Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
1,814
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 1,814
Photo of mschrei
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage. Obtained in trade with @jhartley. Poured into a spiegelau. Jet black, very little in the way of foam or lacing. Nose is maple sweetness, roasty coffee, and a hint of smokey bacon. Both of the first characteristics are strong in the taste, but the bacon has more of a presence here. It has a bit of a thin oily feel, but this is so damn flavorful, and the flavors balance so well with each other, that it comes across an an outstanding beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pearlstreetbrewingco for this 2017 22 oz. bottle with three of my favorite things in it. Split with my wife.

Pour: dark. The nose is solid, with sweetness tinged with maple & an overcurrent of coffee.

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter - has to be in the top 20 of beer names ever. Just copy & paste the name of the beer & you have a review; so considerate of the brewery. The maple is the only component I might be able to pick out, & lends a long, lingering sweet kiss to the brew. Bacon? Maybe a touch of saltine, slight smokiness. Coffee? Maybe a slight bitterness. Light & airy as befits its less-than-RIS ABV. Not interesting enough to drink much of.

I recall having this at Huna Day in 2014 & thinking “what’s the big deal?” but figured it might well have been palate fatigue, or possibly herpes. Nope. Turns out this stuff just doesn’t do it for me. Pretty good.

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Photo of eifster82
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bomber into a snifter.

Pitch black dark liquid which generates a good bit of foam initially, but eventually becomes just a black liquid with no foam at all. The smell has plenty of coffee and maple. It reminds me of pancake with maple syrup breakfast. Not getting much bacon, when cold or after it warms. The taste definitely follows the smell: more coffee and maple syrup. Impressive amount of flavor built into this 6.4% abv porter. If there is one negative to this beer, it is that it can feel a bit thin... but the lips do get stickier over time. Overall a very impressive beer.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is absolutely delicious! It tastes like pancakes and syrup and bacon and everything put together in a beer. I am happy I did a bottle share though because I don't think I'd be able to get through a whole bottle by myself.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy head of tan over black liquid.
Smell is maple syrup, sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, biased toward maple syrup.
Taste is biased to the coffee sadly (I hate coffee) with toasted malt & the maple syrup restrained from the nose.
Feels smooth over the palate & tongue, approaching full bodied with a light effervescence. I'd love to try a version without coffee, bet it'd push 5 stars across the board for me.

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Photo of colts9016
4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My coworker comes into work and has a few beers in tow. When he said, he had some fresh Funky Buddha beers from Florida that morning. I got giddy like a school girl about to play hopscotch on recess, I was just grinning from ear to ear. A gentle pour produced a two-finger head foamy creamy medium tan color and okay retention. The color beer is dark brown with some ruby highlights. The clarity of the beer is opaque and some carbonation bubbles are visible.
Holy shit, it smells like pancakes and bacon, seriously pancakes and bacon with a side of coffee. Coffee, milk chocolate, smokiness, pig fat, biscuits, bready, huge maple notes, earthy, woody, and touch of citrus.
A rich maple flavor, vanilla, wood, earthiness, smokiness, pig fat, bready, pancakes, medium roasted coffee, biscuits, citrus, touch of sweetness.
A Medium body, medium minus carbonation and a full finish.
This beer is ridiculous, stupendous, and outrageously tasty. Oh, how I wish I had more, this would be my breakfast in the morning. I was so surprised by this that the word I can only come up with is Stupid Good. I had to text my beer loving brother and said I found breakfast in a bottle. Absolutely a must try for any beer geek.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/reddish almost black, small beige head
Aroma is huge! Coffee, sweet maple, smokey.
Taste is pancakes with maple then comes the smoke and lots of bitter coffee in the finish. Long finish, smoke comes again

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottled on 01/06/17

Pours maroon black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like bacon and pancakes covered in maple syrup, mild smoke, roasted malts, dark coffee, mocha, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark coffee, mocha, espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, some bacon, smoke, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice maple bacon coffee porter.

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Photo of CHickman
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2016 bottle, pours black color with a foamy 1-2 finger tan colored head that was full of tiny bubbles, dissipating very slowly and leaving nice spotty lacing as it went down.

Wow, smell is like breakfast with the maple syrup hitting first and foremost like Aunt Jemima's syrup was spilled all over the table. Next up is roasted coffee, molasses, coffee grinds, brown sugar, roasted malt, charred wood, cocoa and a salty meat essence at the end which could be bacon or could be corned beef - no mater how you slice it (pun intended), the meaty finish just adds to the overall excellence of this aroma. So complex and strange, yet wonderful to inhale.

Tastes of bitter black coffee, vanilla, coffee grinds, faint piney hops, roasted grains and charred wood mixed with the sweetness of maple syrup, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, lactose sugar, heavy cream and then an odd salty meat flavor. Late additions of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, cocoa powder and more syrup tie it all up with an insane amount of complexities that kept me guessing and excited for every sip. This is craft beer at it's finest, bold, flavorful and very fun to drink.

Mouthfeel is between thin and average with little to no carbonation, a nice amount of bitterness and a spot on sweetness that could be summed up as this seemed like taking a sip of cold espresso and then a sip of cold black coffee to wash down a mouthful of maple syrup soaked pancakes, salty bacon and lox on toasted pumpernickel break. Funky Buddha porters are funking awesome, this was top notch and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/16/17; drank in a stout glass on 2/22/17; drank in honor of being my 500th rated beer on BA; this beer clearly brings massive aroma and flavor overtones of maple with more subtle smoky and coffee aroma/flavor; a great beer overall but the carbonation seemed to be a little lacking for my tastes and more so, this beer was surprisingly very thin for the sweetness

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Photo of KensWorld
3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage.

Looks great.
Smells like Maple syrup, nothing else.
Tastes the same. Maple syrup. No Coffee, definitely no Bacon.

I don't get the hype? If it was just sold as a Maple Sout then its great. But as it is its a one sided beer.

I have 3 fresh bottles for trade hit me up

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Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. Wow - one of the best aromas I've encountered, with a striking blend of coffee, cocoa, maple syrup, and smoked bacon. Not overdone and balanced. The taste was exactly on point. An interesting and delicious beer. Full bodied and slightly sweet.

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Photo of jhartley
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown to black body with a nice fingers worth of khaki brown head.

Aroma: TONS of sweet maple syrup on the nose, along with coffee, chocolate and a hint of smokiness.

Taste: Oh my! Coffee is pronounced on the front with hints of cocoa and maple syrup and smokiness on the end. Tastes like breakfast in a glass!

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, plenty of smokiness and sweet coffee that just lasts on the palate.

Overall: For sure lives up to the hype! Plenty of flavors that compliment each other: bitter coffee, sweet maple syrup, smoke and roastiness....Just plain delicious.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look:Black with two finger light head that receded quickly.
Smell:Charcoal, smoky, chocolate with a touch of espresso, but it lingers.
Taste:Intense, but not boozy at all. Charcoal, s'mores, chocolate, and maple.
Feel:Light and creamy.
Overall:Excellent, worth the hype. The s'mores taste runs the show.

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Photo of edthehead
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black appearance with light brown short lived head. Huge maple and coffee nose with smoke background, similar taste but smoke and bacon come through more on the palate. Light in carbonation and mouth feel.

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Photo of TildenKatz
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark in color with a strong scent of pancakes drenched in syrup accompanied by hints of coffee and smokiness. For the taste, bacon saltiness and coffee notes really shine through up front while the taste of syrup and a very slight hop bitterness linger on the backend. Overall this is a very complex beer, with multiple flavor profiles standing out through each sip.

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Photo of Nedry
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this since 2015, and it seems to improve every year. This is just one of those beers you don't understand until you try. Fluffy, almost brown creamy head. Aromas of it's namesake. Oily, sweet pungent taste that coats your mouth with maple and coffee, light smoke and salt. It tastes just like it smells, and it is very fragrant, when you pop a bottle, everyone around you can smell it instantly. It is very balanced, easy to drink, and it's so smooth you would doubt there is alcohol in it at all. The taste lingers in a beautiful way. It's backed by a malty sweetness and slight roast malts that is rarely matched. This is a top 5 beer for me and I'll buy it whenever I see it.

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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The oily, dark chestnut colored body was topped by a super tight and creamy, inch-tall cap of khaki froth. Decent retention. The head dropped fairly quickly to a thin film. Minimal spotty lacing stuck along the glass.

Maple notes dominated in the nose. This was a total maple bomb. Loads of creamed coffee too. Fair amount of roasted and caramel malts. Vanilla was also apparent. Hint of smoke. I probably would not peg this for bacon however. The smokiness intensified later in the session.

The flavor was more subtle and less maple forward than the aroma. Malty up front. Nice mix of roasted and caramel malts. A touch biscuity. Moderate amount of maple in the center. Some milk chocolate too. Touch of vanilla. Coffee appeared as well. More roast on the back end. The beer finished with a nice mix of roast and sweet, lingering maple notes.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Creamy and frothy. The liquid contained a fairly aggressive, large bubbled carbonation that initially seemed a bit too intense but settled down with time.

Most flavor-forward dark beers happen to be high ABV stouts and imperial stout. The fact that Maple Bacon Coffee Porter contains such interesting and intense aromas and flavors - yet registers in at a mere 6.4% ABV - is pretty remarkable. When it comes to creative, adjunct-infused beers, nobody does them better than than Funky Buddha.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's everything I'd heard about it and then some. My only "fault" was that I had a whole 22oz bottle by myself and, for my 70 year old taste buds, that was a little much. I should have shared it but I wanted to try it first (I scored 3 bottles) to see if I liked it. I loved it, just not quite so much of it. It hit all of my senses really well and I can see why beer "geeks" line up for this hard to find brew. well done

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Photo of soze47
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Balanced to perfection- this beer could easily go sideways and become a mess with the powerful triumvirate of maple bacon and coffee - but they each play a complimentary role

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very thin when poured. Strong smell of maple with just a hint of smokiness. Really enjoyed the maple coming through but was disappointed when it comes to the bacon. There is more of a smoky taste then salty which would have balanced this beer off better.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2017 Bottle, fresh off the line...

Smell is breakfast; maple is dominant early, but the coffee plays a more central role as it warms... not much roast/malt to pick up, but I don't think that's what they're going for.

Flavor is on point, all the adjuncts are discernible, but they don't come off as cheap or artificial, its really well balanced.

Easy to drink and an approachable abv make this pretty sessionable. Can't wait to get more!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at World of Beer.2017 version.

Thick,creamy,light tan colored head,that stands 1 finger tall.The head gives way to a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.Jet black in color,with no light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get a HEAVY dose of maple syrup.This is backed by notes of dark roasted coffee,and smoked bacon.Heavy notes of smoke as well.

On the palate I get smoked bacon up front,followed by dark roasted coffee,and maples syrup.The maple syrup lingers on the tongue well after the sip,along with the smoked bacon.

The body is heavy with a sticky sappy feel.A little thinner than I expected,but still fantastic.

This beer is everything I expected and more.It looks great in the glass and smells and tastes fantastic.The body is a little thinner than I expected,but still has a sticky sappy feel.Funky Buddha does it yet again.

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Photo of LMO1190
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have only tasted the 2016 version prior to this.
My review of MCBP 2017. Dranking it at 50' F.

Looks- Pitch black with very little light getting though. Nice finger and half head.
Smell- Fresh Espresso, Smoke, maple syrup. ( Maple seemed to dominate 2016 version)It reminds me of a Sunday breakfast at the mom and pop diner. Very nice.
Taste- Fresh Coffee. Smokiness is very present. Maple is lighter compared to last year. But I personally like it. It taste more like a breakfast porter, and less like a dessert beer!!!!
Feel- Smooth and sticky. Well carbonated.
Overall- I wish I would have tried more version of MBCP. The 2017 is just awesome. Last years was also great, but it was more sweet. I can drink this with out getting tired of it. Awesome Porter. Looking forward to see what they do next year

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Photo of fireazzi
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly original beer that I had. Crazy but it is maple bacon coffee porter. Can smell and taste the maple, the bacon smell is super strong and the coffee smell and taste is amazing. I have no idea how they do this but it was really cool to have this.

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