Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

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.

Added by DosBeerigos on 10-20-2010

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4.45
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8.31%
 
 
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Photo of Andrew180j
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the tap room in Oakland Park, FL. It is hard to come by. They only release it on special occasions. A lot of people were waiting for the keg to be tapped. There was even a count down. It has a great nose. The second it started pouring the smell of maple filled the tap room. It was very pleasant. The taste is really good too. A very bold maple taste the leads into a nice coffee taste and is finished with a smokey flavor. There is not too much bacon flavor for those people who are put off by that aspect. The looks are nothing special. Not too much of a head, but overall it is a really great beer.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown nearly black body with a thick mocha colored head.

S: Maple is the first aroma to come off this beer and there is a lot of it. There was some smoke, dark roasted gains, and coffee in the background of the nose.

T: Huge coffee flavors here. There is not a whole lot of maple in the taste but the nose balances it out. Very complex beer that has a changing flavor throughout.

M: A medium body with a little silkiness to it. The carbonation was perfect.

O: A very good beer. I am glad that I actively pursued this one for about 8 months. Well worth it.

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Photo of portia99
4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32oz swingtop growler filled 5 days ago. Poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours near black in color showing just the faintest hint of brown on the edges. Two fingers of densely foamed dark tan head shows good staying power and an almost whipped creamy consistency. Foamy webs of lacing coat the sides of the glass almost entirely.

S - From clear across the room you can clearly smell this beer...there is nothing subtle about it. Great thing is this smells absolutely heavenly. Rich coffee that relaxes into an amazing mocha with chocolately sweetness blended really well. Maple is intense, but not at all overpowering - blends seamlessly. Not really picking up any smoky or bacony aromas, but it hardly matters. Funky Buddha succeeds again in creating a beer that has such an intense, almost excessive aroma - I really don't know how they this much aromatic goodness into their beers. Smells like the perfect breakfast coffee drink.

T - Black coffee up front, slightly acidic and roasty. Sweet maple and Hershey's syrup like chocolate smooth the intense coffee and give this an overall sweet impression. Although sweet, it seems in perfect balance - again, like a perfectly sweetened coffee drink. The maple lingers through to the finish and wafts up into the nose and gives a lasting maple impression. Mild cocoa impression that is reminiscient of a dusting of cocoa powder on top of a cappuccino. The bacon aspects are lost on me as I really get no bacony, smokiness at all...and I am looking for it heavily. There is no trace of alcohol at all.

M - A bit thinner than medium bodied with a lowish medium level carbonation that is fluffy and foamy in the mouth. Acidic black coffee character with a complexity of sweet flavors that complement so well.

O - This is a super tasty treat...another winner from Funky Buddha in my book. Amazing aroma and a flavor that is intense and full of complexity and nuances. Best utilization of maple in a beer that I can remember having. This is truly outstanding. Funky Buddha hasn't let me down let. Wish I had a way of getting more their beers easily.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A long time want of mine was very glad to give this a try.

A: Pours jet black, An aggressive pour provides little to no head.

S: Maple & smoke dominate with some coffee aroma making its way through.

T: incredible how all these ingredients provide such a strong milk chocolate flavor, with coffee, sweetness from the maple and perhaps a bit to much smoke for my liking

M: My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel, full & rich, with little carbonation, exactly how I want a porter to be.

O: Really glad I got a chance to try this beer, a little disappointed as I had wanted to be blown away. Seems a little overrated based on the reviews but that's just my taste.

Cheers!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle picked up at the release this weekend and poured into a wine glass. Split three ways with my family.

A- Pours a dark blackish brown with some translucency around the edges, the first two pours didn't have too much head, the third pour had a thin mocha head that had great retention.

S- Nice coffee presence, balanced maple syrup that provides a nice sweetness, very subtle bacon that blends in with the maple syrup presence and evens out the sweetness a bit. Nice aroma strength only complaint is could get a little bit more bacon.

T- Lots of coffee, slight chocolate, subtle blended maple syrup, a bit of cream. Awesome taste for a breakfast beer, the bacon is tough to detect but balances the sweetness nicely.

M- Very drinkable, fairly subtle carbonation, smooth.

O- For a coffee porter MBCP is fantastic and easily one of the best beers out there. For a gimmicky beer the bacon doesn't come out as much as I'd hope for but the coffee and maple syrup make the perfect breakfast beer. I've had this beer in years past and I feel like I've detected bacon more before but this bottling is still fantastic and worth trying, just make sure you drink it fresh!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting a long time to try this. Poured into a snifter at Funky Buddha.

A- Pours an opaque black with a 1/4 inch tan head that soon dissipates to a thin rig around the edge of the glass and a small patch if light surface foam.

S- The best, most fresh coffee aroma I've ever smelled from a beer. Very rich milk chocolate mingles with the sweet maple.

T- The coffee rushes in with a scrumptious roastiness, then comes the maple bringing the sweet. Both meld together in a heavenly synthesis making for a damn drinkable beer. Not as much smoke as I was expecting, making it really a maple coffee porter with a hint of bacon.

M- Superbly creamy and full with low carbonation.

O- I drove through a hailstorm just to get the chance to try this and I'm so glad I did. Worth the money, the hype and the trouble.

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to rudzud for sharing this gem. I was very disappointed that they couldn't make the rescheduled EBF this year.

Nice creamy foamy head, fades at a med pace nice lighter lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is awesome, amazing, tons of maple, nice maple bacon thing, lots of brown sugar, fluffy caramel nutty malts, light peanut butter and hint sweet syrupy thing, hint cocoa and vanilla, some light roasted coffee beans and fresh brewed coffee.

Taste is sweet, big nutty malts, peanut butter and maple syrup, caramel, little molasses, tons of melted brown sugar, some lighter smoked malt for a bit of bacon, some decent coffee like fresh brewed, little earthy grainy flavor, light yeasty addition of chewy bready flavor. Fairly sweet almost candy like, maple candies, light fig like too. Then light earthy hint spicy hops, some bitterness. Finish is semi sweet and sticky but drier, lingering light bitterness, dark malts, light peanuts, more maple and light bacon, brown sugar, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick and little syrupy, nice carb that has a bite to it, the more I drink and since rudzud pointed it out maybe a bit too much carb.

Overall great beer. very tasty, although probably couldn't drink more than a glass full.

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Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An epically awesome beer from this brewery, who when they found out I could not attend EBF hooked me up with this hand filled bottle and told me to buy a bicycle!. Shared with JLindros and poured into Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brownish black hue with a half finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice thin halo and spotty clouds.

S - Aromas of huge maple notes and lots of sweet black coffee reminiscent of a coffee hard candy. Very sweet on the nose with a light hint on smoke. Really though this is tons of maple.

T - Taste is a slight let down from the nose. Lots of maple here but not as potent as the nose but with nice vanilla notes, light smoke soft chocolate. Super tasty. Light nutty notes as well.

M - Mouthfeel is super nice and carbonated considering it was hand filled. Almost more carbonated than I would expect from a porter.

O - Overall this beer is every bit as deserving of the hype and delivers what it promises. I would like more bacon/smoke notes but I'll forgive it for being so maple heavy. Just delicious and honored to have tried this brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery on 1/19/2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thick collar. Dark in here, so it's tough to see it, really.

Smell - Coffee isn't as strong as most coffee stouts. Much more earthy. Maple adds sweetness and it gets cut by a hint of smoke, but that's the least dominant of the aromas.

Taste - Coffee up front and it comes back in the finish. Maple and malt sweetness. Chocolate malt. Maple sweetness lingers long after each sip. Smoked flavor is more predominant and cuts the sugars nicely.

Mouthfeel - At points a little thin and over carbonated, but I could drink it all day.

Overall - Another beer from the Buddha where all the adjuncts are in perfect balance. They must pour maple syrup right into the keg to get that kind of flavor out of it.

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Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Fermentation lounge. The guys from Funky Buddha brought up a keg and gave out samples one night. One of the best porters i have ever had. I must of had 4 samples of this beer...very drinkable. Pours a very dark brown almost black. The smell is divine with huge notes of maple and coffee. The initial taste starts off with heavy maple and coffee giving way to a smokey taste at the very end. I wish they would distribute their beers throughout most of Florida. I am a big fan.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Gotta love a label that's pretty much just a piece of scotch tape with magic marker... Anyway, this stuff pours a brackish black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises rich cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, and Reese's peanut butter cups. Everything is richer than the thickest fudge I've ever had. Da-amn. The taste pretty much brings in more of the same, producing a veritable liquid version of a hot fudge sundae smothered in rich caramel sauce, with a tall coffee to drink and a side of maple-smoked bacon. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a fantastic beer, one I wish I could encapsulate in a candle or a spray or a spread or something, any way to keep it around as long as possible.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark brown with a bit of light passage around the edges. The nose smells like breakfast. Maple comes through the strongest with coffee and chocolate following things up. Not getting much bacon character on the nose. The taste on the other hand features some smokey bacon quality along with plenty of maple sweetness and a nice amount of coffee which balances out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Overall, delicious and perhaps one of the most unique beers I have had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of Florida9
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very dark brown. Forms a modest light tan head, that reduces fairly quickly No lacing.

S: Maple, coffee, and a slight smokiness. But damn, there is a lot of maple!

T: Taste is moderately sweet. Starts off with a blend of sweet, roasted malts, and maple essence. Then there is the coffee and a slight char that i think is supposed to resemble the bacon.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Coffee acidity mixed with a light sweetness.

O: Another very nice beer. As I'm sure many others have noted, this is like breakfast in a bottle, not that I've ever stirred my coffee with a piece of bacon, but you get the point.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body sits an ink black with a foamy light tan head. Some clingy lace as it falls.

The smell of maple was strong with this one. Arms length, maple was permeating the immediate area. Upon closer inspection, I also get notes of smoke, fresh coffee beans, and milk chocolate.

This beer really needs to be close to room temp to fully enjoy. At first, the liquid was way too cold, so I gave it a good ten minutes before diving back in. Milk chocolate and maple up front with coffee and some smokey notes in the finish. A light lingering roast/smoke flavor with some sweet maple syrup. The maple notes do a great job of balancing all of the bitterness from the coffee, roast, and smoke flavors. It hovers above the rest, infiltrating all aspects of the flavor profile.

Full body, smooth, and creamy. Mild carbonation.

The maple syrup really stands out here. It is extremely prevalent in every aspect, and never to a point of being overbearing. The underlying complexities work well with the sweetness of the syrup to provide a well-rounded brew that I will seek out again.

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Photo of Holland
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark color, huge head, excellent lacing

S: hazelnut smell is big along with roasted notes from coffee to chocolate

T: big hazelnut and coffee flavor, quite sweet, a bit of heavier roasted notes but not quite smokey.

M: medium body, syrup is cut by good carbonation

O: excellent beer. Would love to have this for a morning tailgate. On tap at Monk's for $5.50 a glass.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.34/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

651mL handbottled from the brewery with official label. Big thanks to ygtbsm94 via hopscotch for the bottle. The pour is a clear cola brown with thin, tan bubbles. No real head formation. Nose is very intense sweet coffee, hazelnut, Dunkin Donuts dunkaccino. Very rich and robust. Taste is thinner, lemon, watery, full of astringent coffee that gets a little harsh. Definitely some interesting coffee used and bound to be a big hit if ever bottled. Would like to retry with more carbonation. 5/16/2011 8/3/6/3/14=3.4

Tap at Churchkey. Unfortunately, this beer's debut at CK was a disaster. This smelled like green coffee and mega DMS. Body was super thin. Undrinkable. Will not rate.

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Photo of orangesol
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Hulmeville Inn during Philly Beer Week 2012. Just getting around to writing this one up.

A - Pours very dark brown, might as well be black, with a small half finger tall off white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of a TON of maple syrup, fresh brewed coffee, smokey dark roasted malt and a touch of chocolate malt. The rauch character grows as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with plenty of intense maple syrup sweetness slowly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate and some smokey rauch malt. The "bacon" isn't very noticeable initially but it does grow stronger throughout the experience. Finish is pretty sweet with some dark roast, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Big, full body with intense flavors and moderate carbonation. For being so big and flavorful it is still has a smooth feel. This one is definitely a sipper but in a good way.

O - On the way back from the bathroom I noticed that the entire bar smelled like maple syrup...pretty sure that isn't a coincidence. Other than possibly HF Ann this is the best beer I had during PBW this year. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had full pour of this at the church key event on 6/7. From notes on the nice sheet provided by the key.

The beer pours a nice dark brown and leaves lots of lacing on the snifter glass, attractive for sure. Ring of head too.

The smell is the best part of this beer, tons of maple hit me right away, with a touch of smoke plus the very solid spurting chocolate and coffee aromas. Just what you'd hope for, though some of my friends wanted more bacon in the nose, I thought it was nice.

The taste isn't quite as awesome, but still way better than your regular porter, with lots of coffee and maple at the forefront especially, some nice layers of flavor and a touch of the salty and smoky bacon too.

Feel is very thin for me, this was somewhat surprising how this part of the beer is so average compared to the rest.

Overall a very good beer, though I wouldn't say it's worth killing yourself to trade for. I was fortunate to have it at the church key event for sure though.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at ChurchKey DC on 6/7/12
*From notes

A: Dark cola brown. The beer is topped with a healthy quarter finger head. A solid tan collar and reasonable lacing follow.

S: This smells just like one of those microwave pancakes that have the syrup already baked in. Huh...who the hell ever thought you could get a beer to smell quite like this? As it warms, I get hints of mild and low key smoke, green and freshly roasted coffee and a little bit of Indian spice, which I've noticed on a lot the FB's brews.

T: Extremely low key. At first, I'm not really into this. Some decent flavor here, sure. But then it happens, as the more I quaff, I quickly realize the amount of complex and balanced flavor is going into such a mild ABV beer. It begins with plenty of maple, yet it's not too sweet over the top. Some hints of smoke and a pinch of curry creep onto the mid, yet it's not overly smokey or spiced. Coffee? It's here toward the finish. It's all expertly balanced and in a nutshell, is really easy to drink while packing a ton of flavor.

M: Ouch. This can't be right. It's disappointingly thin and lacking proper carbonation. A bit oily and fairly light bodied. I'm wondering if this was tapped properly, though I wouldn't be surprised if this batch (like the rest of FB's brews this evening) was simply a bit "off" in the feel department.

O: Another longtime want ticked. God damn was I stoked to get in on this one. I'll honestly say that no, it didn't live up to the insane hype that tends to surround a beer like this. But the more I drank (and I had what...three big glasses?), the more I really began seeing what this mash-up of a beer is all about. You like breakfast? You like beer? Then look no further, as this is really one of the more unique yet quaffable gimmick beers around.

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Photo of billab914
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey during Savor week, served in a tulip. It arrived pretty close to black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head to it.

I immediately get smoky bacon and sweet maple in the aroma. It's got a bit of a breakfast sausage and syrup thing going on. There is a bit of roasty coffee to it along with some chocolate chip pancake notes. The maple and smoke combination is really awesome. Everything really integrates well. The flavors are bold, but don't overpower one another. Smells like an awesome breakfast.

In the taste, more smoky with bacon and sausage come out up front with the maple sweetness more towards the finish. It's also very roasty in finish with good dose of coffee coming out. Again, an awesome breakfast is probably the best way to describe it. Also pretty well balanced for all the bold flavors.

Mouthfeel felt thin and a little watery for the style of beer. Carbonation was on the lower side. I'm not aware if they added any oats to this or not, but a big creamy oatmeal stout mouthfeel would have gone great with this beer in my opinion.

Overall, I thought it was a great tasting and wonderfully unique beer. It was an awesome breakfast in a glass. Everything comes together perfectly in it and I loved the smoke and maple flavors. Wish I could drink this every morning.

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey during the Funky Buddha/Cigar City event. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smooth coffee roast with some dark chocolate notes. Sweet with some maple and a nutty quality.

Taste: Very smooth with tons of coffee. Nutty and sweet with dark chocolate and some caramel. I'm getting some maple, but it doesn't slap you in the face or anything.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and an overly dry finish.

Overall: This is one of the smoothest coffee beers I have ever had. The nuttiness from the coffee and the malt was very nice as well. I didn't feel like the bacon added much. I would love to have another.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had this on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. I've had the imperial version and BA version at NOTB/EBF, but never the base beer, so very excited for this one.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet maple, roasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, light sweet dark fruits, chocolate. Love the nose; I actually think there is less smoke than the imperial Wide Awake It's Morning version, making this nose even better. Perfect for me, just so well balanced.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, sweet maple, sugar, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, burnt malts, sweet fruits. Again, an awesome taste though not quite as balanced as the nose, with the coffee coming through a bit more here.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall, a fantastic beer. I actually like it better than the imperial version due to it having less smoke, and would put it up their with their Morning Wood. The nose is perfect to me; a perfect balance of sweet maple, coffee, and light smoke. Something I could definitely have a few glasses of, and one of the best maple beers out there. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn

A- Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a black beer, it's pretty black but I've seen blacker, but this is still on the black side. A small skim of foam up top that kinda fades leaving just black.

S- The nose on this killer. It really jumped out at me. Big scents of fresh maple from the source, dark coffee/espresso with roast and some deep rauch type malts resembling bacon, but the bacon scent needs time to come out and some imagination to make it pop out. Very bold.

T- The maple comes out ever so much to excite the palate to the core without the cloying and overabundance of southern tier creme brulee type levels. It integrates nice with the deep roasted coffee flavor with some faint vanilla. The bacon is an afterthought but give it time, it will come to you.

M- Very full on the mouth without having a total heavy body to cause a sipper of a beer.I could sip this or take small gulps without being blown away, except for the flavor which is packed. The carb is light and plays the bench after a while, which works out for the beer IMO.

D- A glass of this is fine, no need for more, like said a sipper or if you want to take it down quicker, the body wont prevent that. One of the better beers I've had all week.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ChurchKey in DC.

Beer pours black with a medium tan head. The smell on this beer is incredible - it really smells like breakfast as the coffee and maple are both very present and combine in an amazing way. Flavor is also top notch - the coffee really comes through on the front end, and it melds into a fantastic authentic maple syrup finish. The beer does an excellent job of not being too sweet while incorporating a number of different flavors. My only complaint was that I didn't get much of the bacon here. Mouthfeel is the only real knock on this beer, as it was noticeably thinner than a beer like this should be. It took away slightly from the experience, but not so bad. Overall, this is a top-notch, unique beer that absolutely lived up to the hype. It's got probably the best maple flavor I've ever had in a beer and works incredibly well.

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Photo of MsRif
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Woody's in Philadelphia, PA. Poured a very dark brown color, almost black with a thin head that receded almost immediately leaving the beer looking somewhat reminiscent of a black coffee. Minimal lacing. Had an aroma of coffee/roasty malts, maple and faint smoke. The coffee aroma was definitely more overpowering than the more subtle smoke/maple. The taste was that of black coffee, maple syrup and slight/faint smoke. As the beer warmed, the smoke and maple came out significantly more to create a more balanced "breakfast in a glass." Medium in body with low/no carbonation. Appropriate for a porter, though the flavors would have been even more enjoyable with a thicker mouthfeel. Overall, a great "concept beer" that was done very well. I would have preferred the maple and smoke to be a bit stronger to match the coffee flavor and balance out the beer a bit but I still enjoyed it as it was. I still think the Last Snow is a better porter, though seemingly not as well known. When you are drinking this beer, make sure you let it come up in temperature as that is when it really shines.

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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery
4.45 out of 5 based on 1,712 ratings.
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