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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: 1,340
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 8.3%
Wants: 2,120
Gots: 161 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 10-20-2010

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.
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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great nose of bacon and campfire smoke. Great balance of taste between the coffee and maple. Really unique beer and one of the best porters I have ever had. Drinks more like a stout

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Photo of RichD
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black pour with a thin khaki colored head. The head quickly dissipates into a ring around my glass.

S: Smells of black coffee and strong maple syrup. A hint of smokiness is also picked up. Reminds me of breakfast, which is obviously the intention. I've had coffee beers and maple beers, but the medley of the two in the nose is divine.

T: Black coffee is first, followed by bacon covered with maple syrup. The saltiness from the bacon flavor works very well with the sweetness of the syrup. This is definitely one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Sometimes with beers you're searching for the flavors within the beer, but with MBCP the flavors are very pronounced and straight forward. No guess work here.

F: A fairly heavy mouthfeel for a porter, but thinner bodied than a stout would be. The maple flavor lingers on my pallet until I take another sip.

Overall: This is one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. The flavors are unique for a beer in the sense that it tastes like I poured maple syrup in a cup of coffee and dipped my bacon in it. I wish these were more readily available, especially in my neck of the woods. I'm definitely going to savor every sip of this.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up on a trade. Very kind thanks to the gentleman who sent this one to me!

Appearance: Very dark brown, looked like a thicker porter, but a porter nonetheless.

Aroma: Its all there, oddly enough the aroma was more dominant right out of the bottle and faded once poured into a glass. Coffee was definitely more dominant, but the maple and bacon were definitely in there. Smelled like breakfast in a bottle!

Taste: Not too sweet, very well balanced. The coffee was the most prominent note, but on the back end there was a subtle note of maple and then the bacon came through even more mildly, but there nonetheless.

Overall: Very well made porter, interesting concept, I just wish it wasn't so hard to get! Lucky I have a fantastic trading partner from Florida who hooked me up!

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

I couldn't believe how accurately this nailed the tastes of a perfect breakfast. I was immediately transported to a diner with a stack of pancakes, some smoky bacon, and a cup of joe. I was impressed with how smoky the flavor was. Another super solid offering from FB.

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

The beer pours a dark, totally opaque black and without head formation/retention. The nose is initially spicy coffee-forward, but the maple sweetness comes through much stronger as the beer warms. The taste carries forward distinct maple sweetness, bacon smokiness, and coffee bitterness, while maintaining the integrity of a solid porter base - a very unique and enjoyable experience. Despite the heavy handed flavor profile and nearly-still body, I'm impressed by this beer's drinkability. The mouthfeel is rich with flavor, but isn't quite as heavy as a stout and despite the adjuncts, there is still some roasted malt in the finish that reminds me this is a porter. Pleased to have tried this and would definitely recommend it to others

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Photo of M_chav
3.02/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Just didn't enjoy the flavors here. Oddly they are three of my favorite things in life but putting them into a beer was just not a good idea. I was looking forward to this and was supremely disappointed. I'm obviously in the minority here but just not my cup of tea I guess.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma is where FB excels. It is literally breakfast in a glass. Maple sweetness, bacon smokiness, a strong roasted coffee, all covered in a touch of milk chocolate.

The flavor follows with the coffee up front, a bit of chocolate, very little smoked bacon flavor, and a medium plus porter quality.

An imperial version of this would be out of this world.

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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.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a great and unique beer that has flavors that I have never tasted together in a beer. It is sweet but you expect it to be.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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