When you read one of our big beer style rankings on Paste, blind or otherwise, there’s something to keep in mind: The final result is the synthesis of many opinions into one whole. We don’t always agree on which beers are best. In fact, there’s no shortage of times when two or more tasters are completely opposed on a beer. It happens.
When we conducted our tasting of American porters, Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was one of those beers that proved somewhat divisive. It still ended up with a respectable ranking, but not one I felt was reflective of how good the beer truly was. So when I saw that this year’s batch of the highly sought-after beer had arrived, I thought this would be an ideal time to reevaluate it. And I’m glad I did, because this porter is truly delicious stuff.