Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter
Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

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.

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Reviews: 320 | Ratings: 2,150
Photo of brutalfarce
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice smooth dark color smells of huge maple drinks a little thin but great flavor bacon kicks in on the finish great beer 2nd year for me awesome

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. No head. The aroma is of intensely dark black roasted coffee and dark malt. I’m tasting dark coffee, bacon fat, and dark malt. The mouth is oily, thick, and viscous.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage; drank 4/21/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Brown/black appearance.

Big tan head; minimal lace.

Maple syrup, bacon & mild coffee notes in the nose; the name of this beer is spot on!

Medium mouthfeel.

Bacon & maple syrup flavors up front; mild coffee notes on the finish.

Not subtle at all, but if you like these flavors you'll like this beer a lot.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A jet black pour with a fast tan head. The nose is insanely good-Sunday morning breakfast at grandma's with waffles, syrup, and bacon in a bottle. The drinking hits with sweet chocolate malts upfront, a smooth flow and a semi-dry finish. On the sweeter side of the spectrum but its not over-kill. There is a lot going on here. Big flowing flavors of sweet maple syrup, soft coffee grinds, and subtle smoke. Additional notes of vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa, and caramel. A rather moderate mouthfeel that offers a lush, rich, and creamy feel. Nothing to off-putting in terms of chalk or cola flavoring.

Overall, just a crazy good porter.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head. Very light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is maple, roasted malts and bacon.

T - The taste is maple, coffee, roasted malts and salty bacon.

M - Medium/light body with carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finsih.

O - Very solid breakfast porter. Big flavors without a huge alcohol punch. Definetly recommended to fans of adjunct porters.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of khaki head.
Smells is very maple forward, roasty malts, coffee.
Taste follows, sweet maple syrup up front, coffee, roasty malt. Not really finding the bacon though, maybe a hint of saltiness.
Feel is a bit thin for me. I know it's a porter so I wasn't expecting it to be chewy but a bit more body would have been nice.
Overall a tasty adjunct porter, flavors blend well, not overly sweet as some maple beers are. Again a bit more body would put this much higher.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber received in a trade

2017 edition, opened 2.16.19

Motor oil liquid, one finger brown frothy foam cap quickly recedes

Aroma of roast coffee, maple, whiff of bacon

Taste is roasted coffee, maple , bacon , tobacco

Thinner mouthfeel , medium sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of EMH73
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an extremely well retained half inch khaki head that left lacing that looks like a map of Hawaii. Smells of strong maple syrup, coffee, smoke and chocolate. Tastes of maple syrup, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, smoked bacon, molasses, toffee and sweet malts. Medium to full bodied for the style, well carbonated, creamy mouth feel, mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of kevanb
4.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2018 vintage, poured into an oversized Funky Buddha snifter glass. Enjoyed on 11.24.18, reviewed from Tasting Journey.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and with a nice viscosity, opaque with a loose khaki head that rises nicely with moderate retention and lacing. The aroma is pleasant, sweet and rich maple leaps out with chocolate and roasty coffee, dark grains, cream and a nice salinity emerges that evokes bacon. The flavors are good, really coffee forward with a nice roast, moderate acidity but a good richness that plays nicely with toasted dark malts while the maple comes out behind the roasted quality toning down the beer and bringing out some cream flavors while a lingering saltiness washes the palate. The mouthfeel is okay, a thinner medium body that coats well, lively and bubbly texture with a nice soft finish.

Verdict: A good adjunct porter from Funky Buddha. The texture is a bit thin relative to the amount of flavor packed into this beer while causes there to be a bit of balance issue. In terms of the actual flavors involved, the maple and bacon are great nuances to what is a very coffee forward beer.

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

Funky Buddha Brewery "Maple Bacon Coffee Porter"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 12/28/17..." and sampled on 12/26/18

Notes via stream of consciousness: First off, this is labeled as "2018" and yet they packaged it in 2017. So they actually sat on it for a year to age it? Interesting. It's poured a typical porter/stout appearance with a black body beneath a creamy head of khaki colored foam. The aroma is fantastic, it smells like a coffee liquor. It melds sweet maple syrup with black coffee and chocolate syrup, and for whatever reason that's taken me for a moment back to my days in the Boy Scouts. It's clean and bright and enticing although I haven't really found the bacon yet, just a suggestion of it. OK, on to the flavor... more coffee, basic, but good, just like a regular cup of Joe black coffee... more maple syrup as expected, and kind of sweet... chocolate syrup... some vanilla... but I'm still not finding the bacon. I wasn't really expecting bacon, but maybe some apple smoked wood maltiness...? Or am I missing it? I get coffee, maple, toffee, almost burnt but not sugar, vanilla, medium to darker caramel, some background fruitiness, and a bit of ashen roastiness. Is it smoky? I don't think so, not really, there is some in the far away background but I wouldn't consider it smoky. Still, it's good. It's nice and rich without being overly so, and sweetish but not too sweet although some of that maple sugar does linger on the palate. It's not really a dessert beer though, or is it? It could certainly be used as an ingredient in a dessert but it is rich enough to be a dessert beer on its own? Ahhh, maybe. So, OK, what else? Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth.

Review# 6,436

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 version. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks bro for shipping to me from Tampa.

Dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Strong smell of toffee, maple, burnt caramel. Lighter smell of coffee, vanilla and smoke. My mouth is watering.

Taste mimics the nose. Prominent maple/ toffee followed by coffee and smoke. Sweet but not overly so. Very complex and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is medium with awesome carbonation. It's not thick but at 6.4%, it drinks bigger than it is.

Well made and delicious. I had no problem navigating through the whole bottle while watching an hour long tv show. Smell is amazing and the taste is not far behind. Get this one if you can. Highly recommended.

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Photo of elohim
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black, no light passing through this one
Nose: Heavy maple. Like someone watered down maple syrup.
Taste: Heavy maple, some coffee, light smokiness. Sweet.
Texture: Much thinner than I am used to but I generally drink higher ABV stouts and porters. The thinness isn't unpleasant just a little unexpected. Great carbonation
Overall: Great beer I would recommend to anyone into maple and coffee.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: another stout

Dark brown, but it lets a little light through at the edge. Medium-fine carbonation, and what little head is there goes away pretty quickly.

First thing that crosses my mind regarding the nose is brown sugar, then after a few seconds, there's very obviously maple. That just blankets anything else, but I do happen to really like maple. Sweet graininess is akin to sorghum.

The maple is further back in the taste. The main one I get up front is coffee with creamer, although those tastes aren't as well integrated as the could be. Hint of vanilla. Sweetness isn't overpowering considering the adjuncts. It seems to have some sodium content, although I wouldn't call it salty.

Fine carbonation with only a little bit of prickliness. There's also something that's striking me as watery, yet the weight is still medium for the type. Aftertaste is smoked ham, minus the ham, if that makes sense. Not much maple left.

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 batch, bottled on 12/28/17. I shouldn’t have sat on this for so long!!! At ten months old it definitely isn’t fresh but it’s still great. Don’t know why I didn’t drink this when I bought it in the summer. Regardless, the nose is incredible. Everything is as described. Super roasty, sweet yet salty, and rich without being filling. A true dessert beer that finishes smooth and clean as a porter should versus this being a heavy stout. Hopefully I can try the 2019 fresh. Bravo FB!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

LLOOOOOONNNG time want that I now get to check off thanks to @Dragginballs76's generosity during NBS BIF #8.

Cola black body that's about as fizzy. Massive light brown head that is almost like a root beer float... when the soda and ice cream interact. You can hear the bubbles popping as it builds up and then settles down. Wet bubbles. Settles down to a few lazy bubbles sitting on the liquid.

Nose is immediate and dominant. Big roasty and salty/smoky/greasy with that sweet sweet syrup from the maple. The lighter sweeter maple though that seems to be more prevalent in beers rather than the dark rich stuff that is the best on... well just about anything tasty really.

Smoky, the bacon is actually the first to present itself on the tongue. Smoked meat, maple sweet and black coffee.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brownish red, a little light can pass through this. It isn’t sludge.

S: amazing smell. Maple and coffee hit you in the face.

T: very good. Starts off coffee, then some salt and maybe a little smoke, with a nice maple finish. A little bit of roasty malt and toffee flavor from the beer itself, but it stays in the background throughout.

F: fairly easy drinking, not super thick. Fairly high carbonation.

O: really great beer. Tons of great flavor without being high alcohol. My only complaint is that this shouldn’t be in bombers. I rejoiced to the heavens when I saw that Last Snow was in 4 packs of 12oz bottles. They should do the same for MBCP.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as Satan's heart. Rich thick world class head volume, lacing and quite outstanding retention.

It smells as good as it looks. The nose is world class. The base is sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel with a nice dose of maple. The coffee notes are gently subtle as is the light touch of smoke. The smoke is most noticeable on the exhale. An exquisitely complex aroma with a very small roast aspect.

Heavy medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that comes across as quite smooth. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle is lightly effervescent while the finish is slightly prickly and thus helps the body.

The flavor profile is world class and expertly presented in a layered fashion. Bitterness is very low as are the roast aspects. Coffee is slightly more apparent than roast and presents early and lingers past the middle. The middle is sweet - caramel, toffee and surprisingly less chocolate than the nose implied. After the initial sweet salvo, maple emerges and flows through the finish to linger along with the coffee. notes.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with some red around the edges. Light tan head.
Maple syrup and coffee aroma. A hint of smoke.
Great taste. Maple syrup, coffee, caramel.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but when held up the light there are traces of brown are visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with faint hints of smoke from the bacon.
T: The taste has flavors of maple along with notes of coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This would make for an excellent choice for a breakfast beer as it combines flavors of coffee with maple syrup, although I didn't pick up any bacon, except for the hints of smoke in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of strohme2
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 12/29/2017.
Upon opening I set the bottle down to get a glass. I could smell the maple from at least a foot away. Pours a dark brown with larger tan head. With the maple, I could smell a smoky meat also. Taste is maple syrup to start, smokiness, with a big coffee finish. Some acridity which might be from the smoke. Thinner mouthfeel than I prefer with slight carbonation.
Glad to cross off this want, great beer. This beer says everything it’s going to be on the label and nails it. I’d buy another bottle in the future.

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

Came a deep dark cola color with that tinge of red with a creamy deep beige head that never really settled,good deep color and a good looking head.The aromas were just amazing,deep sweet maple and mild smoky pork wich you really can't go wrong with,chocolate and brown sugar notes also came into play,everything you want in a porter.Dark roast coffee cuts thru some of the big brown sugar and maple flavors with a smokiness in the finish that never lets this beer get to sweet,no alcohol sweetness either wich makes everything come together very well.This beer lives up to billing,everything plays a role in the nose and palate,great stuff.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle picked up for $14, poured into snifter.
A: pours a crayon black with tinges of ruby red, thin off white foam head slowly forms after the pour is finished and fades away
S: fresh maple syrup, bacon cooking in a skillet, fresh roasted coffee, malty
M: medium creamy body that has a wet and sticky finish
T: maple syrup, bacon, carbonation is puckering on the tongue, coca cola, sweet, light coffee bitterness towards the finish
O: desert brew, breakfast brew, I'm not sure but the flavors are genuine and spot on

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Photo of mntlover
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with dark brown around the edges, with a nice thumb sized tan head that leaves some light lace.

Aroma is nice roasted malts, lots of sweet maple syrup, good smoke notes with lighter coffee and toffee mingled through out. Guessing the smokey notes is suppose to be bacon because no real bacon notes. But smells wonderful and complex especially since its only 6.4%

Taste is roasted, again good sweet maple upfront, nice chocolate and toffee mingled, really on the sweeter side. Finish is lingering roasted sweetness, lighter coffee along with the smoke notes and light salty hints. Again no real bacon but its pretty favorable for the lower abv.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still only medium body even though its smooth. Carbonation level is on the lower side of medium.

Overall it's a enjoyable sweet porter with good smokey notes and maple syrup thrown in for good measure. Defiantly worth a try and a revisit.

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

Super dark tan head with big globs of lacing. The aroma is full of maple and smoke. Nice light sweetness, big roasted malts, smoke, maple and a pinch of salt. Really great beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing, though.

S: A very nice aroma of maple syrup, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and toffee.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of chocolate, a bit of coffee (could have used more), some roasted malt notes, a good shot of maple syrup, a tinge of toffee, and light hops. No real trace of the advertised bacon. The flavor isn't quite as robust as the aroma would lead you to believe, but it is pretty tasty. Gets better as you go along.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet lively, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I don't think this beer lives up to its hype, but it is definitely worth a look. Drinkable.

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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 2,150 ratings