Maple Bacon Coffee Porter | Funky Buddha Brewery

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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.

Added by DosBeerigos on 10-20-2010

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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 1,663
Photo of asams10
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened at a share on 8/29. Had been excited to try this one for a long time. Glad that I didn't end up trading for this and instead only had a small sample. The smell did not do the name justice. Taste was pretty much maple syrup with a hint of bacon on the back end. Glad I at least got to try this once.

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Photo of macher0
3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at a share and my rating reflects the opinions of most that were there. But I want to say I was very fortunate to try it.

It certainly very dark, but thin and a poorly developed head (very coarse and sparse). The nose was mostly smoky and coffee. I did not get bacon nor maple. The taste was mostly smoke (very subtle which was good), and coffee. A little hop bite. No bacon or maple in the taste, The body was very lacking: very thin, light, and a little watery.

Now this was a good beer. Did it fit the description, no. I feel it is overrated and not worth the hassle of obtaining one. I felt this was a moderately well crafted porter with strong espresso and smoke - not over the top - but still strong.

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Photo of W_Des
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at the BA Sexual Chocolate bottle share. It pours an opaque black with aromas of coffee and some smokey bacon and finally some maple as the beer warms up. Taste was truly like breakfast coffee and roast in the middle followed by the smokey flavor and finishing with a sweetness of maple that lingers just long enough to remind you to keep sipping..

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Photo of Zach136
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smoked coffee, some caramelization, and salted pretzel.

Flavor: Balanced notes of coffee, maple, and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with residual smoke and roast. When those fade, you get hit with back maple sweetness. Not the most traditional porter mouthfeel, but it's super unique and I love the finish.

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Photo of zac16125
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca

Long time want of mine, super excited to give it a try.

A: Jet black, small light tan head, dissipates quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 4.25

S: My girlfriend says it smells like breakfast, I think it smells like a dream. Tons of coffee, lots of maple, roasty and subtle cocoa notes. 4.75

T: Like the nose, there's tons of coffee and maple in the taste. Not much bacon, but there is a subtle saltiness on the finish. Bitterness from the coffee. Delicious. 4.5

M/D: Exceptionally smooth, medium body, carbonation low, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Overall, an excellent beer. I've been waiting years to try this and wasn't let done. Not as good as Last Snow but I'd drink this any time. 4.5

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A nice dark brown color. Aroma is sweet coffee. Taste follows with a little saltiness. The name says it all with a great combo of noticeable maple, coffee, and bacon. Very complex,smooth, and flavorful.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.52/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit cloying, artificially sweet and doing its best to cover up an average base beer. Definitely interesting in that it definitely is a maple-y, bacon-y, coffee porter - just a little too flawed.

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Photo of pants678
4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with bubbly off white head.

Maple and coffee. Breakfast.

Maple is a nice counter point to harsh, grainy coffee and bacon that's a little smokey. How does the bacon work? All comes together damn near perfectly.

Stout? Porter? W/e.

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Photo of aleigator
2.77/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

'15 vintage

Pours a black color, turning dark red at the edge of the glass, with a decent beige, bubbly head.

Has an intriguing nose, featuring toffee, bready malts, cold pressed coffee, raisins, old, slightly skunky wood, and a whiff of syrup, together with salt. Smells complex in comparison to its lighter body, tied together by bakers chocolate. Not what I would expect from a porter, but quite unique and very pleasant.

Has a fitting medium carbonation among a lighter body, leaving a lot of room on the palate for bready coffee.

As well as the nose comes together, regarding its complexity, the taste is rather one-dimensional and thin. It exhibits raisins, toasty malts and an extreme overload of cold pressed coffee, rolling over all the other possible flavors, hindering the beer from developing more subtle notes, as featured in the aromas. The coffee though isn't very pleasant on the tongue, it includes no cream, but cold ash and a metallic, distracting flaw. Developes an unpleasant mix of metal, cold coffee and sticky sweet malts in the finish, leaving back a nice flavour of roasty hazelnuts at the very back end of the palate.

Tastes more like a stout than an actual porter, due to its incredibly dominant coffee presence, opening the tongue to roast and earth, as well as old tobacco and cold ash unfortunately. Its sudden turn into a sweeter direction during the finish seems a little off, as it gets unpleasantly introduced by a bubbly, metallic carbonation, rather than more fitting cream or chocolate - basically plays both ends against the middle. Evokes an overall colder appearance, leading back to the coffee, while especially the maple syrup should be able to lend a certain warming quality to the beer - it does not, feels more like a gimmick than an actual necessary ingedient, forming the appearance of the taste.

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

had this a few times, LOVE this one. nose and taste is spot on as advertised. maple over a chocolate porter with a nice smooth cooling char in the smokiness. tastes like breakfast ought to. killer beer...lives up to the hype

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Photo of Fly_Moe
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, Poured into snifter.

Look: Thin tan head, deep black coffee colour.

Smell: Dominate Maple aroma with caramel toffee notes. Dark coffee aroma. Reminds me of coffee in a diner. Hint of bacon.

Taste: Maple, dark malts, vanilla, bacon on the back end. Taste lingers through out from the beginning to the finish. Everything is balanced yet you get each individual taste.

Feel: Silky smooth, velvety mouth fell that coats your tongue and gives plenty of time for the individual flavors to rise.

Overall: Best flavored porter to date. The long finish is amazing. They linger for minutes after each sip. Like breakfast in a bottle. Recommend drinking as fresh as possible.

Note: Wide Awake It's Morning, the imperial version, is even richer and fuller.

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Photo of AOTP
3.49/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointing beer. Thin mouthfeel. Muddied flavors. The only thing that really shined was the maple after it warned a bit. Not worthy of the hype, but furthermore, not worthy of a repeat purchase even if this was sitting out at a local shop instead of released on one specific day every year. Terrible.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally got to try a growler of this one from Doodler a while back. Cheer for that one mate. Thought I'd give a bomber a review instead. Got this one from 7clutch a while back. Cheers, as always!

From a bomber into a snifter
Porter with coffee, maple syrup and natural flavors added

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with very good retention. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a full foamy cap.

SMELL: A bold maple aroma jumps right out of the bottle upon opening. Pretty impressive. Lots of maple syrup, cotton candy, caramel and piles of butterscotch, some coffee, a touch of roasted aromas as well, but really, this is a maple syrup and butterscotch bomb. Impressive stuff, though perhaps a little over done, believe it or not. Maple syrup is notoriously difficult to get to come through, and here it comes through in droves.

TASTE: Perhaps not as impressive as the nose had indicated, unfortunately. Some caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with a touch of coffee flavor as well, but it all comes across a bit bland and muted compared to the onslaught of aroma. A medium but lingering finish of sweet maple syrup, butterscotch, some notes of bitter, creamy coffee and some lightly roasted flavors as well. It’s interesting and satisfying enough, but there’s not much in terms of the smoke you’d expect from the description, and unfortunately it’s not nearly as decadent or as satisfying as the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little foamy and perhaps a touch watery on the palate, not creamy enough really, goes down fine and finishes rather dry.

OVERALL: This is the second time I’ve had this beer and I hate to say that it’s the second time it didn’t quite live up to expectations, unfortunately. It is an enjoyable drink, but the flavor doesn’t follow the brilliance of the nose and the feel is a little weak, which doesn’t help the situation either. For me, the flavor would have to be a little more forthcoming and the feel smoothened out before I could really join in all the praise that this beer gets. For now, it’s just not quite as spectacular to me. In any case, I was really happy to see this one again, so cheers to 7clutch for sending one over.

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Photo of Travitten
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super amazing awesome beer! Most of these reviewers must have gotten a different batch than I got. The aroma is amazing. I didn't wash out the bottle just so I could smell it for days. Maple upfront, lots of coffee in the middle, then light bacon smoke to top it off. Best Porter there is (at least that I have found). I have traded for two more since this first bottle. By the way, I drank the first within weeks of the annual release party.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.52/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I went into this expecting too much. The complex flavors that I was expecting just were not there. Bascially a coffee porter. I got a little maple but no bacon. Mouthfeel was on the thin side.

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Photo of anteater
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like decent, light coffee porter. Not much maple, not any bacon, and just a hint of coffee over a very light bodied porter. Not the flavor explosion I was expecting at all, but still pretty decent outside of what its advertised to be.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer I'd super unique. Breakfast in a bottle. Maple and pork... Yes, its there. Would've rated higher, though I prefer BA beers. A must try though.

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Photo of KevSal
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't expecting much but the nose on this is out of control, how are they able to make the nose so vibrant? The taste follows suit but not as pronounced

Great stuff

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This porter has it going on. Such a complex beer for the style. I have a hard time figuring out how they pack so much flavor into this beer. It really has the sweet, sticky maple syrup. It has the smoked malt, bacon flavors. And the coffee roast doesn't disappoint. Very easy to drink. Very flavorful. One of my favorite porters.

6.4%? really? So easy to drink and so complex.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great nose of bacon and campfire smoke. Great balance of taste between the coffee and maple. Really unique beer and one of the best porters I have ever had. Drinks more like a stout

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Photo of RichD
4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Pitch black pour with a thin khaki colored head. The head quickly dissipates into a ring around my glass.

S: Smells of black coffee and strong maple syrup. A hint of smokiness is also picked up. Reminds me of breakfast, which is obviously the intention. I've had coffee beers and maple beers, but the medley of the two in the nose is divine.

T: Black coffee is first, followed by bacon covered with maple syrup. The saltiness from the bacon flavor works very well with the sweetness of the syrup. This is definitely one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Sometimes with beers you're searching for the flavors within the beer, but with MBCP the flavors are very pronounced and straight forward. No guess work here.

F: A fairly heavy mouthfeel for a porter, but thinner bodied than a stout would be. The maple flavor lingers on my pallet until I take another sip.

Overall: This is one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. The flavors are unique for a beer in the sense that it tastes like I poured maple syrup in a cup of coffee and dipped my bacon in it. I wish these were more readily available, especially in my neck of the woods. I'm definitely going to savor every sip of this.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up on a trade. Very kind thanks to the gentleman who sent this one to me!

Appearance: Very dark brown, looked like a thicker porter, but a porter nonetheless.

Aroma: Its all there, oddly enough the aroma was more dominant right out of the bottle and faded once poured into a glass. Coffee was definitely more dominant, but the maple and bacon were definitely in there. Smelled like breakfast in a bottle!

Taste: Not too sweet, very well balanced. The coffee was the most prominent note, but on the back end there was a subtle note of maple and then the bacon came through even more mildly, but there nonetheless.

Overall: Very well made porter, interesting concept, I just wish it wasn't so hard to get! Lucky I have a fantastic trading partner from Florida who hooked me up!

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Photo of shangwang
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I couldn't believe how accurately this nailed the tastes of a perfect breakfast. I was immediately transported to a diner with a stack of pancakes, some smoky bacon, and a cup of joe. I was impressed with how smoky the flavor was. Another super solid offering from FB.

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

The beer pours a dark, totally opaque black and without head formation/retention. The nose is initially spicy coffee-forward, but the maple sweetness comes through much stronger as the beer warms. The taste carries forward distinct maple sweetness, bacon smokiness, and coffee bitterness, while maintaining the integrity of a solid porter base - a very unique and enjoyable experience. Despite the heavy handed flavor profile and nearly-still body, I'm impressed by this beer's drinkability. The mouthfeel is rich with flavor, but isn't quite as heavy as a stout and despite the adjuncts, there is still some roasted malt in the finish that reminds me this is a porter. Pleased to have tried this and would definitely recommend it to others

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Photo of M_chav
3.02/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Just didn't enjoy the flavors here. Oddly they are three of my favorite things in life but putting them into a beer was just not a good idea. I was looking forward to this and was supremely disappointed. I'm obviously in the minority here but just not my cup of tea I guess.

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