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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 1,620
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 anteatr23
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and rich with a light brown lacing. Smells of maple and chocolate. Taste is pure smooth delicious creamy porter with maple to boot. Sweetness, but not overwhelming. Breakfast in a glass is entirely accurate. You could almost pour this beer on your pancakes. Coffee, chocolate and syrup -- not overly done so that it's overwhelming... nicely balanced. This is a fantastic beer that defines 'breakfast' style.

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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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Photo of OompaMentor
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into small snifter:
A- dark brown, almost black w/ light carbonation and slight head that dissipates quickly
S- coffee, maple and smoked bacon are very evident
T- OMG!! The coffee and maple pair nicely on the palate as you let it rest- as you swallow the smokiness of the bacon lingers ....
F- medium body with light viscosity

This is a great beer if you like coffee porters. I've had Treehouse "Good Morning" and this is right up there!

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

Pours just about black with thin tan head.

Smell just explodes from the glass, bit off coffee but mostly just amazing maple aromas. really could have mistaken it for a plate of pancakes with bacon.

On the palate maple dominates with bacon smokiness.

Medium body but with some viscosity,

Really amazing beer one of the best I have had. The nose is just explosive, and I could smell it in the glass long after it was gone.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that when you open and pour it, the aroma just hits you in the face. Tons of maple in the aroma, as expected. Didnt get much else. Taste has alot of maple and some smokiness (bacon) but the flavors fade so fast, you can't enjoy them. Finish is porter roastiness and mouthfeel is very thin.

I was somewhat disappointed in this and feel that it's overhyped.

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

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Acquired at MBCP Day 2016. Big coffee sweet maple and smoke on the nose. Really complex and addictive. Taste follows coffee sweet maple smokey bacon. Perfect balance. Medium carb and mouth feel. As it settles on my palette its like I ate pancakes and washed it down with Starbucks. As it warms the smokey bacon shines with a dry bitter finish. Each sip is a little different. Doesn't lose any character. Amazing how the flavors separate themselves, rotate and compliment each other. I can definitely see why others mention dark chocolate, vanilla and coconut as well. Fantastic. This beer is a unique craft beer experience you want to share with friends.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly a long time want. Glad to try it.

Well executed with a fabulous maple and coffee aroma and taste. Smoky Bacon notes. I want to savor this but it is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown, almost black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that reduce to a ring, leaving nothing behind

S- breakfast in a glass. Initially pure maple syrup aroma gives way to freshly brewed coffee, followed by chocolate chip pancakes, smoky charred malt gives smoky aromas, reminiscent of smoked pork, more creamy dark chocolate aroma mixed perfectly with the sweetness of the maple. This literally smells like a plate of hot cakes with bacon and coffee

T- initially fresh coffee hits the palate with some herbal and earthy notes, the maple plays more of an immediate sweetness to compliment the coffee. Mid-palate brings rich dark chocolate, along with some creamy vanilla & caramel. As it nears the finish, strong notes of smoked malt bring flavors of charred wood, smoke and smoky bacon. The linger provides a long stay of smoke and coffee

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy finish

O- one of the most unique beers I've ever had, with distinct flavor profiles throughout the sip. An outstanding beer that I can't stop smelling

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Photo of madbrewer9
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with big tan head.
Aroma, smoke roasted malts, Maple sweetness.
Nice blend of smoke, roast, malt and Maple.
Great solid Porter with interesting additions.

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

Got this online. Was expensive but impossible to find in my area. Ive only had a few of their beers but its hard to believe that they make something better,. Not to sweet with the hints of maple and bacon

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

Smell is amazing...Maple is key note! Was very impressed with the balance. The overall mouth feel was great for a porter. My top 5 porter easily. Great job FB!!

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

WOW. This might just be my favorite porter of all time. As expected the mouthfeel was a bit thin as most porters are, but everything else was on point. Tons of smoke on the nose and taste from the bacon and lots of nice sweetness from the maple syrup. So well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of mabermud
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body on this supposedly fine beer has a deep brown body that looks semi-viscous as it flows from this fine looking bottle. I especially enjoy that it has a Buddha shadow on it, since I practice the art of Zen. The head is fine and foamy. When the beer exited the bottle, the head was super reactive, foaming to a nice one inch head, that quickly dissipated into a thin mocha film that gathered around the edges. Nice melt off the sides of the glass as I consume this porter.

Noice! The smell is exclusive and unique. The first distinguishable smell is of maple syrup. Very distinct. Behind that is smoke and roast. No bacon for me. I'm almost vegetarian anyways, so it does not bother me. The maple syrup smell clearly dominates. If the smoke and roast are in the back seat, the coffee is in the trunk. A top notch, charming aroma.

Noice! This is definitely different. Maple syrup, tacky porter, smoke and roast, medium malts, and I can imagine in my head a piece of vegetable matter bacon, along with a small spot of coffee. With all of that going on in my chomper, this finishes quite nicely and clean. No after tastes. Not dry, but everything fades away cleanly. I was expecting a sugary and tacky aftertaste, but nothing is left behind. Clean.

Great bubble up throughout the drink and swallow, that is not only full and dense, but also delicate.

Overall, I would say that this is a superb porter that has earned a spot on my periodic beer menu.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best fresh. The smell is powerfully bacon. Taste after sitting for 9/10 months has much more maple with little to no hint of the coffee or the bacon until the back end. Pours a little thin but still within the best I've had.

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Photo of weonfire
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of those beers that when u pop the cap you are blown away at aroma the fills the room. It is fantastic. Bacon. Coffee. Yes and Yes. I could honestly sniff the beer in my glass all day. I'd give it a 6 if I could. But......when actually drinking this elixir, it falls short. Body is thin. and just feels uninspired. Honestly a let down from the Nose.

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

2014 bottle. Cellared in temp-controlled environment for almost 18 months.

L: Black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice carbonation and some lacing.

S: First thing I smell is maple. Coffee is present, but it seems to have faded significantly over time. Some smokey notes in the background.

T: Starts off with a faded coffee/chocolatey taste up front, then it opens up to maple sweetness, some more coffee/chocolate notes and then finishes with a subtle smokiness.

M/D: Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Very nice. Some people say it's too thin, and I can see that, but I think the body is totally fine.

O: An exceptional porter that has a lot going on the nose and the palette. It's got quite a bit of sweetness to it that, while not cloying, I'd still recommend sharing it with a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of asams10
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened at a share on 8/29. Had been excited to try this one for a long time. Glad that I didn't end up trading for this and instead only had a small sample. The smell did not do the name justice. Taste was pretty much maple syrup with a hint of bacon on the back end. Glad I at least got to try this once.

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Photo of macher0
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at a share and my rating reflects the opinions of most that were there. But I want to say I was very fortunate to try it.

It certainly very dark, but thin and a poorly developed head (very coarse and sparse). The nose was mostly smoky and coffee. I did not get bacon nor maple. The taste was mostly smoke (very subtle which was good), and coffee. A little hop bite. No bacon or maple in the taste, The body was very lacking: very thin, light, and a little watery.

Now this was a good beer. Did it fit the description, no. I feel it is overrated and not worth the hassle of obtaining one. I felt this was a moderately well crafted porter with strong espresso and smoke - not over the top - but still strong.

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Photo of W_Des
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at the BA Sexual Chocolate bottle share. It pours an opaque black with aromas of coffee and some smokey bacon and finally some maple as the beer warms up. Taste was truly like breakfast coffee and roast in the middle followed by the smokey flavor and finishing with a sweetness of maple that lingers just long enough to remind you to keep sipping..

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Photo of Zach136
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smoked coffee, some caramelization, and salted pretzel.

Flavor: Balanced notes of coffee, maple, and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with residual smoke and roast. When those fade, you get hit with back maple sweetness. Not the most traditional porter mouthfeel, but it's super unique and I love the finish.

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Photo of zac16125
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca

Long time want of mine, super excited to give it a try.

A: Jet black, small light tan head, dissipates quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 4.25

S: My girlfriend says it smells like breakfast, I think it smells like a dream. Tons of coffee, lots of maple, roasty and subtle cocoa notes. 4.75

T: Like the nose, there's tons of coffee and maple in the taste. Not much bacon, but there is a subtle saltiness on the finish. Bitterness from the coffee. Delicious. 4.5

M/D: Exceptionally smooth, medium body, carbonation low, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Overall, an excellent beer. I've been waiting years to try this and wasn't let done. Not as good as Last Snow but I'd drink this any time. 4.5

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A nice dark brown color. Aroma is sweet coffee. Taste follows with a little saltiness. The name says it all with a great combo of noticeable maple, coffee, and bacon. Very complex,smooth, and flavorful.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit cloying, artificially sweet and doing its best to cover up an average base beer. Definitely interesting in that it definitely is a maple-y, bacon-y, coffee porter - just a little too flawed.

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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.