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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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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 1,339
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to my boy mikesgroove for sharing this one with me during Hobo Tasting #8 sitting in the car at Lowe's before buying a grill (hobos gotta eat too). Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a half finger slightly tan off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and maple syrup. The flavor was of sweet malt, maple syrup, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and a very subtle smokey note. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was just plain excellent. The flavor on this thing was crazy good. Maple syrup was the star of the show, but definitely not overpoweringly sweet as you would expect allowing some more of the sublte flavors to come through. The aroma just gives you a small hint at what is about to explode on your palate. Really glad I finally got a chance to try this brew and would love to do so again! Also, how can a beer with a bottle label that awesome be bad!? Excellent job Funky Buddha!

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Maudite tulip. Big thanks to Ryan at FB for sending me this bottle.

A - Non descript, dark brown to light black with brown edging against the light. Tan head was only about 1/2" thick and didn't stay around long, minimal to no lacing

S - Probably the best beer I have ever smelled to date. Incredible layers of maple and coffee. The bacon isn't picked up as much, very faint.

T/M - This thing is just as advertised. Incredible. The main flavour I picked up first was the rich, woody, sappy maple. The cold coffee was also there in a supporting role and man it was balanced perfectly. I do pick up a slight fatty saltiness but it was just enough to tease you and not enough to make the beer taste like a piece of bacon was used to stir it. The balance of the flavours was extremely well executed. This couldn't have been easy due to the individual strength of these flavours. I was glad that I didn't find it overly sweet, it is sweet, but not cloying. A nice, full, creamy beer.

O - This beer is amazing. The balance is great and it is a very intriguing beer. The nose is worth any effort to get it. Top 1 or 2 beer I have ever had.

Thanks again Ryan and great work!

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

Thanks to Kevin at the Funky Buddha. I was in Boca for work, stopped in to try their house brews and hoped to get a taste of the this particular example since I missed it at Cigar City.

Popped a 12oz counter pressure filled bottle with friends back in Sarasota, poured black as night with light carbonation.

Floored by the coffee aroma, I haven't come across a brew with similar roasted coffee characteristics… almost as if you're smelling freshly ground, roasted beans with a hint of maple that follows.

Like others have said, the aroma matches the taste. Very coffee forward, followed by the taste of maple syrup and a salt flavor which I would guess to be the bacon. As the beer warmed to a little below room temp, the maple became much more pronounced, pushing the coffee to the back a bit.

Mouthfeel was on par with decent porters. Not too thick and not too thin, this particular batch seemed to get it right with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I'm grateful for the opportunity to try this brew, it pushes the boundaries of what's possible with porters and brewing in general. Great job, and I will seek this out again, and hope to try the imperial version as well.

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Photo of zrab11
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a Dark brown color with a small tan head that dissapates quickly

S-WOW, the smell is great. Smeels of coffee. almost like a starbucks frappachino that you buy in those glass jars at gas station. You can smell the maple also. No bacon smell coming though. OVerall the smell is so delightful

T-Coffee flavor hits you right up front then the smooth maple comes in second then it finish's with a saltness. A saltness thats like cured meat. Which must be the bacon.

M-Medium bodied, has a thick mouthfell

D- OVerall this is an outstanding porter, not too watered down like some and not too coffee flavored like others. And the savory saltness is something ive never tasted in a beer. The only complaint i have is i wish the bacon flavor was alittle more present, But overall this was an outstanding porter ad glad i was able to trade for it. IM proud thatthis beer could be my 100th Review. Please try and get this beer, u wont be dissapointed

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Photo of mjn5036
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz “growler” popped open and poured into a snifter. The beer pours a jet black color and is surprisingly viscous looking for the style. I was worried about carbonation issues on the trip over here but it turned out just fine. A small, one finger, tan head rises from the pour and quickly fades away. A little bit of soapy lacing is left on the glass.

The nose on this beer is THE most maple driven beer I have ever come across. It smells like sweet, rich maple syrup; better yet, bacon that has been soaked in maple syrup. The bacon aspect gives a lightly smoky and salty smell. Along with this come the other usual suspects, coffee and chocolate. The smell, oddly enough, is nearly identical to a McGriddle; if you don’t know what this is, you clearly are not fat enough…

The taste is nearly indistinguishable from the nose. The one key difference is that the taste is quite a bit drier than the nose leads on to. Once again, it tastes like a big bite of a McGriddle, followed by a sip of black coffee. Awesome biscuity flavors with rich maple syrup, smoky bacon, and a dry, bitter coffee profile come together for a fantastical experience in the mouth.

The mouthfeel was spot on for carbonation however proved to be slightly drier than I was hoping for. I would have liked a bit of a sweeter profile, but that’s just me.

Overall – WOW. What an amazing beer. This is probably the best beer I have had this year, and it possesses a nose like no other. I need to get this again!

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Photo of anycrew
2.45/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had the beer on draft 4/10/11
The beer is jet black and very little carbonation and no lacing on the glass.
Very strong coffee aroma. The taste of coffee overwhelms the beer.
Did not pick up roast and malt character from the grains just over-powering coffee. It tasted like drinking a cold flat cup of coffee with a hint maple syrup. The beer is a sipper, taking over an hour to get through the glass. I would not consider this beer a porter due to the lack of drinkability.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer from the buddha, my fav place to get great local brews from. This beer in my opinion has THE BEST SMELL EVER for a beer, there i said it! It really does smell like breakfast complete with coffee, pancakes and bacon. Got 2 bottles at the house and am trying my hardest not to drink any of them right this minute!!!

Pours black as night with very little head, i usually just sit there for the first 5 minutes and take in the smell. Can't wait for the imperial version!!!

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Photo of landhoney
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on-tap at the Lounge.

Appearance: Jet black, no real head just very small dark tan bubble on the edge of tulip glass

Smell: First off is the coffee, slight roast/maple/sweet/toffee aroma, more than anything a sweet roast coffee, very complex aroma especially as it warms

Taste: Again, coffe is in the forefront, then the roasted grain and porter flavors, your get a hint of maple but not much, does a good job at being sweet while having a dry and drinkable finish. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good, but the lack of carbonation hurts this beer, overall though nice mouthfeel that has substance without being thick.

Overall: A great success I would say, excellent beer. Only criticism is the carbonation and maybe a hint too much coffee for my taste (I think this hurts the overall complexity a bit, maple flavors for instance).

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

Drove over an hour for this. Poured on tap at The Funky Buddha into a snifter. An imperial version is in the works!

Dark brown with pretty much no head. A quick swirl brings up a mocha colored half-finger.

Took the smallest whiff and WOAH! Olfactory overload! If I had closed my eyes I would have sworn I was smelling a fresh cup of coffee with just a hint of maple... like when you can't help but get sticky maple syrup all over the handle of your mug o' joe at breakfast and you end up smelling it when you take a sip. You know what I'm talking about...

A small taste and... SAVORY (umami), BITTER and SWEET! That's 3 out of 5 of the primary tastes all in one glass. I get the bitter coffee notes balanced by sweet malts and maple, rounded out by a hint of smoked protein... you know the one.

Mouthfeel is good... not very thick, little carbonation. Could be a little thicker. The thin character definitely makes it more drinkable so I see the intention there, but I mean... I want to be able to use a utensil on this sucker//. Sorry, I had to stop typing to smell the maple syrup on my fingers.

Best Porter I've ever had. Would love to have a hint of oak in there as well.

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Photo of polisanl
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CCB for Hunahpu release. Keg's went quick and was able to get two.

Brown in color with little to no head or lacing. Smells of sweet, sweet maple. Lots of coffee also. Absolutely delicious. Tastes identical to smell. Tons of coffee and sweet maple. Medium to thin bodied. Very little carbonation. Overall fantastic. This is liquid crack in a cup.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally getting around to adding this review in. From a 32oz growler (what a weird growler size) shared at a SMBDC meeting. Thanks Drazzamatazz for saving this one, probably the highlight and was a great way to start the meeting!

Pours a dark brown color with a small bit of head in my taster glass, not much lacing produced from the 2-3oz pour.

Smell is incredible, huge whiff of coffee dominants with a bit of sweetness cutting the coffee bitterness thanks to the maple presence, not picking up any bacon though, grrr!

Taste follows up on the aroma with a strong coffee kick, rounds out with a nice roasted malt backing and a touch of maple sweetness, still not getting any bacon flavor, not sure if that's a good thing or not considering bacon is quite salty and might not fit with the other flavors, carbonation is soft but present although porters tend to have higher carbonation than this, still it works for this beer and gives it a creamier mouthfeel than it would be otherwise.

The bacon in the name is certainly for hype, but this beer makes up for it by actually being a really great beer. Glad I got to try this before the insane hype started to kick in.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 2nd Hunahpu's Release.

A - Pours a medium brown color, off-white head that vanishes quickly that leaves a few bubbles here and there on top with no lacing.

S - Who needs to eat breakfast when you have this? Bacon, coffee, roasted malts, smoke.

T - Lots going on here and comparable to the nose. Bacon, smoke, coffee notes, malts, some sweetness in there too.

M - Light, a bit too thin for the style, little to no carbonation.

D - Had one sample and that was enough. I wish it was a bit more thick and had a touch of carbonation. Otherwise, a very cool beer that I'd try again if given the chance.

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Photo of godfathermg57
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at hunahpu's

A: Dark dark brown with a head that went away real quick. If they actually brewed with bacon that might have affected the head retention.

S: Good lord the name is spot on. Maple syrup, bacon and coffee all waft from the glass

T: Just like the smell, the tastes blasts you with syrup, bacon, and coffee, and in that order. My one criticism would be that it was too powerful. I was completely overtaken with the taste of breakfast in a bottle, but what a great breakfast it was.

M: Thick and fitting for a beer with a name like this and taste like this.

D: I've seen others say it was highly drinkable, so I guess to each his own. I thought it was best at half a glass, splitting with someone else. The taste is too overpowering beyond that. Good sipper though. Would be a fabulous breakfast beer if it ever got bottled.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the hunahpu release.

A: Pretty much opaque. A fluffy mocha head fades to nothing and not much lace to it either.

A: Holly breakfast batman! I could smell the maple from 5 feet away. This smells absolutely heavanly! Big coffee, maple syrup, and smoke. I mean it's just off the hook.

T: again pretty much breakfast in porter form. More maple syrup, coffee, and bacon. Great roasted malt profile and next to no hop presence. Finishes sweet and delicious!

M: a touch thin, light body. Good levels of carbonation.

D and overall impression: I could drink this stuff all day long, it's not just for breakfast. Overall, this is a hit. Original and well crafted. It really is breakfast in a glass. Get it if you can. Skal.

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Photo of shand
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hunahpu's Day 2011.

Pours a muddy brown color with minimal head. The nose on this is absurd. The name doesn't lie, this smells like a delicious breakfast spread. Coffee and maple syrup dominate the nose. The taste is just fantastic. It just tastes like breakfast! The bacon comes through a lot more on the taste, adding some great smokiness to prevent the maple from becoming cloying. I spilled a little bit on my hands, and they still smell like syrup. Very good.

The mouthfeel is perfect, it's actually a bit lighter and thinner than the name would let on, which is a very good thing. If this had a full and thick mouthfeel, I think the maple syrup would be way too cloying, the mouthfeel accents all the right parts of the brew as-is. The drinkability is superb, especially considering the full flavor of the brew. An awesome porter, very unique and absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Cigar City, Hunahpu Day 2011.

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color which is completely opaque with a one finger frothy micha headthat quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Wow, the aroma of this beer is ridiculous! Slightly roasty and smokey with a blast of chocolate/mocha/espresso. Not burnt or acrid smelling at all with lots of luscious chocolate, roasted espresso bean and sweet maple syrup. Kind of smells like a Southern Tier dessert beer.

Medium bodied with a smooth silky roasted chocolate mocha espresso flavor. Very well balanced with the perfect roasted character, sweet malt and maple. Thankfully the coffee presence is prominent without being overly acrid or tasting like used coffee grinds. Lots of silky, luscious milk and bittersweet chocolate flavor as well as some slight smokiness and sweet maple. With bacon in the name I was expecting this beer to be more robust, smokey and burnt tasting but it's just a touch and a very nice compliment to the sweeter flavors. No noticeable alcohol heat making this smooth beer very quaffable.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this one. It doesn't quite live up to the extremely high scores it's received so far but it's pretty damn good. Even somefolks who hate coffee beers were really into it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz screw-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this with me.

Pours black at first, but holding it up to the light actually reveals a deep ruby hue to this, and is topped with a ½ finger of light mocha colored head. This stays frothy on the edges, with a filmy look across the center. This has a very robust flare-up to it, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that slowly recedes into rich swathes of lacing. I can't quite put my finger on this recognizable aroma at first, until I realize that it smells....LIKE BREAKFAST!!! Bacon and sausage mixed with maple syrup covered chocolate chip pancakes and a dash of zippy coffee character. Oh, and just a smidge of earthy hop across the back of the nose to remind you that your actually smelling a beer!

The taste brings things back down to reality a bit. The smoky flavors are more subtle here and hang on the edges of a core of roasted coffee, light bitter hops, and sweet chocolate. That molasses flavor is present as well but doesn't quite stand out, instead integrating itself with all of the other flavors a bit more. Smoke and coffee hang in a rather dry finish. All of those flavors from the nose are present and balanced with each other but this just overall lacks the impact of that aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a nice mellow creaminess to the carbonation. Some light sharpness works itself in to, adding a gentle crispness to the proceedings, and zero alcohol presence helps keep this easy in the mouth and quite drinkable.

While this one didn't quite live up to the hype, I still found it very impressive how they were able to pull all of these unique flavors off into a very interesting yet still approachable drinkable package. That's 2 for 2 so far on these Funky Buddha beers for me. I will continue to seek more of these out.

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