Definitely found this to be more of a dessert beer than something I could finish a few pints of.

One thing is for sure - this is a very unique & delicious beer. Is it worth all the hype & praise? In my opinion, no. But that is just my opinion. All in all, its a great American Porter & pushes the boundaries for what a "beer" can bring to the table. Hats off to the Funky Buddha for helping to open pandoras box in the brewing world. (1,167 characters)

Photo of Delraypete
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a snifter of this at the Funky Buddha. Was poured a very full glass with almost no head (not complaining about a big pour). Spilled a little on my fingers, which smelled like maple for the next 4 days. Kind of weird. Heavy maple aroma and flavor with roasted coffee up front transitioning to very heavy coffee flavor on the back end. Did not sense anything from the bacon. Light but pleasant mouth feel - helped to balance the distinct flavors. Very drinkable, but you better like the flavors. (499 characters)

Photo of ucusty
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is cured meat, coffee, and roast. MApel upfront with a healthly dose of coffee and smoke. Dry lingering smokey maple-y finish very nice
 I have had this in growler form before the hype train. Both times this was an exceptional beer. (281 characters)

Photo of Jefe73
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Florida Brewers Guild Beer Fest this past March in Ybor City and again at CCB's Hunahpu Release Party.

A - Pours dark brown, almost black with a reddish hue when held up to the light. A finger width tan head is persistent throughout with spotty lacing that clings to the glass.

S - The initial aroma is a double shot of espresso, followed by the sweet aroma of pure maple syrup and then some dark chocolate rounding out the nose.

T - The nose was a great indicator of just what this beer was going to taste like. Again, coffee up front, followed by some sweet malt, sugary maple syrup and just a very small hint of smoke on the back end.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. No alcohol warmth was present...very nicely balanced.

O - My initial hopes before even trying this beer was for a pronounced bacon / smokiness profile, but it really wasn't there the way I had imagined. All in all, this is still one very tasty Porter and one that I will actively seek out any chance I get. (1,015 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Jupiter Beerfest. A big tip of the cap to Ryan and Kevin. This was the biggest draw at the event. In fact the mob was actually chanting maple!! bacon!! Mohago pour with very little head. Outrageous maple nose. A little thin in the body, but the taste is fantastic with maple syrup, caramel malt, sweet coffee, and vanilla dominating the palate... (360 characters)

Photo of Siggy125
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to open this one and give it a whirl with some friends.

As I opened the bottle I was compelled to stick my nose in it out of intrigue. Wow, big whiffs of Aunt Jemima maple syrup and strong black coffee immediately.

poured into a couple of 4oz taster glasses. Medium bodied consistency, small amounts of head and lacing. Root beer brown in color.

Took another hit of the smell from the glass, More maple, bolder coffee and now hints of smokiness, (bacon?) I could tell this will amazing when it warms a little.

The taste was surprising. Love the maple presence but the bold coffee flavor added a slight bitterness. The smokiness was less present in the taste but balanced well with the coffee and maple. All of these flavors were enhanced as the temp increased. Mouthfeel was a little thin but very pleasing.

I really enjoyed this unique brew as did my friends. I'm sad to look at the now empty bottle and hope to land another some day. Definitely recommend it. (983 characters)

Photo of pwoody11
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from a generous BA. Brought to a tasting at BeerThursdays residence.

From notes:

Aroma was a very strong maple syrup. Smells sweet. Not much somkeyness. Faint coffee scent.

Tastes was damn good. Not quite breakfast in a bottle, but awfully close. Coffee, chocolate, maple syrup. Again, not as smokey as I had expected, but don't think that's really a bad thing. Just expected a stronger presence with bacon in the name. I was thinking more Rauchbier.

Mouthfeel was rich and thick, coats along the way down.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Only request would be a little more heat. Maybe raise the abv to 8%. This one was hard to get a hold of, but I'm hoping another opportunity pops up (716 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to UrbanCaver for bringing this to a Jackie O's tasting in May (thanks Cam!). Along with Chocolate Rain this was one of the main events.

Dark brown color, nearly black, extremely dark for a porter. Holy shit does this smell appetizing. So rich, so much maple, also ample amounts of bacon smoke and roasted malts, if this doesn't earn a perfect score on smell then I don't know what does. Coffee too, but honestly I've never tried a beer with such an appealing maple nose.

And it tastes just as good as it smells. Each particular flavor is easily discernable, maple, coffee, roasted malt, smoked meats, everything. This is another perfect 5.

Oily mouthfeel, if anything this only adds to the amazingness that is this beer. It coats and sticks to your tongue, keeping those rich flavors for along aftertaste. Not sure what other praise I can heap on this, an extremely good and flavorful beer that you can drink for a long time given the relatively low ABV. Awesome. (979 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from a kind trader - thanks for the swap! Poured into my snifter and sampled over the course of an hour and a half. This beer has a myriad of flavors and opens up well, with a nice evolution across the tasting experience.

Things start off well, with a dark brown, almost black colored beer sitting in the glass. There's a bit of light passing through on the edges but the center is pretty opaque. The beer features an off white head but that subsides too quickly leaving just a bit of lace in its wake.

My first impression of the smell is that this is certainly unique, almost odd but pleasant and cool. The dominant note is a fresh coffee smell
that's dripping with maple sweetness. There's more sweet maple than in any beer I've ever had. Couple that with a hint of fruitiness and a touch of smoke and you get a beer that truly stands out. That is to say this beer is unique (but unfortunately not jaw-droppingly amazing) but the nicely expressive notes of the elements the name promised assures this beer a score better than just good!

The taste throws me off for a second. I instantly get a sweet cola syrup or a sweet berry or prune note that just seems out of place. Just as I notice this oddity, the maple explodes with sweetness, creating a taste that is simply the best defined maple ever in a beer. A touch of coffee and smoke at the end round out one of the most unique beers ever.

The mouthfeel wasn't as strong as the flavor and smell, but still was pleasant. The beer is a touch thin and sticky but nice carb keeps things moving along. The viscosity is OK for a porter but a breakfast beer could use some heft. Overall, I liked this beer a lot but didn't think it was deserving of the insane hype. Unique for sure, but nothing like the experience of my first Founders Breakfast Stout. (1,815 characters)

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for pwoody11 for sharing this bottle.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of macho head which faded quickly to some spotty lacing.

S - This really blew me away. Even when I opened the bottle, all I could smell was maple. The pour revealed the coffee and there was still quite a strong scent of maple syrup. There is also some chocolate and sweet sugary smells.

T - Tastes like Maple syrup and coffee. Very very good, but actually a bit disappointing. The flavors are there, but not quite as strong as in the nose. The sweetness really comes forward. Caramel, chocolate and the sugary maple syrup blend well with the coffee. Very nice combination of flavors, just not as strong as I would have though.

M - A bit heavy for 6.3%, which could be from the bacon weighing it down. It's hard to render out all of the fat, and that could lead to a thicker MF than would otherwise be present. The bacon almost hurts the beer, and the maple and coffee go so well together.

O - Very good, rare experience. I know of a few other companies who are doing the same sort of thing, and this one is probably the best I've had. The maple syrup thing is very exciting, just hope they can bring up the ABV a bit to give it more of a bite. (1,236 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge huge thanks to Maltzilla for sending me this bottle

A: Deep brown, near black with a fine layer of mocha colored head. Solid head retention but minimal lacing.

S: As soon as I opened the bottle I got hit with a giant wave of maple syrup and waffles. A nice roasty coffee note is present as well and just a hint of smokiness as well to represent the bacon.

T: Much as the smell, it was breakfast in a glass. My biggest critique is that the smokiness and bacon aspect of it wasnt as present as i was expecting but this was still a great porter non the less

M: Rich and creamy, goes down very smooth.

D: I hate when i give into hype, but i loved this beer and would relish the opportunity to try it again (713 characters)

Photo of normyk
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trying this for the second time thanks to Urbancaver and it lives up to my memories from DLD. It blew my mind there and it's blowing my mind again.

Nice head, some decent lace and a big aroma of maple, coffee and light smoke. Looks and feels a little thinner than expected, but the taste is phenomenal. Big big maple, nice coffee and a little smoky bacon and all smooth and balanced. This is just crazy fun stuff. Killer stuff. (428 characters)

Photo of mistakebythelake
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Jackies O's by Urbancaver thanks Cam!

Poured a dark brown with little head that dissapated quickly. Slight lacing most likely from the maple. What impressed me the most about this beer was the incredible nose of maple and coffee. Slight smokiness to it. Similar to the smell coffee, maple and bacon on the back palate. Moderate carbonation and very easy to get down. Would love to try this again and it is a great porter. (432 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful reddish brown. Beautiful pour. Thank you so much Ryan for sending this for us.
Smells incredible. Tons of maple and coffee on the nose. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had!
Tastes sweet maple goodness with tons and tons of coffee not the tongue. A touch of smokiness which is great but subtle. Icredible flavour profile.
Sweet and thick on the tongue. I wish it was a hair thicker but overall one of the best beers I've ever had (455 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-nice brown body with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-nice smokiness. Exactly like the name says
T-wow. This is good. Lots of maple but a little bit of bacon. Lives up to the hype
m-medium body and oh so smooth. Damn
O-great beer. Hard to top today even with everything we are opening (347 characters)

Photo of chuckm
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this treat on a spring break and loved it. Beautiful dark head with lasting lacing came paired with an incredible aroma, almost like walking into IHOP. Taste was strong with very mild bitterness however beer was severely undercarbonated to the point of being flat. (268 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a fun time hangin with Calton and enjoying this one during hobo tasting number 8. this may very well have been one of the best beers i have ever had, hands down. just simply superb in every way. served into two pint glasses and enjoyed on 4/30

the pour was a thick dark motor oil brown with loads of lacing coating the sides and just a really sticky, messy look to it that seemed to plop down in the glass like sludge.

as i reach in to catch a wiff i am overloaded on maple syrup. i have never had a beer have this much maple in it. it was was really simply amazing. so sweet and full of everything, i cannot say enough good things about this one, it really was simply amazing. as it warmed, molasses, dark chocolate, loads of roasted malts and vanilla with coffee and espresso overload start to take shape. this carries over into the flavor which mirrors the heavy maple and brown sugar so perfectly i was simply blown away. each sip was like heaven on earth, a wonderful mix of rich flavors and sweet, decadent dessert like taste. this was more then a beer, this was an expeirence.

overall i really do not know what else i can say, this was quite simply one of the best beers i have ever had. absolutely amazing in every way. (1,236 characters)

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.