Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Funky Buddha Brewery

Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter
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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
American Porter
Ranked #2
Ranked #273
4.46 | pDev: 8.07%
Apr 20, 2023
Oct 20, 2010
Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter
Notes: 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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Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 20, 2023
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Reviewed by donspublic from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2 plus finger dark tan head, good retention and lacing. Jet black in the glass. Big maple and smokey bacon on the nose coffee doesn't stand much of a chance. Taste goes way of roasted malt, coffee and slight smoke, with maple sweetness thru the middle. Good bitterness on the finish with residual maple and smokiness left on the palate.
Mar 23, 2023
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Reviewed by regex5375 from Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my favorite beer. It really is unbelievable and you should definitely try it if you haven't. It appears to be seasonal as I have a hard time finding it.
Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured at 52°. Ruby brown body with clarity under tight khaki head; poor cap retention, no ring; some spots of lace with agitation; looks like opaque ruby-brown water. Strong maple nose; some smoke as beer warms. Sweet caramel malt and maple sugar; light smoky char; no coffee; maple candy finish. Thin watery feel; medium light body; no warmth from 6.4% abv; moderate minus carbonation. Overall a tasty take on a maple forward breakfast beer; the char almost tricks my brain into tasting bacon; did not get any coffee; on the thin side; otherwise a very good flavored porter.
Nov 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage

Carrying on with the Funky Buddha beers I recently got, I’m running through the entire series of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. That includes this beer, the imperial version of it, and the barrel aged version of it. These have been long time wants of mine (among ny first logged on BA), and I’m very excited to start off with this one, the 2nd highest rated American Porter on BA

Pours almost completely pitch black with a finger of light tan head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

Wow, this is an incredibly aromatic beer, just so much maple and coffee. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet maple, medium roast coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, smoky bacon, honey, and light caramel

It’s definitely dropped off a bit in taste from where I’m sure it was in its prime, but I’m still digging it. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting light roast coffee, salty bacon, dark bread, milk chocolate, caramel, light maple, and a touch of raisin. The swallow brings notes of smoky bacon, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, and roasted peanut

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet sharp beer. Finishes a tad sticky at first, but the smokiness dries it out like hell over time

This one is absolutely wild. The bacon does more than I would’ve expected, but it can be a bit overpowering. I’m interested to see if the higher abv of the imperial version allows the flavors to integrate better
Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by OfficerVZdiver

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This porter looks lighter than it would taste. The maple and bacon flavor is pretty strong which makes it unique. Reminds me of a much lighter and smoother version of Founders CBS, but with no bourbon and much easier drink. Really want to get my hands on the imperial version of this!
Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Smells heavenly, like a refined haute take on a simple breakfast dish brewed in a can. The bacon is there as a salty after note, while the maple is done nicely and is not overwhelming. Dark black and carbonated with a tan dissipating head. As it warms up in a glass the bacon becomes more pronounced almost like spam in a can. It’s good, though I’m not sure where the line is between ingredients brewed into the beer and simply added like a soda. Either way it's a very enjoyable beer. Drank fresh from bottles in Florida.
Apr 19, 2022
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Reviewed by mrpanama94 from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Like Coca-Cola. Mostly black with some dark amber highlights against a light. Thick foam head.
Smell: Immediate blast of maple syrup. Pleasantly sweet. Followed by vanilla. A boozy kick on the nose. Slight caramel.
I am not detecting bacon.
Feel: Very smooth porter. Light/Medium body.
Taste: Up front I get a smokey, roasted malt flavor. Then a nice taste of vanilla. The maple shines most in the smell more than the actual taste of the porter. I am still not really getting any hint of bacon but otherwise implied with the smokey taste and possibly a good pairing for a breakfast platter with bacon. Beer tastes like a mild, sweet vanilla-coffee porter as it warms up yet still retaining that strong taste of cold brew and roasted malt.
Overall: A nice porter for the sweet-tooths like myself. Can't go wrong with maple syrup and coffee!
Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger tan head

S- Coffee, maple, dark chocolate, just enough smoke/bacon.

T- Coffee, dark chocolate, some smoke, maple, slightly earthy, touch of toffee, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Very well balanced and easy to drink. I remember tons of hype around this when it was first released and all these years later this is still a beer worth hyping.
Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by tonystanhope from Florida

Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Junior from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Dark brown with a frothy mocha head.
S - Maple, coffee and dark roasted malt.
T - Maple, coffee, dark roasted malt.
F - Medium bodied.
O - What you would expect from the name of this beer. I am sure that this was revolutionaly when initially released. I bought this the first time that I saw it this week. Its a great beer. Very well crafted
Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Nov 05, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review #76, was ok..wasn't getting much bacon flavor and was watery.
Sep 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Paradox1000 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Excellent porter! It is delicious and highly recommended. Definitely maple, vanilla and coffee, but not getting the bacon. It may be there, but not up front. I lean towards Imperial porters, but fully enjoyed this!
Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Chocolate brown with a rimming crust of creamy taupe foam; dark roast coffee, demerara sugar, hints of wood smoke + dried meat; fig, chocolate ganache, coffee grounds, Grade A Medium maple syrup, hints of blueberry + pecan pine, a thread of Texas BBQ pork with a dry roasty finish; medium to full, creamy, dead smooth, mild fizz.

4.25 4.75 4.25 4 4.5

The nose is just insane: a sting of acidic French roast, wave upon wave of sticky, darker maple syrup that almost hints of bark and an undercurrent of smokehouse pork.
That carries through to the taste, which is a delicate balance between the three named flavours, decorated with bits of cocoa and honey roasted almonds and other tasty treats.
The maple is huge and genuine and constantly threatens to cloy but is always pulled back by the acidic coffee + woody bacon - it’s a lovely dance to behold.
What’s absolutely crushing it here is that this is a regular strength porter: the body might be a bit heavy for that, but it’s definitely sweeter and less roasty than a stout, so it’s just plum crazy that this intensity of flavor comes at this ABV.
If I have a quibble, this should be called Maple Coffee - the bacon is definitely in third place. Then again, that savoury meatiness peaking through occasionally adds a depth that brings this from very good to excellent.

An easy sipper and a luxuriant classic.
Aug 26, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by rstump24 from Ohio

Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to rocks glass.

LOOK: cola black/brown color, minimal tan head, poor retention. Looks thick for porter.

AROMA: maple bacon heaven, smokey and sweet, every bit as perfect as the Wide Awake imperial version.

TASTE: mild roasted barley upfront, maple kicks in next with bitterness and some li geri g sweetness. Smokey bacon flavors never really "hit" but end up lingering in the background more as you sip through.

FEEL: thinner body than expected. A true porter and not tbe stout-porter mix that the appearance may have suggested. Hypothesis is tbat the maple syrup tamps down carbonation and head, but doesn't really thicken the body.

Very nice. Comparing to memory of Wide Awake, this is right there with Aroma, but falls shorter almost everywhere else. Guessing the imperial porter treatment allowed for more body and hence more melding and retention of flavors.

This one is still outstanding in its own right, and even more impressive considering it seems to be pretty available in South Florida.

Jul 19, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bought in Tampa, FL. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy cola brown with a dark tan frothy head of 2-3 fingers with good retention.

S: Smells like dessert. Heavy on the maple as if smelling a bottle of syrup. Bacon is of the candied sort and is just a light note in the nose. There is more cinnamon and a slightly roasted character. Vanilla, caramel. Biscuits or pancakes or pie crust. Like the smell of an IHOP when you open the door. A really good smelling beer, noticeable from a distance.

T: Actually a strong smoked malt character comes out in front. The coffee really leads this, more like a vanilla latte than a roasted black coffee which was interesting. Then some smoked meat comes in, the idea of the bacon creeping in at the edges. It really comes in layers - next is the maple, like a side of pancakes, and a buttery malty character behind. For as strong as the maple was in the nose, this actually was lighter on the sweetness which was a pleasant surprise, and it's not at all cloying.

F: The weakest aspect of the beer is it can be called that. A bit lighter feeling, but still coating.

Overall: This is a really elevated porter. Drinkable yet unique. Dessert but not cloying. I'll definitely get this again if I see it.
Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by relynnjr from North Carolina

Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I received 2 bottles from @roguer in the NBS BIF #13. Poured into a stout glass at 54 degrees. It pours nearly ink black with a half finger of creamy, light mocha-colored head and a generous sheen of creamy lacing. Its fragrant nose features roasted malt, maple syrup, toffee, freshly-brewed coffee, and a whiff of molasses. Oh. wow! It's like eating pancakes with maple syrup and drinking a good cup of coffee in a favorite diner. It's nutty and roasty and the coffee provides an acidic bitterness that balances the sweetness of the maple syrup. There are notes of toffee, fudge, tobacco, and earthy char. There's no real taste of bacon but the depth of the flavors trigger the imagination. What's truly amazing is the mouth feel. For a 6.4% Porter the mouth feel is amazingly thick and creamy. It's like drinking an imperial stout. It's moderately carbonated and really drinks easily. Overall, I now understand why so many BAs love this Porter. It causes sensory overload. Just superb!
Apr 30, 2021
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Apr 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Mar 2021 Siesta Key Spring Break
12oz bottle poured into tall water tumbler.

Pour: rich brown, huge 2-3 finger foamy tan head. Lots of lacing and clouds. Very nice looking. 4.5

Nose: coffee, maple, chocolate. Fragrant, nothing overpowering. 4.0

Taste: big coffee, maple, chocolate fudge, hint of salt, I think. Bitterness from the coffee and/or hops compliments the maple sweetness. Some caramel, stone fruit notes. Not sure I got much smokiness but maybe mixed eight the previously mentioned bitterness. Complex, but not overdone, well balanced. Delicious. 4.75

Feel: not stout thick, but thicker than typical Porter. Velvety smooth, moderate carbonation. Super easy drinking. 4.5

Overall: really good, absolutely worth trying if you have any interest in the style. Going to try and get back to the store and buy another one or two to take home. 4.5 but could be 4.75
Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Deep, dark brown body; huge dense and creamy light khaki head. Immense smell composed of maple syrup, molasses, caramel; a smidge of coffee. The taste amplifies the smell; maple syrup and caramel (again); very mild bourbon note; a touch of coffee bitterness; very sweet overall. Heavy body; thick and oily; lots of residual sugar heft.

Despite the maple, bacon, and coffee adjuncts, the brown ale parentage is quite evident. Perhaps more like an English brown ale (low hop bitterness) / American brown ale (all the adjuncts) hybrid. Call it what you will, this is one amazingly complex and balanced barrel aged dark beers out there.


Late note (05/17/21) - bumped the taste up to 4.75 from 4.5 with my second bottle today...
Mar 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark brown. 1 finger tan head. Head retention is very good. No lacing on the glass.
The nose hit me hard. Some smoke, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste - Vanilla hits me hard up front, that mellows out on the back with the caramel, chocolate, and smoke flavor. There's also a hint of coffee here.
Smooth, creamy, full bodied.
Damn! This is worth the hype!
Feb 28, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by mando31 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by tblack4d from Georgia

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by beerrat from Virginia

Jan 15, 2021
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