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Nib Smuggler - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 183
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dimenhetfield on 05-06-2011

According to the brewery, a "chocolate porter".
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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, glad I got to try this limited release beer. You can smell and taste the chocolate nibblettes. No lasting after taste clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2/5  rDev -51.9%

I'm always reluctant to rate an infected beer, but when I have several beers from a brewery and many are infected or exhibit those characteristics, I think it's fair to put it out there.

The beer didn't gush but it poured with excessive foamy carbonation. Big bubbles mixed with little, prickly bubbles throughout the beer. Fairly typical of an infection and common with several other subpar beers of theirs that I've had (e.g. BA Muy Bonita). There just seems to be little consistency with their beers - some reviews note "very little head", some a small ring, some a moderate head. Quality comes from consistency.

The aroma was mostly tart - red wine, sour fruit. Some earthy sour cocoa notes if you search for them.

Taste followed. The waves of chocolate, cocoa, leather, earth that the bottle and other reviews promise was absent. Some cocoa under the red wine tartness. The vanilla that was supposed to be there was completely obliterated.

The bottle describes the beer as viscous and creamy. It was prickly and watery.

I'd love to try some of Funky Buddha's beers in their intended state but it seems quite difficult to do. The Buddha needs to be a bit less Funky. To be fair, this was 7 months old and says "consume fresh" on it. But I received it in a trade 5 months after bottling and wanted to wait for Fall weather. It was refrigerated. There is "fresh" for IPAs and fresh for porters and IMHO a porter should either hold up, maybe fade a bit, for 7 months or you should put GIANT WARNINGS all over the bottle and a drink before date. QC needs work, big time.

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Photo of JulioH
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a chocolate milk porter that is very smooth. It is not bitter at all, and may fool you as being a watery porter. But if you pay attention, you will notice the creamy taste of the beer. It is almost as drinking an alcoholic chocolate milk, it is very creamy and very chocolate tasting.

I really like this beer because it is not overly bitter. At the same time, I appreciate that it doesn't have much alcohol like other porters. It is a nice milk chocolate porter that you could have at any time of the day.

Aroma was almost non-existent. Not much carbonation either. Great chocolate taste. Beautiful dark color. Not a heavy beer.

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Photo of TheosTheories
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark brown with some red highlights coming through, nice lacing with light tan head.

S- huge chocolate on the nose, sweet milk chocolate, smells pretty much like chocolate milk.

T- just a crazy amount of choclate. Bakers chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, almost like a roasted cocoa bean at the end and vanilla.

M- creamy and full, good amount of carbonation

O- overall a very well crafted beer. It hit the style perfectly. They were going for a chocolate porter and that's exactly what you get. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, earth, and dirt aromas. Taste is much the same with really earthy and dirty cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the cocoa nibs used in this one give off too much of an earthy aspect for my liking.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Arrives supremely dark brown with just a ring of creamy looking head to it.
Smell is malt, chocolate and cream. Imagine a chocolate milk shake in beer form and you've got the scent. Great balance.
Taste is chocolate, malt, cream, slight vanilla. Again, chocolate shake in beer form. Wunderbar!
Exceedingly smooth, rich, lightly carbonated and full bodied. Not quite Last Snow but close. A really good brew.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer is dark brown.

The aroma has sweet cocoa, slight roast. It's quite sugary, like candy marshmallows. It reminds me of a chocolate tootsie roll too. It's interesting.

The flavor has tons of chocolate, but more like cocoa or Nesquik.

There is a smooth, quick finish despite the medium body.

This is robust and almost like candy chocolate in a beer. Quite delicious, but not robust enough for me. It is still exceptionally crafted however.

Then again, for this style, this is outstanding.

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Photo of CoachC
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - appearance is very dark, nearly opaque, with a 1/2 inch head, poured into a snifter glass.

S - smell is of roasted chocolate and coffee.

T - tastes like it smells. Delicious notes of chocolate and roasted coffee shine through.

M - mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, more like a stout.

O - a very solid offering from the Funky Buddha. An American porter that drinks like a stout. Tasty and good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery's grand opening. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black with a small khaki head. Nice collar after it settles. Not much on the surface.

Smell - It's all chocolate. It legitimately smells like cocoa nibs. If you've ever had steeped cocoa nibs, that's exactly what it smells like. Some lactose behind it.

Taste - Less chocolate here, but that was inevitable. Still lots of dark chocolate. It drops off to a slight astringent dryness. Lots of lactose as the body drops.

Mouthfeel - The lactose is more muted, as is the body. Drier. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A great treatment of their porter. The cocoa masks a lot of the lactose, which I appreciate, but additionally the chocolate tastes great.

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Photo of papat444
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to a certain Floridian for giving me this rarity.

Poured from a bomber and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a totally opaque brown body with a thick and long lasting head composed of very fine bubbles. Some spotted lacing.

Smell: Real good cocoa notes, sugary a bit, chocolate syrup that intensifies as it reaches room temp while adding some roasted chocolate.

Taste: Strong on the chocolate syrup, some cocoa powder, burnt sugar and a bit of a creme brulee flavor but more chocolaty.

Mouthfeel: Very light body, maybe a little too light for a porter? Regardless, it drinks quite well.

Overall: A nice dessert beer and glad to have tried this. Looking forward to more from them when they open up their new production plant.

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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that's almost black and opaque except for faint mahogany edges when held to a light. One and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Robust roasty aroma with a nice balance of dark malt, lactic cream and sweeter notes. There's a strong dark chocolate presence along with robust coffee bean and oatmeal countered by sweeter cooca, toffee, caramel and hazelnut. Faint earthy hops as well.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with an intense overly roasted dark malt character that dominates the flavor. Really dry and bitter with hints of burnt toast, charred malt, robust coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Not nearly as complex or well balanced as the nose suggests. Subtle lactic creaminess but all of the sweeter notes are completely overpowered by the roasted dark malts and intense dark chocolate flavor. Not a bad beer but very one dimensional and verging on acrid. Disappointing, especially coming from a brewery that I usually enjoy which specializes in dessert beers.

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's during Philly Beer Week.

All of the Funky Buddha brews seemed to gush from the tap lines, and this was no exception. From tap to pitcher behind the bar, then poured into individual pints. Nice head and lace.

Strong, complex aroma finds its way to my nostrils from the froth. Baker's chocolate takes center stage with roasty malts, cola, and coffee in the background. Smell was very pungent while the head remained intact, although its intensity faded with the foam.

Each of the above flavors is blended flawlessly into a top-notch porter. Bittersweet chocolate remains at the forefront while the others' presence is noticeably diminished. A touch of hops in the center to balance out that malty sweetness. Love that big, creamy body too.

Yet another hit from one of the best nano-breweries in the world.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured from the pitcher into a pint glass, a thick, dark brownish-black with a small cap of tan head. As with many of the FB beers we got in Philly, this one was quite a gusher from the taps, though not quite as bad as the Berliner weisses. Aroma was roast-heavy, with lesser notes of cola (glad to see I'm not the only one who picked that up) and cocoa. Taste followed the aroma, dark roasty malts are dominant, some cocoa powder with a bit of sugary sweetness. Pretty standard stuff actually, nothing really new or interesting, but solid nonetheless. Medium bodied and pretty smooth, with some roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Decent overall, but Last Snow is really the porter that makes Funky Buddha shine, I'd say.

If I could just chime in with a "drink local" plug: go get yourself a River Horse Chocolate Porter instead!

Thanks again to everyone who brought Funky Buddha to Philly for Beer Week. Hopefully we see you again!

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Photo of ELS
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review on beer advocate so I wanted it to be a local beer I enjoy. The aroma is of fine, fresh gourmet coffee with strong cocoa mixed in. The taste is fairly complex with definite vanilla in your first mouthful. There was no high alcohol finish as mentioned in previous reviews. Just a smooth porter that is very drinkable and highly enjoyable. I plan to go back to FBL tonight to get another Nib Smuggler before it runs out. I've had other notable porters and stouts at FBL and this one is on par with them.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a pretty damn tasty choco porter. Cacao on the nose with a ton of roast qualities going on. Drinks with a nice bittersweet chocolate presence, subtle vanilla notes, and roasted coffee quality. It's very well balanced. Silky mouthfeel is spot on for a porter, and I didn't notice any alcohol getting in the way of this beer, even after warming up. A great beer all around.

Side commentary: this would be fun with a little spicy pepper note finishing it out. Would love to run this through a habenero Randal!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

737th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
Avery label reads: NS

Thanks goes to GuruDel for this one!!

App- When this first pours it looks a little small compared to some other porters. A lighter brown, a lighter red on edges. Small 1/2 in head with maybe a few whisps of cling.

Smell- A very unique smell. Its a nice mix of an alaska BW from say 2008 with that bacon note and then melds into a chocolate powder note.

Taste- This damn thing tasted great. It was much more vanilla than chocolate or malts and I loved it. Its a great chocolate porter with a well balanced upper layer vanilla flavor. Quite good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Had a nice chocolate powder and bacon residual flavor.

Drink- I dont know how he busted this out, but thanks Vince! This was one hell of a porter with some balanced flavors and a unique aroma. If I am ever in FL I need to go here.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Funky Buddha for the Wide Awake It's Morning Release.

A - Dark brown body with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Finger width off-white head with spotty lacing throughout the glass.

S - Strong chocolate on the nose, smells like freshly ground cocoa powder. Roasted malts, caramel, vanilla and syrupy cola are all present here.

T - The taste is about what you would expect based on the nose. Big, strong chocolate and vanilla notes up front. As this one warms, it gets a little more boozy. A little peppery on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy, with good carbonation. Sticky like molasses coating is left on the tongue.

O - Another fantastic beer from the guys at the Funky Buddha. Perfectly balanced and highly drinkable. A definite favorite. Would love to see this one bottled.

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Photo of dboon
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Funky Buddha. Opaque black in color with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors with just enough hops to keep in honest. Personally I prefer just a little more body, but all in all another gem from the crew at the Buddha....

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Photo of jrallen34
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Casey for this... brown body with a light tan head, ok retention and lace... the nose is interesting, smells like cherry coca cola with light bitter cocoa nibs and vanilla, so interesting... the taste is tons of cocoa nibs, a bit of peppers, some nice malt, super unique, try this

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Mark – thanks! Tasted side-by-side with Piiti Porter.

Pours black with a light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of milk and dark chocolate. Also present are hints of espresso lurking in the background.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Moderately roasted malts up front are joined by soft milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the chocolate influence opens up with the addition of cocoa powder and heavier dark chocolate. Light coffee flavors come in near the end, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed the base beer more than this treatment, as the chocolate didn’t come through very well in the aroma department and overpowered the coffee. Still, a solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap during the "Wide awake it's morning" release. Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Dark brown color. The pour dropped a foamy head that retained well, but didn't leave much lace.

A: Rich dark, milk, and bitter chocolate up front. Followed by a lactose and vanilla sweetness. I do get some bittering hops as well.

T: Again, really big chocolate at first. Then the vanilla takes over. The madagascar vanilla is very strong, it really overpowers the brew. It finishes sweet, no hint of ABV.

M: Medium body. I actually thought this was a bit light, but good carbonation.

O: Good brew, but I think the vanilla needs to be dialed down a bit. I would have liked to see the chocolate and dark malts shine a bit more. But nonetheless, a very good brew, and one I would have again, just couldn't have too many due to the sweetness. Skal.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to greg for sending me this one, thought i had missed my chance, but alas i was lucky enough to have this little growler hit my porch today.

Dark as night with a towering head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass and coated everything with a thick, sticky layer of brown lacing that was not going anywhere.

Aroma is filling up the room with huge notes of coffee, chocolate, touches of vanilla and a warming, boozy note. Bringing it up to room temperature really starts to bring these out even more. Huge notes of roasted and lightly smoked notes coming up towards the surface. Rich, creamy and full bodied feel dump into the wonderfully large stout. Huge notes of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, some light boozy notes, hints of vanilla and touches of oak and almost bourbon like booziness. Warming brings hints of light molasses and cookie dough to the equation now. Really just a great beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for sharing this.

A - Brownish beer with an off-white head that left some sports on nit.

S - Cocoa, vanilla, fudge, coffee, really has a nice mixture of flavors going on here.

T - The taste is right about where you would expect it to be with the nose that it's got. A nice mixture of vanilla and coffee with some chocolate in there for a very full and rich taste.

M - Medium bodied, and creamy as expected.

O - Really good beer, I've been very happy with Funky Buddha's offerings, and this one is no exeption.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at the Funky Buddha.

Strong chocolate nose and flavor dominates this beer.

The smell and taste are on point. Out of all the chocolate beers this is one of my favorites that are available.

The only thing that I would change about this beer is add about this beer is the mouthfeel. While it is solid I would like more of a thicker consistency.

Overall one of my favorite Buddha Beers that have been released so far.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for sharing yet another Funky Buddha offering. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar and spotty lacework. The body is dark brown with reddish glints to it.

S - Cocoa, and of the lightly green authentic nib character rather than syrupy or overly saccharine. Caramel, vanilla, and cola character come through as well. There's some light roast character from the base beer too, which I assume is Pitii Porter (the ABV is the same). As it warms up, it gets a bit sweeter and a bit less earthy.

T - A hefty does of chocolate and vanilla are present - more porter and less "cola" flavored than the aroma. Cocoa nibs impart a slightly earthy, peppery note that is hard to characterize. It's definitely sweet, but I'm not sure if there is actual lactose added to this.

M - Smooth medium body that's appropriate for the ABV. Lower carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish.

D - Another beer from Funky Buddha that I'd love to have again. The cocoa nib flavors in this beer are really unusual and and seem more green than other beers I've had that are made with nibs. Somehow manages to be impressively sweet, but not cloying. Could definitely have a few glasses of this one.

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Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha Brewery
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