BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This PORTER is in a flippy howler provided to me via Hopscotch and served in snifter: Pours a medium brown hue with a frothy beige head and okay lace. Wow what a fantastic aroma of maple syrup, meaty bacon, iced flavored coffee and some roast. The taste while forefront with the maple is not overly sweet, nice smoky and toasted character as well. Finish with light coffee bitterness. The mouth feel is lively and a tad dry. I touch thin bodied but It is a PORTER so that is to be expected. Overall I am digging this quite a bit but do wish it displayed a tad more smoky meat and coffee notes and a little less maple. Oh, in case you missed it, this is a PORTER
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler via 50belair:   Black pour, thin to moderate sudsy beige head, spotty lacing.   Whoa, huge maple syrup aroma.   Smells like breakfast!   Some coffee as it warms, roasted malts as well.   Not getting much in the way of bacon, but this is intense!   Well balanced amounts of maple syrup, coffee, and roasted malts on the tongue.   Not as thick as I would have liked, but at 6.3% why would it be.   Lingering roasted malt finish, a touch of dark chocolate.   Gonna let this warm up a bit to see if the bacon comes out, but as its its whacky, well balanced, and tasty!   Bonus points for creativity!   Thanks Matt!
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF - Made a b-line for Funky Buddha went I got to the fest and this was the first sample of the day. Aroma of blod and fresh coffee, with a nice wallop of maple. Taste revealed more of the smoky bacon flavor but is melded well with the chocolate, coffee and maple than I would imagine. different and tasty treat.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has eluded me for too long! Huge pop from the growler upon opening, gushing lightly. Unmistakeable maple bacon aroma lights up the room. Gimme some pancakes to go with this aroma, stat!
Started off over-carbed, yet the viscous mouthfeel remained. A few minutes later brought mouthfeel nirvana. Bitterness from the coffee and milk chocolate balances well with the mildly smoked maple. Sweetness greets these flavors midway through before the porter yeast grabs the reigns, leading us to a dry finish. Taste is quite nice overall, yet remains a solid step behind the decadent aroma.
Big fan of the Buddha, and while I *did* expect to be more impressed by this beer, it's only because my expectations are sky-high that they were barely missed. A fantastic brew, regardless, and I can't wait for more. <3 FB
Experiment_Ale (1090) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 At thomas’. Pours black with light lacing. Aroma is maple syrup, fatty bacon, chocolate, marshmallow. Taste is smooth maple, chocolate, watery, nice.
Additional rating at GABF 2013: Pours very dark black with grey medium sized head. Aroma is huge burst of flavors, huge bacon, some maple, roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, sugar, syrup, molasses, caramel, finish is quick and little cleaner than I could like, the taste is a little thin and a little bit of a let down compared to the aroma. 4.1
olr1984 (1418) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at gabf. From my notes. pours a dark brown with a tan head. big maple and coffee aroma taste is the same. .its like breakfast in a glass
zizzybalubba (1692) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Dark brown, almost black, pour with a creamy tan head. Incredible aroma of maple and coffee. Rich chocolate, espresso, and maple flavor. An outstanding beer!
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at GABF 2013, pure maple syrup aroma with some great chocolate and coffee roast. Taste is spot on, great syrup taste.
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown tan lacing. Huge maple syrup nose with chocolate and coffee. Tastes like breakfast waffles and syrup. Medium bodied mouthfeel
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Multiple pours at GABF. Pour is deep brown/black in appearance with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Huge maple syrup aroma - kind of ridiculous how much it smells like sweet maple syrup - big notes of coffee, earthiness, and deep roast, as well. Taste is very much like the smell - sweet maple syrup upfront, some vanilla, cocoa, a hint of smoke, brown sugar, and rich espresso with deep roastiness on the backend. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Literally smells amazing and has the taste to back it up. Like bourbon maple syrup covered pancakes with a side of fresh espresso. WOW! This was a treat and probably my favorite beer at GABF.