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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,291
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2,039
Gots: 156 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 1,291
Photo of pmarlowe
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull black with a finger of light brown head, which a few streaks of lacing on the glass as it recedes to a solid cap. Superb retention.

S: Wow, loads of sweet maple syrup and coffee, smoked roasty malts that don’t really scream “bacon” to me, and some fresh mint. They have the maple and coffee spot-on, though.

T: Medium roast coffee up front, along with the malts, with the syrup more noticeable mid-palate, some fresh mint, followed by an everlasting finish of coffee and syrup. Not quite as amazing at the nose, but still super tasty. It’s got just a little sweetness from the syrup, but (fortunately!) it’s pretty subtle; not what you might expect.

M: Medium-light body, smooth, with medium carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable and a great novelty. I can only imagine the food pairings for this, assuming I had extra bottles to piss away. The aroma is amazing, though the taste doesn’t *quite* live up to it. And I’m not getting any bacon from this. Maybe it’s already faded? (1,036 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-EBF sample pour. Very dark, close to black.

S-Lots of maple syrup. Coffee and chocolate. A salty, cured meat aroma as well. The name doesn't miss the mark.

T-Flavor is surprisingly more tame than I was expecting. Maple was there, so was a good bacon approximation. The coffee was clearly there as well. However, it wasn't as eye opening as it should have been.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation.

O/D-A little bit disappointing but still pretty tasty. I am clearly in the minority because people go bonkers for this beer. (529 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear brown with a light, tan cream head. Rich coffee in the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of rich and roasty malts, coffee, hints of maple syrup and smoked meat. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, lots of dark malts, light smoke. Delicious stuff. (278 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with near 2 fingers of khaki colored head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves a hefty collar.
S: Maple syrup coming through like crazy! Not sure if it's necessarily bacon also there, but definitely a nice smokey compliment that reminds me of hickory smoked bacon. Coffee is definitely there, and adds a layer I've never experienced in an aroma.
T: Sweet maple syrup and coffee up front. A perfect blend of maple and smoke in the after taste that lingers for minutes after each sip.
M: Very smooth, leaving a slightly dry feel.
O: I understand why there is a lot of hype behind this one. Crazy delicious, from aroma up front to the lingering aftertaste that just works so well. I've had a handful of different offerings from Funky Buddha, and they do everything right. (850 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1773rd Review on BA
Growler to small snifter

Thanks to @floweryair

App- Out the growler pours a generous brown color with a smaller tan head that dissapated rather quickly. A smaller lack of cling down the sides as well. A little bit less of rentention of color than I was thinking, but for a porter had nice tones and highlights as well.

Smell- So I dont normally do this, I tend to go more in depth. Maple. Check. Bacon. Check. Coffee. Check. Yep all there. Done!

Taste- To me it was a bit light but all the flavors were there which I could appreciate. The dominant flavor was more of the maple and malt vs. smoke which I greatly appreciated as I tend to shy away from smoke beers. The coffee added a nice dimension to a style known for being a bit light.

Mouth- An acceptable medium body with a pretty good residual flavor profile. A bit of the maple and a little chocolate remained for me. I liked the body the best about this. Smooth, clean and balanced.

Drink- A highly anticipated beer for me and I am glad I was finally able to tick this one. I wonder how the bottle holds up vs. growler, but I wont trade for one. (1,128 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Maple syrup, bacon smoke, and slight chocolate. Smells like an amazing breakfast

T - Smoke up front and dark chocolate before sweet maple syrup comes thru. Slight bacon near the end that gives it a smoky presence to it.

M - Smooth light body with a light astringency near the finish

O - Good amount of maple with enough smokiness to balanced it out. Didn't think it had a lot of coffee but still a really good and flavorful porter (437 characters)

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

Huge thanks to egrace84 for the share on this longtime want!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 2 full fingers of light to medium tan colored head.

Smell: Boatloads of sweet maple. Light meaty smoke and light roasty malt. Chocolate chips. Dont smell much coffee in this beer, but I dont really care. The aroma of maple coming from this beer is truely hypnotic.

Taste: The beer starts off with sweet maple syrup; Smokey and roasty malts in the middle. Vanilla, cola, and chocolate chips with bacon in the finish. I am a little bit surprised that I dont taste much coffee in this beer.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The beer feels creamy and soft on the palate. Mouthcoating feel. This beer is super drinkable; so drinkable that I could probably drink a bomber of this in 20 minutes by myself.

Overall: This is my first Funky Buddha beer and I gotta say that they nailed that authentic maple syrup aroma and flavor. Toppling Goliath is the only other brewery that can captured that maple syrup flavor and aroma in a beer. Great balance in reguards to the flavor profile and aroma from this beer; everything is well integrated. Funky Buddha has some great finesse that is showcased with this beer. This beer has bigger maple flavor than CBS, but it does not quite make it to the level of Toppling Goliath's Mornin Delight and Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout. So this is my 3rd favorite beer that is brewed with maple syrup as a brewing adjunct. Fantastic job Funky Buddha; I will be seeking out more of this beer. No doubt about it. (1,611 characters)

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

Have long wanted to try this beer at various Buddha events during Philly Beer Week but the locations I visited for Buddha events did not include the Maple Bacon Porter. So, great anticipation on the first bottling of a beer that I have wanted and am now finally able to get the chance to try.

Lovely bottle with a picture of a pig and the Buddha prominently displayed as I crack open and pour three ways into awaiting Selinsgrove snifters.

A - Pours cola brown/black with a small head that pulls back to a slightly oily lacing of bubbles in the glass.

S - Maple and coffee dominate the nose and it smells like a wonderful Saturday breakfast of hotcakes and coffee awaiting you after a morning of snow shoveling. Very enticing and it triggers a desire to quickly get this beverage into your mouth.

T - I loved it. Maple, coffee, and a slight smokiness are all there. Each of the flavors sits separate and distinct so that you can clearly taste each. Was not sure of how the bacon would appear but it is a pleasant smokiness that is not over the top but instead compliments the waves of maple and coffee. I think that this beer presents the maple in the way that many wanted the bottles of Canadian Breakfast Stout to do. Some might complain about it possibly being a tad sweet from the maple and they might be right, but I think the coffee pulls it back just enough and allows for the interaction of flavors to be just about perfect.

M - Very nice and wonderful for the style. You might think it should be slightly fuller but for a porter it is rich and smooth. No complaints here at all.

O - I thought this was great and so happy to have finally had the chance to get this. Eagerly looking forward to a couple of more bottles that will be in transit soon and hope that this becomes a regular bottle offering. I had high expectations and they were certainly met and more. This Buddha fan is happy! (1,902 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle thanks to Rosen at the raleigh rare bottle share 2.0, snifter.

pours dark with a nice head... smell is quite big on chocolate. the taste is extremely nice. very smooth. chocolate up front hits you as well as a great coffee flavor but where this beer shines is the finish. the maple is extremely detectable and smooth on the finish and it lingers for a good while afterwards. really excellent. medium body with the correct carbonation.

overall an impressively complex beer with a great feel. very recommended! (517 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch tall mid-mocha head. Body is a dark brown. Splotchy lacing, cap and collar remain throughout.

S- Heavy roast coffee, chocolate, hints of smoke. Could keep my nose in it all day.

T- Chocolate reminds me of an M&M flavor. Coffee and cocoa play off each other nicely. Packs so much flavor, would have a hard time guessing this at 6.3%abv

M- Medium/full mouthfeel, medium/medium-low carbonation.

D/O- Very good, a step below world class in my opinion. Nicely balanced with all that goes I to it. Would have loved more smokiness. Wonder about an imperial version would taste like? Glad to try. Thanks a ton for the share egrace84! (643 characters)

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

APPEARANCE- dark dark dark; completely opaque, almost black. Minimal head and carbonation.
SMELL- the name says it...maple, bacon and coffee. You'll want to have it for breakfast.
TASTE- definitely more of the "maple" and "coffee" taste, rather than "bacon" - the bacon part of the name comes mostly from the savory smokey smell. Maple probably brings to mind something super sweet, which, in my opinion, would ruin the taste of a good beer. But never fear, this is far from sweet. Nice, strong, and perfectly mixed porter.
MOUTHFEEL - quite smooth and a surprisingly easy drink, considering its super dark color. I tend to like my brews a bit more carbonated (but that is a personal preference).

One of those beers that you never knew what you were missing until you've had it. And then you want it regularly. (816 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Very dark brown to black, opaque. Forms a nice one-finger tan head with average retention, and just a few bubbles are seen wandering up the sides.

S: Dark roasted coffee, dark amber maple syrup, and breakfast cereal malts. Yum - sweet maple in coffee.

T: Maple, coffee, dark roasted malts, sweet maple syrup, with a touch of salty and smoky flavors towards the end. Roasted bitterness and malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body for style, but while it's not the thickest porter out there, it coats the sides of the glass very nicely. Average carbonation, and alcohol presence is low.

O: As always - so tasty, so different. A very well-made, enjoyable beer. Highly recommended. (750 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, maple, bacon, smoke, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with maple, coffee, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a phenomenal smell and tasty flavors that are exactly what the name implies. (666 characters)

Photo of Andrew180j
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the tap room in Oakland Park, FL. It is hard to come by. They only release it on special occasions. A lot of people were waiting for the keg to be tapped. There was even a count down. It has a great nose. The second it started pouring the smell of maple filled the tap room. It was very pleasant. The taste is really good too. A very bold maple taste the leads into a nice coffee taste and is finished with a smokey flavor. There is not too much bacon flavor for those people who are put off by that aspect. The looks are nothing special. Not too much of a head, but overall it is a really great beer. (620 characters)

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

A: A dark brown nearly black body with a thick mocha colored head.

S: Maple is the first aroma to come off this beer and there is a lot of it. There was some smoke, dark roasted gains, and coffee in the background of the nose.

T: Huge coffee flavors here. There is not a whole lot of maple in the taste but the nose balances it out. Very complex beer that has a changing flavor throughout.

M: A medium body with a little silkiness to it. The carbonation was perfect.

O: A very good beer. I am glad that I actively pursued this one for about 8 months. Well worth it. (569 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32oz swingtop growler filled 5 days ago. Poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours near black in color showing just the faintest hint of brown on the edges. Two fingers of densely foamed dark tan head shows good staying power and an almost whipped creamy consistency. Foamy webs of lacing coat the sides of the glass almost entirely.

S - From clear across the room you can clearly smell this beer...there is nothing subtle about it. Great thing is this smells absolutely heavenly. Rich coffee that relaxes into an amazing mocha with chocolately sweetness blended really well. Maple is intense, but not at all overpowering - blends seamlessly. Not really picking up any smoky or bacony aromas, but it hardly matters. Funky Buddha succeeds again in creating a beer that has such an intense, almost excessive aroma - I really don't know how they this much aromatic goodness into their beers. Smells like the perfect breakfast coffee drink.

T - Black coffee up front, slightly acidic and roasty. Sweet maple and Hershey's syrup like chocolate smooth the intense coffee and give this an overall sweet impression. Although sweet, it seems in perfect balance - again, like a perfectly sweetened coffee drink. The maple lingers through to the finish and wafts up into the nose and gives a lasting maple impression. Mild cocoa impression that is reminiscient of a dusting of cocoa powder on top of a cappuccino. The bacon aspects are lost on me as I really get no bacony, smokiness at all...and I am looking for it heavily. There is no trace of alcohol at all.

M - A bit thinner than medium bodied with a lowish medium level carbonation that is fluffy and foamy in the mouth. Acidic black coffee character with a complexity of sweet flavors that complement so well.

O - This is a super tasty treat...another winner from Funky Buddha in my book. Amazing aroma and a flavor that is intense and full of complexity and nuances. Best utilization of maple in a beer that I can remember having. This is truly outstanding. Funky Buddha hasn't let me down let. Wish I had a way of getting more their beers easily. (2,105 characters)

Photo of TheLostGringo
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A long time want of mine was very glad to give this a try.

A: Pours jet black, An aggressive pour provides little to no head.

S: Maple & smoke dominate with some coffee aroma making its way through.

T: incredible how all these ingredients provide such a strong milk chocolate flavor, with coffee, sweetness from the maple and perhaps a bit to much smoke for my liking

M: My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel, full & rich, with little carbonation, exactly how I want a porter to be.

O: Really glad I got a chance to try this beer, a little disappointed as I had wanted to be blown away. Seems a little overrated based on the reviews but that's just my taste.

Cheers! (682 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle picked up at the release this weekend and poured into a wine glass. Split three ways with my family.

A- Pours a dark blackish brown with some translucency around the edges, the first two pours didn't have too much head, the third pour had a thin mocha head that had great retention.

S- Nice coffee presence, balanced maple syrup that provides a nice sweetness, very subtle bacon that blends in with the maple syrup presence and evens out the sweetness a bit. Nice aroma strength only complaint is could get a little bit more bacon.

T- Lots of coffee, slight chocolate, subtle blended maple syrup, a bit of cream. Awesome taste for a breakfast beer, the bacon is tough to detect but balances the sweetness nicely.

M- Very drinkable, fairly subtle carbonation, smooth.

O- For a coffee porter MBCP is fantastic and easily one of the best beers out there. For a gimmicky beer the bacon doesn't come out as much as I'd hope for but the coffee and maple syrup make the perfect breakfast beer. I've had this beer in years past and I feel like I've detected bacon more before but this bottling is still fantastic and worth trying, just make sure you drink it fresh! (1,174 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting a long time to try this. Poured into a snifter at Funky Buddha.

A- Pours an opaque black with a 1/4 inch tan head that soon dissipates to a thin rig around the edge of the glass and a small patch if light surface foam.

S- The best, most fresh coffee aroma I've ever smelled from a beer. Very rich milk chocolate mingles with the sweet maple.

T- The coffee rushes in with a scrumptious roastiness, then comes the maple bringing the sweet. Both meld together in a heavenly synthesis making for a damn drinkable beer. Not as much smoke as I was expecting, making it really a maple coffee porter with a hint of bacon.

M- Superbly creamy and full with low carbonation.

O- I drove through a hailstorm just to get the chance to try this and I'm so glad I did. Worth the money, the hype and the trouble. (813 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to rudzud for sharing this gem. I was very disappointed that they couldn't make the rescheduled EBF this year.

Nice creamy foamy head, fades at a med pace nice lighter lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is awesome, amazing, tons of maple, nice maple bacon thing, lots of brown sugar, fluffy caramel nutty malts, light peanut butter and hint sweet syrupy thing, hint cocoa and vanilla, some light roasted coffee beans and fresh brewed coffee.

Taste is sweet, big nutty malts, peanut butter and maple syrup, caramel, little molasses, tons of melted brown sugar, some lighter smoked malt for a bit of bacon, some decent coffee like fresh brewed, little earthy grainy flavor, light yeasty addition of chewy bready flavor. Fairly sweet almost candy like, maple candies, light fig like too. Then light earthy hint spicy hops, some bitterness. Finish is semi sweet and sticky but drier, lingering light bitterness, dark malts, light peanuts, more maple and light bacon, brown sugar, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick and little syrupy, nice carb that has a bite to it, the more I drink and since rudzud pointed it out maybe a bit too much carb.

Overall great beer. very tasty, although probably couldn't drink more than a glass full. (1,237 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An epically awesome beer from this brewery, who when they found out I could not attend EBF hooked me up with this hand filled bottle and told me to buy a bicycle!. Shared with JLindros and poured into Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brownish black hue with a half finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice thin halo and spotty clouds.

S - Aromas of huge maple notes and lots of sweet black coffee reminiscent of a coffee hard candy. Very sweet on the nose with a light hint on smoke. Really though this is tons of maple.

T - Taste is a slight let down from the nose. Lots of maple here but not as potent as the nose but with nice vanilla notes, light smoke soft chocolate. Super tasty. Light nutty notes as well.

M - Mouthfeel is super nice and carbonated considering it was hand filled. Almost more carbonated than I would expect from a porter.

O - Overall this beer is every bit as deserving of the hype and delivers what it promises. I would like more bacon/smoke notes but I'll forgive it for being so maple heavy. Just delicious and honored to have tried this brew. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery on 1/19/2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thick collar. Dark in here, so it's tough to see it, really.

Smell - Coffee isn't as strong as most coffee stouts. Much more earthy. Maple adds sweetness and it gets cut by a hint of smoke, but that's the least dominant of the aromas.

Taste - Coffee up front and it comes back in the finish. Maple and malt sweetness. Chocolate malt. Maple sweetness lingers long after each sip. Smoked flavor is more predominant and cuts the sugars nicely.

Mouthfeel - At points a little thin and over carbonated, but I could drink it all day.

Overall - Another beer from the Buddha where all the adjuncts are in perfect balance. They must pour maple syrup right into the keg to get that kind of flavor out of it. (805 characters)

Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Fermentation lounge. The guys from Funky Buddha brought up a keg and gave out samples one night. One of the best porters i have ever had. I must of had 4 samples of this beer...very drinkable. Pours a very dark brown almost black. The smell is divine with huge notes of maple and coffee. The initial taste starts off with heavy maple and coffee giving way to a smokey taste at the very end. I wish they would distribute their beers throughout most of Florida. I am a big fan. (494 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Gotta love a label that's pretty much just a piece of scotch tape with magic marker... Anyway, this stuff pours a brackish black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises rich cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, and Reese's peanut butter cups. Everything is richer than the thickest fudge I've ever had. Da-amn. The taste pretty much brings in more of the same, producing a veritable liquid version of a hot fudge sundae smothered in rich caramel sauce, with a tall coffee to drink and a side of maple-smoked bacon. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a fantastic beer, one I wish I could encapsulate in a candle or a spray or a spread or something, any way to keep it around as long as possible. (798 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark brown with a bit of light passage around the edges. The nose smells like breakfast. Maple comes through the strongest with coffee and chocolate following things up. Not getting much bacon character on the nose. The taste on the other hand features some smokey bacon quality along with plenty of maple sweetness and a nice amount of coffee which balances out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Overall, delicious and perhaps one of the most unique beers I have had the pleasure of trying. (530 characters)

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