Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #184
4.49 | pDev: 8.02%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
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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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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bret27 from California

3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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AshBlackstone from Florida

1.31/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is everything it says on the bottle - it’s definitely a porter (and a gorgeous one at that), with a body that verges in black with mahogany on the edges and a dense light tan head. And the maple literally grabs you by the throat when you pop the top on the bottle - and then the coffee jumps in, and there’s an earthy salty note as well.

The maple and coffee are the leads on the taste, but the star is the salty flavor that comes with some chocolate and char notes. The mouthfeel approaches creamy, which is to style with this non-imperial porter.

This may be the best beer I’ve had in 2020, and possibly back to 2019. It’s breakfast in a beer, and is truly a pleasure to drink.

Apr 11, 2020
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Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had ... and this coming from an IPA guy. I bought a 4-pack on my way out of the brewery and tried my first one at a resort. I was on vacation, so my senses may have been slightly skewed but this is fantastic stuff, though not cheap. I tried about 5 or 6 beers on draft (not all full beers!) and purchased 3 beers to take home and this was the best, although the chocolate cherry cordial was close behind.

The sweet sugary maple flavor hits you right away and then the bacon sort of creeps up on you. The coffee is an undernote, which is much appreciated. I find most coffee-based stouts go way over the top tasting more like week-old truck stop coffee forgotten and left in the pot for days. I love that the maple syrup and the bacon are the stars of the show and the coffee just kind of pops in like a sip of java here and there between breakfast bites.

The beer mouthfeel is rather light but smooth and that scored it the only 4.75 ... it is brown-black and has a light head. As I was on vacation, I had no Tulip or Teku for this and instead used a stemless wine glass from the resort. Even still, the odor was a sweet and salty Umami blend ... you guessed it, maple syrup and bacon.

I kick myself for not bringing more of this home in my luggage. This is the best tasting beer I've tried. If you are drinking for merely a buzz, probably not for you as I had two and did not feel much.

Feb 22, 2020
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brutalfarce from Connecticut

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

Jul 06, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

May 28, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 10, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

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.

Apr 15, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Mar 16, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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.

Feb 23, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Feb 16, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Jan 06, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

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.

Jan 01, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 26, 2018
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

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.

Dec 09, 2018
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traction from Georgia

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.

Nov 21, 2018
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

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.

Nov 10, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

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!

Nov 04, 2018
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kemoarps from Washington

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.

Oct 15, 2018
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miniditka77 from Illinois

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.

Oct 14, 2018
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

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.

Aug 21, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.

Jul 10, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

Jun 23, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

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.

Jun 12, 2018
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