Sometimes a brewery goes where other breweries fear to tread. Funky Buddha is that brewery. In fact, this daring beer won them a Gold at the World Beer Cup in 2016. For a description of the brew, I find the breweries description to be accurate.
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.
Winner of the World Beer CupSM 2016 Gold Medal in the Specialty Beer Category.
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a once per year release, arriving with a festival and bottle release at the brewery every January. Next MBCP Festival will be held on January 12, 2019.
Best served: In a goblet, snifter, or tumbler, at 50 degrees. (Though, I found the beer to be great also at 55-60 degrees).
Listen up fam. It’s time we have a serious discussion. That discussion is about MAPLE BACON COFFEE PORTER that tastes just like MAPLE, BACON, AND COFFEE! Now, if you’re asking yourself: is this a dream? How do they get the bacon in there? How is this not a gimmick drink like Jone’s Soda’s Slow Roasted Turkey and Gravy? I assure you that this beer is not a gimmick. And if you’re deciding if $16 dollars is too expensive to kill the curiosity cat, I promise you that this beer will bring it back.
This beer is so interesting that had Jesus been offered it rather than gull-wine on the cross, he might have taken a drink.
Now, don’t hear what I am not saying. This beer is not the best tasting beer you ever had. However, it’s quite good. In fact, it’s VERY good. But the fact that they were able to make this flavor actually exist and hit all the flavors notes….. it’s a minor miracle. The ONLY disappointment this beer gave me was that the bacon flavor is soft because it’s a bit difficult to add sodium to a beer. But it is still in there.
Now, on a last note. As I was drinking this I thought to myself; this would be even better with some bourbon. So, I added a few ounces of Redemption Bourbon. Here is the deal on that concoction. It’s one of the best thing I have ever tasted. If Funky Buddha aged this in a bourbon barrel I don’t see how a beer can get any better. I really think it would be the apex of beer. Jesus would return just to get himself some Maple Bacon Bourbon Coffee Porter. Funky Buddha…. MAKE THIS A REALITY!
Aroma: Aroma is a coffee and maple right from the start. There is a slight bacon hint in there as well with a very delightful vanilla/toffee smell. It will remind you of the vanilla scented pipe tobacco. It is simply delightful.
Taste: Taste has various waves. The first is a toffee/maple combination that fades through bacon and then back to toffee with vanilla. It’s a fun experience. Some of the toffee flavors are more pronounced as it warms.
Texture: The head was about 2-3 fingers and the beer was creamy but not thick. If you steal clear of stouts because they are too thick, this beer won’t let you down.
Finish: The finish is excellent. It leaves be wanting more right away. It’s not bitter at all even thought there is some coffee in there. It’s very sweet at the end. Left me smacking my lips.
Comparisons: The land of milk and honey