Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Funky Buddha Brewery

Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter
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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #284
4.46 | pDev: 8.07%
Apr 19, 2022
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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4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by JokersAce

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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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mrpanama94 from Florida

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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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

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
4.5 by tonystanhope from Florida on Apr 04, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Junior from Michigan

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
4 by Ajlvt from Washington on Feb 18, 2022
4.33 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Nov 06, 2021
5 by doctorgary from New York on Nov 05, 2021
4.34 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Oct 10, 2021
4.5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jb_4226 from Texas

Review #76, was ok..wasn't getting much bacon flavor and was watery.

Sep 09, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Paradox1000 from Florida

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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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by StJamesGate from New York

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
4.25 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BucBasil from Rwanda

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
4.25 by relynnjr from North Carolina on Jun 15, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by MacMalt from New Jersey

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
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
4.46 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Apr 15, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Wolvmar from Michigan

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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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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
4 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Mar 07, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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
4.09 by mando31 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2021
4.27 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Feb 06, 2021
4 by tblack4d from Georgia on Jan 21, 2021
4.15 by beerrat from Virginia on Jan 15, 2021
4.23 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

A huge thanks to Nick for this one. You are far too generous.

355ml bottle - no date ('18 or '19 I'm sure) - poured into a balloon stem at 48°F.

Pours a thin, mahogany brown with amber highlights, sitting basically black in the glass. When held to the light, the beer appears clear, deep garnet red, with micro suspended particulate. A finger of very light, foamy tan head forms, and recedes fairly quickly, leaving a nice collar.

Nose: Compared to so many maple beers out there, two things stand out here. One, the maple is strong - balanced, not overpowering, but very forward. Two, the maple is very organic - like a pot with dark maple syrup reducing. Notes of maple fudge, chocolate chip pancakes, fresh, light roast coffee, and a very subtle smokiness underneath it all, that I would attribute to smoked malt. No bacon, but I could definitely see maple sausage. It really does smell like a chocolate chip pancake breakfast with coffee.

Palate: The beer greets the palate porter-first. It isn't pastry, and constantly remains real beer. A very nice porter base, too - roasty, but lightly so, with very little malt sweetness, and no char to speak of. A touch nutty, with a bit of cocoa and toffee. The maple is ever-constant, lending a faint background sweetness, while the coffee stays restrained, tasting not like grounds, but a smooth lightly sweetened cup of light roast. The coffee note opens up towards the finish, as the maple slowly subsides, letting a bit of meaty emptiness come through. It isn't quite *bacon*, but it's a nice touch, and I can pretend. The finish is light coffee, subtle cocoa, a trailing hint of maple, and a kiss of smoke.

Mouthfeel/Body: It's a 6.4% ABV porter. There's no reason to assume this will be thick or chewy, and it isn't. It's medium-bodied, fluid up front, but with some of that porter heft to it. It isn't thin, nor thick. It's right where it should be. Drinkable, not watery. Effervescence is medium - gentle, with fine, soft bubbles. Semi-sweet, with a moderately dry finish with lingering maltiness. An iota of stickiness.

Overall: This takes everything that the breakfast stout has made famous, and delivers it in a smaller porter format. The maple is beautifully integrated, the coffee is top notch, albeit a bit restrained, and there's a nice subtle smoky element threading through. The porter itself is fantastic, with the perfect malt bill and great attenuation. It's bold, balanced, and deviates from the norm. All of the breakfast stout qualities in a smaller, drier, drinkable package. Simply put, it's really a great breakfast porter.

Dec 19, 2020
4.16 by sweemzander from Illinois on Sep 24, 2020
4.2 by JAWS from New York on Aug 21, 2020
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Aug 02, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of Scottsbeer.
L: black with minimal brown head.
S: coffee (dark French roast). Malt, brown sugar, some metallic smells, burnt.
T: roasty coffee, chocolate malt, maple/brown sugar, some burnt character, not bacon really.
F: fairly thin and high carbonation.
Overall: average-good Porter. Roasty character with some sweetness and coffee.

Jul 10, 2020
4.16 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Jul 10, 2020
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1.31/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
by AshBlackstone from Florida

2018 Vintage, consumed July of 2020.

Despite living in Florida, I had never really dipped into much of Funky Buddha’s product beyond a couple of their standard year round offerings.

The reviews for this beer are quite high, which is why I was so tremendously disappointed with it.

Poured about 6 ounces into a glass, had about a quarter inch head. Clearly light bodied. Aromas were not terrible, mostly with maple.

Taste was mostly maple, with some bacon and coffee notes of course. Feels rather carbonated.

I honestly felt more like I was drinking a watery maple bacon soda than I was drinking a beer. My girlfriend loved it though, so I guess I’ll buy it for her going forward.

Overall, it’s a mediocre beer at best. Certainly not worth the tremendous praise it receives. This seems to be a trend for me and their dark beer though, as I feel the same about two other highly rated offerings I tried on the same day.

Was looking for a nice, robust porter with notes of maple, bacon, and coffee. What I got was a watery mess that I won’t drink again.

Jul 09, 2020
4.54 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on May 13, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2215 ratings