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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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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 chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent looking: dark red-brown with excellent clarity.
Not as great as the name suggests.
O: kudos for managing to get maple, coffee and a hint of bacon into a porter. (171 characters)

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

man, what a special brew, and the way i got to try ti was pretty special too. it came through a trade i suppose, but a generous giving by its original owner, who runs a little pizza shop in port saint lucie florida called tavola, which i must recommend as strongly as one can, some of the most delicious and innovative pie i have encountered, and i am a real pizza enthusiast. thanks rob, my new pal, for this beauty! the beer pours like you would expect it to, nice dark mocha brown head over a dense looking brew the color of a coffee bean. it smells incredible, the coffee is the most evident by a landslide, but the other elements are there, and the maple is wholly authentic, not like the fake stuff, this is the real deal. the bacon is weird, there is a meaty smokiness, but i cant place bacon right away from the nose, it opens up though as it sits. plenty of coffee on the first sip too, thats the flavor i taste first. there is a dark chocolate undertone to it, and a roasted barley depth and texture not common in beers under 7% abv, which i still cannot believe. so many dark and interesting beers these days are 10% abv and sit in a whiskey barrel until the original beer is not recognizable, not this one folks, this is pure genius, and so different for those reasons. the bacon comes on real distinct in the flavor right after the swallow in that second or two long zone of stillness before all the coffee and maple flavors come rushing back. its almost salty, and definitely smoked, but its not intrusive, it just tastes like a really good and complete breakfast. the maple is responsible for a very long finish, and it carries a sweet nutty roast from the grain with it, although its never too much. i tasted maple on my mustache the next morning, and it was just as good, so this one has some staying power. i suspect its better fresh than aged too, although i may never know. the coffee and maple seem so forward, you would hate to lose that. the bacon is never greasy but gets more and more distinct as i zero in on it, i just frankly cannot believe how different and good this is, and how generous rob was to share it with me. a complete treat, and maybe the liquid highlight of my vacation to florida. worth the hype and then some. (2,252 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a recent trade.

Pours an oily and fairly dark black, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells intoxicating. You get every aspect of the name- I get maple up front, with bitter, roasted coffee beans, and some meaty smoke in the background.

I gotta hand it to Funky Buddha, they nailed this one. When you call something Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, you expect everything to be there, and it really is. The maple and coffee are the strong flavors for me- I get rich, syrupy maple and molasses up front, with a very earthy, slightly burnt coffee flavor, and some earthy smoke that really does resemble bacon. It's like a perfect breakfast. I get almost a cigarette flavor from this too, from the smoke. Other than the advertised flavors, I get some chocolate and roasted malt.

This is medium bodied, pretty thick and full flavored for the lower ABV. It's pretty creamy and goes down real easy.

This is amazing. A brilliant brewing achievement from Funky Buddha. (999 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is like entering a Starbucks. Coffee is strong with maple pronounced as well. Taste follows the nose and offers a salty finish which adds to the complexity and balance. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth as seems to be typical of all FB beers. Extremely drinkable. Saltiness increases as it warms along with a chocolate sweetness. Very unique and enjoyable. (364 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, salty bacon, smokey coffee. The flavors pick up the same aromatic qualities. Medium mouthfeel and sticky maple throughout with that nice smokey and salty bacon in the back finish. Overall, a pretty interesting porter. May have to go against the tide on this one and say this isn't exactly a world-class beer, but a very good one nonetheless for a gimmicky porter style. (442 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle, served in a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Dark black body, looks like black coffee. Two finger mocha head with average longevity, fades into a medium sized brown collar. No lacing to be found.

S- Smells like breakfast. Strong coffee aromas, and good quality coffee at that, too. Maple syrup sweetness is very hard to miss here, it smells like pancakes. Don't get a whole lot of bacon aromas although it does seem a bit smoky to me. Plenty of chocolate and nutty, toasted malt. Awesome.

F- Tastes like breakfast, too. Sticky maple syrup sweetness perfectly complements the moderately acidic black coffee flavours and bitterness. A moderate amount of smoke contributes some bitter complexity. Nutty base beer, not too much roast to be found. Smoky and bitter coffee on the backend, with a dollop of maple syrup. Delicious.

M- Medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation than I'd expect from the style but plenty enough to make it a wonderful drinking experience. Sticky sweet maple syrup coats the mouth while the bitter coffee and smoke linger on the palate for a long time afterwards. No joke. This is very drinkable and tasty.

O- Hype is well-deserved, excellent breakfast porter that absolutely smells and tastes like breakfast. It's different than Mornin' Delight in that the body is quite a bit lighter in this beer and the coffee tends to contribute more of a bitterness than actual flavour here, but the maple syrup is proportionally strong in this beer. The best comparison I can make is that this is a baby Good Morning, which is a compliment to both beers. Its hard to think of a brewery that does flavoured porters (and adjunct beers in general) better than Funky Buddha. Cheers! (1,696 characters)

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

Held off on rating a couple beers until I had a special beer at a special time lined up for Tick #500, so, here it is:

*** TICK #500 - featured SuperBowl beer, Seattle/New England, Feb 2015 ***

(Drank this with some chips and seven-layer-dip over at my wife's father's house in Pleasant Hill, CA. It was only after I'd finished the beer that I found out there were pulled pork sandwiches coming at halftime, which was extremely frustrating, as they obviously would have been a perfect pairing...)

Being a porter guy, this one's a no-brainer; there was no way I wasn't going to love it, and love it, I did.

Maple gives it a nice thickness and nice sweet overtones. Smoke is subtle. Calling it "Bacon" is maybe overstating it a little. When blended in with the sweet and smoky, the coffee also drinks subtle, less pronounced than in other beers.

The lighter body is nice, coming in at a very manageable 6% or so. It still carries its flavors quite effectively.

Outstanding, obviously. Reminds me a bit of Cellarmaker's Coffee & Cigarettes, in its overall feel. One I'd definitely trade for again. (1,103 characters)

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

This beer is exactly as advertised. Pure bliss of deliciousness.
Heavy maple in the nose.
Slight bacon smoke in the taste
If the maple wasn't so dominate the coffee might have come through a little more, but I can't find a single flaw in this beer (247 characters)

Photo of Mangbus
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at MBCP day this year. Excellent smell and flavor. Feel is just right for a porter. Can't wait to try it out of the bottle soon.

Edit: 3/27/2015 - Shared a bottle with friends - A few months later and this beer is still as good as fresh. Tons of Maple on the nose as soon as the bottle was opened. Still very smooth and silky with plenty of coffee, maple and meaty roast. (393 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lives up to the hype for sure!!! A near perfect beer...glad it's a porter because the lighter body and mouthfeel makes it easy to enjoy all these flavors in quantity...such a fun beer (183 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade. HUGE thanks for a long time want. Pours pretty much black with a creamy one finger khaki brown head. Beautiful aroma of smoke, chocolate, big maple syrup, coffee. Whoah. Flavor is big time maple syrup,big smokey bacon, coffee, light cocoa notes, roasty malts. Yep. It's all there. Medium bodied, creamy but not imperial stout heavy. Very easy drinking and really nice dessert. This lives up to the hype. Stoked to try the imperial version at Huna day. (470 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer many times living so close to the original FB Lounge. As stated in an earlier review, sometimes this beer can be a little off but when it's on it's amazing! The MBCP served at the release party at the brewery on 1/10/15 was the best I've had. The coffee, maple and hint of smoke blended perfectly with just the right amount of hop bite for balance. I went back to the brewery the next night and it was as good as I remembered. (449 characters)

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

Ebony body with brown edges is capped by a khaki head. Espresso coffee, Vermont maple syrup, smoke & roasted malt nose and flavors. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with sweetness in abundance. Breakfast in a bottle. Amazing. (216 characters)

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

enjoyed this on tap at MBCP 2014. It is breakfast in a glass. Not too heavy and that's fine by me. Not as much "bacon" as one would hope but I can't wait to open another bottle. (180 characters)

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect. Amazing and groundbreaking to marry all these flavors together so perfectly. So good it'll leave your hand sticky like you're eating pancakes. The bacon flavor is the real deal. Perfectly subtle. Love! Exceptional beer. Namaste Funky Buddha! (263 characters)

Photo of gjoker321
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this was about a year old when drank and the group agreed it was the best of the night. Great flavors prominently throughout with a solid stout base. The nose and the taste do not match up though. (203 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer many times. Sometimes it's much better than others, but when the nail it, it's one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink! (156 characters)

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

Every time I get to try this, I'm blown away by how much maple is in the nose. Obviously the coffee is there, but even on the label the word "maple" is smaller than coffee and bacon. I feel like maple should be proudly etched into the glass for how much is in it. It's seriously good. (284 characters)

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

Unbelievably delicious Funky Buddha magic.

Pours a nice dark beer. Forms a little bit of foam, which does not retain. Smell is of coffee, with a very distinct maple scent. Taste reveals a syrupy coffee that tastes like maple and closes with the smokiness of the bacon. It is a tad sweet, not heady at all.

Over time, some of the great characters of this beer disappear. Much better fresh. (390 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of Bill....thank you so very much buddy.

In terms of smell this beer carries the Maple and coffee extremely well. Pancake-y sweet and luscious with a healthy dollop of rich sweetened coffee. Bacon on the nose is non existent. Had it been alive, this beer would be worthy of a cologne like enterprise.

That said, MBCP simply can't follow through on the promise of the nose. While good....nice maple and coffee presence here as well...it's neither all that deep nor does it carry any of the promised bacon. What's here is good, but if it could carry the olfactory flirtations it could be special.

A nice porter with some good components, but not quite up to Lost Snow standards. (695 characters)

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

Bottle opened on 2.6.14
Bottled January 2014

A - Pours a dark brown with a large foamy dark tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Smoke hits first, then some maple, then over powered by the coffee.

T - Smokey bacon, then some smooth coffee, finishs with some sweet maple.

D - Heavy to medium body with good carbonation.

O - I'm impressed. How'd they get all those flavors in there. Very layered and tasty. (409 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my cousin Sonny for giving me a chance to try this. Split at a tasting and full notes taken at the time of review.

A- Pitch black pour from the bomber to several glasses for our tasting. A one finger tan cap builds up and retains fairly well. The head falls to a creamy, foamy ring with some islands in the middle. Lacing starts out with spots and dies out after some time.

S- Holy maple syrup from the heavens, dominant syrup reigns supreme here as I open the bottle. Some smokiness and caramel as well as cocoa roast grains in the backdrop of the maple pancakes.

T- Liquid breakfast feel that reminds me of a pancake drenched in good maple syrup. Coffee opens up here immensely compared to the nose and adds to the breakfast experience, nice medium roast beans. Roast cereal grains, cocoa powder, some fruits, more maple syrup and some smoke.

MF- Medium bodied with a nice creamy texture and some frothiness. Carbonation at a moderate level and works out fine with the rich breakfast assault. Light coffee bitterness.

Lots to say but it just all works out into an experience of liquid breakfast, and a good one at that. I swear I'm getting ghost sausage grease notes because I feel like I'm at a breakfast joint. Lives up to its name. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz shared by none other than Cam. Long-time Want, yee ha! Nicely paired with some bacon gouda supplied by Dan and Emma. Thanks!

Appearance - Dark brown, some clarity and flecks noticeable. Bubbly beige head retains great as a full cap, no lace left.

Smell - Wha! Straight up chocolate chip pancakes drenched with maple syrup and butter, with just hints of smoke, roast and coffee. Not getting the bacon but absurdly unreal, authentic and rich.

Taste - Not as insane, but more balanced and quite good in its own right. Lingering flavors of maple, cocoa, coffee, light roast and caramel. Definitely not getting bacon which is unfortunate, but hard to complain really.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side with low carbonation, fits the beer decently but I thought this category could've used more oomph. Sweetness/richness is a bit cloying but it's tasty enough for it not to be an issue.

Overall - Really crazy stuff, this is savory maple breakfast madness. Rich enough so a small pour would probably suffice, but so tasty I can't help but quaff. Kinda simple and sweet but I think it'd be hard not to dig this one. Next time I have this, I'd like it with a side of French Toast Double Brown, please. (1,209 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great candy beer!

A- Dark brownish hue around the edge with pitch black in the center. Large lacing with no legs.

S- The best quality of this brew. Huge huge maple syrup, then maple syrup, then maple syrup, then cofee chocolate and a well done bacon slight slight background.

T- Most maple syrup I have ever had. I am late on the maple game, but I will have CBS this weekend. Hope I get something out of that one at this point. Bacon is not offputing, has a well done bacon taste, coffee is present along with chocolate.

M- Very nice smooth with the right amount of carb.

O- A great candy beer that I am in first glass of. Thank God I have other styles to mix in tonight to help me crush this brew. (707 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2014 Vintage***

Huge thanks to Aespi for sending me this when i haven't even shipped to him yet.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, no #freshbeer info (but i know it is!).

Pours a dark brown, which a thick tan head and great retention. The aroma is simply stunning! They totally nailed it. Fresh cooked breakfast, bacon fat, smoke, fresh brewed coffee, maple soaked pancakes and a bit of milk chocolate. Flavor is less intense but still good. Strong on the bacon, good robust coffee and ends in a sweet maple note. Very low carbonation. Even texture has that greasy feel mixed with warm sweet coffee and the feel of sticky syrup. This is breakfast in a glass and i loved it. (673 characters)

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