Funky Buddha – Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Another day, another adjunct porter from Funky Buddha – though this is not really a problem, because their adjunct porters are delicious. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (MBCP) is such a celebrated beer they even have a MBCP festival in January. The beers description makes it sound like a decadent “breakfast” beer with notes of sticky maple syrup and intense fragrances of coffee. Indeed, it is, Funky Buddha knocked this one out of the park.
As soon as the bottle is opened the fierce aroma of maple syrup coats the room, with some subtle notes of coffee and smoke lingering around. I’d be perfectly content to just smell this beer, rather than drink it. The beer pours a dark brown, not quite black, while a tan head permeates at the top. The head sticks around for a while and there is minimal lacing around the sides of the glass. Carbonation level on this beer is what’s to be expected in a porter. While the body of this beer isn’t “thick and viscous” it’s par the course for a porter, some of the adjuncts add a bit to it though, giving it a creamy mouthfeel.
The taste on this beer follows the nose, almost 100%. Rich and sticky notes of maple syrup dominate up front while the coffee and smokiness of the bacon round it out. Creamy body with an almost chocolate undertone really makes for a fantastic beer. As the beer warms up the maple really starts to shine, but at the same time it also completely dominates the flavor. The smoke flavor sticks around but is barely noticeable and the coffee fades into obscurity. That isn’t to say that the maple bomb it becomes isn’t enjoyable, but I think the beer is best consumed right out of the fridge which is a rare thing for porters/stouts. Another thing to note, is that this beer is not sickly sweet, like some, myself included, would have originally thought.
Overall, not quite as good as Last Snow but still a very delicious beer. I feel Funky Buddha really nailed the flavor profile they were going for and it never becomes overbearing or a chore to finish. I’ve been stuck on a bit of a maple beer binge and this definitely stacks up with the better of them. I feel that it’s even better than “See the Stars,” but that’s another subject for another time.