Maple Bacon Coffee Porter - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
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Gots: 151 | FT: 12
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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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Ratings: 1,239 | Reviews: 191
Photo of humuloner22
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of buyyourfreedom
2.6/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer smells and tastes exactly like you would expect. I did not care for it at all. It was thin and entirely too sweet. Too gimmicky for me.

Photo of shangwang
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.49/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of M_chav
3.02/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of Desp59
2/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Way too roasty. Didn't get enough flavor.

Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice but...too much hype. Just very good. Lots of coffee. Bacon? Smokey porter flavor.

Photo of rongcsc
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall good but the hype set expectations a bit too high.

Photo of Filabee
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh makes a huge difference on the nose and the taste...Never letting one of these sit again :)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of 1424IpA
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer, #44 get you some! Coldcuts!

Photo of danh53
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.31/5  rDev -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.

Photo of MrMonotone69
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 - Too much coffee, not enough bacon

Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of Stater
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unique taste that lingers in the memory and makes you crave more. Would love imperial version of this.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Photo of Paponetti44
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you haven't had this,you need to.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A little weak on the mouthfeel and not enough bacon but overall an exceptional beer!

Photo of Mangbus
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.