Tasting: October 21, 2015
Style: Imperial Porter
Beer #: 832
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
People look at me funny when I say that I’m a craft beer enthusiast. After all it’s just beer isn’t it? Beer – the official beverage consumed of the rowdy frat party crowd. Beer – the beverage that might lead to someone peeing on your rosebushes or barfing on your dog at a backyard picnic? Beer – well, you get the picture. Bottom line, I see it in people’s faces when I say I’m a craft beer enthusiast.
While you might have similar notions about beer but it is certainly not the beer I know today. Dangle those pinkies away from your Teku or cognac glasses craft beer enthusiasts as craft beer has gone hi-brow.
In the new beer world – fizzy yellow liquid like Budweiser and Coors still maintain the title of bargain bin buzz makers for the undiscerning masses while craft beer has utilized unique ingredients and brewing techniques to craft a more “culinary” beer. Hey – like the world of wine – beer now has an entire gang of fussy, pretentious snobs – myself included minus the hipster beard of course.
Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Florida’s Funky Buddha is a perfect example of the new beer world and the unique creativity of the craft. This beer is a porter with the addition of coffee, maple syrup and I assume bacon flavoring. If that’s not a far cry from the Coors Light interpretation of beer – I don’t know what is.
With two boys, we blow through gallons of maple syrup. So much so, that my wife has taken to making our own by adding an extract called Mapleine to a simple syrup. The Mapleine has a bit of a maple boozy flavor like vanilla extract. Maple Bacon Coffee porter delivers that same boozy Mapleine influenced flavor. Coffee is subdued and bacon is nearly non-existent in a wisp of smokey flavor. I suspect that they may have been more prominent when fresh but they’ve dropped out. Don’t get me wrong, the maple flavor is totally enjoyable. I’ll put Maple Bacon Coffee Porter at a solid 94 points.