Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Maple Bacon Coffee PorterMaple Bacon Coffee Porter

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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: 234 | Ratings: 1,710
Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect. Amazing and groundbreaking to marry all these flavors together so perfectly. So good it'll leave your hand sticky like you're eating pancakes. The bacon flavor is the real deal. Perfectly subtle. Love! Exceptional beer. Namaste Funky Buddha!

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Photo of gjoker321
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this was about a year old when drank and the group agreed it was the best of the night. Great flavors prominently throughout with a solid stout base. The nose and the taste do not match up though.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer many times. Sometimes it's much better than others, but when they nail it, it's one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Every time I get to try this, I'm blown away by how much maple is in the nose. Obviously the coffee is there, but even on the label the word "maple" is smaller than coffee and bacon. I feel like maple should be proudly etched into the glass for how much is in it. It's seriously good.

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Photo of JulioH
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably delicious Funky Buddha magic.

Pours a nice dark beer. Forms a little bit of foam, which does not retain. Smell is of coffee, with a very distinct maple scent. Taste reveals a syrupy coffee that tastes like maple and closes with the smokiness of the bacon. It is a tad sweet, not heady at all.

Over time, some of the great characters of this beer disappear. Much better fresh.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of Bill....thank you so very much buddy.

In terms of smell this beer carries the Maple and coffee extremely well. Pancake-y sweet and luscious with a healthy dollop of rich sweetened coffee. Bacon on the nose is non existent. Had it been alive, this beer would be worthy of a cologne like enterprise.

That said, MBCP simply can't follow through on the promise of the nose. While good....nice maple and coffee presence here as's neither all that deep nor does it carry any of the promised bacon. What's here is good, but if it could carry the olfactory flirtations it could be special.

A nice porter with some good components, but not quite up to Last Snow standards.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.6.14
Bottled January 2014

A - Pours a dark brown with a large foamy dark tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Smoke hits first, then some maple, then over powered by the coffee.

T - Smokey bacon, then some smooth coffee, finishs with some sweet maple.

D - Heavy to medium body with good carbonation.

O - I'm impressed. How'd they get all those flavors in there. Very layered and tasty.

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Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my cousin Sonny for giving me a chance to try this. Split at a tasting and full notes taken at the time of review.

A- Pitch black pour from the bomber to several glasses for our tasting. A one finger tan cap builds up and retains fairly well. The head falls to a creamy, foamy ring with some islands in the middle. Lacing starts out with spots and dies out after some time.

S- Holy maple syrup from the heavens, dominant syrup reigns supreme here as I open the bottle. Some smokiness and caramel as well as cocoa roast grains in the backdrop of the maple pancakes.

T- Liquid breakfast feel that reminds me of a pancake drenched in good maple syrup. Coffee opens up here immensely compared to the nose and adds to the breakfast experience, nice medium roast beans. Roast cereal grains, cocoa powder, some fruits, more maple syrup and some smoke.

MF- Medium bodied with a nice creamy texture and some frothiness. Carbonation at a moderate level and works out fine with the rich breakfast assault. Light coffee bitterness.

Lots to say but it just all works out into an experience of liquid breakfast, and a good one at that. I swear I'm getting ghost sausage grease notes because I feel like I'm at a breakfast joint. Lives up to its name.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz shared by none other than Cam. Long-time Want, yee ha! Nicely paired with some bacon gouda supplied by Dan and Emma. Thanks!

Appearance - Dark brown, some clarity and flecks noticeable. Bubbly beige head retains great as a full cap, no lace left.

Smell - Wha! Straight up chocolate chip pancakes drenched with maple syrup and butter, with just hints of smoke, roast and coffee. Not getting the bacon but absurdly unreal, authentic and rich.

Taste - Not as insane, but more balanced and quite good in its own right. Lingering flavors of maple, cocoa, coffee, light roast and caramel. Definitely not getting bacon which is unfortunate, but hard to complain really.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side with low carbonation, fits the beer decently but I thought this category could've used more oomph. Sweetness/richness is a bit cloying but it's tasty enough for it not to be an issue.

Overall - Really crazy stuff, this is savory maple breakfast madness. Rich enough so a small pour would probably suffice, but so tasty I can't help but quaff. Kinda simple and sweet but I think it'd be hard not to dig this one. Next time I have this, I'd like it with a side of French Toast Double Brown, please.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great candy beer!

A- Dark brownish hue around the edge with pitch black in the center. Large lacing with no legs.

S- The best quality of this brew. Huge huge maple syrup, then maple syrup, then maple syrup, then cofee chocolate and a well done bacon slight slight background.

T- Most maple syrup I have ever had. I am late on the maple game, but I will have CBS this weekend. Hope I get something out of that one at this point. Bacon is not offputing, has a well done bacon taste, coffee is present along with chocolate.

M- Very nice smooth with the right amount of carb.

O- A great candy beer that I am in first glass of. Thank God I have other styles to mix in tonight to help me crush this brew.

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Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2014 Vintage***

Huge thanks to Aespi for sending me this when i haven't even shipped to him yet.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, no #freshbeer info (but i know it is!).

Pours a dark brown, which a thick tan head and great retention. The aroma is simply stunning! They totally nailed it. Fresh cooked breakfast, bacon fat, smoke, fresh brewed coffee, maple soaked pancakes and a bit of milk chocolate. Flavor is less intense but still good. Strong on the bacon, good robust coffee and ends in a sweet maple note. Very low carbonation. Even texture has that greasy feel mixed with warm sweet coffee and the feel of sticky syrup. This is breakfast in a glass and i loved it.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull black with a finger of light brown head, which a few streaks of lacing on the glass as it recedes to a solid cap. Superb retention.

S: Wow, loads of sweet maple syrup and coffee, smoked roasty malts that don’t really scream “bacon” to me, and some fresh mint. They have the maple and coffee spot-on, though.

T: Medium roast coffee up front, along with the malts, with the syrup more noticeable mid-palate, some fresh mint, followed by an everlasting finish of coffee and syrup. Not quite as amazing at the nose, but still super tasty. It’s got just a little sweetness from the syrup, but (fortunately!) it’s pretty subtle; not what you might expect.

M: Medium-light body, smooth, with medium carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable and a great novelty. I can only imagine the food pairings for this, assuming I had extra bottles to piss away. The aroma is amazing, though the taste doesn’t *quite* live up to it. And I’m not getting any bacon from this. Maybe it’s already faded?

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-EBF sample pour. Very dark, close to black.

S-Lots of maple syrup. Coffee and chocolate. A salty, cured meat aroma as well. The name doesn't miss the mark.

T-Flavor is surprisingly more tame than I was expecting. Maple was there, so was a good bacon approximation. The coffee was clearly there as well. However, it wasn't as eye opening as it should have been.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation.

O/D-A little bit disappointing but still pretty tasty. I am clearly in the minority because people go bonkers for this beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of maple syrup up front, coffee mid palate and a touch of malt smoke. Although the maple flavor is very pronounced, it never feels to sweet. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Finishes a bit bitter and dry. Yum.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear brown with a light, tan cream head. Rich coffee in the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of rich and roasty malts, coffee, hints of maple syrup and smoked meat. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, lots of dark malts, light smoke. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of roger617
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with near 2 fingers of khaki colored head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves a hefty collar.
S: Maple syrup coming through like crazy! Not sure if it's necessarily bacon also there, but definitely a nice smokey compliment that reminds me of hickory smoked bacon. Coffee is definitely there, and adds a layer I've never experienced in an aroma.
T: Sweet maple syrup and coffee up front. A perfect blend of maple and smoke in the after taste that lingers for minutes after each sip.
M: Very smooth, leaving a slightly dry feel.
O: I understand why there is a lot of hype behind this one. Crazy delicious, from aroma up front to the lingering aftertaste that just works so well. I've had a handful of different offerings from Funky Buddha, and they do everything right.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1773rd Review on BA
Growler to small snifter

Thanks to @floweryair

App- Out the growler pours a generous brown color with a smaller tan head that dissapated rather quickly. A smaller lack of cling down the sides as well. A little bit less of rentention of color than I was thinking, but for a porter had nice tones and highlights as well.

Smell- So I dont normally do this, I tend to go more in depth. Maple. Check. Bacon. Check. Coffee. Check. Yep all there. Done!

Taste- To me it was a bit light but all the flavors were there which I could appreciate. The dominant flavor was more of the maple and malt vs. smoke which I greatly appreciated as I tend to shy away from smoke beers. The coffee added a nice dimension to a style known for being a bit light.

Mouth- An acceptable medium body with a pretty good residual flavor profile. A bit of the maple and a little chocolate remained for me. I liked the body the best about this. Smooth, clean and balanced.

Drink- A highly anticipated beer for me and I am glad I was finally able to tick this one. I wonder how the bottle holds up vs. growler, but I wont trade for one.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Maple syrup, bacon smoke, and slight chocolate. Smells like an amazing breakfast

T - Smoke up front and dark chocolate before sweet maple syrup comes thru. Slight bacon near the end that gives it a smoky presence to it.

M - Smooth light body with a light astringency near the finish

O - Good amount of maple with enough smokiness to balanced it out. Didn't think it had a lot of coffee but still a really good and flavorful porter

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to egrace84 for the share on this longtime want!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 2 full fingers of light to medium tan colored head.

Smell: Boatloads of sweet maple. Light meaty smoke and light roasty malt. Chocolate chips. Dont smell much coffee in this beer, but I dont really care. The aroma of maple coming from this beer is truely hypnotic.

Taste: The beer starts off with sweet maple syrup; Smokey and roasty malts in the middle. Vanilla, cola, and chocolate chips with bacon in the finish. I am a little bit surprised that I dont taste much coffee in this beer.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The beer feels creamy and soft on the palate. Mouthcoating feel. This beer is super drinkable; so drinkable that I could probably drink a bomber of this in 20 minutes by myself.

Overall: This is my first Funky Buddha beer and I gotta say that they nailed that authentic maple syrup aroma and flavor. Toppling Goliath is the only other brewery that can captured that maple syrup flavor and aroma in a beer. Great balance in reguards to the flavor profile and aroma from this beer; everything is well integrated. Funky Buddha has some great finesse that is showcased with this beer. This beer has bigger maple flavor than CBS, but it does not quite make it to the level of Toppling Goliath's Mornin Delight and Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout. So this is my 3rd favorite beer that is brewed with maple syrup as a brewing adjunct. Fantastic job Funky Buddha; I will be seeking out more of this beer. No doubt about it.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Have long wanted to try this beer at various Buddha events during Philly Beer Week but the locations I visited for Buddha events did not include the Maple Bacon Porter. So, great anticipation on the first bottling of a beer that I have wanted and am now finally able to get the chance to try.

Lovely bottle with a picture of a pig and the Buddha prominently displayed as I crack open and pour three ways into awaiting Selinsgrove snifters.

A - Pours cola brown/black with a small head that pulls back to a slightly oily lacing of bubbles in the glass.

S - Maple and coffee dominate the nose and it smells like a wonderful Saturday breakfast of hotcakes and coffee awaiting you after a morning of snow shoveling. Very enticing and it triggers a desire to quickly get this beverage into your mouth.

T - I loved it. Maple, coffee, and a slight smokiness are all there. Each of the flavors sits separate and distinct so that you can clearly taste each. Was not sure of how the bacon would appear but it is a pleasant smokiness that is not over the top but instead compliments the waves of maple and coffee. I think that this beer presents the maple in the way that many wanted the bottles of Canadian Breakfast Stout to do. Some might complain about it possibly being a tad sweet from the maple and they might be right, but I think the coffee pulls it back just enough and allows for the interaction of flavors to be just about perfect.

M - Very nice and wonderful for the style. You might think it should be slightly fuller but for a porter it is rich and smooth. No complaints here at all.

O - I thought this was great and so happy to have finally had the chance to get this. Eagerly looking forward to a couple of more bottles that will be in transit soon and hope that this becomes a regular bottle offering. I had high expectations and they were certainly met and more. This Buddha fan is happy!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle thanks to Rosen at the raleigh rare bottle share 2.0, snifter.

pours dark with a nice head... smell is quite big on chocolate. the taste is extremely nice. very smooth. chocolate up front hits you as well as a great coffee flavor but where this beer shines is the finish. the maple is extremely detectable and smooth on the finish and it lingers for a good while afterwards. really excellent. medium body with the correct carbonation.

overall an impressively complex beer with a great feel. very recommended!

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Photo of Duff27
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch tall mid-mocha head. Body is a dark brown. Splotchy lacing, cap and collar remain throughout.

S- Heavy roast coffee, chocolate, hints of smoke. Could keep my nose in it all day.

T- Chocolate reminds me of an M&M flavor. Coffee and cocoa play off each other nicely. Packs so much flavor, would have a hard time guessing this at 6.3%abv

M- Medium/full mouthfeel, medium/medium-low carbonation.

D/O- Very good, a step below world class in my opinion. Nicely balanced with all that goes I to it. Would have loved more smokiness. Wonder about an imperial version would taste like? Glad to try. Thanks a ton for the share egrace84!

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Photo of karabearaesquire
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE- dark dark dark; completely opaque, almost black. Minimal head and carbonation.
SMELL- the name says it...maple, bacon and coffee. You'll want to have it for breakfast.
TASTE- definitely more of the "maple" and "coffee" taste, rather than "bacon" - the bacon part of the name comes mostly from the savory smokey smell. Maple probably brings to mind something super sweet, which, in my opinion, would ruin the taste of a good beer. But never fear, this is far from sweet. Nice, strong, and perfectly mixed porter.
MOUTHFEEL - quite smooth and a surprisingly easy drink, considering its super dark color. I tend to like my brews a bit more carbonated (but that is a personal preference).

One of those beers that you never knew what you were missing until you've had it. And then you want it regularly.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Very dark brown to black, opaque. Forms a nice one-finger tan head with average retention, and just a few bubbles are seen wandering up the sides.

S: Dark roasted coffee, dark amber maple syrup, and breakfast cereal malts. Yum - sweet maple in coffee.

T: Maple, coffee, dark roasted malts, sweet maple syrup, with a touch of salty and smoky flavors towards the end. Roasted bitterness and malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body for style, but while it's not the thickest porter out there, it coats the sides of the glass very nicely. Average carbonation, and alcohol presence is low.

O: As always - so tasty, so different. A very well-made, enjoyable beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, maple, bacon, smoke, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with maple, coffee, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a phenomenal smell and tasty flavors that are exactly what the name implies.

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